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When you Quit Smoking – What day is the Hardest? 2018-06-05T09:13:07+00:00

When you Quit Smoking – What day is the Hardest?

What day is the Hardest?

Quitting smoking is not easy, as anyone who has tried can attest. The first week is for sure difficult as nicotine is in your system the most, but if you can get through it, you may be able to conquer quitting. However, which exact 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 to go the distance 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 craving much on the first day. You are going to feel the pull of the habit, as your mind and body are not used to the change, but actual withdrawal symptoms will not take hold until the second or third day.

Moreover, 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 will not persist the entire day. If you can just get through each wave of craving, you will be able to conquer it. Things like nicotine replacement therapies work precisely to control your cravings or help manage them at least. Vaporizers are not approved smoking cessation tools, and they might even keep you addicted to nicotine, so think twice about using them to ease your cravings.

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 be able to quit just fine. They will need a lot of support and willpower to resist the urges.

However, 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.


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The Second Week

However, your mind will feel the need to have a cigarette, which is something even the best vape can’t help you with.

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 you are shaking will likely have gone away almost completely at that point. However, your mind will feel the need to have a cigarette.

You will likely be hungry and have specific food cravings, particularly for sweets. It is 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 the second week, so you need to keep distracted. You can go to places you have not 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. Also, you can check out some tips and tricks here to help you.

The symptoms vary from person, and they 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 the support you need to keep you going. If you spend a lot of time alone, then the cravings may be worse and giving into temptation maybe easier, so find a hobby to keep your mind off it.

Breaking the Habit

They say it takes as long to break a habit as you spent forming it, with that in mind 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.

313 Comments
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    Al mintz

    December 6, 2017 at 5:24 pm Reply

    Smoking 58 yrs started to cut back 1 yr ago. Down to 1/2 pack then a week ago started with nicotine transfer patch. On day 7 having bad day but I keep telling myself. It will pass. God will see me through.

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      Natalie Vazquez

      January 5, 2018 at 4:31 pm Reply

      Keep going don’t give up

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        muddy

        May 21, 2018 at 1:16 pm Reply

        dont give up ? thats a bit rotten, hes trying hard to stop

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          Smiles

          July 14, 2018 at 8:53 am Reply

          Hows that rotten you have a fucked way of thinking. Angre problems maybe? Theres different places people are comming from having said the same exact sentences dont limit your mind to seeing one uptight perspective theres a broad spectrum of reality that includes alot of reading, misreading, and misleading people keep an open mind. theres 2 sides of the coin and right n wrongs on bith sides youll never be able to quit if you already think the the worst case scenerio of people. Misreading people is a dangerous habit to form and can lead to psychosis and other mental problems. Even if someone is trying to upset you theres different ways to handle it getting wound up and stouping to there level usially isnt going to benefit you dont hate your enemies it clouds your judement

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          BH

          July 25, 2018 at 7:05 pm Reply

          Geez! Your a cranky one ain’t ya!

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          Jackie Boi

          August 17, 2018 at 2:51 am Reply

          Are you retarded? 😂 How is it rotten to say “Don’t give up!”. That’s like saying it’s rotten to tell someone you love them whenever they are sad. Like idk what drugs you taking dawg but you need to chill out on whatever it is. And to the person who responded to this with a story? What drugs you on? 😂 You just needed to say the first tiny tiny bit the rest was just unnecessarily overboard.

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            R

            September 18, 2018 at 9:36 am

            Its word play. “Dont give up” as in “dont quit smoking”

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      Anita Joan Carter

      January 6, 2018 at 7:16 pm Reply

      Oh my.58 yrs for u
      I’ve smoked 61 years..but Iexperienced warning signs so I quit 9 days ago..

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        Kelly

        June 7, 2018 at 11:41 am Reply

        This is my first day and I wanna kill myself all I can think about is smoking I’ve had a constant craving all day long ago honestly don’t know if its worth giving up just to feel like this

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          Matt

          June 9, 2018 at 12:19 pm Reply

          You don’t feel like that for very long. 3 days and it will ease up A LOT. Check out Joel Spitzer on Youtube. He’s a huge help.

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          Randal

          June 11, 2018 at 8:09 pm Reply

          I am right there with you! Today is my first day. I have a patch on but I still keep on wanting to smoke. I’m so jittery!

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            AJ

            June 19, 2018 at 11:08 am

            Randal you may find using only half a patch helps with the jitters (you may be super absorbing the nicotine) good luck

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          Marita

          June 18, 2018 at 7:27 am Reply

          It just takes 21 days to quit completely from any sigarette or drugs ive started today quitting smoking as my dad is now suffering very badley emphysema. He quited two years back since then he is very sick. I just pray every day God wil spare him for just one day everday

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            Kim

            August 17, 2018 at 10:00 am

            He’s been sick since he STOPPED smoking? That’s discouraging. I smoked for over 35 years, quit 17 days ago. Still waiting to feel better!!

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          Joe

          June 18, 2018 at 9:23 am Reply

          I’m using the patch and vaping w/o the nicotine, I’m on day 3 smoker for 13 years it’s tough definitely but I try to put my focus on my body and what’s changing, force yourself to want those results more than a cigarette stay active gym/running etc… feeling good about yourself is 🔑

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          Mary

          June 20, 2018 at 1:36 pm Reply

          Yes it is worth it! I’m on day 3 and I’m 52…Smoking is not all its made out to be. It’s really bad. Your breath smells, clothes smell, teeth get stained, teeth decay and my skin looks like I’m 70….😒😔😛STAY BEAUTIFUL, MY DEAR!!! God bless you!

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            Linda

            August 3, 2018 at 12:14 pm

            My face is my motivation

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          Jackie

          June 24, 2018 at 9:34 am Reply

          A week ago today I quit..I feel like I broke up with a boyfriend or said goodbye to a dear friend cause cigarettes has always been there when I needed them. I know e-cigs are not approved methods to stop however I only need a few puffs and it stops the craving for at least a few hours! It has helped me not to smoke..I havent slipped and I was up to over 2 packs a day and have smoked for over 20 years

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            Tonya

            July 16, 2018 at 12:36 pm

            You nailed it – it’s like a break up that you didn’t want to break up – I’m on day 3 of my breakup – take a few puffs from an ecig – it helps, not sure I could cold turkey it – already see I’m not grabbing the ecig as much as day 1. Man what a battle but we gots this! Go Team! I was up to a pack a day (and if drinks were involved it was definitely more like pack/1/2) and 21 years. Funny I remember the day I started, and now I’ll remember the day I stopped! 🙂

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          Donika

          July 3, 2018 at 6:16 pm Reply

          Hello, try champix. They help extremely

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            Patrick

            July 25, 2018 at 9:59 am

            I’m on my second day my head is battered didn’t start smoking till I was 36 I’m now 46 but I’ve got warning signs to stop I’ve just had my heart bypass thank you

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            John B

            September 3, 2018 at 5:43 am

            Be careful when taking chantix,it caused kidney stones in me.

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          Jake

          July 9, 2018 at 1:26 pm Reply

          I also quite july 7th st 1045 am how are you doing I’m 53 hours in now and I wanna lose it the first day was extremely hard I don’t know why this post says the first was easiest

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          Phil

          August 4, 2018 at 5:07 am Reply

          That’s the way I felt at times. Several years ago I went off them for 3 years but it took me several attempts keep pushing it’s possible.

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          Jenna

          August 25, 2018 at 4:15 pm Reply

          Do jumping jacks or some kind of exercise until it passes. It helps a lot.

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        Penny Nichols

        June 10, 2018 at 6:49 am Reply

        Smoked almost 45 yrs, quit for 3 wks and started back. Thnx to all of you for giving me hope that I can still quit. Bought patches yesterday. Finishing my last few cigs and starting on them. Not buying more cigs. Praying for help to quit forever. I can do this.

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          Lorie Harter

          June 22, 2018 at 7:37 pm Reply

          I quit for two weeks, started up, wasn’t ready I guess. Seven years of more smoking and I’m on day three of quitting. They say this day’s the hardest. Been staring at my husbands cig butt all day. It’s still there though. Pat,pat on back. Feel good for my restraint,terrible from the withdrawal. I am doing this,tough as it is.srength prayers and confidence for my decision to do this. You can do it too!

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          Vik

          July 8, 2018 at 11:00 pm Reply

          Yes! Go go go. We support you.

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          Christine

          July 11, 2018 at 1:28 pm Reply

          I’m Christine I started to quit 3 days ago I’ve been smoking for 44 years the cravings are so intense I go to my room lay down and sleep the hardest for me is the morning when I’m having coffee and when I eat breakfast,lunch,and or dinner so I’m finding myself not eating so that I won’t crave a cigarette and if I don’t smoke I eat so is it all worth it getting fat which will another problem prayers please

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            Patrick

            July 25, 2018 at 10:01 am

            Keep going I’ve just quit

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          G

          July 20, 2018 at 5:09 am Reply

          ALLEN CARR*S
          EASY WAY TO STOP .SMOKING

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            Rose Ann McAfee

            August 19, 2018 at 9:00 am

            Yes. Allan Carr’s book is amazing. I am on day 4. I have smoked for 40 years and believe it or not it has been relatively easy. Read the book. It makes sense.

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      Kim

      January 7, 2018 at 11:54 pm Reply

      This is my first week and it’s been tough. Using nicotine gum vaping a bit. Started an exercise challenge which I hope will help.

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        Andrew

        April 5, 2018 at 6:33 pm Reply

        Leave the gum and vape. The gum is still giving you nicotine and the vape, well it just made me start up again the last time I tried to quit. You can do it without them. Good luck.

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          flori

          July 14, 2018 at 2:12 pm Reply

          hi !you are absolutely right.going cold turkey is the best metode to stop smoking.you just need to be very strong

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            Karen

            August 16, 2018 at 1:38 pm

            Hi,

            I’ve smoked for 27 years and went cold turkey 10 days ago. I have found it easier than I thought and even went out for a drink with friends on day 4 and it never bothered me!

            Today is different, since this afternoon I’ve been having frequent cravings and they are stronger than I’ve had all the other days! I’m determined to stick to it though even though today feels like my hardest day so far.

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        Lisa

        May 7, 2018 at 12:37 am Reply

        Hi Kim
        Are you still smoke free? I’m on day 4 and i also started an exercise program and want to start running

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        Johnny X

        July 9, 2018 at 10:45 pm Reply

        Day One Down! I smoked cigarettes for nearly 30 years now….although I quit for 3 years and started up again…this was 8 years ago! Anyway, reading the blog is encouraging and also scary at the same time. I know I have a long way to go but overall…it’s about a full month of misery after that it’s easy sailing! God Bless us all. Try to keep busy.

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          mika

          July 30, 2018 at 9:05 am Reply

          Yes, god bless us this is rough..

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      Sean Rallis

      March 9, 2018 at 10:05 am Reply

      No, YOU will see you through. Whatever delusional thoughts you have about a god won’t change the fact that YOU had the willpower.

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        Rebecka

        June 22, 2018 at 9:20 pm Reply

        That’s an idiotic and unnecessary statement. Just because YOU have no faith doesn’t mean others can’t.

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          Tonya

          July 16, 2018 at 12:42 pm Reply

          Thank you for saying that – seriously! Wasn’t expecting an anti God comment on a thread where people need support from all corners!

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        Adam

        September 3, 2018 at 7:09 pm Reply

        Without God, you can’t do ANYTHING

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      Me

      March 27, 2018 at 10:37 pm Reply

      18 years….on day 2 🙄…I want to smoke so bad but I’m trying hour by hour at this point…

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        Kaniel Outis

        July 9, 2018 at 7:33 am Reply

        Same here, smoking for 18 years but now I’m on my day 3…I can’t sleep at night but I’m not craving much of it…I just always have a lemon juice beside me…it helps thou

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      David

      April 22, 2018 at 10:46 am Reply

      Hi Al. I hope you are doing well today. I’m very glad to read that you have mentioned the power of God in your effort to stop smoking. The awareness of prayer and praying is the intangible support that everyone has available to them. I pray too.

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      A.Qadeer

      June 4, 2018 at 7:36 am Reply

      I first changed cigarette from King size to light one, remained on just 1-3 light cigarettes for 2 to 3 months and then stopped this bad habit at all now it’s my 22nd day Smoke free & I am feeling good, I don’t have cravings now, everything has started getting fine now..
      I am fully prepared & confident to quit it forever because now distract myself with book readings & exercise!

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      John

      June 26, 2018 at 11:46 am Reply

      Great job to all of you. 80 hours smoke free. Thought it would be easier at this point. Head feels like it’s in a vice.

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        Jennifer DOnahue

        August 17, 2018 at 2:27 pm Reply

        Exactly at 80 hours myself. The cravings are pretty strong and I just have visions of getting out of work and going to light up in my car…..BUT I remind myself I have to be stronger than this. I have to fight this. When does it get a little easier?

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          Trish

          September 18, 2018 at 2:09 am Reply

          I’m on Day 19 – and it is easier. Just hang on in there, everyone.

