When You Quit Smoking – What Day Is the Hardest?

Quitting smoking is not easy, as anyone who has tried to can attest. But that first week may actually be the hardest. That’s when the nicotine is in your system the most, and the first couple days are actually the worst of all. The pull of nicotine is the strongest during those first crucial days, and if you can get through them, you may actually be able to conquer your habit. But  When You Quit Smoking – What Day Is the Hardest?. Let’s take a look.

The First Week

That first day is probably the easiest one. Tons of people quit for just a day all the time. They mean for it to be longer, but trying to get through the second and third days are torture, comparatively speaking.

Quit smoking

Your body is still full of nicotine and not really craving much on the first day. You are going to feel the pull of the habit, as your mind and body aren’t used to the change up, but actual withdrawal symptoms won’t really take hold until the second and third days.

And it is those days that are the hardest on your physical cravings. Your body is going to feel the need for nicotine, and it will go into a state where your body will try to cope with the changes that are happening. Your fingers will shake, your mind will be restless and edgy, and you will crave your cigarettes more than ever.

You have to keep in mind that this is just a temporary craving. The cravings come and go, and the feeling won’t persist the entire day. If you can just get through each wave of craving, you will be able to conquer it.

The cravings will be different for everyone though. Some people will have no problem with the first couple of days. They will coast right through and e babel to quit just fine. They will need a lot of support and willpower to resist the urges and keep form smoking.

But once you get through that first week, it is not all easy sailing from there. You still have a tough road ahead of you if you are serious about quitting.

The Second Week

You will feel the mental cravings very strongly in the first week, and they will likely become even stronger by the second week. By this point, a lot of the nicotine has left your body, and it is mostly your mental state being affected. Your body may not need the cigarettes as badly, as your shaking will likely have gone away almost completely at that point. But your mind will definitely feel the need to have a smoke.When-You-Quit-Smoking

You will likely be hungry and have specific food cravings, particularly for sweets. It’s okay to give into those cravings a little. You want to fight the stress you will be feeling and some sweet food can help with that.

You will be in a constant fight with your mind during that second week, so you need to keep it distracted. You can go to places you haven’t been before or visit old friends. Just try to keep your mind off the smoking and avoid the triggers that make you want to go back to it.

The symptoms vary by person, and they definitely depend on how long you were smoking for and how heavily you smoked. Basically, the more smoking you did before you quit, the harder it will be to quit, but once again, your personality and willpower play a big part in how well you will cope.

If you find yourself doing particularly poorly, make sure you get some support. Talk to friends or join a quit smoking community to find that support that will keep you going. If you are spending a lot of time alone, then the cravings may be worse and the temptation maybe easier to give in to.

They say it takes as long to break a habit as you spent forming it, so you could be fighting a long time, but at a certain point it will become much easier and the cravings will subside faster and be much weaker.

After the first two weeks, your constant cravings will probably start to subside. You may still get some occasional strong cravings, but the worst of it is likely over. By the four week mark, if you have managed to stay mostly smoke free that long, then your chances of conquering the habit are extremely good. Congratulations, you earned it.

649 Comments

  1. I really needed to read this as I am on day 3 of quitting smoking and I felt the urge to smoke greater today and yesterday than my first day. Appreciate the info…

      • Are you still smoke free I have given up so many times but I am so determined this time it’s been 5 days and I’ve been smoking on and off for 35 years but it’s this time that I am determined to let it go

    • I’ve been a smoker for 44 years….I’ve tried to quit several times…the longest being 6 weeks. I am doing it differently this time. I have been taking Chantix… I haven’t had a smoke in 25 days and 22 hours….It has helped with the severe withdrawal symptoms, but I’ve been dealing with the side effects on top of quitting smoking! I get horrendous foot cramps at night…I haven’t slept a full night in 2 months…I keep telling myself that it’s a small price to pay if I can quit the cigs. I have weaned myself down to 1 pill a day now and have 8 days left. I’m excited to be done with these stupid pills once and for all, but I’m scared that I will continue to have withdrawal symptoms after I finish taking the Chantix! Time will tell…I have a new craving now! Root beer barrels! That’s my vice at work…I also bought white straws and cut them down to the size of a cigarette. I just hold it in my hand while driving, and when a craving hits, I chomp on it…it seems to be working. One thing I remember reading, is that when you get a craving, immediately do something else. Your brain is switching gears and tends to forget about the smoking. It has worked for me in every other thing in life, but driving…you can’t exactly immediately do something else when you’re driving…which is why I keep plenty of cut straws in my armrest. I live alone, so I don’t have the support I feel I need sometimes. I’m glad I found this site, because I can finally vent to someone who understands and is going through the same struggles! Thanks for listening! Be strong! We can do this together!

    • I was addicted to a powerful drug for 7 years. I learned in a 12 step program something that sounds so simple it seemed dumb at first. The way to stay out of active addition is to not take that first drug. One is to many and a thousand is never enough. I quit smoking for eight months and went on a cruise ship and said just one pack of cigs. That was eight years ago. Today I’m 36 hours without a cig. This time I know the only way to stay smoke free is never take that first smoke. I tried the first one and I proved that a thousand is never enough. Cravings will go away. I craved the drug for eight months and didn’t use and I have 2 years clean. I no longer have cravings for the drug. I know we can all stop smoking. It is killing us the same as the drug was killing me. The only diffenance I can see is smoking is a slower death than drugs. I made it by praying and calling someone if I wanted to use. I will do the same to stop smoking. There is something magic about telling on ourself. If you have cravings tell someone else and it will go away. Another helpful tactic is stay busy and don’t let the brain lie to you. Your mind will try to tell you to smoke , that it needs the drug ( smoke ) but it is a lie. The brain has to have time to heal and the only way for this to happen is to completely abstain from smoking.

    • Day 53 here. Still think about it a lot but keep telling myself that I can’t go back to day zero. Just can’t. Best of luck to everyone. Reading things like this, as well as keeping my fingers busy by typing this was a big help. I just had a huge triggering event this afternoon but I got thru it. Thx!

    • Today is my 5th day without a cigarette and I went cold turkey, trying to hang in there, don’t want to go back. Just need to stay strong and get through the mind over natter.

      • I to am on day 5, I’ve smoked 37 yrs over half my life! But got put in hospital last wk Pneumonia, An COPD made me see an feel the damage done to myself. I think the 1st day was the easiest, Lung cancer runs in my family , So why it’s took me so long to say No More I don’t understand. But hopefully I can do this. Staying Strong!

      • I am on day 5. I used a mist a couple times but trying not to. I’m irritable and almost went to buy smokes but didn’t. I am struggling today but it’s 5 days. I’m going to keep going I hope.

          • I don’t agree. I’m on day 21 and mentally the struggle is harder. I was hoping it would get better but I am finding it just overwhelming.

            • Me too. I go for walks and when I come home it is the hardest. It is so odd. I’m breathing in relatively clean air but I am so craving that disgusting nicotine filled puff.

        • My 2nd day. I locked myself in the room 😉 with food n movies. I have 2 weeks vacation and I’m using that time for quit smoking first 2 weeks.

        • I quit for 9 years and didnt have a single craving once. Even live with my partner for 7 years who smokes didnt bother me. last year our daughter became ill and i just sunk back in to a pack of 20 . 9 months on ive been stopped for 6 days .. They say you never truely quit smoking ive understood that saying very well but you can QUIT !!

        • Day 5 for me and almost feeling same as you. Almost bought a cigarette but still its middle of the day. Long day ahead of me.

        • To Randy & Denise, I hope you are still smoke free!
          This is day 4 for me. It’s really hard to stay focused at work but at least there is no chance of buying smokes. When I’m home I try to keep busy enough to forget about running out to buy cigarettes. Hoping to make it to day 5.

          • Day 3 for me and I thank God, remember why I’m quitting and sip coffee when I have a craving. With every craving I’m so glad I quit something that puts you through all this! Never again Amen??
            You’re all so strong!????

          • Wow Lisa… You sound just like me…. Focusing is an issue. It was hard at first but I started carrying a small bottled water around with me. Every time I wanna hit a cig… Sip some water… I didn’t like water.. Never drank it… But it’s helping me get thru…. Lmao.. It’s only been 4 days.. Lol

          • Third day. I put on a patch. Yes it IS the third that’s really hard. So proud of Randy and Denise. I hope they come back here and share their progress or recession.
            Hang in there Lisa!
            There is no such thing as failure. The re-start date just changes.

        • I am on day 9…..it’s getting somewhat easier. But there are times I just want to break. Everyone in the house smokes. In the odd woman out now. But I feel like I’m going to make it. I need to make it.!!! Good luck to ALL OF YOU!!!

        • Hi Denise, today is my 13th-day cold turkey…some days are worse than others but most cravings only last a few seconds. Keeping busy has helped me get this far and of course chewing gum when some the urges get to be a bit much. I am pretty confident that third try will be a charm. Wishing you the best of luck!!

        • I’m on day 6 cold turkey
          Not too bad
          Try not to romance the notion that a cig would help
          I keep in mind how low energy I had and the wheezing and coughing up phlegm
          I can breath again and have so much more energy even at day 6

        • This is my 14 days of quit Smoking.. But 7 of those days i was n the Hospital.. So cou ti g 7 days all togetber.. Cold Turkey feel some Craving just stick Suckers n ur mouth ot Peanuts.. Stay Strong

        • It’s been 6 days, without a cigarette, I don’t know if quitting using a vape counts. It hasn’t been as hard as I thought it would be. Really enjoying vaping.

      • I am also about to be on my fifth day and (knock on wood) I don’t miss them at all. I am using an app that counts time, money saved and positive effects on health and it’s really encouraging. As of now, no problems at all. Maybe next week?

          • Sincere advice trying to save you. STAY AWAY FROM NICORETTE GUM. I smoked for 22 years and quit 12 years ago with Nicorette. I just quit Nicorette 3 days ago with the help of Chantix. Nicorette gum became part of my life.It is so addicting more than cigarettes ,bc you can use it anywhere. I became worst than a crack head . It is baaaaaddd. Please find something else.

        • I’m on day 2. Its like a roller coaster. I woke up this morning and could tell a difference in my breathing right away. It made me smile. I took some deep breaths in and out just to relish the new sensation. I didn’t want a cigarette and couldn’t believe I had ever wanted one. Fast forward 45 minutes later and I was on the verge of going through the trash to find a butt to smoke. The feeling passed, but I know it will come again. I have to concentrate on getting through today only. The thought of never smoking again makes me sad. It feels like I’m losing an old friend. Sure, it’s an old friend that costs a lot and ultimately wants to kill me, but I still feel the loss.

          • Just remember how horrible the friend actually is and keep feeling the immediate and longer term benefits of quitting!

      • This is my day 6, I actually trying really hard I eat a lot of candy and I chew juicy fruit gum. When I’m at work and people smoking it try and get me with the smell but I just walk away, got to stay focus in every thing you do

    • I am on day 3 of quitting cold turkey. I am 32 and have smoked for 15 years. I have a wife who is a smoker and we have 4 kids together. I am a carpenter and was recently injured at work. I cut my thumb real bad with a table saw. Doctor said if I don’t quit smoking he will more than likely have to amputate the injured part of my thumb. He says smoking reduces the amount of blood circulation and your fingers already have a low amount… I thought hmmm. I’m running out of excuses not to quit. The first day I made it till 2 pm. Second day till 11am. It was very hard. Day 4, 5, and 6 I smoked as usual, at least a pack. On day 7 I put my foot down and actually left town. Its so hard to quit and I turn into a not so nice person, and my wife smokes so…. I went to the Florida everglades and kayaked, camped, and rode my bicycle all by myself. It was not to difficult on day one till the evening. I tried to go to bed at 630pm cause I had enough fighting lol. Of course I’m in a tent on the ground and not comfortable. Funny part is I brought a queen size air mattress to sleep on. I forgot to pack my electric pump, but I did bring a hand pump but i was so frustrated at this point I couldn’t even invest 5 minutes to have a good night sleep. Of course I couldn’t sleep. I ended up going for a night bike ride and looked for some gators. When I made it back to the camp i pulled my sleeping bag out of the tent and put it out under the stars. I rarely look up at night, but tonight the ski was magnificent. I tossed and turned all night and it was the longest night I can remember. On day 2 I woke and made breakfast and instant Coffey on my propane stove. Packed up and went to the southern most of everglades called flamingo, its right on the gulf if Mexico. I wanted to rent a boat and cruz to the keys( I have a boat and a jet ski but did not bring them cause I figured I would have some sort of mechanical problem and get pissed off and buy some smokes). They wouldn’t let me rent a boat to take to the keys, said I would have to go there and rent one. So off I went. Day 2 was very tough not to smoke, and I’m in paradise and can’t even enjoy myself. Im in the keys at this point and stop to eat. Seafood of course. I start to order my food and can’t even under stand what I had said lol. I can’t think, focus, or even speak right. After that I went to a marina and inquired about renting a boat cause I want to c the coral reefs and go snorkeling. They said there is a 24 hour wait. Ahhhh. At this point I couldn’t take it any more. I thought i can’t do this. I take some deep breaths and pray to God… ..for real…. Then go for a walk by the beach. Man is it beautiful..crystal clear.. I am just so miserable. And I think if I spend this money and rent this boat I wont even b able to enjoy it cause I’m so miserable. So I figured if I’m going to b miserable I may as well b comfortable, so its time to go home lol. And I thought day 3 would b a little easier. So I drove 4 hours and made it home by 11pm. Went to bed. Now we r on today, day 3. Woke up and made breakfast for me and the kids. I went for a motorcycle ride to a section of woods I enjoy to run in. I gave been running here for a couple weeks now. Each time I get a faster time as I do record on my watch. This time its day 3 for no smokes and I was so winded after just a half mile. Its like my body is in so much shock from the change I am in worse physical shape than before. So I turn off the stop watch and decide time doesn’t matter today. I did more walking than running. But I took time to stop and actually look and listen to my surroundings. It was actually very nice. Now time to go back home. Dun dun dun….of course I get home and c the cigarette butts lining the driveway.. Such a dirty sight. And my wife is out front checking the mail and smoking. Its sad to say but for some reason I can’t really sit down and talk to her with out feeling like I’m over come with rage… Maybe that’s a little harsh but when we speak especially when she is smoking I get anxious and upset. So I tell the kids to get dressed and we r going roller skating, just me and the 4 of them. We had a good time. I was still feeling very anxious, still had moments where it was hard to take a deep breath, and still did not smoke. The majority of the time we skated I was trying to look happy, but I was not. However I did occasionally find myself forgetting about my pain and actually laughing a few real laughs. After a few moments I would realize I was actually happy for a moment, but only a moment. But those few moments gave me hope that it will get better. After skating we went for 2 mile hike at a local nature park. I’m trying to pro long our stay away from danger aka home. When we got home my wife’s friend was there and she is a smoker to. Sooo I went inside and took over where my wife left off cooking dinner. Which made it possible for me to b alone while they stepped out to smoke. It really wasn’t hard not to go smoke, but I still feel horrible. My body and mind are not happy. After dinner we r now all caught up. I am typing this. Still on day 3 and still trying not to smoke. This is the hardest thing I have ever done. It is necessary and I can do it.

        • Hey Joel, stick in there. I just read your whole story and found it encouraging. I’m on day 2 of quitting, so I understand your pain. Hope you overcome your addiction!

        • I am on my day 6 it’s really hard but every time I get cravings I have my daughters pic in my wallet I keep looking at it and tell
          My self I wanna be around for that Litle princess. And I keep telling my self after storm there is always sun better days are ahead I am gonna be strong and make it. And I’ll promise after this I will never touch a cigarette again They don’t benefit us at all. If you have problems and you depressed work out talk to your close ones cigarettes kill you

        • Congratulations, I’m on day 3 and its been really hard, I’ve been that angry I scrubbed my bathroom floor lol on my hands and knees for an hour and at the end of it, the craving was gone. At this rate my house is going to be spotless lol and my partner is on week 4. So good luck to everyone.

      • Day 2 here, also because I was told due to my health I have to! Good luck & prayers to you! After 32 years it’s definitely a life changing experience

      • Wow; good for you! It can’t be easy trying to give up smoking when you live with a smoker. I really admire your resolve and persistence. Keep it up! You seem very strong.

      • Wow well done to you today is going to be my first Day on giving up I’ve got to the point where I’m so fed up with my partner taking me for everything I have and just being a total bully now the only way I can back at him without him giving me a beating is get healthy give up the things that are not good for me don’t get me wrong Its for myself to more then anything but also to put myself in a better and stronger position to be able to say to him no more I know it might not make sense to anyone else. But to go through what I’ve been through the last few years and now to top it off I have anxiety and depression it’s something I need to do so thank-you for putting your story on here it’s gave me hope

      • You got this! I’m on day 11 and I feel like i can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. I only had one craving today. But they are strange now, all mental. It feels almost like my mind is trying to trick me into smoking. I sat next to someone who was smoking and realized i didn’t need a cigarette, it didn’t sound appealing. And the next though in my head was like ” okay, in that case it wouldn’t hurt to take one drag” haha I can feel that it is passing though. It’s all down hill from here

      • I smoked for 20 years, and I’m on day 17.The last 3 days have been extreme torture.I literally am on the verge of losing my temper if the wind blows.I don’t know when this is going to stop, but I’m ready for a straight jacket.I’m a very laid back person who’s normally always happy.I’m not going to smoke, but I don’t like feeling this way.My first 14 days were pretty easy and now I’m struggling badly.I hope everyone else on here can stay the course, because I am going to do this.

      • Thank you so much for sharing day 4 cold turkey. Always been a closet smoker. Never thought I was a real smoker until tragedy trauma and host of other personal crimes against my being person and werewithal to survive was impacted. Over the course of 26 years now I went from 2 a day to a pack aday. And at my worst I almost ingested 2 packs on a day.
        Why now. 1 I never liked smoking to begin with. Al the reasons I started no longer exist. All the reasons I continued will forever imoat my today and tomorrow. I am tired sick fed up and ready. Ready to be me. And smoking is not apart if it why because it affects my physical health circulation breathing and healing from a chronic condition. 2 I always hated the smell. 3. I just calculated how much I spend on a month. I couldn’t believe it considering my income is limited. I was like oh my God what the muck am I doing. I never smoked in front of my children and now I have grands. I found myself sneaking around they feeling was and is horrible. I am ready to engage in my life’s work as a Healing Prescence and snelling like smoke is offensive to me. I am the example. Do in a nutshell to reclaim my lungs my life my legacy. Thank you for the forum and thank you for listening

        • 8 Days. Yesterday was the worst. I was irritable. Physically I was sick and emotinally I was spiraling out of control. Back drop had my 2 grands 1 and 3. Doing what we do is playing making breakfast doing hair playing music. Out of nowhere I felt myself upset. My 3 year old was Nana Nana Nana and I snapped at her. Just in that moment a friend knocked at the door. I was so happy to see her. She jumped right in to assist and hold space for me. She knows I’ve been detoxing and she does not know that include cold turkey not smoking. Truth is as a closet smoker she suspects but doesn’t know. I went to the bathroom had a bowel movement felt great relief and rejoined her and my grands differently.
          I never thought myself a real smoker and I was this is challenging and I am in it to claim and reclaim myself my health and my wealth.

          • 12 Days. Recently passed my longest time which was 10 days. The difference is that I did not Declare to quit smoking so soon after my camping trip was over I couldn’t wait to smoke.
            I also passed another test last weekend and that is traveling long distances. Being a closet smoker on the road is where I smoked the most. Overall it was challenging mostly mentally and also body movements breathing raising my hands rolling down window etc.
            Lastly I’ve notice coughing in the morning as if I am purging. Oh and today I was extremely cranky due to some other things I thought about smoking but was not tempted. That felt great.
            Alot of new energy started doing wing chum again. Need suggestions for anger.

      • I quit 7 months ago, cold turkey. It’s not that hard it’s a habit and habits are hard to change, after day 3 the nicotine is out if your system. Good luck

      • Good job.. did you make it? It’s Jan. 2nd 2017 and I’m on day 4..I’m diabetic so hopefully no smoking will get that under control or eliminate it completely.

        • I am on day 3 and doing well
          Am on champax tablets and week one but have chosen not to smoke and next week on week two so let’s see what happens been keeping super busy

      • Will you keep posting and write about how you’re doing? My husband smokes and drinks and I am staying away from him as much as possible. I’m only on day one

      • I’m on day 7 and thought feeling sad was just me being me. I wanted to smoke so bad!! I too prayed please God hold me ! Don’t let me smoke. I got through that ruff patch and looking forward to tomorrow. I’m back in the gym too so that should help. I enjoyed reading your journey !!!
        Thank you for sharing!!

        • 30 years old and have been smoking for 16 years. This is my first true attempt quitting (previous attempts were half-hearted). I am using Champix as an aide, and I’ve found it to be fairly effective. One piece of advice I have (and of course, your mileage may vary) for anyone on champix (and have yet to quit) or considering it – quit on a random day. I tried champix in the past and setting a quit date only raised my anxiety and (you guessed it) made me want to smoke. This time, I had a smoke seven days ago and decided right after that its now or never. I’ve been smoke free ever since. It really is like ripping a band-aide off, you have to get over the mental hurdle that you will be ciggarette free. You won’t have one with your coffee nor after meals. And you know what? You won’t mind as much as you think. The only true advice you’ll ever get is that it is pure will power. You will crave no matter what aide you’re using and even after the nicotine is gone the addiction is still psychological. You have to think of the lang haul and take it day by day. I am more confident that I can follow through, because I know the hell of going a single week without ciggarettes – I can never repeat that again.

          Good luck everyone!

        • Im 24 yrs old and ive been smoking for 2 in a half years. Would have made 3 yrs in september. Right now Im on day 7 of no smoking! I quit last week march 22nd. Its tough because my girlfriend smokes about 8 ciggs a day & its hrd to watch her smoke so often and not be able to smoke with her like the old days. Im trying to get her to quit but she always says ‘ill quit when im ready’ it would have been nice for us to do it together. But im bot letting that stop me! Im gona stay strong! I feel so proud of myself! Sometimes i would smoke 9 ciggs a day & when im drinking alcohol i can Maybe smoke about 12 in less than 2 hrs. Im glad i quit. I want to live longer and get back to my old habits, like playing basketball and being active. I think this first week of quitting is a big step foward in my life. And ive never been more proud of myself.

      • Randy, hope you are still winning this battle with the nicotine monkey on your back. I’m on day 4 and it’s tough. I’ve quit before..for 21 years!! So, I know it gets better and better. Take it one day at a time or 1 hr at a time if you have to. That’s what I’m doing. We can all do this! We need to support each other.
        Stay strong!

      • Job please don’t stop commenting On your progress … I so resonated with what you wrote … I’m on day three, it’s a great read and I’m sure will help so many keep reading and rooting for you on your journey …
        Sounds like you’re a hell of a guy ! Try not to be hard on your wife ; not everyone’s ready at the same time .

        ” i’ve been both ” the smoker and now I’m the quitter ! It’s only been three days for me as well , only ! I’m not telling anyone because I find they bother me when I have tried in the past, only because I can use them as an excuse .

        So let’s do this ” with or without the excuses ”

        Reading!
        S

      • May God bring you peace within you. Its day 5 for me too. I think with your story, I can really say I’m not the only one in this situation. Thank you for this motivation!

      • Well I sure hope you were successful after all that effort. Tomorrow will be my 4th day and I have no energy for anything lol. I can’t sleep or if I do manage to sleep I either hallucinate some weird stuff or jerk myself awake thinking I’ve been asleep for hours and hours but nope its only been 7 minutes ughhhhhh. Well you posted this in Nov. How’s it going and did your wife quit too?

      • Hang in there and congrats on making the decision to quit. I’m on day 7 with an upper respiratory infection that has kept me from smoking. I coughed nonstop for 4 days and swore I would never pick up another cigarette yet here I am on a smoking forum healing up and thinking about having one. I’m not going to cave in????

      • Great story. I’m on day 3 too. I’m a strange one though. I don’t smoke cigs I smoke cigars. Usually one small one a day….two on a drinking day. I don’t smoke during work ever. 10 plus hours a day I don’t smoke and don’t crave it. I walk in the house and it’s time to light up. What is killing me is all day 1 I wanted to smoke or craved nicotine at work. Yesterday was the same, wanting nicotine during the day. Today has been really good just about 20% of last two days. The nights are different. I’m afull blown eating machine last night sucked but no smoking….bloated but not smoking. Just left publix with a tone of sweets. What ever it take… good luck everyone.
        Jay

        • Today is day 6 for me. It is still rough….I would have to say so far, day 4 was the worst for me… I ended up going to the urgent care clinic…. I felt like the hulk was trying to escape my body…haha… I did not crave a cigarette because I am on Chantix, but my body did….I was dizzy, I had SEVERE anxiety, I was overtired because my body wouldn’t let me sleep for 2 nights, but yet I still felt like I couldn’t sit still….It was the most bizarre feeling….

      • This is probably a little late, and at this point you have mastered the art of being a former smoker. Who whoa!!!!! I knew you could do it. I would love to know how did it go? The hardest part of quitting is not to be around smokers and don’t associate yourself with anything that you previously did when you smoked

      • I cant tell you how much i enjoyed reading that. Firstly, it distracted me from wanting to commit mass murder for a few minutes and secondly, it also made me feel like im not alone right now in my quest to give the filthy cancer sticks up. My partner is still smoking and im on day three. I feel really mad everytime i see his face so its best to just hide away in the room and try and distract myself lol. I have sent him on the mission to buy every lolly and chocolate at the store. Im hoping that will help my cravings. I can actually feel little monsters in my brain screaming at each other saying WE WANT A SMOKE!…i honestly dont know what is going on. One minute im really really cranky and the next i want to cry my eyes out. I wont break though. Im done with smoking. So good luck to you and stay strong. Maybe i should do more excercise but it sounds like your doing enough for the both of us lol.

