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Help and advice on quitting smoking

Irritability, anger, nervousness

  • Understand what is happening: irritability and other withdrawal symptoms are caused by a sudden change in the amount of nicotine reaching the brain. Some medications (ask your physician) "cheat" your brain, creating the illusion that it is still receiving nicotine from cigarettes, and so greatly reducing irritability.
  • Increase your resistance: during the first weeks after quitting smoking, go to bed early. If you are short of sleep, you increase the risk of your becoming irritable. You can also increase your resistance by doing relaxation exercises and learning to say "no" to excessive demands.
  • Use distracting activities: take a break, for example to drink a glass of water, eat a piece of fruit, brush your teeth, go to the toilet, have a shower, etc.