Manage withdrawal

When you quit smoking, your body has to adjust to being without nicotine. This is called nicotine withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms can last about two weeks, but the worst symptoms usually happen during the first few days of your quit. You are most at risk for a slip during this time, so stay strong - it will pass.  

While withdrawal can be quite uncomfortable, there are things you can do to make it less intense. One of the best ways to manage withdrawal is to use nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) or prescription medications. These can significantly reduce withdrawal symptoms and double your chances of quitting for good. Explore quitting medications here.

Common withdrawal symptoms and coping strategies:

Anxiety or nervousness

Anxiety is a normal part of withdrawal. It usually passes within two weeks as your body adjusts to functioning without nicotine. Deep breathing, relaxation exercises or going for a walk can help. Caffeine is more potent after quitting smoking, so try drinking less coffee.