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What does it feel like when you first quit smoking?

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When you first quit smoking, you may go through withdrawal and:

Although withdrawal symptoms will be strongest when you first quit, they should get better quickly and should go away completely within a few weeks.

  • Crave cigarettes
  • Feel very hungry
  • Cough often
  • Get headaches
  • Have difficulty concentrating
  • Have constipation
  • Feel very tired
  • Get nervous or sad
  • Have a sore throat
  • Have a hard time sleeping

From: Asthma and Smoking WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:  American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "No Butts About It: Smoking Makes Asthma Worse." Medscape: "Got Asthma? Quit Smoking." American Lung Association: "Quit Smoking." Health Resources and Services Administration: "Smoking Cessation." FDA: "FDA 101: Smoking Cessation Products."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 17, 2018

SOURCES:  American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "No Butts About It: Smoking Makes Asthma Worse." Medscape: "Got Asthma? Quit Smoking." American Lung Association: "Quit Smoking." Health Resources and Services Administration: "Smoking Cessation." FDA: "FDA 101: Smoking Cessation Products."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 17, 2018

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