5 Things You Need to Know About Nicotine Withdrawal and Anxiety

The nicotine in cigarette smoke is addictive. When used in small amounts, nicotine creates a pleasurable feeling, which makes you want to smoke more. The more you smoke, the more you crave. One of the major problems is when you want to quit, you suffer withdrawal symptoms. You may experience headaches, nervousness, irritability and difficulty sleeping. Nicotine can also affect your mood, because it alters the chemistry of your brain and central nervous system. The chemicals in cigarettes irritate the air passages and lungs. Some of the poisons found in cigarettes remain in the lungs and mucus can block the airways. The cilia (hair-like formations that remove particles from the lungs) stop working as effectively, making smokers more susceptible to bacteria and viruses. When you quit smoking, your lungs also need to go through a healing process. The body begins to restore itself, so despite the temporary side effects of withdrawal, quitting smoking is critical to your overall health.

The nicotine in cigarette smoke is addictive. When used in small amounts, nicotine creates a pleasurable feeling, which makes you want to smoke more. The more you smoke, the more you crave. One of the major problems is when you want to quit, you suffer withdrawal symptoms. You may experience headaches, nervousness, irritability and difficulty sleeping. Nicotine can also affect your mood, because it alters the chemistry of your brain and central nervous system. The chemicals in cigarettes irritate the air passages and lungs. Some of the poisons found in cigarettes remain in the lungs and mucus can block the airways. The cilia (hair-like formations that remove particles from the lungs) stop working as effectively, making smokers more susceptible to bacteria and viruses. When you quit smoking, your lungs also need to go through a healing process. The body begins to restore itself, so despite the temporary side effects of withdrawal, quitting smoking is critical to your overall health.

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