New Year’s Resolutions

Premier Physician Network providers answer Frequently Asked Questions about Being Healthier in the New Year.

What are Common Side Effects with Stopping Smoking?

If you’re a smoker trying to quit, it can be a challenge for a couple of reasons. Most smokers are dependent on nicotine. So you’re breaking an addiction and changing a lifestyle habit, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

You may also have to deal with side effects that may come with quitting smoking, such as:

  • Weight gain. Many smokers gain some weight when they quit – usually less than 10 pounds.
  • Bad mood or depression. Quitting smoking is a lifestyle change and can be stressful, especially because smokers often use smoking as a form of relaxation and release.
  • Triggers. A smoker’s body craves nicotine. When you choose to quit smoking, be aware of triggers that make you want to smoke. A trigger could be a person you often smoked with, a place you smoked frequently, like in the car, or an activity, such as drinking alcohol.

If you’re planning to quit smoking or have quit smoking, talk to your doctor about how to manage side effects that may come with quitting.

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Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Geetha Ambalavanan, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Meghan Brewster, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine; Sally McIntyre, MD, Belmont Physicians; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Cindy Smith, MD, West Carrollton Family Medicine; Dori Thompson, MD, Springboro Family Medicine