You probably have many questions about what to expect as you start your quit smoking journey. Take a look at some of the key answers you might need as you strive to quit smoking successfully.
1. GETTING STARTED
How long could it take me to quit?
Quitting smoking is a journey, not a quick trip.
The first two to four weeks are critical: if you get through the first three months your chance of success is much higher.1,2
That’s because you have to let nicotine leave your system. For most people, nicotine is out of your body about two days after you quit smoking.3 Nicotine withdrawal symptoms usually peak in the first week and last two to four weeks.1 The symptoms may be gone after about four weeks.1,4
Learn more about what happens in week 1 of quitting
2. MOVING AHEAD
How will I feel when I’m quitting?
Withdrawal symptoms can be psychological as well as physical.4
It could take three months for your brain chemistry to return to normal when you quit, so be prepared!5
Nicotine withdrawal could leave you feeling impatient, irritable and anxious.1,4 You might have difficulty concentrating, feel restless, and have trouble sleeping.1
Just remember, symptoms are usually gone after about four weeks, so hang in there!1,4
Find out more about what to expect in weeks 2–4 of quitting
3. MAKING PROGRESS
How will my body and health improve when I quitting smoking?
Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term health benefits.6
After 1 to 6 months: Your lung function should start to improve.6 You may notice improvements in wheezing or coughing and you’re less likely to get respiratory infections like bronchitis.6
After 1 year: You may have halved your increased risk of coronary heart disease caused by smoking.6
4. LONG-TERM SUCCESS
What are my chances of quitting successfully?
Some people quit successfully first time, but many people have to try several times before they quit for good.7
“You’ve got to coach yourself, support yourself, be your own cheerleader,” suggests GP and addiction expert Dr Hester Wilson.
“Understand that what you are doing is hard. You’re doing the best you can. And you may not get it right the first time. It’s ok. Lapses will happen. That’s normal.”
Key tip: talk to your doctor. You’re up to 4x more likely to succeed in quitting with the help of a healthcare professional compared with quitting unaided.8
Get Dr Wilson’s top tips to boost your chances of quitting successfully
Take the first step in your quit smoking journey – have a quit chat with your doctor. Download this handy Quick Chat Checklist to get the conversation started.
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