advertisement
02 April 2012

A "fix"

A withdrawal period typically involves both physical symptoms (tiredness, irritability, headaches, anxiety) and an emotional need for a cigarette.

0

Like many smokers, you're likely addicted to the nicotine in tobacco, and when you stop smoking, you’re likely to go through a withdrawal period. This typically involves both physical symptoms (tiredness, irritability, headaches, anxiety) and an emotional need for a cigarette.

It isn't easy to get over an addiction to tobacco, but many people have succeeded, often on a second or third try. The longer you stay nicotine-free, the less of a hold it will have over you. The following tips are intended to help an addicted smoker make it through withdrawal and give up for good:

  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist about pharmacological aids (like Zyban, Champix, or nicotine replacement devices) to help avoid withdrawal symptoms.
  • Smoke more than you want to for a day or two before you quit. This "overkill" may help spoil your taste for cigarettes.
  • Go "cold turkey". Tapering off gradually probably won't work for you, because the moment you put out one cigarette you begin craving the next.
  • Tell family and friends you've stopped smoking: ask for help if you need it. Keep away from cigarettes completely: destroy any you may still have and get rid of ashtrays. Avoid smokers and smoking venues.
  • Think of yourself as a non-smoker, and act like one. Put up "No Smoking" signs, and encourage others to stay smoke-free.
  • Remember that physical withdrawal symptoms, though unpleasant, only last about two weeks.

Read more:
Smoking teens tend to try pot
Find your way to quit smoking

 
NEXT ON HEALTH24X
advertisement

Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Live healthier

Watch out! »

Gross fungal infections you can pick up at the gym

You go to gym to exercise. But make sure the only thing you pick up is a dumbbell and not one of these gross fungal infections.

Holiday health »

Your 10-step asthma holiday checklist

Don’t let asthma ruin your summer holiday. Whether you are travelling or embracing the summer at home, make sure you plan ahead.