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      marconi

      June 26, 2018 at 8:18 pm Reply

      day 5 for me smoked 50 years. cravings were crazy today but told myself they would pass which they have. my brothers have copd from smoking i was getting a wheeze as well and very tired. Started walking twice a day and said that it was suicide to continue to smoke. We can do this tired of being addicted.

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        Summertime

        July 23, 2018 at 9:41 am Reply

        I like your openess….tired of being addicted and suicide to ourselves. That is so really and raw and right. Day one of not smoking after 16 years of almost a pack a day. Made some ginger lemon water. I haven’t had many cravings but my mind thinks I should be doing something that I am not doing.

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        ray

        September 15, 2018 at 8:37 am Reply

        same good luck 73 i quit once for 3 years but went back this is day for after about 60 years hope i can make it

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      Jamie

      June 29, 2018 at 11:48 pm Reply

      I am two weeks into Chantix and almost four days smoke free . I quit once before on my own for 8 years then states back up for the past 6 years . I’m excited to not be a prisoner anymore . Chantix is great . I heard many bad things about it but took a chance and I love it . Good luck everyone

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        madofe

        September 6, 2018 at 4:31 am Reply

        can you please explain why did you get back after 8 years of quitting, what was going through your mind? your mental state? were you tempted? or just for the sakes of trying?

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      tim

      July 9, 2018 at 7:49 pm Reply

      its day 5 i think

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        Rachel

        August 8, 2018 at 10:17 pm Reply

        Tim, How are you doing?

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      Beverly Rogers

      August 21, 2018 at 6:17 pm Reply

      On day 7 as well cravings aren’t to bad but I’m sure hungry. Have to stick with it drs orders copd hang in there we can do this

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      Bob

      September 9, 2018 at 8:49 am Reply

      I promise you, you will quit if you just stop taking nicotine. I believe strongly that cold turkey is the way to go. If you cut down you are just really increasing the cravings and withdrawals.

      Imagine, you go a week without nicotine, you experience withdrawals as your body craves the nicotine (agitation, irritability, perhaps night sweats and anxiety), but then you have a cigarette and start the whole withdrawal process again…over and over…But if cutting down, now with even less nicotine, making your brain crave it even more!

      If you really want to quit and feel the massive health benefits and freedom from being free of nicotine, just stop and go two weeks without ANY nicotine. Once you’ve done this, if you hate it, start smoking again, but I swear if you go two weeks without ANY, you’ll realise that that’s all it takes to be free of the chemical hold on your mind and body and knowing that you will be able to quit for good

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    Valerie

    December 7, 2017 at 1:41 am Reply

    Day 3 for me. I’ve smoked 48 years. This is rough. My motivation is saving the money for an extra house payment. Ouch! Bad day. Bad, BAD day.

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      Natalie Vazquez

      January 5, 2018 at 4:30 pm Reply

      U can do it!!!!

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      Jason

      January 6, 2018 at 7:31 am Reply

      I hope you are still smoke free Valerie. Day 8 and your comment is encouraging.

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        Jeff

        January 10, 2018 at 8:43 pm Reply

        Day 6….today!!! I hope it gets easier…

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          Shawn

          April 15, 2018 at 12:00 am Reply

          Day 5 for me. I felt like I was in constant withdrawal most of the day. Very hard day!

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      Diana

      March 7, 2018 at 4:19 pm Reply

      Are you still smoke free?

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        Sandra

        July 25, 2018 at 9:55 pm Reply

        This is day 3. Bad day.

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      Candace

      July 11, 2018 at 3:55 am Reply

      Thank you.. Keep your faith.. It helps.
      I am 3 days . losing my eye sight from glaucoma and macular degeneration. Blood circulation will increase and help me slow these eye deceases.

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    Sambit

    December 24, 2017 at 12:04 pm Reply

    Thanks for your article. It was really helpful. I am trying to quit smoking. Thank you once again.

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    Sajid

    December 29, 2017 at 8:25 am Reply

    Hi there,
    I’m 24 and had been gone cold turkey 4 to 5 times before this but could not quit. Now I am again trying and this is the first time in my life that I’ve been passing through the tough waves of craving. It is just in our mind that we can not make fun without having a puff of cigarette.
    It was the 3rd day of going cold turkey, I just bought a cigarette to switch it and just broken it. It was the hardest time for me. Now I just don’t even like to see someone smoking.

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    Richard lord

    January 1, 2018 at 11:08 pm Reply

    Me too. Crashed me car on motorway during coughing fit (got a cold).
    Decided after 40 years time to kick it into touch.
    Not easy, but it is straightforward?!! Good luck each.

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    Jay

    January 2, 2018 at 10:14 pm Reply

    Chantix
    Been smoke free 2 1/2 months.
    Bad dreams and you get swelling early on but worked threw it.

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      Liberty

      March 28, 2018 at 6:52 pm Reply

      Just started chantex again ( tried it when it first came out dreams are horribleso it scared me off ) I chose the quick way 7 days then quit ! It’s been 20 hours for me so far lol! Chantex dose help with the mental part of cravings but omg I feel foggy as heck and I’m easy to get irritated ! I’ve smoked for almost 16 years ( I’m 3o) seen a lot of deaths Caused / indirectly caused by smoking in my family and I’m petrified! Hope this works and I hope your still doing well on the chantex ! I personally was thinking of only taking it for two months …

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    Jessie

    January 3, 2018 at 6:25 am Reply

    Smoking for 35 years, I quit on New Years day 2018 – I am using the Nicotine patch and it’s helping me a great deal. I Just tuned 50 on Dec 16th – and I am focused with my journey of a smoke free life. So far it has been a pretty easy process, I am thinking to remove the nico patch in a few days and go “solo” with this nicotine patch going into my blood cells , not feeling it being as rewarding to my body – what do you think, is it wise to remove the patch that soon?

    Jesse A.

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      Rebecca

      January 12, 2018 at 4:39 pm Reply

      Jesse,
      I am 43 and quit after 10 years smoking 1.5 packs. I felt the same way, getting rid of the nicotine patch but day 3-5 were tough. Now I am on day 7 and having headaches and wondering if it’s from the patch. But I want to get myself off of the Nicotine all together. Any suggestions????

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      Aida

      April 1, 2018 at 6:51 pm Reply

      Cut it in half and see how it goes.

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    Suzie

    January 5, 2018 at 2:55 am Reply

    41 years smoking, decided to quit cold turkey Jan 1, actually red vine locomotive are wonderful as well as footsie pops, I think I’m doin altitude had 2 notes toss in and turn in but I’m gonna beat this I want to stay I’ve 30 more years, I’m 58 now,We Can Do Thiz

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      Michael styles

      June 27, 2018 at 10:15 am Reply

      I turn 58 in july i quit cold turkey after 40 yrs of smoking hopefully never to go back to it

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    Maria Worboys

    January 5, 2018 at 1:52 pm Reply

    5 days for me cold turkey very edgey but think I can do this

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      John Lopez

      March 20, 2018 at 5:48 pm Reply

      Im on day 2. Not bad yet…i do have less energy….well lets keep in going

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      Tracey

      April 10, 2018 at 2:50 am Reply

      You can do it day 3 for me I’m going crazy not gonna lie lol

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        John lopez

        July 25, 2018 at 4:42 am Reply

        Hi tracy..how is the smoking doing…hope all is well

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      Ash

      June 16, 2018 at 10:39 am Reply

      Day 3 for me cold turkey!!!! I feel like a part of me has died! A cigarette was like a companion to me literally through every hour of the day!!!!!

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        Megahn

        June 19, 2018 at 12:22 pm Reply

        I feel the same. Like I’m not me anymore……4 days cold turkey……..

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          Rachel

          August 8, 2018 at 10:16 pm Reply

          Im on day 4. Owwwweeee this is hard. I really feel different, like lost, confused, depressed. I hope this all passes. I keep telling myself you can do this.

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        Lorie Harter

        June 22, 2018 at 7:49 pm Reply

        That’s exactly how I feel on day three. It’s as if I don’t know what to do with myself without them.

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    Bruce

    January 5, 2018 at 7:23 pm Reply

    40 years of smoking. My Motivation, I got a private audition for the Voice TV Show! I’m on day 4. and its Horrible. But I just keep thinking of the opportunity. I am singing better than ever. I have never known singing without smoking.

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    Jason

    January 6, 2018 at 7:28 am Reply

    Day 8 and first full day without nicorette lozenges. Cravings are in full swing. I have been smoking about 30 years. I know in my heart if I don’t quit smoking cigarettes they will kill me. Remind yourselves as the journey is not easy, but failure can cost you dearly.

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    Sammy

    January 7, 2018 at 8:07 am Reply

    25 years old 1 year clean and sobre, but on day 7 without a smoke. Cold turkey no gum or patch..Smoked for 10 years 3/4 a pack a day. Mind is thinking about relapse ( not just cigs)when im not kept busy… craving sugar… edgy/angry at times…ill be fine God has got me this far. Comes in waves that are fewer and further apart since day 4

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    Ashley

    January 9, 2018 at 12:23 pm Reply

    Day 9 of no smoking for me. Cravings are still intense especially when I’m stressed. I do have an awesome support group at work though. We decided to all quit together.

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    Kathi

    January 11, 2018 at 12:35 am Reply

    Did pretty good quitting cold turkey … until day 14 and 15! Having a horrible time… panic attacks… crying and anger outbursts! This is awefull!! Don’t know if I can hold on!!

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      Susan

      February 20, 2018 at 6:22 pm Reply

      Hi Kathi…Its my 15th day and like you its horrible. Some days I take it 15 min at a time. I know all I need is one puff and its over. We can do this….don’t give up

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      Latoyia

      March 28, 2018 at 6:12 am Reply

      You can hold on. I quit about several times. What has me quitting now besides the known facts. I have anxiety and panic disorder and the cigarettes was not making it any better. I have only 3 days in but my blood pressure is down and my anxiety is as well. I hope all is well

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      Shawn

      April 15, 2018 at 12:07 am Reply

      This is my 5th attempt to quit. I can tell you that if you can make it to day 21, something happens. The nicotine begins to let go. Hang in there. I’m on day 5.

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      anita

      April 16, 2018 at 12:58 pm Reply

      I am on day 13 and it’s by far my worst day, determined not to give in though. I too have had an angry outburst and was within seconds of going off to buy a packet of cigarettes but found my vype and now I am confident I will get to day 14 and onwards. One day at a time.

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        Bill W

        August 30, 2018 at 10:29 pm Reply

        This is exactly what I was experiencing, their are certain days that are harder to get past. For me days 4, 14, 30, & 90 were tougher. Many days in between I never had a craving, at least anything that made me want to smoke again. I know vaping was the only way for me to quit. Now at almost 5 months I can go a 8 hr work shift without a puff on the vape no problem. Also cut nicotine from 12 to 3.

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      Dorene J Roche

      July 11, 2018 at 4:59 pm Reply

      I’m on my 8th day and I have been getting panic attacks since day 3 . I am doing it cold Turkey.. Nervous, jitters, stomach shakes. Terrible panic, depression and crazy dreams. I’m told it will pass. I’m waiting after 3 trips to the ER. But I won’t give up, as horrible I feel.

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    Melanie

    January 12, 2018 at 5:49 pm Reply

    I turn 40 this year. Been smoking pretty much since I was 17. Quit with pregnancies but then go back to it when I’m done breastfeeding. I had a very heavy habit. Been trying to have another baby for a long time and decided I have to really quit smoking if it’s ever going to happen. I’m on day 19..and it sucks! Craving are gone, but I feel so empty and depressed. Like I lost my best friend.

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      Jane

      February 19, 2018 at 4:16 pm Reply

      I hope you didn’t give in 🙁

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      Gloria

      February 19, 2018 at 9:31 pm Reply

      You are the first person I’ve read about that’s said they feel like they lost their best friend. I am only on day 5 without smoking. I have Chantix and the patch but still am craving terribly. I work through the week. This weekend was my first weekend at home without smoking. Like you said, I feel so empty and depressed and like I lost my best friend. I am in my own home but it’s like I don’t know what to do with myself.

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        Rebecca

        March 26, 2018 at 10:52 am Reply

        I am on HOUR 31.5. I know, it’s so stupid. Readings, I shouldn’t be this bad. I have such a very long, long way to go before my cravings get severe. I never imagined I could even make it 24 hours, so I feel like I slayed the dragon, but reading these comments, my battle is not even close to being over. I am on Chantix, and I am 45 years old. I have been smoking since I was 12. Yesterday, I was completely depressed, I do feel like I have lost a piece of me. Smoking has been so incorporated in my life, it feels as though I have lost my best friend. I am praying that I can find the strength, and not give in. I am tired of coughing, having no energy, and poor health, and that has to be what continues to drive me.

