When You Quit Smoking – What Day Is the Hardest?

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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.


What Day Is the Hardest?

Before you decide to cut back on cigarettes instead of abandoning them entirely, you need to consider what your reasons are for wanting to reduce your habit. Are you looking out for your health? Are you concerned about the long-term implications of smoking- perhaps contracting cancer or other serious diseases? Are you worried that your habit is affecting the health of others around you or your relationships with them?

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.

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. Nicotine stays in your system for up to 3 days. The cravings the first day are two are more out of the habit of smoking and not so much from nicotine withdrawal. After the third day, the nicotine withdrawal symptoms will kick into full gear, however.

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.

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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.

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. Since many smokers end up confusing hunger for the feeling of wanting to smoke, eating fruit and vegetables will kill the urge. It’s speculated that since the fiber in fruit and vegetables keep the stomach feeling full, the urge to smoke is reduced.
  • 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.

One Cigarette a Day – Is That Okay?

Every cigarette you smoke is harming you. There is no safe amount. Every cigarette builds up tar inside your lungs and brings you that much closer to cancer, emphysema and other serious medical conditions.

If you want to put a stop to that, then you have to put a stop to your smoking. It is that simple. If you need help quitting, then there are many ways to get that help. You can start with those around you who want to see you quit and who care about your health. Build a support group there and seek out further help if it is needed.

You can find help through various quit smoking organizations. Every state has its own dedicated quit smoking network you can use for help. On top of that, there are national agencies as well as support groups near to you.

You can also employ quitting aids, such as nicotine patches, chewing gum and much more. You do not have to quit alone, but you should definitely quit. Cutting back is not the answer to the problems that smoking is causing you. Only quitting can really help. If you are serious about changing your life and making an impact on your health and your future, then you need to quit, not just cut back.

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.

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Published: October 18, 2017 Updated: May 13, 2019

When You Quit Smoking – What Day Is the Hardest?
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  • MZ
    June 12, 2019 at 2:01 am

    It is my 45th hours of getting away from my last cigarette. That’s the first time I ever tried in my 25 years of smoking. Amazingly, I am not feeling that much of a problem apart from few random niggles. Just within 12 hours of quitting, I started feeling the outright benefits. Clear breathing, regular pulse and high craving for physical activities and loving every moment of my life now. Never gonna be that chimney again 🙂

  • Ken
    June 7, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    First time quitter and I’ve been smoking cigarettes for about fifty years. Its day ten and I’m really feeling the urge. Drinking water for me really helps. Walking also helps. Doing chores doesn’t work at all . I used to reward myself with a cigarette after doing the vacuuming or the dishes – I still want to now. My dishes are piling up and my apartment is getting dusty, Reviewing why you decided to quit helps. The expense – here in Ontario a pack of 25 is about $16.00 – one a day for 365 days = about $6000.00 a year. Can’t go anywhere – no smoking in bars, hotels, restaurants and pretty soon in condos. The health concerns! Became a grandfather and need to be smoke free around my grandchild. This quitting has been long overdue and I’m hoping for success. Good luck to everyone else.

  • Ridhaa
    June 1, 2019 at 3:33 am

    I’ve had two “nightmares” of relapsing, I feel so disappointed with myself it’s not even funny but, when I wake up… I feel even prouder
    Don’t quit! We can do this guys 💪 think about the future, about the doubters and most importantly about yourself. 💯

  • Ridhaa
    June 1, 2019 at 3:29 am

    Beginning of week 3 is the hardest for me

  • s
    May 17, 2019 at 8:31 am

    i havent smoked for 3 weeks and i ran into an issue the other day and bought a pack of cigarettes and smoked 4 im so upset with myself

  • Morad
    April 29, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    I’m on day 8 after 20 years smoking. I quit cold turkey this time because I want to live with my loved wife and beautiful kids. I’m 38 years old and If I keep smoking I will have only 10 or 15 years at the max to live with them. I love my family and they still need me my support!

    • San
      May 3, 2019 at 12:12 pm

      Well done 👍🏻 keep going your doing great

  • Alec
    April 18, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    It’s been four and half weeks since I smoked. I was a smoker for 45 years. I can say it was really hard at first, but after the 2nd week, it got easier.

    • Courtney
      April 27, 2019 at 9:44 pm

      Thursday april 25th was my 2nd week of no smoking. I smoked for 22 years and I’m struggling this wk. Go job onto smoking. It’s very hard but I actually feel so much better. I do miss it so that’s what’s going to b hard for me.

