21 Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms And Timeline After You Quit Smoking
What is so amazing to me when i found out in my research that Nicotine is the fastest addictive drug known to mankind, and it can take just few cigarettes to become an addict.
When inhaling cigarette smoke it delivers, via the lungs and then to the brain, a small dose of nicotine that acts more rapidly than the dose of heroin the addict injects into his veins. That is amazing to me, now please tell me:
Do you like so many people think smoking is just a bad habit?
Nicotine is a quick-acting drug, and levels in the bloodstream fall quickly to about half within thirty minutes of smoking a cigarette and to a quarter within an hour of finishing a cigarette. This explains why most smokers average about twenty per day.
As soon as the smoker extinguishes the cigarette, the nicotine rapidly starts to leave your body and you begin to suffer terrible withdrawal symptoms that makes you feel restless nervous, insecure, agitated, lacking in confidence and irritable and dizziness and here is the kicker:
Within few seconds of lighting a cigarette and inhaling fresh nicotine the craving ends and you get the false feeling of relaxation and confidence signal from your brain that the cigarette gives to you as you are an addict that just got the desirable fix for that short lived moment.
And when it becomes to long in between last cigarette the withdrawal symptoms starts again and again and again and the moment you light up, you get an almost immediate boost or buzz and do actually feel less nervous or more relaxed, and the cigarette gets all the credit we tend to chain smoke because of it. This doe’s not sound or feels like a just a simple bad habit to me.
The 21 Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms Includes:
1. Depressed mood
3. Anxiety, irritability, frustration, or anger
4. Difficulty concentrating
5. Restlessness, being cranky
6. Cravings to smoke
8. Inability to concentrate
10. Cough, sore throat
11. Constipation, gas, stomach pain
12. Dry mouth
13. Postnasal drip
14. Tightness in the chest
15. Cognitive and attention deficits
16. Sleep disturbances
17. Increased appetite
18. Elevated Blood Pressure
19. Reduced Heart Rate
21. Tingling in the hands and feet
The symptoms of nicotine withdrawal typically peak within two to 5 days. However because of all the other chemicals in the cigarette the Withdrawal symptoms often go away in two to 7 weeks. Some people may experience nicotine withdrawal for several months usually because the are chain smokers.
Smoking cigarettes places nitrogen dioxide ozone in the body. This chemical damages DNA and reduces the amount of vitamin C available for use by the body. When DNA is compromised and vitamin C is reduced the body will not be able to fight off illness and aging will be accelerated.
Nicotine is so addictive as it is an mood and behavior changing agent it is considered by some experts to be just as addictive as heroin or cocaine.
When we inhale it in a cigarette it passes through the lungs into the bloodstream where it is quickly carried to the brain. There it binds to receptors on nerve cells that influence the release and levels of chemicals called neurotransmitters such as dopamine which produce a pleasurable sensation.
This encourages the smoker to repeat the process and tolerance develops. This is a capacity common to many drugs of abuse where repeated, fixed doses produce less of an effect. The smoker needs to increase his intake to get the same response as he did before. So he or she smokes more.
A 20 a day cigarette smoker takes about 200 individual puffs in total, each representing a single nicotine ‘hit’ for the brain’s reward center. Doing this day in day out for years has consequences. Addiction is one.
Many smokers don’t realize how potent nicotine really is, innocently putting their penchant for cigarettes on a par with their ‘addiction’ to coffee which is highly unlikely to kill them.
It also explains why cigarettes kill more people each year than all other recreational drugs, including alcohol, combined and why half heart attempts to quit usually end in failure.
Smokers are aware, consciously or otherwise, that cigarettes are bad for their health. Most-nearly 70%-express a desire to stop at any one time. Less than half try and the vast majority fail at their first go.
This should not discourage them. Failure is more a testimony to the addictive power of nicotine than to any particular weakness in their own willpower.
During the many times I tried to quit smoking, I went through this list of withdrawal symptoms over and over again, and at some points they were seriously debilitating. I felt so dizzy and fatigued that often during the day I simply had to lie down.
I have been through this just like you. I frequently almost made myself ill in the process of trying to resist the crazy urge to smoke – mainly because I lacked the right smoking cessation program and believe me I tried everything under the sun and believe there is much misinformation and products that geared to make you fail.
I needed desperately something that work that would help me to understand what to expect and how to address my withdrawal side effects to make the process easier to deal with as this addiction was controlling my life.
I smoked for over 20 years and now I am free and I’ve never want to smoke again.. I started smoking when I was 15 years old. Was moderate smoking in the beginning to heavy smoker from that point forward (1/2 pack to pack+ a day).
My entire day revolved around smoking. I would chain smoke on my way to work, take as many smoke breaks as possible, chain smoke on my lunch, and of course, chain smoke on my commute even if my wife was in the car, and she´s a non smoker. I didn’t even want to make plans with non smokers anymore.
As with most of us smokers I quit many times and relapsed soon after, for years, repeatedly Even though I wanted to quit and felt determined, I was miserable, I missed smoking all the time. Trying to quit in past was pure torture!
The cravings intensified when I tried and failed. One of the worst feeling in the world.
Felt as I was denying myself the joy and pleasure of smoking, especially when I was anxious, upset, sad or even angry and not to mention my favorites the morning cigarette with a coffee & smoking after meals, I am sure you can relate.
And through the years I always ended up smoking again, feeling defeated and helpless. But finally after my extensive research on how to quit without all the pain that comes with the process resulted in a paradigm shift as I was desperate to quit this time around, enough is enough as I am not going to let this addiction become the death of me and I am sure you feel the same way.
Finally quitting was much easier to quit this time around!!!!
People that knew me and their friends and family started to ask me to help them and before I knew it became a full time job.
I admit that I really enjoyed helping them as I saw they became successful to, It was very fulfilling so it inspired me to write this book how to quit smoking in 5 simple steps so I could help even more people like yourself that really want to quit.