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        Laura

        March 27, 2018 at 8:49 pm Reply

        This is exactly what I’m feeling. I’m on day 3 smoke free, cold turkey. I can handle the cravings and urges just fine. What my problem is I just don’t know what to do with myself. I feel sort of lost.. sounds silly but I feel like I’m discovering who I am without the cigarette and I just feel ‘off’. I hope this subsides.

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        Lisa

        April 2, 2018 at 11:50 pm Reply

        Oh my I feel the same way. Cigarettes were my BEST friends. I’m doing this without constant help. Got acupuncture 5 days ago. I’m still struggling big time. Smoked for 39 years. Had to quit, as I already have COPD. I very much wish I had done this way earlier because it is so difficult especially after you’ve smoked for so many years. And you would think we would learn by others’ mistakes. My mother died at the age of 62 and she had severe COPD from smoking and had to be on oxygen 24/7. I was only 40 years old at the time. 68 now and just trying again to quit. Tried everything. Patch, losenges, gum, vape, Chantix (gave me migraines), cold turkey, now acupuncture. Please help me dump my “friends”. So lonely without their “support”.

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          Leo

          September 13, 2018 at 5:41 am Reply

          Just go with it day by day. We all have to feel it one way or another but I can tell you this it gets easier its only the first 3-5 days are the hardest . And then it gets easier as it’s not everyday and then it’s like only 1–2 days and so on I’ve suffered in the first 5 days it was really hard but then it gets easier 26 days now for me . Your comment is kind of old but if you managed it then I’m happy for you if not keep going and try again it really gets easier by the time passes by after all we are not created to feel like this . Wish you good luck and an easy quit journey

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        Pamela Z Hemminger

        April 20, 2018 at 11:15 am Reply

        I know how you feel I’m on chaotix I’m on my 5 day of not smoking I’m not doing to bad other then the bad dreams and headaches and I miss my best friend (cigarette) you can do it keep thinking off all the positives of not smoking I wish you well

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      SHERRY HAMBY

      February 22, 2018 at 5:23 pm Reply

      I feel your pain on the loss of a best friend part I really don’t think non smokers understand at all …

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      Stacy

      February 25, 2018 at 8:57 pm Reply

      Feeling the same way im on day 4 today

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      Chad

      May 20, 2018 at 2:57 am Reply

      It’s the best friend that is bound to stab you in the back eventually

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        Candace

        July 14, 2018 at 5:16 am Reply

        Chad, good remark! That helped me. I’m on day 6.

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      Stacy

      May 28, 2018 at 5:51 pm Reply

      EXACTLY! I’ve tried to quit several times and each time I go into a depressive state and it’s like mourning the loss of a loved one. I smoked 20 years, 1.5-2 ppd. I drive all day for work, so that makes it hard. My car reaks of stale cigarette smoke. I’m using nicotine gum but I don’t really like it so I’m only chewing like 3-4 pieces a day. 2nd & 3rd days were more difficult but not horrible. I’m on day 5. I prayed and asked the Lord to “make it like I’ve never smoked.” I do have a few cravings a day but nothing that bad. It’s strange…I feel like it’s easier this time for some reason. I’m finding other “tasks” instead of going outside to smoke…get a mint, piece of gum, make a cup of hot tea or coffee, use an actual cinnamon stick to suck on/ blow through. Cinnamon flavor is supposed to help with cravings so I have cinnamon flavored everything. A friend said to cut straws the length of cigs, put into empty cig pack. Then pretend. The straws will get a hint of the cig smell on them. Also—-trick your mind & body to think you’re smoking when you’re having a craving: take a deep breath, hold it in for a few seconds and exhale slowly. I do that and feel how much better I’m breathing. I love how my hair smells good now! And clothes! I’m not apprehensive to hug or kiss on my people…because I stay smelling good now! Gods got this.

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        Kelly

        June 15, 2018 at 3:28 am Reply

        Ok so ive failed to quite 4 times before now which have all been planed set dates ect. This time i just decided spare of moment i wasnt going to buy no more cigeretts that was monday morning . I am using patches which ive had left from previos fails and i am also using a vape at 3mg nic ive smoked for 20yrs i have 6 children between ages of 4 and 16 . Husband left us exactly a year today so its been real tough for us . I am on DAY 4 of not having a cig my last one was monday at 10am most of my friends smoke which also makes it a bit harder i must say theres been a couple of time yesterday and this morning that the craviins have been pretty strong as the shop is just over rd its very tempting and i come close 2/3 times but i held on tight and still havent had one .. i hope i can keep it this way experiencing headakes yesterday and today but anadin headake and migraine tablets are doing there job also started to take vitabiotics well woman vitamin and minerals on day 7 of them and already feeling benifits they are really good good luck everyone be strong xx

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    Shawn

    January 12, 2018 at 11:13 pm Reply

    Day 3 cold turkey. I smoked for 26 yrs. I moved out of state 7 months ago. Nobody in my house smokes & I was 1 out of the 2 people who smoked @my job. I have cravings, but it feels good to be free. I don’t want to be a slave to nicotine again.

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      Matt

      February 20, 2018 at 1:58 pm Reply

      Hi, want to know how your doing? I’m day 4 and it’s still hard. I read stuff that says just get through day 3 and your home free but it’s still tough

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    Eddie

    January 13, 2018 at 5:21 am Reply

    On day 7 without smoking. I have decided to follow the cold turkey method.
    I am snooring like hell and have developed blood circulation problems.
    Right now, phlegm has subsided and breathing has improved a lot. Blood circulation has also improved judging from strong erection in the mornings which was not happing in the past.
    I am strongly motivated by these developments. I will fight harder to quit for good.

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    Kim

    January 13, 2018 at 1:05 pm Reply

    Day 4.. I been smoking for 5 years.. God got me.. Withdrawl is kicking my butt.. Anxiety is taking it’s toil on my body.. But i will not stop. I will take control of my body.. God get ready to keep blessing me.. I can’t do this without you❤

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      Mrs.B

      June 5, 2018 at 5:42 pm Reply

      Yes I totally understand you. I have smoked for five years and decided to quit cold turkey. I am on day 8. I have to keep telling my self I am ok God got me.

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    Jane

    February 19, 2018 at 4:18 pm Reply

    I’m on day 7 smoke free, using patches and mouth spray. Smoked since I was 13 I’m nearly 25 now… really struggling though any small thing can make me explode and I’m always angry and find myself wanting to be left alone a lot of the time! Really feel like giving up but I can’t because I’m doing so good! Any advice?

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      Stephanie Charland

      May 20, 2018 at 10:02 am Reply

      Don’t give up…. I wish I would have quit 25 years ago….. harder now at 50. Don’t stop!!!

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        Helen

        June 19, 2018 at 6:00 pm Reply

        I am 50 ,smoking for 30 years , day two cold. Turkey , by reading all these I am scared of what’s to come , good luck to you all , I am scared , and excited at the same. Time ,

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      Patrick

      July 25, 2018 at 10:07 am Reply

      I’m on day 2 don’t give up stay strong believe in yourself I’m 46 smoked since I was 35 I’m so addicted to these I’m also an alcoholic in recovery now been sober for 56 days never thought I’d give up the fags so please keep if you want you can email me anytime thank you

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    Matt

    February 20, 2018 at 2:15 pm Reply

    I smoked for 17 years at least a pack a day most the time pack and a half. I am quitting for numorous reasons, I know God has a hand in my life and I believe he is guiding me. I enjoy smoking, but I hate the smell, and what its doing to me. My wife and daughter hate it and beg me to quit. I don’t really know why I chose the day I did, but it was like I had half a carton and just decided I’m done. My wife left for the weekend to go see her parents and she took our daughter. It’s just been me, I can eat anything I want sleep as much as I want, but I just can’t smoke. It’s day 4 cold turkey and its not been as bad as I thought, but not as easy as I’d hoped. I just learned that this is lent and I had no idea what lent was until researching, which honestly just gave me more strength to push on cause it affirmed that God is really in tfhe details. Seems the cravings are not as intense today as they have been in the last 3. Its mainly a fight with my mind, convincing myself I really don’t like smoking. I know for me reading blogs that talk about how hard it is after week 2 is far from encouraging. I’m on day 4 though and it’s getting easier.

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      Stephanie Charland

      May 20, 2018 at 10:04 am Reply

      Did you manage to quit?

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    coos

    February 22, 2018 at 5:31 am Reply

    Day 2

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      Helen

      June 19, 2018 at 6:01 pm Reply

      I am 50 ,smoking for 30 years , day two cold. Turkey , by reading all these I am scared of what’s to come , good luck to you all , I am scared , and excited at the same. Time ,

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    Matt

    February 22, 2018 at 1:16 pm Reply

    I’m on day 6 cold turkey. DAY 3 AND 4 WERE the hardest, it is getting easier to say no to those cravings, thank God. I did not think I was going to make it. I smoked 17 years a pack a day to a pack and a half. I inhaled them deep in my lungs also, started to get worried with certain symptoms and had to give them up. I’m on my 34 and I have a 7 year old little girl I want to see grow up.

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      Melissa

      March 25, 2018 at 11:07 pm Reply

      Hi Matt, I’m on day 4 cold turkey. Same type of deal… 31 years old and have been smoking since I was 15. I have a 11 year old son who needs me around for a long time I hope.. and I’ve been having some breathing symptoms that triggered me to quit. I’ve done it before and lasted a few months but always have a drink and then want a smoke. I hate it. I have to stay away from the wine for a long time after quitting.

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    SHERRY HAMBY

    February 22, 2018 at 5:21 pm Reply

    Just began my quit smoking Challenge a lil over Four days Anexity level is what’s killing me if I could conquer that I’d be good

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      Fase

      June 11, 2018 at 12:20 am Reply

      Its my first day and already quit in my mind but not in my hand, Had two ciggrettes one patch a few gums and vapes. Its the end

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    ashraf

    February 24, 2018 at 11:51 am Reply

    i am an indian started smoking at 29 years age when i went to saudi arabia for a job. first started 1 cigorete a day – then it incresed to 2 /day

    now i am 43 years old , still in saudi arabia, when the govt increased cigerete price alsmost double – two month ago i reduced the in take to 1 cigerote 2 time a day ( 1 cigorete cut 2 pcs and use ) –

    i found it difficult so i quit it completely 3 days ago

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    Ram

    February 27, 2018 at 3:51 am Reply

    It’s 16 days I left smoking….the hardest days are 4,5,6,7 days. In my view, keep busy to your self by light physical work… eg in garden, kitchen, washing clothes, …. if you become involved in mental work it would be very tough….do extra from your daily work… if you involve in daily work you mind keep you telling it’s break time for smoking…

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    Osvaldo Roman

    February 27, 2018 at 9:51 am Reply

    Day 3 and i almost bought a pack but instead i order lots food and felt better but still the cravings are bad and people please dont use patches you dont need that crap cold turkey its the way to go

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      Taylor

      May 2, 2018 at 9:22 pm Reply

      Totally agree..the patches prolong the process

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    Rob

    March 1, 2018 at 6:31 am Reply

    Day 3 and very tough but doable. Got the 14mg patch. I thought day 2 was bad. Whew. I hanging on.

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    Rob

    March 1, 2018 at 6:33 am Reply

    What a great challenge. I can smell again. I am breathing better. I don’t stink like an ashtray!!

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      K Scott

      April 13, 2018 at 12:25 pm Reply

      That’s my 2 reason for quitting. 2nd day I quite for 8 mins started again. Hate smell

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        K Scott

        April 13, 2018 at 12:28 pm Reply

        Ment 8 months I quit. I started again this is my 2nd day craving bad but we can all do it Its worth it I swear. Good luck

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    Lisa

    March 2, 2018 at 3:38 pm Reply

    Day 2….after 30 years of smoking. If it’s going to get harder….arrrrrgggghhhhhhh
    Feeling anxiety, irritability, even confusion….what the hell were in those cigarettes??!!

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      John Lopez

      March 20, 2018 at 5:52 pm Reply

      Im also on day 2…try taking l theanine pills ..take 200mg twice a day for ever..it stops the urge to smoke.and it gives your body and mind real calmness..no anxiety and no cravings..

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      Rebecca

      March 26, 2018 at 11:24 am Reply

      I just posted to my fb account, you would think I was a crack addict. My head is banging, and I have the shakes!

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      Rose

      March 29, 2018 at 10:37 pm Reply

      You can do it. Learn the breathing techniques when anxiety is attacking you. I know it’s not easy. if you need to cry then cry.

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      Danielle

      September 12, 2018 at 9:04 am Reply

      Someone once told me giving up fags is harder than giving heroin ! Xx

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    Mayank

    March 3, 2018 at 12:02 pm Reply

    Read this article it seems the author is paid by tobacco companies i would suggest u folks just read allen carr’s “Easy way to stop smoking”truat me friwnds its not hard to quit if u juat change ur frame of mind just read the book for that once .

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      Emily

      March 9, 2018 at 9:12 am Reply

      That’s what I used!
      It helped me for the first few days but I think it’s something that you need to reread a lot because I’m already losing the change in my frame of mind!

