It is common to experience withdrawal symtoms when you stop smoking. The important thing to remember is that most cravings do not last more than four weeks.
The short term discomfort shows that nicotine is leaving your body. Withdrawal is also very personal - symptoms vary from person to person and some smokers find it easier than expected.
Here are some of the common withdrawal symptoms you might expect to get:
|Increased irritability/aggression||Up to 4 weeks|
|Increased anxiety||Up to 2 weeks|
|Increased restlessness||Up to 4 weeks|
|Difficulty concentrating||Up to 2 weeks|
|Increased appetite||Over 10 weeks|
|Sleep disturbance||Up to a week|
|Depressed mood||Up to 4 weeks|
|Urges to smoke||At least 2 weeks|
- Stacey's Story - Video (External document) 20/03/2013