What to expect when you quit – Withdrawal

By Smokefree Team

The thought of stopping smoking may be scary, but by getting specialist support from us and using stop smoking aids, you are more likely to succeed than going it alone. Stopping smoking might be the most rewarding thing you’ve ever done. Don’t just take our word for it, read some of our case studies here.

The hardest part of stopping smoking is managing the withdrawal symptoms whether it’s your first time or fifth time, no two quit attempts are the same. We always say, “Never give up, giving up”. Don’t be disheartened if you’ve tried several times before. Each time you try, you take a step closer to achieving your goal of stopping smoking. We encourage people to get into the habit of making a quit attempt at least once a year.


We’ve listed some of the common withdrawal symptoms below so that you’ll be better prepared by knowing what to expect which in turn will help you to consider ways of over coming these withdrawal symptoms. Please remember, you may not get all of these symptoms and they will be short lived with most lasting no more than 4 weeks. Using stop smoking aids such as nicotine patches or e-cigarettes can help to reduce the impact of withdrawal symptoms.

  • Low mood
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Increased appetite; (This can usually last longer than a few weeks, eating healthily and remaining physically active will help)
  • Cough;
  • Constipation;
  • Weight gain;
  • Mouth ulcers.