Quit Smoking Symptoms


Almost every smoker while giving up smoking shows some forms of quit smoking symptoms. Usually, individuals heavy or chain smokers are more prone to develop quit smoking symptoms. The severity of withdrawal symptoms depends on the duration of smoking and the number of cigarettes smoked. 

Regular smokers are likely to develop strong nicotine cravings and worse withdrawal symptoms at specific places, situations, or times that have a linkage to smoking.

Physical withdrawal symptoms experienced when giving up smoking are temporary. However, they can cause discomfort, if they persist for long. A common name used for describing this period of smoking cessation is “Quitter’s flu”, because quit smoking symptoms frequently imitate a cold or a mild flu.


Common Withdrawal Symptoms: 

Withdrawal symptoms are immense and many individuals experience some symptoms, while some experience only a few. The following is a list of symptoms associated with the process of giving up smoking: 

  • 1. Insomnia
  • 2. Tiredness and fatigue
  • 3. Cravings for nicotine
  • 4. Irritability, crankiness, and restlessness
  • 5. Sore throat
  • 6. Coughing
  • 7. Headaches
  • 8. Upset stomach and stomach pain
  • 9. Inability to concentrate or having a foggy mind
  • 10. Sore tongue and/or sore gums
  • 11. Dry mouth
  • 12. Postnasal drip
  • 13. Tightness in the chest
  • 14. Tiredness and dizziness
  • 15. Anger
  • 16. Weight Gain
  • 17. Depression and sadness
  • 18. Anxiety
  • 19. Increased appetite and hunger
  • 20. Feeling confined


These are certain milder form of nicotine withdrawal symptoms. 

Individuals can overcome these quit smoking symptoms by different methods and following are some of the things that smokers can practice while giving up smoking:

1. Drinking plenty of water to fight cigarette cravings

2. Distracting the mind by going for a walk, by calling a friend, or by reading a book

3. Relaxing by taking deep breaths

4. Sharing feelings and emotions with someone close or with individuals at a support forum

5. Holdup the craving, until it goes away (not as easy as it sounds..)

6. Get adequate rest

7. Take multivitamins to replenish used up nutrients  



 The process of giving up smoking involves a lot of hard work initially, because the procedure of replenishing an individual’s spirits takes time. A point of note is that, nicotine withdrawal is just a temporary phase of recovery. 

However, the experience of freedom and power that individuals achieve, when they successfully beat or quit this addiction is incredible and worth for all the efforts practiced by individuals.


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