Youth Smoking Prevention | 8 Side Effects You Need To Prepare For When Your Teen Quits Smoking
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8 Side Effects You Need To Prepare For When Your Teen Quits Smoking

8 Side Effects You Need To Prepare For When Your Teen Quits Smoking

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If your child was unfortunate enough to start smoking in the first place, the best thing for them to do is quit. The sooner the better. But there may be a few issues with this as the body has already become acclimatised to the effects of smoking. The longer your teenager has smoked for and the heavier may result in these side effects being magnified. Here are some common side effects that you and your child will have to deal with after quitting.

Nicotine Withdrawals

After about 3 days of not smoking, this is peak nicotine withdrawal time. Symptoms include:

  • Intense cravings
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Tension
  • Frustration
  • Increased appetite

After about two weeks, withdrawal symptoms ease and even with the heaviest of smokers, withdrawal symptoms ease within a few months.

Putting on Weight

This is one of the major ones, especially for females. Often they would rather smoke and stay thin than kick the habit and put on any weight. When teenagers quit smoking they may end up putting on weight. They eat food to fill some of the cravings and eat a lot more than usual. We need to help our kids by making sure they have healthy and filling food available. Options include a weight loss shake while the teenager eats out of home. Weight loss shakes are also good for trying to lose a bit of weight. But when your teenager is at home, try to prepare healthy and home cooked meals. These options are far better than fast food.

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