      • hahaha nice! I can relate to that.

        It’s like quitting smoking is my only mission at the moment. I’m on day 10 and still having urges. Not all that bad tho. I defo recommend a change in environment and/or holiday. best of luck everyone. i’m 30 years old now had my first cig when 11.

        I won’t say that I wished I never smoked cos I had some really fun and crazy times. what I will say is that enough is enough. You can’t be serious about your health and projects and smoke 30 cigs a day.

      • Wow, your quitting smoking story was a novel! I’m on day three and my book is pretty boring to say the least. Haha. I do hope you continued and are doing well.

      • My brother lost both legs and 1 finger due to smoking..he’s in his 40’s. He still smokes, he’s being chopped off piece by piece.

      • when craving for success is much more bigger than the craving for smoke, then you succeed…its been the third day since i quit it…dont even wanna look at the pack…will not smoke ever till i achieve my goals..or even after..

      • Today is Day 3 for me and it hasn’t been so bad. I just tell myself I have the power not the cigarettes and I chose not to smoke them although I may want them. I want a healthier and smoke free life more.
        Do stay encouraged you can do it!

      • Hi! Did you quit? Reading your story reminds me of ME! I wanted to laugh at your story or cry or just quit reading it. It has been 117 days for me and I STILL feel the same as you. I was just wondering if you made it. Thanks!

    • I have just gone 24 hours without smoking and not finding it easy. But I do plan on sticking with it, as long as I do not become totally stressed out. Good luck to everyone. Please keep posting Nov 25, 2016

    • I’m on day six,cold turkey,never thought I could do this after smoking a thirty daily,I also had a double bypass surgery 2 years ago

      I am really feeling it today,first the nausea dizziness lightheadness,even have heartburn,my only concern is the tightness on my chest sometimes but I’m hell bent on quoting for good!

    • Hang in there , I’m on day 3 also . I’ve been wanting and trying to quit for about 6 months. What makes it harder is my wife smokes, and isn’t trying to quit . Every time I turn around it seems like she’s smoking.lol , but I’ve not had that many bad cravings and I feel really good and confident about success quiting this time. I’ve made it a day or 2 so many times and then say I’m gonna smoke just 1 . Well then I get depressed and down on myself and feel hopeless. I’m sweating like crazy today is the only withdrawal I have noticed. However , Ive been taking Chantix for about 2 and a half weeks , plus I’m usingg a vaporizer pen . Occasionally puffing on the pen if my wife is smoking and I have the thought to smoke. The liquid in the pen is only 6 MG though. In a few weeks I plan to cut that dosage down to 3 MG , then 0 a few weeks later. Thanks for Sharing , hope this helps.

    • I am on day 2. I am using patch and Wellbutrin. Even with these it’s so hard. It is a constant battle in my mind!! But my mouth tastes better already, not like an ashtray. I like that! Anyway, I appreciate what all is shared here. WE CAN DO IT! And prayer is a must for me!

    • I’m finishing up day 2. Have used 2 pieces of gum. It’s gross so using my will power. I’m treating it like opiate detox, I have the luxury to spend these days in my room, alone, watching tv. 34 yr old, 17 yr smoker, 1st time quitting. So far so good.

    • Great job! It’s a process, I’m currently on day 5 and I’d say it’s getting much easier each Day. Day 2 and 3 seemed the worst. I was diagnosed with COPD last week which prompted me to quit. I’m only 30 and have only smoked heavy for about 8 years so being told I had done irreversible damage was hard to swallow. Please for the sake of your health just stick with it, don’t wait for a health scare and know you have nothing to lose by quitting and absolutely everything to gain!!! You’re doing awesome!!

    • quitting cold turkey and its been two weeks. today is Day 14 and its killing me, Got a row with a police guard on parking my car outside a bank. it was my mistake but I shout on them and he brings more guards.. raged on them too 🙂 They did not charged me for any thing but this days is the hardest one so far…

    • When I was 12, I became a casual user of drugs and alcohol except for crack and ectasy ( I know I probably mispelled e), for 17 years. I have been smoking cigarettes and weed for 28 years. 2004, stop the other stuff. I drink on weddings and funerals. On 12-21-2016, I had two smokes at the airport. I went to visit family. On the 28, I freaked out and smoke Purple Champagne ( Sativa .75, prerolled ). I got buzzed and a bit paranoid. I ate a big dinner, had less paranoia, but was buzzed the whole night and woke up buzzed. I did not crave a cigarette, the whole time or today. At this point, I am doing alright, because I’m starting to think about what smokes do to yer lungs, teeth, body, money, TIME wasted standing there suckin bad air, and a list of negatives from smoking cigarettes. I don’t know my future with cigarettes, however; I am going to fight and stop. More power to those who want to stop. May the Force be with you.

    • Above it says by the fourth week IF YOU HAVE STAYED MOSTLY SMOKE FREE, THEN CHANCES OF CONQUERING THE HABIT ARE GOOD. CONGRATS. This is like telling someone if you do the task, mission, or job, you will be rewarded. You still have an option to smoke because the writer wrote stayed mostly smoke free. Sounds good. Now, if I can stop drinking, lying, lusting for women, and other bad habits, I can be human. I cry because humans continue to hurt and kill each other and the mother planet Earth. Peace.

      • day 3, your stories are motivational.. someone to watch you can be a help too.. my sister is helping me out and giving me wisdoms about health and safety

    • i am on day 8
      its bit ok now please keep fighting .. i was smoking last 16 years, i will not smoke now, today i am feeling bit lovely, my breathings are fresh

    • Whee it’s day 13 and I sure would like a beer but everybody knows you can’t have beer unless you have a cigarette. Need to get out of this house and find something to do.

    • I’m 47 and have been smoking since I was 15. I have quit for as long as a year before using Chantix but could not stay quit. I’ve tried again using that and or Wellbutrin but couldn’t tolerate the side effects. This is day 2 for me and I went cold turkey. It seems the most people who I know quit successfully have done it this way. I’m really motivated. I remember how empowering it is to quit and I’m so sick of wondering if I’m going to have a heart attack or stroke or which kind of cancer I’m going to end up with.

    • I am on day 5 and yes the cravings are intense at times. I had to stop myself from buying cigarettes 3 or four times yesterday. Keep up the good work honey you can do it!!

      • Its day 5 for me also and I’ve smoked for 20 years, minus a good year. You can do this, stay determined and you got this.

    • I’m on day 14 and it is slowly getting easier. Free phone video games help me get through craving periods. I believe I will make it.

  2. day 5, very rough. My willpower carried me through the first 3 days just fine and the occasional nicotine gum (can’t handle the taste) helped me through long shifts at work. Today was the first day I realized I was eating everything in sight and call it an oral fixation or not but I’ve been longing for the actual act of puffing the smoke. I’m hoping the 10 day mark will be enough for me to stop thinking of smoking all the time. Best of luck to everyone

    • Good Luck! How are you doing with it? I quit too, today is day 4. I am sucking on Vitamin C drops and deep breathing has helped, not to mention lots of water. Good luck!

    • Johnny if it is just the act of it when in your own home or whatever try chewing on a straw it helped me when I needed something to take the edge off. Also when in public or whatever if candy is allowed hard candy like peppermints butterscotch candy sticks or candy canes any thing like that helped me with cravings.Not sure what to do if someone is a diabetic unless they make sugar free hard candy not sure never paid attention.

    • Day one is the most difficult, then it is relativelly easy. The body gets rid of nicotine exponentially fast–that is why you have practically no nicotine in your body after 24 hours. Try to resist the temptation what would the ciguarette taste now.

    • The nicotine gum is just setting back your withdrawal symptoms, it lessens them but will prolonged them. As the physical withdrawal is not from smoking it’s from nicotine

  3. I just got through my third day. I’ve found that quitting when you’re on a trip makes it easier. I have tried to quit twice at home and only made it two days each time, but this time I’m actually having a pretty easy time (although it has only been three days). I think that skiing all day and reconnecting with extended family both alters my usual routine and gives me lots of distractions.

  4. Today is my 3rd day of quitting and my first day at work after the weekend. man it was horrible. every single moment when i took my mind off my work, I started craving for a puff, i was reading random articles bout benefits of quitting smoking and few funny youtube videos to divert myself…it was good man!!! realy helped. its almost EOD at work and successful so far. planning to take a cab home rather than to use public transport as i had to walk past many shops where guys will be flying smoking :((

    Will keep you posted guys!!!

  5. 3rd day of no nicotine. A bit edgy since morning, filled up the tub with cold water and spend about 90 min in there reading a John Gresham. Felt much better when I got out.

    God bless you all, hang on in there. Ground is much much greener in the other side..

    • Wow > COLD SHOWER? BRRRRR … This is my 3-rd day too .. and it’s been a CHALLENGE! I will move forward and make it a success .. I wish you the saame.

      Blessings to you!

      WFG

    • Im on day 3 as well very edgy today have convinced myself Im not having heart attack also very drained but I want to breathe easier

  6. Day 4… having a tough time today, but i know if i really want to overcome something i can… 🙂 i did this all on my own and i know i will never pick up another ciggarette again unless im cleaning the butts up at work.

  7. On my 4th day. Seems really encouraging as the days are adding. got to stay positive and know its a piece of cake. No needd for gum patch or chewing gum. Be a warrior!!!!

  8. “Tons of people quit for just a day” – I am not really sure, that is the case. The smokers I know, cannot even stop for a few hours, my business partner uses a bong to smoke tobacco. So, welcome to hell.

    Nevertheless, I did quit. Again.

    This is the third time I’m quitting (in the last 15 years, 7 years of smoking, 8 years of not), and yet, the climb gets steeper and steeper. I always thought quitting weed would the hardest nut, but boy, nicotine is definitely a HARD DRUG.

    Days 2-4-6 have been the hardest for me:

    2, because I have to stick to quitting and can’t put that off no more.
    4, because being smokefree is becoming a thing. And I crave like hell.
    6, because I can’t wait till the first week is over.

    My father, a heavy smoker himself, told me about a 7-7-7-story. He told me one day, the first 7 hours of quitting are crazy, the first 7 days are hard, but after 7 months you’ll be completely free. Obvious nonsense but, it’s a game I’ve been playing in my mind, trying to reach the next 7. To be honest, he’s still smoking.

    Oh, one more thing: I just wrote this comment to deal with a craving. Now, it’s gone. 🙂

    Best to you..

    • As a former crack head this is just like getting off pipe. That day comes and you know there is no way back.in once you close the door. Been clean 22 years and day 4 smoking. Sucks cuz it’s easier to acquire…but that’s the only difference I see. Do I still have crack cravings…you bet your ass….but it’s a distant memory craving. Once your an addict your always a addict. It’s a club……welcome have a sit and stay clean. This can be done…..we will all conquer it…..there is no room for failure…..repeat….repeat…..repeat……get strong.

      • Congrats on your clean time. I have 8 years clean myself and day 2 from smoking…..my cravings are so bad today but im not giving in. I lost my mom 6 days ago from lung cancer she smoked 2 packs a day…even tho her cancer may not of been from smoking …I want to quit and im aski g her for the strenght to do so. Good luck I hope you are still smoke free…..one day at a time

      • You said a mouth full. Once an addiction, it lingers as a memory, memories fade, but resurface, then not acting on that urge is a success… acting on it is a failure, but keep trying, don’t give up, bla bla bla…so hard to just forget. I’m on day 15 for the 10th time in one year. I get past 2 weeks and bam, life is good, let’s have a cigarette. Addictive behavior is my problem, man I Just can’t cure it.

      • Amen that’s the honest truth there you could not have said it better just set your mind and say this is what it’s supposed to be and he was a clean like you said once an addict always an addict but you have to take willpower and staying charged

      • Like your attitude been awhile since you posted hopefully your still clean and all day 1 here clean myself for 10 years quit meth dope drinking ect. This smoking thing is a bitch…

    • On day 7 – a Friday evening/wine in hand/ready to EAT a 20 pack!!! Read through the previous messages – read yours, THANK YOU, laughed out loud (you probably didn’t intend this quite manic response), and no longer wanting a fag/ciggie etc xxxxxx

    • That was awesome, day 3 is treating me apart but it’s almost over! You’re post made me laugh for the first time today, thank you!

    • I am on day 3 of quitting weed and cigarettes it’s amazing I really have been smoking 444 freaking years and I’ve not had the Cravings has bad except for when I drink my coffee is psychological when I drink coffee I smoke. I really do appreciate reading everyone’s comments nice to know we will all conquer our demons and we’re all in the same boat. Rock and roll 777

  9. Today is day 15 and it may be my roughest day so far. Not really sure why. No major stress in my life right now – I just want a cigarette. But then I try to remember all the reasons I have decided to quit (again). I try to remember how really few smokes tasted all that great, the smell, the cost and all of the other negative factors.

    Like the comment above – now my craving is gone.

    • Day 9 for me and i swear i can smell the cigarette in my mind. My mind says it would taste so good! But i know as soon as i puff i will feel horrible cause it would mean i failed again!

      • I quit 2 months and 6 days ago…still have a few cravings from time to time but they disappear fast now. I smoked for 28 years and my husband still smokes but not around me. The only thing that keeps me from smoking now is the fact that just ONE puff puts me back to day one and there is no way I want to start over again. Good luck to all of you, you are not alone! Keep up the good work 🙂

        • Day 11 had a melt down at work! LOL but made it through…I somehow miss the taste of all things….but spent a lot of money on my gums, smoking for 35 yrs caused major gum recession and I ended up with 2 cavities one on each front tooth. So I am a bit vain and aint no way I am going the denture route at 50. I feel ok now, the urge can be really strong, but does pass with breathing and remembering why I quit…don’t wanna be the toothless wonder with a cig hanging out of my mouth!

          • Also I am on the patch, it helps for the most part better results for me than when I tried cold turkey, but still get cravings at this point not sure if they are mental or what

            • Lol I am in the same situation, major gum recession requiring surgery kicked off my quit. On day 11 and the urge is still there. Wearing patches here and there(when my skin will tolerate) but basically just trying to stay busy and,work through each crave it is getting easier. But still have to talk myself out of having just 1 a few times per day. Hoping this is it the time I stay quit!! Best of luck to all stay strong!

  10. Hey everyone, I’m on my 3rd day. Off-and-on HELL. I am also on Chantix… Anyone else? It definitely helps a lot, can’t imagine how hard it would be without it. I smoked approximately 30 per day for 18 years and God I am missing it! The only thing that is keeping me going is the fact that I don’t want the past 3 days to be for nothing. Anyway, good luck everyone!

    • I am on Chanix as well. 3rd day and I want one so bad I could cry but going to walk on treadmill and do errands to try to keep my mind off it. ??

    • I’m on Chantix, Day 3 and also using the nicotine 21mg patch to help out.

      The physical craving is not that bad, but the habit is still strong. My mind keeps thinking about getting a puff in the morning and after meals

    • I quit this year with Chantix. It’s like a miracle drug. Stick with it..and if you fail, do it again and then again. It will eventually work.

    • Hi. I’m on chantix too. I’m only on day 7 and I want to rip off all my clothes and my hair and run screaming down the street. It’s totally mental for me. I have smoked about 10 cigarettes per day for 25 years. I have nausea side effect from the chantix, but I was starting to get nauseous from the cigarettes too. I just get really excited to have one on my breaks or after work and then I remember… It is depressing, nerve racking and I just can’t wait for it to be over.

    • Today is my 3rd day as well and I’m on Nicoderm CQ. I did Chantix and didn’t smoke for 6 years straight. I had a death in the family and I ran right back to that nasty habit. Now I find myself in familiar territory but with a different stop smoking aide and not struggling as much but just waiting for it. I’ve been reading this thread and it’s actually supportive, calming and reassuring I am not the only one out here doing. Wishing you all wellness and success. We can do this!!! Thank you.

  11. Day 3 so much easier this time because I’m using the patch. Previous attempts were unsuccessful at day 3 because I was mean, shakey and just felt like crap. I’m so grateful for the patch!!!

    • Me too
      I’m on day three with the 21mg patch. Not grouchy and shaky. I tried twice cold turkey….it was hell. The patch is so much better.

    • This is a great sight, and I thank each and every one of you for your statements. I am turning 40 in a month and a half and promised myself I would not be smoking when I turned 30, then 35 and this time I have to beat this thing! I started smoking since I was 19 so it’s been almost 21 years, and I am on Day 2. My mind literally just doesn’t work. I feel like I can’t speak without messing up a sentence. I know it has to get easier after the first week, or at least I hope. I have 3 kids and want to see them get married. I know this increases my odds of seeing this actually happen. Thanks for your support and I hope reading my message helped someone out there as well.

  12. Wow, I feel like such a newbie here… I’m on my first day. . . I am doing fine for now, I know the worst is yet to come. Drinking water a lot and chewing a bit of gum here and there. Keeping busy… Hopefully I can see this through. Wish me luck!!

  13. Well its my 5th day, no problem, i sleep better and I’m up earlier, But i have a short fuse, so I’m hoping by the end of week two, all will be good.

  14. 5 years of a pack a day and now I’m on Day 5 of being smoke free. It is somehow the hardest so far. Perhaps it’s because my willpower is running out, or maybe it’s all the errands Im running (I used to chain smoke in my car).

    Seeing these comments are helping me. Stay strong everyone!

    • i hear you, after every errands i reward myself by smoking. It is hard to do something and not reward myself by smoking. I thought of the days before i even started smoking. what did i do then? nothing maybe coffee. i think it is all in my mind. it is just a habit and the addiction. As many months or years it took to form the habit, it will take the same time to completely forget the habit part ,but the physical nicotine addiction will go out of your system faster than the habit. It helps a lot to do something to make yourself not stress and go back to cigarette. The best thing is any workout to release your stress , so you wouldn’t need to smoke.

  15. Hi,

    Today is my third day of quitting… And it’s going great. It all started two days back when after having two sticks in the morning the throght of ” what am I doing with my life” came to my mind.

    I have been a regular smoker for the past 8 years but lately when I joined gym, I realized that my lungs are in bad shape… Shortness of breath and long time to recover is what I faced while hitting cardio.

    I would confess that I am taking nicotex at least 5 gums a day… But started to feel very good now and feeling more and more confident of quitting by every passing day.

    All the very best to everyone who is striving hard to do away with this…

    Cheers!

  16. On day 4. Using the patch. I slipped up by not putting on my patch 5 days ago. I had 10 days, but without the patch on, I almost ripped my bfs head off, lol…. To Make myself feel better, In the past 14 days, I’ve had 3…
    But on say 4, nonetheless.
    The mental part gets harder over the week. I smoked for 15 years, and I’ve never really wanted quitting until now. Gave myself till I was 29,quit before 30, like my dad. May 1st I turn 30. I’m not letting this dirty habit rule me. Keep hope alive

  17. I am on the patch day 10 used to smoke about a pack a day. I am 27 and my daughter is 3, she started to get on me about smoking if that doesn’t make me quit I am not sure what will! I do not feel the physical need to smoke, as much as the mental games the addiction has on me! I keep thinking I cant let 10 days be a waste or let my daughter down! My Gram told me say to yourself “this to shall pass”. I am already noticing that I can breathe better, at 27 I was short of breathe caring laundry to my basement and I am not over weight (one of my fears gaining weight because of quitting) not a good sign!

    • Day 7 for me too on the patch and this seems to be the hardest so far shaking loaded with anxiety, I’ve been smoking 40 years and have copd bad

      • Hey Doris
        Hope everything is going well living smoke-free. I’m 3 days in & your comment touched me & is helping my craving. Last week I found out I have early COPD too. I’m only 40. We can do This!

      • I started quitting by just having a ciggy after meals, in the first week I was down to 20 meals a day, seriously day 4 cold Turkey, so far so good

      • I am on day 10, smoked pack/day for 40 yrs, I too have recently been diagnosed with severe COPD. I am using the Nicolette gum, and an e cig. Going OK, but yesterday was the worst so far. Hang in there, we can do this!!

        • I’m 58 been smoking since 15. Went to hospital with heart attack 3 days before Christmas. Had quad bypass. I want to live. Have not smoked. But I can’t stop dreaming about it. I can taste and smell. I am generally feeling good despite surgery. Just going outside triggers craving but it’s is weak and easy to overcome

        • I used to ecig when I quit 6 years ago. I restarted conventional smoking after one year of evaping. Again went back on vaping, and I’m telling you pal, it is more addictive than the normal stuff. You can use it wherever and whenever, and still get a good share of nicotine, because that what you carve up and not the carbon monoxide.
          Interestingly, I am now on chamois to help me quit ecig!! Day 7, and so far not a single drag.

          My advice is stay away from ecig. Try gym,patches or whatever, but not ecig.

    • Day 18 : quit cold turkey , didn’t try any Chantix or Nicolette , but I am feeling so on edge , it’s wierd I don’t want to smoke at all just Crazy mood swings, I’ve found chewing gum is helping . I find my self reading a lot

  18. Day 4 and the worst so far. I’m using the patches and I think they help a little bit with the cravings. I hope the days get easier, not harder. If they get harder than today, I may not make it…..

    • How’s it going?I m 49 years old i started smoking when I was 13? I smoked 2 packs a day regularly. 3 days ago I decided to quit, it’s not easy, but I’m gonna make it and if I can make it so can you.

      • Hello tonight at midnight i decided to quit smoking after sitting on my porch looking at the ashtray that i covered with this little old Christmas reef that i had. I told myself that I wanted to live and not have anyone putting a reef on my grave from smoking cig. My lips are all burnt up from using since 16yrs old. Just got married and just got a awesome job. I got the patch and vapor. Most of all i prayed. I also drink. I’ve been clean before. So if i want it i got to go get it. I want to live bottom line. Thanks for all the stories for support. I’ll check back in after breakfast and that cup of coffee.?

      • Have you quit?? I start smoking age of 15 for last 17 year .umm today is one week smoke free and hardest day ? but I am not give up .

        • I’m 50, been a pack a day smoker since I was 13 as well, now on day 3 – cold turkey – and it isn’t easy but I am determined this time. I just lost 40 pounds so I feel like I can now conquer the smokes! Good luck to all, stay strong 🙂

      • How are you doing? Smoker for 30 years, a pack a day, and today is day 1 for me. Did you use the patch or anything to help? I really don’t want to, but day one had been a little edgy for me.
        Thanks for listening.

  19. The first day was the hardest for me. I could actually feel the withdraw sensation in full-force. The feeling was like: the reverse sensation of smoking a cig. IMHO, day 2 and 3 and beyond is your mind trying to adjust back to normal. Hence, a majority of the nicotine leaves your body 24 hours after your last cig. Mind you, on day 2 and 3 you might have small traces of nicotine nut it will not be as hard or pronounced as day 1.

    Get through day 1 and never look back because day 1 was the hardest for me.

    Good luck.

    • Steve you need better facts, Days 2 and 3 are usually harder because as you said Day 1 the first 24 hrs your body still has traces of nicotine in it, therefore your body does not crave it as bad as it does on days 2 and 3 when there are no traces left, The cravings and withdraws kick in overdrive. Day 3 has always been my hardest day until this time I never made it past day 3 and I tried quitting 6 different times before now and always lost to the cravings on day 3.

        • The first day was the hardest for me. Then day 4 hit and I thought it was day one again. Hoping day 5 is like day 2 (fingers crossed)

        • True going in 5th day i made my minf up that no vig. Wad going to control my life.i belibe the wrost ead before i face the truth in me i vould not do thos any more.To be looking for a. Cig.when i had none that was my truning point.and ot made me get stromg fast.when i fell like i need one witch is not at all any more i hum Christian songs from my childhood.That’s my way and the strong mind control to be proud i control my thoughts and i got this.i will never smoke a cig again. It’s mind ober matter.what ever i have to do to stay in my own zen i will. But i can smell one a block away and stop buts every where and walk happy by.good luck.over here humming along. Oh i went cold T. Not missing around.

      • Day 3 is always the hardest and the one that I relapse on almost always. I am trying it again. God I hope I can do this. I found my 16 year old son smoking and it broke my heart. He has been smoking on and off since age 14. He said he would quit if I did. I have to do this.

      • His ‘facts’ are subjective Vexy and happen to agree with mine. Day 10 for me and every day has been bloody difficult, but Day 1 I literally couldn’t see a reason to live without a smoke. The battle to quit smoking is overwhelmingly one waged in the mind – not the bloodstream.

  20. Day 4, i was at a pack a day and started feeling extremely unhealthy. I had tried vaping before as a cessation but it turned into a hobby and back to the associated smoking I went with weed video game and after food and driving. So many triggers. I’d be at approximately 100 smokes down right now and I’ve managed to cut it to 8 in the last 4 days. Vaping is helping me through this this time. I’ve smoked constantly for 10 years. Also, I’ve gone to the lowest strength of nicotine in the e-juice so my system is for sure getting a shock. But today has been the worst so far, going for zero today. I also notice the mental addiction to the other chems in cigs, what a gross thought.

    • Hey John. Beware of the ecigs!! I used them in place of smoking. I did well in my opinion but suddenly realized that I was puffing those chemicals CONSTANTLY. From the moment I woke up until I went to bed. I just had to have my vaporizer in my hands. After about a year I put it down and went back to tobacco because I developed a nasty cough that would not leave. I used to smoke a little more than a half pack a day. Up until Saturday January 21 6:10 am (my last cigarette)I jumped up to about a pack a day. I had to stop!! I’ve been using the patch and it’s hard as hell but I prayed and I’m gonna be fine. I know it and you will be too. Just gotta put that ecig away!! All the best

  21. day 13 , i thought it will be easier after the first week .
    its getting harder mates . im feeling dizzy all the times .
    im losing memory and consentration .
    i hope this goes away soon because its driving me crazy .
    and my performance in work is 3/10 .
    i can be used like a police dog hhhh i can smell cigarettes 2 miles away .

