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Nicotine Withdrawal

Symptoms of Nicotine Withdrawal

Nicotine is an addictive drug, which when inhaled in cigarette smoke reaches the brain faster than drugs that enter the body intravenously. Smokers not only become physically addicted to nicotine — they also associate smoking with many social activities.

Cravings

  • Distract yourself
  • Take deep breaths
  • Cravings come and go quickly

Irritability

  • Count to ten
  • Slow down
  • Be patient with yourself

Insomnia

  • Avoid beverages with caffeine after noon
  • Take a walk several hours before bed

Increased appetite

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Make a personal survival kit: include straws, coffee stirrers, toothpicks, licorice, gum or fresh vegetables

Inability to concentrate

  • Take a brisk walk
  • Take deep breaths of fresh air
  • Simplify your schedule for a few days