How to overcome roadblocks

Many smokers give up trying to quit smoking due to fear of failing and insecurity. Know more about two of the most common roadblocks:

Withdrawal

Compared to smokers, you will...

  1. Some smokers have withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, sleeping problems, and irritability.
  2. Such symptoms vary from person to person.
  3. They last at least 1 to 3 weeks.
  4. Medication relieves these symptoms and increases your chances to stay quit.

Urge to smoke - craving

  1. The urge to smoke - or craving - is very common in people who are quitting smoking.
  2. Each urge does not last more than a couple of minutes and goes away afterward.
  3. Medications and simple relaxation techniques may help you dealing with urges. We will teach some of them in our quit plan.
How to overcome roadblocks
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Last update: 09-26-2016.

Source: U.S Department of Health and Human Services (2008). Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update: Clinical Practice Guideline. DIANE Publishing.