Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms

As soon as a Smoker decides to quit smoking, nicotine withdrawal symptoms become the uppermost concern in the Smoker’s mind. Fear of the withdrawal is the single most powerful obstacle to getting started.

However, once that fear is put in its proper perspective, stopping smoking is really not as difficult as our own addicted minds have tricked us into believing.

Getting through the Withdrawal

Going through nicotine withdrawal cold turkey is actually the best way to approach quitting smoking because cold turkey is the only method that will not prolong and intensify the withdrawal symptoms.

Logically, if we must go through a withdrawal, let’s do it quickly.

Nicotine withdrawal is a short phase overall, but it can be intense. Make it more manageable by empowering yourself with knowledge about what to expect as you go through the early days of smoking cessation.

Review Your Reasons and Benefits

Many of the reasons for wanting to quit smoking are common, but some of them will be unique to your own situation. Make a list on paper and as a continual reminder on your smartphone.

Carry it with you, adding to it as more reasons pop into your mind. Read it often. Your list is a valuable tool to help you to deal with the urge to smoke.

Know When You’re Rationalizing

Thoughts of smoking just one cigarette are going to happen as you make your way through the early days of nicotine withdrawal. In fact, during the first few days of smoking cessation, you may feel as though you’re thinking of nothing but smoking.

Addiction has an even stronger hold on you mentally than it does physically. Your mind will turn itself inside out trying to convince you that you must smoke again.

Be prepared for the mental chatter that comes with this phase of stopping smoking. Every new Ex-Smoker goes through some of it. Understand that it’s just a part of the process as you recover from nicotine addiction and don’t let it throw you off your goal.

For most people, the worst of it will be over by the end of your second day.

Triggers to Smoke

Physical withdrawal from nicotine triggers the urge to smoke. In the first 72 hours, nicotine is gone from the bloodstream. Triggers shift over to the mental associations you have built up over the years as a Smoker.

This is the reason I teach you how to recondition your thinking from the very beginning.

Triggers will often appear seemingly out of the blue and cause powerful urges to smoke, even though there is no nicotine present in your body any longer.

With practice, I teach you how to break down old habits and create new ones that are much healthier.

Think of Momentum as a Tool

You start your quit program on day one. You only have to get through about 48 hours of temporary discomfort. That’s it !

Every smoke-free day makes you stronger and more able to succeed. The gains may be somewhat imperceptible at first, but they’re happening all the same.

Day-by-day you’re building momentum that will propel you forward with greater ease as time goes by. You can always do more than you think you can.

To Change Your Life, Change Your Mind

It has been said that the average person has approximately 60,000 thoughts a day. You might be surprised to learn how much of what you think is negative and directed at yourself. And worse, many people repeat those self-defeating thoughts over and over again.

I teach you exact techniques to change your thought processes because your mind believes what you tell it,

As you experience the temporary withdrawal, you will need to pay attention to what you’re thinking. In the Stop for Life program, I will teach you how to give yourself positive cues that really work under any circumstances.


Fear of temporary withdrawal is your worst enemy. It is the fear alone that causes most failure simply because it prevents the Smoker from ever getting started on a path that is really not so difficult.

At Stop for Life, we help you every step of the way.

Smoking cessation is a process, not an event. Recovery takes time.

Every smoke-free day makes you stronger and more able to succeed.

Every single day you complete smoke-free early on is a huge accomplishment. You may not think so, but the minutes, hours, and days you put between you and that last cigarette you smoked is working to strengthen your resolve.

Little by little, you’re teaching yourself how to live without cigarettes.

Let’s get started Right Here, Right Now !

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8 Replies to “Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms”

  1. This is an important article. Even though I’m not a smoker I know the hardship they have to go through when they decide to quit it. Well with these kind of article I think it will be a bit easier for them. I look this article as a good guide. It gives good explanation for each scenario and what they are supposed to do in those scenarios. 

    Thank you for sharing this post.

  2. Smoking is such a terrible habit and thankfully I never smoked before.But my whole family did and it was not a nice thing to live with.

    I know it isn’t easy to quit because of the addiction.But I’m sure your techniques work. Once you make up your mind you can do anything.

    My wife quit many years ago because she had a clot in her arm and they had to take a vein from her leg to bypass it.

    So, if you really want to quit, I would give your Stop for Life program a try for sure! You’ve got nothing to lose except smoke inhalation!What percentage of folks succeed at Stop for Life?

    1. Hi Rob,

      Sorry to hear that it took a serious medical problem for your wife to finally stop smoking. That is the tradgey of the addiction and the result of the procrastination that I have been writing about. 

      As a smoking cessation expert, I can tell you that procrastination is the biggest enemy of the smoker and will always result in something bad happening before there is a willingness to quit. Sadly,I see  this happen to Smokers every day.

      My success rate is between 80% and 85%. It fluctuates a little, but rarely falls below 80%… That means that 80% of my students are still not smoking one year later. The time frame is what makes it a significant statistic.

      Thanks for stopping by. 

  3. I will agree with you quitting smoking is not anybody cup of tea for those who smoke  quitting is the only solution for smokers but the should  have given something to reduce the craving of smokes that is why this log is very important blog is very important for helping those guys to reduce the clavicle if that can be done then we can  say we’re winning warn on nicotine addition.

    1. Hello Charles,

      Being “Given something to reduce the cravings” as you say is NRT, commonly known as nicotine replacement therapy. That is simply trying to use nicotine to break a nicotine addiction, which makes no sense at all. 

      As my articles explain, NRT will only serve to prolong and intensify the withdrawal symptoms. 

      That is something that no Smoker will volunteer to do and it is also the reason that NRT has such a dismal success rate. Here’s more info on that subject.

      Get the book… You’ll be glad you did.

  4. I agree that addiction has a stronger mental than physical hold over a person. That’s why it’s important to train our thoughts to think good and positive things. However, isn’t 48 hrs of discomfort a short time?I know a couple people who quit smoking cold turkey and were on track for a couple of years and then suddenly they resumed smoking again; even more than before.

    1. Hi Tekyia,

      48 hours is really all it takes. Only in some rare instances, it will last up to 72 hours. The reason that your friends relapsed was not because they stopped cold turkey. It was because they failed to recondition their thinking,which is exactly what I teach and why my students enjoy such a low relapse rate.

      Cold turkey prevents the withdrawal from being longer or more intense than it needs to be… It’s the only way… 

      Thanks for your thoughts.

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