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Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms and Timeline

Nicotine is a supplemental source of energy for nicotine addicts. People dependent on nicotine use it as a resource to fuel up their daily lives. Studies show that nicotine is equally dangerous and addictive as other drugs like cocaine or heroin. Although the side effects are not as strong as the latter two, withdrawal from nicotine is quite a monumental task.

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A smoker’s brain works better when on nicotine because nicotine releases extra serotonin and dopamine in their brain. The two chemicals when released in extra quantity than the brain normally does, serve to improve cognitive brain functions such as clear thinking and brain’s power to memorize, etc.

When a smoker quits, the body begins to adjust to normal levels of chemicals, in reaction to which, the smoker feels different withdrawal symptoms. Nicotine withdrawal symptoms begin to appear very soon after the last cigarette. 

A breakdown and analysis of nicotine withdrawal symptoms and their timeline are put forward before you to help you understand the nature of nicotine addiction and what it is like to give up the habit.

Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms with Timeline

Nicotine Withdrawal Timeline

As soon as you put out the last cigarette, your body will start to come back to its normal state again. The need for another cigarette will quickly kick. Here’s a withdrawal timeline that represents what you might experience:

The Acute Phase: Week One

Many of the symptoms that manifest in week one continue throughout the entire withdrawal process, and can even linger after withdrawal is over. That is the nature of addiction. However, the first week is the hardest for smokers to make it through, as the body is normalizing after constant nicotine exposure.

Nicotine withdrawal symptoms can begin as early as 30 minutes after smoking a cigarette (or vaping an e-cig). Depending on how long a person has been smoking, and on how heavily they smoke, the effects of nicotine on the brain wears off anywhere between 30 minutes and 2 hours. It has a very short lifespan once introduced to the brain, and therefore must be delivered in very regular doses to maintain the ‘buzz’ that the brain is used to functioning on.

  • Most of these symptoms peak approximately 3-5 days after quitting, and then begin to taper off.

The earliest symptoms of nicotine withdrawal are usually cravings for a cigarette, followed by anxiety, anger, irritation, and a decrease in mental function causing attention problems and difficulty in completing some tasks. These symptoms can begin 30 minutes after smoking and continue to rise in intensity as time goes on. Most of these symptoms peak approximately 3-5 days after quitting, and then begin to taper off. That is because, by around day 3, the body has cleared itself of all of the nicotine from the last cigarette.

Physical symptoms throughout the first week include a headache, increased appetite, dizziness, constipation, stomach pain, fatigue, and insomnia. Also, many smokers begin to develop a tightness in the chest, begin to cough or notice an increase in mucus. This is because the respiratory system has begun to heal, and is in the process of removing the irritants that it was previously unable to do.

Other Common Withdrawal Side Effects

Irritability

It is common when you are experiencing nicotine withdrawal to feel like you have a much shorter fuse than normal. Relatively small things that would ordinarily cause some stress can cause you to snap and become extremely irritable. Fortunately, this phase is short-lived, but you will want to give your loved ones a heads up and ask for their patience

Flu-like symptoms

While you are getting off of nicotine, it is normal to feel run down. You might feel like you are coming down with a cold or even the flu and have symptoms like a cough, sinus pressure, and congestion, a sore or dry throat, tightness in the chest and sweating.

Headaches

Many people experience headaches when they are withdrawing from nicotine. Researchers are not sure why headaches are so common during nicotine withdrawal, but it may have something to do with the fact that smoking constricts the blood vessels that lead to the brain and blood vessel changes, in general, are often linked to headaches.

Insomnia or unusual dreams

Nicotine is a powerful psychoactive drug, so it is not surprising that it can affect your sleep. Since nicotine is a stimulant and can help you stay awake, it might seem like the opposite would be true about the absence of nicotine when you are trying to quit. While you might temporarily feel sleepier without the nicotine in your system, it might not be as easy to fall asleep because of the withdrawal symptoms. Also, when you do sleep, you might have strange or vivid dreams. These symptoms, too, will pass.

Depression and anxiety

Many people with mild mental health conditions smoke, and it is not just coincidence: there’s some evidence that smoking is a form of self-medicating and may help them to cope with symptoms of depression and anxiety. Withdrawal from nicotine can also cause increased depression and anxiety, but even if you already had those issues without smoking, the symptoms will not be as intense after the first couple days off nicotine. Any positive effects of nicotine on mental health do not last very long.

Nausea and other gastrointestinal issues

Nicotine has major effects on your appetite and digestion, so it makes sense that withdrawing from it could also affect those things. Although smoking can cause urgency with your bowels, nicotine withdrawal has more unpredictable effects and may either cause constipation or diarrhea.

Problems with concentration

You may have thought that smoking improves your concentration: it probably actually did, although the effects were mild. Similarly, you may experience a temporary period of finding it harder to concentrate when you are going through nicotine withdrawal. Some of this effect is physical, although some are also psychological.

Intense cravings for more nicotine

Part of what makes smoking so addictive is because it is a psychological habit with conditioned responses to smoke in certain circumstances, reinforced by the way nicotine causes you to crave more of it. Because nicotine’s effects are so short-lived, it drives you to want more of it as soon as possible.

The Long Haul: Weeks 2-4

The first week usually brings the majority of withdrawal symptoms. Moving into the following weeks, they gradually begin to fade away.

