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What To Expect When You Quit

Oct 25, 2013 | Posted in Step 2: Planning To Quit?

For a Few Days:

You may notice slight dizziness or light-headedness, a cough, or a runny nose. These symptoms are the first to pass.

For a Week or Two After Quitting:

This is when you can expect physical withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, sleepiness or trouble sleeping, increased phlegm, increased hunger, or digestive changes.

For a Month or Two After Quitting:

Psychological cravings or urges to smoke usually last for a month or more, until the habit of smoking starts to fade. You will develop your own defenses against these urges.

You will probably also feel increased stress and emotional pressure. Feelings of irritability and trouble concentrating are common. But if you are prepared, they won’t overwhelm you. And remember, there are plenty of positive emotions associated with quitting! It’s not an easy task, and you should be proud of yourself for having the courage to take it on.

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