When You Quit Smoking – What Day Is the Hardest?

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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.


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.

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.

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Jeffrey Buckley
Jeffrey Buckley daily works hand in hand with medical students. He's keen on mental health and behaviorist anthropology. Vaping became the source of his research in 2013. Today Jeffrey is one of the top vaping-specialists. He pleasantly reveals scientific issues of vapers and smokers life.
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  1. In 2001, stores raised the cost of cigarettes. I use to pay 5.00 per pack then it went up to 10.00 per pack. I refuse to pay such a money hungry scam that I decided to quit smoking. I went and bought Nicgorets patch’s and at 10:00 that night I place my first patch and went to sleep. The next morning I had no craving for a cigarette. I was convince that I could quit. I stayed away from my triggers and went trough my day.
    The next day (day 2) I felt the same as the first day, the third, the fourth and so on. I follow every instruction to succeed. And I won. After 12 weeks using these patches I was smoke free. My taste bud return, I could smell stuff I would miss normally and I felt great.
    Three years later, I tried one, nothing happen, so I tried another then soon enough I went and bought a pack and now I am worst off than ever. I reach out to cancer clinic and everybody and got the same answer. The bottom line, I am the only one who can quit and no help from anyone other than someone giving me the medication I need, I am alone in this and only I can do this. I already have a collaspe lung, sweating like a pig and getting very week. I truly am sorry, quitting is not as easy as one would think, and if you waiting for someone to help you, well let just forget I said that. I am my only salvation.

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