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Smoking and heahaches

02/12/2002

Question:

I would like to know if smoking can cause headacks? If so, is it due to the smoking itself or when one has been smoking and goes without for awhile?

Answer:

Smoking usually does not produce headaches, but smoking cessation can. Common withdrawal symptoms include anxiety, poor sleep, irritability, craving tobacco, difficulty concentrating, drowsiness, increased appetite and headache. These symptoms usually peak in the first couple of days, and gradually by 2 weeks. If your headache doesn`t go away by this time, please see your doctor.

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Response by:

Jerry   Friemoth, MD Jerry Friemoth, MD
Associate Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati