Smoking is an addiction
Your dependence on nicotine plays big role in your withdrawal symptoms. To find out your nicotine dependence score and what it means to you, take the:
How to avoid cravings – try the 4 “Ds”
How can I manage withdrawal symptoms if I...
Feel irritable, anxious, or angry Talk to a friend or go out for a walk or light exercise.
Feel bored You can try new things to keep your hands and mind busy.
Have a cough, dry throat or mouth, nasal drip Drink fluids like water and tea; use cough drops, if right for you.
Feel hungry Drink water and low-calorie liquids; eat low-calorie, low-fat snacks; chew gum.
Have trouble sleeping Take a hot, relaxing bath; avoid caffeine; drink warm milk.
Lack concentration or feel restless Get some fresh air; exercise; practice deep breathing; listen to music; watch TV.
Why do some people who are trying to quit get withdrawal symptoms?
Smoking activates the brain's reward system and releases a chemical called “dopamine” [doh-puh-meen]. Dopamine gives you satisfying, positive feelings.
Some people find that smoking increases their alertness and gives them a sense of well-being. These feelings are the reason why smoking is an addiction.
When you stop smoking, the supply of nicotine to the brain is also stopped. When your body and brain stop getting the chemicals in tobacco smoke that they have been used to, you may start to have withdrawal symptoms.