    • San
      May 3, 2019 at 12:16 pm

      First off well done 👍🏻, I am so glad to hear that I’m on day 7 after 20 years of smoking 20 to 30 a day, I’ve never givin them up before so this is my first time I decided to do it cold turkey myself and I have to say the week has been easy as I was so sick from withdrawals I didn’t want a smoke but today I really want to smoke and I can’t stop eating I’m glad another week or so and I won’t feel as bad

  • Kg
    April 18, 2019 at 9:33 am

    This article is not very inspiring, in fact it tells us not to bother quitting. I think we over complicate it and if we made it through 1 whole day, we can make it through everyday. I am on day 3, mornings are toughest, but I just have to get up and move and the thought goes away very quickly. Dont replace cigs with food, replace with activity.

  • Jol
    April 17, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Stopping DOES make you fat

  • totol
    April 11, 2019 at 4:57 am

    I’m just on 2nd day, and feeling terrible headache dizziness and lot more uncomfortable feeling all day…still confident i’ll overcome….

  • Ian2019
    March 8, 2019 at 8:33 am

    The first two weeks were kind of plain sailing as long as I took it an hour at a time. Nearly at the end of my fourth week, I have been sleeping as much as possible to escape the strongest and hardest week of cravings yet, what’s more, I find myself hallucinating, I am sooooo tired, drained, can’t concentrate, I am slowly ready to lose it. All my friends are smokers, so I can’t go visit them, or have a beer as I am so tempted to start smoking again, I just really want to put my head under the duvet until this part of my life disappears, and im no longer addicted to nicotine.
    I am using the patches as a substitute, but its getting more difficult as the week’s go on. Due to also being on anti:deppresants, I’m not allowed to use champix, despite the already existing suicidal feelings. If this doesn’t get easier, I fear I am going to start smoking again, despite the damage I’ve already done to myself via smoking. The struggle continues….

  • cindy
    November 22, 2018 at 5:05 am

    on day 4. Im reading the comments that criticise vaping. Without vaping I would have cracked in 30 mins. Im planning on putting the vape down some day too but I know myself well enough not to try it yet. Good luck everybody whatever method your using.

  • Jatya
    November 18, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    This is day 8, no smoking at all. I quit before for two years and I a year ago I fell off the wagon. The weird thing with me is that the first two weeks are relatively easy, it gets harder with time.. the longer I go the more I miss it.. last time after 3 months I was dying to have a cigarette and I did but that was it and I managed to quit. I am assuming my mental addiction is much harder than my physical one.

  • JODI
    October 25, 2018 at 6:48 am

    so day 22 cold turkey, smoked for 30 years, I swear each day my cravings get worse… but everyone else’s get better??

    • Gene
      November 4, 2018 at 1:34 pm

      Sorry to hear that Jodi. I’m on day 6 after smoking for over 40 years. It’s not easy for sure. I was hoping that after 22 days the worst part would be over.

  • Dave Williams
    October 24, 2018 at 2:07 am

    On day 3, coming off a 30 year 20 a day habit. I feel like sh*t.

    I have tried to quit once a year for the last 20 years. Longest period was 11 months. Shortest – half a day! Currently on Champix (for the 2nd time). Have tried gum on a couple of occasions as well as Zyban. Gone cold turkey a number of times and tried an e-cig (which was aweful).

    Currently writing this for no other reason than to keep my hands busy. The alternative, rather than lighting a cig, is to go wrap them around someone’s throat and to squeeze as hard as I can. I can feel the moodiness approaching like a freight train. Trying to put on a brave face and smile at people but when I see a smoker I feel like biting into their neck and sucking the nicotine from their body.

    Last time I quit for a substantial period I put on 10Kgs. I have this horrible thought of being a fat, grumpy dithering idiot for the rest of my life.

    But…

    It will come right. I will not kill anyone. I will not get fat. I will beat this habit. I will be happy. I will have more cash to waste on prostitutes and beer – just remembered I don’t drink so I can’t fall back on that one.

    Oh well, here is to another day!

    Good luck to everyone out there.

    • Wanda Sturges
      October 26, 2018 at 9:44 pm

      Dave how is going with you.