  • Insomnia: Usually resolves by the end of week one.
  • Fatigue: Energy levels may be low for 2-4 weeks.
  • Mental fatigue/feeling foggy: Mental clarity should begin to pick up in about two weeks.
  • Hunger: Appetite should return to normal in 2-4 weeks.
  • Stomach upset: Heartburn, nausea, and stomach pain taper around two weeks, constipation may last for up to 4 weeks.
  • Cough/Mucus production: These may persist past four weeks, although they often begin to get better in about 2-3 weeks.

Throughout the entire withdrawal process, from day one on, the biggest challenge will be the nicotine cravings and the stress that is associated with them. These cravings cause extreme anxiety and agitation. A hallmark of quitting cigarettes is the bad mood, high temper, and frustration that a smoker experiences. This desire for another cigarette can seem nearly constant throughout the first week. Over the next weeks, however, cravings begin to taper off. Fewer cravings are experienced, and they do not last as long as before.

  • Without smoking, there is time during the day that needs to be occupied, and it is difficult to find ways to divert attention or to find new ways to spend that time.

As these cravings begin to go away, the associated mood disturbances also fade. Without constantly battling the desire to smoke again, stress levels go down. Edginess and shortness of temper can ease after week one, and then gradually smooth out over the next month, although some occasional outbursts may persist.

Restlessness and boredom

They are often the last side effects to cease. Smoking cigarettes fill time and have become a habit that is very hard to break. Without smoking, there is time during the day that needs to be occupied, and it is difficult to find ways to divert attention or to find new ways to spend that time. This sense of restlessness does gradually improve but is still something many quitters feel even past the 4-week mark.

Insomnia

Insomnia should peak during weak only come sporadically through the next three weeks, fatigue and loss of concentration or mental ability may continue to be bothersome in weeks 2-4. Since nicotine is a stimulant, the body has learned to function with increased levels of chemicals like acetylcholine and vasopressin in the brain, which work to improve memory and enhance cognitive function.

Hunger or appetite

Hunger or appetite increases can begin within the first 24 hours of withdrawal. The uptake of serotonin and dopamine act as an appetite suppressant, and when nicotine levels lower, appetite increases. Also, withdrawal often causes cravings for carbohydrates and sweets, and many smokers eat simply to replace the act of smoking. The first two weeks of this side effect are the worst, and then it also begins to normalize as more time passes. Associated weight gain is also considered a side effect, although the gain is usually very small, only 5-10 pounds. This weight gain may begin in the first week and slowly increase through weeks 2-4.

There is no real timeline for withdrawal symptoms because each quitting experience is unique. However, as a general rule of thumb, many of the physical symptoms like dizziness or a headache fade quickly and are not very severe. The emotional, mental, and behavioral symptoms tend to persist much longer and produce many more problems, but can be managed and overcome.

Coasting For Life: Week 5 – The Rest of Your Life

Once you get through the first month, the road ahead becomes much rosier. If you are at this point than give yourself a huge pat on the back! You have made it through the intense cravings, the emotional roller coaster, and the physical symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. Getting through one month without a cigarette is a big accomplishment, and you should reward yourself.

Now that the physical and mental symptoms of withdrawal have calmed down, you can relax…but not too much! You will have to remain vigilant for the rest of your life because relapse can happen even after years without a cigarette. One of the best ways to do this is to remind yourself of the hellish storm you experienced during the first month of quitting.

  • You will also have to deal with “smoking nostalgia” for the rest of your life. You will remember the good times you had while smoking or the feeling of a cigarette after a meal or in the morning.

Mental cravings

Mental cravings will still pop up from time to time, especially in the first year, but they will not be anything near the level of the first month.  Beware of situations where you will be around a lot of tobacco smoke or around folks that you used to smoke with. Constantly remind yourself that things, like taking a smoke break with other smokers or having a cigarette on the first day of spring are not worth going through the trouble of going through the quitting process again.

Smoking nostalgia

It is a feeling you will have to deal with for the rest of your life. You will remember the good times you had while smoking or the feeling of a cigarette after a meal or in the morning. Don’t let yourself get sentimental! For every cigarette that felt great, there were hundreds more that you did not want to smoke but had to because your addiction demanded it.

For the rest of your life, temptations and thoughts of smoking could drive you back to the pack. These thoughts and temptations can catch you off-guard because you lost focus on quitting as hard as you were in the first few weeks.

If you are still in the first month of quitting or have yet to start the quitting process yet, then take this section as a reminder that the effects of quitting will soon fade into a healthier, happier and smoke-free lifestyle! Right now you may be dealing with intense cravings, emotional turbulence, and mental anguish, but within a few short weeks, those will fade into small mental temptations that you can easily swat away as you go on with your cigarette-less life.

How to Beat Nicotine Withdrawal

Keep in mind: cravings pass quickly. The average nicotine craving only lasts about six minutes. That’s not even enough time to go up to the store and buy a new pack of cigarettes! So when that urge to smoke strikes, know that it will be over really quickly.

Take comfort in numbers.  There are now more people who are former smokers who quit than there are people who are active smokers. When you want to give up the habit, know that you have a lot of very good company. About 50 million Americans used to smoke but successfully quit. When the going gets tough, remind yourself that millions of people have made it through the tough experience of quitting.

