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Why does smoking make me feel drowsy, depressed, not in mood, tired, dizzy etc.....

So after 7 months smoke free I smoked for last 2 weeks. I hate myself but I will quit.

However due to my anxiety I wander how does nicotine causes those symptoms above because I fear some neurological disorder. It was always like that. But when I don't smoke even for 1 day I feel normal.
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If the nicotine makes you feel so lousy, why did you go back to it? Im just curious, 7 months is a long time.
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Teko has a point there. If you feel better or more normal when you don't smoke, why would you want to smoke? You are creating more stress in your life by smoking. Reread what you wrote. You say "I hate myself." I know when I am feeling down on myself I always do something destructive. It used to be smoking but now I just put some sinfully delicious chocolate something in my mouth : ) It's good for that moment but I will have to pay for it later on.
Put those smokes down and move on. You slipped, it stinks but get over it and stop beating yourself up. You can do it!
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I've done that too after stopping for several months and felt the same way. I still miss smoking for the "comfort" it gave me but I don't miss those effects you described. I did this a few times and also felt very upset at myself as you did. Now it's been about 9 months and even though I'm not one of those who quit and after a month was fine, I keep pluggin' away. I have to play at a smoking establishment towmorrow night and I will take a chantix. It's a process...., I'm told
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I started because my wife filed for divorce. We have a toddler. It hurts when I imagine he will not grow up with both parents being together. It hurts that he won't have siblings.

I know smoking can't fix those problems and I feel like a failure.

So if I smoked for 3 weeks, how bad withdrawal symptoms will be? Will they be less that when I quit 7 months ago after smoking for 6 years?
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I'm sorry for your pain : (

Read the following from Joel Spitzer at whyquit.com:

I Have to Smoke Because of All My Stress!

Stress is considered a cause for smoking by many people.  Actually, smoking is a cause of stress.  Recent correspondence dealt with reasons people give for going back to smoking: social situations, parties, alcohol consumption and stress.  This month I wish to amplify on stress.

In January of 1979, Chicago and vicinity was devastated by a major blizzard.  Heavy snows fell just after the New Year crippling the area.  Additional snowfall continued throughout the week.  During this time period I was barraged with phone calls from participants of the November, 1978 clinic claiming to be terribly nervous, upset and anxious from "not smoking."  Curiously, most of them were feeling well during the month of December.  They had occasional urges which lasted only seconds and were quite easy to overcome.  What they were experiencing in January was different.  Many felt that they were on the verge of cracking up.  To them life was "just no good" without their cigarettes.  Was the anxiety they were now experiencing really a side effect from giving up smoking?

To any outside observer the answer to the mysterious intensification of perceived withdrawal was obvious.  In fact, if our ex-smokers listened to radio or television or read the front page of any newspaper, they would have encountered a story on cabin fever.  By simply comparing their symptoms with those accompanying cabin fever they would understand what was happening.

Attributing the anxiety to smoking cessation was transference of blame.  In fact, they were having a normal reaction to an abnormal situation - confinement due to the blizzard.  They would have had the same anxiety whether or not they had given up cigarettes.

The above story illustrates an atypical time period in which numerous people experience similar complaints.  In everyday life inherent problems exist.  Work, family, friends, and money can all contribute to daily distress.  Ex-smokers often think that if they just take a cigarette during a stressful episode the situation will be solved.  For example, consider a person who finds he has a flat tire in a parking lot during a freezing rain.  When encountering this kind of misfortune, the ex-smoker's first reaction often is, "I need a cigarette."  What will actually solve this problem is changing the tire, and driving off in a warm car.  What would a cigarette do to help this situation?  It only makes the person see the flat tire longer and freeze more.  This adds up to greater frustration. The first puff will probably reinforce the addiction to cigarettes which is a much greater crisis than the flat tire ever was.  In fact, taking the first puff almost always results in a bigger problem than the crisis that "caused" them to take the puff.  Even in a real catastrophe, such as a death in the family, injuries, illnesses, flooding resulting in major property loss, bankruptcy and so on, a cigarette will not solve the problem.  It will just add another major problem to the originally bad situation.

Remember, smoking cannot solve problems of daily living.  No matter what the problem, there is a more effective way of solving it than smoking.   In fact, a smoker's health risks are a real problem that can only be solved if they - NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF!

