7 Things to Expect When Quitting Smoking

1.    It Takes Time

According to the American lung association, the first 7 to 10 days are usually the toughest; hence you may need the period. Understand that quitting smoking is a journey and not an event. It can’t happen overnight, so don’t get discouraged when the progress seem slow. Know what to expect along the way.

2.    Side Effects

There might be side effects such as weight gain, urges to smoke and withdrawal symptoms et al.
3.    Possibility of Recurring Urges
Those who quit smoking for years sometimes still get the urge to smoke months or even years after quitting. This is not out of place as urges may occur less often over time before they’ll eventually cease.
4.      To Stay Quit
Most smokers who return to smoking do so within the first 3 months. Note that the fact that you took a puff or smoke one or two cigarettes in between your attempt to quit does not make you a smoker again. Whenever you’ve slipped, remember all the good reasons why you wanted to quit in the first place. Keep trying and don’t give up, you will quit.

5.    You Need a Plan

You will need help with specific plans on ways to quit smoking and to stay quit. For example setting a quit date, developing social support, learning how to relax and control weight or managing the urge to smoke.
6.      Managing physical symptoms:
There are nicotine medications and non-nicotine medications products that can help relieve physical symptoms when trying to quit smoking. Nicotine medications include nicotine gum, skin patches, nasal spray, and oral inhalers while non-nicotine medications include buproprion hydrochloride and varenicline. These products should not be used by pregnant or nursing women or Persons with other medical conditions hence It is advisable to consult your physician before commencement
7.    Relapse may occur
Do not go on a guilty trip even when you find yourself smoking again. Remember it is a process and you are learning the mastery of how to quit and not failing! Each step you take to quit is a giant step forward. Figure out what led to your relapse and decide what you will do differently the next time.


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