What are the withdrawal symptoms of smoking addiction?
A smoking addiction is no different from an alcohol addiction, yet this is often not seen as the same. You can go to a drug or drug withdrawal clinic, but for smoking cessation, you've been sentenced to self-help books or a set of nicotine patches. What are the consequences of quitting smoking?
Within hours of smoking
There are several lectures or books that will help you quit smoking within hours. And this often works… until the next morning. Then, panic, look for that pack of cigarettes you threw in the bin yesterday. Panic, sadness and crying spells, as an ex-smoker, these are common withdrawal symptoms. Cigarettes are addictive. Not only because of the nicotine, but also because of additives in tobacco and just that habit of a smoking break. Although many people manage to get rid of cigarettes, the relapse is large. MRI scans clearly show the influence of smoking on the brain. It is not correct that it prevents stress, it is the associations that people have gained over the years that encourage smoking. The brain associates cigarettes with rest, while this stems from the conditions that often arose in puberty.
You stop automatically
A quarter of heavy smokers die from a cause directly related to smoking. That is also a way to quit, but of course you would rather not be one of those 20,000 Dutch people who give Maarten the pipe every year. There are specialists who advocate withdrawal as this also applies to other addictions. This has been done before in Germany. With nicotine substitutes such as plasters, chewing gum and e-cigarettes, you can limit the risks of smoking without stopping cold turkey altogether. The effectiveness of these types of devices can differ per individual, research has shown that smokers make an average of five serious attempts before staying "smoke-free".