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      Jennifer

      June 11, 2018 at 11:47 am Reply

      I read the book and quit for 5 weeks…. vaping 0 nicotine while drinking…. then failed and started again.

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    Ryan H

    March 7, 2018 at 4:06 am Reply

    Hi. I am 36 hours smoke free in 30 seconds…….there it is. Anyway it’s not been as hard as I was anticipating. Don’t get me wrong it is not a walk in the park by any means. I take walks in the mornings, (coffee and cigarette time) on work breaks. Lots and lots of mints, and chewing on straws. Im going cold turkey I quit last Thursday March 1st quit for 30 hours and was a grouchy prick. However I fell off Friday afternoon and smoked a pack that weekend. Quit again on monday. I WAS a pack a day smoker for many years. Im 32 and have smoked since I was 15. In a few more years I will have been a nonsmoker for longer than a smoker agin…You can all do this we can all do this! I’m pulling for all of you chin up take it one minute, hour, day or wherever you are on your journey!

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      Melissa

      March 25, 2018 at 11:09 pm Reply

      Hi Ryan,

      Same! 31 years old and have been smoking since I was 14.. 15 on a regular basis. I was thinking the other day how I’ve been smoking for more than half of my life and it scares the hell out of me. Hope you’re doing well on this smoke-free journey.

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      Gina L

      April 5, 2018 at 8:07 pm Reply

      Ryan- I am also 32 and have been smoking since age 15. I have tried to quit numerous tunes before. Today is day 4… never made it past this day smoke- free. I read Allen Carr’s book— really helped changed my perspective! But today I’m hanging on giving up at this point previously. Eek!!

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    Marlianna

    March 8, 2018 at 1:09 am Reply

    It’s been almost 24 hours! It hasn’t been to bad…yet. Been smoking for 7 years I have an four year old with so much energy. I want to be around to see him grow and have children. I’m not sure how hard or easy this journey will be but I’m ready. Dear God keep pushing me♥️

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    Bronx

    March 8, 2018 at 1:14 am Reply

    8 days without smoke without any aid bit going solo. My brain and body doesn’t help me quit. The only thing that inspires me to travel through this turbulence is physically seeing smoke as a man that came to kill me and iam verbally telling him no you can’t take my life. I’m fighting from outside my body to kill the inside. I feel it ha4d to quit smoking from inside

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    Emily

    March 9, 2018 at 9:11 am Reply

    Smoke/nicotine free for 9 days now.. quit March 1st.

    Was feeling ok, but today has been the hardest- I feel like I did when I was smoking- coughing lots, phlegm… not sure what’s happening but not happy about it!

    REALLY trying to stay clean, I want to feel happier, healthier and save some money… but like people have said before, it’s like losing your best friend… (even though your best friend is trying to slowly kill you)

    Mustn’t think… about… cigarette….

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    Mary

    March 9, 2018 at 10:08 am Reply

    After 21 years smoking, I had tried everything Champix ( made me ill) patches, sprays, lozengers everything.
    I moved to a VAPE and then for the last 4 years have been addicted to vaping. That transition takes a week but your body has nicotine so you’re not getting withdrawals.
    I’m on DAY 9 totally nicotine free, it’s hard, craving come hard and fast still,
    I am determined never to take another drag/puff again……

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    Mr. sunshine

    March 10, 2018 at 7:55 pm Reply

    Addictions has destroyed my bright engineering career, my personal life and there is no reason left that I should quit for. Yet I will quit my addiction-112 hours and quit my life after that.
    I want to die a guilt free death -freed of addictions

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    Toyia b

    March 11, 2018 at 8:53 pm Reply

    I am 6 days in cold turkey and this by far is my worst day since i decided to quit im going to hang in there im 36 and have been smoking since i was 17 i have 3 kids and im not getting any younger so i decided might as well give it a shot. Its just the withdrawls that are getting me im feeling anxious and kind of depressed like all i need is that one puff but then i think of the porgress i have made so far please keep me in your prayers

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    Elly

    March 13, 2018 at 8:15 pm Reply

    hi, 32 years old, smoked for 15 years, went cold turkey for the 3. time, currently on my 40 days streak and iam never going back, my motivation is health, my sleep has gotten much better alongside with breathing and acid reflux, put on around 5 kg though which i cant wait to shed off.
    I was smoking half a pack a day to 2 -3 packs every weekend, as i quit smoking i havent been drinking either, habits take time to break, keep your brain preoccupied, rewiring it takes time but its possible in any age. dont give up, good luck everyone.

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    Charlie

    March 14, 2018 at 1:42 pm Reply

    Im 33yrs, been a smoker for 10yrs, doing max 1 pack a day. Gone 4 days smoke free so far. I have dodged my friends entirely as they are all smokers. Honestly it’s not that very hard since I understand why I’m doing it. I’m afraid though if I can hold it when the weekend comes!

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    ava83

    March 16, 2018 at 1:54 pm Reply

    day 5 on vaping. I feel like saaad all the time. Cannot focus on anything, everybody annoys me. i have stopped for 2 years with cold turkey method and me silly mind needed one after 2 years without nicotine, how stupid i was….
    i know that it is just our minds that keeps tricking us: losing the best friend, i was so much cooler when i smoked, will i ever enjoy afterlunch period and morning coffee etc. the image i have created in my mind is soooo strong: I am sitting in in Croatia in a nice bar, i hear the waves and I am drinking a nice glass of red wine, I am so happy. Beautiful, hah ? no one dreams about waking up in the middle of the night because of coughing and stinky hair and fingers.
    hold on pals, 3 weeks and this is over.
    kind regards,
    ava

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    Sharon

    March 17, 2018 at 10:09 am Reply

    Hi – im up to week 8 after 40 years of smoking on average a pack a day. In the past I’ve never managed more than 24 hours, even after operations and being stuck in hospital. Nothing could stop me. Not patches, gum, accupuncture, hypnotherapy or pills. I had a love hate relationship with smoking. I switched to vaping, so much cheaper, everyone tells me I smell nice, I no longer cough and sing in the car again. Still getting cravings and the odd dream of smoking, but will never go back to it now. What a difference! Good luck to you all and hang in there!

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    Joey

    March 18, 2018 at 1:54 am Reply

    I’m a 35 year smoker – pack a day.
    I quit less than 24 hours ago.
    I’m ready to smoke RIGHT NOW!
    These things are gonna kill me….

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    Dori

    March 19, 2018 at 7:07 am Reply

    I’m on day five. Day three and four had me feeling like a crazy lunatic. At one point, I was in tears, then rage, then crazy woman rambling talk… this has me on an emotional roller coaster. Now to be fair, day three was the hardest so far; I even reached for my ghost pack of cigarettes and I used a few puffs from an e cig to get me through days one thru three. Day four, I felt like a zombie with an driving force, but not as madden as day three. No more e cig as of day for because I felt like I was prolonging the Inevitable withdraw from nicotine. I also kept busy with spring cleaning my yard. I can’t wait to be unchained from this habit. I am so happy to miserably suffering for a good cause!

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    Kim

    March 19, 2018 at 12:46 pm Reply

    Hello,
    I’m 30 years old and I’ve smoked for half my life. Today is day number 1 without a puff. I’ve been trying to quit on and off for years, but I don’t think my previous attempts were taken all that seriously on my part. But with wanting to start a family within the next few years, I knew I had to kick the habit, as I’d hate to try to give up during pregnancy.
    A few weeks ago I went to a village function, over 100 people attended, and I realised I was only 1 of 4 who were smokers. Enough is enough. I hate the thought of something so dangerous to your health, having so much control over you. To think, a little cigarette can do so much damage?
    I’ve made a long list of the reasons why I’m quitting, drinking as much water as I can and doing insane amounts of exercise. I will let you all know how I progress. And I wish all the luck and strength to everyone else who had the courage to do this. I have a huge amount of respect for all of you.

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    Kenny

    March 19, 2018 at 7:30 pm Reply

    Tryed patches, gum, champix all before with no joy. After looking around online I found a site called “tabex”, and havent had or even wanted a cig in over 2 weeks now. Used to smoke 20-25 per day and have been smoking 22 years. Good luck all

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    Pratik

    March 20, 2018 at 5:43 am Reply

    Hi frnds I quit smoking 3 days back One short….. I had craving on 1st day….Preety bad… Got through that… On 2nd day I spent my day as usual… With my colleague who used to smoke with me except that day I watched him smoke near me n I did not smoke…. That was my Ultimate test….once u clear that I had feelings form inside I can do this….

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    samad khan

    March 21, 2018 at 11:54 am Reply

    I have been smoking since 17 years, recently quit 4 days ago ,going a cold turkey not even using any nicotine patches , the 2nd day was hard as hell but its getting better day by day, i can breath, taste and smell better. Really want to quit this time so its more in the head than what we think. Everyone who reading this and trying to quit , Just dont let it over take you, believe me when u start craving it , that craving will change if you just wait for 10 min , simply look at the clock and make sure to wait for 10 min and see if the craving is there or not.

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    Wayne

    March 22, 2018 at 1:41 pm Reply

    Hey am 33hrs smoke free going cold turkey after 12 yrs of smoking , havent gottten any cravings so far, hope it goes well

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    dan

    March 22, 2018 at 8:02 pm Reply

    I’m on day two and everything seems surreal, like I am in a twilight zone. Went to get gas today and saw my brand of cigs staring at me. Took all I had to walk out and not buy a pack. I did but gum instead. On way back to office I felt really proud that i resisted, but also scared about how close I came to buying them. I feel like if I was cooped up somewhere (adult grounding) I could get through this. I am praying God will help see me see the way. Just keep thinking, if you take a cigarette, it will satisfy you for a minute, but you will also suffer the disappointment of letting yourself down. I’ve been there before. Winning the easy battle now by smoking, is not worth losing your war against smoking.

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    Tom

    March 22, 2018 at 11:48 pm Reply

    I’m on day 6!!!! No patches, no vaping, no nothing. Using these TBX free strips. No nicotine in those, Thats what we need to beat!! The nicotine addiction!!! Made from a plant root that makes you think you just smoked a cigarette within 30 seconds of taking on tounge. Still felt like beating the crap out of someone who pisses me off but doing ok.

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    Ken

    March 24, 2018 at 6:10 pm Reply

    I quit at lunch time March 19 . 39 years of smoking. Not easy but it feels so much better to be able to breath deeply without hacking.
    Anybody out there who quit the same day to be my comrade in leaving this stinking habit in the dust?

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    Kim

    March 27, 2018 at 7:57 pm Reply

    I have been smoke free since 3/1/18, I got the flu and could not smoke at all due to coughing my head off! By the time I thought about a cig, it was 5 days since my last one so I just took the opportunity to quit for good. I figured the first days are the hardest and I got through those while distracted with the flu so I’m just going to keep going. As said above, I feel like I’ve lost a good friend. I LOVED smoking and had been a smoker for 30 years. But……..I’m a 48 year old, overweight diabetic so I HAD to quit or it was going to kill me sooner rather than later. Anyway, I’m done with cigarettes for good. I still miss them, but I don’t dare take a puff or I will be right back where I was. I wish everyone on here good luck and success. You can do it! You are stronger than your addiction!

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    Latoyia

    March 28, 2018 at 10:38 am Reply

    Very proud of everyone here. It’s not easy at all but we all have been chosen to be healthier. No one can be gods warriors if we are not healthy. Praying for us all. Stay focused everyone. #3daysin

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    Dori

    March 30, 2018 at 3:35 am Reply

    Day 16!! I feel confident in saying that I’m now a non smoker! Day 3,4,14,15,16 hardest! Day 3 & 4 was due to nicotine withdrawal; but I feel like day 14, 15 and 16 are mental battles caused by being out of wack with old habits. Either way, it is easier to work through symptoms when you know that they’ll soon pass. I have gained a few pounds, but I’ll work to get it off. Don’t give up guys! We can do this!

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      Biily

      April 1, 2018 at 11:45 pm Reply

      I’m on my 4th day been hardest day so far feel like given in

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    Jill

    March 30, 2018 at 6:04 pm Reply

    Hi all, It’s been 4 days now with no ciggs. I am using the patch. so far so good. I have it on 24/7. I put a clean one on daily. The difference this time is, I am getting on my knees in the morning and asking God to help me stay away from one cigarette for one day and to please remove the obsession. Then at the end of the day when successful, I am thanking God. It’s working. I can’t smoke anymore, these things are making me very sick. Good luck everyone… We can do this. We can’t let this thing control our lives anymore

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      Jill

      March 30, 2018 at 6:15 pm Reply

      Jill again, I forgot to mention that I have been smoking for 40 years.

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    Claudia

    April 4, 2018 at 5:12 am Reply

    I’m on day 11. I’ve done this before but for some crazy reason started back 11 years ago.
    I just try to stay busy but I have eaten more this last week. I’m do hope that trend does not continue. I don’t think about it as much now and if I do I take all the great advice I have read to just focus and let it pass.
    I have been cranky and it’s hard training the mind. That’s the worst. I did have tummy pains which I’m sure we’re constipation that first week. What a joy these side effects have been.
    Just praying I don’t keep wanting to eat. I’m trying to loose weight also so not good for me to eat more but I’m pushing thru it.
    Oh and it was cold turkey.

