Strategies To Combat Smoking Withdrawal Symptoms

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Dizziness, light-headedness and headache strategies

  • Lie down, if possible, for five minutes.
  • Relax the neck and upper body with relaxation exercises.
  • Open the windows or go outside for fresh air.

Dry mouth strategies

  • Sip water, fruit juice, or milk.
  • Brush your teeth.
  • Swish your mouth with a mint mouthwash or water.
  • Take a deep breath, hold for five seconds, and exhale.

Coughing strategies

  • Don't take antibiotics.
  • Cough as gently as possible.
  • Moisten your mouth with a drink of water.

Tingling sensation strategies

  • Take a warm bath.
  • Ask someone to massage the tingling area.
  • Take a walk.
  • Take a shower, alternating warm (not hot) and cool (not cold) water.
  • Rub the parts of your body that tingle with a towel.

Anxiety and nervousness strategies

  • Take several deep breaths.
  • Go for a walk, or do some light calisthenics.
  • Relax, lie down.
  • Change your thoughts to a quiet and peaceful experience of your past.

Depression strategies

  • Exercise. Any type of aerobic exercise is good.
  • Take a warm shower, cool down, and rub vigorously with a towel.
  • Drink some fruit juice.
  • Think of the most exciting time of your life.

Diarrhea strategies

  • Eat more solid food, less juice and fruit.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Take medication, if necessary.

Constipation strategies

  • Eat more fruit.
  • Relax.
  • Exercise.
  • Take a mild laxative, if necessary.

Excerpt from The Ill Effects of Smoking, Institute of Pulmonary Medicine, St. Luke's Medical Center