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Dealing with things that trigger smoking

Withdrawal Symptoms

It may not seem like it, but if you have withdrawal symptoms it is mostly a good thing-it's a sign that your body is healing and getting rid of toxins. If you have symptoms after quitting, they will probably be strongest in the first few days. They are usually gone altogether in 2-4 weeks.1

Common withdrawal symptoms1

  • Having cravings
  • Feeling irritable‚ on edge‚ grouchy
  • Feeling restless and jumpy
  • Having trouble thinking clearly and concentrating
  • Feeling down or sad
  • Having trouble sleeping
  • Slower heart rate
  • Feeling more hungry or gaining weight

Two ways to handle withdrawal symptoms

  • Believe that you can get through it. Say to yourself, “I can handle any symptom that comes my way.”
  • Be ready with coping strategies to help you get through the tough spots. Visit the Dealing with Smoking Triggers page for ideas.

If you're concerned about withdrawal symptoms

It's a good idea to talk with your doctor about this. And, check out 3 Common Quitting Aids that are designed to help cut withdrawal symptoms.

Keep this in mind

People have different experiences when they quit smoking. Some have no withdrawal symptoms at all. But if you do, remember they will fade away over time.

1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014). Tips From Former Smokers. Atlanta. Retrieved on 1/7/15 from, http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/quit-smoking/guide/withdrawal.html.



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