Change up your routines. Your smoking habit is probably very predictable, and most likely, you smoke at the same times every day. Each time you do so, you’re reinforcing the habit. For example, you may smoke shortly after you wake up, again on the drive to work, after eating meals, etc. When you quit, you’ll need to change your associations at those times. Consider ideas like taking a different route to work or chewing a piece of gum after a meal instead of smoking.

Hold yourself accountable. Telling people that you are quitting smoking is a great way to be accountable – and get support from other people in the process. If you post on your Facebook page that you’re quitting smoking and update each day with the number of days it has been without a cigarette, you’ll be surprised by how much encouragement you’ll get from your friends and how much that drives you to keep going.

  • Consider beginning some positive new habits like snacking on healthier foods, like fruits and vegetables…

Make up your mind. Mindset determines a lot when it comes to success in quitting smoking. You may find it effective to make a list of all the reasons you want to quit – from saving hundreds of dollars a month to not smelling like smoke – and keep that list close at hand to look at when you start feeling discouraged. The list can help remind you of your motivation.

Create some healthy new habits. If you have to give up your old habits, it’s a great time to replace them with new ones. Consider beginning some positive new habits like snacking on healthier foods, like fruits and vegetables, and getting regular exercise like taking a walk. Exercise can also help you fight some of the more uncomfortable symptoms of nicotine withdrawal like mood swings.

Get extra sleep.  You might feel more tired than usual when you’re in the process of quitting smoking because of the effects of nicotine withdrawal.  Because nicotine is a stimulant, it can help you feel unnaturally alert and like you need less sleep. Your body has to adapt to not having that artificial stimulation anymore, but you can take heart in knowing that this sleepy phase will pass. If you feel like you need a nap, take one! In addition to helping you temporarily escape from any discomfort from nicotine withdrawal, it will also help your body to heal.

Strategies for Success: Coping with Nicotine Withdrawal

Have a support system

Going through tough experiences is always easier when you can turn to friends and loved ones for emotional support. Assemble your team of cheerleaders in advance and let them know you might need a listening ear or a distraction during moments when quitting smoking is at its hardest.  Ask for their patience if you’re a little grumpy. You’ll find that the people who love you want to help you get through this time because you’ll be so much healthier when you successfully quit smoking.

  • Reward yourself with little treats for resisting the urge to smoke. Some people recommend using electronic cigarettes with zero nicotine vape juice as a good way to help resist nicotine cravings.

Reward yourself

Giving up smoking has many benefits for your health, but that does not mean that quitting is its only reward. Reward yourself with little treats for resisting the urge to smoke.  Consider letting yourself have a Hershey’s kiss when you feel like having a cigarette. Alternatively, if you are trying to watch your weight, allow yourself a latte or a magazine as a treat for every pack of cigarettes you do not buy. Give yourself slightly bigger rewards for more time that you successfully avoid smoking, like a movie date or new CD after a week of not smoking.

Keep your hands busy

That familiar feeling of holding a cigarette between your fingers is one of the most powerful associations for most smokers and is likely to be one of the first ways you will feel like something is missing when you quit. Head off this feeling by having things to do to keep your fingers busy. Knitting or crocheting, woodworking or even a game on your phone can be good distractions and replacements for that nervous habit.

Think positively

Your thoughts are powerfully influential. If you tell yourself that quitting smoking is going to be miserable and hard, you will have a very difficult experience. It does not mean that you will not be able to successfully quit, just that it will be harder than it has to be. Instead, prime yourself for quit-smoking success by repeatedly telling yourself that you can quit and the process will be challenging but bearable. Believe that you can do it, and you will!

82 Comments

  1. highesthotliver July 27, 2017 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    quit three years ago and went to vaping. Seemed like a good idea but, now it’s the vape I was addicted to. Quit vaping three days ago and I’ve felt sick as a dog. Chills, fever, joints aching head aching. Way worse than quitting cigs.

    • cd September 13, 2017 at 1:59 am - Reply

      Why don’t you quit quitting? 😉

    • Jill October 2, 2017 at 1:41 pm - Reply

      thanks for this. I quit cigs four years ago and replaced with a vape. Now struggling to quit the vape. On day four, feel really unwell, chills, nausea, head ache. Chugging water, exercising, eating healthily – oranges etc. When does it get better?

      • Jennifer Mack January 2, 2018 at 11:47 pm - Reply

        I never had an anxiety attack until I stop smoking cigarettes . I stop on my own like 3 weeks ago and I start feeling funny for no reason ! Like having headaches body aches finger locked up barkey can sleep etc… I was wondering what can I do to get threw this withdrawals

        • Name January 11, 2018 at 5:39 am - Reply

          Well hang in there! Your body is healing itself, it is uncomfortable, and it will get better. At least Barkey can sleep. Oh Barkey… I knew a Barkey once, that girl kept barking and barking… I didn’t have the heart to tell her she was a cat. OHHH BARKEY.

    • lowestcoldkidney October 4, 2017 at 12:44 am - Reply

      Because you didn’t actually quit nicotine when you quit cigs..

    • Lili October 12, 2017 at 5:29 pm - Reply

      Was considering taking up vaping to help quit…Thanks so much for your post and best of luck to you.

