You may have built up a tolerance to nicotine and need more and more to get the same effects that you used to get with just one cigarette. It can be upsetting to think about not having nicotine in your system or to go “cold turkey.” One of the best ways to combat this is to learn about what to expect during withdrawal and figure out how you’re going to deal with it. So what happens? To qualify for what is now a medical diagnosis called tobacco withdrawal syndrome, you must meet the following criteria:
- Daily use of nicotine for at least several weeks
- Abrupt cessation or reduction of nicotine followed within 24 hours by at least four of the following symptoms.
- Craving for nicotine
- Irritability, frustration, or anger
- Difficulty concentrating
- Decreased heart rate
- Increased appetite or weight gain
These physical symptoms can be very uncomfortable, but remember that they don’t last and you can overcome them with a plan. Check out the following websites for more specific information:
You can always find excuses to not quit smoking; the key is to find reasons to quit that are more important that your excuses.