From the article: All About Nicotine Withdrawal
Symptoms of nicotine withdrawal can and do include just about every physical and psychological discomfort that you can think of. Follow the links below to educate yourself on what to expect when you quit smoking:
days five without a puff of a cig
- Hi all, well I have smoked since 15 I am now 56 I stopped for 7.5 years with hypnotherapy but have now been smoking again for about 10 years.. but I am proud to say five days ... I am craving a cig so looked on here and made me say no to a cig I am using patches and yes I am going to win this race keep going everyone and me we can do this
- —Guest Elaine
I Am Worth It
- Honestly when I got to the bottom and read You Are Worth It. That made me cry. Yesterday I threw my half full pack of cigs out the window and that is something I have never done then today I had a slip up bought a pack of cigs at 7 am because I couldn't sleep at all last night. I admit I smoked one and then ripped up every other one. While I am still craving them and I know this is going to be a slow process and I may have a few slip ups this is the first time I have went cold turkey. All 3 times before I had tried to quit little by little and it didn't work. My whole immediate family have been addicts to drugs/alcohol at some point and some still are . I always told myself I would never be an addict because that is what made my family split apart at one time and I was disgusted of myself when I finally figured I am an addict. I am addicted to nicotine.
- —Guest Felicia5325
- Freeze fruit, 'smoke' straws, suck whole cloves... SCREAM AND STRESS OUT LIKE A 2 YR OLD :) WORKED FOR ME
- —Guest hay
My fifth day
- Its my fifth day of being a former smoker and I feel amazing. Although i tried before, but this time is for real. Good luck people!
- —Guest Leon
Not One Puff
- Quit day 5. I know now from past attempts, that I cannot have 1 puff of a cigarette. This is what I think about when I get a craving. One puff is going to lead to more and I'll be back to the nicotine addiction again. Chewing gum is wonderful. As uncomfortable as I still am, I know that my long term health is more important than this addiction. This is the first time I've gone cold turkey and I think it accelerates the withdrawal and makes it go away faster. The other stop smoking aids put off some of the "pain".
- —Guest tryangels
- I have not had a cigarette in 12 days and feel pretty darn good. I smoked for over 28 years at least a pack a day, more so when I drank. I have abstained from alcohol, as that really makes me crave cigs. I am also using tic tac size lozenges. I start having a craving and put one on the side of my mouth and find something to distract me. It seems to be working for me. I feel so much better, and am really enjoying my enhanced senses of taste and smell...most of the time.
- —Guest Leah
Hold onto Your Reasons
- I've been smoking since teenage days, i've decided to quit when ny father died and i got sick after his funeral. i was so afraid that i might not be able to see my 11month old baby girl grow and have her own family. with my wife's help, im now on my 40th day nicotine free. and it feels great!
- —Guest etnad03
Keep Track of the Improvements
- Tried patches before and lasted 2 years, but hated the experience. This time inspired by Allan Carr seminar to quit cold turkey, but after 3 weeks doing my head in so I got Doc to prescribe Champix (taking half the dose) Doing really well without any weight gain. Early on went through anger, sadness and no sleep. After about 7 weeks started to turn around. Went onto the green powder daily (spirula: fantastic) and vitamins. Never looked better. Habit tells me I still think I want a cigarette but if it came to lighting up I would pass. I used the analogy that I had been on holiday and now it was back to business so I should have a smoke again, so the habit is trying to tell me a ciggie is the reward. I am stronger than the worm and know I will be a non-smoker for the rest of my life and eventually the worm will die.
- —Guest Chris
Find your method
- I'm on day 9 of my 4th quit attempt, I'm using patches (doing the 10 week course) and having bad cravings today (hence posting here). I've tried cold turkey, ecigs and patches before and I definitely have the best results from patches (each time I've relapsed after patches it's been as a result of stresses that made me reach for the cigs again). Whilst I find they work well for me (horrific nightmares aside) your results may vary, find a way of quitting that works for you. And avoid smoking cigars at weddings - that got me last time!
- —Guest Josh
- This is the first time I have written here, feeling uneasy and brave! I have read this forum and site for the last 2 years, have given up and given up giving up throughout that period. I have been so jealous of friends who have quit. I have been so frustrated and cross with myself for not getting there, guilty also each time I smoked. I came here again a month ago and read posts and articles for hours. I am delighted to report that this is day 15 of not smoking, I am thrilled and feel the benefits already, I am taking so much pleasure from smelling things and am fascinated to acknowledge that here it is, fag time but I am ok. My friends, colleagues and partner are underwhelmed, they have heard it all before so the excitement and pleasure are all mine, no one else is interested, that is making me feel surprisingly strong, after all, it is all down to me. The tips this morning helped, I will journal on here and hope it helps others as well as me. x
- Former smoker for 9 days now. I did acupuncture. Yes urges crop up. When they do; breathe deep then clean something. Hands are busy and urge is gone! God Bless all! This site keeps me going too!
- —Guest JJ
I'm taking my breath back!!
- After 3-4 attempts in my 20 year -killing myself spree-, i have been completely nicotine free for 2 days. I have been reading (knowledge is power) everything about the ravaging effects of nicotine, and the withdrawal process, empowering for me to be in the drivers seat. I have been finding it hard to breathe deeply lately, and my chest feels constricted. I won't allow this "chemical" to run my life into the ground and than murder me. I'm done.
- —Guest tp49
Live a longer life
- When you have a passion, love or anything or anyone your happy with, to have that for years longer was my motivation. 48 hrs, not one puff! Keep going!
- —Guest Stop and dont look back!
7 months and counting
- After over 30 years as a smoker I am now over 7 months nicotine free going cold turkey. The only thing I ever bought to assist me was a packet of 20 herbal cigarettes which I have had a handful of over that period when the urges got so strong that it was either that or go and buy a real pack. Haven't needed to go near them in ages now and they just sit in a drawer at home. They taste horrible and you know that its just the nicotine you miss and not the actual cigarette so I found them very helpful.
- —Guest TrapperJohn
Enough is Enough
- I'm only 24 hours a non smoker and it feels great. I've been thinking about this day for months and finally found an inhaler I bought a year ago. I really have no reason ever to smoke again; this time there is some mental resolve added to the mix.
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