Withdrawal Symptoms of Quitting Smoking – How Can You Minimize Them?

The withdrawal symptoms of quitting smoking can be bad but they are not insurmountable. Let’s take a closer look in this article.


The most common symptom is one of general  irritability . What does this mean? It’s very similar to someone who is trying to go on a crash diet and resist the temptation to eat. Your mind says to you “I need cigarettes” while you are trying to resist.

If you get this symptom then it is possible to go into a “zone” where you can resist it more easily. Things like meditation and deep breathing may help you.


This is more commonly seen in recovering alcoholics but some smokers can get it too. I would say that this is a psychological effect. Nicotine does not produce this effect in 95% of people quitting smoking. Once you know that it is psychological then these shakes should stop.


This is normal for people quitting using willpower methods. They get constant cravings for a cigarette and they feel like they are missing something and not complete with out – the cigarette.

Constant Thinking About Cigarettes

Again, this is normal. You might start to “see” cigarettes everywhere. Your mind is almost playing tricks on you and your mind will easily wander from whatever you are currently thinking about to cigarettes. The best thing to do is anticipate this and quickly refocus on whatever you were originally thinking about.

Is There Any Way To Get Rid Of Withdrawal Symptoms?

Many smoking cures revolve around minimizing these symptoms. I’m talking about the laser, hypnosis and acupuncture. The problem is that these methods are only temporary and the withdrawal symptoms eventually come back and most people start to smoke again.

Is There Anything More Permanent?

Yes there is. The best way to quit is to use CBT. Cognitive behavioural therapy is a medical science that has long been used to cure people of their addictions. What happens is that over a short period of time, you are effectively re-educated about your addiction to see the irrationality of it.

Exactly the same techniques are used successfully to cure people who have irrational fears such as a fear of flying.