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Coughing trigger?

Question asked by TW517 on Oct 19, 2017
Latest reply on Oct 20, 2017 by Sandy-9-17-17

I just realized I have a crave trigger I didn’t know about before.  Wondering if anyone else has this?


My last 3 periods of what I would consider fairly intense physical cravings, all occurred at the same time I was experiencing chest clearing/productive coughing.  Luckily, this doesn’t happen often like it did early in my quit when my chest was really congested.  It’s almost as if my lungs feel so good and clear after a nice productive cough, that I feel like I need to fill them back up with something, and the clean air just doesn’t seem like enough.  I will clear my throat, then cough, then breathe deeply into my cleared lungs.  Then I have almost a gag reflex of swallowing multiple times somehow trying to refill what feels like a huge vacuum in my chest.  And my mind keeps trying to trick me into believing that only cigarette smoke will fill that void I’m feeling.