5 Most Common Side Effects of Quitting Smoking and How to Cope

Updated on May 15, 2018
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Headaches are a major part of nicotine withdrawal.
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Unfortunately, when you quit smoking, experiencing withdrawal symptoms is common. The side effects of quitting smoking can be diverse. Not everyone experiences the side-effects of withdrawal to the same degree. This is because our bodies deal with the lack of nicotine and other chemicals in tobacco smoke in varying ways.

Side Effects of Quitting Smoking

  1. Cigarette cravings continue after quitting smoking.
  2. Quitting can cause insomnia.
  3. After you stop smoking you will still cough.
  4. Quitting can cause depression, anxiety, and irritability.
  5. If you stop smoking, you might gain weight or have an increased appetite.

Quitting smoking is one of the most difficult things a person can do. Nicotine is a multifaceted drug that millions of Americans struggle with each year. Remember, you are not alone in your quest to quit and regain your health. That said, quitting will not make you feel better instantaneously. In the paragraphs below, you'll find details about the five most common symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, as well as information about several methods that you can use to cope during this uncomfortable time.

This article aims to prepare you for the potential side effects you may experience after you quit smoking. It also provides you with useful information regarding how to cope with these side effects. You can find details about each of these withdrawal symptoms below.

1. Cigarette Cravings Continue After Quitting Smoking

After you quit smoking, cravings for nicotine are most common. Typically, a craving can last around five minutes and can be very overwhelming. Using a nicotine replacement therapy aid, such as patches or gum, can help reduce how powerful a smoking craving is.

You will still need a contingency plan to get through smoking cravings. There are no quick fixes for smoking cravings. Focus on the reasons you have decided to quit smoking and the benefits you will gain when you succeed. Try diverting your attention by going for a short walk or practicing breathing exercises.

2. Quitting Can Cause Insomnia

Your body reacts to the lack of nicotine (a stimulant) after quitting smoking by desiring more stimulants, such as caffeine. This is often why, after you quit smoking, you become irritable and restless while your body adjusts.

To minimize this side effect, you should reduce your intake of coffee, tea, cola and stimulant caffeine drinks. Try decaffeinated products, or replacing tea and coffee with fruit juice or herbal teas.

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3. After You Stop Smoking You Will Still Cough.

Often after you quit smoking you may develop a cough. This is caused by the cilia (the small hairs) that line your lungs and windpipe re-growing and working to clear out the tar and mucus that has built up over the time you were a smoker. Your body is healing itself. If your cough is lasting more than a couple of weeks, consult your doctor or healthcare provider. The cough may no longer be a side effect of quitting smoking.

4. Quitting Can Cause Depression, Anxiety, and Irritability.

One of the most dreaded side effects of quitting smoking, particularly by those around you, are the bad moods and tempers that are often associated with quitting. Try to remain stress-free, eat healthily and plan some light exercise into your day as that will help you relax.

5. If You Stop Smoking, You Might Gain Weight or Have an Increased Appetite.

Many people, particularly women, dread putting on weight after quitting smoking. There are a few reasons why people experience weight gain.

You may experience sugar cravings. This is because nicotine is a stimulant and gives you an adrenaline rush which, in turn, causes your body to “dump” sugar. After quitting smoking your body has a lower blood sugar level. It is no longer stimulated to release sugar. Eating small healthy snacks throughout the day helps reduce the sugar cravings. Eating may replace your smoking habit, so make sure you have healthy snacks available and do not replace your cigarette habit with candy or chocolate!

After you quit smoking, your taste buds suddenly rediscover the true taste of food, so you eat more! If you are experiencing increased appetite, try drinking a glass of water before your meals so you feel fuller more quickly.

By knowing what to expect after you quit smoking, you can prepare in advance. If you prepare for smoking withdrawal symptoms, then you are more likely to reach your goal of becoming smoke-free.

U.S. smoking deaths amount to more than the entire population of South Dakota each and every year.