  • Kristy
    October 23, 2018 at 4:28 am

    I’m on day 7 I have smoked 30 a day for 26 years and I am feeling great the first 3 days were hard but I battled Through I have quit before for 2 years so I think knowing I have done it and can do it makes it much easier this time around good luck to you all hope you are all going strong it is for a better life wouldn’t it be amazing if one day the world doesn’t even remember what smoking was 😉

  • Myz
    October 14, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Been smoking for 9 years, 1/2 pack / day. Quit cold turkey 6 days ago. From what I’ve read, most if not all of you don’t have any cigarettes at hand, as if you quit after the last cig or threw them away. From experience, not having any cigarettes causes a lot more stress/anxiety than to have them at hand but choose not to smoke. Whether that made it easier for me or not I don’t know, I also don’t know if it’ll work for you, but thought I’d share my method atleast.

  • ness
    October 10, 2018 at 10:33 am

    Day 7 after 14 years of smoking (28 y.o.). Day 4 was fer sure the worst – spent hours looking for cigarettes in my stuff – car, laundry, etc. Lucky me, I lost my ID – so I cant even buy new ones-, gave all my cigs to a friend, and had the last pack accidentally go through the wash. I don’t know how to do anything w.o smoking all of the time. How do normal people drive cars? What do normal people do on their work breaks?

    My relationship with food is so screwed up! I can’t eat too much, or I’ll want a cigarette. I also have to eat all the time – way more times a day or I feel really sick and my blood sugar just tanks. I had no idea I was using cigarettes to mess with my blood sugar so much!

    Worst part is probably headaches and nerves. I can’t stand my girlfriend right now! What a pest.
    damnit. I liked sleeping, too!

  • Rose
    September 30, 2018 at 2:28 am

    20 hours without a cigarette. I am dying… tempted to go to the store & get a pack.

    • Majdi
      May 12, 2019 at 8:17 am

      After 7,5 months, did you quit?

  • Smoker
    September 21, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    4 months smoke free.. you always need a reason to take a big shot.. its not been easy journey but if you find a good reason to stop it you will do it eventually.. i was smoking 20 cigarettes a day and without any therapy switched to 0(Yes Zero), it was a planned murder of cigarette , because i want to make happy living with my to be wife and she hates it , also i can feel the difference in my lifestyle , craving didnt stopped yet but i am sure i will make it through:)

  • Dan
    September 21, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    Hey everybody please keep this in mind. May not help everyone, but it helps me. One day at a time, that’s it. If you didn’t smoke yesterday, then why can’t you do it again today? Of course you can! Don’t worry about tomorrow.

  • Felix
    September 17, 2018 at 8:46 am

    I’ve smoking for 15 yrs non stop. I started thinking about quitting on my 30th birthday. That was 2yrs ago. I’ve been tobacco free for 5 days and it isnt that hard for me. I do get the cravings, i feel sad, and also y feel lethargic or spaced out. The medical cannabis has helped me. I got the license and brought $40 of cannabis (aprox 3g) and any time i would like a cigarette i puff some cannabis. It doesnt help that much on the physical but it helps me on the mind. Also I read blogs and videos on youtube about quitting, positive effects etc

  • Haisam
    September 12, 2018 at 3:03 am

    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

    • Majdi
      May 12, 2019 at 8:20 am

      Hey, after 8 months, did you quit?

  • Bob
    September 9, 2018 at 8:43 am

    I don’t agree at all with this author. After the first day or two nearly all of the nicotine is out of your system already.

    What makes quitting hard is getting over the brainwashing that it has caused making you feel like you need that chemical, that it brings excitement or pleasure.

    To Quit alll you have to do is not put nicotine in your body again. Within a few weeks your body will forget what nicotine does and you will rewire to be happy and healthy without it!

    I smoked heavily for 10 years, I realised it doesn’t matter how much or long you’ve smoked for. To Quit, literally just do not have another cigarette, otherwise you put the nicotine back in your system and you go through withdrawals again. THE CHEMICAL WITHDRAWALS DO NOT/ CAN NOT LAST without the drug.

    Best wishes to everyone

  • Vicki
    September 7, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    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.

    • Felix
      September 17, 2018 at 8:47 am

      Keep it up, Vicki.
      Im cheering for you!

  • Gene
    September 4, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    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.

  • Bill W
    August 30, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    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”.

    • Paul
      April 24, 2019 at 1:39 pm

      So you are still a nicotine addict then.

  • Dave
    August 23, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    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

  • Quitting_4the_team
    August 22, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    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.

  • Dana L Wilder
    August 22, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    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!