    • Yael October 14, 2017 at 10:46 pm - Reply

      Hi, I hope you’re hanging with it. I started vaping 3 years ago after quitting cigs 25 years ago. It’s
      Taken many attempts and been much much harder. I too have been physically sick. I’m stating the course tho. *Acupuncture* is helping me.
      Thanks for sharing – it helped me

    • Tarun October 19, 2017 at 2:32 am - Reply

      I feel the same..how much day will it take to pass this..

    • Michelle) October 19, 2017 at 3:53 am - Reply

      I’m very glad you quit the cigs, and the vape. I just don’t feel any of its good congratulations, you can do this! I hope you feel better soon! I’m an Ex-smoker too!! Twice, it’s hard!

    • Josh October 25, 2017 at 3:38 am - Reply

      Are you still off the juice?

    • Karen January 9, 2018 at 7:48 pm - Reply

      I quit cigs 9 mos ago and started vaping haven’t picked up a cig since. Started at 6mg to 3mg to 1.5mg and finally .75mg. I have now been vape Free for 3 days, similar withdrawals to quitting cold turkey but not as bad as once before. I know I can get past this 3-4 day hard time part! Try lowering the nic and going that route. I’m nowhere near as bad as I thought I’d be?? Good luck!

  2. Deirdre October 6, 2017 at 2:56 am - Reply

    After 29 years I quit smoking and went to vaping. I quit vaping 3.5 weeks ago, and started chewing gum. I still have the craving, but the mental anguish hasn’t been as hard as giving up smoking. I vaped for 4.5 years. I’m just so tired of being addicted and having a crutch.

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  4. Evelyn October 13, 2017 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    I quit smoking and now I’m smoking the Blue, now I’m hooked on it, Now I want to quit smoking the blue cigarette, been on it for almost 2years..Help! Now where do I start and how..

  5. Dave L October 17, 2017 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    My blood pressure, when checked at the dentist this past year, has been running about 181/117. With all fitting drama for a 45 year smoker, I swore them off in the pre-dawn hours of this 10/15/17. 24 hours later BP reading leveled to 125/92; 29 further hours later it is 118/66.

    Readings like that can only be good news, and incentive to stay on the wagon, in the meantime however, and I’m retired so I can do it, I just want to sleep on the couch every moment I can steal. My side effect is something like the motor falling out of the bottom of me.

    • Mark November 28, 2017 at 11:22 am - Reply

      Were you on any BP meds at the time? Did it stay lower or go back up after some time?

    • Pauline December 20, 2017 at 4:50 pm - Reply

      Quit now for 3 weeks, never ever tried before. Yeah!!! I feel so tired, that why I actually got on line to look it up. I been smoking for over 57 yrs. decided not to gape. And am glad.

      • Fran January 1, 2018 at 8:40 pm - Reply

        I’m right there with you Pauline, 3 weeks wed. the 3rd, this am has been almost disastrous, but I’m going to do it if it is the last thing I do! LOL

  6. Gary October 27, 2017 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    Quit smoking aweek ago today and i am craving it so bad as im struggling with the headaches and my chest is tight but i surpose if i stay off the cigs it will where off

  7. Lee Campbell November 10, 2017 at 2:17 am - Reply

    Quit smoking in 1989. Took up skoal bandits a couple years later until now. On day 3. Have tried to quite many times but very hard. Way worse than cigs.

  8. Maureen Smith November 10, 2017 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    I’m 3 months into quitting and I feel like hell tired insomnia cortisol levels are high anxiety depression and I really don’t want to smoke how long can this last?
    What do people do when they smoke so long with all these side effects I feel like I’m losing my mind!

    • Tia November 26, 2017 at 4:46 pm - Reply

      My main problem is depression without Cigarettes. If I get on a antidepressant, I can’t take tramadol for my arthritis. If I didn’t take that, I would definitely get on an antidepressant, and that would help me to quit. I think?

      • Fran January 13, 2018 at 9:14 pm - Reply

        Hi Tia, I also take Tramadol for arthritis and an antianxiety med called Buspirone prescribed by my doctor. I’m in my 3rd week without cigarettes & the withdrawal symptoms are still with me at times but I think the Buspirone lessons them. Talk with your doctor about this. Good luck.

    • Sandy A Franklin November 30, 2017 at 11:49 pm - Reply

      Listen to music, start riding a bike daily, exercise helps with sleep. I smoked for 40 year’s, I am on day 4 quitting, I cycle, you have 3months!! Hang on.. I am right behind you

    • Christine December 2, 2017 at 10:02 pm - Reply

      Same here! However I’m on week 4 now.

    • No more clouds December 5, 2017 at 6:08 am - Reply

      I quit vaping 3 weeks ago I smoked on and off for 15 years then started to vape heavy for 4 years. The first week was crazy. Tightness in the chest and foggy in the head. Like walking around in a dream. Week 2 anxiety tightness in the chest mucus and foggy in the head. Week 3 less frequent anxiety and tightness and foggy head.

    • mr b January 3, 2018 at 5:14 pm - Reply

      try physical exercise run cycle box etc..worked wonders fo me

    • Karen January 9, 2018 at 7:55 pm - Reply

      I suffer from generalized anxiety disorder, it’s the pits! Try getting some exercise. Go for a walk, it REALLY helps with the anxiety and sleepiness. I quit cigs 9 mos ago and vaping 3 days ago.. so far I’m okay, just uber tired and I have that dry throat/tightness in chest thing going on, but no where near as bad as I thought. I did cut down the vaping slowly though, so that helped. And I exercise regularly to keep my mind occupied mostly… good luck! ??