Quick Tips to Help Deal With Smoking Withdrawal Symptoms

  1. Make a list of 5-minute distractions to use when you need a cigarette. Examples would be activities like phoning a friend, playing solitaire, go for a brisk short walk, eat a piece of fruit, and play with a pet.
  2. Changing your routine helps you to stop smoking cigarettes. The urge to smoke is often associated with certain activities or triggers. If your first smoke of the day is with coffee over breakfast, drink tea or have breakfast out. If driving triggers your need to smoke then change to walking or find alternative transport or car shares.
  3. Replace cigarettes with healthy snacks so you can break the hand to mouth cycle. Try celery or carrot sticks, chopped fruit, sunflower seeds or nuts as alternatives.
  4. On a similar theme, try shelling and eating nuts when you have the urge to smoke. This has the benefit of using hands and mouth to replace the physical smoking habit.
  5. Learn some relaxation and deep breathing techniques that you can use if you feel stressed. Stress is often a trigger for having a cigarette as well as the stress of quitting.
  6. Create a smoke-free zone that you can relax in. If others are smoking around you then you are likely to start again. Have somewhere you can escape to when needed.
  7. Write a quit smoking plan outlining your goals and reasons to stop smoking cigarettes. Refer to it often.

5 Reasons to Quit Smoking

Reason
How This Makes Your Life Better
1. To be healthier
Many smokers have a hard time exercising, as well as other fun activities. There are so many fun activities you'll be able to partake in if you stop smoking.
2. To live longer
We dream of the perfect retirement , but it you suffer from a stroke or lung cancer at a young age, then those plans will never happen. The longer you live, the more meaningful experiences you will have.
3. To save money
Cigarettes are expensive and, especially if you have a family, that money could be used for something more important.
4. You'll smell better
Many of your dates will not like the smell of cigarettes. Quitting smoking make make you look better in other peoples' eyes.
5. You'll be helping your family
In the long run, it's better that you live to see your kids graduate college, or grow old with your partner. Your family will appreciate your desire to improve your habits.

What Is Nicotine and What Does It Do to You?

Nicotine is a chemical compound that shows up as a colorless or yellowish toxic oily liquid that is the chief active constituent of tobacco. Nicotine acts as a stimulant in small doses, but in larger amounts, it blocks the action of autonomic nerve and skeletal muscle cells. Nicotine is also used in insecticides. While nicotine is a naturally occurring compound, its main function in nature is to repel insects. You'd think this would be a sign not to consume it.

The Effects of Nicotine Use

One reason it's so hard to quit is that Nicotine is both a sedative and a stimulant. When a body is exposed to nicotine, the individual experiences a "kick." This is caused by nicotine stimulating the adrenal glands. This stimulation results in the release of adrenaline.

The body responses with an immediate release of glucose, as well as an increase in heart rate, breathing activity, and blood pressure. Nicotine also causes the pancreas to produce less insulin. This can result in a slight increase in blood sugar or glucose.

Indirectly, nicotine causes the release of dopamine throughout the pleasure and motivation areas of the brain. The user experiences pleasurable sensations. As users become more tolerant to the drug, they require higher doses to savor the effects.

What Is Dopamine and How Does It Affect Smokers

Dopamine is a brain chemical that affects the movements, and sensations of pleasure and pain. If your dopamine levels rise, the feeling of contentment is higher. This is the main reason why people struggle to quit cocaine and heroin. While nicotine is far less dangerous in the short-term, it still works on the same brain chemicals. Depending on the dose of nicotine taken by the individual, and the amount of nervous system arousal experienced by that individual, nicotine can also act as a sedative.

Nicotine consumption is linked to raised alertness, relaxation, and euphoria. Several studies have shown that nicotine appears to improve memory and concentration. This is due to an increase in acetylcholine and norepinephrine. Norepinephrine also increases the sensation of wakefulness and arousal. Nicotine consumption results in experiencing increased levels of beta-endorphin, which reduces anxiety. Its anxiety-reducing effects are part of what makes it such a hard drug to quit.

Who Is More Susceptible to Nicotine?

Group
Why?
The mentally ill
Imagine that you have bipolar disorder. In one moment the stimulant effects of nicotine help, while in the next moment the relaxing effects of nicotine are desirable. Those with chemical imbalances are more likely to desire nicotine.
Impoverished youth
Besides personal anxiety and depression, in general, impoverished youth are more likely to be around nicotine addiction to begin with.
The abused
Abused people often develop undiagnosed OCD and PTSD. The relaxing effects of nicotine are extra tempting to these folks.
People in chronic pain
Chronic pain can cause us not to sleep, or to feel sluggish. Nicotine's stimulant properties can be amplified for those who might need a pick-me-up.
People with stressful jobs
A surprising amount of nurses and teachers smoke. The stress of these jobs makes the relaxing effects of nicotine even more rewarding.

Frequently Asked Questions About Nicotine Withdrawal

Now that we've explored the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, let's examine some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the long-term effects of quitting the use of this drug.

How Long Does It take to Feel the Effects of Nicotine Withdrawal?