  • ronnie
    August 22, 2018 at 4:16 am

    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

  • marcel
    August 22, 2018 at 3:46 am

    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

  • Peter
    August 21, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Hi Guys,

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

    Keep on keeping on

  • Alex
    August 21, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    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.

  • Sarah
    August 19, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    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!!

  • tally
    August 7, 2018 at 12:28 pm

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

  • Annie Winiecki
    August 4, 2018 at 11:18 am

    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!

  • Phil
    August 4, 2018 at 5:04 am

    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.

  • Heather Mathes
    August 3, 2018 at 3:30 am

    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! 😖

  • Patrick
    August 2, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    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!

  • mike
    July 30, 2018 at 9:15 am

    I shall go mad!!!

  • Crista
    July 26, 2018 at 11:47 am

    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 ♥️

    • mika
      July 30, 2018 at 9:10 am

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

  • Jenny
    July 25, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    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

  • Kristin
    July 24, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    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.

  • AKBANI
    July 24, 2018 at 7:50 am

    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!

  • Millie
    July 22, 2018 at 10:21 am

    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.

  • Steven
    July 21, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    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.

  • Khanyisa
    July 18, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    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…

  • Rachael
    July 18, 2018 at 10:57 am

    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?

  • Karen
    July 17, 2018 at 4:14 am

    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!

    • Kim
      July 30, 2018 at 1:49 pm

      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 🦃

    • Bill W
      August 30, 2018 at 10:11 pm

      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.

  • Lindzie
    July 14, 2018 at 4:46 am

    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

  • derek mcmahon
    July 12, 2018 at 9:57 am

    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.

    • Félix
      September 17, 2018 at 9:07 am

      Derek you arr an inspiration

  • Chathu
    July 12, 2018 at 1:23 am

    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.

  • Ab
    July 11, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    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

  • Debbie
    July 11, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    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!

  • Charles
    July 11, 2018 at 12:07 am

    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.

  • Shelby Seward
    July 10, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    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.

  • Diana Elam
    July 10, 2018 at 4:43 am

    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

  • Alice
    July 9, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    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

  • Bron
    July 8, 2018 at 9:59 am

    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.

    • Bron
      August 6, 2018 at 6:27 am

      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!!

  • Helen
    July 8, 2018 at 7:16 am

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

  • vivian hanson
    July 4, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    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!

    • Diana
      July 13, 2018 at 1:12 am

      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!

  • Kim
    July 3, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    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.

  • Julia
    July 3, 2018 at 9:56 am

    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!

  • JJ
    June 30, 2018 at 6:28 am

    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.

  • Shura
    June 25, 2018 at 10:39 am

    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.

  • Patty Golden
    June 22, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    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 🙁

  • Josh
    June 22, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    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

  • Tyler
    June 21, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    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!

  • Kerry hodge
    June 20, 2018 at 10:44 pm

    My 20rh day still getting cravings

  • Taki
    June 18, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    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 !

  • Jannan
    June 15, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    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.

  • Tami
    June 14, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    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!

  • Peggy
    June 14, 2018 at 10:16 am

    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.

  • paul simpson
    June 14, 2018 at 9:57 am

    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

  • Tianz
    June 13, 2018 at 2:04 am

    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.

  • Naqash
    June 10, 2018 at 5:44 pm

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

  • Latifah Solomon
    June 10, 2018 at 12:22 pm

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

  • Sadha Anand
    June 10, 2018 at 6:25 am

    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.

  • hamad
    June 9, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    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.

  • Danielle Robinson
    June 8, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    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

  • Sunshine
    June 8, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    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.

  • Dannielle
    June 5, 2018 at 10:42 am

    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.

  • M. Kalla
    June 2, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    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😆

    • Janice wollschlager
      June 20, 2018 at 12:51 am

      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

  • Anu
    June 1, 2018 at 2:38 am

    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

  • Jerri
    May 30, 2018 at 7:11 pm

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

  • Anne Mclean
    May 30, 2018 at 10:24 am

    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.

  • Archangel
    May 29, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    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!!

  • Albert
    May 26, 2018 at 5:46 pm

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

  • Ruth
    May 25, 2018 at 9:12 pm

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

  • Albert
    May 25, 2018 at 8:02 pm

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

  • Mitch
    May 24, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    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

    • Charms
      May 26, 2018 at 5:23 am

      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!

  • joseph campo
    May 24, 2018 at 11:27 am

    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.

  • Keyla
    May 24, 2018 at 9:14 am

    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!!!