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    Scott

    April 9, 2018 at 7:37 am Reply

    I just broke and smoked 3 cigars back to back. I never smoked one before but I’ve been with my grandfather and its the only tobacco around… Start again tomorrow on the patches and gum. One cigarette a day is still quitting really

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    Tammy

    April 10, 2018 at 3:06 pm Reply

    Day 5 cold turkey … it’s rough… and my anxiety is pretty up there … I’m not giving up … I’m going walking… and walking lol

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    xnicotineaddict

    April 11, 2018 at 3:15 am Reply

    I m 49 and smoked heavily for probably half those years. Finally went cold turkey 4 days ago and really owe it to chantix, I take a pill when I feel the craving is too much and that helps me fight the urge. it has been really helpful in breaking the 20+ yr old habit so far .fyi no bad dreams but on the contrary really good vivid dreams however one side affect is nausea and feel thirsty all the time.

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    Jake

    April 11, 2018 at 8:43 am Reply

    I’m on my day 4 right now, I’ve been smoking for 6 years. I quit cold turkey and I’m not using patches, gum or vapes. That’s basically cheating. We’re trying to quit the nicotine guys, not the smoking itself. We’re addicted to nicotine. Keep that in mind. So, using nicotine patches still keeps you addicted to it.

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    Leul

    April 11, 2018 at 4:26 pm Reply

    14th day smoke/cigarette/poison FREE😃😃 didn’t use anything I just prayed to the Lord and he set me free! He will set u free too in the mighty name of Jesus Amen!!!

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    Barbara

    April 11, 2018 at 7:23 pm Reply

    Day 10 feels like day 4 with the intense feel of the all day cravings. So far I’m staying strong but finding today to be the hardest to not relapse. I have checked this page several times since day three for the encouragement and so far it has worked so thank you all for the words to each other it really helps all of us that are in this fight together. I’ll make it another day and all I can do is take tomorrow hour by hour in hopes I can be as strong as I am today. So to all of you fighting this battle stay strong,we are not alone in this.

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    Jeremiah McEwan

    April 12, 2018 at 3:29 am Reply

    I’ve smoked for 20 years. Been vaping and smoking for a month. I quit cigarettes 2 days ago. I thought vaping would eliminate all the cravings but it makes them just barely tolerable. Almost slipped a few times today, but I AM GOING TO BEAT THIS!!!!

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    Steve-o

    April 12, 2018 at 10:44 am Reply

    I smoked since I was 14 and I’m almost 24 now. I have bad breathing and for the last 4 years I been smoking about 2 packs a day which is terrible for a man my age but I quit smoking Monday night and today is Thursday lol so it’s been about 3 days without a cigarette and i can say it’s hard and it’s a brain tester. Hopefully another month from now my mind will stop trying to play tricks on me.

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    Sherri Lynne Newman

    April 12, 2018 at 1:39 pm Reply

    I have smoked for about 42 years, just got a lung cancer scare, so I quit. I am now 12 days tobacco free, been using patch, chantix,and vaping some. It’s been going pretty good but it’s been like the last 2 days is been a little rough.

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    Soul

    April 15, 2018 at 12:40 pm Reply

    Hi, I am 5 days from quitting, I am using 7 nicotine gums a day and i am cutting on it every 4 days, Now for 5th day its 6 gums hope this method works, I tried different methods though but always end up with smoking. And my symptoms are bit different, I had problem with sleeping but now I fall asleep very soon, and my anxiety and anger has increased, feeling like I am lazy cannot concentrate on anything, I am very much irritated, empty and depressed hope everything will pass away soon // Main thing is my mind if trying to find many reasons so that I can start smoking again//

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    Louise

    April 17, 2018 at 10:25 am Reply

    I am on day 2 🙂 felling ok so far, but getting slightly more anxious. I am on the patches and have an emergency inhaler too. Good luck everyone, we can do this 🙂

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    Steve Windedahl

    April 17, 2018 at 8:54 pm Reply

    Day 2, again. I’ve quit cold turkey several times and start again when I drink. Goes hand in hand for me so I gotta also quit drinking this time. Day 2 and 3 are most cravings for me with nothing to do, out of work no hobbies, bad day

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    B. L.

    April 24, 2018 at 4:23 am Reply

    Hi”
    It’s been 8 days I’ve quit smoking. It’s hard. Today I wanted a cigarette so bad. But I say no don’t do it. I ask Lord hav all of us strength to win this addition. Amen

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    abdul aziz

    April 27, 2018 at 2:00 am Reply

    it is my 6th day. i have been smoking for 25 years and now i know time has come to quit. Friends …. Tip for all of you …3 deep breath will ease the tension… Meditation has helped me a lot in staying calm .

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    Paula Green

    April 27, 2018 at 2:55 am Reply

    I have a major surgery coming up and i have to be smoke free. Im ok at home not smoking at home. I’m ok with that. But when i go to work very stressful. And im weak minded. I have gone from 2 packs a day to 6 cigarettes in a week. I just need to say and think no. I no i can do this. Its so hard !!

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      Alicia

      May 1, 2018 at 11:09 pm Reply

      You can do this… habits that need to be broken… try chewing cinnamon gum at work when you feel the urge, also tons of water! You got this!

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    Martha

    April 30, 2018 at 1:07 am Reply

    I have smoked for 40 year. I am at day 19 being smoke free. I still have cravings but I am determined to beat this. Staying really busy and joined the gym to help with weight gain which I know will happen because I am constantly eating. I am doing this cold turkey!

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    Robin

    April 30, 2018 at 3:30 pm Reply

    Started Chantix on April 12th and smoked 3-4 cigs a day until the 26th and stopped completely. This is my 5th day of no smoking and actually it hasn’t been that bad. I have a urge to smoke because of the habit, but not any bad cravings. I have tried quitting before, with no luck. Chantix has been a life saver for me! I’m 57 yrs old and I have smoked for 40 yrs. I was up to smoking a pack and a half to two packs a day. If you fail, don’t give up, give Chantix a try.

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    Shubham

    May 1, 2018 at 3:03 am Reply

    Day 4
    I’m going well.. had a lot of craving in day 2
    Started 7 years ago.
    I don’t know how rest of the days will go when I will be with smokers at work and at home.

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    Nick

    May 1, 2018 at 3:29 am Reply

    Had my 4 wisdom teeth pulled on thurs decided this was my chance to quit after 17 yrs, went cold turkey haven’t had one yet on day five now, cravings are getting less but I think I’m gonna make it!!

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    Alicia

    May 1, 2018 at 11:07 pm Reply

    Im trying to quit again! This is my 3rd attempt and will be my last… im stuck in thinking I can not be happy or have fun without cigarettes.. but there are soo many ppl out there that dont smoke and enjoy life.. im proud to say I will be one of them… Day 9 is almost complete!! Keep pushing all. We got this. You’re stories keep me motivated!

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    karen corless

    May 2, 2018 at 11:01 am Reply

    I am coming up to 59yrs old on 15th may. I am on my 3rd day and my 3rd attempt to give up this time i will do it, i was wheezing so bad i knew what i had to do no going back this time it really scared me. I want to live. Good luck guys positive mental attitudes will get us through this.

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    Frank

    May 2, 2018 at 7:20 pm Reply

    Day six for me. Have been 8-10 cigs a day for the last eight months due to a divorce. Single parent now and I am with someone new, and she is a closet smoker like me and we have so much fun sitting outside smoking and drinking.
    it’s everything our lousy ex spouses told us not to do, so there is a big psychological component to it. I have a stressful job and last night I almost caved, but my little girl said no. I’m only doing this for her. I really don’t feel any different being off them (except now I constantly think about smoking) but will give it another week. Sorry if this isn’t the type of message you all wanted to hear!

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    Rodney Attkisson

    May 3, 2018 at 1:44 am Reply

    You can do it

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    Joe Byrd

    May 3, 2018 at 9:29 pm Reply

    Day 1. Easiest day. And tomorrow morning will be the challenge. Getting up, going to work, without first having my smoke. Not smoking in the truck, not smoking on the job, not smoking with my beer… this is not my first rodeo. I think I’ve failed about 7 times. Quit last August, and made it to November, before failing. But I’m not going to stop trying. I hope this time will be it. I feel terrible.

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    Noelle Starr

    May 4, 2018 at 11:41 am Reply

    It is my 4th day… 48 years for me; as I read these stories, I cant believe it’s been a breeze for me. My body just seems to be rejecting the nicotine… Not complaining… Just curious to know why??

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    Kathy

    May 7, 2018 at 3:35 pm Reply

    I am on day 5 cold turkey. I have smoked for 20 years. This is the 3rd time I have quit in my lifetime. Twice while pregnant and the last time due to health reasons. I was cig free for 2 years before I picked up again (bad decision). I have always quit because I HAD to for one reason or another, never because I truly wanted to. This time I am doing it because I want to so it seems a bit easier to fight my own mind games. To play along I actually keep a pack of cigs on me at all times. I know strange, but I find it easier to fight my will power than my craving. What I mean by that is, when I don’t have any cigs around I crave them 10x more because I am saying I CAN’T have them, But when I have them on me it’s a matter of NOT wanting them or NOT giving in to them. Its all a head game but it just makes it easier for me. I wish you all the best of luck with walking away from this horrible habit.

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    Lyn

    May 7, 2018 at 3:40 pm Reply

    3 days in Cold turkey, been smoking off and in for 30 years. Just want to sleep, don’t want to do anything, have no motivation. Pulling threw though, mind over matter

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    Brandan

    May 7, 2018 at 5:25 pm Reply

    Day 3 and I am dying! I’m not gonna give in because day 2 was way worse then today is. Don’t want to have to start all over again.

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    Malissa

    May 7, 2018 at 5:31 pm Reply

    Smoked on and off for 22 years. A week ago woke up and decided im done! Quitting cold turkey.
    Feeling pretty good. Glad I did this..

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      Kelly

      June 16, 2018 at 2:03 am Reply

      Are you still smoke free? I am on day 9 and hoping it stays this easy.

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    Smokintolong

    May 8, 2018 at 3:32 pm Reply

    Smoked for 15 years. Quit cold turkey for oral surgery. Its been four days. So far the fear of complications have out weighed my cravings. Hopefully I can keep going this time.

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    Eraaz

    May 8, 2018 at 7:49 pm Reply

    I’ve been smoking for over 8 years and now I’m 28. It’s been 3 long days without a cigarette. Have tried several times to quit before. This time I want to stay strong and positive. I think it’s right time to quit before it’s too much and too late.

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      Varun

      May 24, 2018 at 1:29 am Reply

      Exactly, Iam 27, 9 years smoking, trued to quit numerous times before, best I got to was 6-7 days. 3rd day today, let’s see.

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    Sharona

    May 9, 2018 at 8:46 pm Reply

    Day 10 without a real cigarette, day 2 without a vape. You all are right it is very hard but with God’s guidance we can all do it! I feel better every day that I don’t have a cigarette!!

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    Elle

    May 11, 2018 at 2:33 pm Reply

    I am 29 years old.. I have been chain smoking since I was 16.. I’m on day 10 and I can honestly say it feels like it’s getting harder.. I have no idea what to do with myself.. I am depressed and don’t want to be around anybody or leave the house.. everything is a trigger.. I think what makes it hard for me is that I didn’t want to quit at all.. I enjoy everything about smoking.. it’s how I cope.. it’s always something to do.. it was dessert after a meal.. it was literally a reason to get out of bed.. I hate not smoking.. I only quit because I didn’t want to be 30 and still chain smoking.. I only stick to it because I am 7 miles from the nearest gas station with no vehicle.. it’s really rough.

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    Jack

    May 11, 2018 at 4:33 pm Reply

    1st day, pretty hard 20 yrs of wrong habit. Will I loose, may be, but i will quit one day.

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    Ed

    May 12, 2018 at 1:05 pm Reply

    I’m on day 5 of quit smoking cold turkey. Day 2,3 was really bad with cravings. Sunflower seeds and wint o green life savers have been helpful

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    George

    May 14, 2018 at 9:28 am Reply

    Use Champix guys , it’s the only way to do it , hassle free with 5% willpower , I’m on day 10 and going strong, I will stop Champix after 3
    months once my mind stop thinking about it

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    Patrick Hogan

    May 14, 2018 at 9:48 pm Reply

    I’m on day 16 no smoking, day 9 no nicotine.

    Listening to non-smoking subliminals at night while I sleep has helped me. Find a 9 hour one on you tube, mine has crickets, and play it all night. Start several days before quitting and by day 4-5, you won’t want to smoke. I used the nicotine tabs in the beginning for 7 days then stopped completely. The second week of no nicotine is rough. I’m a straight up bastard. However, in no way shape or form do I want to smoke. Just very edgy.

