Smoking withdrawal symptoms
Withdrawal symptoms are different for everyone and can affect you mentally and physically.
Knowing what to expect and how to deal with them helps. You might have lots of symptoms or only a few.
Remember they’re temporary - they’ll go away once your body stops being dependent on nicotine.
|% of quitters affected||symptom||duration|
|70%||nicotine craving||more than 2 weeks|
|70%||increased appetite||more than 10 weeks|
|60%||depression||less than 4 weeks|
|60%||restlessness||less than 4 weeks|
|60%||poor concentration||less than 2 weeks|
|50%||irritability or aggression||less than 4 weeks|
|25%||disturbed sleep||less than 1 week|
|10%||feeling light headed||less than 48 hours|
Source: ASH Fact Sheet, last reviewed September 2014
If you’re struggling to cope, remind yourself why you’re quitting. Remember the health and financial benefits for you and your family. And there are lots of people to help you.