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How can I get through the first few weeks after I quit smoking?

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The first few days of quitting can be really rocky. Almost all ex-smokers have moments when they doubt that they can do it. Remind yourself often: Nicotine withdrawal gets weaker every day that you don’t smoke. Every time you resist lighting up, you’re one step closer to a smoke-free life.

Even when you’re over the hardest first few weeks, expect to hit some rough patches. There will be times when you’ll really want to light up. But you can get through it. Stick with it, and you’ll be an ex-smoker before you know it.

SOURCES: 

Steven Schroeder, MD, director, Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, University of California, San Francisco.

Bruce S. Rabin, MD, PhD, medical director, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Healthy Lifestyle Program.

Scott McIntosh, PhD, associate professor of community and preventive medicine, University of Rochester, New York; director, Greater Rochester Area Tobacco Cessation Center.

Asztalos, M. , published online Dec. 17, 2009. Public Health Nutrition

Addiction , December 2008; vol 103: pp 2024-2031.

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on January 16, 2019

SOURCES: 

Steven Schroeder, MD, director, Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, University of California, San Francisco.

Bruce S. Rabin, MD, PhD, medical director, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Healthy Lifestyle Program.

Scott McIntosh, PhD, associate professor of community and preventive medicine, University of Rochester, New York; director, Greater Rochester Area Tobacco Cessation Center.

Asztalos, M. , published online Dec. 17, 2009. Public Health Nutrition

Addiction , December 2008; vol 103: pp 2024-2031.

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on January 16, 2019

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