    • I quit 5 days ago. I am enjoying the process because every pang I feel and don’t give into signals that the monster inside is one step closer to death. However, much like you Amine, I cannot concentrate. I am a lawyer and I have a trial in less than a month. Did you ever get your concentration back?
      Thanks,
      Mike

      • I’m on day 11. I am dying. I hope that i can make it. I smoked 1 pack per day for 15 years and continuos use of weed at least once a day for 7 years. In last 3 days, 1000 times I dialed my dealers number but canceled it. Wish me luck. It is my third time of firm try of quit. OMG SOS, SOS.

  22. I’ve smoked for around 14 years now, 10 of them years being around a pack a day. I used the Alan Carr’s easy way to stop smoking book, day 7 and I honestly haven’t felt any strong cravings or gone through “hell” like previous times. I strongly recommend this book as it removes the mental cravings or the “brainwashing” as Mr Carr puts it. Unbelievable how well it works 🙂

    • Agree. I stumbled across Allen Carr’s book (the audio version on Youtube) and I’m now 5 days without smoking. The crazy thing is I didn’t even plan to quit, I just ran across the audio and lost the urge. It’s truly crazy. And I feel sorry for the other posters here struggling, as I believe they are not doing it properly: They feel they are sacrificing something by not smoking. I urge all of you to please look into Allen Carr. Good luck.

    • I tried his book for women. I wish it had worked. it did get me REALLY excited about quitting though. I read his book 8 months ago, and have tried quitting about 5 times since and never got past day 3. this is my 6th attempt. not sure what’s different this time, but I’m on day 7 and feeling confident.

  23. I have been a smoker for 22 years. 4 years ago my mother passed from cancer at the early age of 63. From that moment forward I kept saying I would quit.
    I gave every excuse not to.
    I tried chantix and did not quit.
    On Sunday, I woke up and said, today was the day.
    I went to the store and purchased the patches.
    Today is Wednesday, and I have not smoked.
    Driving was the hardest, that is when I would chain smoke. I have an hour and 45 minute commute each way, and would smoke about 5 in that time frame.
    I was so proud of myself for not stopping at the store on my way to work.
    I had to tell myself…. DONT !
    I wish everyone the best !

  24. Anyone else having my experience? Let me tell you a little background. I smoked for 19 years- started at 13 bc I thought I was cool- god what I wish I could have said to my teenage self. Anyways, I am proud to say that I finally bit the bullet and quit smoking for good this time. I quit back in October- I weened down to a few a day and then cold turkey. I smoked 15-20 a day for 19 years. It is the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. The mental struggle is real and you must make the choice to quit. Without willpower you will not succeed. I have tried to quit many times before and failed. The difference this time is truly the fact that I made the choice. The first week was hard, the second even harder. It really took about 3 weeks for the strong cravings to subside. I still have cravings for them almost daily, but the length of the craving is much less- last a few minutes vs a few hours of crazyness. Lots of anxiety and surprising depression has come into play with quitting. My metabolism has plunged. It doesn’t help that I want to eat everything in sight- this is finally slowing down.

    What I am most curious about is how Sick I have been physically since I have quit. I am a nanny so I am surrounded by germs, but I haven’t been healthy for more than 5 days since I quit smoking. It seems like I am a walking Viral sinus/ chest infection/flu. I have gone through several antibiotics, now using sinus rinse daily and just can’t seem to catch a break. Is anyone else out there having a similar experience?

    • 34 hours smoke free
      God I am dying.
      I have been smoking for over 25 years
      Quit once before and made it 3 months without a smoke then the wife pissed me off and started smoking again. This time I could honestly say I am done, just need to get over the first week.

    • Yes!! I have had bronchitis!! It’s seems like my body is exacting revenge for the sudden chemical imbalance and change!! I quit for 6 mos. last year.. Gained weight and had more health issues than could count.. Seemed like I was happier and healthier when smoking.. At some point I started again…not sure what just made me step up again and say this is it.. But I did.. I’m on day 6.. And antibiotics… Lol.. But we shall see

    • I smoked for over 30 yrs. Have COPD, and I haven’t smoked in 19 days. Given some antibiotics, but not getting any better with chest congestion and shortness of breath even with oxygen on. And I really want a cigarette, just not sure how I will feel afterwards.

    • When you quit smoking, 24 hours after your last cigarette, you start growing cilia back. Those are the little hairs that grow from your nose down your esophagus and into your lungs.
      These growing back creates a sore throat, cough, and cold/flu like symptoms. Taking antibiotics can actually make you worse.

    • Gave up smoking and before long I got ill, cold/flu which developed into bronchitis and then pneumonia. I’m 61 and was never ill like that, other than occasional sniffles etc. I smoked for 40 years without suffering a smokers cough or any other connected ailments. Go figure!
      Annie

  25. I’m officially on 2 weeks smoke free. I was a pack a day smoker for 13 years, but I’m turning 30 in 2 months so I quit cold turkey. I never thought I would ever be smoke free but I am and its hard. Its been 14 days and even though I can drink coffee and go outside without automatically thinking of smoking its still hard. I thought it would be easier but really there are days that are easier than others. Today has been hard but I’m hoping tomorrow will be easier.

  26. After 30 years of smoking, I am on day 4 of no smoking. using champix. Seems to be ok so far. trying to keep busy is helping as well. Good luck to all on this journey. only you can do it, no one else 🙂

    • Also on day 4 with Chantix I was scared to start this with all the horrible things I heard but one guy told me I really need to want to quit to succeed and I did so far. Have a cough but found out I love milk which causes congestion need to learn more to help myself. By the way I have smoked since I was 11, quit for a year and a half then went back I am 64 and determined to quit this time. I have a chimney husband that refused to quit but so far doesn’t smoke around me so there is my challenge every day. Good luck!

  27. 35 years of smoking….quit twice cold turkey for six years….was diagnosed with COPD 6 days ago and quit right then and there….DAY BY DAY…

  28. Day 6. Using both Welbutrin and the patch (2nd step) and 2-3 pieces of Nicotine gum a day. 40 years I smoked a pack a day. I am 56. I feel pretty good with only 2 or 3 strong cravings a day. They pass within minutes though. I’m already breathing better and don’t sound like I’m coughing up a lung when I lay down. I quit. I’m done. Remember to reward yourselves. I just got a motorcycle permit and enrolled in a motorcycle safety course. At my 8 week mark I’m getting a used bike to ride around. Always wanted to. If not now. When?
    Good luck to you all. Be strong. Stay the course.

    • You’re the same age as me and I started at 16 as well. On day 16 cold turkey about to be a Grandma on the 17th which is my focus right now. Thanks for sharing it helps!

  29. Great to hear so many stories. I quit for 21/2 years but gave in and started back last June. Me and friend of mine were working on my truck in his garage with him smoking then his wife come outside in the garage in smoke. I guess I it was a trigger?. I should’ve been stronger than that after quitting for that amount of time. But here I am 2 hrs short of my first 24 hrs. I feel like I’m doing ok, drinking a lot water and sugar free juices. Signed up at Planet Fitness so I’m gonna be working out along with hitting the off road bike trails. I’ll keep you all updated. Best of luck to everyone!

    • Thanks Tanya, it is day 17 of 100% nicotine free for me and feeling really low.
      20 years of 30 Rollies a day.
      Diagnosed with bullous emphysema aged 33.
      Would advise Allen Carr book to all.
      “Wake up Neo”

    • I have been delivered from smoking day three was so hard the first month was bad better then day three day three I set with my head in my hands crying and begging everyone to just not talk to me I am quit a little over 3 months with not many cravings I have a lot of weakness anxiety and stuff but that seems to be cutting down to only in the mornings I am so glad and thankful to God that I quit for delivered even with all the stuff I went through. I just kept thinking day 3 will be good one week will be good 2 weeks will be good by the time you get that far you don’t want to disappoint yourself

    • For anyone who wants to quite do it when your sick or have the flu.. Im just getting over the flu and im on day 3 without a smoke.. Hardest thing ever.. People say they feel thw cravings years later and when they smell a smoke the can light one at the drop of a hat. Good luck eceryone if anyone has advice please tell me

  30. Day 1 for me. I’ve smoked for 25 years. Have tried quiting 4 times before no attempt ever lasting longer than six months and I always quit cold turkey. I have had 4 serious colds in last six months and and can never ever seem to clear my throat…lots of mucous. Yesterday I said enough is enough (again!) because I feel terrible…the one thing I enjoy doing makes me feel terrible. 14 hours and I haven’t yet felt the withdrawal symptoms yet but I know they are coming…and I welcome them. For anyone quiting right now or thinking of quiting….do it….keep going….it gets easier. Find the support, internet, hotlines, apps…there is so much support. Pretty sure I won’t feel so positive and opptomistic tomorrow but I sure hope so …lol. Good luck everyone.

  31. Hope this helps: I’m on Day 3, but I’m wearing a patch. I’m getting over acute bronchitis, so the prospect of inhaling anything is pretty sickening in itself. Still, I want me a cigarette.

    My mother and I quit when I was 21…both cold turkey. She never smoke again but died 17 years lasted….of lung cancer. Those first three days were BRUTAL! The next three months were a little dicey, but after that, I was reformed. I stopped for 7 years that time, smoked for about 5 more, then my 7 year old daughter asked me to quit for her birthday. I used the patch and didn’t smoke for seven more years. Really, that was a pretty easy quit.Started again for who knows what reason and have been knocking back 2+ packs a day for the past 15 years. This last illness, first one in 15 years, has really kicked my ass.

    I’ll say this, too: Every time I’ve resumed smoking, it’s been over cocktails. I don’t drink anymore, so maybe that’ll give me a leg up this time.

    Best to all, I wish you all much success. All the money you’ll save, the nice, clean smell you’ll enjoy, the taste of food will get sooooo much better….keep in mind all the good stuff that comes from dropping a bad habit. We’re too smart to be smoking, friends.

    Like I said to a friend today, ‘No cigs for me today. Maybe tomorrow.’ I plan in saying the same thing tomorrow.

  32. I am week 22 smoke free. It is spring, warm, march madness time and I am craving more now than I have the last 20 weeks. Certainly, not from missing the nicotine, it’s the habit itself. The sitting outside on a nice day, just enjoying a smoke. I miss the act of smoking, more than I miss the nicotine feeling. It’s very transient, but when it hits it’s hard. Since I am into the 4 1/2 month mark, I don’t notice any difference in my health or the way I feel. I am glad I quit, but to be honest, I don’t feel as good physically as people think you should feel when you quit smoking. I still get short of breath on long walks and stairs. Now that I quit smoking, I think I have to change my diet. I would love to smoke when I want without being addicted and eat donuts when I want without having to starve myself the next day. Life is adjusting from one bad habit to another….. it’s a struggle. I get through it, once decision at a time. So far, all my decisions have been no more smoking, hopefully, more of my decisions will be no more donuts.

  33. This is my third time quitting in 4 years I’m on day 3 I think that the key is once you stop you can never start again that is my problem. To make it through the first three days I take sleeping pills and do it on vacation. I only smoked for 4 years. I only smoked before and after work. No smoking section at work so I left as soon as I could even through I needed to work longer. Once I quit smoking for a few weeks a month I don’t even know why I smoked in the first place and then a stress trigger will happen and I’ll be right back where I started from that’s what I need to prevent!

  34. I am on day 5. It has been pretty tough, but with God’s help, I am doing it this time, regardless of the cravings, withdrawals, or whatever. I hope it doesn’t take as many years to not want a smoke as I have been smoking for at least 40 yrs! and don’t have another 40 to see what it would be like to feel what it would be like to not want to smoke! March 11th I said okay to God. That’s right. Laugh all you want, but I listend, when out of no where I heard and was listening to a conversation about me smoking and agreed to stop. It had to be God. I haven’t smoked since. Actually, it hasn’t been that hard to not smoke. It hasn’t been easy either. God knows I want to obey God! I am a Christian. I believe. I feel honored that He took time to actually talk directly to me. It had to be Him. Even if it was a dream. It was very real. 40+ years..my only bad habit..I gave it up 3/11/16

    • I’m not laughing! The Lord told me it was time too! Wasn’t even thinking about quitting (at the time). I’ll try to make this short. 38 years!!! I’ve been smoking for 38 years. Tried quitting, thought about quitting, planned to quit many times. Finally was at the point of believing I would die a smoker. So stopped thinking about it. Received some unexpected money. Wondered how best to use it to help myself & my family.(I live with my son & his wife & look after 2 grandkids fulltime. Son was paying for smokes for both us) Going to sleep one night, a “Voice” said “You can quit”! Not brave enough to go cold turkey, but patches & gum, etc.cost $$. I have $$ right now!!! So, it’s officially 2 weeks today! Not one smoke. Using the patch & the nicotine spray for breakthrough cravings. Taking vitamin C & B complex. Today is a little rough. Seem to be “grieving” the loss of cigarettes. Horrible addiction!!! Thank You, Lord. I’m on my way! God bless us all with this. 🙂

    • I am on Day 5!

      I smoked the most on my way to and from work and at home, especially after a long day. I could smoke a half a pack in 3-4 hours in the evenings. During the day I would smoke 2 cigarettes each 10 minute break at work ( I had 3 breaks) and at least 3 on my lunch. I averaged a pack a day. I have been smoking for 8 years and I always told myself “Why did I ever start” and I have had the want to quit for the past 6 years! The “nagging” of family and friends would always be brushed off as I was never ready to quit and would not listen to their plea for me to quit. Which they have been the biggest support with my quitting. When you admit to the yourself and others that you are quitting smoking the accountability that is there helps. Many smokers will say they want to quit. It is a terribly addicting habit and to be successful in quitting it has to be a mind over matter. You have to be 100% there and not turn back.. My fear is giving in and what keeps me from giving in is the need to start over and quit again. I don’t want to be in that position again. When I decided to quit it was when I bought my last pack, It was like a switch was flipped. I thought to myself this is my last pack of cigarettes and it was and I pray it still is! I only want to look forward to the life I had before this addiction controlled me. I can already taste foods sooooo much better than before, this I noticed the 3rd day. And I can breathe so much easier. No more congestion, coughing up mucous in the mornings and feeling chest pains and shortness of breath. I feel that With the more time that passes the easier it will get and I will have this habit behind me for good!

      There is a helpful app that I refer to often to track my progress, how much money is saved, cigarettes not smoked and time saved. Also shows you a percentage of progression in health benefits of quitting. “Cessation Nation” is the app and I would definitely suggest it as a tool to keep your eye on the prize.

      I am too a Christian and am relying on God as a form of strength to get me through.

      Quit date June 2nd 2016 with Nicoderm Cq 21mg patch

      P.S. Day 5 seems to have been the hardest for me but reading the comments on here have helped.
      To others that are struggling to cope please keep your mind busy and focus on the benefits you will reap in quitting.

      Think of it as the chains are being removed and you are being set free! Good luck to all!

    • Barb I can so relate to you. 45 yrs of smoking and it was the Lord who told me it’s time. It was the Holy Spirit who spoke to you and don’t let the enemy tell you other wise. When God calls us to do something, He will give us the strength to do it. This has been the hardest thing I have experienced. But through it, my faith is growing and my compassion towards others is increasing. God never waste a hurt. ” You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.” Praying you stay strong and all you others who are trying to quit also. Im so grateful to say I’m a non smoker. I never want to go through these last 12 days again, God Bless you all and don’t give in to that small stick that wants control over you.

    • I’m a 36 year smoker, and I related to your statement about not having another 40 years to see what it would b like to not want to smoke. April 14 2016 I fell down my basement stairs, didn’t break a thing ( unbelievable) but I did hit my head hard enough to knock myself out and I remember opening my eyes and the very first thing that popped into my head was “you need to quit smoking”……. i know it was divine intervention from my father and brother that are deceased that saved me from breaking my neck, and god.
      but they gave me a message. A fall and quitting smoking aren’t related, but it was the “knock on the head” that I see now that i needed to get me to today, day one of not smoking.

  35. Quit on first of March 2016, I haven’t looked back coz I really felt my time as a smoker was up. I can’t say it has been easy but am thankful that whenever the pangs hit I remind myself why I quit in the first place. I was a smoker for around 18 years having started around 1998 as a 16year old I can attest that now during my workouts I don’t take too many breaks before even though my energy levels have really dipped, concentration is at its lowest my reaction is wanting but am willing to live like that for the rest of my life rather than live a life at half confidence due to the smell and having to hide sometimes in the mid of an important assignment to have a puff…. thanks all and I wish you all the best.

  36. Day 8,and so far it’s like hell.
    I noticed my eating habits are changing and that I am starting to develop a thing for coffe in cigaretts submission.
    Today I had like a 3 hours Long menatal and physical breakdown where I truly wanted to smoke again,just thinking about it makes me want to run a mile and buy a pack but I keep being strong because I know it Will come to an end and I Will be better Like my health and People around me.Shameful is I am only 17 and been smoking hard For 1 year and a half.

  37. I’m on day 4 and today’s the hardest. Mainly because it’s Friday!…it’s the weekend. I’ve had it pretty easy so far mainly because I drink 2 gallons of water before lunch to try and help detox my body and have cut my coffee to virtually nothing. It’s amazing how much better I feel. I have to keep moving forward with this! No looking back!
    Ok, craving gone 😉

  38. I’m ending day two. Never thought is even get this far. Yesterday was the absolute hardest. My mind and body were trying to get me to give in but I couldn’t give in. I quit cold turkey after having problems breathing the night before so when I woke up that was it for me. I really hope I can keep going and not give in.

  39. I am on day 8 of quitting both weed and cigarettes. So far, I have felt nothing.which is a bit weird. I have been doing an average of 3 joints and 10-15 cigs daily for the past 3 years. I tried to quit before but always relapse when I hit 21 day mark coz I start to feel like quitting is so easy. Then I sink right back and realized how hard it is to stop. I always want just one more. Anyway, I finally gathered my willpower a week ago and stopped both cold turkey. I am sleeping well, except for night sweats first few nights.but no cravings or unusual appetite. Is this too good to be true or should I be scared of the coming weeks?

  40. Omg im on my 3rd day n im going nuts!!!!! Its so hard i haven’t even talked to any friends because they all smoke I’ve been ignoring them im just soo dam moody i trip about everything im on the edge all day idont know how much longer i can hold on help me !!!!!!!

  41. MIRACLE PLANT!!! i wanted to quit smoking for a year now but never had the willpower to start. That is, until i tried smoking LOBELIA. It is a herb that tricks your mind into thinking it has nicotine, and massively eases withdrawal symptoms. Its also very cheap (i got 1 ounce for 4 bucks online lol) i couldnt believe how much this plant helped me the very first time i smoked it, Quitting smoking, so far, has been easy as pie! Almost zero withdrawal symptoms, most noticable is i feel a little tired, and im almost on my third day. Please, if you want to stop smoking, theres no easier way to quit than smoking this plant.

    • Hi Nick, where did you purchase this please? Im in australia so prob wdnt be able to get it online, thanxs 😀

  42. 10 days gone….. not feeling so much difficulty… craving is not that strong…. its easier than I thought… Hope will never touch this thing again… Pray for me….

  43. Only day 2 but Dear Lord, I can’t keep busy enough to make cravings stop. My only thing that keeps me sane is my 3 year old son playing next to me. I hope it gets easier.

  44. It’s Day 6 for me now after 20 yrs of beatin on my lungs….and I’m more of an emotional wreck. Foods aren’t tasting the same and I CAN’T stand the taste of coffee and I LOVE COFFEE?. I keep reminding myself of the money I am saving. But all I want is my taste buds back ??. And for theses cravings to stoppppp? good luck to all in this day to day battle ✌?

    • Diana you are so right about the taste buds I have drank dr pepper for yrs now and it don’t taste the same. My food don’t taste the same I am smelling things I didn’t smell before and not sure all these changes are a good thing. I am just as addicted to caffeine as I am nicotine giving up one is hard enough but giving up the nicotine is making my dr pepper which is my caffeine taste like crap. Now I am wondering which is the way dr pepper really tastes was is always this nasty and the cigarettes blocking that or was it when I quit smoking it changed my taste buds? I am really so confused right now about what happened with my taste buds but I want them back cause caffeine migraines on top of nicotine withdraw really not helping.

      • You have them tastebuds back. They renew every 6h or so normally, most of them anyways. So yeah those ciggies where blocking it. And as smoker all of them will need to get replaced so it takes a bit longer then the normal 6ish hours.

  45. Ugh. Was up constantly last night, thinking about it. Hardly slept at all. Day 3 about to be in the books and it has been hard. I like to come on here and just vent, especially with the other brave souls going through what we ware attempting to do. Just remember, we are going to make it.

  46. Whether others read this site or use it, it is helpful for me to talk about quitting. Writing it down, like I am actually talking to someone has helped me thus far. Day 4 was pretty easy, couple moments were touch and go but I made it through. Maybe the restlessness will go away tonight.

    • Chad..I am like you, it helps a little just to let someone know I am hanging in there. I am on day10 and my nicotine withdrawals are gone , I guess but the need to just take a break and smoke keep hitting me hard today. I’ve quit a few time the past few years,.. Onc I quit for 6 months..I think that is what nagging me.. My mind saying ..”yeah you are 10 days free but you’ve went 6 months before and you felled.. ” I feel like I will never know if I have ever conquered the demon! But if we take an hour/day at a time we can do this.

  47. Here are a couple of tips that really helped me:

    1. When you get a craving for nicotine, get your phone out and time it. This shows two things, 1. the cravings only last a very short period of time and 2. that when you’re having them you know they won’t last forever (you’re on countdown).

    2. I stopped thinking about giving up smoking as a ‘big thing’ and just though of it as something I’ve done and not give ot too much thought.

    Good luck.

    • Agree with Paul on #2. Making it a “big thing” makes you think about smoking again. I try to tell myself it’s not a big deal

  48. *I am on my third day of not smoking. I’ve smoked for more than 30 years. No more!!! I’ve given up before for 13 months until I was stupid enough to think I would be fine having just that one. The thing that keeps me going is that if I can reach the end of 6 weeks not smoking, I know I will be fine because that’s how long it took the last time I gave up to start to feel less dependent on cigarettes. Taking one day at a time also helps. Not thinking ahead and knowing that a craving is only going to last a very short time. I’ve always made excuses as to why not give up this week or next week. The reality is, it’s never a good time. It’s always going to be hard. While writing this, I feel really good…..Not wanting a cigarette. Keep writing as this is what is getting me through. Good Luck

  49. Just completed my first 24 hours. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be but as the night goes on, I’m thinking about it more and more. Mood was diminished but I wasn’t too snappy. Head is starting to hurt so I’ll drink more water before heading to bed and hopefully tomorrow will be good to.

    • I’m at the start of day 6.. Tonight has been pure hell!!! I thought day 4 was bad but tonight (day 5) has been horrible! I’ve felt nervous, like my skin was crawling and just wanting to light a whole pack at one time!! In fact I grabbed a cigarette tonight, put it in my mouth and said screw it I’m a smoker!! But luck on my side I received a sign, My dang lighter wouldn’t light.
      Reading some other post really help and I have to agree nothing taste right. I love Mt. Dew and they suck now!!

      • I feel ya here! I’m on day 6 and starting last night it took everything in me not to go to the store on my way home and pick up a pack, and today hasn’t been any better! Two walks already with the dogs, and I suspect there’s going to be a third.

  50. I have made it through 7 days. The cravings come and go. Last night was kind of tough but I just take a deep breath and know that the craving will subside. It has really helped to read the comments from others that have quit and are struggling with the same issues. Knowing I am not alone does help. To all of you new non-smokers like me keep up the good work, it will be worth it.

