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Quit Smoking for Your Heart’s Sake

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How Will I Feel When I Quit?

It’s tough at first. You’ll probably crave cigarettes, be irritable, feel more hungry than normal, 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 within 10 to 14 days.

In those first few 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 three times before it lasts. Hang in there! It will be worth it when you can confidently say you used to smoke.  

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Reviewed by James Beckerman, MD, FACC on April 27, 2015
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