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Nausea after smoking – What makes you sick?

You or a person close to you feels sick after a cigarette? You don’t feel well when you inhale the cigarette smoke?

You are not the first person to suffer from this. And certainly not the last person.

In this article we write about

  • nausea, vomiting or general discomfort,
  • what you can do about it and
  • which groups of people are particularly vulnerable

Read this article to the end in order not to miss any important information. They can make a lasting difference to your life.

You didn’t stumble across this article by accident. If you are a smoker, you can now take the first step to quit with your bad habit.

Why do you get dizzy after a cigarette?

There are several reasons why smoking can cause nausea. Here is a list of possible cases::

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This pumpkin had a hard Halloween night with lots of cigarettes behind it. We think he just regrets it.

1. Nicotine can cause discomfort

Among many other harmful substances, cigarettes contain the active ingredient nicotine. But what does this substance do to our body?

Nicotine is a stimulating substance that can lead to dependency if taken over a longer period of time.

So nicotine is one of the chemicals that causes cigarette addiction.

It also causes most dizzy spells. While inhaled smoke can cause mild dizziness, prolonged periods of dizziness – especially those associated with withdrawal – can be attributed to the effects of nicotine in the brain.

2. Oxygen deficiency

Dizziness can occur after smoking when the brain is struggling to get the oxygen it needs. This can happen when the lungs are overloaded with smoke. The carbon and other burning particles fill the lungs and prevent oxygen from flowing into the bloodstream.

This can make you feel weak or dizzy. High levels of nicotine can also cause this, but since nicotine is quickly broken down, it is rarely the cause of prolonged discomfort.

3. Dizziness due to withdrawal symptoms

Another reason for nausea is the physical response to the lack of nicotine in the body. Since the brain has become accustomed to a constant supply of nicotine, it often reacts – to put it simply – with nausea.

Nicotine withdrawal can lead to nausea.

Dizzy spells can also be accompanied by headaches. This effect cannot be completely avoided or stopped. However, there are ways to counteract this effect. In our newsletter, for example, we give useful tips and tricks on how to stop smoking without side effects. In the bar on the right you can sign up immediately.

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Who is especially predisposed to feeling unwell after smoking?

No matter how long you’ve been smoking, it can always hit you. In addition to smokers, non-smokers are mainly affected in connection with passive smoking. Here is an overview of the groups of people who can be particularly affected by nausea.

1. Beginners

Anyone who starts smoking risks strong reactions in the brain and nausea. Our tip:

Don’t even start smoking!

Ask any smoker who has been addicted for a long time: If you could turn back time: Would you say ” No, thank you” if someone had offered you a cigarette? You’ll find that the vast majority would rather live without cigarettes now.

2. Backsliders

People who try to quit smoking often experience setbacks. They take a firm decision to quit their bad habits. Nevertheless, they do not succeed, reach for a cigarette and have 2 effects:

  • nausea and
  • a bad conscience

Okay. Okay. The nausea will go away very quickly if the body can regenerate. However, please contact your doctor if the nausea lasts a long time. In our article Smoking and its effects we write in detail about this topic.

A bad conscience, on the other hand, will plague you longer and can also lead to physical reactions. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you stay on the ball and continue trying consistently. Of course we support you more than gladly with our blog articles and the smokefree newsletter.

3. Passive smokers

If you spend more time with smokers in a closed room, you will soon notice the effects of passive smoking. Inhaling air contaminated with cigarette smoke transfers carcinogenic substances from a cigarette into the bloodstream. As a non-smoker, you react strongly to the chemicals in tobacco smoke and are more likely to have symptoms such as nausea.

According to health authorities, smoke from one cigarette contains 4,000 chemical compounds, of which at least 60 have been linked to cancer.

What can you do to avoid the dizziness?

Dizziness after cigarette

There are several ways to attempt reducing the intensity of vertigo. We particularly recommend the following exercises and measures:

  • Practice slow and deep inhalation. Hold your breath for 5 seconds and let the oxygen penetrate your bloodstream. Then slowly count to 5 while exhaling.
  • Slow movements (please be careful) can improve blood flow to the brain and reduce dizziness.
  • Take a sip of water and try to calm down.

In the long run, however, only one thing will help:

Stop smoking for a long time and enjoy the many advantages of a smoke-free life.


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