  51. I smoked for 16 yrs for the first 15 yrs I easily smoked 4-5 packs a day for all you non smokers that is like 80-100 cigarettes a day, The last yr I started cutting back I got down to a pack and a half to 2 and a half packs a day depending on my insomnia and stress levels. The 13th of March around 4am I had severe chest pain, back pain, ad shortness of breath. It hurt to stand up it hurt to sit down it hurt to lay down. I didn’t know where this pain was coming form but omg it hurt like heck. I had to go to the ER no avoiding or blocking out this pain even with my high tolerance for pain this was way too much whatever was causing it had to get dealt with and fixed. Well I found out the top part of my left lung collapsed from smoking. They had to insert a chest tube I thought the pains from before hurt they didn’t touch the pain I was in when the DR inserted the chest tube. No I was not put under I could feel every bit of it they gave me some pain meds but honestly the pain of the chest tube was worth then labor pains. I have experienced both and I will take labor pains 10 times a day before I would want the pains of a chest tube inserted ever again. Why all this pain SMOKING, Think that was the end of it not even close spent the night in the ER they took the chest tube out Monday the 14th I was sent home later that evening. I was told follow up Thursday the 17th for x-rays and for the DR to check where the chest tube was make sure everything is healing and looking good no infection kind of thing. Well no infection where the chest tube was but X-ray revealed my lung was still leaking the chest tube didn’t completely fix it. So I was referred to another hospital to another surgeon who could do the surgery, this DR didn’t have the equipment to do. For all of you keeping track I have been in serious pain this whole time from the 13th and it is now 17th no pain meds nothing the whole time I was at home. Friday morning at 8AM I have to be in a city that is 45 minutes away from where I live first off I’m not a morning person. 2nd off I’m going somewhere I don’t want to be but have to be for health reasons. 3rd of all I’m scared because the other dr has told me there is issues with my lung it didn’t heal right I am in constant pain and not sure what the heck it going on. Well the new Dr has a cat scan not an x-ray cat scan of my chest done. HE sees the issue I have going on comes back and tells me the news. I have to have my lung stapled which consists of hopefully only 3 small incisions unless there are complication and they have to make bigger ones. Keeping in mind this is the same side not even a week ago I had a chest tube in I’m still sore from that an now this DR is going to cut into me 3 more times in that same side. I am not thrilled about this idea at all but I finally get some good news so I thought I am going to be put under for this unlike when they put the chest tube in at the other hospital and I felt every bit of it. I won’t feel any of this at all. I’m thinking awesome I will wake up and never even know they did anything. If only I knew then how wrong I was about that thought. While I was out they did the surgery the DR talked about but they also inserted another chest tube, Well when I woke up I didn’t feel hardly any pain cause they had me on morphine. When that morphine wore off all I can say is the pain kicked in and bad. Also this was not just an over night stay this time a lot longer stay was in store. I was in this hospital from Friday the 18th until Tuesday the 22nd. The whole time with the chest tube in me until they took it out Monday the 21st. I couldn’t use the bath room on my own. I couldn’t get out of bed on my own. It hurt to even try to sit up in bed unless I had pain killers in me. To make this long story a little shorter it is now the 2nd of April I am still in pain. My entire left side from my chest around the side where they put all them holes into me all the way to my back. I quit smoking cause every time I even try to take a puff of a cigarette my whole chest feels like it’s caving in no exaggeration it hurts that bad, Now here comes the conflict I am going through the withdraws from quitting cold turkey no nicotine patch in the hospital no nicotine of any form didn’t want any if I was gonna quit I was gonna quit. Well I was good til about 4 days after I got out the hospital then I started craving bad I was like just one cigarette just one I took 2 puffs and hurt so bad I couldn’t take another one, Now I get to go through the withdraws without being able to even think about satisfying it with a Vape or a regular cigarette cause either will cause pain to my lung and chest and be too painful. I have thought about nicotine patches but after this long it is the nicotine I’m craving or just the psychological part of it that is driving me crazy? I dunno but honestly it is driving me nuts I was craving so bad ;last night I actually smoked half a cigarette in 6 hrs time take a cpl puffs here and a cpl there even thought I was in extreme pain with every puff. Anyone who does not smoke and reads this trust me smoking is not a road you want to go down. The pain I am talking about that I am in, you can’t even imagine and I don’t wish it on anyone. When some thing physically puts you in this much pain when you do it but you are craving so much you are willing to put yourself through such pain to satisfy the craving. That is when you know you are seriously addicted and you have a major problem. I am trapped between a rock and a hard place right now with no where to turn. I strongly urge all of you that can quit to do it.To the dude who said he only smoked 1 cigarette a day that is not an addiction QUIT if anyone can quit you can. Most serious smokers smoke at least a pack a day some like myself 2-5 packs a day. I am quitting because I am out of options it has been made clear quit smoking or lose my freedom then lose my life. I am only 32 yrs old been smoking since I was 16 and I am being told if I don’t quit I’m not going to live to see 42 and I will be on oxygen 24/7 within a year 2 at the most if I don’t quit. Again I am ONLY 32 yrs old and my left lung is failing all because I chose to smoke. Even with the pain I am in the addiction is so bad that even causing extreme physical pain to myself by smoking I do it to satisfy the withdraws. If 16 yrs ago when I started someone would of told me the place I am in now could even be an option. The pain I am in now if I knew then I wouldn’t have to quit because I never would of started. Which is why I am putting my story out there because if even ONE person reads this and decides not to start smoking because of my story then this story has served it’s purpose. However I am also putting my story out there because I am in serious need of support this is a VERY hard fight and sometime I feel like I’m doing awesome and other times I am losing the fight and giving in to the cravings and urges. It is like I am in deep water and can’t swim all I can do is doggy paddle to keep my head above water but I keep going under just to pull myself back up to go under again. Anyway for now I will continue my fight until I beat it or it defeats me which ever happens first god speed every one and wish you all the best on quitting before the choice is out of your hands.

    • Vexy, I hope you are doing well. After reading your situation, I feel like I am weak for complaining about my issues with quitting here.

      Those chest tubes are the absolute worst. My father dealt with those when he was going through his battle.

      Stay strong and we hope to hear from you <3

      • Vexy, I hope you are doing well in your battle, I have copd, and I am on day 14, I can’t imagine the pain you have been thru! Please. Let us know how you are doing- God Bless.

    • I had a tube inserted into my chest 10 days ago and they had to do it three times to reposition it, I feel your pain. I stopped smoking because of that. My right lung clapssed too and I was rushed to the hospital. In Monday I have the X-ray again and I hope my lungs are recovered and I don’t have to go through the three hole part. Thanks for your story, my craving goes away once I think about the pain in my chest while this tube was inside my body.

    • I just want to thank you for sharing your story – you are brave and strong and you have given me strength in my personal quitting journey. I wish you the very best. Thank you.

    • I read your entire story! I wanted to know how you’re doing? Did you finally quit?? I’m on day 10 and it’s been pure hell for me… but I think it’s because I KNOW my cigarette addiction is truly over… it HAS to be. After 25 years of smoking….30 of you count the butts from my parents ash trays. My 6 yr old son begged me to quit after a 911 scare. Thought I was in cardiac arrest. Had a panic attack long story… However I felt it was my warning sign. Anyways…I feel sad and so lonely!! Withdrawal crap. Best thing to do…. get the CD called the easy way… and you’ll quit! Last time I quit I had zero withdrawals…. this time it’s pure torture… so now I know the CD worked…. the guy is a genius! Good luck!! You’ve got this!!

    • Vexy , thank you so much for sharing your story. I would smoke about 3 or 4 black and minds a day for one year. I have been smoke free for 8 days. You hang in there.

  52. Vexy I wish you all the best I am on day four of my quitting but I’m on patches but have not smoked and was on 1 to 2 packs a day. I recommend you get someone to get you patches it helps the cravings.

    • Yes it does I have been smoking for 30 yrs 1 pack a day this is the third day for me! The reason I like the patch is you cannot smoke with it on,so those spur of the moment urges can come and go without you giving into them at the toss of a dime.you have time to actually think about why your quitting before you give in and regret it! Good luck everyone it is torture for sure.one more thing everyday I quit $6 goes into a jar!

  53. Day 2 and the cravings are brutal. Typing this as motivation to keep going. I started smoking at 16 and was up to two packs a day for a few years. I quit for a year and half when I was 20, then thought I’d conquered it and could just smoke “recreationally”, whatever that means. Terrible idea. I was soon back to a pack a day and all that progress was wasted. I never want to be back at that point, so I gotta stay strong. Thanks to everyone else for sharing their stories, and good luck to all. Cheers, SS

  54. Vexy, hang in there!!! Your not in the fight alone! I’m on day six and it’s hard! So hard to believe a little ole cigarette has so much control over us. I was smoking 2 packs a day and got up 6 days ago and said no more! I woke up coughing, weazing and noticing least bit a doing nothing I was getting short of breath!
    Please reply back, would love to see how things are going for you now. Don’t give up!

  55. Man oh man ….this is a hard day ! Only on day 4 and tonight is the absolute worst ! I feel like I am going to come out of my skin !! I have quite in the past when pregnant and nursing …both times for two years at a time. I know I can do this but man the first couple weeks are hell for me.

    I just had to get that off my chest and now I actually feel better and the intense craving I was having has subsided.

    Good luck everyone !!

  56. I’m on day 3. I’m 8 weeks pregnant also. My boyfriend , my mom, everyone around me smokes. It’s so hard quitting with all them around,me,smoking. My boyfriend was suppose to,quit with me and he failed. I am,mad and upset with him. The cravings are getting worse. I’m emotional bad. I’m in a bad mood. I don’t want to get out of bed.

  57. This is day 3, am getting cravings at least every 5-10 mins. Smoked for 29 years. I have a sore throat and feel crap, and wonder if i would feel better if I gave into my craving – I won’t give into my craving – but it is bloody difficult to think of anything else other than a cigarette.

  58. Love reading all the comments, I’m on day 4. First time I’ve tried to quit in many years.

    A friend of a friend passed away from Cancer this past weekend, a struggle she dealt with for many years. Curious, I read a “Go Fund Me” page that she started. I was amazed by her strength and shear determination to beat the dreaded cancer. She spent years doing everything imaginable trying to survive – from dietary changes, Yoga, holistic treatments, Chinese medicine, and western medicine. And here I am over weight and smoking, I just thought how dare I keep trying to kill myself, when there are so many people who would give anything just to live…

    I’m GOING to do this! I ready in one of the earlier posts “this too shall pass”. And that is exactly what I’m going to keep telling myself…

  59. Having smoked for 45 years and attempting to stop several times, I am delighted to reach two weeks. No day is easy. Every day brings cravings and arguments with yourself (just one cigarette? No? Just one puff?). For some reason this time I am resisting. It is beyond tough. I am determined to be successful because four weeks ago I was diagnosed with COPD. I have no other option.

    • I have smoked about 1-2 packs daily for 35 years. Today I am at day 15 without having a cigarette. I chose to not use any forms of help this time, as I have tried them all in the past, so cold turkey was my last option. I feel good….for the most part…..I still have strong urges, although they are less and don’t last as long as they did. But like you, somehow I fight the urges this time. I want to be a non smoker. My smokers cough is gone, my lungs are flushing out, my taste and smell are like something I haven’t experienced in many years. Only positives….I keep thinking about these positive results and I think that helps me to keep going and pushing forward towards my goal of being a forever ex smoker

  60. Most people talk about the mental toll of quitting cigarettes,but my issues are more physical. I haven’t smoked in six days. At first, I felt normal; appetite, bowel movements, sleeping pattern, etc. But the night of day two I had trouble sleeping and felt very anxious. It was like how I felt coming down off psychedelics.

    In the days following,I’ve hade normal days; feeling talkative motivated, and happy.
    Then there are days like today; super tired, unmotivated, feels like my heart is beating harder than normal and my poop schedule is jacked.

    Is this what breaking an addiction feels like? Sometimes I feel like I should consult a doctor. I definitely do not want to smoke a cigarette ever again, but I don’t want to feel anxious or my stomach be in a knot forever.

  61. Day 21 today, the hardest day so far. Days 19, 20 and 21 were harder and harder. First week was easy, second moderately easy. All this time I was going out, and people around me were smoking but my cravings were minimal. But 3 days ago I started having horrible cravings and in fact I started dreaming about smoking cigarettes. One dream last night was so vivid it took me several minutes when I woke up to realize it was just a dream. Today the cravings were unbelievably strong and long lasting, I had to search internet for evidence that somebody else is experiencing similar thing so I ended up here. It is strange that cravings have this increasing trend. I though it gets from harder to easier and I am very surprised that the process of quitting actually goes from easier to harder and than (I suppose) to easier again.

    • In the same boat and I seem to be very fatigued for some reason, am guessing this is why it’s difficult cause it’s hard then gets easier then harder again.
      Does anyone get tired even if they get their 8hours?

    • Guido, I am feeling the same as you. First week wasnt easy but not hard second week hard! now im into my third week and Im pulling my hair out!! It is getting harder and harder by the day. So please tell me when did it get better 🙁

  62. I’ve actually decided to try to quit again. Friday morning at 7am I had a wisdom tooth cut out. Like an idiot, I smoked after, but only 3 since then! Haven’t had a cigarette since 2pm on Saturday. So I’m in my 2nd day (38 ish hours). It’s 4am, woke up at 330am, can’t go back to sleep. Even though I had pain killers for this tooth. Right now what’s helping me if the fact I don’t wanna get dry socket, especially having no stitches. Just praying this time I can actually do it. I’m 26 and smoked about a pack a day since I was 19.

  63. Hi everyone , day 1 for me not been bad so far though reading everyones comments I know I am probably in for a time of it , I am on a nrt programe through my local chemist I was able to pick 3 things from the nrt range I chose the gum , inhaler and the spray to my surprise this was all free for up to 12 weeks of stopping smoking . Bit worried as tomorrow is day 2 and I have a driving lesson , just hope the concentration doesn’t go . Great to see so many strong people fighting this well done , since I turned 40 I have told my self I need to quit for my health plus I don’t want to age any quicker 😀 . So many people saying they have been ill since stopping why is this ? that scares me a little .

  64. Day 3 for me. Definitely feeling it today. Just lost my mom to COPD and it was the hardest thing to watch. I miss her so much and can’t imagine a worse way to go. I don’t want that to be my fate. I have to quit.

  65. Day 39 of not smoking. I write daily in a journal, but today I decided to contribute publicly. My ears are cold, I have extreme restlessness. As a 25 year smoker I really don’t have much to compare these aches and pains too. Are they normal? Every day of my adult life I smoked so I have no experience to compare to say what is a normal, non-addictive ache. In times past when my ears got cold I smoked and all the “itches” went away.
    Don’t be scared reading this if you’re like on Day 1,2 or 7.
    I will say the best decision I made was to quit smoking. I knew there would be penance to pay. You don’t just walk Scott-free from an addiction.
    It has gotten a ton easier. Yesterday, Day 38 was a breeze. I had next to none cravings. My body was ache free. I was not restless.
    Today I will fight through like every day before until i get to that higher, safe ground.

    • I am on day 45 and the pasted two days have been the worst. I really haven’t had any bad days until now, I am on the patch and having a few side effects like itching . I don’t want to give in but it’s tough. I have smoked for over 30 years and have quit several times but just started back. I do not want to this time, I just want the cravings to go away.

  66. I am on Day 3 of no smoking and it’s slightly easier than yesterday. I was literally hoping my arm would turn into a giant cig so I could light it up at my desk and just puff away. I’m hoping to get through the first week because when I have attempted to quit in the past usually by day 5 i’m going to strangle someone and I eat everything and anything I can get my grubby little paws on. This time around seems slightly easier…knock on wood. Reading people’s comments above also helped and made me laugh.

  67. I’m on day 15 and the nicotine withdrawal is hitting me real hard tonight, it’s 8:15pm and my mind is telling me to smoke a cigarette it’s so bad that’s why Im on here writing what I’m going through. I thought after 2weeks I wouldn’t have these problems I wouldn’t want a cigarette this bad but I do so that’s why I can’t start back smoking because it’s to hard to stop this nicotine addiction had to much control over me but not no more Bye to cigarettes forever. . GOODLUCK EVERYONE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! STAY STRONG !!!!!!!!!!!

  68. I have quite smoking on december 2015 by using e-cigarete. The last month I have very strong withdrawal symptoms. faitness, dizness, high blod pressure… Today decide to quit e-cig and start the nicorete patch 15mg may they help. Everyday is a strunngle some people dont have withdrawall…those people are lukcy……. we ll see… The difficut part is that I ‘m working….
    Smoked over 25 years about 2packs per day…..
    I rememberd when I quit weed 10 years ago… that I have withdrawll symptoms for 6 months.
    This from cigarete is almost the same , same days but usally is worst
    Greetings from greece
    gool luck all

  69. Approaching day 3 of cold turkey here. Day two was far easier than the first day, for me anyways. Lets see what tomorrow brings. Just hold it together, dont give in! I just tell myself its all in my head. Seems to be helping. We are strong! We can do this!

  70. Day 3 here, I’m struggling… My husband is still smoking but I just can’t anymore. My mom passed away last month from congestive heart failure and it was so hard to watch her as she deteriorated and her breathing continued to get worse. She passed away when she was only 50, I will be 30 soon and the thought of only having 20 more years is so scary to me, I have tried to quit numerous times but never been successful for more than a month, I’m just trying to stay strong I just keep telling myself I want to live!!

    • You can do it Crystal!! My mother smokes constantly as well and its scary to think that she may not have long to live.. I mean really, what is 20 years? It’s like dust in the wind.. GOOD LUCK!!

    • Wow so much in common.I am about to turnot 30 in 2 months. I just recently lost my mom as well. She was 48. I am on. Day 3 of. Scared to death but I have to do it. For the first time in my life I can tell that I have a hard time breathing in the mornings and I have smoked since I was 14 years old. I am in nursing school and I finish in July and I do not want to be that nurse that smokes especially because I, just got my dream job in a pediatrician office and the last thing I want to do is smell like smoke or let any of the moms see me smoke as I am their kids nurse and I will be taking care of any age from newborn to 18 so there will be a lot of teenagers as well. I wanted to bemail able to say by the time I was 30 I will be a nurse and a non-smoker and that is my goal right now and losing my mom is what pushed me to become a nurse. Anyway good luck to you! I just thought I would reply because I thought we had so much in common when I read your post. Good luck!!!!

  71. I’m on day 3, going cold turkey and the cravings are really starting to kick in. Smoked around 15 a day for 8 years. I’m just taking it one step at a time and telling myself I just have to get through this week and then from there I’ll focus on the next hurdle. I quit two years ago and was off them for 9 months so I had an idea of what to expect with the cravings. I did take up the electronic cigarettes after a week which I do not recommend as you are still getting your nicotine intake, after a bad breakup I went back to cigarettes as I still had nicotine cravings. It is nicotine we are trying to beat I’m treating it as this weak source that has no control over me anymore. Reading all the comments has given me that extra push. Good luck all 🙂

  72. I am on day 5, cold turkey and it sucks. I am struggling big time. I am tired and restless, my brain is foggy, i’m dizzy and weak and feeling cold, my nose is running like a faucet, my throat hurts, I have really bad heartburn. I’m miserable, going from yelling to crying. This really sucks. I know it wont last forever but it is really bad right now.

  73. Day 15. Days 12, 13, 14 were the worst so far. Held off, but barely. A lot of surprise financial and emotional stress almost put me over the edge.

    Got off easy the first week of quitting as I had a terrible case of the flu which led to a bad bacterial infection in my sinuses and lungs. I was on antibiotics, steroids, an inhaler, a decongestant, an a prescription nasal spray. I had started Chantix a couple of weeks before getting sick and ironically, my picked quit day was a couple of days after I had gotten ill. I was coughing so hard before my quit day that I actually felt my brain hurting, almost like a concussion. I knew if I even had one drag of a smoke I would cough so hard I’d cry. So sick as I was, it was kind of lucky for me. I was so preoccupied with my symptoms, the nicotine withdrawal I barely noticed that first week and I was like “Oh, my God! I’ve quit for three days now!”

    Day 15 is way better than Days 12, 13, and 14. Maybe it eases up from here on out. My hands & feet aren’t constantly cold anymore & I do notice much better breathing/feeling of fuller lungs. Chewing gum and especially Werther’s hard butterscotch candy seems to ease things a lot for me. Pack, pack & 1/2 a day former smoker. God Bless everyone here. Good luck & hang tough.

  74. I just turned 60 on April 11th, quit smoking on the 16th. I quit for 4 years and then started again! I know, stupid. This is so tough and it helps reading these comments. Sometimes I feel I’m the only one going through this hell. Day 11 and have not had one. Oh, I have smoked for almost 40 years.

  75. Day 2…no problem. Lucky me, I seemingly can stop smoking without too much difficulty. I’ve done it 3-4 times in my life, and the worst I’ve experienced is lung pain as they started to heal. Utter stupidity is my reasoning for ever going back to it, but maybe knowing I can quit easily is to blame!

  76. I’m onto my third day! Been on the chemist plan of nicotine patches and the nicotine mist, to be fair this has been by far the easiest I’ve quit , I’ve quit plenty ha longest I lasted was 7 months using the Vape but on nights out it wast enough then came to the conclusion I’m just replacing smoking with vaping both as equally expensive! Do I’m using patches and the occasional mist ( rarely use as I detest the taste of mint) but must admit I’m feeling very confident about this, downloaded a quit smoking app that has missions and goals ect basically anything to distract me, also a downloaded a pedometer so I can distract myself with that rather then focus on smoking , so far so good, hope you all are doing well !!

    • BREANDA After 7 months why would you want to smoke you have successfully beat the habit? 15 DAYS now I quit!! I have COPD Asma thanks to smoking I can’t dance no more I’m on meds for my lugs until I die I’m 51yo… there is a Video I watched on YouTube real lungs look like from smoking yeah opened my eyes and when I got craving I would watch that video good luck to u all

  77. Today is day 3 for me. Probably the worst day so far. And guess what…I caved and had a ciggarette after dinner. 1 positive is that it was disgusting and I don’t want another one any time soon. Day 1 starts again tomorrow! Wish me luck!

    • That sucks!! Where did you get the cigarette? You MUST rid your entire house of cigarettes! No temptations. Try and sleep the first 3 to 5 days if possible. Also… buy the Easy Way CD to quit…. you’ll be amazed!!

  78. Two weeks 3 days smoke free but whose counting :). Still on the patch and lots of lollipops. Good luck everyone,its not the easiest thing to do!

  79. You have all inspired me with your shared experiences. Day 8 here, Chantix and Acupuncture. I think the acupuncture does more! Shout out to the guy who came off crack, I read an article that said about allowing yourself “just one” butt, would it be ok if it was crack? An addiction is an addiction.

    We are smokers EXERCISING OUR RIGHT not to smoke. Looking at it that was makes me feel like I am in control.

    When I picked my quit date, I imagined my butts as my best friend on life support, it was up to me to pull the plug. Mentally, the act would be gut wrenching, but you would both eventually be better off. Sounds crazy I’m sure. Anyway, I wish you all the best. Read each of your stories and they all reinforced what I already know. Physically, it’s gone, I don’t want it back. Mentally, I miss my friend but I will heal.
    Blessings to you all

  80. All of your comments are a blessing to me as I try to quit smoking for the fifteenth time! Day three going cold turkey for me and it is terrible, but knowing other people are going through the same hell helps me be strong!! Thanks everybody!!!

  81. Day number 10 and it’s been rough. I quit cold turkey after 23 years of smoking. I find that I’m still very irritable I have no patience for my children and I feel very high-strung.

  82. End of day 3 for me. Last night was definetly the worst of it. So far green tea and cinnamon sticks have helped me through the first couple days.

  83. Has anyone tried the 1800quitnow? I called them and actually had a wonderful experience . They sent me patches to use for 2 weeks . Along with some nicotine gum. Im on day 3 and its sooo hard but the patches are helping (the gum is gross but i chew it with spearmint for taste) . Hopefully i make it 3 more days and so on and so on . Goodluck to everyone !!

  84. I’m on day three. Decided to quit when my friend, who never smoked a cigarette in her life, got a heart transplant. Here i have a health heart that I’m abusing and she never abused her heart and needed a new one. Every single time I get a craving, I close my eyes and think of her….

  85. Hello everyone,

    Well I am on day two now and to be honest I have not had much of a problem so far, I have smoked for the last 16 years without a break and pretty heavily at that, this includes smoking marijuana pretty much every single day (not proud of the fact) anyway before I read this forum I thought the first 24 hours would be the hardest then after that things would get easier….how wrong am I! Well I think things are easieer for me because of smoking weed up until 4 days ago, I know it takes 6 weeks to be out of your system so I guess it’s still keeping me calm and numbing the cravings a little. Anyway I hope everyone’s cravings get easier and mine don’t get worse, it has been helpful, if a little soul shattering reading your posts.

    Many thanks.

  86. One day at time. This is my 3rd attempt in quitting. Been smoking for 30 years. I’ve tried the pills which gave me nightmares. The patch which made me edgy. E-Cig which made me just buy the real thing. Finally, trying the Kerry Gaynor Method which has been working. I’ve been smoke and nicotine free for 1 week now. The toughest was the 2nd day but Inhad to remind myself that the craving won’t last long and I’m never going back to smoking no matter what. You can do it!!!

  87. Day 8 , I wasn’t feeling much pain till yesterday, but today it is insane for which I had to explore all the points to stay calm during quit process. Am feeling too stressed today and want to smoke. As per this article – it is just my mind. However, every minute is fighting with my mind to get me away from smoke. Am smoking from 13 years and i haven’t left smoking even for a day or two. This is hard for me but am still struggling and staying far from it.

  88. I smoked 30 a day for 35 years, low tar brand 5mg and decided to try and quit due to the obvious health, but also for financial reasons. 20 cigarettes of the brand I smoked are £10 a pack almost in England, I used to buy 10 in the morning and 20 at night, that’s £105 per week, over 5 grand a year on this rubbish! 2 weeks ago I went and bought a decent quality vaping kit with some low strength 6mg juice, I decided I was going to try using that in the day and just buy 10 cigarettes at night, sort of cut down rather than pack in completely, but how it turned out was really strange. On the second day of vaping menthol juice, I was looking forward to my proper smoke after dinner, but as soon as I lit it up and took a drag I noticed how disgusting it tasted and smelled compared to the vape, so I put it out and haven’t had one since. That was 2 weeks ago today. In this short space of time, I can’t tell you how much rubbish I have coughed up from my lungs, and how much better my breathing has improved. I can honestly say that I have no cigarette craving, I’m getting my nicotine hit from the juice which is a much healthier and cheaper way. Tomorrow I’m going to buy the lowest strength 3mg liquid and see how that goes, eventually I hope to rid my body if nicotine altogether. I know different things work for different people, I never thought I could go more than a day without a smoke, but vaping is helping me a lot. And I’m noticing already the extra money I seem to have just lately so it’s all good so far.

  89. On Day 3 everyone and I feel nauseous, dizzy and light headed. I am seriously wondering if I am pregnant? I’m hoping to God that it is the nicotine withdrawal. Has anyone else had these symptoms? I’ve smoked pretty much constantly (except for the 2 times I was pregnant) for 13 years.