The earliest symptoms of withdrawal are cravings for a cigarette, followed by anxiety, anger, irritation, and a decrease in mental function. These problems cumulate, causing attention problems and difficulty in completing tasks. Most of these symptoms peak at approximately 3-5 days after quitting. Eventually, they begin to taper off.

How Long Does It Take for Your Body to Start to Repair Itself After You Quit Smoking?

It takes your body about eight hours after you quit for carbon monoxide to begin leaving your body. As your body attempts to maintain homeostasis, oxygen levels will begin to stabilize. Smoking causes mucus and other debris to build up in your lungs. This can take much longer to get rid of. While it can take as little as a day after your last cigarette for your lungs to clear out, your lungs are still badly damaged.

Do Your Lungs Heal After You Quit Smoking?

When you quit smoking, the inflammation in the airways goes down. Nevertheless, if you've been smoking a long time and have developed chronic bronchitis or emphysema, the lungs never totally heal.

Is It Normal to Cough Up Phlegm After Quitting Smoking?

After you quit smoking, the cilia start recovering. As the cilia recover, they will better clear mucus and phlegm from your lungs. This process can cause coughing that can take one to nine months to lessen. certain people may also notice that they cough more than usual when they initially quit smoking.

Is Vaping Better for You Than Smoking Cigarettes?

Many people who are trying to quit have considered turning to e-cigarettes. Often times, since nicotine is still present and the smoker's habitual motions are unchanged, smokers just replace one nicotine delivery method for another. However, there is a strong scientific consensus that vaping is far better for health than smoking. Vaping does not put tar into your lungs, but the damaging effects of nicotine use are still present. It's better to avoid smoking altogether.

Can Nicotine Patches Help Me Pace Out My Withdrawal Symptoms?

Yes, nicotine patches can help you pace out your withdrawal symptoms. Nevertheless, some people do become addicted to the patches, and the transdermal absorption of nicotine is still dangerous for your health in the long run. Starting with a medium strength nicotine patch and weaning oneself off the drug has been an effective method that many have used. If going cold turkey is too difficult, then this option can be helpful. Reducing your nicotine intact little by little can be an effective way to lessen the pain of withdrawal.

Can I Still Get Lung Cancer After I Quit?

Unfortunately, you can still get lung cancer after you quit smoking. Quitting will greatly reduce the risk of getting lung cancer and other smoking-related illnesses. The risk of these illnesses decreases after you stop smoking and continues to decrease as more tobacco-free time passes. While the risk of lung cancer decreases over time, it can never return to that of someone who has never smoked.

The average cost of a pack of cigarettes in the U.S. is about $5.51. Minimum wage in the U.S. is about $7.25. Smoking one pack a day will cost some people nearly one hour's worth of work. It's easy to see how this habit can add up.

Cost of a Cigarette Habit in the U.S.

# of Packs
Average Cost for a U.S. Smoker Per day
Average Cost for a U.S. Smoker Per Month
1/4 pack
$1.38
$42.09
1/2 pack
$2.75
$84.03
1 pack
$5.51
$168.06
2 packs
$11.02
$336.11
3 packs
$16.53
$504.17

Sources

1. American Lung Association: "Five Secrets for Quitting Smoking"

2. WebMD: "What Is Nicotine Withdrawal"

3. SmokeFree.gov: "Understanding Withdrawal"

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      jerry 

      12 months ago

      i get a loud noise in my right ear and it makes me restless..i quit 2 weeks ago

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      focus 

      12 months ago

      my lungs and upper back have a burning sensation since quitting smoking...it has been 7 days! Is this something I should be concerned about, I don't see anyone else mention this anywhere about effects of quitting smoking. Makes me want to smoke to put the fire out!

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      kate 

      13 months ago

      Day 7 cold turkey. First few days i felt spaced out and asleep during the day and awake at night, not really hungry and terrible bowel pain. Today the chest thing started, tight and heavy and horrible cough. Its part of the process. A number of years ago i quit for 2 1/2 years, please learn from my mistake - YOU CAN NEVER EVER HAVE JUST ONE, DON'T BE TEMPTED AND NEVER KID YOURSELF. YOU CAN NEVER SMOKE AGAIN EVER..

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      rb123 

      13 months ago

      2 days of non smoking...... wish me luck.

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      YV 

      13 months ago

      It is week 3 and I am aggressive like a bear with a sore tooth - why though? I am just in a bad mood all the time

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      Naomi 

      13 months ago

      I am nauseous and dizzy now

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      Pradeep Pundalik Kamath 

      14 months ago

      I am suffering from sinus problem and headache to some extent.

