Tips: Quitting Smoking
Cravings & withdrawal
The nicotine in tobacco is addictive, so cravings and withdrawal symptoms are to be expected.
• They can be managed and often don’t last long.
• Cravings usually last only a few minutes and there are things you can do to get through them:
• Withdrawal symptoms may begin to get better after 3-4 days and normally don’t last longer than 10 days.
• Ask friends and family for support because they can help you become a non-smoker.
Benefits of quitting
- Have more time to focus on other tasks that may help you stay committed to not smoking. You could go for a walk instead of a smoke after dinner.
- Within a few hours… Your heart rate will slow and the high level of toxic gases will decrease
- Within 3 months… Your circulation improves and your lungs work better
- Within 1 year… Your risk of heart disease is half that of a smoker
- Between 5 to 15 years… Your risk of having a stroke is the same as a non-smoker
- Within 10 years… Your risk of lung cancer is about half that of a smoker and the risk of other cancers caused by smoking also decreases
How do I begin?
Pick up some cigarette “replacements”
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Talk to your health care providers
Talk to the Pharmacist at Walmart, who can help you choose quitting aids that may work best for you:
- Nicotine gum
- Nicotine lozenges
- Nicotine patch
- Nicotine inhaler
This information should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your doctor. There may be variations in treatment that your physician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances. If you have questions about your symptoms, ask the Pharmacist at Walmart for more information, and/or contact your doctor.