    • Charms
      May 26, 2018 at 5:34 am

      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!

    • Cyndie
      May 27, 2018 at 1:51 pm

      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

  • Pittsburgh
    May 23, 2018 at 11:10 am

    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

  • Yvonne
    May 23, 2018 at 10:01 am

    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

  • rob
    May 22, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    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.

  • Tootsie
    May 22, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    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

  • Angela Ocampo
    May 22, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    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

  • Amy Marie
    May 22, 2018 at 8:47 am

    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

  • muddy
    May 21, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    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

  • daniel
    May 20, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    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

  • Katy McFarland
    May 20, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    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!!!

  • Chad
    May 20, 2018 at 3:03 am

    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 !

  • Mike clarke
    May 19, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    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!!!.

  • Donna
    May 17, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    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

  • Anne Mclean
    May 17, 2018 at 10:01 am

    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.

  • Priscilla Underwood
    May 16, 2018 at 8:42 am

    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

  • Nku
    May 15, 2018 at 1:09 am

    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.

  • Sho Smithson
    May 15, 2018 at 12:43 am

    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!

    • muddy
      May 21, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      So you are a non smoking caffeine addicted alcoholic ?

      • muddy
        May 21, 2018 at 1:33 pm

        Only joking, Seriously good luck mate

  • Patrick Hogan
    May 14, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    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!

  • George
    May 14, 2018 at 9:28 am

    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

  • Ed
    May 12, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    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

  • Jack
    May 11, 2018 at 4:33 pm

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

  • Elle
    May 11, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    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.

  • Sharona
    May 9, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    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!!

  • Eraaz
    May 8, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    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.

    • Varun
      May 24, 2018 at 1:29 am

      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.

  • Smokintolong
    May 8, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    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.

  • Malissa
    May 7, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    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..

    • Kelly
      June 16, 2018 at 2:03 am

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

  • Brandan
    May 7, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    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.

  • Lyn
    May 7, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    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

  • Kathy
    May 7, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    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.

  • Noelle Starr
    May 4, 2018 at 11:41 am

    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??

  • Joe Byrd
    May 3, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    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.

  • Rodney Attkisson
    May 3, 2018 at 1:44 am

    You can do it

  • Frank
    May 2, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    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!

  • karen corless
    May 2, 2018 at 11:01 am

    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.

  • Alicia
    May 1, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    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!

  • Nick
    May 1, 2018 at 3:29 am

    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!!

  • Shubham
    May 1, 2018 at 3:03 am

    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.

  • Robin
    April 30, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    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.

  • Martha
    April 30, 2018 at 1:07 am

    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!

  • Paula Green
    April 27, 2018 at 2:55 am

    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 !!

    • Alicia
      May 1, 2018 at 11:09 pm

      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!

  • abdul aziz
    April 27, 2018 at 2:00 am

    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 .

  • B. L.
    April 24, 2018 at 4:23 am

    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

  • Steve Windedahl
    April 17, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    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

  • Louise
    April 17, 2018 at 10:25 am

    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 🙂

  • Soul
    April 15, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    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//

  • Sherri Lynne Newman
    April 12, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    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.

  • Steve-o
    April 12, 2018 at 10:44 am

    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.

  • Jeremiah McEwan
    April 12, 2018 at 3:29 am

    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!!!!

  • Barbara
    April 11, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    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.

  • Leul
    April 11, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    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!!!

  • Jake
    April 11, 2018 at 8:43 am

    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.

  • xnicotineaddict
    April 11, 2018 at 3:15 am

    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.

  • Tammy
    April 10, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    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

  • Scott
    April 9, 2018 at 7:37 am

    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

  • Claudia
    April 4, 2018 at 5:12 am

    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.

  • Jill
    March 30, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    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

    • Jill
      March 30, 2018 at 6:15 pm

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

  • Dori
    March 30, 2018 at 3:35 am

    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!

    • Biily
      April 1, 2018 at 11:45 pm

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

  • Latoyia
    March 28, 2018 at 10:38 am

    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

  • Kim
    March 27, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    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!

  • Ken
    March 24, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    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?

  • Tom
    March 22, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    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.

  • dan
    March 22, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    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.

  • Wayne
    March 22, 2018 at 1:41 pm

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

  • samad khan
    March 21, 2018 at 11:54 am

    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.

  • Pratik
    March 20, 2018 at 5:43 am

    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….

