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How Will I Feel When I Quit?

When you quit smoking, you may crave cigarettes, be irritable, feel very hungry, cough often, get headaches, or have trouble concentrating. These symptoms of nicotine withdrawal are temporary. You won't always feel like that.

When withdrawal symptoms strike within the first few days after quitting, stay in control. Think about your reasons for quitting. Remind yourself that these are signs that your body is healing and getting used to being without cigarettes.

The withdrawal symptoms are strongest when you first quit and will go away within 10 to 14 days.

Most smokers quit three times before they are successful. If you smoke after trying to quit, don't give up! Plan ahead and think about what you will do next time you get the urge to smoke.

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Reviewed by James Beckerman, MD, FACC on September 17, 2014
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