Smoking cessation symptoms
Like any other living organism, your body will undergo some serious changes once you stop smoking, especially after using tobacco products for a number of years. It has a natural ability to clean itself from all the harm caused by the smoke and carcinogens and this ability will translate into something called ‘symptoms of withdraw’ that will manifest, depending on person, from only a few days to a couple of months. Not everyone responds in the same manner, but the general symptoms are the almost the same.
If you want to quit tobacco by using electronic cigarettes, you should know from the start that the nicotine inside combustibles is usually balanced by the amount inside the e-juice, so you won’t have to worry about the neurological symptoms of addiction like in the case you go ‘cold turkey’. If the need for nicotine feels quite intense, then we suggest picking an e-liquid with a stronger concentration. On the other hand, if the throat hit feels harsh then you should probably go for a weaker nicotine concentration.
One of the first symptoms you will experience is mouth ulcers. These inflammations of the gums are quite common in people that quit smoking all of a sudden and they usually go away in a few days. Try to keep away from intense flavors like clove and cinnamon while you do this, because they can increase the irritation.
Acne is another common symptom of quitting smoking, especially in people under 30 and it could last for months. A visit to the dermatologist is always recommended if this doesn’t stop in 60 days.
Symptoms like shakiness, nausea or headaches are most common to nicotine withdrawal, and if you experiencing them, it is probably a good idea to boost the concentration of your e-liquid. They tend to happen to people who used to smoke more than a pack every day. However, these nasty symptoms tend to disappear in a matter of days.
The most common symptoms among all quitters include throat clearing, congestion, coughing, and sputum and these represent your body’s natural way of cleaning itself after so many years of smoke and tar. Depending if you were a heavy smoker or not, these nasty side effects can last from a couple of weeks to a couple of months. Hoarseness is another symptom associated with the long list mentioned above and the only treatment is hydration (drink lots of water) and taking throat lozenges on a regular basis.
Sensitivity to the common cold is too part of the smoking cessation symptomology and the only way to fight it is with healthy meals, vitamin supplements and lots of fluids.
Some people also experience acute heartburn. This can also be caused by too much nicotine. Try lowering the concentration for starters, but if the problem persists it’s a good idea to check with your doctor.
On the positive side, you will experience an improved sense of smell and taste and this will make you enjoy meals like never before, feel more vibrant and have an increased desire for long outdoors walks.