  9. Taufeeque November 11, 2017 at 7:36 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for this piece of useful information, perfectly explains what we as ex smokers goes through

  10. Brenda weinrauch November 23, 2017 at 8:28 am - Reply

    I’m 62 yes old and was diagnoised with lung cancer The cancer in-remission. After being out of hospital for 3 day I stated again I smoked off and on for three months. I prayed about it-and then started Chantix . half way through my second moth I started again for 3 days and I just fell on my knees and told my Higher Power that I couldn’t quit and ask for His intersesstion. I’ve been smoke free now for almost 8 weeks and it’s wonderful . Today I didn’t smoke and I will let my Higher Power help me again tomorrow. Life can be good with the right support.

    • t December 28, 2017 at 3:57 am - Reply

      i am glad for you. i hope your issue will get resolved prayers . i have quit for 5 weeks and so depressed

  11. Mark November 28, 2017 at 11:35 am - Reply

    I’m nearing 3 weeks of no cigs. Used a starter vape kit to quit. Worked down from 15, 12, 6, 3, to 0 nicotine. Just added the lower amount to the vaper when it was low. I’m glad this site has the 2-4 week withdrawal symptoms, as I have dad all to some degree. Otherwise, I would have thought I had something really wrong with me, especially the stomach pains. The zero nicotine vape does seem to help me get by cravings, just by the motions. Each day using less and less.

  12. Sarah November 30, 2017 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    Hi everyone,
    I am also a former cigarette smoker then became a vape smoker. The vape was harder for me to quit because I smoke it from when I first woke up til I fell asleep at night. My vaping was equivalent to the nicotine of 2.5 packs of cigarettes. I tried quitting multiple times but the withdrawal symptoms were horrible. All I wanted to do was sleep and I became really depressed and ended up back on the vape. This time I quit. I did it slowly but the right way this time. I smoked all the nicotine vape juices I had and then bought 2 big bottles of 0 nicotine. I also started a 14 mg patch each day for a week then after a week I cut the patch in half and wore half a day and smoked my 0 nicotine vape when I had a urge. I also exercise an hour per day, increased my water intake and suck on hard candies or chew gum when I felt irritable. Its been over a month now and i feel better this time around. I had alot of stressful issues lately but haven’t turned back to nicotine. I’m trying to live my life more positive and nicotine free. Good luck to you all if you need someone to chat with feel free to write me.

    • Sarah November 30, 2017 at 10:54 pm - Reply

      *Equivalent to 2.5 packs of cigs per day.

  13. hmc December 1, 2017 at 10:01 am - Reply

    I am quitting again after 30 years and now 6 back. This is week one. I was wondering if any of you have perceived the unusual dreams thing in the withdrawal side-effects. I toss and turn and when I sleep I have these really bizarre yet realistic dreams i can remember. I also hear voices in these dreams. Has that happened to anyone here? Maybe the experts that wrote that report have some pointers. is it dementia?

    • Kandy January 5, 2018 at 1:30 am - Reply

      I’ve had the most bizarre dreams. I’ve Always been a vivid dreamer but it’s been crazy the last 2 nights. Not to mention I slept most of the day today bc of a terrible migraines…. craziest dreams!

  14. Christine December 2, 2017 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    I’ve quit smoking 4 weeks ago. Week 1 and 2nd was the worst! I’ve got serious depression episodes and anxiety and I felt like my brain was exploding! I’m still having headaches and insomnia but it’s getting better week by week. Thank you for this useful information and good luck for everyone!

  15. Christina December 7, 2017 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    I am 48 hours into quitting smoking. I am 39 and have been smoking since I was 17. I had quit two times in those years one tome because I was pregnant and it was a breeze and the second time just because, it didn’t last long, I went back to smoking a month later and here I am today regretting ever placing a cigarette to my mouth. I think of all the damage I have done over the years and feel angry at myself. I am experiencing feeling very fatigue, irritable and the strange thing is I have no appetite probably because of my anxiety being up. To those that are quitting keep moving forward, you can do this. Think of your loved ones and your health that will benefit from it.

  16. Donna Yuille December 11, 2017 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    I stopped for 4 months with a vape and realised I was still ingesting nicotine.. started smoking again sadly.. so downloaded stop smoking in 2 hours and dug deep. Into day 3 nicotine vape and cigarette 3 feel great and realise no physical symptoms just mental niggles.. I’m not going back I hated smoking so glad to say I’m free from it.! Good luck to everyone trying 95% psychological and 5% physical on the withdrawal symptoms remember they soon subside.

  17. Bhavesh Budhadeo December 19, 2017 at 9:28 am - Reply

    I quit cigarettes on 12-12-17,I was smoking almost 12-14 per day, but on that day I decided that I would not even touch the cigarette.I felt carving for it but I replaced it with chocolate and today 19-12-17 is carving is less than before.
    I started work outs 2 hours daily and drinking 8-10 glasses of water.

    Everyone should try this….it helps

  18. Andrea Ingram December 21, 2017 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    5/13/17 was my cold turkey quit date…for the past 6 month I have had severe anxiety and it seems worth at night when I lay down. I have not sleept an complete night sins than. Dr gave me welbutrin and some anxiety med that did not help at all..aroma therapy as well as magnesium and zink…dont know what to do? Dr said to see a psychologist???

