I thought it would be good to create a string that people who have quit smoking and who have been off for varying lengths of time could respond to.
I want to caution all who read whatever follows here that just because one or two people write about a possible withdrawal symptom, this does not mean that you will have these same symptoms. See the string Every Quit is Different for more on that topic.
Almost more than specific symptoms, I hope this thread develops more into comments about general intensity of effects, contrasting what quitting was like in comparison to what the person thought it was going to be like.
Again, even in the most extreme withdrawals, the suffering that a person may feel from quitting is going to pale in comparison to the suffering the person will likely feel if he or she does not quit and goes on to develop a smoking induced illness. The real way to minimize pain and suffering throughout your lifetime is to make and stick to a personal commitment to never take another puff.