  • Kenny
    March 19, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    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

  • Kim
    March 19, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    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.

  • Dori
    March 19, 2018 at 7:07 am

    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!

  • Joey
    March 18, 2018 at 1:54 am

    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….

  • Sharon
    March 17, 2018 at 10:09 am

    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!

  • ava83
    March 16, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    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

  • Charlie
    March 14, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    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!

  • Elly
    March 13, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    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.

  • Toyia b
    March 11, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    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

  • Mr. sunshine
    March 10, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    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

  • Mary
    March 9, 2018 at 10:08 am

    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……

  • Emily
    March 9, 2018 at 9:11 am

    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….

  • Bronx
    March 8, 2018 at 1:14 am

    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

  • Marlianna
    March 8, 2018 at 1:09 am

    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♥️

  • Ryan H
    March 7, 2018 at 4:06 am

    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!

    • Melissa
      March 25, 2018 at 11:09 pm

      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.

    • Gina L
      April 5, 2018 at 8:07 pm

      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!!

  • Mayank
    March 3, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    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 .

    • Emily
      March 9, 2018 at 9:12 am

      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!

    • Jennifer
      June 11, 2018 at 11:47 am

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

  • Lisa
    March 2, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    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??!!

    • John Lopez
      March 20, 2018 at 5:52 pm

      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..

    • Rebecca
      March 26, 2018 at 11:24 am

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

    • Rose
      March 29, 2018 at 10:37 pm

      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.

    • Danielle
      September 12, 2018 at 9:04 am

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

  • Rob
    March 1, 2018 at 6:33 am

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

    • K Scott
      April 13, 2018 at 12:25 pm

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

      • K Scott
        April 13, 2018 at 12:28 pm

        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

  • Rob
    March 1, 2018 at 6:31 am

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

  • Osvaldo Roman
    February 27, 2018 at 9:51 am

    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

    • Taylor
      May 2, 2018 at 9:22 pm

      Totally agree..the patches prolong the process

  • Ram
    February 27, 2018 at 3:51 am

    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…

  • ashraf
    February 24, 2018 at 11:51 am

    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

  • SHERRY HAMBY
    February 22, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    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

    • Fase
      June 11, 2018 at 12:20 am

      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

  • Matt
    February 22, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    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.

    • Melissa
      March 25, 2018 at 11:07 pm

      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.

  • coos
    February 22, 2018 at 5:31 am

    Day 2

    • Helen
      June 19, 2018 at 6:01 pm

      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 ,

  • Matt
    February 20, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    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.

    • Stephanie Charland
      May 20, 2018 at 10:04 am

      Did you manage to quit?

  • Jane
    February 19, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    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?

    • Stephanie Charland
      May 20, 2018 at 10:02 am

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

      • Helen
        June 19, 2018 at 6:00 pm

        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 ,

    • Patrick
      July 25, 2018 at 10:07 am

      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

  • Kim
    January 13, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    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❤

    • Mrs.B
      June 5, 2018 at 5:42 pm

      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.

  • Eddie
    January 13, 2018 at 5:21 am

    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.

  • Shawn
    January 12, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    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.

    • Matt
      February 20, 2018 at 1:58 pm

      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

  • Melanie
    January 12, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    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.

    • Jane
      February 19, 2018 at 4:16 pm

      I hope you didn’t give in 🙁

    • Gloria
      February 19, 2018 at 9:31 pm

      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.

      • Rebecca
        March 26, 2018 at 10:52 am

        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.

      • Laura
        March 27, 2018 at 8:49 pm

        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.

      • Lisa
        April 2, 2018 at 11:50 pm

        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”.

        • Leo
          September 13, 2018 at 5:41 am

          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

      • Pamela Z Hemminger
        April 20, 2018 at 11:15 am

        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

    • SHERRY HAMBY
      February 22, 2018 at 5:23 pm

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

    • Stacy
      February 25, 2018 at 8:57 pm

      Feeling the same way im on day 4 today

    • Chad
      May 20, 2018 at 2:57 am

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

      • Candace
        July 14, 2018 at 5:16 am

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

    • Stacy
      May 28, 2018 at 5:51 pm

      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.

      • Kelly
        June 15, 2018 at 3:28 am

        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

  • Kathi
    January 11, 2018 at 12:35 am

    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!!

    • Susan
      February 20, 2018 at 6:22 pm

      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

    • Latoyia
      March 28, 2018 at 6:12 am

      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

    • Shawn
      April 15, 2018 at 12:07 am

      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.

