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:


Warn your friends and family that you might be a little out of sorts for a few weeks after you quit. Being irritable is a normal part of nicotine withdrawal. It can last for 1 to 2 weeks and may be more intense for those who are heavier smokers. Try going for a walk or doing something else you find relaxing or enjoyable.