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Manage moods

If you experience low moods, bad moods, anxiety or irritability after you quit smoking, you’re not alone! Remember that these feelings are temporary and will get easier after the first four weeks.

For some, smoking is a form of self-medication to help deal with feelings of loneliness, sadness, and depression. 

When someone quits, they are removing a major crutch for coping through the day, and it’s not uncommon to experience feelings of sadness or depression. In most cases, this should pass within a few weeks. Sometimes just talking with a friend can help, but if the feelings of sadness, anxiety or depression continue, talk to a doctor or pharmacist.

Food cravings

Craving for tobacco can be confused with hunger pangs or a simple craving to have something in your mouth. For years, your mouth was stimulated every time you used tobacco. This has now been removed. These cravings may last for several weeks. To help you get past the cravings, drink water or suck on a straw. Be prepared. Have healthy snacks on hand, including vegetables and fruit, and air-popped popcorn. Keep your mouth busy. Chew sugarless gum.

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