    I did the subliminals a few years back I stopped completely for 30 days. This time I will listen every night for 60 + days. Last time I only did 15 days.

    I’ve smoked for 23 years but the last 3 years have been on and off, only smoking at home and at night.

    The subliminals work. They’re free on you tube and help the mental side.

    I didn’t want to take the tabs either because they’re loaded with aspartame which is just as bad as smoking.

    Good luck everyone!

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    Sho Smithson

    May 15, 2018 at 12:43 am Reply

    Day 10 Since quitting for me. Smoked since I was 19 for 9 years.
    My friends reccommended the patch and e-cigarettes, but knowing myself i knew I had to go Cold Turkey to quit so I did.
    Day 2, 3, 5 were the hardest, but it has gotten considerably easier after the 1 week mark. Like everyone is saying its more a mental craving after 3 days then a physical one.
    What helped for me when the cravings came on strong, was doing Pushups and Situps even at work. Forcing your body to do something hard, so your mind wont think about ciggies. Also I read I should embrace my triggers so have been Drinking Coffee in the morning, and alcohol at night so I get used to having those routines without Nictoine. Hope to get to the 2 weeks mark!

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      muddy

      May 21, 2018 at 1:31 pm Reply

      So you are a non smoking caffeine addicted alcoholic ?

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        muddy

        May 21, 2018 at 1:33 pm Reply

        Only joking, Seriously good luck mate

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    Nku

    May 15, 2018 at 1:09 am Reply

    Age 50 years I have smoked since my high school years I really want to stop smoking this is my 2nd day not smoking problem is my husband smokes then I miss to smoke, I had previously tried to quite but failed within weeks please help I have prayed cried to ask the Lord to assist me. I really want to quite, I see the nicotine results in my body the damage to my skin my hands and feet. I hate it so much.

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    Priscilla Underwood

    May 16, 2018 at 8:42 am Reply

    Good morning been smoking since I was 18 and I’m now 53 today makes day number eight and I’m bout to lose my mind but I’m not turning back

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    Anne Mclean

    May 17, 2018 at 10:01 am Reply

    So…. after smoking for 41 years (a packet at day and sometimes more) and having tried to quit several times using various methods. I stopped on Monday, so am now on day 4. Decided that I would use my Vape Pen with 0 nicotine liquid. So far, it is working like a dream and really helping me, I found one of my biggest problems was the habitual cigs. Also, I used it as an excuse to get away from my computer for 5 minutes. So when I get the craving, I still pop outside but have a couple of puffs on my vape. I think psychologically, it is really helping me as although there is no nicotine in my vape it is still giving me that satisfaction kick. I even met some friends in the pub last night and when the urge got to me, I popped outside and had the vape again. I’ve not had a full day at home yet so not sure how I will handle that but hopefully I can keep on using the vape.

    Good luck to everyone on this journey.

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    Donna

    May 17, 2018 at 3:12 pm Reply

    Best of luck to all on their journeys to give up this nasty habit. I started smoking at age 14 and quit 3 times; twice while I was pregnant and the 3rd time when I was 35. I started just before my 7 years was up of being smoke free….HUGE MISTAKE! At times in my earlier years of smoking, I smoked perhaps close to a pack a day then a half of pack. In the last 15 years or so, I smoked 5 to 7 a day. So here I am at the age of 61 and quit 6 days ago. I told myself, that is it…my mothers day gift to me is to kick this habit already. COLD Turkey! Food is tasting better, cravings off and on but so far I am fighting it! Going out with friends tomorrow night and only 1 smokes, so this will be a test. WISH me Luck and GOOD LUCK to all. D

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    Mike clarke

    May 19, 2018 at 2:59 pm Reply

    Smoked 2 packs a day for 35 years, this is day 4 cold turkey. The walls are starting to look like swiss cheese from punching holes in them, must add polly filler to my “things to pick up” list. Losing my mind, climbing the walls i have been dropped into Hell!!!.

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    Chad

    May 20, 2018 at 3:03 am Reply

    I’m on day 5 what has been helping me the most is looking up images on Google of smoke related diseases .

    I keep reminding myself how I feel like crap after finishing a cigarette .
    I have been smoking for 15 years
    Wish me luck !

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    Katy McFarland

    May 20, 2018 at 1:18 pm Reply

    I have smoked for 30 years and finally said I don’t want to smoke anymore!!! At the end, me taking a few drags and it made me sick!!! I’m on day 3. I feel run down, tired, just blah! I hope the nicotine goes away soon!!! I really want to be smoke FREE! GREAT Article!!!

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    daniel

    May 20, 2018 at 1:53 pm Reply

    32 days, very easy when you thinking like every cigarette is gun pointed at your head…..I think another puff will kill me so Im done…been smoking 17 years and 12 years pack a day

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    muddy

    May 21, 2018 at 1:26 pm Reply

    Ive been smoking since i was 16 or 17 i think and ive just turned 60, lost my dad 23 days ago, after i went cold turkey and havnt smoked since, i never got any cravings for first two weeks, but the craving i have had since are no problem, This time ive found it really easy, almost like my father is helping me , Good luck to anyone who stops, If i can do it anyone can

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    Amy Marie

    May 22, 2018 at 8:47 am Reply

    There is a really good book called The Smokefree Way. It really dives in to the MENTAL part of the smoking addiction (like those who feel like they’ve lost a “best friend”). Basically when you start going through nicotine withdrawals between cigarettes, a cigarette will make you feel better and is “comforting”. You eventually transpose that to other parts of your life, like when you start feeling sad, lonely, Etc, eventually subconsciously relating smoking to making you feel comforted. Great and insightful read. Good luck all

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    Angela Ocampo

    May 22, 2018 at 3:38 pm Reply

    I have made it 1 month of no smoking. Quit cold turkey. I smoked 32 years about a pack and a half a day. Only problem is I eat sooo much and want to sleep a lot more. Keep strong guys. We can do this

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    Tootsie

    May 22, 2018 at 6:46 pm Reply

    It gets rough but you have to have you mind set. I stop cold turkey had withdrawals but managed by eating snacks. I’m so over smoking found one today I had dropped on night stand but flushed it in toilet

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    rob

    May 22, 2018 at 7:31 pm Reply

    So many times I have quit for years at a time, then something highly stressful happens and you bum a ciggie from some one. The dam breaks wide open. The process starts again.

    It is definitely a mental game after day 3, but its amazing that circulation severely improves, smell is starting to return, taste is also making a return, you can smell coffee grounds from 15 feet away, you will be able to smell a ciggie from half a block away. By this point, it better disgust you.
    ZERO TOLERANCE is the only answer, and also the key.
    If you smoke when you drink, I suggest you quit drinking for a while at the same time as it is a trigger.
    I have tried a few sleep hypno’s on youtube and find they quite work, if you are ready.
    Everybody that is reading the comments are here because they want to quit smoking, I hope everyone does!

    I am using a steam room to help rid my body of the nicotine faster with good long sweats.

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    Yvonne

    May 23, 2018 at 10:01 am Reply

    I quit and it’s my day 3 today am doing great and chewing loads of gum and drinking water I feel stronger and healthier too

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    Pittsburgh

    May 23, 2018 at 11:10 am Reply

    I’m on day 3 it’s hard quit before for 2 years was stupid to start again if you guys do it never let your guard down that urge to smoke will always be there not as bad but it’s there I’m 53 smokeing since 21

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    Keyla

    May 24, 2018 at 9:14 am Reply

    Been smoking 14 years. Going on a mini vacation with my oldest son in a month and he told me he really wished I would quit smoking so I don’t waste time having to take smoke breaks on our vacation. He’s been at me to quit for the last five years… decided now is the time. I’m on hour 41… usually smoke 3/4 pack a day… going at this cold turkey. Husband still smokes and refuses to quit so it is making it harder for me. Also decided to attempt to kick my Diet Coke habit at the same time, I usually drink 6 cans or so a day, so it’s been a rough two days for me. We just bought a new house so I sat down and figured out how much money we would save with me not smoking or drinking pop… It’s around $150 a month… and that will take care of two of our utility bills a month… so I just keep telling myself… happier sons, more money, happier sons, more money…
    It’s so hard though!!!

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      Charms

      May 26, 2018 at 5:34 am Reply

      I feel for you Keyla. I kicked the habit about 3 months ago but I was kind to myself in the beginning. I brought it down to 1 at the same time in the evening. But then I was really looking forward to the evening to have a smoke that I got scared that it wouldn’t work. But low and behold that one cigaret started having a different taste and I finished what I had and never bought again. I promise you after 3 months I still get cravings but just don’t act on it. So good luck to you! I went on a detox soup diet that also got rid of some toxins, I guess. Just giving a helping hand because I know how hard it is. I really enjoyed my cigarette but I knew it was bad for me seeing I’m hypertensive!

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      Cyndie

      May 27, 2018 at 1:51 pm Reply

      Just hit 24 hours without a smoke. I’m 53 and smoked for 35 years. This is tough I’m so nauseous and a little dizzy. Lots of cravings but dang my house is getting spotless! My brain says this is worth it my life will be better I’ll be able to breathe again but my heart is looking for my “friend”. I know I’m barely getting the worst of it I’m so afraid i won’t be strong enough to deal with it getting worse. Trying to keep my mind on getting thru this minute

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    joseph campo

    May 24, 2018 at 11:27 am Reply

    On day 4 , My only change is I still do have cravings, and my energy level is down, but I am going to make it. My wife is beyond supportive.

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    Mitch

    May 24, 2018 at 2:24 pm Reply

    Piece of cake this stop smoking thing smoked around 30 a day for the last 17 years been cold turkey for the last 4 days and had two bad cravings and that’s it, bin to the pub twice in them 4 days, just worried about getting fat now

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      Charms

      May 26, 2018 at 5:23 am Reply

      I was very kind to myself by cutting down to 1 a day but then I started looking forward to that one so much that I had to make another change, I just finished what I had and didn’t buy again so I’m free now for 3 months. I still get cravings but don’t act on it and never will. Watch out 4 days not enough to say it’s a piece of cake but good luck to you. Been a smoker for 30 years!

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    Albert

    May 25, 2018 at 8:02 pm Reply

    Day 3 for me. Still getting the dizzy feeling. Is that normal?? It comes and goes. Been smoking for 41yrs.

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    Ruth

    May 25, 2018 at 9:12 pm Reply

    I’ve only been smoking for 7 mos.I’m quiting cold turkey.

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    Albert

    May 26, 2018 at 5:46 pm Reply

    Day 4.this sucks. But I am kicking ass without a cig👍👍👍👍👍👊👊👊👊

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    Archangel

    May 29, 2018 at 1:27 pm Reply

    I don’t pray much, but I’m certainly praying for each and every one of you. I don’t care much; however, I care about each and every one of you for trying to the best of your abilities to improve your life, and help ensure that you stay here for as long as possible for those you love. Each and every one of you is a HERO. God bless you all, and stay strong!!

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    Anne Mclean

    May 30, 2018 at 10:24 am Reply

    Now on day 16 of not smoking. I smoked for 40 years a packet a day and have tried a number of times to give up. I am using a Vype pen with 0 nicotine and I am finding that this really helps as, I think it was the action of smoking more than the actual smoking that I liked. There are some ciggys that I do really miss like after dinner. I used my Vype pen quite a lot to start with but now, hardly use it at all. My flatmate also smokes but she has been going outside when she wants one so that has also really helped. I have even had a few social occasions and to be honest, it really hasn’t bothered me not smoking. There has been the odd time when I thought, I could murder a ciggy but I have just used my vype and done something else that the feeling passed. I just keep thinking about the money I am saving.

    Good luck everyone.

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    Jerri

    May 30, 2018 at 7:11 pm Reply

    I am on day three, smoke free. I have decided to quit cold turkey!! Lordy these cravings have me by the throat tonight 😢

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    Anu

    June 1, 2018 at 2:38 am Reply

    Day 18 and its killing me, Everybody is irritating me and getting on my last nerve, All I want is My Marlboro Menthol… Lord only you can help me

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    M. Kalla

    June 2, 2018 at 9:12 pm Reply

    61 years of smoking. This is my 4th day of quitting cold turkey…..I live in kentucky, and I can smell someone smoking in New York . Often I hear grapes and cheese calling me from the frig. …I am thankful to the creator for his care and your support😆

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      Janice wollschlager

      June 20, 2018 at 12:51 am Reply

      I am only on day three feel ok because lm on patches.lm thinking of not wearing patches on day five try to go cold turkey do you think it is a bad idea.i have bad breathing problems due to smoking

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    Dannielle

    June 5, 2018 at 10:42 am Reply

    Fourth day smoke free and can hardly keep my eyes open. I’ve been sleeping great but still wake up tired. I hope this gets better.

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    Sunshine

    June 8, 2018 at 7:02 pm Reply

    Day 5 I’m 50 yrs old quit a few yrs ago for 3 yrs started back up Nov 2015 been smoking every since, but been thinking a lot about my health now that I’m 50 and have 2 grandsons that I want to be around for plus the 8.00 a pack is killing me but mentally I’m ready to stop, I have and hopefully I’m done for good.