  19. dolores budden December 24, 2017 at 2:15 am - Reply

    I am 2 months in on quiting smoking, it was so hard to do but I did it, I feel amazing, I can breathe again,when I walk from my car to work i can’t wait to take a big breath of fresh air.my skin tone looks healthier I don’t feel run down and I enjoy my job so much morel

    • Deshaun January 4, 2018 at 5:23 pm - Reply

      Wow….congrats…. You inspire me….33 hours with no cig

  20. Jennifer Summerlin December 26, 2017 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    1 week since I last smoked. Had a few drinks last night and that was hard. But I feel like doing the same things I did before and coping..no point in putting off the triggers because I enjoy wine. I would rather get out all the bad triggers during the first few weeks since it’s the hardest. I honestly feel way better but do feel lazy and sluggish! The worse part was the headaches which I never get and the wine trigger. I downloaded quit guide as a reminder for why I wanted to quit. The quit smoking apps are great tools! Good luck, you got this, and the cravings can’t be as bad as what it’s doing to your body.

    • Colly January 4, 2018 at 2:01 am - Reply

      I agree don’t put off the things that may trigger a return to the demon..deal with it..iif its a coffee have it if its a wine have it..but do not smoke..dig deep..very deep..find a place that is there but you have not found before that say no more…not ever ..never..and then…just don’t..NO MATTER WHAT..good luck..we can all do this..we can

      • Fran January 13, 2018 at 9:27 pm - Reply

        Hi Colly, your comment will be the last one I read today. It makes sense out of all I’m trying to do. This is my 3rd week so I need to read & listen to encouraging comments like yours. Thanks.

  21. Karla December 27, 2017 at 3:31 am - Reply

    I just want to die quit smoking 6 weeks ago with the help of the patch took last one off tonight and I am so irritable and want to die I hate this feeling can’t take it

    • Steve December 30, 2017 at 11:16 pm - Reply

      Hi Karla, I have smoked for 40 years and recently went to the NRT which I was addicted to as well! A week ago I went off everything and I hear you it has been really tough. But I refuse to spend the money, i refuse to go thru this again, i refuse to cough and splutter and i refuse to let it beat me. Stay with it WE can do it

  22. Aaron Gharibian December 27, 2017 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    I got 5 days today off. I’ve had a few, super minimal stogemans as of today. With a virus 2, haha. It was bad, and it still will be for months to come. It takes time. But I’m 25, 120 lbs, and I know I got this. I started at 15 and a half, so been at it almost a decade, I’ve probably had at least 80k ciggies so far, but believe it, YOU CAN DO ANYTHING…

    Just remember your made of tougher stuff then what u think u got.

    I can’t wait to crush puny men like confetti.

  23. mika797 December 29, 2017 at 7:43 am - Reply

    I stopped smoking 12 days ago… i dont use vapes, patches and so on… eth was ok but now I have breath problems and heartbreak problems. thin that it nervous .

  24. Kathryn Lloyd December 30, 2017 at 2:02 am - Reply

    It has been 10 days without a cigarette for me. I had bronchitis the 1st 3 days & was on antibiotics so I had no desire to smoke. Now I use the gum, not sure it helps, but thinking of the gum pain, devastating coughs and degrading & harmful steps that had to be taken to hide it from the landlord, I’m just gonna do it! I’m trying to visualize myself as a non-smoker. Once I do that , I think it will be easier. Best wishes go out for all of you.

  25. Doodles December 31, 2017 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    I stopped smoking 18 months ago. I smoked for about 5/6 years. I then vaped for 16 months the last three months on zero nicotine juice. I’ve not had a vape in 2 months so months off the nicotine and I still get withdrawal symptoms several times a day, my tongue feels like it’s burnt from eating a hot stew, I guess the inside of my head feels the same.

  26. NON SMOKER cause I chose that January 1, 2018 at 8:22 am - Reply

    Cut the crap everyone. You weren’t born addicted to nicotine. You, and only you acquired the habit. When you decide you WANT to be a non-smoker – throw the damn things away and call y ourself a non smoker, not a smoker that has gone 3, 23, 56,78,123,453, etc days without a cigarette. YOU need to think of yourself as a damn NON smoker. Addiction is a weakness. I hate weaknesses. Get a grip, put your big girl/boy pants on and throw the damn things out. No excuses.

    • Mário January 2, 2018 at 8:53 pm - Reply

      Great…
      That’s it…
      No excuses…

    • Laurie January 3, 2018 at 7:50 pm - Reply

      What are you even doing here?

    • AngieB January 4, 2018 at 1:29 am - Reply

      Glad you aren’t running an addiction clinic! I feel the way you wrote,towards alcoholics and drug addiction. Quitting these cigarettes aren’t easy either…. Good luck in 2018 to all of y’all quitting cigarettes too,I’m 3 days in myself 🙂

      • HeatherAnn January 11, 2018 at 4:45 am - Reply

        Thanks AngieB! 5 days here having that throat scratchy chest tightness thing which really triggers my anxiety! But I’m quitting for good. I’m not even craving so i didn’t think I’d be so anxious ?