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      Polly. 

      14 months ago

      This is week 4. I am going to succeed because I am having trouble breathing after resp infection. I smoked for 40 years and cigarettes were a part of everything I do. I am prepared and I have planned the quit.....but I am so miserable without my smoke breaks. I am using nicotine patch and the cravings are under control. The mind thing has me wondering if anyone has really made it to a point that life feels normal again. I am so depressed that I just sit and watch TV and eat. Is this my life from now on?

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      Michele 

      14 months ago

      5 days without smoking. Using the patch. 54, smoked for decades. Pack a day, cravings are unreal and I'm literally arguing with. Inner self. I'm a minute shy oh going to get cigarettes but I know I'll regret it. I'm sweating, irritable, eating, thinking and over thinking about smoking. Feel like I'm losing my mind.

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      Justin 

      14 months ago

      Entering my 6th week cold turkey. About a week ago, started to get very bad anxiety for no reason (guessing it's related to withdrawal). Its like I get anxiety simply about getting anxiety, then overthink that i'll always have anxiety about my anxiety. Literally no other reason. Hoping it's a smoking withdrawal thing and hoping it gets better soon.

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      SusKid 

      14 months ago

      Actually opposite for me I just don't want to eat ever, is this a problem from smoking?

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      Juanita 

      15 months ago

      I am 60 days into a smokefree existance. I had a cough for a week or so after. I have eat like crazy especially sweets and managed the anxiety. However, the most bothersome side effect (which no one really mentions) is my plummeting drop in my BP and heart rate. I am constantly exhausted, weak, dizzy and overall feel horrible.

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      Linda 

      15 months ago

      That anxious feeling...lump in back of throat...that is what I am dealing with.

      Quit June 1st...

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      Wendy 

      17 months ago

      No symptoms because I used Nicorette inhalators. Dizzy the first morning so used the inhalator the entire day and didn't even want a cigarette. Needed it less and less each successive day. I'd just recovered from a bad chest infection though and had only continued smoking because cigarettes were the only thing breaking the cough and helping me bring up the gunk from my chest. Giving up didn't make me bring up any more gunk probably because of the chest infection doing that for me first. I had tried before and had every symptom Everyone else had except I lost weight through the stress of it rather than gained it but this time I think my mindset was different. I simply didn't want to smoke anymore because cigarettes had become so expensive and the chest infection having already cleared out the gunk coupled with constant inhalator use in the first days made it an easier transition than it would normally have been

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      John 

      17 months ago

      Quitting smoking makes me masturbate more. But i do it really hard until i bruise myself. How do i quit this?

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      Far 

      17 months ago

      I feel a slight numbness around my head area from the left cheek to my forehead. Is it normal..?its been 2 week since.

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      John 

      18 months ago

      I suffer muscle and neck pain and body stiffness in general when ever I quit smoking.

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      47Year smoker 

      19 months ago

      I quit smoking 30 days ago using chantix, it worked for me but now that I am off it i am experiencing withdrawal symptoms; irritable, can't sit still, I hope that will go away; the good side is I don't think I will smoke again until I make it to 90 and then all bets are off!!!

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      Arman 

      21 months ago

      Uncomfortable with chest .

      Multiple place chest pain comes and goes.

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      Archie7 

      21 months ago

      5 days in and I can run,but coughing like crazy afterwards,my bones ache but I don't care,must conquer this this time,good luck to everyone.

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      30 DAYS AFTER QUITTING 

      22 months ago

      I am 48 years old -- I started smoking cigarettes when I turned 17. I quit smoking oct. 2nd, almost 30 days after quitting cigarettes cold turkey -- My face started swelling and my abdomen. I had to be hospitalized. My blood work results are in and doctor's are telling me I have a rare disease, Hereditary Angioedema -- I have never been so sick in my life and no one in my family has ever heard of this rare disease.

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      Morag 

      22 months ago

      I have been without a cig for 3 weeks so far so good I keep wainting to clear my throat BP low and can't sleep I haven't wanted a cig just wish that I felt better

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      Kristen 

      2 years ago

      After 17 years of smoking, I am on my 3rd day nicotine free. I actually feel amazing! No harsh side effects, a craving from time to time but bearable! Wish I would of done this years ago! Good luck everyone!