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    Danielle Robinson

    June 8, 2018 at 7:46 pm Reply

    I’m 23, been a 2packs a day smoker for 7 years. I had 2 teeth pulled yesterday and have stitches in my mouth. I was the bad one who when I had a tooth pulled I’d gauze it up and smoke still. Never had stitches in my mouth they hurt so bad (oh I went in originally because my face was swollen obviously serverly infected) they pulled 2 teeth. And gave me antibiotics. No pain meds. So I haven’t smoked a single cig in 28 hours. My head hurts I got the shakes. My pain is making me want a cig. My man is still smoking I told him to keep it away from me. He says I’m over reacting. The smell just triggers me to want to smoke one. Oh another fun thing is I’m sick have a bad cough before they pulled my severely infected tooth. So swollen face and sick. I’m not managing well. I’ve been nothing but tears and anger all day. Idk if I can muster on. I’ve lost all my grandparents to copd and 1 to lung cancer from smoking. My mom still smokes a pack a day. I don’t want to not be able to breathe right ya know. I just am struggling with the fight. I feel like everyone is against me. I’m also a 2 2liters of mtn dew drinker for 13 years. So I haven’t had my pop since Tuesday ( had to fast for a physical) so that’s another rough thing I’m struggling with. I have a 4 year old son I keep telling myself I want to be healthy and be able to be active with my boy to get me through this day. It’s so hard tho

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    hamad

    June 9, 2018 at 1:23 pm Reply

    i am quitting smoking after 10 years of chain smoking.it is my 2nd day and also second time of quitting .i had already quit once using nicotine gum it helped me a lot but i could not keep my quitting far more than 9 months.I started to smoke again…This time i am serious about quitting forever.During 2nd day i am feeling restlessness and willing to smoke the cigarette again.My mind is saying this is the best thing in the world why u r leaving?I am fighting with my mind and heart for not burning another cigarette. I think i would go through this what i just have to do is to spend at least four days of pain and then it would be easy.

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    Sadha Anand

    June 10, 2018 at 6:25 am Reply

    I’m on the 3rd day of non smoking.Smoked for 10 years about a pack/day. Feeling different for the first time since stopped. Having more stamina when I exercise. Wish success for all and always remember if you light up the ciggy again it woudnt be your last.

    Have fun.

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    Latifah Solomon

    June 10, 2018 at 12:22 pm Reply

    Day 1 my mom and I are trying this quitting thing together. Wish us luck. Lots of prayer for strength!!

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    Naqash

    June 10, 2018 at 5:44 pm Reply

    I quit smoking from the last three days feeling so much need now helo me pls

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    Tianz

    June 13, 2018 at 2:04 am Reply

    I am on my 23rd day tomorrow, and to be honest, it was not easy to reach this long without thinking that 1 cigarette can’t hurt. I’m trying to distract myself with a new found hobby hoping that I would be able to reach 1 month smoke free.

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    paul simpson

    June 14, 2018 at 9:57 am Reply

    i have smoked best part of 40 years i have copd after having a bad flare flare up with it made my mind up to quit on day 5 now of using patches found it easy this time round for some reason today i feel worse than ever before still no cigs can only hope it gets better

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    Peggy

    June 14, 2018 at 10:16 am Reply

    Day 22 here, using combination therapy (patch + gum) after smoking for 25 years. So far so good, just some mild irritability, but I’ve got it figured out that even if I smoke I’ll still be irritable – more irritable because I smoked. I’m also vaping 0mg juice, which is actually quite nice.

    About to head off on vacation which is going to be one massive trigger on its own – I typically smoke a pack on the drive and then when at the cottage I’ve got my beer/book/smoke combination to unwind. Planning to load up a cooler with snacks and stuff for the drive and make myself pull over at a rest stop for more than just a bathroom break, plus have my vape next to me the whole time. At the cottage I’m just going to have to tough it out.

    One other thing I’ve done is every week I make myself buy something ridiculous for $20 as a reward. It can’t be something I desperately want, but just something foolish to commemorate a week not smoked. First week was one of those Funko Pop figurines. Second week was a mouse pad with a funny picture on it. This week was a vinyl LP from a movie I loved when I was a kid. It’s a silly little thing but it’s more motivation than anything else I’ve tried lol. Next week I’ll have to scour a tourist trap for some kitschy souvenir I’d never touch otherwise.

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    Tami

    June 14, 2018 at 9:33 pm Reply

    I’m 52 and have smoked most of my life. I’ve cut a pack a day habit down to 3 to 5 cigs a day. Im now on day 4 smoke free. I refuse to use a patch or vape. Why trade one bad habit for another? I find drinking a lot of water helps. I wear a rubber band on my wrist, when I get a craving I snap it! Ouch! Wish me luck!

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    Jannan

    June 15, 2018 at 9:42 pm Reply

    I’ve smoked for 40 years. I’m on Day 6. I’m using Chantix and it hasn’t been too bad. I just miss the action of smoking. It’s not a coincidence that I’m also on Day 6 of no alcohol! I think that could be my downfall. Unfortunately, my husband has not quit. So far, I find the smell of his smoke disgusting, but Chantix makes me a little nauseas. I’m sure this will change.

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    Taki

    June 18, 2018 at 3:13 pm Reply

    I´m 31, smoking for 17 years, quit a month ago and was easier because i was in Indonesia for a while and the cigarettes there have only 1% nicotine and the rest is gudron lol, not very healthy, but the craving were less and 1 month passed easier. I gained some weight, guess the cravings, however if you drink enough water that should stop the cravings…
    Went back to Europe and on a night out smoked another one, worst decision. Now i m on my second day , soon 3rd day of cold turkey and its harder than the first one. i read some of the replies here and there are a lot of situations which are true, like doing outside activities could help and less of mental activities as it stress you and gives you the craving. i know that a lot of people work at the computer and you will need a lot of willpower, but think that this is for your own good for health, skin, mental and you will be free, this is a drug literally, nicotine is like heroine or any other drug , not good at all and i do believe that it stress us more than it reliefs us and it just gives us the impression that we are cooler when in the end we are just weaker and accept this dependency.

    Lets win this all !

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    Kerry hodge

    June 20, 2018 at 10:44 pm Reply

    My 20rh day still getting cravings

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    Tyler

    June 21, 2018 at 1:11 pm Reply

    It’s funny this article assumes that vapes wont help you quit. The reason I came across this article is because I found it was incredibly easy to quit smoking with a vape pen if you have the slightest bit of self discipline. I quit after a week of vaping 3mg and after that switched to 0mg. I had little to know withdrawals except for maybe one day and now I’m completely done vaping and smoking cigarettes. I smoked for 8 years! This article sucks. I fully condone vaping as an alternative if you really want to quit!

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    Josh

    June 22, 2018 at 1:09 pm Reply

    Jogging helps a ton. If you’re able to jog do it every time you have a craving. It takes it right away. I woke up at 4am this morning having cold sweats and nightmares. But I went out and I jogged. It helps exponentially

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    Patty Golden

    June 22, 2018 at 9:51 pm Reply

    I have been smoking since I was 15-years-old. I am now 58. I have never smoked in my car, and I am a teacher so I have to go without until I get home from school. I knew if I could go all day without one, I could quit, but this is sooooooooooooo hard. I love to smoke while talking on the phone. I love a ciggy after a meal, and I love to smoke first thing in the morning. I keep thinking that I just can’t imagine enjoying anything without being able to smoke a cigarette. I had my last cigarette on Monday morning, so it’s been almost five days, and I really want one. I just purchased a carton on Sunday, so I have 9+ packs in my cupboard but have been able to stick with it. This is how crazy my habit is: I am already thinking about cancelling my annual December camping trip because I can’t imagine sitting around a campfire at night and not being able to smoke 🙁

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    Shura

    June 25, 2018 at 10:39 am Reply

    Day 3. The cravings started but I am sick of being a smoker and having my life ruled by a pack of cigarettes. Smoker for 9 years. I can do this, I believe.

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    JJ

    June 30, 2018 at 6:28 am Reply

    Day 8 for me no smoking or drinking. It was getting out of control. Was drinking about 10 beers nightly and smoking about 3/4 pack when drinking.

    Hurt my back upstairs in my house so wasn’t able to do anything but lay in bed.
    I have not had many cravings or any withdrawals.
    My days and nights got a little mixed up but I think that was more due to my back than stopping smoking or having some beer..

    I feel good other than my back. It’s starting to get a bit better so I think I may get out of the house today. Have no plans to smoke or drink anymore.
    Have smoked for about 18 years but only when I would drink. The drinking wasn’t every day until the last couple of years. Hoping really bad that I can continue my progress because I want to get healthier, lose a bit of weight and feel more motivated!!!

    Congratulations to all of you who have quit any bad habit or addiction.

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    Julia

    July 3, 2018 at 9:56 am Reply

    Day 3 of stopping smoking feel okay…ish. Today definitely the hardest day, going back to work and surrounded by smokers. Using vape very heavily so I can still socialise with co-workers so I’m not losing the nicotine addiction, yet. I want to get over losing the smell and sensation of smoking first and then cut back on the nicotine in my vape. 24 years old and smoking since I was 13/14. Ahhhh I can do this!

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    Kim

    July 3, 2018 at 2:15 pm Reply

    Hi all well I am 8 days smoke free….I am using the Nicorette patch and sometimes I feel like I am cheating. Does anyone else feel this way whey using the patch.

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    vivian hanson

    July 4, 2018 at 1:10 pm Reply

    Am 81. on day 11.I just keep thinking positively….I can breathe better,,I’m not looked down at..I’m not considered a 10th rate citizen anymore..I like to think of myself as a healthy little kid jumping rope without a cigarette hanging out of my mouth…My cough has virtually stopped. I don’t smell yucky..My “best friend” enjoyed watching me slowly die. I AM FREE!

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      Diana

      July 13, 2018 at 1:12 am Reply

      Way to go Vivian! I have been trying to quit for the last week and I keep caving by day 2. I am not giving up though – your courage in this battle gives me strength! I wish you all the best, keep up the great work!

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    Helen

    July 8, 2018 at 7:16 am Reply

    Hi all bern smoking 35 yrs today tyynmsny times f***k love it tonight 3 days night wish me luck

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    Bron

    July 8, 2018 at 9:59 am Reply

    Just about to start Day 3. Been smoking for 30 years, tried to quit about 4-5 times before, this time determined to succeed. Felt like I wanted to punch someone a few times today. Not to mention the brain fog, dizziness and anxiety, only had a few cravings that I was able to distract myself with something else. My house has never been so clean.

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      Bron

      August 6, 2018 at 6:27 am Reply

      Cracked after 2 weeks. Back on Day 3 again. Dizziness and brain fog, yes. Everything else not too bad as yet. Have been exercising and meditating this time, maybe thats why it feels a little easier, this time, who knows. Good luck to everyone on beating this beastie!!

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    Alice

    July 9, 2018 at 3:55 pm Reply

    First day of no smoking with patch. I am so tired of smoking i want to be free i am a grandma and don’t want to smoke or smell near my grandkids so I need every bodies support and encouragement and advice

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    Diana Elam

    July 10, 2018 at 4:43 am Reply

    I have never had a want to quit. I’ve smoked for 16 years. I would smoke a pack a day. I am on day 27 of being cigarette free. This is the first time that I put them down. I only get the urge after a meal. Other than that, doing good

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    Shelby Seward

    July 10, 2018 at 6:29 pm Reply

    I have been smoking a pack a day for 15 years. I have never tried quitting before and I tend to get very angry when I go more than two hours without one. I started taking chantix 2 weeks ago and the first week was normal for me smoked a pack a day. When I reached week two I noticed that the cigarettes where starting to taste very badly and not give me very much pleasure. By the end of week two I was down from a pack a day to just three cigarettes a day. Today is the first day of week three for me and I decided this morning was going to be the last cigarette I’m going to smoke. I tossed all cigarette parifanelia and I have had some cravings but I have managed to distract myself so far. I just need to know is this going to get easier because I feel like it never will.

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    Charles

    July 11, 2018 at 12:07 am Reply

    After smoking 1 1/2 packs a day for the past 32 years and trying to quit about a dozen or so times…. I woke up 2 days ago without the craving for a smoke. I figured, best time to quit, when I don’t want it anyhow. Moving into day 3 tomorrow and still going strong. Keeping myself and my mind busy so I don’t think about it. It might stick this time. Costs too much to smoke anymore. When I started, it was $1.65 a pack, now the same brand is almost $7. The things I could spend that money on. Good luck to you all! Only you have the power to make yourself quit.

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    Debbie

    July 11, 2018 at 7:23 pm Reply

    Day four here. Days two and three were the worst. I have a lot of apologies to extend to co-workers. And I thought PMS moods were bad. Holy crap! lol Not so bad today. Each time I felt a craving I took deep breaths and reminded myself why I have committed to quitting. Yesterday I was feeling sick to my stomach, dizzy, foggy brained, etc. One of the medical providers at work told me to cut my patch by one-third and I did. 21 mg is too much for me. Another thing I noticed is that the sound of my television annoys me. Weird but okay. Easy enough to power off. Good luck to everyone! You can do this!

