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I quit smoking(6 months ago) because I had trouble breathing. But after quitting I got a series of panic attacks - feeling faint, hyperventilating, etc. I also started having allergic reactions to food and drinks I am not allergic to.(I have been tested.)

Would returning to smoking remove these annoying anxiety periods I get? Or how long will it take before they are gone?

Answered by: Franklin Schneier

Generally stopping smoking tends to reduce anxiety, but it is possible that discontinuing smoking could have been a stressor that triggered panic attacks. If panic attacks are continuing more than 6 months later, it seems that they have "taken on a life of their own." I suggest getting an evaluation and possible treatment of the attacks if they are continuing to annoy you.