    • anita
      April 16, 2018 at 12:58 pm

      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.

      • Bill W
        August 30, 2018 at 10:29 pm

        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.

    • Dorene J Roche
      July 11, 2018 at 4:59 pm

      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.

  • Ashley
    January 9, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    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.

  • Sammy
    January 7, 2018 at 8:07 am

    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

  • Jason
    January 6, 2018 at 7:28 am

    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.

  • Bruce
    January 5, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    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.

  • Maria Worboys
    January 5, 2018 at 1:52 pm

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

    • John Lopez
      March 20, 2018 at 5:48 pm

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

    • Tracey
      April 10, 2018 at 2:50 am

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

      • John lopez
        July 25, 2018 at 4:42 am

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

    • Ash
      June 16, 2018 at 10:39 am

      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!!!!!

      • Megahn
        June 19, 2018 at 12:22 pm

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

        • Rachel
          August 8, 2018 at 10:16 pm

          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.

      • Lorie Harter
        June 22, 2018 at 7:49 pm

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

    • Wanda Sturges
      October 26, 2018 at 9:19 pm

      I am edgy too. Just two days. I really want to do this.

  • Suzie
    January 5, 2018 at 2:55 am

    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

    • Michael styles
      June 27, 2018 at 10:15 am

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

  • Jessie
    January 3, 2018 at 6:25 am

    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.

    • Rebecca
      January 12, 2018 at 4:39 pm

      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????

    • Aida
      April 1, 2018 at 6:51 pm

      Cut it in half and see how it goes.

  • Jay
    January 2, 2018 at 10:14 pm

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

    • Liberty
      March 28, 2018 at 6:52 pm

      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 …

  • Richard lord
    January 1, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    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.

  • Sajid
    December 29, 2017 at 8:25 am

    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.

  • Sambit
    December 24, 2017 at 12:04 pm

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

  • Valerie
    December 7, 2017 at 1:41 am

    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.

    • Natalie Vazquez
      January 5, 2018 at 4:30 pm

      U can do it!!!!

    • Jason
      January 6, 2018 at 7:31 am

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

      • Jeff
        January 10, 2018 at 8:43 pm

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

        • Shawn
          April 15, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

    • Diana
      March 7, 2018 at 4:19 pm

      Are you still smoke free?

      • Sandra
        July 25, 2018 at 9:55 pm

        This is day 3. Bad day.

    • Candace
      July 11, 2018 at 3:55 am

      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.

  • Al mintz
    December 6, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    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.

    • Natalie Vazquez
      January 5, 2018 at 4:31 pm

      Keep going don’t give up

      • muddy
        May 21, 2018 at 1:16 pm

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

        • Smiles
          July 14, 2018 at 8:53 am

          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

        • BH
          July 25, 2018 at 7:05 pm

          Geez! Your a cranky one ain’t ya!

          • Jen
            October 9, 2018 at 8:34 pm

            Probably just quit smoking hahaha

        • Jackie Boi
          August 17, 2018 at 2:51 am

          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.

          • R
            September 18, 2018 at 9:36 am

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

    • Anita Joan Carter
      January 6, 2018 at 7:16 pm

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

      • Kelly
        June 7, 2018 at 11:41 am

        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

        • Matt
          June 9, 2018 at 12:19 pm

          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.

        • Randal
          June 11, 2018 at 8:09 pm

          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!

          • 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

        • Marita
          June 18, 2018 at 7:27 am

          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

          • 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!!

        • Joe
          June 18, 2018 at 9:23 am

          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 🔑

        • Mary
          June 20, 2018 at 1:36 pm

          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!

          • Linda
            August 3, 2018 at 12:14 pm

            My face is my motivation

        • Jackie
          June 24, 2018 at 9:34 am

          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

          • 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! 🙂

        • Donika
          July 3, 2018 at 6:16 pm

          Hello, try champix. They help extremely

          • 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

          • John B
            September 3, 2018 at 5:43 am

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

          • Mimosa
            October 1, 2018 at 12:58 pm

            Hi, champix helped me to quit successfully once but there was a relapse cuz I was too troubled with my sickness… It is the biggest mistake to smoke again. I am in Day 2 cold turkey now.. Wish me good luck. Thanks.

        • Jake
          July 9, 2018 at 1:26 pm

          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

          • Wanda Sturges
            October 26, 2018 at 9:09 pm

            October 26th 53hrs in. I FEEL LIKE DEATH.OH GOD I WANT A CIGARETTE.

