Effects of giving up smoking

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After a while your lungs start to recover, millions of tiny hairs called cilia designed to clean air passages begin to work again and clear away residues acquired by smoking.

You may feel dizzy or light headed, with tingling sensations, and a feeling of unreality as an increase of oxygen reaches the extremities by an improved blood supply to head, hands, feet and offering an overall positive effect on health.

Withdrawal symptoms:

When nicotine is withdrawn from your body you may experience some feelings of withdrawal. As the body is getting used to being without nicotine you may experience some of the following effects:

  • Feel bad tempered, extra sensitive or unable to concentrate
  • Have cold symptoms – this is because sometimes there is a reduced immunity in the early stages, this will improve as time goes on
  • An increased chance of mouth infections and ulcers and increased nasal secretions – as the bacteria content of the mouth is changed
  • Sometimes there is a reduced immunity during early the days of stopping, although this does improve as time goes on
  • Sleep disturbances or feeling extra sleepy
  • Feeling extra hungry, probably associated with changes of metabolic weight and the fact that smoking acts as an appetite suppressant
  • Bowel changes, constipation or diarrhoea: smoking and bowel action are often associated, it is suggested that this may be a mental as well as a physical link. Attention to diet will help
  • Craving, an overwhelming desire to smoke is linked with nicotine leaving the system and habit breaking, this can be very intense to start with but does ease, sometimes more rapidly than expected.

Another product that relieves withdrawal symptoms is the medication Champix – click here for more information on Champix products.

Nothing will help you give up smoking if you are not determined to do it and half hearted attempts generally do not succeed. Only you can do it!

The reason some people do not benefit from using NRT is that they may not have used it properly or in insufficient quantities. It is very unusual for people to become addicted to NRT products.


Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) can help with withdrawal symptoms

Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products, for example, patches, inhalators or gum, will offer the body the nicotine it craves and so can help with the sensations of withdrawal. Using NRT products will double your chances of stopping smoking. It is not a magic cure, as it does not completely replace the amount of nicotine you would receive when you smoke, but the symptoms will be less than if you quit ‘cold turkey’ (without any product or aid).