    My husband definitely doesn’t remember the struggle to quit. He just doesn’t get it. I am so irritable but happy I have decided to quit. I think this might be the time. So completely fed up with the smell, cost, the constant thinking about when and where I will have my next one. I will not let my kids be the next to deal with this struggle. I really do want it to stop with me. Both of my parents and brothers are heavy smokers. We can’t keep going on like this… We just can’t…

  90. Pheew i am on day 3 and cravings are playing around with me , When never i crave i say to myself i won’t die i’ll stay without a cigarette , i am not willing to loose this fight

  91. I smoked about a pack to a pack and a half a day for 30 years and today is DAY 13 with no nicotine!! Not a single puff. I used the patch for a week, but still smoked a few each day. That week I used the patch, my pack of ciggs lasted all week. When it was gone I said NO MORE and went cold turkey. Honestly, the first and second day were BRUTAL. I was an emotional wreck and had to go to bed at dinner time, because I couldn’t be awake for another minute without smoking. By day 3 I was feeling much better and now, at day 13 I am so proud of myself. I honestly can’t even believe it myself! The thing that surprises me is that I’m feeling a bit depressed and definitely a little moody, but the cravings aren’t nearly what I expected, they pass within a minute or two and are not all-consuming. I can do this!!!! Reading about others’ experiences has REALLY helped me. GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF YOU! We can ALL do this!! WOOHOO!!

    • I feel ya… I am extremely sad and depressed.. I have no social support as well because my best friend and mother are heavy smokers and my husband is going through his own personal crisis right now and he thinks I am being selfish and everything is about me (which it has been this week because I am a total basket case!).. He’s my biggest trigger but I am staying strong and reading all these amazing comments. I know we are all in this together. One day this world will be cig free. It is up to us to stop the tobacco industry from killing us. Each day we don’t buy a tobacco product we are one step closer to that.

      We are going to be so happy in 1-2-3-4 months and even 10 years after we have quit and ALL of this will be worth it.. I am excited for your future and mine.. Keep it going and GREAT JOB!!!!

  92. I can’t believe my post of Day 39. I remember that day. It was horrible. Those days come and go. It’s now a month later and I am on Day 69 of not smoking. I kicked the habit cold turkey after 25 years. Since that post of Day 39 I’ve had to come to terms with the fact that Yes, I’m Done Smoking. This Is For Real. At that time I was still missing and longing for cigarettes. I was also longing for those care free days of youth and no commitment. But at age 40 I have crossed that line where if I continued I would have to pay the price. I don’t want to lose my health, in other words. There would come that day at the doctor’s office. It’s going to come no matter what but I’ll handle it better knowing its not from a reason I could have prevented. And even my body can completely heal, at least I can hold my head up high and say I kicked the habit. It truly is a great accomplishment and when I look at myself in the mirror and I am very proud of myself. My kids are too young to even know I smoked ( I NEVER smoked around them) and I will be able to set a good example for them. I hope everyone quitting at various stages stays with it. I think to myself, it’s a little rough now, but 10 years at age 50 do I want to be breathing easy or weezing, hacking and coughing and wishing I stayed with it 10 years before. I know what path I’m choosing.

  93. Day 5 or 6 after total quit. Not quite sure which day. I find it hard to count. My mind wanders. It feels like my nervous system is being subjected to an electric current which grips so hard everything else seem far away. This is horrible beyond words. But failure is not an option. Before, I couldn’t walk ten steps without becoming completely breathless.Now I can.This will pass.Failure is not an option.

  94. DAY 5 – Have been okay up to this point using willpower but today I’m craving regularly. Solution? Working out until the craving is gone. It’s working for me plus I’m feeling that much healthier each work out.

    Good luck you all

  95. Day6!!!!!!!!!!!!! im so happy I came across this site! this is by far the hardest thing I ever had to do! I have been smoking for 13 years . my boyfriend is a smoker also and kept begging me to quit with him cause he has problems breathing, I told him I would try.. cause I honestly really enjoyed smoking and didn’t want too but I love him so I thought id be by his side and quit! day 3 was by far the hardest day ever. did I mention my boyfriend still hasn’t quit! I getting through this day by day it isn’t easy at all but I fight it. im hoping the cravings will stop ! I keep myself as busy as I can. I really wanna light one up as I type this but, I didn’t get this far to give up!

  96. Its all in the mind.

    Where the head goes, the body follows .. Day 3 is over and so will the rest.. Its not my first time quitting and its not really as difficult as it sounds.. I am a step ahead of smoking . I smoke midwakh, which in our part of the world is referred to a pipe.. strong stuff.. gives a nice buzz each time you take a puff but I dnt get tht buzz anymore so I decided to quit rather than head towards something stronger..

    Everytime i quit I am successful for as long as I want. Ofcourse, I have nicotine cravings but I dnt look for a substitute coz then its not worth it.. I usually start smoking again coz i know i still have the power to quit it anytime I want no matter at what stage or age I am in.

    Honestly this time its bye bye to smoking for good coz im still 34 and I have a lot of things to achieve in life .. I have to be physically and mentally fit to face the challenges of life.. I m doing it for my daughter this time..

    I wish good luck to all of you guys .. dnt overthink and dnt count days ..rather forget the numbers and let ur brain think tht days and weeks have passed..

    I hope ya’ll get over nicotine cravings and enjoy a healthy balanced lifestyle..

    For me i have another goal in my head .. “Gym” Yes! This is one activity ive been longing to get back to but could not due to busy schedule.. It about time to hut the gym..

    Well thts abt it friends.. I have decided my path and I m on it finally and I really hope to come by this forum in the near future “Nicotine and Fat free” ..

    GOOD LUCK SPARTANS!

  97. I am on day 13 with no cigarettes. My cravings are very very bad today. My whole routine has been thrown off. I am getting ready to have my period and the though of not smoking is driving me crazy. The first ten days were fairly easy and these last two have been very difficult. I am very irritable and would love nothing more than to light up. 🙁

  98. One week on and its getting really hard now, stress levels are high really needing a cig I can’t give up now I’ve gone to far

  99. Day 3.

    For the longest time, I was in denial that I was even a smoker. I smoked about 3 cigarettes a day until the past week or so, then it was about 5-7 a day. I don’t want to be a smoker so my husband and I both decided the packs we had were going to be our last ones. I haven’t had a cigarette since before noon on Monday. That was 2 1/2 days ago. I wanted one so bad tonight and I was so tempted to go to the store and buy a pack and smoke like 10, but I didn’t!!! I’m so proud of myself. My husband hasn’t had one in over 24 hours. If he can quit, I can. And if I can quit, it’ll help him quit. I hope we can make it through the next couple of weeks without giving in to the temptation of just wanting a cigarette!!

  100. OK, just needed to read these to see how others are coping. Day 3 is nearly in the books. I think day 2 was my hardest.Since 1991, the first time I quit, I smoked a cigar on the golf course and it led me back to cigarettes in 1998. Stopped again in 2004 and in 2011 smoked another cigar, this lead me back to cigarettes again. Face it, we are addicted, once you stop….STOP. I will tell you I feel much better when I don’t smoke. You can do this. Remember, there are stores on every corner to get a pack of smokes, YOU have chosen NOT to smoke. Your decision. You will be much happier, feel better and smell better. Good Luck, I know its tough but you can do it. Hang in there.

  101. Day 1 almost over, man oh man, this is tough. Ears ring loudly from time to time, I get almost euphoric thinking about sneaking out and grabbing a quick smoke. Toss in a sick wife and I’m on dad duty and this is getting tricky. Not sure when this will be over, hopefully no too long, I’ve smoked for 17 years, the last 7 have been around 2 packs a day. I quit for a year using an e-cig, but that ended up making me feel worse than smoking so I came back to it. Somehow though, this time is different, I draw encouragement from your stories and hope to join you all smoke free.

  102. I am going on Day 5!
    4d 15hr 33min as of now

    I smoked the most on my way to and from work and at home, especially after a long day. I could smoke a half a pack in 3-4 hours in the evenings! During the day I would smoke 2 cigarettes each 10 minute break at work ( I had 3 breaks) and at least 3 on my lunch. I averaged a pack a day.
    I have been smoking for 8 years and I always told myself “Why did I ever start” and I have had the want to quit for the past 6 years! The “nagging” of family and friends would always be brushed off as I was never ready to quit and would not listen to their plea for me to quit. Which they have been the biggest support with my quitting. When you admit to the yourself and others that you are quitting smoking the accountability that is there helps. I used to deny that I was a ever smoker for the longest time. At least my first 2 years. Never wanted anyone that didn’t smoke to know that I was smoking. The biggest lie I told myself was that I was not going to get addicted or let myself become addicted.

    Admit and commit to QUIT! Many smokers will say they want to quit. It is a terribly addicting habit and to be successful in quitting it has to be a mind over matter. You need to be 100% there and do not turn back.. My fear is giving in and what keeps me from giving in is the need to start over and quit again. Each day I am getting through now is progress! When I decided to quit it was when I bought my last pack, It was like a switch was flipped. I thought to myself this is my last pack of cigarettes and it was and I pray it still is! I only want to look forward to the life I had before this addiction controlled me. I can already taste foods sooooo much better than before, this I noticed the 3rd day. And I can breathe so much easier. No more congestion, coughing up mucous in the mornings and feeling chest pains and shortness of breath. I feel that With the more time that passes the easier it will get and I will leave this habit behind me for good!

    There is a helpful app that I refer to often to track my progress, how much money is saved, cigarettes not smoked and time saved. Also shows you a percentage of progression in health benefits of quitting. “Cessation Nation” is the app and I would definitely suggest it as a tool to keep your eye on the prize.

    I am too a Christian and am relying on God as a form of strength to get me through.
    If anything rely on friends and family too. Their encouragement in your journey to a new smoke free life will empower you to cross the finish line.

    Quit date June 2nd 2016 with Nicoderm Cq 21mg patch

    P.S. Day 5 seems to have been the hardest for me but reading the comments on here have helped.
    To others that are struggling to cope please keep your mind busy and focus on the benefits you will reap in quitting.

    Think of it as the “chains are being removed and you are being set free”! Good luck to all!

  103. Omg, day 6 it’s 3am, I can’t sleep and would love to just spark one up. This has to be the toughest day so far. I’ve already showered to keep myself distracted and now I’m thinking of going to my 24 hour gym because I just do not know what to do with myself. But day 6 leading into day 7… Not one puff, and never again will I smoke because I only ever want to do this once!! Ever!!!

    • Gets a lot easier don’t worry you will sleep like a baby, hang in there.
      I have a lot of stress with my personal and professional side of life, it’s been 25 days since my last cigarette, I am seconds from re starting.
      I’m fighting it with every bit of mental strength I have.

  104. I am on my 3rd day. Just woke up. The first two days I was dizzy and light headed. Cigarette cravings haven’t been so bad, because I have almost been in a state of psychosis. Today I feel a bit more clear headed and less dizzy, so far, but I woke up at 2:30 AM. Hopefully the withdrawals are about over. The mental part of this is no problem for me.

  105. I was a pack and a half a day smoker for 18 years…today is day 20 of not smoking for me….today has been the hardest…today I actually got the car keys ,went and climbed in the car and was bound and determined to go buy a pack. My husband is not helping bc when I’m grumpy and say I finally give up he says it’s up to me ….i don’t know why it’s harder now then when I first quit….i mean the first week was nothing…but now I’m rationalizing why I can be a smoker. Example… everyone I know drinks on the weekends….i don’t drink …they haven’t given up something they enjoy so why should I give up my one thing. I am constantly grumpy and mainly take it out on my kids…i mean I yelled at my kids today ages 11, 6, and 3 for being slightly annoying at the grocery store, and by yell I mean my throat hurts I yelled so loud when we got home and we have a town celebration this weekend and I even told them that they lost that privilege…..i just really need someone to tell me that this goes away like soon….that all the good that comes from not smoking shows up real fast bc I’m barely holding on here….like finger tip grip holding on….thank you

  106. I’m on day 5 of quitting cold turkey. I started smoking 29 years ago and have had a few quit attempts along the way. I’m having back surgery next week and my doctor told me that I’d be twice as likely to heal properly if I quit smoking for at least six months.

    While physical cravings aren’t pleasant, I find them easier to deal with because I know they will pass. It’s the emotional cravings and other triggers that I have the most difficult time with. When they hit, I remind myself that I don’t smoke anymore. So far that seems to help.

    I’ve been keeping my hands busy by crocheting. When I fall asleep, I’ve been listening to quitting smoking guided meditations and books on youtube. I think on a subconscious level, that has helped as well.

    I appreciate being able to read the stories of others and having the opportunity to share a bit of my story. Best of luck to everyone attempting to quit.

  107. Day seven, cold turkey. The cravings have changed. It was more of a physical thing till day four, now it is a memory thing.

    I smoked a pack a day for 43 years. I have been in the Navy, built power lines, been a cop, a federal agent, and an Air traffic controller.

    The first four days was a battle between me and this face-less grim-reaper type that was the physical addiction. Now its different. Now she is a dark haired beauty in a red dress slit to the hip She smiles at me with all the good memories. Watching the sun come up from the catwalk of the tower in San Juan, tradewinds in my hair and a smoke in my hand. Listening to the High Sonora desert come alive after the sun goes down. The girl in the red dress looks so sad when I tell her no. She will not stop though, she says she loves me so. I must be very careful around her. Those dark eyes…….

    • Haha I can relate to what you wrote here. I am on day 18 myself. I decided to quit after i heard my wife saying she is really happy I smoke and she can’t wait for me to get cancer and die a miserable death. I was over a pack a day for 18 years. I quit and closed the door behind me so cigs are not an option anymore. I am on 2mg nicotine gums, 10 a day. There are no cravings whatsoever. I am frustrated only because of the dizziness and loss of concentration. So I was here to see if anyone else is going through the same and how long will it last. I need to get back to 100% asap so my work doesn’t suffer anymore. Yesterday I watched this short film with a girl representing the willpower and a shitty chain smoker as the grim reaper. They guy in the film loses and the girl commits suicide. I felt so happy that I didn’t let mine die and saved her.

  108. I was using the patch (been flipping between full out smoking and the patch for 2 years)- finally decided enough is enough…

    No smoking since May 5, 2016

    No patch and no smoking for 2 days

    Cravings are not unmanageable- I crave the ritual of smoking more than actually doing it.

  109. I stopped smoking regular cig May 27th (one pack a day) but was on E-cig only, then stopped E-cig on Jun 15th and nicotine free since then. I crave smoking but only 2 or 3 times a day max for under 3 minutes each time and it goes away.
    Good luck for all!

    • Yes I have COPD Asma as well this is day 15 second time trying cold Turkey the patches are to strong rash the gum gives me upset stomach I never smoked in house and cut myself down to 3 sig…a day ultra light I last 15 days last time thought I had it beat my dad dies couldn’t handle it lit..up felt guilty my Asma got bad ended up in hospital so now I’m back on track day 5 need to find another way to deal with major stress and ideas for me what I can do???

  110. This was very helpful since i googled what happens after 6 hours of stopping smoking. Ive been told the first three days are the hardest so im pushing thru. Ive tried before and have failed, but noticing a pack a day was happening after 20 yrs and thats major regrets. Im currently using a expired patch (05-16) but i still want that inhale. The neighbors are bbqin and just to sit outside n smell the smoke relieved it a lil. Strange prolly.. sigh, I wanna do this so im trying. Finding something other to do then smoke has made me realize i waste alot of time on smoking. So i colored today to keep my hands busy and mind off of it, Every time i hadda urge i would just pick up that colored pencil and go. Tomorrow will probably be worse since i have to work and my anxiety happens mostly there. Can i just sleep the next week ?? Even the thought of eating makes me sick due to the fact i want to smoke after. Hopefully all works out and we all remain strong. This is harder then quitting drugs. With those i was like forget this im done, this is far worse and harder. 🙁 I hadda urge cuz i fel into my emos, but i feel better about it now. Sorry for my rambles.

  111. For those struggling, start smoking again and read Allen Carr’s book. (that’s his suggestion, not mine) I quit, and it was – easy. I couldn’t believe it when reading the testimonials, but something worked. I’ve quit before and started again and didn’t want that this time and knew I had to do something different. He actually tells you to smoke while reading the book, that’s not me! But it’s pretty neat. And worth the 129 page read. Good luck everyone!

  112. I have only ever gotten as far as day 5 of no smoking, before this go round. I’m day 6 and don’t plan on looking back!! I’ve been smoking for around 13 years and day 4 and 5 were the most challenging for me, I guess this experience may give me a different outlook the longer I go. I had a real short fuse, food tasted not as good and I woke up several times in the middle of the night. I realize that this is just temporary and that I will be much more healthy, and a little more wealthy:) Hang in there, you can do this if you want to!

    • I Haven’t smoked since March 26. Mostly a few problems at first then cravings daily almost but easy to get over them. Now for some reason today I really want a cigarette bad on and off all day. I really am reconsidering why I stopped smoking. I have smoked for over 30 yrs just had a complete physical and no problems from smoking. The ‘cravings’ get old and I really think I am better off smoking.

  113. I am at the end of Day 4 with no nicotine at all. I do have an old E cig and today was the day I got closest to testing it out but I luckily stayed away. Day 4 has been the most depressing for me. The first few days weren’t as bad as I thought. I’m hoping it only gets better from here on out. God please watch over me!!!

  114. Day 6 and I am not moody or craving them at all. I like the smell of cigarettes so I have sit around people that smoke just to smell it but the crazy thing about it is I’ve been sleeping better I have more energy and I feel great.

  115. I quit 5 days ago, cold turkey. No patches nor e-cig. Cravings are getting more intense as the days getting by. This is my 3rd go at it. Previously, the longest was 6 months. So, there is always this fear of failure.. I have smoked for about 25 years and on average about 2 packs a day and sometimes going as high as 4 packs a day. This time seems harder than last time which was 2 years ago and lasted about 3 months. Well, this time really wanna kick this habit for good. I am taking a day at a time as already going through quite few withdrawal symptoms. I think all of us smoker need to tell our kids, youngsters in general as to how addictive this habit is. Not at all easy to quit. The allure of smoking for youngsters still here. Even though, there are warnings on packs and ban on advertisements, i think whats needs to be conveyed is how difficult it is to kick this habit and how addictive it is. They still don’t publicise this enough.

  116. 42 hours in and it seems to be easy then it knocks me down. I just seem to daydream quite a bit, I guess my mind is playing tricks on me. I have smoked since I was about 15 more so after 24. At about 30 got to a pack a day and I will be turning 55 in August. I always stay sicker longer then I should. Just want to be healthy to watch my grandkids grow up. This is just very hard:(

  117. The thing that I read that helped me the most was it seems like a craving last forever but it really only last 3 mins at most just remember that when the craving comes. 3 months no smoking Thanks to God!

  118. Day 20, for some reason ‘work’ 18 was my worst. Reading everyone’s comments really helps though. Good luck to all

  119. Thank you for this. I had such a positive first week. Fighting the major Nicotine addiction, the positive energy from starting the journey and the positive feedback made it pretty dam easy. Even went for drinks two nights.

    Woke up this morning and it has been really bad, distracted, bad form and something deep inside me trying to make me quit.

    I think finding this has just made me a lot stronger so thank you

  120. I have not had a cigarette since March 26,2016 and I have had cravings almost daily but have not smoked.. Tonight I really crave a smoke to the extent I really wonder if all this is worth quitting. Almost 4 mos. without a cig. and I still want one. The Dr keeps telling me its just a passing reminder and it will go away. He said that after the 1st week, 1st month and again last week. Duh I felt so much better smoking.

  121. On day 15, cravings come and go, sometimes i get trembling in my stomach. I have been smoking max 15 a day for 30 years. When the cravings come my mind tells me just have one smoke nothing will happen, but I am afraid this is not possible. I gave up for 9 months 20 years ago, one night i went out with friends, i tried one but then continued for another 10 years.
    This forum will help each individual get through the tough time.
    Don’t give up your fantastic intentions, and good luck to all.

  122. i started in 10 of june , it was very hard at the first week but the cravings come and go as usual so, u have to keep ur self busy as much as u can ..it is the second time for me to try to quit ,i hope we can do it
    best luck for all

  123. Damn am 20 years old i smoke for 5 years 6 months and 18 days.
    I smoke about 10 cigarettes a day.
    I tried stopping smoking for 1 day, i made 24 hours then i was weak and bought a pack of cigarettes .

    Now after this one i will start again
    But this time with a lot of dedication and effort

    I know i can quit smoking…

    I will post in this page again when i start .
    Promise.

  124. my 2nd day:
    it was easy as compare to yesterday,
    Day 1 was horrible, i couldnt concentrate in studies and i cant even enjoy( have ti study through out my day) which makes it harder to quit. Dnt use nicotine patches, as NICOTINE attracts NICOTINE, unless you going with them forever. i can feel my heart rate and bp came down, my breath smells good, and feeling strong. Addiction makes you feel jerk 8)

  125. 7 days now without smoking.
    Thats one week now .
    But i got a queation
    If anybody can read this.
    I felt in love with one girl but i dont know if its love or its just me in need of a cigarette.
    Its hard to tell its feels damn strange.
    The feeling feels like if am in a rolling coaster
    🙂

  126. A few things to encourage you all. I have kicked addiction to multiple drugs and Nicotene addiction gives many of said drugs a run for their money so first off, what you are doing is brave and congratulations. I know it seems like hell, and some of you are probably sick of reading some of the “positive” pieces on quitting smoking but let’s get real by stripping it down. I watched a family member wheezing at me with tears in his eyes, dying of lung cancer as he touched my face and was too weak to talk. I also watched a family friend with emphysema degenerate into nothing, it sounded like she was breathing through a straw without her oxygen tank. We pay these companies to kill us and we say to ourselves “it won’t happen to us” and it just doesn’t seem real but it has to happen to someone so start asking yourself “why not me?” Quitting is the best thing we can do for ourselves but since every fibre in our being tells us it’s not we just want to go back and light up a dart. That being said, each time you don’t you’re beating a monster made of cravings and it only has so many cravings before it dies. People say you never get over it, and I compare that to looking back at the monster you killed and still fearing the thought of it. What you feel now, definitely goes away. The thing is this, addiction is a disease and if it’s not cigarettes it will be something else….just please, make it something healthy and positive. I hated gym people, nature lovers, tree huggers and all that BS but honestly, once you actually go out and try new things you may just find you enjoy them. Don’t lose your life because you don’t want to try a way of living that you may just love.

    And to anyone out there who is a musician (Most musicians smoke) and sings, don’t read all that garbage on the internet about people saying quitting ruined their voices because if you need cigarettes to sound good, you’re not singing correctly and once you do sing correctly it’s the best thing you could ever do. A few weeks of feeling off means nothing in the long run, say hello to crazy endurance, crazy range and no more inconsistency.

    Stick with it, you’ll thank yourself later.

  127. I’ve smoked since I was 15 years old. I am now 59 years old, smoked about 5 packs a week, so that’s 44 years of smoking. Wow..add that up to all the crap that’s been inhaled over those years. I had to quit 3 weeks ago. Got very sick and had chest problems and couldn’t breathe. Ended up in hospital on a ventilator so to me, it was a wake up call. I know that with being sick at that time has actually made it a lot easier to quit. Don’t get me wrong, even now I want to go and buy cigs…and its taking all of my willpower to not do that. As far as food goes, yeah..I’ve been eating everything in sight and longing for hot chips, pies etc…so there is another challenge ahead of me, to eat the right foods at the right time. I know that if I stick to my goal of becoming completely smokefree…I will live a longer life. To all those who trying to quit the habit….good luck.

  128. Day 7 – started this quit at the tail end of strep which really helped me get throught the first few days. streps gone, im back to work, all the old triggers and craving are worse than they’ve been so far. really just posting here to get through one. I quit for 7 years once, then went to Europe got all banged up and started again. STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well lesson learned, i know every day gets easier from here on out so if i can make it through today, tomorrow should be no problem. GL staying quit all and if you take one thing from this post just remember that YOU CAN NEVER HAVE ANOTHER CIGARETTE is you want to stay quit. seriously all it take is one cause “i can have one” and u’re right back to where i am fighting again.

  129. This is my third day. Last night was very hard so I went to bed early. Tonight don’t seem quite so bad now but was early evening. So I took my two labs for a walk to take my mind off a smoke. Great forum. Stay strong guys.

  130. Hey. Week 6 for me. Smoked anywhere between 10-20 ciggies a day for 27 years. I used the vape to get me off the smokes. Found it helped. I loved smoking..The rituals, the habit, all of it. I missed my lung power and the joy of a really deep breath though. So I got help. Knowing my mind well, I knew that cold turkey was bullshit ting myself…little rebel that I am. So I vaped. It’s no ciggie…but I know I have a nicotine buzz when I need it, so I used that faith to push away from ciggies. It worked. I barely touch the vape anymore…Like I said it’s no ciggie and I loved ciggies. So it stays as a backup and nothing more. The rituals I developed with smoking over 27 years…those are the ones to crack. Smoking itself isn’t the toughie. It’s the damn company that smoke has kept you, that is. I went on vacation after week 4 and smoked for three days. Came back and quit super easy again. At home the rituals had changed already and none of them involved a ciggie..so was easier. Just hate the changes in taste and smell. And that alone is reason enough to not fall off the wagon again.

  131. I quit on 19th July 7pm, after smoking for 23 years, avg 14 a day. I was sick had fever and was hospitalized on the 20th evening which helped me quit as I was sick and sleeping most of the time and did not have any urge to smoke at all. I quit not because of health scare, I quit because I am sick of being a smoker, sick of being chained to this filthy addiction. I feel that if I can quit this habit, I can conquer the world. I am 40 but my family does not know I smoke, pathetic right? I still hide from them coz they hate this filthy habit.

    This time round I am very determined to quit, I prayed to God for help, I refrain from drinking alcohol coz whenever I smoked I wanna smoke. 1st 7 days I did not drink coffee (coffee and cig match made in heaven).