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    Ab

    July 11, 2018 at 8:32 pm Reply

    37 yo Female. Smoking for last 15 years. Been wanting to quit for the longest. I would quit for like 2-3 days & then start back up. I recently purchased the stop smoking hypnosis session from ******..,. I listened to it daily for 3-4 days (still smoking) and then stopped listening to it for whatever reason and was still smoking regularly. About a week after I stopped listening to the audio session, I woke up one morning and just didn’t want a cigarette. That was June 9th 2018 and I haven’t smoked since!! 32 days so far

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    Chathu

    July 12, 2018 at 1:23 am Reply

    Its beginning of my 4th week of cold turkey quitting of Meth Weeds and Nicotine/Alcohol. Glad to see you all trying to quit. My target is only 2 months, but seems I can achieve it.

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    derek mcmahon

    July 12, 2018 at 9:57 am Reply

    I am 79 and this is my 5th day without a smoke. I have smoked for 73 years and have tried before but now I have Asthma and it is hard to breath when the humidity is up past 75 degrees and am finding it hard as I tried to give up in the summer when the humidity was around 25 % and I did not feel any better after 3 days so I started smoking again so if you are in the same situation try giving up when the humidity is low if you can
    Best of luck to all derek.

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      Félix

      September 17, 2018 at 9:07 am Reply

      Derek you arr an inspiration

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    Lindzie

    July 14, 2018 at 4:46 am Reply

    Smoked since I was 9 will be 31 in August, just been 3 weeks without cigarettes, on vape pen with low nicotine, but only use once or twice a day, think iam gonna go cold Turkey. I didnt somke that much when i did smoke cigarettes a pack would last me 3½days if i didn’t bum them. But i have three kids and its not heathly for them to b around. So wish me luck

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    Karen

    July 17, 2018 at 4:14 am Reply

    I actually think this is a bad article. Your opening line is that day 1 is easy….which is a great way to deflate a quitter who has successfully got through their first day smoke free. Shaking? Really? Mental torture? I’m sorry, but this is just scaremongering – these kind of articles are what prevent smokers from quitting by fueling the fallacy that it’s going to be torture. YOU ARE NOT GIVING ANYTHING UP, YOU ARE GAINING YOUR FREEDOM!

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      Kim

      July 30, 2018 at 1:49 pm Reply

      Exactly, I am 42 and have been smoking for 26 year about 1/2 to a pack a day. I am on day five and although it hasn’t been a walk in the park it hasn’t been as bad as I thought it would be . I read Allan Carr’s book through for the second time now. My sister read through the book last year and has been quit for over year now, we have passed copies on to my mother and aunt and a few uncles who are still smoking. I think the key is that you will have cravings and they will be more or less intense for different people depending on your mindset. You just have to let them pass and they go away and become less frequent and you always have to remember that you must not give in and have even one puff !! Please read the book it definitely isn’t magic but it really helps you through the illusion that smoking gives you any benefit whatsoever !! Oh and I am quitting cold turkey 🦃

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      Bill W

      August 30, 2018 at 10:11 pm Reply

      I don’t know how long it has been since you quit but I can say for myself that you feel like you are giving up everything you know. This article let’s you know what is coming. It’s not a walk in the park. You have to commit to forcing yourself through the rough times and know that they will pass. I used a vaporizer to get past the rough patches, started on 12 mg and now carry 3mg with me. Twenty years of 1-1 1/2 packs a day and now almost 5 months without a cigarette. I had tried probably twice a year for well over 15 years to quit. Articles like this that flat out realistically tell me what to expect are helpful. It sucks to quit but if you focus on quitting and not the cravings it’s possible. And most importantly find a substitute that works For You!

      Side note I have lost 10 lbs since quitting, you don’t have to replace cigarettes with food, food won’t help the cravings, in my past attempts I have found (for me) it just made it harder.

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    Rachael

    July 18, 2018 at 10:57 am Reply

    Day 3, on the patches and the mints. Today has been hard. Starting to feel a little ratty now.
    I’m knackered too! Is that a side effect?

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    Khanyisa

    July 18, 2018 at 1:43 pm Reply

    So after 4 years of smoking I’ve decided I must quit or I’ll be stuck in this loop for eternity, willingly putting harmful toxins into my body. It also bothered me having no control over my own decisions. So I’m done and I hope I stay done forever. Sometimes I forget why I’m quitting…

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    Steven

    July 21, 2018 at 3:32 pm Reply

    I am on day 7 of quitting. Doing good and feeling good, I am using a vaper with no nicotine for the extreme cravings and I must say its worked out well, if I get a craving I take 1 or 2 hits off the vaper and craving goes away immediately. I only get the urge maybe once of twice a day now and I can feel that tapering off as well. Even tho vapers are not approved or whatever I feel they help more then patches or gum that still contain nicotine and vapers are way cheaper in the long run.

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    Millie

    July 22, 2018 at 10:21 am Reply

    Im am on day 3 and it is the hardest so far ive been ready everyones comments and im sounds like it may get a little easier from now, i cant see it!! Ive had welling up today and so many thought to just stop all this a pick up a fag but i dont want to let my kids down my eldest has been asking me for years to quit so i really dont want to let him down.

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    AKBANI

    July 24, 2018 at 7:50 am Reply

    I’m smoking since I was 14 years old. Now I’m 25 and I’m on the 10th day of cold turkey. I’ve never tried this before but I’ll quit this for sure. Looking forward for some good weight gaining tips. Thank you!

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    Kristin

    July 24, 2018 at 5:35 pm Reply

    I’m on day 6 of quitting smoking. Today had been the worst for cravings. I know it is all psychological. I smoked for 22 years, 1/2-1 pack a day. I’ve tried quitting before. This time is cold turkey, I’ve tried everything to quit even hypnosis, this has worked the best for me so far. I just try to avoid situations that trigger the need to smoke.

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    Jenny

    July 25, 2018 at 8:30 pm Reply

    I smoked for about 20 years decided in may 2018 to quit my dr subscribed chantix I took it one week and decided to do it on my own 61 days smoke free

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    Crista

    July 26, 2018 at 11:47 am Reply

    40 yrs old 15+ years smoking. Im on day 4. Today is the hardest so far I feel dizzy today and extremely thirsty. The cravings are pretty bad but I’m pushing through. I will do this!! Good luck to you all ♥️

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      mika

      July 30, 2018 at 9:10 am Reply

      Also day 4. Can not really work, so hungry, tongue is dry.

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    mike

    July 30, 2018 at 9:15 am Reply

    I shall go mad!!!

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    Patrick

    August 2, 2018 at 8:30 pm Reply

    I smoked for 14 years…started the day I turned 18. I just turned 32 and I lost my grandfather to lung cancer 2 years ago and now my grandmother has it..stage 4. My mother quit, my father quit and now it’s my turn! I’m on day 2 and trust me it’s been rough. Im using the patch and and I’m also on welbutrin. Welbutrin is helping tremendously…I’m not on edge or irritable at all. I also have a 2 year old and a 9 year old daughter and I want to be around to see them succeed in life. To all who have quit..keep up the hatf work and determination and the results will be wonderful!

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    Heather Mathes

    August 3, 2018 at 3:30 am Reply

    Day 4 is almost over. It was my hardest day by far. Its such a lifestyle change and Im so tempted to go get a pack right now! 😖

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    Phil

    August 4, 2018 at 5:04 am Reply

    25 Years smoking, its day 3 Off them cold turkey and it’s got personal between me and the little white stick. There is no way something I can squeeze and destroy in seconds will beat me. Feeling sweaty, itchy and have pain on left arm and chest at times. It really tells you what damage your doing. Say a prayer for me all.

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    Annie Winiecki

    August 4, 2018 at 11:18 am Reply

    I know gross… I’m a girl and I have been chewing for 15 years…. I decided 6 days ago to quit (because I’m trying to get preggo). I quit cold turkey which wasn’t as bad as I thought OVERALL! I basically have lived off sunflower seeds, jolly ranchers, tic tac, gum, and breatth mints for the last 6 days!!!!! Sooo my brain is still getting the habit of I’m bored throw a chew in, I’m driving throw a chew in..etc.. I’ve just replaced the chew. Every now and then I’m like I NEED a chew!!!!! Right now is currently that moment so I guess I’ll go do dishes to distract myself and eat a jolly rancher lol!!!! Its rough but its only hard when i have down time to think about it!

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    tally

    August 7, 2018 at 12:28 pm Reply

    Me too..Day 3. I need serious help.

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    Sarah

    August 19, 2018 at 4:08 pm Reply

    I’m on day 2 quitting cold turkey. Have been a pack a day last 20 years. 1st day was pretty easy but today, ive been thinking every way I can go and sneak one but I refuse to do it. Nothing in life worth a damn will be easy. So good luck to all!!

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    Alex

    August 21, 2018 at 1:07 pm Reply

    16 years smoking nearly one pack a day. This is my third attempt this year and 2 attempts last year. I hope this one will be the good and final one!
    It’s day 9. I just wish to be over with the cravings. I’m trying to go running everyday to evacuate the stress.
    Good luck to everybody. Not so easy.

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    Peter

    August 21, 2018 at 2:18 pm Reply

    Hi Guys,

    I had my 1st sig today and loved it. Worth the wait

    Keep on keeping on

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    marcel

    August 22, 2018 at 3:46 am Reply

    I smoked for 11 year I stopped smoking during 11 Months, then I started back for one month. Now I stopped again this is day 3. Very hard my God

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    ronnie

    August 22, 2018 at 4:16 am Reply

    really struggling smoked for 50 yrs ,got a wake up call when diagnosed with lung cancer, on day 4 ,can’t sleep craving very strong but hanging in ,feeling more positive after reading all the comments ,cheers

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    Dana L Wilder

    August 22, 2018 at 12:36 pm Reply

    Started smoking when I was 16, smoked for 18 years, quit for 7, started back and smoked for 8 more years. Started having problems with my heart rate being too high, had a stress test done, came back abnormal, had a heart cath done only to discover I have had a heart attack sometime in my past! Doc put 2 stents in and I will go back in 4 weeks for another stent…………I AM ONLY 49! Doctor told me if I picked the cigarettes up again he could almost guarantee me that I would be on his operating table with my chest split open. That was enough to make me quit! As of today, it has been 4 weeks….sure I miss them but living sounds a whole lot better. Good luck everyone, this is the hardest thing I have done, I never should have picked them back up 8 years ago!

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    Quitting_4the_team

    August 22, 2018 at 6:25 pm Reply

    So I am trying to quit, me and my husband are both smokers and we are doing this together. I told myself today I’ll quit but cold turkey is kinda hard; I slipped and smoked two cigs already… a lotttt less than what I would have smoked any tips on the morning cig, I think that’s going to be the hardest one not to smoke… good luck to everyone! With the help of god we can get through this.

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    Dave

    August 23, 2018 at 12:42 pm Reply

    hi all – Day 14 of quitting @ 40 years old. ( after 25 years) Have had 3 cigs in 14 days and i feel good – but here i am getting cravings just as much now as I was on day 1. its not easy but I can now see the importance of not smoking. Started to run and it has increased my determination to quit 10 fold. I have succumbed to the candies too – but i guess its better than falling back and smoking.

    Also

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    Bill W

    August 30, 2018 at 9:57 pm Reply

    For me day 4, day 12-14, day 30, and roughly day 90 have been rough. I’m now at day 136 without a cigarette. Haven’t had a craving since day 90. I still smell cigarettes at stoplights and love the smell but don’t actually want one. Just force yourself through the first few months and it seems to go away. I’ve been offered many cigarettes along the way and I just remembered how much better my vape tastes and say, “no thanks”.

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    Gene

    September 4, 2018 at 7:45 pm Reply

    Smoked for 34 years and decided to quit Aug15th. So its 21 days and for some reason its a rough one for me. The go to lifesavers, trail mix, and pistachios arent helping.

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    Vicki

    September 7, 2018 at 3:13 pm Reply

    I’m going on almost 3 full days of not smoking. The craving is worst than day 1 and 2. I’m really having a hard time today.

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      Felix

      September 17, 2018 at 8:47 am Reply

      Keep it up, Vicki.
      Im cheering for you!

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    Haisam

    September 12, 2018 at 3:03 am Reply

    I am 35 i smoked for 20 years 1.5 pack/day .. I tried 9 – 10 times to quit smoking and sometimes to 4 months but I was back .. I searched for the reason inside myself and I found that forgetting motivation is the main reason .. Now I am on the 9th day “cold turkey”and no one supports me even My wife.. everyone around me make fun of my attempts and say that I am only tired myself ..i know it is very hard but I did not despair and I will continue to try to become free .. Thank you and sorry for my poor English

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