Nicotine Withdrawal

Nicotine withdrawal can be brutal. But you’re not alone if you’re trying to quit. There are many strategies for handling the temporary negative reactions your body will have when you quit smoking. The following resources provide tips for handling a nicotine craving, information on what exactly happens in your body during withdrawal, healthy and easy ways to cope, and potential treatment options. Though withdrawal may be hard in the short term, it’s important to remember that these are temporary symptoms, and that the long-term benefits of quitting smoking are many.

Nicotine Addiction and Withdraw

National Library of Medicine: Nicotine Addiction

Quit Victoria: Withdrawal - What is Going on Inside Your Body

  • Short video explaining the physiological realities of withdrawal
  • From Quit Victoria, an Australian organization working to aid individuals who wish to quit smoking


Craving a Cigarette? Check out these resources for others ways to spend your time: : Coping with Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Includes a list of common withdrawal symptoms with hyperlinks to pages specifically about each symptom, how to identify and manage them and tips for creating diversions : FAQ Dealing with Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Common questions relevant to individuals suffering with withdrawal symptoms
  • Answers and shared stories from others who have suffered and medical professionals
  • Questions are organized into categories based on themes (lack of energy, aggressiveness, weight gain, etc.) How To Handle Withdrawal Symptoms and Triggers When You Decide to Quit Smoking : What to Do When You’re Craving a Cigarette Right Now

Mayo Clinic: 10 Ways to Resist Tobacco Cravings

Want to know about treatment options? Check out these resources:

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

Did you know that Goucher’s Health Center offers *free* NRT products? Learn more. : Top Strategies to Cope with Withdrawal Using Nicotine Replacement Therapy Busting NRT Myths


Resources compiled by students in PSY 338: Health Psychology.