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Manage withdrawal

Nicotine withdrawal is common during the first two weeks of being smoke-free. Here's what to expect and what you can do about it.

Withdrawal symptoms and tips on how to manage them

Having strong cravings

Remember that cravings last only about 3 to 5 minutes, so find ways to distract yourself until the craving passes. Go for a walk, drink some water or text a friend for support. Use NRT like the gum or patches to reduce the frequency and intensity.