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      II 

      2 years ago

      Quit smoking after 30+ cigarettes a day for more than 30 years. I could handle the cravings without too much trouble by simply reminding myself constantly I quit because it was not good for me. The first three days were terrible. My head had a constant throbbing and tightness and I was completely dysfunctional. Couldn't concentrate at all and was kind of drowsy all the time. Just sat on the sofa, half zonked out, not really dozing, yet not awake for three days! The third day was the worst. I nearly went back to smoking. In fact, I even took a cigarette and nearly lit it up. But I just told myself NO! I can't go back to this and tore it up and threw it. From the fourth day onwards it startted getting better, and by the eighth day, I was almost normal. By the end of the first month, it was an occasional craving, and by the third month, could sit with my smoking friends any length of time without feeling the urge, and the smoke actually disturbed me!

      For those who are trying to quit, keep trying. You will get there. And it is worth it in more than one way.

      I quit on my 16th attempt!!

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      Imogene 

      2 years ago

      Is it normal to have weird feelings in your calves of legs

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      Steph 

      2 years ago

      I've quit smoking because of pregnancy. I was only on 15 fags per day for 7 years. Went cold turkey and started smoking again 2 months after having my baby. I lost a stone and a half of my weight when I smoked after birth and now I'm quitting smoking again. 5 days and no cigarette but put on 4 pounds in weight. I really don't want to quit and I hate this weight gain! So not happy but doing this for my child. Good luck to all you quitters!

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      Dman 

      2 years ago

      I've been quit for 11 days now. Had surgery and doc said gotta quit cold turkey, doing well and not missing it.

      I do get some craving for a few seconds and they go away but hoping this will pass as the some of the major stuff like big craves, still getting irritable but will power on.

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      Randy 

      3 years ago

      Finally quit after numerous attempts, itching all over from better blood flow they say, driving me nuts, can't wait for it to stop

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      Billy 

      4 years ago

      i went to e cigs after 25 years of 2 plus packs per day. At 8 weeks no real cigs and have cut back on the e cigs a bit. Did get sick for 2-3 weeks not sure if that was from quitting smokes or not. I think the e cigs are better than the real ones but probably still have some health risks. But compared to real ones they seem much less. I have noticed dry skin possibly because they can dehydrate u more and my skin has been pumping out a lot of old zits. So the toxins are leaving my skin. I can say the real cigs started to make me dumb. I think the co2 build up was causing low blood oxygen and affecting my brain.

      I also quit drinking almost 8 months ago stopped smoking weed to. Both were daily 20+ year habits which had to go. It's been a ride let me tell u. But starting to feel better. Stopping drinking is crazy, it makes u so dumb and foggy for months. Really scary. I wish it on no one. Best wishes to all of u trying to better yourselves. It's very hard but hopefully u can hang in there. U really have to want to quit and that is the hard part. I love smoking real cigs drinking good red wine and smoking epic medical weed but I just turned 40 and I'm not getting any younger and they are not getting me any ware. So I've decided to clean up my act or certainly trying my best to.

      God bless all

      Ray

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      BJP 

      4 years ago

      After 36 years, I quit smoking. It's been close to 4 months since I smoked a cigarette. At first, I didn't think that it was as difficult to quit as people often said that it was. However, as time passed, I've become somewhat depressed and irritable. My moods change quickly, and I often want to be by myself. I realize that these are the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. I plan to stay smoke free, and I congratulate every person who decides to kick the habit. It's not easy to quit, but it's not impossible either. Just do it!

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      pd 

      4 years ago

      I decided I wanted to stop. I used patches for 2 days then didn't bother with them as I felt I didn't need them. I did not really have any cravings for nicotine or cigarettes I think because I REALLY DO WANT TO STOP!

      Ive stopped before but always had cravings but that was because I didn't want to stop.

      Im enjoying the extra oxygen right now, its better than the smoking was :)

      I know i will get a bit cranky or irritable as my body adjusts and I have all this free time now to use up.

      Treat each day as it comes and enjoy the rebirth man.

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      laurala 

      5 years ago

      I have 17 days free of smoking. I was smoking more than 20 years.

      Now I have feeling like I need to cough something out but nothing is going out. Every time I try to cough, I feel stickiness of cigarettes. Is that normal?

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      Joe 

      5 years ago

      Hi all

      it's been 2 months and 1 week since I last had a cigarette. However the first 3 weeks were hell.

