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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.

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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.

133 Responses to "When You Quit Smoking – What Day Is the Hardest?"

  • Susan
    November 22, 2015 - 2:24 am Reply

    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…

  • Johnny
    December 5, 2015 - 2:24 am Reply

    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

    • Vexy
      April 2, 2016 - 9:06 am Reply

      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.

    • Alesh
      June 25, 2016 - 1:39 pm Reply

      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.

  • N
    January 11, 2016 - 3:36 am Reply

    Day 14 torture. Hardest day so far.

    • Sherri
      January 12, 2016 - 7:39 pm Reply

      I’m on day 7, hanging in there!

    • James Wynn
      June 25, 2016 - 3:48 pm Reply

      How did you get through it? I am on 15 and having a tough time.

  • Vinu
    January 15, 2016 - 2:45 pm Reply

    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..

  • Ted Ripley
    February 3, 2016 - 3:17 pm Reply

    “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..

    • Annie Jefferson
      April 7, 2016 - 12:24 am Reply

      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.

    • Lesley
      April 15, 2016 - 6:40 pm Reply

      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

    • Katie
      April 22, 2016 - 12:22 am Reply

      How are you doing today? Still smoke free??

    • Priscilla Brinkley
      August 20, 2016 - 12:44 am Reply

      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!

    • Priscilla Brinkley
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  • Red
    February 4, 2016 - 11:57 pm Reply

    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.

    • Martha
      June 17, 2016 - 12:34 am Reply

      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!

  • Lorie
    February 6, 2016 - 12:23 am Reply

    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!

    • Nybor
      July 25, 2016 - 1:42 pm Reply

      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.

  • muhammad sohaib
    February 6, 2016 - 9:25 pm Reply

    3rd day since that llllast smoke.

    • Sirfraz iqbal
      June 30, 2016 - 3:13 pm Reply

      My 3Rd day as well but I had a small craving in the morning survived that one,now I’m getting my taste buds back I think I can quit smoking after 19 years

  • Verlynne Witney
    February 7, 2016 - 9:14 pm Reply

    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!!!

  • wash
    February 8, 2016 - 5:58 am Reply

    Im on my third day as well soooooooo hard to controll the craving.

  • Tom
    February 9, 2016 - 6:00 am Reply

    Day 3 of being smoke free. This is hard , but I refuse to lose

  • Sean
    February 10, 2016 - 9:25 pm Reply

    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.

  • Daniel
    February 10, 2016 - 10:23 pm Reply

    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!

  • Ashlee
    February 12, 2016 - 8:17 pm Reply

    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!

    • Doris
      August 29, 2016 - 2:45 pm Reply

      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

  • Katlin
    February 20, 2016 - 4:39 pm Reply

    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…..

    • Zoran
      February 24, 2016 - 3:51 am Reply

      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.

      • Beth
        June 18, 2016 - 10:18 pm Reply

        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 .

  • Steve
    February 20, 2016 - 4:58 pm Reply

    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.

    • Kayla
      February 23, 2016 - 2:43 am Reply

      Very helpful thank you

    • Vexy
      April 2, 2016 - 8:58 am Reply

      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.

      • julie
        June 23, 2016 - 5:20 pm Reply

        I am sure it is different for everyone. As I read these remarks I can see each day is different for all

  • John
    February 20, 2016 - 9:28 pm Reply

    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.

  • amine
    February 22, 2016 - 8:25 am Reply

    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 .

    • Lev
      April 2, 2016 - 12:57 am Reply

      I’m in the same boat … On day 13 and I want one now more than ever.. Reading these post hoping it will pass

  • Martin
    February 23, 2016 - 1:39 am Reply

    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 🙂

    • Jacinta
      March 12, 2016 - 12:41 pm Reply


  • Kayla
    February 23, 2016 - 2:41 am Reply

    I’m in day 1 and I’m having the hardest time with this

  • Kimberly
    February 23, 2016 - 7:00 pm Reply

    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 !

  • Jen
    February 23, 2016 - 8:43 pm Reply

    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?