    • Jen January 5, 2018 at 3:47 am - Reply

      Sure, you can say that cuz you have never been there. Unfortunately, I have and so have alot of other people here. If you want to make some positivity here, try egging these folks on for their attempts instead of cutting everyone like you know what’s going on here. If you have never smoked, you will never understand the attempts at breaking the cycle of addiction. Go back to your never smoked world. Not sure why you were here to begin with.

    • J January 5, 2018 at 9:32 am - Reply

      Where’s the “like” button?!! 🙂
      While it’s true you obviously know nothing about addiction (no disrespect intended), we all need any army sergeant like you for a friend!

    • Jason H January 5, 2018 at 3:09 pm - Reply

      Quitting nicotine is equivalent or worse then heroin and cocain. Good talk though!

    • New non smoker January 8, 2018 at 1:55 pm - Reply

      So glad that your a non smoker. But to be mean and judgemental is not necessary, this is for support and information.

    • Karen January 9, 2018 at 8:04 pm - Reply

      Whoa… lol easy Non-smoker! 🙂 Happy New Year!

  27. Danni G January 4, 2018 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    4 days in to quitting vaping here! I quit smoking about 2 years ago & been vaping since. Although I got down to 6mg nicotine with the vape juice, I was vaping all the time so finding quitting this cold turkey a lot harder (I’ve tried cutting down in the past but didn’t work for me).
    Day 4 symptoms: overslept & got into work40minutes late, feeling super tired & just not with it, no concentration, zero motivation, don’t want to talk to anyone today & just want to go home & hibernate ?
    Decided that tonight I will stop off on way home for some healthy snacks & chewing gum (after eating constantly last few days!) & will get St Johns Wort supplements to try & balance my emotions a bit.

    Good luck all of you!
    We got this ??

  28. Deshaun January 4, 2018 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    Been smoking cigs for a long time…26 years. I’ve made plenty of attempts to quit in the past but never made it a few hours without smoking..SMDH?…
    Here I go again, except I this time I primed myself with the metal preparations for a couple weeks before jumping right in.
    I smoked my last cigarette 1/2/2018 at 4:00 pm….. Its 1/4/2018 at 12:16 pm and i still havent smoked… Its hard, but I’m LIT..Im all the UP and I have God…. Will post again on day 30

  29. Kanu January 5, 2018 at 12:20 am - Reply

    Good article! I quit in 2018, I have tried it before but this time it was abrupt! Till now chest congestion and sleeplessness

  30. Luis January 5, 2018 at 6:04 am - Reply

    Hello guys,

    I am currently 25 years of age soon to be 26. I started smoking since I was 18. Of course at a young age I was always on and off on smoking. During the the age 18-23 I could smoke one day and months could pass and I wouldn’t crave it. I guess you can say I was a social smoker. My smoking habits started to get worst on 2016 (age 24). I smoked pretty much every day (2017, age 25). I would smoke maybe a pack a day. I would wake up to a cigarette get ready for work and smoke another one on my way to work. Same routine for a year. I have a gambling issue as well. Every night I would go to the casino I could smoke 2 boxes within 3 hours. I decided to quit. My last cigarette was Dec 28 2017. I started to feel sick. Being winter I thought I had caught the flu since I have very stuffy nose. I was producing a lot of mucus, my body ache and had frequent headaches. But today Jan 4, 2018 11:55 pm I think I am experiencing something else. I didn’t imagine that nicotine withdrawal was even a thing. Since yesterday I started to feel anxiety. Last night I felt like someone was jumping on my chest. I seriously thought I was going to have a hearth attack that I was even afraid to go to sleep. All day today I’ve been thinking of a cigarette. On my way to work this morning I was imaging my self smoking how I usually did that it made me so depressed. Tomorrow I don’t even want to go. I don’t know if it’s the nausea but all day I was producing so much saliva and had the need to go many times either outside or restroom to spit it all out. I didn’t slept well last night. Kept waking up. Right now I am not sleepy at all. Is this really real or am I making up lies in my head that trying to give my self a reason to smoke. It’s been nearly 5 days. I can’t stop the small coughs, headaches, my hands and feet sweating uncontrollably…. I was also anxious to go to the casino today but didn’t. Leaving one bad habit behind is hard, now doing two at the same time; I feel like I am going crazy!

    • Penny January 13, 2018 at 6:27 pm - Reply

      You are not going crazy. That’s just the side effects of trying to quit. You can do it. I smoked 38 years and have quit for 3. Trying to stop vaping beginning today. Good luck and don’t give up!

    • Fran January 13, 2018 at 9:42 pm - Reply

      Poor baby, wish I could tell you that it will be better tomorrow, but it will take at least 3 more weeks. I’m in my 3rd week, almost gave in this am, but I have something on my “goal” list in addition to the regular reasons why I want to quit. This reason occurred when I started to write, it just popped into my mind & gave me new sense of encouragement. Try sitting quietly with pencil & paper just put your feelings down. Got to say you are so smart quitting at your young age! Best wishes.

  31. Jason H January 5, 2018 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    I quit cold turkey almost 2 weeks ago, I been feeling anxiety, alergy or illness like symptoms. Im sure the 3 degree weather is not helping. I havent been able to sleep well, lucid dreaming nightmares…. ugh, this is the god knows how many times I quit for more then a couple weeks. it seems every time I do quit it gets harder and more difficult through the withdrawals! I have to quit for sure, found out I have an intestinal yeast/fungal infection and in order to get rid of it I have to quit nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, I havent drink for a month, nor caffeine, nicotine was hardest to kick. Been going to the gym, im just ready for 6 months to pass!!!

