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:

Depressed mood

It is normal to have feelings of sadness or depression after you quit. Quitting smoking is a big change, physically and emotionally. Get support by reaching out to a friend, family member, a Quit Coach, or the QuitNow community forum. You may also lift your mood by planning something fun with a friend, spending some of your savings, or getting some exercise. If depression lasts for more than a month or you experience extreme sadness, think about talking to your doctor.