    • Julie
      March 6, 2016 - 1:45 am Reply

      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

    • Thomas Jacobsen
      March 30, 2016 - 11:44 pm Reply

      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.

    • Tonni
      June 2, 2016 - 5:35 am Reply

      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.

  • riley
    February 24, 2016 - 1:07 am Reply

    I’m on day three and I have been a complete Dick to everyone i talk to. And I know that its me but I like to blame the cravings

  • Melanie
    February 24, 2016 - 5:01 am Reply

    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.

  • nicky dickinson
    February 24, 2016 - 12:06 pm Reply

    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 🙂

  • James
    February 29, 2016 - 8:15 pm Reply

    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.

  • Charles williams
    March 4, 2016 - 4:43 pm Reply

    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!

  • Tanya Kelly
    March 6, 2016 - 1:15 pm Reply

    Day 22 for me and I Promise it gets easier

    • Dave
      July 27, 2016 - 7:18 pm Reply

      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”

  • Amanda
    March 7, 2016 - 2:28 am Reply

    I am on day 3 & I am a total wreck!! I’ve prayed like heck for this to end I feel jerky

  • Ashleigh
    March 9, 2016 - 7:54 am Reply

    I’m at the end of day 2 and am seriously feeling it now. This is hard..

  • Janis
    March 9, 2016 - 2:18 pm Reply

    I am on day 3 had no cravings or struggling so far hope it stays that way.

  • Lee
    March 11, 2016 - 4:31 am Reply

    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.

  • SF
    March 16, 2016 - 5:29 pm Reply

    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.

  • Tom
    March 17, 2016 - 12:44 pm Reply

    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!

  • Barb Bartley
    March 17, 2016 - 2:24 pm Reply

    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

  • Nick Ventimiglia
    March 24, 2016 - 6:57 am Reply

    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.

    March 27, 2016 - 6:48 am Reply

    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….

  • chad buck
    March 28, 2016 - 7:48 pm Reply

    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.

    • Jane
      May 18, 2016 - 5:23 pm Reply

      I was scrubbing the rugs last night.. I feel ya…

  • Diana
    March 28, 2016 - 9:48 pm Reply

    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 ✌🏽

    • Vexy
      April 2, 2016 - 8:51 am Reply

      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.

  • chad buck
    March 29, 2016 - 9:52 pm Reply

    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.

  • Joanne Hamel
    March 30, 2016 - 12:31 am Reply

    Day 3, almost caved, a comment worker talked me out of it. Going to bed early and hoping tomorrow is eaiser

  • chad buck
    March 30, 2016 - 10:09 pm Reply

    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.

    • Lucy Molloy
      April 1, 2016 - 4:08 am Reply

      Talking about it helps me too Chad…Keep up the good work. I

  • Paul Stanway
    March 31, 2016 - 10:48 am Reply

    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.

  • Lisa
    April 2, 2016 - 12:27 am Reply

    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.

    • Jeff
      April 8, 2016 - 4:15 am Reply

      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!!

  • BK
    April 2, 2016 - 1:05 am Reply

    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.

  • Vexy
    April 2, 2016 - 8:23 am Reply

    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.

    • Jonathan
      April 16, 2016 - 4:20 am Reply

      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

  • Craig
    April 5, 2016 - 9:15 pm Reply

    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.

    • Terri billett
      April 17, 2016 - 12:29 pm Reply

      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!

  • SS
    April 6, 2016 - 5:33 am Reply

    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

  • Jeff
    April 8, 2016 - 4:28 am Reply

    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!

    April 15, 2016 - 1:58 am Reply

    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.

  • Jeremy
    April 16, 2016 - 1:35 am Reply

    Day 3 is just now starting! Wish me luck!

  • Jonathan
    April 16, 2016 - 3:55 am Reply

    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.

  • Guido
    April 17, 2016 - 11:20 pm Reply

    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.

    • Kothal Khan
      June 26, 2016 - 7:19 pm Reply

      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?

