What Using Tobacco Feels Like
When people first try smoking cigarettes or using other tobacco products, they frequently feel dizzy or sick. When tobacco is used again and again, the body gets used to the effects of nicotine. Many people who smoke regularly say it relaxes them or helps them concentrate. But regular smokers need nicotine just to feel “normal“.
Many people who quit tobacco feel bad as their bodies adjust to no longer taking in nicotine and the other chemicals in tobacco. These uncomfortable feelings are called withdrawal symptoms.
Exactly which symptoms a person feels when giving up tobacco depends on many factors, like how much and how often tobacco was smoked and how long the person has been a smoker. Generally, withdrawal symptoms are worse for heavy smokers who have smoked for a long time. Withdrawal symptoms are worst in the first week after you stop smoking. Most symptoms decrease in the next few weeks, but cravings for nicotine may persist. The most common withdrawal symptoms are feeling irritable or restless, difficulty concentrating, sleep irregularities, and increased appetite.
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