Why quitting smoking affects
your emotions

Withdrawal affects nearly 50% of smokers when they quit. Nicotine replacement therapy can make your quit smoother and less stressful.


When you smoke a cigarette, nicotine enters your bloodstream and quickly gets transported to the brain.


The nicotine stimulates your brain to create receptors that release chemicals and give you a feeling of pleasure.


With prolonged smoking, nicotine receptors grow in number.For a serious smoker, there might be millions of them.


The brain of a smoker becomes reliant on nicotine for the release of these feel-good chemicals. The average smoker gets about 200 hits of nicotine a day, so the brain always has an ample supply of nicotine to keep the smoker feeling happy and stable.


Nicotine from smoking doesn’t linger in your body. Within 72 hours of quitting, the supply in your bloodstream is gone. And suddenly, your brain receptors aren’t getting the nicotine they crave.


This absence of nicotine upsets brain chemistry, causing the powerful cravings and strong emotional reactions so common in the first weeks of quitting.


The good news is that these nicotine receptors go away over time. Giving your brain the time to lose these receptors and adjust to life without nicotine is a big part of the quitting process. This process is usually well underway by your second or third week of quitting. And by three months, your brain chemistry should return to normal.


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