What Does Nicotine Do to Your Body? Physical Symptoms During the quitting • Tingling in the hands and feet • Sweating • Intestinal disorders (cramps, nausea) • Headache • Cold symptoms as the lungs begin to clear (sore throats, coughing, and other signs of colds and respiratory problem) Mental and Emotional Symptoms Tension and craving build up during periods of withdrawal, sometimes to a nearly intolerable point. Nearly every moderate to heavy smoker experiences more than one of the following strong emotional and mental responses to withdrawal. • Feelings of being an infant: temper tantrums, intense needs, feelings of dependency, a state of near paralysis. • Insomnia • Mental confusion • Vagueness • Irritability • Anxiety • Depression is common in the short and long term. In the short term it may mimic the feelings of grief felt when a loved one is lost. As foolish as it sounds, a smoker should plan on a period of actual mourning in order to get through the early withdrawal depression. Some Common Withdrawal Symptom Anger and Mood Swings Boredom Constipation, gas, and stomach pain Feeling Cooped Up Cough, Dry Throat/Mouth, Nasal Drip Craving Depression and Despair Dizziness Fatigue Frustration Headaches Increase in Appetite Insomnia Irritability, grouchy, tense Lack of Concentration Loneliness Night Time Awakenings Restlessness Tightness in the chest If you want to read more about all of this Go to: QuitSmokingOnline.com or Search for things like: “What Does Nicotine Do to Your Body? DO YOU STILL THINK A BUTT IS YOUR FRIEND? .