      Week 1-3

      - Severe drowsiness at times

      - Shortness of breath

      - Burning sensation in upper back left side at times

      - Burning sensation in left arm

      - Anxiety

      - Light depression

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      Anon 

      5 years ago

      -dizziness

      -hands and feet tingles

      -chest, ear and head pressure

      -back pains, hurts even more when I swallow

      -throbbing pain in both breats

      -mild coughing

      -bloated stomach and right foot

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      Carl 

      5 years ago

      Oh, forgot as well. Does anyone experiencing diarrhea as well when quitting smoking? Also beside every morning having a lot of sputum clearing out from the throat, I also always sneeze and clear out a lot of small-pieces clear mucous... And I am just 3 years smoker... Hope better days is coming...

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      Carl 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for the post. I stopped smoking 2 weeks ago too. Experiencing these side effects:

      PALPITATION

      PAIN IN HANDS & LEGS

      CHEST TIGHTNESS

      KNEE PAIN

      DIZZENESS

      SHORTNESS IN BREATH

      CRAVING

      HUNGRY A LOT

      SORE THROAT

      And of course with Depression, anxiety and irritability. ( I really felt sorry to my friends & family for being such a douchebag recently after my sudden quit smoking)

      Because I having these effects, that's why I start searching through web to look for WHY)

      And also feel happy and motivates after seeing everyone comment. Thanks guy and hope everyone success)

      From Malaysia

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      Jason 

      5 years ago

      I'm on 9 months and 19 days smokefree and I'm never going back too smoking ever again

      From Jason chaplin

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      Jesse 

      5 years ago

      I stopped smoking 2 weeks ago. I've had 2 anxiety attacks. Somed for 10 years. Lost a lot of sleep, but playing video games helps keep my mind off it. Find a new hobby to transfer the addiction to. Play guitar, exerssize .. Whatever. You could be putting your money in your family health and gifts instead of taking it to kill yourself. Meditation also helps.

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      Stellar Phoenix 

      5 years ago

      This post is incredible! You definitely know how to keep a reader involved. Between your wit and your pictures, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost..lol.) Great job. I really enjoyed what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool! Stellar Phoenix Review

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      Adam 

      5 years ago

      I'm really glad I came across this post. I quit smoking about a month ago and had most of the side effects mentioned here. Sleeplessness and anxiety being the worse.The strange thing is I never even dreamed they were linked to cigarettes, so now even though I feel terrible and stiff from head to toe I'm releived it has to do with quitting smoking.now it's war against my own body cause I aint ever going back!

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      Beth 

      5 years ago

      Have smoked 22 years this is my third day, anxiety is my biggest issue Giving all over to GOD where it should go...into the sea of forgetfullness, will pray for all for addictions are a horrible thing

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      Zeshan Ahmad 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for this post. I have also decided to quit smoking. I have made 4 attempts to quit smoking. I think I experience acidity in the stomch the most

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      tiffany delite 

      5 years ago from united states

      thanks for the great hub! new follower and i linked to it from one of my own hubs! blessings!

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      alex 

      6 years ago

      It's easy to quit,all it takes is will power,i did it no patch,why pay all that

      money out to buy a pack of filth to tear your system down,I will NEVER

      put one of those things to my mouth ever again,that's one bad habit out of my life.

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      me2 

      6 years ago

      I smoked since age 12-13 (quit once for 4 years at age 20) then yes, even with all the benefits of not smoking, I started back up because of boredom. Now 30 years without desire to quit because I knew I just went back anyway... I needed strength, real strength and logic. I began to research best methods and healthy ways to tackle the job.. I of course went cold turkey, but changed coffee to green tea for now ( that was bigger than smokes I think) I also began a vitamin regiment and researched which ones help smoking cessation, like Niacin, and keeping healthy foods close by and get a lot of sleep. The best tool I found has been a glucose meter. They are fairly inexpensive now at Walmart and test strips are only $9 for 50. I am not diabetic or even close, but testing my sugar keeps me conscious of not letting lack of nicotine create other problems.Monitoring and regulating sugar is a key component to stable health. I watch my carbs (which according to my research seems to create cravings). I learned cravings last 3 minutes, so just get through 3 minutes. I look at a clock, watch, or anything just to be conscious of the three minutes theory. I do small exercises or just movement when cravings do approach the mindset. I am on day 3 and doing well. I am giving myself priority treatment as a physician would. I have not tried to shove it under the rug as if it didn't exist and let time take care of it. I keep a journal of daily food intake, vitamins, sugar levels, exercise. Its not diet, its lifestyle change. Smoking cessation is just part of the change as a whole. Tracking the progress reminds me this is a medical process. I can look back or see patterns in the journey. I am worth the time. I thank God He gives me grace to walk through it with strength and confidence. He is The Healer and lives within me. Not that I ever felt condemned, because He created me in His image, but I also know the benefits of another one of His children not smoking gives Him joy and glory. This forum is a great way to collectively strengthen each other. I read all the comments and send out mojo to all...

