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How does nicotine withdrawal affect your body?

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It depends on how long and how many packs a day you smoked. You can expect:

  • Appetite. Your appetite will shoot up. The first 2 weeks are the worst -- most people gain about 5 to 10 pounds as they try to quit.
  • Cravings. They may only last about 15 to 20 minutes, but they’ll keep coming. Try to avoid triggers (like drinking alcohol or being around people who smoke).
  • Cough. You'll probably have a cough that lasts a few weeks.
  • Headaches and dizziness. They’re often the first symptom to show up and first to go away.
  • Fatigue. Nicotine perks you up. You might feel tired without it. You’ll also be restless and might have insomnia.
  • Constipation. This should go away after the first month.

From: What is Nicotine Withdrawal? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Quit Smoking Community: “Nicotine Withdrawal Timeline.”

American Cancer Society: “Why is it so hard to quit smoking?”

SmokeFree.gov: “Managing Withdrawal.”

National Cancer Institute: “How To Handle Withdrawal Symptoms and Triggers When You Decide To Quit Smoking.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on March 26, 2019

SOURCES:

Quit Smoking Community: “Nicotine Withdrawal Timeline.”

American Cancer Society: “Why is it so hard to quit smoking?”

SmokeFree.gov: “Managing Withdrawal.”

National Cancer Institute: “How To Handle Withdrawal Symptoms and Triggers When You Decide To Quit Smoking.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on March 26, 2019

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