  32. Ajay January 6, 2018 at 8:39 am - Reply

    i started all bad habits 2 years back and been continuing for the last 2years . I will have a bad habit if i quit one(neither cig nor dipping). 3months back i quit all bad habits except smoking. actually i relapsed many times in the past 2 years. yesterday i quit smoking i feel so confident but withdrawals are there. Always hate to quit bcz it may effect sleep but from yesterday i decide whatever happens i won’t relapse and imagining myself as non smoker.

  33. Giovanni Schiavone January 6, 2018 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    Hey, been a smoker for 24 years. Tried giving up, never really wanted to deep down, so kept doing it. I decided to get and a vape, it’s been 3 weeks now, I’ve vaping 6 and 3 of nicotine, and will start to mix 3 and 0 from next week. Igor believe that if I can stop cigarettes, I can stop vaping. Only down side is the stomach pains and wanting to sleep more than usual. I’ve starting drinking more water, and this seems to help so not napping so much. I wish everyone all the best of luck quitting. I know the effects are a nuisance. They’re not forever, so I’m told. And going through the worst of it. The only things my lungs need is fresh air.
    Giovanni.

  34. Katie January 8, 2018 at 2:28 am - Reply

    I’ll just put this out here… I’ve smoked cigarettes on and off for 15 years. I quit cold turkey each time I got pregnant (3 times) and stupidly got hooked on them again after 6 months of breastfeeding each kid. Like clock work. I am getting surgery now in a week and chose to get off the cigarettes again as I want recovery to go well, so here I am, for the fourth time, quitting. 1 week in.
    I’m also a recovering heroin addict. Was addicted to heroin for 4 yrs, clean from it for 7 yrs now. Let me tell you this, I’m tired of hearing how nicotine withdrawal/addiction is worse than heroin addiction. People, consider yourself lucky that you are going through nicotine withdrawal and not heroin withdrawal. I’m not telling you this to put you down, I’m honestly telling you this to give you strength. You CAN do this, as can I. Because I went through heroin withdrawal aND nicotine withdrawal, and I’d rather go through nicotine withdrawal any damn day over heroin withdrawal (hence why I keep picking it back up, but best believe I won’t ever touch H again, given the withdrawal I went through, even the mental withdrawal). Ya’ll can do this. Nicotine cravings go away after a few minutes each time. Heroin cravings get worse and worse until it’s completely over. Good luck everyone!!

  35. Charles Uh January 9, 2018 at 4:55 am - Reply

    I’m on day 8 of no smoking. 1st week was very hard. Felt like I was in a haze for the 1st week and very irritable. But week 2 is so much better and now I can see myself doing it. Lungs already feel better. Smoked for 20 yrs. Trust me of I can do it you can do it.

  36. Richard January 10, 2018 at 6:00 am - Reply

    Today is my 5th day of no smoking for my 3rd time attempt of quitting. My first try lasted for 4 months and the second lasted 3 months. I’m hoping this time would be my last and no more relapse. It’s really true that one puff can get you back to a pack a day smoker.

  37. Shashi January 10, 2018 at 9:15 am - Reply

    M thinking of quitting but not abel to but when i saw all t comments made my mind to quit now i smoked aroud about 15 years now wann to be a non smoker

  38. Fliss January 11, 2018 at 2:11 am - Reply

    Hi guys.

    Just wondering from ex smokers how long it took for them to not have cravings anymore etc?

    Also anyone planning on using a vape as a nicotine replacement. I really wouldn’t recommend. I believe it’s more addictive than smoking in my experience. Its far too convenient!

  39. Joel Traeger January 11, 2018 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    You’ll quit eventually ya’ll! My day came on New Year’s Day. Smoked my last one at the Urgent Care parking lot. Back pain was actually a major heart attack at 42 years old. 3 stents and a catheter in my femoral artery motivated me. Day 11 and I’m doing great! I vape all day as needed 0 nicotine. Never go back. Just remember, you’ll always be an addict so yes, have your wine and go hit all your triggers now and blow through that wall now.

  40. Leo January 12, 2018 at 4:30 am - Reply

    Hi all,
    I am at day 5 now. All these comments here are helping me to succeed. Keep it up!

  41. Michael January 12, 2018 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    Congrats to all of you for making the decision to be non smokers.I have recently quit… Actually im now 21 days smoke free. The hardest obstacle for me was facing the fear of quitting .The first week of physical withdrawals have not been pleasant but manageable. My advice to all is this… Face it craving by craving. Exercise and lots of water, fix your mind on the mantra this to shall pass, and remember be a non smoker is so much better than a slow suicide of smoking. Good luck and God speed to all of you in this fight

  42. Mary January 13, 2018 at 2:57 am - Reply

    Smoker for 35 years and was definitely ready to quite. Didn’t want to fail at quitting so researched and went to Imagine Laser. its been 7 days without a thought or craving. Seems a bit strange, like I was always a non smoker, been easier than I thought but experiencing some mild headache and insomnia. I still drink my coffee and wine which were 2 big triggers. Know it’s early days but know I won’t go back. Would definitely recommend but you have to be mentally ready or you’ll be wasting your money. Good luck!

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