Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms

To stop smoking is not easy. If you are a smoker and you have tried to quit before, you know what it means!

Why is it difficult to quit smoking? It is because the addictive substance in tobacco and nicotine is one of the most addictive chemicals in the world. It interferes in the function of your nervous system, centrally and peripherally. It makes you develop nicotine tolerance and hooks you up on nicotine dependence (please see the Mechanism of Nicotine dependence).

When you quit smoking, the nicotine level in your body drops, and neurological imbalance in the brain leads to a series of severe reactions: irritability, anxiety, impatience, anger, frustration, in some cases, it can lead to depression and insomnia. Since nicotine is a stimulant, by quitting smoking, you may experience low energy and lack of focus. What’s more, your appetite increases, plus the increased risk of emotional eating, and the slowed down metabolism and gut movement as well as the alteration of the gut flora, you are at a high risk of gaining weight. There are other physical symptoms that may occur, such as flu symptoms (increased secretion at the back of your nose and in your throat, and intense cough), dizziness, chest tightness, headache, and constipation.

It sounds awful, isn’t it? That’s why even you know smoking is bad for your health, but to avoid the unbearable physical withdrawal symptoms, you continue to smoke. Isn’t it a lot easier if we eliminate or reduce significantly the physical symptoms of withdrawal? There are different quit smoking aids that may do the job, such as nicotine replacement treatments, prescription medications, or less legal but quite popular e-cigarettes. However, these options may have various side-effects. The real healthy, natural and chemical free option is the effective soft laser Stop Tobacco treatments of the Stop Centres. By non-invasive stimulation of carefully chosen acupoints, the low-level laser of the Stop Tobacco treatment naturally offsets the imbalance of your nervous system and restores its normal functions, so that it eliminates or greatly reduces the awful withdrawal symptoms you are afraid of.


1. Canadian Lung Association

2. Wikipedia

3. Government of Canada

4. Tobacco-Free Quebec