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5 Most Common Side Effects of Quitting Smoking and How to Cope

I have been writing on HubPages for several years. I have experienced the trials of quitting smoking and write extensively on the topic.

Headaches are a major part of nicotine withdrawal.

Headaches are a major part of nicotine withdrawal.

Unfortunately, when you quit smoking, experiencing withdrawal symptoms is common. The side effects of quitting smoking can be diverse. Not everyone experiences the side-effects of withdrawal to the same degree. This is because our bodies deal with the lack of nicotine and other chemicals in tobacco smoke in varying ways.

Side Effects of Quitting Smoking

  1. Cigarette cravings continue after quitting smoking.
  2. Quitting can cause insomnia.
  3. After you stop smoking you will still cough.
  4. Quitting can cause depression, anxiety, and irritability.
  5. If you stop smoking, you might gain weight or have an increased appetite.

Quitting smoking is one of the most difficult things a person can do. Nicotine is a multifaceted drug that millions of Americans struggle with each year. Remember, you are not alone in your quest to quit and regain your health. That said, quitting will not make you feel better instantaneously. In the paragraphs below, you'll find details about the five most common symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, as well as information about several methods that you can use to cope during this uncomfortable time.

This article aims to prepare you for the potential side effects you may experience after you quit smoking. It also provides you with useful information regarding how to cope with these side effects. You can find details about each of these withdrawal symptoms below.

1. Cigarette Cravings Continue After Quitting Smoking

After you quit smoking, cravings for nicotine are most common. Typically, a craving can last around five minutes and can be very overwhelming. Using a nicotine replacement therapy aid, such as patches or gum, can help reduce how powerful a smoking craving is.

You will still need a contingency plan to get through smoking cravings. There are no quick fixes for smoking cravings. Focus on the reasons you have decided to quit smoking and the benefits you will gain when you succeed. Try diverting your attention by going for a short walk or practicing breathing exercises.

2. Quitting Can Cause Insomnia

Your body reacts to the lack of nicotine (a stimulant) after quitting smoking by desiring more stimulants, such as caffeine. This is often why, after you quit smoking, you become irritable and restless while your body adjusts.

To minimize this side effect, you should reduce your intake of coffee, tea, cola and stimulant caffeine drinks. Try decaffeinated products, or replacing tea and coffee with fruit juice or herbal teas.