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How will you feel when you quit smoking?

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It probably will be tough for a while, but it's worth it.

You may crave cigarettes, be irritable, feel hungry, cough often, get headaches, or have trouble concentrating. These symptoms of withdrawal happen because your body is used to nicotine, the active addictive agent within cigarettes.

You'll probably notice it most during the first 2 weeks after quitting. When it happens, remember why you're quitting. Tell yourself that these are signs that your body is healing and getting used to being without cigarettes.

From: Smoking and Heart Disease WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Smoking and Cardiovascular Disease."

CDC: "Health Effects of Cigarette Smoking."

American Heart Association: "Understand Your Risk of Heart Attack."

CDC: "Smoking Cessation."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Are the Benefits of Quitting Smoking?"

CDC: "Smoking & Tobacco Use: Heart Disease and Stroke."

Smokefree.gov: "Have You Built a Quit Plan?"

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on November 21, 2017

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Smoking and Cardiovascular Disease."

CDC: "Health Effects of Cigarette Smoking."

American Heart Association: "Understand Your Risk of Heart Attack."

CDC: "Smoking Cessation."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Are the Benefits of Quitting Smoking?"

CDC: "Smoking & Tobacco Use: Heart Disease and Stroke."

Smokefree.gov: "Have You Built a Quit Plan?"

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on November 21, 2017

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