    I tried quitting many times over the years before but was never successful, I was a chronic smoker. I fell into depression previously when I try to quit an it has never been more than 7 days. This is the best thus far. After I was discharged (5days), I was home and very tempted to smoke, I stay alone and have a balcony which makes it very convenient and condusive to smoke. I avoid going to balcony and has been bringing my dog for long walks to distract myself. I realised that I actually love walking around my neighbourhood, leisure strolls and looking at the beautiful houses wondering who’s staying there. Everyday been a challenge, on day 9, while I was walking my dog, I saw a half smoked cig on the floor, still looked fresh not been stumped on foot. I was so tempted to pick it up and light it for just 2 puffs.

    On day 12 while walking my dog it starts to pour, I took shelter at a coffee shop and there was this friend lady sitting next to me smoking my brand of cig which was rare. I struggled for a while and approached her to buy a cig from her which she decline the money and just gave it to me. The 1st puff was nasty, it stank and tasted like the cig had been sitting around for ages. The 2nd puff still doesn’t taste good, I was glad and since then I had not been smoking. The cravings had lessen (still there) and I am confident that this time I can quit. Once my health is back as I was hospitalized for broncho pneumonia, I am going back to do yoga regularly, I believe these distractions will help. But most of all, I believe God answer my prayers : ) I will fight the cravings whenever it comes, it gets easier than before.

    Hang in there everyone! We can do it.

  132. I have been wanting to quit smoking for sometime now. A few days ago i became sick and couldn’t breathE well that has been my new incentive. I am a 1 plus pack a Day smoker, however this week i smoked 6 on Monday, 2 on Tuesday, and now have been smoke free for almost 2 days. I have nicotine patches but i’m not sure if i should start them at thIs point. Any suggestions on that?

  133. Tomorrow will be four (4) weeks and some days I can’t stand it another moment. The past few days have been awful. Mostly realy strange mental things happening – strange thoughts and desires that are not common to me. I am in my early sixties and smoked a half a pack a day for 25 years straight. Prior to that, I would smoke for a few years and stop, smoke and stop, and never had any trouble stopping before. I am convinced that they added some psycho drugs to cigarettes within the past 25 years to cause what I am going through.

    Also have developed restless legs which I never had before.

    Does this ever get better? If I had known what it was going to be like, I would never have stopped smoking. But it’s too late to turn back, and I will never put myself through anything like this again.

    Thanks for listening.

  134. this is my 13th day smoke free. I feel terrible because of the withdrawal. phlegm is now coming out every now and then. I am having flu like symptoms. Everytime I crave I drink lots of water and I’m hitting the gym everyday for more motivation.

  135. I respect everyone of you for sharing and for your desire to quit. This is my third “serious” attempt to quit.
    Smoked from the age of 16-23, smoked from the age of 29-33 and most recently from 57-63 and am on day 2. Weird huh? As you can see I am having enough anxiety to go on line to find help. Didn’t have that option the first two times. From what I remember the only the only thing that works is the power you have inside yourself to take control of the things you can control.

  136. OK today I didn’t intent on quitting smoking. This is actually a true statement I woke up plans on walking to the mini mart and then it started to get later and later and then it was 3pm kept telling my self to get motivated but sadly I’m sitting right here writing this. So yeah I guess I’m going to quit and I’m doing it cold turkey…..
    I’ve quit when I was preg with all 3 of my children and when I was breastfeeding and with in the yr I was smoking again. Every time it was cold turkey but this time I find it to be the worst day ever or it so seems and I haven’t had a smoke since 2:30am this morning I’m bitchy irritated i have a headache and I just don’t want to be around anybody I want to go hide and bury my head in the sand and just stay there. Grrrr

  137. I learned to drink a bottle of water for every urge, it made a differnece. I also think about the diseases I am not preventing. That helps. Posting a lst of cigarette ingredients everywhere one reading level even when sitting on the toilet helps turn u off to smoking. The ingredients has to be similar to meth, or worse. Water helps to flush nicotine out. Another thing I do is take a deep breath of fresh air, that feels so good!

  138. Oh Vexy, I hope you’re still alive and OK. Please drop us a little update!

    Amanda, thank you for sharing about coloring! What a good idea to keep the hands busy!

    In 12 hours I will be one week smoke free…again. This is my 3rd quit. I’m using Chantix and I feel a teensy bit crazy, restless, irritable and when I do sleep I have really, really vivid and weird dreams…not scary, but bizarre. Oh, and the terrible desire for sweet crunchy food…Oh Capt’n (Crunch), My Capt’n!!!! The other thing that’s bothering me is everything smells AWFUL! I suspect the world just smells and we’ve never noticed because we lived in a cloud of cigarette smoke and couldn’t smell anything else. Yuk! Even my body wash and laundry soap smell so strong and chemical-y.

    What I know for sure is this is unpleasant but it’s temporary. I can quit and so can you. God bless.

  139. Hi All

    Hope your all doing good and staying positive about the benefits of being free of the addiction we all found ourselves under. Day 8 for me. Been smoking since I was 11 years old, thats 45 years of being a slave to cigarettes, tried to stop a few times, done 3 months of champix a couple of years ago and as soon as the course was finished I taught ….yes taught myself to smoke again as it was disgusting but I persevered. Stupid or what 🙂

    This time im doin it with the inhilator, not really using the nictone capsules maybe 1 a day …just like this because it gives me that hand to mouth action, I mainly just bite on the end of plastic. I dont actually feel too bad considering I have been on rolling tobacco for the last 5 years and smoking about 35 rollies a day probably more. I have COPD I was diagnosed about 7 years ago, I had a persistant cough from last October, had all the tests done nothing sinister, day 2 off the rollies and the cough had completely gone with the exception of the occasional clearing of the lungs. I havnt used my inhalers in the last 5 days and Im either walking or cycling to work. I still want a cig, but just taking deep breaths until the craving leaves me is helping.

    My mum has end stage COPD, I dont want my kids and grandkids to have to watch me going thru the same thing……WE CAN DO THIS…..good luck people x

  140. I’m on day 7 and really struggling. I’ve been nauseous with a unbearable headache since day 4. I’ve been perspiring and having trouble sleeping also. I smoked a pack a day for 10 years. When will I start feeling better?

  141. Day 10 – on the patch. I am 70 years old and have smoked 50 years. Last summer, my husband passed away from COPD and CHF. You’d think I’d have quit after watching what he went through, but my anxiety and grief caused me to smoke even more than usual. I FINALLY decided to do it ten days ago. So far, so good, but I do have cravings and if there were a cigarette in the house, I’d smoke it for sure. Today I’m not as tired as I have been — days 7,8 and 9 I could hardly keep my eyes open and took a few naps every day. I do have crazy dreams, but they’re not nightmares or anything and some are actually kind of amusing — they’re LONG and it’s as though I’m watching a tv show! I am really determined to be a non-smoker, I have never tried to quit before. I am going to buy a new car when I’m sure I’m a non-smoker as my reward. My daughter tells me I need to “reframe my thinking.” I consider myself someone who is trying to quit and she says I should think of myself as a non-smoker now since I haven’t smoked in 11 days. Do you agree? My husband had tried to quit several times and told me it didn’t bother him when I smoked, but now I feel extra sad and guilty that I just didn’t try to quit when he tried, maybe he’d still be with me if we had both quit several years ago.
    I wish all of you going through this the best of luck, continued determination and success. I wish it for myself, too, and am so glad I found this blog.

  142. 3 days, 18 hours, 34 minutes since my last smoke. (I have an app for that). Man this is the longest I’ve gone voluntarily without smoking and it has been all about will power. I’m getting pretty nervous about people saying that the next couple weeks are really tough though because how does it get harder than THIS?!
    When I think about smoking again though I think about the fact that I love life and that I want to be as healthy as I can. I’m still young and I want to be here for my daughters who depend on me seeing as I am a single parent. I know I can do this though but if anyone has any advice please feel free to let me know. Good luck to everyone on our journey.

    • Hello, it shouldn’t get harder but easier because over time you will think about it less. Just see yourself as a non smoker from now, this is the new you. If it is getting to hard you might want to take a look at vaping..this method helped me and many others. Also be sure to know what your triggers are eg happy moments or sad moments, alcohol or food etc. If you know how your brain reacts to this as a smoker it is easier to just dont do it, your mind is basically still a smoker but your body isn’t.

      Just My 2c.

  143. Hit my 30 day mark this past Sunday , cold t quit with a little twist , Cravings hell yeah ! every day. Some say to me why quit your 65 yo ,pack a day your only using at most 40% of your lung cap. I’m gonna tell you what I see.
    I see something bigger then life or death , I seen truth in the most remarkable place. My grand daughter 5 yo ask me 30 days ago why I smoked. I looked at her with a blank response , theirs no way I could answer that child I just looked at her without expression , as I looked at her intensely she looked defiantly back with a hard stair and said * you know they’re going to make you sick * all the times I have read the side caution on the pack and heard everyone tell me this very thing , what she said and the way she said it made me feel that life or death its not all about me.I feel God give us all and fair share of all the little things that can ring a bell in our hearts to see that its not all about you ,me or us.

  144. Hi! 9 days since my last smoke. Did it 18 years, 20-30 per day. I think it is getting easier now and every time I feel the urge I think my kids (2&4). I want to see them grow up. I wish you all strength!

  145. I am end of Day 2. Was 3-4 packets per day for last 10 years, and smoked pack a day for 10 years before that.
    Am 40 years old.
    Giving up because could not smoke less, was chain-smoking more or less.

    I have tried 10 years ago, and lasted 3 months and got very very depressed to the point of suicidal, because I had decided that I would never start again. I was running every day but I think my problem was that I was drinking 50 grams of Nescafe per day to compensate.
    I went to psychiatrist, I got put on SSRI’s they didnt help, then he put me on SSRI’s that included something to do with dopamine blocking as well – That didn’t work.
    Finally I just went and bought a pack of cigarettes and after the first smoke, pretty much I realised by the end pf the packet, that the depression had gone. The whole time in that 3 months, craving every day all day but with will-power denying myself it, I was suicidal depressed – insecure, enjoyed nothing, felt dumb, felt like crying half the time….

    I tried again 7 years later, but this time the reason I was doing it was different. I was doing it to try and get back a girl who just dumped me. So I wanted to get really fit and sexy, and not be smoking…I got to 4 months and then really I started to feel more and more ok. I didn’t feel any of the depression but one thing I did notice was that I HATED the smell of smoking. And then some neighbours moved in and they smoked and the smell would wake me up, and it made me go crazy, it fires up all the receptors, they all like licking for some crazy like they are flies in hibernation and just come a buzzing at the smell of sweaty human to storm upon.

    But then problem is the girl smoked. I got back with her, she was really impressed how good I looked, how I had the strength to quit smoking….how my penis she said was about 30% bigger, how much more beautiful I looked….
    But then I just wanted a smoke with her, after about two weeks I had just a puff, just one, that very quickly, in a day, became again 30/day.

    This time, its 3 years later, I have gotten so unfit and overweight from chain smoking over a laptop, I am about to start again.
    This time I am not drinking or taking any caffeine either, no sugar, no chocolate, no alcohol…The psychological part is alot with impulsive behviour.
    Far more research this time, and all those stimulants are connected. A much less painful rehabilitation is to stop all of them together.
    I believe there is little research data for this because no funding for it but nutrition and diet has everything to do with the success rate of quitting cold-turkey. That time 10 years ago I was totally depressed, it would have to be that I had some deficiency, like a Niacin deficiency, caused by too much coffee and drinking…

  146. 3 days. I am passing the time by feeling superior to the whining maggots in the comments section of smoking cessation articles. RAAAARRRRGH! fight me! 🙂

    The dog keeps bringing me toys to cheer me up… rest of family has gone into hiding.

  147. I’m on Day 8. Started smoking at 15, I’m now 47. I’ve given up dozens of times but something different this time. I finally have a mental picture of my 3 kids, Jack 11, Rebecca 8 and Laura 5 and it seems to be working when I get a craving. It’s like mentally I’m not allowed even though I want one. I’m so determined this time but I remember being similar before. I agree with the guy previously who was talking out about his crack addiction. This is going to be with me forever even if I stay off them so I best get used to it and keep fighting it. My question is Anyone feeling absolutely shattered from 3 o’ clock onwards everyday, I’ve been in bed at 930 every night since I’m off the cigs…. no energy I go to the gym regularly but can’t face it at the moment due to tiredness.

  148. It will be two months on the 8th of September and I’m absolutely miserable. It doesn’t get better. For me, it’s gotten worse. So much so, that I decided this morning to return to smoking if I am still feeling this way on the 8th of September. Even now as I type this, I feel a physical urge at the base of my throat to smoke. I’d give anything to be able to just have a cigarette and relax.

  149. I am just about to cross the threshold into Day #9. I have been a pack a day smoker for the past 16 years. This past year, I got sick and I stayed sick. Nobody has been able to tell me what is wrong, but my white blood cell count is high (without any obvious infection), my eosinophils and neutrophils are high, and I just feel like crap. Over the past few months, I’ve had spiking heart rates – again, no obvious reason why. I’ve been in the hospital quite a bit this summer. The one thing that I noticed was that whenever I was in the hospital for a few days, I felt better. I didn’t have any heart rate spikes and the inflammation in my body would start to go down (as evidenced by the blood tests). I noticed that when I was smoking, the most hideous things would happen to me. If I smoked more than half a pack in the day, my head would literally start to convulse and rock back and forth when I was smoking. Anything over five or six in a day and my entire day was ruined, I was too sick and listless to do anything. I know that people can get nicotine poisoning, but that’s normally acute and requires emergency care. I think that one can also progressively poison themselves on nicotine and I believe that’s what happened to me. When I would convulse, it was because my brain was being deprived of oxygen while being over-stimulated at the same time. It was no different than someone who huffs from a can – same effect. All that taken into consideration, I figured that if I could stay smoke free for 9-15 days in the hospital, surely I could do it cold turkey at home.

    So, almost 9 days ago, I took the plunge. I threw out the rest of my cigarettes and cleared the ash trash. From the get-go, I started referring to myself as an ex-smoker. People have referenced God as their help. Let me tell you, God is the only reason I’ve made it to Day #9. I didn’t tell anyone that I was quitting because I knew that they’d just congratulate me- which would annoy me when all I wanted was a cigarette. So, I didn’t tell anyone until Day #5. The first day was okay. I craved the physical part of smoking, but I survived. By the end of the second day, I wasn’t able to sleep. My fitbit darn near blew a gasket because I wasn’t keeping with my sleep schedule at all. By the third day, my heart rate started to diminish dramatically. I went from constant tachycardia while I was smoking down to 55 bpm when awake and less than that when sleeping. I have read that this can happen when you first quit smoking but do have a Holter Monitor reading that I’m waiting to hear back from the cardiologist on just in case this is an irregular issue. Day #3 was the day that I started crying. I would cry about anything and everything. I would lay in my bed and cry. I even sucked my thumb. While shaking from withdrawal, I’d write in my prayer journal. This was also the day that I started itching. As toxins leave your body, you itch. It can’t be resolved with Benadryl, so don’t even try! The itching comes and goes. The only way to fix it is to drink water so that the toxins leave faster and take lots of baths! By Day #4, my inability to sleep was resolved. Now, I was sleeping all of the time. I’d sleep for three hours in the middle of the afternoon, wake up for ten minutes, and fall back asleep. I was much calmer but anyone who can’t stay awake is calm! I was really looking forward to Day #5. They say that this is the day that the cravings have peaked. Nope! Not for me. Not only did I crave, but I slept, and then I craved, and then I slept some more, then I cried, then I slept. That was day #5. Day #6 , I slept. No real cravings, but I slept. I felt like a bear that was never coming out of hibernation. Day #7, I got a burst of energy. I decided to focus it on walking, drinking a ton of water, and praying. I was still itching, but it comes and goes. I noticed that I could walk faster now without having to stop for a rest. Day #8, I’ve had more energy. I am starting to wise up to the fact that I cannot drink two cups of coffee in a day. It now makes me far too jittery. One cup spread out through the day is what I need. The 8th day is the day that I got the most exercise. I’m out of hibernation and am wide awake. I went to noon Mass today and then proceeded to walk around the town for six miles I’m still crying. My birthday is in a few days and I was thinking that maybe I’d just ask everyone for Nuk pacifiers as birthday gifts.

    Here’s to Day #9. As I have said before, the doctors have zero explanation for why I’ve been so sick for so long. I suspect a great deal of it has to do with smoking – especially these new Fire Safe Cigarettes that have carpet glue in them! The only way I’ll know if smoking was the problem all along is if I stay quit and start to heal.

    Thanks to everyone who has written on this page. It has most certainly helped me to know that I’m not alone!

  150. 2 days, 11 hours, 4 minutes. I know I am not dying but it sure feels like it. 26 years of smoking, at least 1 pack a day and over the last 10 years, more like 2-2.5. Cold turkey except for the emergency puff off a blu e-cig. Only 1 puff and then guilt sets in. Lots of tingling, chest tightness, sore throat, super tired, tense, bad attitude that I am constantly having to check, major headache, and pretty intense depression that brings to me to tears but never quite to out and out crying. The emergency puff off the e-cig was last night. Do we think that set me back to starting all over again with ridding my body of nicotine?

  151. I am 3 days, 18 hours, and 8 minutes in. I have lots of cold water, hard candy, and gum with me at all times. But so far it feels good to actually be in control of this after all these years. The thing that sucks is that I feel as though I’m going to have to be antisocial around basically my entire family for a while. Anyway, my entire family smokes. So how can I resist the urge so early into me quitting? Or should I just stay away until I’m strong enough?

  152. Day 15 snd I am really struggling. The first two days were hard but I was determined. Today I have been looking at finances and trying to make important decisions and I am so stressed I feel like I can’t breath unless I go buy some cigarettes. Been reding all these. Posts and just really craving a smoke. I am wearing my pyjamas to try and stop me going to tbe local shop. I’m telling myself all tbe reasons I want to quit. I know as soon as I light up I will be cross with myself and back to square one and tbe last two weeks would have gone to waste and I’m going to be back to my quit tomorrow quit tomorrow quit tomorrow phase, I am so stressed I am talking myself into going to tbe shop for some fags. I don’t want to smoke but I feel I can’t be strong enough as I’m feeling So strong the need for a cigarette. This is so hard. Done so well hardly missed smoking last two weeks even being around smokers. Part of my problem is I have eaten loads extra and hate myself putting on weight and binging on food instead of smoking. Wish I’d never started all those years ago. Telling myself just one pack then I’ll quit again when I’m not so stressed.

  153. 1st day. Feeling light-headed, dizzy, it’s hard to concentrate. It has not even been full 24 hours without smoking, but boyfriend quit recently and told me that the first two days are the absolute worst and on the third day he wasnt thinking much about it anymore. I think he hasnt smoked in like a week now. Anyway, doing this cold turkey, no nicotine patches as i have read Alen Carrs ”Easy Way to Quit Smoking” several times and i feel like those nicotine substitutes just get in the way of quitting for good.

    The morning was the hardest and i suspect that the mornings and nights just before bed will be a real nightmare. I wake up every morning with coffee and a cig, and this morning i realized that i had promised myself to stop and i actually felt this huge existential dread. God help me

  154. On the first day for the 5th time. The only thing that keeps me going is my nephew. He was born with a bad heart and needed surgery. He is fighting to build a heart why am I fighting to destroy mine… I am really serious this time. I will be reading this article a few times for this first month.

  155. I get on my knees and pray to God to help me get rid this nasty habit that steals 275.00 a month from and is making my most precious thing a healthy long lifestyle. This is not easy. God give me strength Amen.

  156. Wow…. I’ve been reading all the comments above and right now I feel scared, excited, determined and unsure of the road ahead. My day chosen for stopping smoking is tomorrow Sept 12th 2016. My mom passed away last year 18th June from emphysema. The last couple of months she kept telling us if she had a gun she would shoot herself – that’s how bad it was… to slowly suffocate to death besides burning alive has to be the worst way to go.

    I started smoking at 16… I am now 45 years old (smoking a pack a day)… that’s a total of 29 years. I really really don’t want to suffocate to death. I have a very addictive nature so this will be my ultimate test. I have always told myself that if I could give up smoking then I could accomplish anything in life… that’s how hard it’s been for me in previous attempts… i’ve tried patches, gum, chantix and e-cigarettes yet I carried on smoking.

    My plan going ahead is no alcohol, no coffee, lot’s and lot’s of excercise, vitamins, healthy eating, support groups, Allen Carr tapes, daily journal and meditation with God. I am really lucky as I am currently unemployed and only start my new job at the end of the month so that gives me 19 days of zero stress and the opportunity to only focus on one thing – to stop smoking and start living.

  157. I’m on week 6!! It really does get better guys so please stick with it, look at like a challenge and don’t let something that’s not even human beat you. Keep talking to yourself (I really find that helps), remind yourself daily of the money you have saved to date and smell someone that smokes, its disgusting..

    GOOD LUCK – you can do it!

  158. I need some help here. To be honest, copd, emphysema etc were not enough to make me quit. I did once for 3 months and then had a terrible life event and went back immediately. 2 months ago I had my second spinal fusion and once inside they saw there was never a fusion from the original surgery. It’s because I smoked, I know it is and the doc at the time warned me. This time the doc told me not to quit before and stress my body but after I couldn’t smoke. Needless to say, an hour out of hospital and I was smoking. At 8 weeks I said I can’t do this. I have to fuse and heal and it’s not too late, quit now. It’s day 4 and I am having this epic internal battle. There are cigarettes in the car (don’t ask why but it’s easier for me to attempt to quit with them close) if I can’t take a craving I can go to car, not store. I can’t do it if I don’t have them. For some reason the mental crap won’t allow it. I keep telling myself I can have just one, but know that would mean starting all over again and wasting the last 3 days. I’m already 35 lbs up from the injury and surgery and now I’m eating everything in sight. Gaining weight is also not great for my back condition. I can’t take chantix, I’ve tried, twice. Doc said no patches or gum because they aren’t sure if it’s the smoke or the nicotine that causes the bone not to fuse. I’ve had this constant craving that won’t subside since I opened my eyes this morning. I’ve been strong 6 hours 11 minutes but I’m afraid I’m about to lose the battle. I’m actually physically sick today for the first time. My stomach is in knots, my throat is swollen, my head is killing me. Soon I will be going back to work and more of my triggers will be present ie driving to work, waking in the building, breaks and lunch where all my friends are smoking. How can I stop myself today. Just today and I will worry about tomorrow when it comes. I need to get through this! Thanks for the forum!

  159. I’ve been trying to quit smoking all week, I can’t seem to make it past the first 13 hours, the cravings are really intense and now I have work, so I’m going to try it again on Monday. I don’t care what anyone says the first day is the hardest. I started smoking at age 12 I’m now 37 and I smoked a pack every 2 hours of every day. Marlboro’s are my favorite smoke. I need to quit, I’m still healthy surprisingly, but I don’t want to get to the point to where I’m on oxygen. Last time I tried to quit was 5 years ago. I would drink a can of orange slice every time I wanted a smoke, then on the third day a neighbor stopped on by with a cigarette lit and I got a whiff and it smelled really good, needless to say it was all over at that point. but after the first day it was a lot easier, I’ve just got to start telling myself to fuck off every time I want a smoke.

  160. Today makes Day 4 for me and my husband. For me my worst day was yesterday, Day 3. I went through the worst pain.. headaches, stomach cramps, soreness..I actually had to stay away from family and friends because my attitude was ridiculous. I have been smoking for 15 years and decided to quit cold turkey. My husband is not having as many withdrawal symptoms as myself. Today, I feel better, I still have the urges to smoke but my will power will not allow me to. I’ve come too far, even if it’s only been 4 days. Quitting is extremely hard, but my body is starting to feel so much better. My husband and I are each others motivation and I’m so proud of that. Praying for everyone. Be blessed.

  161. End of day 4. Cold Turkey!
    Hanging in there. Feeling so many withdrawal symptoms. Headache, shakes, dizzy, cravings,
    Nautious, anxiety sadness.
    Hope it gets better soon

    We can do this !!!

  162. I started Champix 16 days ago… the first week i was smoking the normal 15 smokes a day like I have been, thinking, wow i guess this isn’t going to work.. on Day 10 i woke up and thought, wow, i don’t feel like a cigarette so I didn’t have one. I had one in the evening on Day 12, my quit date was Day 14, so from Day 12 to Day 14 i maybe had about 2 1/2 cigarettes in total.

    I am on my 2nd day of not smoking anymore at all and I truly feel I will do this. Reading the other comments has helped me understand what I have been or will be going through. The flu like symptoms, though very vague, make complete sense. I never got sick when smoking so here I am thinking, oh great, I have quit smoking and now I am going to constantly get sick 🙂

    To those that have quit Cold Turkey, I applaud you… i have never attempted to quit before in my life, and I have smoked since I was 16 ( 30 years now) I took Champix because it worked for so many people I know… it doesn’t make me edgy or bitchy, it takes away about 95% of the cravings.. the only thing I wish is that Champix would also make me hate chocolate, but that didn’t happen 😀 Good luck to me and to everyone else that is giving up the “habit” I can’t wait to have all that extra money and not smell like a dirty ashtray 🙂

  163. Congratulations to all of you for taking such a tough step. I’ve smoked for over 35 years. For the last 4 years, I smoked 2-4 cents cigarettes a day at work going out on breaks with the rest of smokers. Then 7 months ago, I decided to stop once and for all. I can’t tell u how many times I quit for a few more months and then went back after 2-3 months. What a dumb thing to do but that’s what I did. So I have no slip ups and am oh so proud of 7 months. Then about 3 weeks ago after some tumultuous situations at work, going to 2 funerals and then having some health issues, I grabbed a cigarette at work. Got really dizzy and threw it out. Hooray. But that wasn’t the end, after getting some more bad news, I started to have 2 cigarettes a day. I feel like such an idiot. Though I bought the patch again and will start again tomorrow, I feel like such a failure. Not to mention that I gained 15-18 lbs.

