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How will I feel when I quit smoking?

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It’s tough at first. You’ll probably crave cigarettes, be irritable, feel hungrier, cough often, get headaches, or have trouble concentrating. These are symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. It’s strongest when you first quit and will go away in 10-14 days.

Work to stay in control. Think about your goal. Remind yourself that these are signs that your body is healing and adjusting to your new smoke-free life.

Most people try to quit 3 times before it lasts. Hang in there! It will be worth it when you can confidently say you used to smoke.

SOURCES: 

American Heart Association: "Smoking: Do You Really Know the Risks?" "How Cigarettes Damage Your Body."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Are the Risks of Smoking?"

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 21, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Heart Association: "Smoking: Do You Really Know the Risks?" "How Cigarettes Damage Your Body."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Are the Risks of Smoking?"

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 21, 2019

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