Tobacco has a very strong, addictive drug in it called nicotine. When you use tobacco in any form your body becomes used to the effects of nicotine. When you go without nicotine, because you cut back or quit smoking, your body and brain need time to adjust to this change. This adjustment is called
Recovery can start as soon as 30 minutes after you last used tobacco. The longest recovery symptoms last about 4 weeks.
When you’re pregnant and/or when you’re quitting smoking,
your body changes how it breaks down caffeine. Caffeine is found in coffee, tea, cola pop and energy drinks. This drug is broken down much more slowly after you quit smoking and can cause you to feel unwell. This means you may feel shaky, anxious, or have other symptoms related to using caffeine that are similar to nicotine recovery. Talk to your healthcare provider to learn more.
If you have any concerns with these (or other) symptoms or changes you are going through, or if you find you’re feeling depressed, speak with your healthcare provider or call
Health Link at 811.
Current as of: September 5, 2019
Author: Tobacco Reduction Program, Alberta Health Services
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