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Stages of Quitting Smoking

Quitting smoking comes with withdrawal symptoms and a level of difficulty that is on par with cocaine and other hard drugs. But it is certainly not impossible to quit, as evidenced by the many who have accomplished it. Those who want to quit should know that the withdrawal symptoms from quitting come in stages. The longer you quit for, the more of these stages you will go through.

The First Week

The hardest of the stages of quitting smoking is in the first week. This is where the withdrawal symptoms peak. These symptoms can actually start in during the first 30 minutes of not smoking. How severe the symptoms are and how soon they set in depend on how long and how heavily you smoked.

Nicotine doesn’t last very long when it hits the brain, so it needs to be administered regularly for the brain to continue its feeling of satiation. The brain will start to miss that nicotine the most during the first few days.

The strongest and earliest symptom will be cravings, followed by anxiety, depression, nervousness and a lack of focus. The symptoms become their strongest during the first 3-5 days, then they start to decrease.

As your respiratory system starts to heal itself, you will feel a buildup of mucus, you will have trouble exerting yourself for long periods of time, you may feel insomnia, and you will probably have a tightness in your chest.

Weeks Two through Four

Your body will start to normalize over these weeks, but it is a long, slow process. You will feel your appetite returning to normal, and you will start to feel less fatigue by the end of the fourth week.

Two weeks in, your mental acuity will return. You will no longer feel mentally bogged down and lethargic.

Coughing and excessive mucus production will persist for the first couple of weeks, but by the end of the fourth week, they should be all cleared up as well.

Cravings will still be strong during these weeks, but not as strong as they were for the first week. A sharp decline in cravings is usually experienced during the third week. With these cravings come feelings of anxiety, frustrations agitation and stress. You will need to be careful about triggers that set off your emotions or that apply stress to your during these weeks. Any trigger activations can make it incredibly difficult to resist the cravings.


Fifth Week and Beyond

You may suffer from smoking nostalgia for the rest of your life. This is the feeling of missing what you experienced while you smoked. But you have to remind yourself how hard it was to quit and all the things you had to go through to get where you are now.

Once you hit the fifth week of quitting, there won’t be an intensity to the cravings, but you will have be vigilant for the rest of your life. You may be put at risk if you are around smokers. The scent can make you start to miss the habit.

You won't experience the intensity of cravings and withdrawal symptoms that you did in those first weeks, but if you are not careful, then you can fall back into your old habits.

2 Responses to "Stages of Quitting Smoking"

  • Panamakidd
    August 16, 2015 - 11:50 am Reply

    I started smoking in 2010 when I realized that the law gave workers that were cigarette smokers extra breaks due to their habit. I didn’t think it was fair that I was still busting my ass while my coworkers were getting rewarded for their bad habit. So I picked up smoking. Got extra breaks. Seemed like a good idea at the time as u had to pick up his slack while he was smoking I figured I’d take a smoke break instead. I just recently quit smoking cigarettes about two months ago and the cough I developed from smoking ceased, I have a lot more energy, increased stamina, and no more headaches! All in all I feel revitalized. But I’m thankful for the vape community to reach out and inform me about this change that could finally help me quit smoking for good! I had tried to quit smoking more times than I can count now before switching over to VAPING including using nicotine patches , nicotine gum, Counseling ect… And nothing was more pleasant than swapping a stinky cigarette for some good smelling and tasting juice! Dead presidents E-Juice made it awesomely easy their juice is fantastically great tasting by far my favorite of all time E-Juice out there with as pefect as it is safe blends with various variety of flavors and nicotine preference to satisfy each and everyone’s distinct preference! Don’t waste your life smoking it away! Stop taking years off your life span now and enjoy life a healthier and safer way for you and those around you! Quit smoking and Start Vaping! And don’t waste your time looking through all the different brands of why ice out there and go straight to Dead Presidents Premium E-juice! The most reliable and ever so tasting, cloud making and forever made safely PREMIUM E-Juice! Don’t say I never did u guys a favor! Take this advice as it’ll save your life! Literally! #DeadpresidentsPremuimEjuice @DeadpresidentsPremuimEjuice

  • Christian
    February 15, 2016 - 6:28 am Reply

    This is my 5th week not smoking. Still getting coughs to clean out the lungs, but other than that everything is swell.

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