It turns out that the quitting smoking side effects are very diverse and plentiful. This means that smokers, if they truly get to a point in their lives where they honestly want to stop smoking, have to deal with the additional ravages of a bunch of challenging side effects that will make their lives somewhat hard, at least for a little while. According to the website called Quit Smoking Support, which asserts it has been providing smoking cessation help since 1989, the list of side effects for people who quit smoking is long and also annoying.
That said, however, the quitting smoking side effects do not last all that long. Take this tidbit of information, for example. According to the Quit Smoking Support website, many of the side effects peak 48 hours after an individual has stopped smoking, and many of them will be utterly gone by the time that six months have passed.
Still, it is also important for you to remember that, for many folks, it can take as long as between 8 and 12 weeks for a person to be totally comfortable with going from being a smoker to a non-smoker.
It goes without saying that smokers who are having to endure the side effects are not going to have a fun time. In fact, you might well be tempted to succumb to your demons and return to smoking cigarettes or using tobacco, if only to stop these aggravating quitting smoking side effects.
However, even when you are under siege like this, you can still remind yourself just why you have a desire and a commitment to quit smoking. For example, you could very easily write your reasons for quitting smoking on a card and then bring this card wherever you venture.
Further, the smoker who is under siege like this can just keep telling himself that the distress he is feeling is only a small fraction of the very real pain associated with continued smoking. Some examples would be torturous diseases like lung cancer, emphysema, chemotherapy and operations.
The First Two Weeks
The first two weeks after quitting are generally the hardest time that a smoker will have to endure, and they are divided into both physical symptoms and mental or emotional symptoms.
In the first two weeks, a person trying to quit smoking will usually experience physical symptoms such as:
intestinal problems such as nausea and/or cramping
tingling in the feet and the hands
and even the usual symptoms of a cold, which include symptoms like coughing and a sore throat.
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Mental or Emotional Symptoms
On the mental or emotional side of the side effects, you can expect and should look for symptoms such as:
feelings of dependency
throwing temper tantrums
and even depression
Possible Weight Gain
Smoking suppresses the appetite
Heavy smokers can burn more calories each day than non-smokers
Within the first 3-12 months you may experience a weight gain of 8-11 lb (4-5 kg)
The weight gain is reversible
The type of depression a person trying to quit smoking can experience, according to reports, can be similar to the type of loss that would not be unusual with the loss of a family member. It may be more common in women.
Studies showed that after quitting, smokers were happier when they weren’t smoking, and became prone to mood swings if they smoked again.
As you can see, there are a whole bunch of side effects that are going to beset a person who is trying to stop smoking.
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