    I really thought I could do it but fell for the addage that I wouldn’t get hooked. Well I got hooked very quickly. I allowed the same emotional situation to trigger wanting a cigarette and then going out to buy a pack, only to throw it out after smoking 2 cigarettes. For the last 4 days I have had 2-4 cigarettes a day.

    Well I’m starting again tomorrow and hope not all the hedging over the past 7 months was lost by my 3 weeks of stupidity.

    Thanks for letting me vent

  164. Day 6. Sucks but not more than being chained to cigs. Cravings hits and have to keep asking myself if I really want to start smoking again… my body screams Yes Smoke Now but I wait a few minutes and gets better. Hope I can do this so taking it one day at a time. I say use ever device, aid. med you need to help stop. Thanks for all the post. Reading these really do help. Hang in there

  165. Day 3 – Going full cold tukery, didn’t get any real cravings yet, only the feeling that the next thing I’m going to do is to smoke a cigarrete, and then the disappointment. But not feeling the least tempted to smoke one, my mind is made. The only really tough thing is the pain, few hour ago my lungs, throat and head started to ache badly. Hanging on, be strong everyone!

  166. I quit on August 3,2016 10 days before I turned 52 years old, And I still crave a real cigarette.i quess after smoking for over 30 years it take more time, Has anyone had this same experience and if so when will I stop craving the urge to smoke. I use a E cigarette now not every day but only when I have those strong cravings.

  167. When I am with my best friend, we could smoke 10 cigs in an hour. we are both approaching the 30’s. We decided to drop the habit right here right now. We threw the packs and the lighters away and swore not to return

    6 days in, feeling… strange

    Since I quit, I have been feeling odd about everything. It feels as if I am in a temporary life where smoking is not allowed, and I will soon be back to my normal life where smoking is possible. But I know this is not the case.

    Those cravings and urges comes and go frequently. when they are at their peak, I feel I am so close to giving up. Somehow and so far, I have been distracting myself and managing to stay away from smoking.

    I really, REALLY hope things will get easier next week.

  168. Day 5… I am dealing with not only cravings but severe exhaustion and headaches. I am tired, weak, lack energy and spend most of my day in bed. This is insane. Uh, how long will this last. Help!

  169. I’m in day 4 without smoking and counting. I used to quit for 3 years but started smoking about 1/2 pack a day. I’m quitting cold turkey, hopefully it works for me. Still craving after 3 days.

  170. Day 4 was definitely the worst. Crying for 5 straight hours and night sweats while pressing my hands on my chest so I could stop the crying. Uggh emotions.

    6 days in today. I’m counting this quitting time.
    I’m 24 fm, and I smoked my first cigarette at my first high school party in 2009. BIGGEST regret. I love the feeling. Just finished coughing up blood, green, and brown stuff. Sleeping better but the cravings are every 10 minutes. My hands is ghost holding cigarettes. I’m in deep guys.

  171. 35 hours without smoking and only strength of will keeping me from lighting up. 28 years of smoking 1 1/2 to 2 packs a day and I did this too myself. I watched my parents both die of smoking complications and that was not enough. I had two surgeries last year and had massive bronchial spasms when they tried to take the tubes out so I am feeling the damage I am doing. Next year, I need to have a knee replacement so I have to stop now or stop then so I am doing it on my terms now.

    They say cravings come and go? I have had them riding me straight since I quit cold turkey. I read that someone said a few a day for a few minutes and I gotta say that person don’t smoke. My cravings are constant and the only relief I get it when I sleep.

    Please pray for me, I don’t won’t to die like I watched my parents die and I know I already have lung damage. I am 47 and I am scared.

  172. I quit 4 whole days ago. I have not craved. I have not thought about them. I smoked a pack and a half a day for 4 years. I haven’t been more sleepy, hungry and slap happy at night. I burst out laughing at nothing??

  173. This is my second attempt to stop smoking. Last year I stopped for 3 months and started again, blaming stress as the reason why. This time I hope to conquer this disgusting addiction. So far my cravings come on strong but seem to pass quickly. I am having the feelings of anxiety and seem to loose patience quite easily. Best of luck to all who are battling this fierce addiction, I’m going to persevere because I want to play and take walks with my grown children and someday grandchildren. My children never have smoked and they have been desperate for me to quit. What a perfect reason really ?

  174. the first week is nothing for me , i always collapse in the second week , i made it for 8 days so far then went back smoking .
    i think i need a two week vacation to start quitting again thanks , i learned something from this article .

  175. Today’s my second day of not smoking! It’s been relatively easily I hope it stays this way the entire time I’ve quit smoking several times but this time I’ve stuck with it I’ve been using this little acupuncture magnet things and they work for me but I’m excited I was so excited to stop smoking ?

  176. Day 7 quitting smoking with chantix and this is by FAR the hardest day I have had. I was very nauseous earlier took today off work feel like I’m crawling out of my skin extremely confused and irritable all the other days were easy compared to day 7!

  177. Still in the first 24 hours. I read a lot about the first 24 hours, first week, first month, etc. But there was nothing about the anxiety on the day BEFORE you quit. That was really just as bad, if not worse, than this first 24 hours. I quit pretty suddenly as a health scare has prompted me to quit so I didn’t prepare as much as I probably should have so maybe the anxiety the day before was my own fault. Just my 2 cents from a newbie to this journey.

  178. I’m on day one I’m 26 on Friday the 28th and the thing that is helping me is thinking on my birthday which is in 9 days I’ll have money to do something fun for once and also thinking of my son who is 5 months old now and thinking I’m gonna be here to see him grow up and see my grandbabies the downfall for me is I have ADHD/bipolar which makes this experience much harder from the mental standpoint the physical stuff I can handle can’t wait to be smoke free WISH ME LUCK!!!!

  179. Day 4 and it’s hard the first days where easy cause i was sick now that I’m feeling better the crave is strong. I don’t have anyone that doesn’t smoke around me so I hope i can keep it up and not go back in.

  180. Hello everyone, I am on day 4 and I am craving a cigarette so bad.! I smoked for 12 years. I was recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. I also had a lot of other test done to be sure that I was healthy in all other aspects. As soon as all of my results came back that my lungs looked good, my heart looks good and I was about as healthy as I am going to get at my age besides the diabetes that I must get under control, I said it is time to put the most unhealthiest thing in my life down. I cold turkey those nasty things. I have been wanting to quit for some time now. I slowed down a lot. I got to the point that I wasn’t smoking one as soon as I woke up in the morning, I wasn’t smoking while I was at work. I was to the point that I was only smoking in the evening time. I went and got all of the nasty tar cleaned off of my teeth on the 21st, I had a few cigarettes left in my pack after that, so of course I finished them off. My teeth feel so clean and I don’t want to ever feel that nasty feeling on my teeth again. I never smoked in my house or in my car. I think smoking is just nasty and it stinks, but this craving is something serious right now and I am only on day 4. I am a diabetic, so candy really isn’t a option for me, however I did grab me some M&M’s today because I was craving some chocolate. Please if anyone can help me get through this, help me and I wish everyone else the best of luck.

  181. Day 5. Holding strong. Four was a bastard. The end of it anyway. It was a battle but will won over desire. Watched you tube videos of day four people, it helps. 2nd go around after 30 years of smoking. Have not smoked in the house in 15 years, quit smoking in the car when I bought another last year. It all helps. Days 1-3 were easy peasy. Got me over confident. Must maintain vigilance. Every time I want a smoke, I enjoy my new full breath, a nice deep one. Reminds me of why I quit. Hang in there peeps, stubborn is a virtue.

  182. On my 4th day and I can say that today was hard. The first 3 days I was in the hospital and doped up so that got me occupied. I am taking Chantix but it seems to not really work for me this go around. I have tried Chantix before and it really worked. I quit for 3 months with actually no craving so it was very easy for me. The only mistake that I made was that I told myself that since my friends can smoke when they go out and have drinks so can I. I’m not addicted anymore so I should just be able to put it down after the night over. LOL!!! That was me talking myself back into it and sure enough, I started back up again. This time around however, I am disappointed because the medicine in is not doing what it did for me last time. I did cheat and I know this is horrible for me to say but I did pop a Xanax and my craving STOPPED. I don’t want to rely on that because I don’t want another dependency but I can tell you it worked. Good luck out there and this time I plan on quitting for good!!!

  183. I am day 10 started smoking very late around 36, and smoked for 6 years. Taking 3 to 4 gums daily, but I am really feeling irritation in nose, is it because of cilia starting to grow again.

  184. Day 4 – I’ve always wanted to quit. I began cutting down and reducing the strength of the cigarettes I was smoking with the intentions to try wean myself off them and eventually kick the habit in the new year. I was really sick on the 30th of October when I woke up and couldn’t smoke. I went the whole day without a single craving as I was just so sick I couldn’t even think of it. Plus I actually needed to buy them and was too sick to go to the shop. When I woke on the 31st I still wasn’t feeling 100% and was exhausted from the day before and I didn’t go to the shop to purchase cigarettes. I thought to myself if I have gone 2 full days without any cigarettes or aids, like patches, I would try do it now. Yesterday I craved on the way to work at 7.30am, at my 11am break, on the way home from work at 5.30pm and late yesterday evening, all the times that I would have my favorite cigarettes of the day. Today I didn’t crave on the way to work but it is almost 10am and I can feel the cravings kicking in – plan is to have an orange and a banana instead! I got my car valeted yesterday which will also help me from smoking in the car – its to pretty and clean to smoke in 🙂 Here is to hoping that I can kick the habit this time round!

  185. Well Day10 mmmm if you could hear whats going on in my head just now.
    I speak to myself constantly… tell myself this is just a phase and then argue with myself. I actually answer and laugh at my thoughts and the fact I am ageing with myself all in my own head.
    Yes I want a smoke and after 34+ years smoking I cannot imagine this feeling subsiding.
    Have I stopped no… I woke up 10 days ago had my last smoke out of my packet and couldn’t be bothered buying more. I haven’t stopped I am just taking a break… why because I want to.
    But I do also want a smoke. I go to the gym most nights and use the sauna.
    But no matter what I do I ague in my head about whether I should or shouldn’t smoke.

    Good luck to all… need to get back to my conversation in my head as I feel I am being rude to myself not answering myself lol

  186. WHY is day 5 so ruff for me? I feel my patience wearing and the constant thoughts of smoking are freakin exausting. Why can’t my brain just shut up about ciggerettes? This is so ridiculous that some leaves rolled up in paper can take control of my brain. I’m hangin in…. but… wtf

  187. Middle of day 5. Smoked a pack a day for 18 years. Have tried quitting for the first time on and off for the last year. Longest I’ve gone is 2 weeks. Using the patch now, I guess it’s helping. I can’t tell, and am worried about when the patches are done with. 1st day was ok for what it was. Each day has gotten progressively harder. The 2nd day I was counting the hours, now I feel like I’m counting minutes. Trying to hang on. Loved reading everyone else’s comments.

  188. Guys, if you are serious about giving up smoking get yourself a copy of Easy way to give up smoking by Allan Carr and do exactly what he tells you to do. I was a 20 smoker for years who had tried so many times to give up and failed. Reading that book changed everything. Day 84 for me and very little in the way of withdrawal symptoms. I already consider myself a non smoker. Try it. All you’ve got to lose is the price of the book which is the same price as a packet of fags. It really is easy.

  189. I started smoking cigs about 2 years ago, but for about a year before that I was in poppers. (Weed and tobacco smoked out of a bong) and that’s what gave me the urge to pick up smoking. I’ve been off of weed for just about 2 years but I can’t kick the cigs! I’ve quit cold turkey probably 5 or 6 times and never made it past the third day and that’s not because it’s the hardest day, that’s because there’s only so many days in a week before the weekend lol. Drinking and being around smokers is a recipe for failure… but I’m once again on day 3 and it’s only Tuesday so I’m hoping that if I make it till the weekend my cravings will be under control! Best of luck everyone, mind over matter 😉

  190. I have smoked ONE PACK a day for almost my entire life (almost 37 years)
    Nov 7th @ 730PM 2016 I was walking out of work and tossed my pack in the trash

    I’m approaching my 48th hour…. it’s all been crazy…
    I have been “Jones-ing” for a cig since Tuesday morning…
    Fortunately I’m on vacation until the morning of the 14th…

    >Patch drives my blood pressure through the roof
    >Chantix – I’m one of the one that has night terrors
    >Nicorette – Flatulence like a herd of cows.
    And what’s the point with the Patch and the Gum? it’s still part of the addiction.

    The cravings have not stopped… it’s like I’m on a constant rush.
    I WILL get through this!!! I will NOT Freakin Give In!!!

  191. Hi everyone- I am on day one. One day but the day I know will last the rest of my life. The last few days I went from 12 cigs for over 35 years a day down to three , two and one. Damn it’s hard. I don’t know why but I got really scared and started freaking myself out. Feeling tightness in the chest and hoarse voice. I have quit numerous times once for three years, but always went back, but this time is different and I’ll tell you why.

    I started smoking around 15. I just turned 56. My mom smoked and my brother and sister did. About 25 years ago I got really sick with acute bronchitis and quit cold turkey. That lasted for almost four years , but I have to admit I cheated every now and then, but never bought them. Then a family member unexpectedly passed away and I started back with ease like I never quit. My mom could quit cold turkey on and off for years and it was never a problem for her until she got older. My brother was the first to quit for good 20 plus years ago. If I would have stuck to it I would be 22 years smoke free now. It makes me so mad at myself!!!

    Now fast forward to ten years ago. My dear mom who I love so much was diagnosed with early stage emphazema and began a series of problems. She was now in her 70’s and scared a lot. She constantly begged my sister and I to quit but….ya know how that goes. She finally quit at 74 and was gone two years later. My sister quit 6 months before she died but I didn’t. I was devastated beyond words, which gave me an excuse to keep smoking. Then my second nightmare….,my best friend of 45 years the one I began smoking with and enjoyed smoking weed with, Dailey, was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer November 2014. The worst ! She was my BEST friend, my twin, everyone thought we were related and together we made everyone laugh and people thought we should have a comedy act. I spent the next nine months going back and forth to her place 4 hours away(she moved 6 years earlier for her boyfriend) watching her suffer and get worse with each month until one day she could barely walk 20 feet without feeling like she couldn’t breathe. It was excruciating to watch I was losing her with each day..,….and still didn’t quit. I was riddled with guilt and she never judged me, she said she knew just how hard it was. Finally , on August 2, 2015 I was sitting in hospice holding her hands for three days and on August 5th I lost my best friend since the second grade to lung cancer from Smoking! Smoking those filthy smelly evil cigarettes.

    Then the final straw, the bass player in my band; yes I am a singer, that smokes, who’s family members live to be in there 100’s and smoke, and my smoking buddy, for 25 years got diagnosed in June with Larnyx cancer. From smoking. It’s been tough and now he is waiting to see if he is getting through it after chemo/radiation. He lost 70 lbs and is a shell of himself. So enough!!! I am done. Forever done. God is knocking on my door and I am listening. I lost my two best girls, they left me behind and I am so lost without them, all because of cigarettes. I have to quit for them and I am done. My husband who had never smoked has wanted me to quit since we have been together. I have felt so much guilt for putting him through this because I am selfish. He is so good to me and now that we are older he will have to deal with anything that this addiction may bring down the road. So there it is. My story. Please pray for me to get through these next few weeks until I am home free. These types of stories never got me to quit until I started getting older and they started happening to my loved ones. I hope this will help one of you never go back, I know I won’t!!!! I am doing it this time!

  192. Yesterday after my last cigarette in my my I told myself that I was done but now it’s 2:28 AM and I can’t sleep if this is day 1 I’m worried what the rest are going to be like. I feel restless, I can’t sleep, fingers are shaking I’ll try to keep this updated through out my first 2 to 3 weeks. Apparently after the 3rd week it gets easier I really hope because like I said this first day is hard for me.

  193. Day 6—-I need rehab…this is physically and mentally torturing me! I smoked for 39 years. I am 50 years old. I landed in the hospital with pneumonia and exacerbation of COPD.
    I can’t lie-i enjoy smoking but my lung infection made me sick enough to not smoke.
    Now I’m home. Feeling a lot better. These cravings are tough!!!
    I so badly want just a taste….but again I’m scared about being that sick again.
    Thanks for listening! This craving may have passed ?

  194. End of day five for me. So far so good, but I know I’ve got a ways to go. I quit 2 years ago for almost 6 months but fell off the wagon. I’m also getting over pneumonia, and realize I must quit. I am on the patch and Wellbutrin. I have smoked for 47 years and a cancer survivor … I must quit!!! And yes I want one badly!! Deep breaths, and staying away from others who smoke has helped so far, but I know I can’t do that forever. Reading everyone’s comments helps me to relate and know I’m not alone. And TCL, I’ll be keeping you in my prayers. Thank you for being brave and vulnerable in sharing your story. God has given me a scare, now I have to listen to him and take action.

  195. I am on my 5th day, smoking free. Still have mental craving.
    this blog is very good to keep me distracted.. while talking about cigarettes.. make sense?
    Family is a good support, without saying anything, looking at my two babies and the example I want to show them gives me reasons to resist.
    Music and headphones help a lot, especially at work. cool things, just type concentration music on youtube, you’ll be well served.
    to push back the habit I use a pen and take deep puff out of it, simulate smoking for a while, really works for me and reduce the cravings big time, try it.. you’ll see.
    Big challenge on day 7 as I regularly meet friends in cafe, some of them are hard smokers 🙁

  196. Please please try an app called Jason Vales Stop Smoking in 2 Hours. I have smoked for about 20 years (I am 37) I have tried many many times to give up. I would fail in one of two ways. 1. wouldn’t make it through the day even if I had set a date, got rid of everything, told everyone I am quitting, go to bed with the best intentions and be smoking by lunchtime! or 2. Break through a two week barrier and then have a drink and the will power disappeared, then I would smoke the next day to get me through the hangover. But this app was just brilliant. A bit of a mix between Allan Carr & Paul McKenna. it changes your mind set, so I am not feeling sorry for myself about not being able to smoke but so happy that I am finally free! Give it a go. Two hours of your time sitting in a room with headphones. Oh and by the way I have been smoke free since Jan 1 and had cravings for two days and then mild cravings for about a week. After that nothing at all, even the first beer out at the pub was absolutely fine. I stopped even thinking about it at the pub after the second time!

  197. Hello everyone. I found exercise speeds up the whole process. I hatehate hate running but bought a tread mill off of swap. Just jog/run till you can’t move anymore. Not only are you sweating out toxins. You one speeding up all of your body’s natural filters. I noticed when I had a dizzy spell I’d run and sweat it out. It really works. Not to mention it is a great anger release while listening to some rock/punk ;). The end goal is to not die……. so speed up being healthy. It makes sense and it works!!!!

  198. Day 4. Not bloody easy after 30+yrs of more than a pack a day But doin ok. Need things to do to keep me occupied. It helps. As well as thought of Saving $15k AUD a year and more as the price increases every year. Looking at not just the health benefits, but the savings is also a huge help and inspiration for me. To all that are giving it away. Keep it up. For a healthier you and a healthier wallet. Lol.

  199. Best wishes! I’m on day 7 and it’s tough. Been keeping a cup with a straw filled with water in case things get weird (er). Had 2 months in back in March but life three threw me a curveball.

  200. I just finished day one with the patch. Not to bad but I am afraid it will be worse tmr at work. I’ve tried to quit many of times & never made it past the first day. Anyone have any luck with the patch

  201. Hello to all,
    I’m 58 have smoked since I was 14 yrs old, eventually up to 3 packs a day for the last 10-15 yrs. have emphezema/COPD over 10 years and am currenty sitting in a hospital room where I will be spending my Thanksgiving. I haven’t had a cigarette since arrival to the emergency room on Monday morning and believe me I was puffing that baby all the way to the door even though my chest was hurting terribly and I could barely breath to make it in the door. So, here I sit on day 3 and after loads of breathing treatments and tests and antibiotics and steroids and even thru my continued wheezing and cough am now capable of getting up and walking outside to have that most important thing for me, my fix everything cigarette but I haven’t. I’ve reached for them on many occasions but I’m not giving in, it’s been 3 days I refuse to go backwards this time. If i can do this you can too. I worry about when they actually let me walk out free and I’m sitting in my car with that pack for a companion just there withinin reach but I think I’ll have to call him a cab and take my family to Disney.

  202. On day 3 of quitting after 51 yrs of smoking. Still 1st 30 min after waking is the hardest. chantix did not work, (Hiccups for 2 wks) patches gave big rash Then started lobeia supplements with “NicRX” on 11/19 Melatonin at night to sleep Not sure how work tonight will go for I have some bad shakes (work schedule from hell) Do have a very crisp cig sitting in my face (stale one) knowing after minor cessation it will taste as bad as everything else no matter what,.even if I don’t I fire it up.

  203. Day 8 smoke free. It’s not easy. I can say that for sure. But the pros of quitting cigarettes are vast and compelling. I would love to have one right now. My mind keeps telling me that but my rationale always holds me back. I just needed to write this as I was having a craving. But I am not anymore. Cold turkey is the way to go. Good luck and stay away from smokes people.

  204. Well made it to day 6 BUT now starting all over, for in the evening of day 6 took 2 hits. Feel bad tasted bad I’m bad …Will stay on NicRX, trying green tea tonight for 3rd shift Tootsie pops in tow with can of altoids as back up. “Quitflu” symptoms are kicking in They say its all the bad stuff coming out. Also the “quit zits” Now when the urges happen at home I am washing my face 10-12 times a day. I do smell better. Figure if I go 10 days this time I will start washing all walls and curtains and steaming the carpet. Self reward I guess

  205. We have to stop “trying to quit” and decide to quit. We want to quit smoking, remind yourself every 5 seconds when necessary, part of you may say i need or i want a cigarette, but we all know the part of us that wants to quit is right. The cravings have to get easier keep remembering you want to quit. Everytime you feel weak like me and tell myself i want a smoke keep repeating i want to quit smoking. I cant ignore the asshole shouting i need a bleeping smoke but im gunna hoarse scream right back “i want to quit” until the demon dies

  206. I was smoking 10 cigarettes daily for 4 years. I’m on day 13 I found days 5-7 most difficult in particular day 5. Thankfully the cravings haven’t been so strong in the second week. When I get a craving I just tell me self not to be a coward and give in and let an addiction own me and that the cravings will only last a few moments.

  207. I’m only on day three but it hasn’t been too bad but I have had cravings which I have manged to resist by keeping busy. At break I walked over to some colleague’s and was shocked at how awful they smelt after having a cig, Did I smell that bad ? You just don’t notice it when you are a smoker do you? Anyway I hope you all kick the habit along with me and enjoy a life without smoke !

  208. I swear this is one of the worse feeling im goin thru right now i just turn 31 november 26 2016 its been now 5 days cigarettes free since day 1 i been getting anxiety attack and depression i was smoking for 12 years im gettin insomnia all i sleep is 3 to 5 hours a day cant take a shit pls people if u quitting think positive and pray to god and remember always say i can and i am dnt ever say i cant or i am not…. keep on the good job

  209. I have been a 1 1/2- 2 pack smoker for 40+ yrs. I had quit for 4 years in my thirty’s I just decided i had enough and my husband was a non smoker, used the nicotine gum to help deal with the cravings I guess i got over my addiction, I remembered having no problems living as a non smoker, Then i had a relationship trauma, and started smoking again, back to 2 packs a day for another 27 yrs. My next trauma that motivated me to quit, was my husband that didn’t smoke was diagnosed with a very rare cancer and given 6 months to live, I did not want to spend time away from him out in the garage smoking so i got on chantix, half way through the program i had to quit, i was one of the unlucky ones that was unable to sleep, as if i had a pot of coffee before bed. After getting off Chantix i stayed off nicotine and smoking.
    My husband lived a year after being diagnosed, and on his passing i started smoking again for another 2 yrs. I am now on day seven of quitting once again, this time cold turkey, I have done a lot of research on internet reading about potential issues from A to Z I’m going to go with it, and through it , and come out a non smoker. I really liked wiskeymikes description of nicotine seductress. Like a stalker determined to get you back, with very manipulative power, you must see lady nicotine for who she is and what she wants, Take back you power !!!!!!

  210. Went cold turkey and now on day 10. Cravings are overwhelming. Don’t know what to expect from being smoke free,it’s all new to me. I’m 45 and smoking since 14,so I don’t remember life with out smoking. All tell will be ok. Cravings are fierce and eating ,always hungry.

  211. I turned 40 the day before yesterday, and had promised mysel I would quit (again!). Last I e was when I turned 30 and didn’t smoke for a couple of years, until I went on holiday one Christmas and did the usual mistake of “just one”. Next thing I knew I was smoking 1-2 cigarettes with my coffee for the first few days, and within a couple of weeks back to the usual quantity……fast forward to now…..I got myself an e-cig kit and I am vaping like mad! But, it’s day 2 and I haven’t smoked, so that’s good. The e-cig is helping a lot I think…..even with this though, I can’t stop thinking about how nice it would be if……but I won’t! Remember the golden rule NOT ONE PUFF EVER AGAIN, NEVER! Good luck to everyone.