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      J Watson 

      6 years ago

      Stopped smoking three months ago and never been so ill, i've picked up every bug going, I feel tearful, angry, depressed, insecure and not my normal happy go lucky self. I know it will be worth it, but how long does this last!!

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      Thecheeze 

      6 years ago

      My Dad has quit smoking for just over a year now and has in frequent cough that produces no phlegm. He is however wondering if it is associated with smoking or just a cough. When will it go?

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      kyle 

      6 years ago

      Stopped now for 7 weeks. not got cravings for nicotine. all i want to do is drink sweet and sugary drinks all day. about 6 litres a day. can eat loads as well. pins and needles in hands. love callipo lollies as well

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      Desiree 

      6 years ago

      second day .........smoker for 8 yrs wish me luck!

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      buddy tew 

      6 years ago

      I quit eight days ago and I think I got all the side effects. I am 61 years old and I have been smoking for 52 of them years. I was the type person that always done what I wanted to do and when I wanted to do it but after 51 years of smoking from a pack to 3 packs per day it has taking a toll on me. I plan to retire in 7 months and I would like for my golden years to be the best they can be. Right now my hole body is in a mess but I hope in time it will go away. I know what you guys are going through and I hope you the best. Stick with it, I am........

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      Natec 

      6 years ago

      I quit last year after 12 years of a pack a day. I have tried to always exercise regularly. I had "air hunger" the first 2 weeks but it finally passed. I was using the gum and it was a lot better than the patches. I had 1 a while back that didn't time release and dumped it all at once that nearly sent me to the hospital. After a few weeks of quitting I began having knee joint pain. It got worse and worse until I finally went to a sports doctor. Even with rest, meds, a knee brace, and a break from exersicing iit continued to get worse. I was constantly getting sick too. I decided wth and I started smokking again after over 100+ days of being cig and nic free. The pain in my knee was gone. I lift at gym 4 times a week and run 2-3 miles at least once a week. I decided to quit again and have been doing the gum for 1 wweek now. No air hunger and cracings arent too bad with the gum. But I'll be damned if my knee isn't slowly starting to have pain in the joint. I had to wear my brace again last night when I went to the gym. Has anyone heard of this before? If so email me at natec882@gmail.com if u want to quit I would definattely recomment the walmart brand of nicorette in uncoated mint flavor at 4mg. The coated tastes too much like regular chewing gum aand the flavor is better but its gone within a minute.

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      Natec 

      6 years ago

      I quit

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      Micko 

      6 years ago

      Look smoking is a mugs game everybody knows this.

      I have quit 4 months ago and its not easy I smoked 30 + for 40 + years you are just 1 cigerette away from buying your next pack at any time so if you think you feel unhealth being off them you are just looking for an excuse to go back on them if you have quit 40 days ago or three months what ever just keep doing what your doing you will get there in the end if you belive in your own self.Set yourself targets and rewards.

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      serena 

      6 years ago

      i have quit for almost two years and now i have hypothyroidism. it is very serious in my case.

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      hyd 

      6 years ago

      i stop smoking 13 weeks Ago but still i have pain in my cheast right hand and arms i went to many doctors but can't find my problem and my liver is also fatty and cholestrol is 210 hdl 24 ldl 115 vdl 65 my age is 32 can any buddy tell me is this normal and how much time it will take to recovr and quit somking can increase my heart risk

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      Mark303 

      6 years ago

      After smoking for 24 years , quit for about 3 months now.You can't underestimate the anti depressant qualities of smoking cigarettes on a daily basis.Its not so much that your life sucks after quitting,it's that you realize it sucked all along.

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      Karen 

      6 years ago

      I am on day 46 of stopping smoking. I smoked from age 12 to 51 and I am very surprised at how awful I feel after stopping. The first ten days I felt numbness from my elbow to my hands, knees to feet, and the back of my tougue. This went away, but I also lost all motivation, felt tired, lathargic, and sometimes very aggressive. Now am suffering from depression...It has been brutal. I hope things will start to stabilize soon...I still have no intentions to start again. I like that I can smell, taste, I don't smell like a cigarette, and I don't cough.. Although I have gained 15 lbs and tend to like to snack now. My skin is looking great, healthy and full of oxygen.. The negative side effects for me have been tough. If you have only been smoking a few years, quit now before it becomes painful to quit..

