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Wellness Wednesday: Quit Smoking Today

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Wellness Wednesday: Quit Smoking Today

By Thalia Hayden. CREATED Nov 13, 2013

COACHELLA VALLEY--  Quitting smoking is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help. The American Cancer Society gives you resources and support that can increase your chances of quitting successfully. To learn about the available tools, call 1-800-227-2345

Those who have smoked regularly for a few weeks or longer will have withdrawal symptoms if they suddenly stop using tobacco or greatly reduce the amount they smoke. Symptoms usually start within a few hours of the last cigarette and peak about 2 to 3 days later when most of the nicotine and its by-products are out of the body. Withdrawal symptoms can last for a few days to up to several weeks. They will get better every day that you stay smoke-free.

Withdrawal symptoms can include any of the following:

  • Dizziness (which may only last 1 to 2 days after quitting)
  • Depression
  • Feelings of frustration, impatience, and anger
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Sleep disturbances, including having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, and having bad dreams or even nightmares
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Restlessness or boredom
  • Headaches
  • Tiredness
  • Increased appetite
  • Weight gain
  • Constipation and gas
  • Cough, dry mouth, sore throat, and nasal drip
  • Chest tightness
  • Slower heart rate