  • Brittany
    April 18, 2016 - 8:13 am Reply

    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.

  • Michelle Shearer
    April 18, 2016 - 4:01 pm Reply

    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 .

  • Mary
    April 19, 2016 - 10:22 pm Reply

    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.

  • Mako
    April 20, 2016 - 4:20 pm Reply

    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.

    • Barbara Richardson
      July 3, 2016 - 7:45 pm Reply

      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.

  • Katie
    April 20, 2016 - 4:29 pm Reply

    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.

  • RERE
    April 22, 2016 - 3:27 am Reply

    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 !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Chronis
    April 22, 2016 - 12:25 pm Reply

    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

  • Ashley
    April 24, 2016 - 12:22 am Reply

    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!

  • Crystal
    April 24, 2016 - 2:12 am Reply

    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!!

    • Jane
      May 18, 2016 - 5:07 pm Reply

      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!!

    • RW
      June 1, 2016 - 3:58 pm Reply

      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!!!!

  • Brenda
    April 29, 2016 - 8:27 am Reply

    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 !!

  • Ainsley
    April 29, 2016 - 12:48 pm Reply

    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!

  • Terri billett
    May 1, 2016 - 8:54 pm Reply

    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!

  • Andy
    May 15, 2016 - 6:36 am Reply

    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.

  • Jane
    May 18, 2016 - 5:05 pm Reply

    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…

  • Tumi
    May 19, 2016 - 1:54 pm Reply

    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

  • TT
    May 19, 2016 - 8:52 pm Reply

    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!!

  • John Jurgens
    May 22, 2016 - 8:29 am Reply

    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.

  • Pel
    May 22, 2016 - 12:15 pm Reply

    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

  • Emelz
    May 23, 2016 - 8:35 pm Reply

    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!

  • Faisal Yaqoob
    May 24, 2016 - 12:19 am Reply

    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” ..


  • Tiffany Martin
    June 2, 2016 - 2:41 am Reply

    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!!

  • Steve
    June 2, 2016 - 2:11 pm Reply

    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.

  • Debra
    June 7, 2016 - 6:13 pm Reply

    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!

  • Emma Frost
    June 12, 2016 - 2:04 am Reply

    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!!!

    • vinod
      August 28, 2016 - 7:31 am Reply

      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.

  • Bob
    June 13, 2016 - 10:32 am Reply

    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.

  • whiskeymike
    June 17, 2016 - 3:57 am Reply

    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…….

  • jean de brunhoff
    June 18, 2016 - 9:04 pm Reply

    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.

  • Bill
    June 24, 2016 - 11:57 am Reply

    Day 103
    You all can do it
    It’s all in your head
    I smoked for 30 years stage 2 copd
    Please stop
    It’s killing us all.

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  • Amanda
    July 1, 2016 - 3:28 am Reply

    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.

  • Brittany
    July 2, 2016 - 5:04 pm Reply

    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!

  • Greg
    July 5, 2016 - 1:00 am Reply

    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!!!

  • Donal
    July 11, 2016 - 3:16 pm Reply

    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

  • xee shan
    July 24, 2016 - 7:23 pm Reply

    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)

  • Karen
    July 28, 2016 - 1:31 am Reply

    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.

  • Bob
    July 28, 2016 - 4:33 pm Reply

    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.

  • Mike David
    July 28, 2016 - 6:55 pm Reply

    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.

  • Keri
    August 11, 2016 - 11:24 pm Reply

    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

  • Foxyvet
    August 12, 2016 - 7:10 am Reply

    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!

  • Steve the cat fancier
    August 12, 2016 - 11:18 am Reply

    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.

  • Susan
    August 13, 2016 - 10:28 am Reply

    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

  • Christopher
    August 22, 2016 - 3:39 am Reply

    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.

    • F-Combustion
      August 29, 2016 - 2:20 pm Reply

      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.

  • Jake
    August 28, 2016 - 4:29 am Reply

    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…

  • methatswho
    August 28, 2016 - 11:10 pm Reply

    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.

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