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      4Months 

      6 years ago

      I have been quit 4 months after using Champix so I had no symptoms for the first few months of quitting. Now I have a constant feeling of needing to clear my throat. It feels like mucous is constantly running down the back of my throat. It kept me up ALL night last night. I hope this doesn't lasnt long

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      whibbs 

      6 years ago

      Stopped smoking 3 months ago.....starting to feel

      STRESS

      PALPITATIONS

      INSECURITY

      ELBOW PAINS

      DIZZENESS

      CRAVING

      INSOMNIA

      HUNGRY A LOT

      MOUTH ULCERS

      Phew - this really does not leave you alone - just wanna booze to sleep / not much quality of life at the moment

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      DJ 

      6 years ago

      I quit 4 weeks ago cold turkey and I have bought a pack to carry around with me to see how much control I have. So far, I have given them to others who ask and not smoked one. I have experienced anxiety and sleeplessness but what I do like the most is that I can smell again and when I get near anyone who's smokes, it can realize how bad I smelled to others.

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      Kris 

      6 years ago

      2 months quit after 25 yrs of smoking, side effects less sleep an weight gain, but I don't understand after such a long time smoking no coughing or mood change, anyone any ideas.

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      Annabel 

      6 years ago

      I smoking 40 a day for 20 years and I gave up 17 days ago cold turkey. I feel lethargic and still crave. When will I start feeling good?

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      nancy 

      6 years ago

      been 7 days since i quit cold turkey. occasional cravings for cigs, make sure i eat more because so my blood sugar don't drop. my symptoms are swollen hands and feet and sore throat and mouth. i read somwhere why this happens but it wasn't happening at time so didn't take notice now trying to find again

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      Jay 

      6 years ago

      I quit smoking a month ago. The coughing subsided, but I am suffering from insomnia and a very horrible mood!! I feel like I am depressed for no apparent reasong and I feel very angry or aggressive most of the time! But overall I'm glad I quit smoking I feel much more refreshed and clean inside out too, but I wish these feelings would go away.

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      flora 

      6 years ago

      it has been 3 months since i'd stop smoking and i'm still coughing and when i cough i feel like i'm coughing up a lung is that normal

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      Jay 

      6 years ago

      im trying to stop smoking but im worry cuz i tried to stop two weeks ago i start to fell like im high (i don't do any drugs or weed). im very scare the because some my friend syid its may depression but if i feel its something related with smoking.

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      Vikas Tripathi 

      6 years ago

      I quit 1 month ago , having a bad cough,dizzing and body pain, still have some impression of these

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      Robyn 

      6 years ago

      I quit 8 weeks ago. I can't get enough sugar and have gained 8 lbs. but my hair smells great the cough is gone and I'm starting to exercise. I smoked for 40 years and I'm feeling good

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      Amber18 

      6 years ago

      Good info. I was looking for reason why I can't stop coughing. I have given up ciggies for 1 month now and wonder if the nicotine replacement mini tabs can make the cough worse. Still not sure.

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      JC 

      6 years ago

      Hi Lady Seren, I have just quit smoking and on the 4th day now :), it was just a sudden stop of it all without the help of anything ie. gums and it was not even a gradual reduction - just a gift to my wife on our aniversary of 17yrs engagement:)and a balance of half-rim with me... thnx for the above, I know what to expect now...

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      lovelyred 

      6 years ago

      The cravings where not so bad after the 6th day. I then started getting irritable. And I crave sweets soooo bad. I am going to gain so much weight.

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      healthwriterbob 

      6 years ago from United States

      Hi Lady Seren,

      Good information about quitting smoking, especially the idea of changing your daily routine to eliminate activities previously associated with smoking. Voted up and useful. Take care.

      Healthwriterbob

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      Priscilla Chan 

      8 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      I am not a smoker but I know that the weight gain is number one change if you quit smoking. Thank you for the information.

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      LadySeren 

      8 years ago from UK

      Hi sord87. Congrats on successfullky quitting!

      Weight gain is a common side effect of quitting and one I struggle with too. I just love my food I think lol

      Thanks for stopping by and taking time to comment :)

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      sord87 

      8 years ago

      There are some affect me when I quit smoking a few months ago but It won't for long ,cough a bit,moody,feeling anxiety ,that all are normal but gain weight,increase appetite this one really can't stop ,and exercise is ver y much needed to control weight!A good explanation!

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