Joel

As for your relapse, every quit is different so you will just have to put them down and let us know how it is.
Good luck to you!
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Well, I certainly feel your pain, been there and done that. no judgement here. However, each quit is different and the difficulty level is too. Like you, I slipped after several months. It has now taken me almost a year to rid the fear of doing it again! I dont want to quit, I love it. I know I have no choice. I am 3 days 14 and a half hrs into it. It has been tougher on me this time than any other but am doing it. Whyquit keeps me on target and helps with the focus cause the minute we forget we fail.
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My Husband was diagnosis with Lung Cancer on Christmas Day he was rush to the hospital.
He had Part of the Lung removed and is now in remission.
I have been working two jobs to pay for medical bills.  I came home today to find him smoking.
I am sick myself and they think I have cancer. I am very upset. I feel if you go thought something like this you would learn your lesson and stop.
I don’t care what it makes you feel. Others have stopped smoking. We all have it in us to stop.
If you all want to die that’s  up to you, don’t pass the cancer off to someone else you live with.  My Husband is committing suicide. Why let something control you like this. I breathe this in every day. I meant my husband when I was 14 Years old.
He did not know the consequences when he smoked years ago. He does not care how it’s hurting me.
I was supposed to get the surgery in Oct,of 2008 but gave all my attention to my husband and took care of him. I am now sick and I felt it’s time to take care of me. I did not want to get the surgery in the past because of him smoking.  I didn’t want to come home with smoke in the house.
Cigarettes, a big money making business in this country. It’s giving the Doctors business and the pharmacies. I know that the doctors don’t want to see people die of cancer and they are doing everything they can to help.
We need to stop the sale of cigarettes now. The people in the country have a war right here and that’s with the sale of cigarettes.
I love my Husband and its sad to see him like this helpless and depressed that’s what cigarettes do to you.  Please keep us in your prayers.
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My heart so goes out to you and your husband. Please know that my prayers are with you. Addiction is a selfish and cruel disease is it not?  Direct your husband to whyquit.com.  If that does not get him off, nothing will but the grace of God! Please keep us posted as to your and your husbands progress? You are not alone, now or never, we will be here on these forums anytime you need us. Hugs...
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I'm sorry for what the two of you are going through and I hope that you both recover soon.

I was a smoker for nearly 40 years and I won't make excuses for myself. I live with the guilt and my son constantly reminds me that he has an abnormality because I smoked while pregnant. Maybe it was, maybe not, but it is the incentive to keep me from smoking again.
Teko said it so well and I think it bears repeating "Addiction is a selfish and cruel disease."
On October 8 I will celebrate my 2 year quit anniversary. I don't know how I ever got to that dark place and why I didn't quit earlier, but I do know that it was never done maliciously. I know that isn't much help to you, but I say it because it's an honest response.
You have my prayers too. God bless you both.
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I am coming up to close to a year but don't know the exact date. It has been hard even with chantix and it's still a struggle but it's getting a little easier. As this post stated, the original poster felt bad physically after starting smoking again. So did I and that's why I don't want to go back. It really didn't make me feel better and I had anxiety from smoking that was very noticable. I hope everone stays stopped or quits.
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Update
My Husband got back on Chantix. No to happy with this med. too many side effects.
But what else can anyone do? My husband Doctor call tonight while watching the big Presidents speech. My Husband prostate levels are up. The Doctor is going to check it again. Another test from God. I wonder how much I can handle this . I am trying to be very strong. It hurts to see him like this. I wanted us both to be around for our Grandchildren. I hope I will get through my Hysterectomy and Cancer free.
What a life.
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good luck to you both and I truly hope that he quits.
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hello today is friday 2/5/10 today is the day to quit smoking. aim 31 years old my doc told me that if i keep somoking in less than 2 years i will need a oxigen tank to breath. my dauther is 8 years old i would love to se her graduating from the university. so yes is not worth it to keep smoking. i hope to succed this time.
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It is the smoke itself that is making you drowsy and tired. We smoke bees to calm them, don't we?
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after about 15 yrs, i'm actually puttin effort into quitting.. it's only been day 2.. i feel good but now and then i feel the urge to smoke.. not buying cigarettes nor do i have a secret stash.. hubby was actually the one who spoke up for us and said he wants to live to see his kids have kids and grow with them..
i hope we can do this..
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keep up the good work Sushi, only day 2 but its a start!!.....just do it one day at a time.
For me its day 97, still have the sudden flashes of overwhelming urges but they pass if I get busy or poke something else in my mouth....trying for it to at least be low cal.
you can do this too hon, your worth it!!

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My uncle has been a smoker since a very young age, and has been trying to quit smoking for all but the five first years of that time. It is not worth the suffering caused, and I believe it's best never to start in the first place. I applaud all the smokers out there who are on that journey to quitting. You can do it- live strong!
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I feel so tired and light headed when I smoke. I when I go to bed I used to help me sleep since I have trouble sleeping.
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Today is the day I quit. I am 30 years old and I have been smoking since I was 17. It was great at first but these days I feel tired, depressed, anxious and alone. I'm praying that all the chain smoking I do may have something to do with the way I feel about myself. I am very active at the gym but I always feel exhausted afterwards. I hope not smoking will help this too. My appitite is gone which doesn't help if your trying to gain muscle mass with no fuel to do so. It feels like my life revolves around smoking. I'm do tired of making them my priority in my life when I could be doing something greater with my time than digging a pack of cigarettes out of the trash because I got mad about smoking and threw them away! I understand what alot if these people are going thru and I wish everyone good luck and please let me know if you want to talk because it ***** doing it alone.
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good luck to you i hope you quit
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Well if any of you are trying to quit.. try picking up an E-cigarette (much healthier alternative to smoking)! I as a matter of fact am selling a pretty nice one that i bought 2 days ago.. i'm selling it for half the price! i never had a problem with nicotine/cigarettes, so why even start right? its really nice though, it works amazingly well. and i can provide pictures, information and everything! thanks guys! message me at ***@****.
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t a n n e r z o b e l l 1 @ l i v e . c o m

they blocked my email haha
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Much less.
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Nicotine addiction is not solved by a simple choice when desiring to quit. The reason a person smokes is the process of addiction. The longer one smokes, the greater the addiction and the more difficult to quit. The first step in overcoming any drug addiction is to admit to the existence of the addiction.
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