Whether you are going to use -ecigarettes to help you quit smoking or not, you should prepare yourself for rough couple of weeks. Within 12 hours after you have your last cigarette, your body will begin to heal itself. The levels of carbon monoxide and nicotine in your system will decline rapidly, and your heart and lungs will begin to repair the damage caused by cigarette smoke.

Even though your body is healing itself, you may actually feel worse for a while. But don't panic! The healing process begins immediately and it continues over time - those smoking cessation symptoms are really the recovery process symptoms. 

The reason behind your struggles is the Nicotine withdrawl. That is probably why electronic cigarettes seem to be the most popular way of giving up smoking these days, as your body still gets the Nicotine hit it needs without tar and other chmicals (research shows that it's the chemical present in tobacco smoke that cause cancer!).

So here’s an overview of what to expect when you stop using tobacco cigarettes!

1. Headaches:

It is not unusual for people to experience headaches when they first quit smoking. It is possible that the headaches experienced during nicotine withdrawal are the result of fluctuating serotonin levels.

2. Mouth Ulcers:

According to NHS  stopping smoking is a common cause for mouth ulcers - probably as quitting smoking leads to a change of chemicals in your body.

3. Weight gain. 

A study conducted by Yale University School of Medicine found that smoking (Nicotine in particular) helps control weight. Turns out, the Nicotine binds to receptors on appetite-regulating neurons, which aren’t involved in addiction. These neurons, located in the hypothalamus, send the “I’m full” message after a meal, helping to regulate how much you eat. This is probably why smokers aren't hungry when they smoke and why they tend to stay thinner on the habit! 

4. Chest pains & cough.

Smokers may experience a tight and uncomfortable feeling in their chest, coughing and cold/flu like symptoms. It most likely means your body is clearing itself up and it will go away with time, but if you are worried you should see your GP.

5. Mood swings.

Nicotine makes the brain release dopamine, helping us to feel good; smoking can also help to calm us or to stimulate us. So it’s not suprising that if you are getting no or less nicotine you can experience mood swings, depression and anxiety.

On the positive note, let's have a look at Huffington Posts's infographic presenting a stop smoking timeline: 

 

What Happens To Your Body When You Stop Smoking