        • Phil
          August 4, 2018 at 5:07 am

          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.

        • Jenna
          August 25, 2018 at 4:15 pm

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

        • Jericho
          September 30, 2018 at 1:30 am

          My first day & I literally feel like dying… omg.. My brain is bombing me big-time with “You need a cigarette” banners😫😫😫😫

      • Penny Nichols
        June 10, 2018 at 6:49 am

        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.

        • Lorie Harter
          June 22, 2018 at 7:37 pm

          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!

        • Vik
          July 8, 2018 at 11:00 pm

          Yes! Go go go. We support you.

        • Christine
          July 11, 2018 at 1:28 pm

          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

          • Patrick
            July 25, 2018 at 10:01 am

            Keep going I’ve just quit

        • G
          July 20, 2018 at 5:09 am

          ALLEN CARR*S
          EASY WAY TO STOP .SMOKING

          • 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.

          • Susan Phillips
            October 28, 2018 at 7:31 am

            I read the book and it works if you are ready to quit! 13 days smoke free and my mind is worse than a craving…. I will succeed.

    • Kim
      January 7, 2018 at 11:54 pm

      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.

      • Andrew
        April 5, 2018 at 6:33 pm

        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.

        • flori
          July 14, 2018 at 2:12 pm

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

          • 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.

      • Lisa
        May 7, 2018 at 12:37 am

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

      • Johnny X
        July 9, 2018 at 10:45 pm

        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.

        • mika
          July 30, 2018 at 9:05 am

          Yes, god bless us this is rough..

        • Pam
          September 25, 2018 at 10:25 am

          I hear ya! Years ago zi had quit for 6 years. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do. Got divorced, was super stressed, met a guy that smoked, and back to smoking I went. I’ve tried several times again but it seems so much harder. Day 8 for me, and I feel like it’s worse as I go. But I remember this the first time, and I somehow got through it. Hope you’re still going, so far I’m still on track. I wish I never started again! Good luck!

    • Sean Rallis
      March 9, 2018 at 10:05 am

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

      • Rebecka
        June 22, 2018 at 9:20 pm

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

        • Tonya
          July 16, 2018 at 12:42 pm

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

      • Adam
        September 3, 2018 at 7:09 pm

        Without God, you can’t do ANYTHING

    • Me
      March 27, 2018 at 10:37 pm

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

      • Kaniel Outis
        July 9, 2018 at 7:33 am

        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

    • David
      April 22, 2018 at 10:46 am

      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.

    • A.Qadeer
      June 4, 2018 at 7:36 am

      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!

    • John
      June 26, 2018 at 11:46 am

      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.

      • Jennifer DOnahue
        August 17, 2018 at 2:27 pm

        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?

        • Trish
          September 18, 2018 at 2:09 am

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

    • marconi
      June 26, 2018 at 8:18 pm

      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.

      • Summertime
        July 23, 2018 at 9:41 am

        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.

      • ray
        September 15, 2018 at 8:37 am

        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

      • Pam
        September 25, 2018 at 10:29 am

        I hear ya! Years ago zi had quit for 6 years. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do. Got divorced, was super stressed, met a guy that smoked, and back to smoking I went. I’ve tried several times again but it seems so much harder. Day 8 for me, and I feel like it’s worse as I go. But I remember this the first time, and I somehow got through it. Hope you’re still going, so far I’m still on track. I wish I never started again! Good luck!

    • Jamie
      June 29, 2018 at 11:48 pm

      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

      • madofe
        September 6, 2018 at 4:31 am

        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?

    • tim
      July 9, 2018 at 7:49 pm

      its day 5 i think

      • Rachel
        August 8, 2018 at 10:17 pm

        Tim, How are you doing?

    • Beverly Rogers
      August 21, 2018 at 6:17 pm

      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

    • Bob
      September 9, 2018 at 8:49 am

      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

      • Oliver
        September 14, 2018 at 2:42 pm

        Yes and no. The behavioral addiction is often thought to be harder than any physical addiction to Nicotine itself – this is why stop smoking aids like gum, lozenges etc. are recommended by doctors. Using these to beat periodic cravings increases the likelihood of quitting.

    • Frank Grabovac
      October 26, 2018 at 5:50 pm

      Allan Carrs Easy way to stop smoking….
      Only piece of true literature regarding nicotine addiction.