Patient Handout for Teens: Dealing With Physical Withdrawal Symptoms

Printable Handout about Tobacco Withdrawal for teens.

How Do I Deal With the Physical Withdrawal Symptoms After I Quit Smoking?


How to Deal

Dry mouth, sore throat.

Chew gum or drink water. Use throat sprays and cough drops only when necessary.


Do deep breathing and other relaxation techniques; nap; take a bath or hot shower. Take headache medicine only if needed, and take it with food.

Difficulty sleeping

Avoid caffeine in the evening and do relaxation techniques. Stay more active during your waking hours by getting physical activity. Do deep breathing or read a relaxing book to help you fall asleep.


Drink water; eat high-fiber foods such as apples.

Feeling tired during the day

Do deep breathing; take a nap; try to get more sleep at night.


Drink water; eat low-calorie snacks; eat smaller but more frequent meals during the day.


Practice the 4 D's: Deep breaths, Drink water, Do something else, Delay.

Tension, anxiety, irritability

Do relaxation exercises; drink water; do something you enjoy. Ask the people around you to be patient for the time being.

Numbness/tingling in the arms and legs.

Get up and move around.

Difficulty concentrating

Take a quick walk; do deep breathing; avoid alcohol.

Feeling lightheaded or dizzy

Do deep breathing; get regular physical activity.


Drink hot herbal teas; use cough drops or sugarless hard candy. Be patient as your lungs work overtime to clean themselves out. The cough may get worse before it gets better. If the coughing persists, talk to your medical provider.

(Sources: ACS, 2003; ALA, 2003; NCI, 2004)

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