  212. I have been cutting back on my smoking for the last week. I managed to go from a pack (sometimes more) a day, down to about 5 or 6 cigs a day. I have been a smoker for about 28 years, and I’m only 44. I decided it was time to quit because both of my parents suffered with COPD and Emphysema, and I don’t want to end up like them. My mother finally quit smoking after over 40 years of smoking 2+ packs a day, due to a health scare where they found 2 nodules in the lower lobe of her right lung. Thank GOD the biopsy came back benign. Unfortunately, my father passed away this past April from complications of Congestive Heart Failure, COPD, and Emphysema. He actually quit smoking in his early 50’s, but it was too late. The damage was already done, he was 69 years old.
    Then just a few days ago, I got a call from my best friend, who moved to Florida last year, telling me she has lung cancer. She’s not sure what type, whether small cell or non small cell, or what stage it is, until she goes to see the oncologist on Wednesday. They’ve already placed a port for chemo so they can start that as soon as possible. The plan is to hit it aggresively from the start. It’s the size of a golf ball, and has already spread to at least one of her lymph nodes, and she’s only 47 years old. If this wasn’t enough to kick me in the ass even harder, I don’t know what is! I have quit twice before, the first time was when I was pregnant, and the second time I just didn’t want to smoke anymore. I have 4 cigarettes left in my pack, and I’m going to try my hardest not to smoke any at all tomorrow, but I do know that if I do, I will NOT be buying any more. So those 4 are all that’s left. Please wish me luck, and if you have it in your heart, say a prayer for my friend, her name is Patti. Thank you all, and good luck on your journey! ❤

  213. Today was day 9 of no smoking for me. I’m almost 43 and have smoked everyday since I was 14. I did quit a few times for a year a more when I was pregnant. But, I’d end up having that first cigarette and the habit was started all over! My kids don’t remember me as ever being a non-smoker. They seem proud of me but I think they’re scared to get too excited in case I start again! I’ve got to do this!!! My kids need to be able to be confident that their Mom doesn’t smoke. This morning I took a really hot bath. Afterwards I blew out a ton of mucus! I feel so much better! My throat is only a little soar now for the first time for as long as I can remember! I’m hoping to continue to get that yucky stuff up and out!!!
    Gods luck to you all!!! Stay strong!
    Nicole

  214. On the morning of day 4.
    This is my 3rd time quitting. And as always its cold turkey.
    I’m only young yet ive smoked for 10 years.
    I quit during my pregnancies with my daughters. It seemed so easy i just slept through the first 4 days and then was irritable but could deal with it. Dear god it is different this time. Hardest time yet. Last night the heatpump sounded like a hairdryer, the light through the window seemed to make my room so bright i couldnt sleep. My hair was tickling me, the pillow was uncomfortable, i felt itches and twitches and pains everywhere in my bod! I was in hypersensitivr mode and I pretty much didn’t sleep at all. And i have been on a weight-loss journey and the fear of gaining weight means I refuse to allow myself to eat when I crave. I know most gain weight and it would destroy me if I did. I downloaded an app which has been good. But told me to research symptoms. I did. And it did the opposite of helping. Made me realize it’s Christmas time then my eldest 4th birthday and ill be tired, slow, depressed, get fat over the next few weeks. Literally only real reason for quitting. Because I’m poor and can’t afford it. A little because of health, a little because I don’t want my kids to smoke and a little because it smells gross. But im trying to focus, meditate, listen to music, do deep breathing exercises, find something to do with my hands yet I can’t concentrate on anything so anything I try makes me feel worse. So for the past 2 nights ive sat there and cried and nd cried and cried and screamed and even vommited. Annoying my bf while he is at work because I feel so needy right now and then guilty because I know he is busy and don’t wanthink him to think im annoying and pathetic. He quit with me but he is perfectly fine has no symptoms at all which makes me feel shit. Like he literally doesn’t understand how hard this is for me. Idk why it’s hard. It wasn’t hard last time. I just want to know when I’ll feel normal again. I have health problems and the withdrawals symptoms are making them worse. I think my health problems have made quitting harder than normal this time. I have PTSD so i get stressed easily. I have a 2 year old and a nearly 4 year old and im a solo mum and my bf lives in a different city for an undetermined length of time. Idk what the hell to replace the craving with. I don’t want to replace it i want to destroy it. But apparently I can’t apparently I have to replace it with something. Because if i dont ill fail. Idk what the fuck to replace it and I’m not gonna replace it with sipping water. -_- that is mot going to calm me down at 4 am after a diarrhea explosion and having to change sheets shower and screaming child and stay super calm inside while you comfort to hem whilst mentally thinking Oh for fucks sake its 4am urgh stop crying let’s clean this up and go to sleep. That hasn’t happened recently but it does. And that’s when I’ll want a smoke. And a glass of water or a candy won’t help deal with that stress. When I force myself to be calm on the outside when im not on the inside. That’s when I need am smoke to let go. I’ve tried deep breathing for years and it’s never worked and ive tried meditation too and it sometimes works but not often enough to be reliable. So what do I do?

  215. You are all making it way too difficult on yourselves. Try googling ” The Easy Way To Stop Smoking”. There is also a video or seminars. Honestly it was actually enjoyable to quit. Don’t believe me? Read reviews!

  216. I am very sorry to burst everyone’s bubble, but the cravings will never end.. After 30 years of smoking, I’ve been a non-smoker for 14 months now (ice cold turkey) and I still get daily cravings.. The good thing is the craving lasts about 1-3 minutes and once you get past that, you are alright for the day.. I did close on a nice business deal last week and the first thing I wanted to do was light a cigarette of satisfaction.. That craving was very strong and lasted about 15 minutes.. Here’s what I think about when I crave a cigarette..
    If you want a reason to quit, your arteries are getting smaller, and all your artery hair filters are gone.. Once your main arteries begin to close (and they will), your heart attack begins and you are in the hands of someone else and there is nothing you can do about it.. Your on an operating table with a big blinding light answering questions and mortality kicks in.. They will do what ever they see fit and there is no turning back the hands of time.. I think that’s a good enough reason to quit if any.. Good Luck to everyone!

  217. I’m on day 3 of quitting a 23 year Cannabis and tobacco addiction and strangely enough I feel nothing no urges no aggression no sweatyness . I have tried b4 and ended up feeling very aggressive and had very clammy skin and a irresistible urge to start again and did but this time I have no job no income what so ever and no savings it’s like my brain and body have just accepted the inevitable

  218. 41 Years old, smoking 25 years already – so ridiculous…… The hardest part for me is coming to terms with being an ex-smoker. I’m on day 9 and just waiting for the shoe to drop and to go back. In the back of my mind I’m thinking what day will I cave; day 11, day 13 – deep down I just don’t believe quitting is a possible end result for me…. Its a poor mindset I’m trying to get over. Need to remove the possibility of going back from my mind and consider myself a non smoker – no choice to go back. If I can pull that off this will get much easier.

  219. Day 12: hardly even think of cigarettes; however, the holidays are here, no work to occupy my mind, so who knows if I will get thru to the new year unscathed

  220. Day 2 is the worst. For me, I am at my peak of irritability and irrationality.

    If you get through 4 days, you are no longer addicted. I’m on day 5 right now. When you get to day 5, you no longer have a physical addiction and you have made it through the worst of it all, but you no longer are effected by mood swings and you can think straight.

    I still have it flash in my mind “I want to go out and smoke”, and this I know lasts for weeks. I am also arrogant enough to think I can smoke a single cigarette and stop, that this is my downfall. I can’t. If I have 1 cigarette, I will have another, and another. I cannot have any nicotine or I will be addicted again.

    Day 2 is the hardest, day 3, get through that and you are free, IF YOU WANT to be. The first 3 days are the hardest, but you get through those 3 days, and you aren’t an addict anymore and have no chemical dependency. Remember how hard those 3 days are, and how easy it is now.

    And something else to say, it’ absolutely normal to have chest pains after quitting smoking, insomnia, constipation, cold and hot sweats, dizziness, a host of problems. But they go away after a few weeks.

    If you can get through 3 days, 3 HORRIBLE days, you are done. Those are very difficult days. Ge through that, and you’re not longer addicted, but if you smoke again being confident you are not addicted, you will be addicted again, very quickly. Only 3 very difficult days.

    • Thank you for your post. Holy crap is Day 2 hard! I am just fighting myself mentally. I got ginger, ginseng, cough drops, eucylputus oil…..anything that smells good. ARGH! It’s so hard. I was a year off smoking and then planned my wedding and got hooked super quick again. I know the first 3 days are the hardest, but I completely forgot how hard they actually are. Dang it. Just one suggestion I have learned from quitting before, set up a reward system. Like a scoop of ice cream and a walk in some fresh air…or getting your car washed or buying yourself something that smells good. Good luck Everyone!

      • It’s January 4th and I’m starting my third day. I feel your pain. I quit smoking for two years. Best decision ever. I then turned 30 and thought I was ready to be a social smoker. Worst decision ever. I smoked for a year and half after that – which leads me to today. Day 3, and it’s a killer. I want to pick up a cigarette so badly. My cravings last up to 10 minutes. I totally forgot how hard this is. I obviously won’t pick up another cigarette, but dude, I feel your pain. Good luck!

  221. Day 1.. yesterday I had to take a nap to get rid of cravings. Day 2.. well this is something I want. I have to keep it up. Dont want to smell like an ash tray. Got in my car today and sure does stink. Any ideas how to get that pack a day smell out.

  222. Quit smoking since December 15, 2016 because of my health. Was in the hospital for 5 days and haven’t touched a smoke since. Have cravings here and there but I keep telling myself it’s only habit talking. Take care everyone.

  223. Just watched my Dad die of small cell lung cancer. I have three sons. They are the only reason I am quitting. On day two. Cravings come in waves. I have smoked for 29 years. I will beat this. Good luck to all of you!

  224. cigrattes r associate wid our psychology.some people need it wen they are stress,some need it wen they are in toilet some need it wen they masturbate.SO basically it gives us a feeling that WE are not alone and cigrattes are there to support n company us .Soon THESE companion became our necessity n became our weakness.We feel less confidence even to talk to othes unless we give a puff or two.BUT actual culprit is US who always search for new pretext n reason to continue smoking even after quitting for 3 or 15 days.It is our own weak mind which is undermining our own decision..so making thing short..if we really want to give up smoing then trust yourself n think of the benifits you will get after quiting..and above all in ur way of recovery if u feel you are losing hope then sing aloud” NO I WON’T SMOKE AGAIN NO I WON’T SMOKE AGAIN.. YOU CAN STAND ME UP AT THE GATES OF HELL BUT I WONT SMOKE AGAIN”. Anyway i stopped smoking 6 months ago and now wen i see people smoking i feel so sorry for them cas i now a time will come wen they will be feeling so sorry for themself..

  225. Day 6 – So far, it’s been alright..!! After reading through a lot of experiences, I have learnt to focus on TODAY. What is making it worse for me is the Laryngitis. My voice has been hoarse for about 6 months now. Hope that quitting smoking gets my voice back to normal (almost everyone around me tells me that I have a fantastic and a deep voice..lol). Anyone with this kind of a combo experience?

  226. This is Day 3 for me. Day 1 was easy. I was all pumped about quitting. But the evening of Day 2 was horrible. I ate too much. Then I realized that when I ate food to placate the cravings, what did I want after eating? Right, a cigarette! Aaaaahhhhh! This morning it is New Year’s Day and since I don’t have to work, I’ve been doing jumping jacks when I get a bad craving. I have these coffee stirring straws that I am chewing on at times. I am going to make it. I absolutely hate smoking. It controlled too much of my life. Driving separately from others. Not going to events where I couldn’t smoke comfortably. The stench, the money, and the shame – I have had it. But OH GOD, it is a horrible feeling to quit.

  227. Day 6
    … i dont want smoking again god please help i wanna out thiz….i hope i will my will power support me everytime

  228. I am on day 3 and doing OK so far. I have smoked hard and heavy for about 45 years. I have tried everything know to man from cold turkey to the hypnotherapy thing too many times to mention. I have no idea hat happened to me on the 1st of January……I woke up, made the coffee and had a couple of smokes as per usual. Then I just picked up what was left and threw it in the bin and said to myself “that’s the end of that”……I have used some nicorette when the craving gets to where I think I will break and so far, so good. Good luck everyone, this is hard, but we can do it.

  229. Ive just read the whole of joels story, i am now on the 3rd day, i am more determined than ever, my partner smokes too and it’s really hard, i can feel the craving taking over this morning, grrrr, but not going to give in to it, its now or never!!!!! Anyway happy new year you lot, good luck on your stopping smoking quest, also ive had lots of bloating and wind , anyone else ?

  230. Day 3; cold turkey. I’m sitting in a lecture and my mind just cannot abstain from thinking about the smokes. I really crave the taste of Reds. Have been smoking daily for a year, on and off for a total of 3. The comments are so, so helpful. I’m resisting heading out for a cigarette. Damn these cravings. -.-

  231. My third attempt and on day three. This must be the winner quit! 😉
    Smoked for 28 years. Can’t believe where the time went. Anyone some good tips to get through the initial period?

  232. I am on day 2 and the cravings are so strong. This message board is certainly helping me resist the urge. I have been smoking close to a pack a day for 12 years. I stopped for 8 months a few years ago going cold turkey. One wedding later and I was hooked again. I am doing this for myself. I feel like crap all the time and my mom just quit. I am one of the few peolpe I know that smokes anymore. It use to be cool back in the days of High school and college. Now, I just feel really lame when I have to go outside by myself and smoke. I sepend $6 a day on this thing that will one day probably kill me. I must keep strong.

  233. Day 2 is about to end. Every time I want to smoke I have this set of thoughts: nothing is that good without smoking; nothing really awaits me in the future if I don’t smoke; there is no sense in quiting. Anyone else? And on the other hand if I start to read all these comments or listen to good song, it’s all gone. This is hardest and wierdest thing I’ve ever done. Thanks for the support.

  234. I’m not sure if I’m just a lucky one or what. I smoked for 15 years before quitting just 4 days ago (01/01/2017). I always worried about quitting, the need to have a cigarette, the daily habits of having one, etc. As I’m going through the days without a cigarette, it has been ridiculously easy for me. I have not had the desire to WANT a cigarette, only have out of habit (driving to and from work especially) but other than that, I have been fine.
    Prior to my quitting, I’ve been fighting migraines for several years being in and out of doctors office and nobody wanted to figure out why, they just wanted to throw pills at me which I refused. I’d like to make a note, since the day I’ve quit I have not had one headache or migraine which is a HUGE relief for me! I usually have one a day and since I’ve quit I haven’t had one. I’m wondering if the smoking was an issue for ’em.
    Quitting smoking has been a personal choice, although I enjoyed smoking, I needed to better myself. There is no point in smoking other than ruining your health, shortening your life and wasting your money. Now on top of it all, it’s gotten rid of my headaches/migraines, I really cannot complain.

    I would describe my days by each day, but honestly – They’ve been the same. EASY! I’m so surprised how easy it’s been to just up and quit. I smoke a pack a day, sometimes more if out and about doing things/bar/casino/race track/etc.

    I wish everyone luck out there that’s quitting like I am (I never thought I would be able to do this!) and a better future! YOU CAN DO IT!

  235. Been smoking since I was 10. I am 28 now. I wanted to quit because I can tell my energy level just sucks and it has pretty much since I started smoking. 18 years and I am finally realizing that the only consistency in my life has been smoking. Sad… I bought my last carton almost two weeks ago. Finished the last STICK from that 45.57 hours ago (have a smoke free app on my phone lol) I just looked at the stick and I swear my life flashed before my eyes. I decided that. That was it for me. I wasn’t going to waste money on GAS going to the store or money purchasing another pack. WASTE WASTE WASTE. Not only am I not able to afford to smoke, I have 3 kids. I used to think that was me doing something special for me. That was mommy time. Everything I do is for my Family, but truth be told I was being selfish for years! That money could have went to movies, bowling, skating rinks, vacations, clothes, shoes, school supplies, gas…ect an estimated $9.00 a day is a lot of money. Money and time that I can no longer afford.

    Day 1 (2:30pm) – Last Smoke

    I remember the urges were pretty bad. I replaced STICKS for vape, Vaping has helped me deal with the cravings. Tightness in chest and stomach, heat flashes, jitters during sleeps, insomnia, dry throat, thickness in saliva, habbit of walking out side and lifting and flicking the STICK triggered cravings often.

    Day 2 – FML Shoot my Left Toe

    Cravings are still bad. Vaping helped relieve the quench quick but when they’d come back the would suck donkey balls. Although the cravings suck at this point they are bareable. Still living. Tightness in stomach, chest, and now throat continue. Severe at this point. Jitters every now and than. Deep breaths help. Feeling a bit lost but Focused and commited to the journey.

    Day 3 – Better

    Woke up the Jitters and like yesterday not having my morning smokes was a kick in the ass. However, it has been a bit easier. Tightening is not so bad. Still have urges but vaping helped. Have not been eating much been drinking more often. My sense of smell has improved to the point my nostrils are burning lol Sense of taste is different. More clear and better. My mouth taste normal? lol Not like NASTY SMOKES. I did smell someone who smoked today and I didn’t like the way it smelled. Head feels heavy and I feel tired but I don’t have a headache.

    This is my Journey so far. Stay motivated. “I know I can I know I wont.. I wont …..” Anyone have similar issues like me?

    • Yes, I can relate with you. Are you still going strong? I am on day 6 and it is so hard. I’m glad i found this website. Good luck to you. We can do this. I havent been able to sleep or eat either. If I eat I will want to light up after. I think of cigarettes all the time and it sucks.

  236. Day 5 almost done 🙂 Worst one so far.. My mind is playing tricks on me but I managed to resist the urge. Good luck everybody.

  237. I am on day 1 and the hardest part is not going out for smoke breaks at work. I still go out when I would have and have a lollipop but as I am walking out i get like a heart sync stomach twist feeling when I remember that I am not having a cigarette

  238. This is day 8 for me…I almost broke tonight. The electricity went out again for the 4th time in 24 hours, and I was cold and frustrated. I had one cig left in the pack in the drawer in the kitchen, I decide to smoke just one after returning from Home Depot where I went to purchase a generator. But they were so large and heavy, I could not get it in my truck. My husband has been nasty and mean all day for no reason… I’m the one suffering… He’s not trying to quit.
    I have eaten so much… Potato chips, ice cream, croissants, you name it…
    This is the 4th time I’ve quit smoking, I’m 52 and have been smoking since I was seventeen. Quit once for 4 years.. this time I’ve been smoking since June 2015.
    It’s difficult when you live with a smoker.
    I came in and asked my husband for a light, he mumbled, “you come this far, you might as well keep going, but I’ll go get a lighter for you” and he went upstairs. By the time he returned, I was hanging my jacket back in the closet, and I said “Thanks, but that’s OK”. I filled the pack with water and threw it in the trash! Praise God!!
    The blood pressure machine at Wal-Mart says that my body is 58 yrs old. My joints hurt (knees, hips, elbow), I feel like I’m falling apart. Sometimes I can barely move without pain… It’s time to quit for GOOD! I ate one of those Nicotine Lozenges, which I feel bad about because the Nicotine had probably left my body…but so what..I survived a physical and mental craving…God Bless Everyone…May the Lord Keep you..we fight against spirits and principalities

  239. I quit smoking may 14th 2016 cold turkey. I’m still craving cigarettes going on 8 months smoke-free. I haven’t even taken a hit off a cigarette and it’s been a hard road but I’m hanging in there. I’ve smoked for 44 years and been a 3 pack a day smoker for the last 15 years. I was so bad I’d even smoke in the shower. I miss my cigarettes don’t I don’t miss the added expense. What really sucks is I don’t feel any better after all this time so the money saved is the only benefit I see or feel.

  240. Quitting is easy, it’s all in the mind. I quit 31/12/2015 so just over a year ago, I always knew that the actual nicotine addiction was extremely mild because it doesn’t even wake me when I’m sleeping, the problem is the fact that you naturally think smoking gives you some kind of pleasure, say makes you calm when your angry or helps you concentrate. This is a lie though, it actually aggravates you and disrupts concentration. People smoke to get to that tranquil feeling that non smokers permanently feel. Don’t fall back into the trap of forgetting why you wanted to quit, after a while you forget the reasons why you decided to quit in the first place but if you keep reminding your self you will be fine. 1 year on I feel the best I’ve ever felt. Pride that I’ve achieved something remarkable, my teeth are whiter my face is fuller, skin looks clean and fresh, energy levels through the roof, confidence like I’ve never felt, no headaches anymore, no longer feel dizzy when I stand up too fast, appetite is better taste and smell is amazing. The positives are endless and the negatives are none. I am 28 and smoked for 12 years, I smoked a pack a day costing roughly £7.50 so each evening I transfer £7.50 into my savings account. I have nearly £2900 saved now from what I would of spent on slowly killing my self. Remember, you don’t want to smoke so feel the cravings and embrace them, change your mindset and it becomes so easy you actually enjoy the fact that you don’t smoke anymore. Hope this helps guys, your doing the single most important thing for your health you will ever do in your lifes. Good luck!

  241. Smoked for 23 years.. Decided to go Cold Turkey… Am on Day 9th Now..

    Day 1 was a walk in the park.. could control it.. had a couple of chewing gums…

    Day 2 got frustrated, couldn’t work, couldn’t sleep couldn’t do anything – but powered thru…. has about 10 -15 chewing gums…

    Day 3 – 7 was the hardest days of my life, day 6 i had a couple of beers with friends who were smokers…. torture torture tortureeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee…. but still powered thru… kept thinking about those gross pictures they show on advertisements, thought about my wife… my future kids etc etc… anything to distract me….. i probably had about 4 bottles of chewing gums these 5 days… sugarless of cos..

    Day 8 woke up with a kind of energy that i never had.. started to feel motivated.. going thru the day was easy unless i smelled cigarettes then will think baout it, if not it was ok…

    Its Day 9 today im more motivated than ever to stop… its all in the mind… cant speak for anyone but for myself.. smoked a pack of 20 a day for 23 years… that was including smoking clove ciggies.. if i can stop, so can you…

  242. My name is Chukwuemeka; I am 33 years old. I came to Europe when I was 21, and I have smoked since 2004 on a daily basis. I have been questioning myself of why I smoke because in my entire family back in Africa I am the only one that smokes and honestly it makes me feel like a piece of shit. I tried stopping on several occasions, but I was not sure of it. Last December I was determined to stop after my 7year old son would preach to me about how cigarettes will kill me someday. Those words of his scared the hell off me and for the first time after 12years of smoking I knew I was going to stop smoking for real. If I want something, i get them because of how sure I am of myself. I never or thought I was an addict for any reason so I thought I could just stop smoking like every other habit. I am about to go through the roughest and toughest time of my life. I work as a construction worker, so smokers are all over my job. Well, last December I refused to smoke. I think the first 5days was easy. The second week I started noticing some differences about me. I became very negative. I would think so deep that I got scared. I could not sleep at night; I started avoiding people. While playing footballer on one of my training, At a point I became so overwhelmed I thought I was going to drop. Everything became so real in my eyes, every noise so sharp. I started to be very quite as if talking was a scary thing. I almost cry around my children like I was going to die. The second week was hell on heaven. I did not speak out until this day I felt like my life was sucked off me. I went to an elderly countryman of me and told me everything scares the shit out of me. He advised me and made me come to him to talk for some days. While meeting with him, i started smoking again, and I thought I was feeling happy again. The truth was that I did not realize I went through all that because of the withdrawal symptoms. I smoked for some days, and that was when I thought of reading about what happens when quiting to smoke. Everything that happened to me I read about it, and this whole thing then made sence, I went further to learn about lung cancer from smoking, and it worsened it all. I was mad about my choice to ever smoke after all I read about what ciggarrates can do to the human body. I immediatly decided never again to smoke. I finally stopped on 7 January 2017. It is my 4day today. I know that I was depressed and taunted from quitting cold turkey. The truth is that I am ready for any depression or sleepless night because I know I dont want to live a life controlled by a useless thing that does only make me feel like I am invisible. I pray, and I know I ll never touch tobacco again. God help me.

  243. I don’t know how many times I have quit but here I am again, I quit cold turkey 2 days ago and starting to have serious cravings this evening. I don’t have any cigarettes on me and I’m not tempted to go buy a pack. I drink tons of water when cravings hit. I always end up with severe reflux and constipation when I quit and it’s just a nightmare. I need to get past the first 5-7 days and I am home free with the physical withdrawal symptoms. I have been a smoker for over 20 years and cannot believe this is the worse habit to break ever!

  244. Today is my day 13, over the festive period I decided to spend a few weeks at my parents place. Yesterday I came back to my apartment, got out of my bed this morning with this strong craving I’ve never felt before. My thoughts right now are should I just take one smoke only. I really don’t want to give in the temptation.

  245. Hum read through the comments. Me 30 yr smoker, where did the time go? Finished day 4 what an hour ago. I think 3 days before i quit I bought a carton and a 2 week box of patches. Had been wearing a patch and smoking i dunno 10-7-4 a day. Then it just like dropped off, no patch and the last pack kept lasting. Monday and Tuesday I had 1 smoke at 4pm after work, (my marriage saving smoke) Wednesday I gave that one up, patches and fresh carton are still in my closet. Pack i carried around for 3 days then tossed it cuz its getting ragged. I dunno if it was smart to toss it and tempt fate, if its in my pocket its like proof i really mean it.

    Seems most posts are day 3, not sure what that means. I just remembered the other day that I quit last new years and after 3 days said to myself ‘huh that wasn’t so hard, if i ever really want to quit it’ll be a breeze, then proceeded to pick up smoking and repress the whole incident till just the other day. I guess the addiction just hijacked my brain or something. I’m sure i wanted to quit then as I do now.

    Heartbreaking the posts from day 39 or 75 or whatever, people still struggling, i was telling myself 3 days and the worst is over but now day 4 and my anger at the cigarette companies is wore out, so punishing them by not buying cigs is replaced by my anger at myself for falling for it and hey what better way to punish myself than to go puff on some poisonous sticks?

    Lol just the addiction trying to hijack my brain again. guess it isnt gonna be all easy at day 4 or even tomorrow at day 5 but hey ill check in again If i can stick it out. U feel free to check in too, its nice to hear the stories. Its not easy people but at least we aren’t alone in this. Good luck and hang in there.