STEP 6 Tobacco: Working Through Withdrawal You’ll likely go through a short period of withdrawal as your body adjusts to not having tobacco. This will pass. Talk to your healthcare provider about what you’re going through. The tips on these pages can help you manage the first weeks without tobacco. Be Prepared Nicotine is a powerful and addictive drug. Since your body is used to the effects of nicotine, not using tobacco can bring on withdrawal. This can cause symptoms, such as mood swings, lower energy, and trouble thinking clearly. Don’t worry. These symptoms will go away. The medications listed in this chapter can help ease the symptoms of withdrawal. Keep Yourself Busy Being active is a great way to distract yourself when the urge to use tobacco strikes. A little activity makes you less likely to want tobacco. It’s also good for you! Here are some things you can try when you feel the urge: 34 ■■ Garden for a few minutes. ■■ Play a game with your kids or grandkids. ■■ Walk around the block. ■■ Stretch your arms and shoulders. ■■ Drink a glass of water. ■■ Brush your teeth. ■■ Take a few deep breaths of fresh air outside. ■■ Exercise.
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