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Side Effects from Quitting Smoking

People start smoking for a variety of reasons. Sometimes they want to fit in with a group of people, sometimes they want to be like their parents and sometimes after they have tried a couple of cigarettes, they find smoking to be a vey pleasurable experience.

The problem is that the pleasant experience comes complete with a host of bad things that can affect you. Cancer, COPD, emphysema, heart conditions, all these physical problems have been linked to smoking. Not to say that everyone who smokes gets these problems, they don’t. But enough people have them who smoke, that there seems to be a definite correlation between smoking and those problems.

When people decide to stop smoking they often experience some effects from doing that. After all, nicotine is a powerfully addictive substance and people really enjoy the feeling they get from smoking. The nicotine goes into their bodies and produces a feeling of calmness and pleasure. That is very difficult to give up.

Common side effects of quitting smoking are grouchiness and irritability. Just writing those words in a sentence like that kind of leaves off the intensity of those emotions. Smokers who are quitting can definitely be unpleasant people to be around. Yelling at folks for no reason and simply being people to avoid at all costs.

But that behavior passes as your body realizes you no longer need nicotine to feel good.

Other people experience huge amounts of hunger which almost no quantities of food can make go away. This is probably for a couple of reasons. The first is that people are looking for something they can use to bring back those good feelings they had when they were smoking. And people also find that they can actually taste food again without their tongue being covered with a slimy coat of burnt tobacco and tar.

Some people find that for a while after they quit smoking that they cannot concentrate and wind up spending a lot of time day dreaming when they are supposed to be concentrating on something. Others find that they have difficulty falling asleep and when they do their sleep is not restful.

Sometimes people get headaches or stomach aches or overall body aches. This is a normal reaction to your body getting rid of the residual junk from the cigarettes. You might also find that you are coughing up really gross looking stuff from your lungs. As icky as that sounds, it is far better to cough it up and spit it out, than it is for that stuff to stay in your body.

These side effects go away. And the positive effects you are going to get from stopping smoking far outweigh the negative effects. Some people think that they need to avoid all unpleasant feelings at all costs and they go back to smoking. This makes the temporary bad feelings go away again, but you are filling your body up with all the bad things you were trying to get rid of in the first place.

Keep at it, even if it’s temporarily bad, the positive effects on your health and your life are well worth stopping smoking.

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