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:

Difficulty concentrating

For the first 2 weeks of being smoke-free you may feel foggy or have difficulty focusing. Nicotine increases your body’s release of stored sugars and fats, which helped you stay alert. Your body will soon adjust, but in the meantime maintain your blood sugar levels by eating small amounts of food every few hours instead of three big meals.