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Updated February 18, 2014

Withdrawal from smoking can and does 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:For those of you who have quit smoking, please share with fellow readers the tricks and tips that helped you manage the discomforts of this short-lived, but intense phase of smoking cessation.

What Helped You Most?

Just quit

I decided to stop yesterday, I gave up for 5 months 18 months ago.The problem is my husband continues to smoke which is going to make it a lot harder....hence joining this forum for like minded people.Good luck!
—Guest tanya.argyle@hotmail.com

13 days

I have now been off cigs for 13 days cold turkey... Started smoking 8 years ago and I'm now 28. Initially I was smoking between 1 to 2 packs but in the last year because of my wife and only being able to smoke outside have cut it down to 5! I finally decided to quit because my wife asked me to promise! I have severe withdrawal symptoms the biggest one being severe constipation but other than that I'm just spending more time working and it helps keep my mind focused! Instead of 8 hours a day I've been working 12! I also do 1.5 hrs of HIIT cardio and weight lifting each and every day! First 10 days my strength had come down in terms of lifting by aproximately 20%, bu the last three days I've been drinking a very strong coffee which has a tea spoon of butter melted inside plus two tea spoons of honey, 15 min before workout and it's been doing wonders! I'm happy that I've finally quit! I can already see results in my breathing when sprinting! More importantly I can see how happy my wife is
—Guest S


Please read Allen Carr's book. This is the best cure for smoking addiction, without the need for any NRT. good luck
—Guest Riana

Avoid Triggers

62 years old, smoking since I was 16. Today is June 5th, 2012. I have not smoked a cigarette or introduced any nicotine into my body since Memorial Day ( 8 days ago ). I won't lie, it has been a living hell. I quit under pressure from my family to do so. My intense cravings are finally subsiding, but not completely gone yet. Although I continue to "want" a smoke, I refuse to give in and remain a slave and source of income for the tobacco industry. I know that giving in to just one cigarette will undo all that I have suffered through to quit. My advice to you would be to drink plenty of water, substitute orange juice for coffee in the morning, snack on raw baby carrots , celery sticks, etc. Do your best to avoid situations, foods and drinks that will "trigger" your desire to smoke. Alcohol and coffee are BIG triggers for me. I have resolved to be tenacious throughout my withdrawal. I know the day is coming soon...my desire to smoke will have vanished. If I can do it, YOU can do it!

Mint Gum

I stopped eight days ago. Chew mint gum -- it really helps.
—Guest donnie

Such Great Tips

Just quit a month ago after 40yrs....I was soo scared...but went for acupuncture. I'm on my way....but it's truly hard.....good luck to all love all the feedback.....it does help....tku.
—Guest Bonnie

Cold Turkey

Decided to go cold turkey 48 hours ago and instantly got a flu. 10 years of smoking, and I cannot believe what such a toxic can do to a human body. Reading about other people's experiences here does help me realize why I want to quit. I don't want to wait another 10 years and have a doctor tell me I should quit..
—Guest William

10 Long Days Now!!!

17 years of age and been addicted to nicotine. Thanks people, your comments have made it possible for me to quit at last. Thanks a ton tribe!!!
—Guest john dye

Kept This With Me at all Times

My plastic drinking straw cut to the length of a cigarette. Even puffed on it a time or two. But after progressing in my quit, it went by the wayside. It took the edge off, believe it or not.

One Day So Far

This is my first smoke-free day after smoking 32 years. I have downloaded a smartphone app which tells me how many cigs I haven't smoked, how many days I have given up and how much money I have saved.

ICan't Do It To My Kids!

After watching my sweet mother lay in Hospice at the age of 49 years old & lose her 4month battle with lung cancer, I decided that it would NEVER be ME in that Hospice bed with my 3 children mourning with undescribable heartache! On March 15th 2012 my mommy got her wings & flew up to Heaven to be with Jesus. On May 24th 2012, I smoked my very last cigarette. Today the withdrawal has peaked. I've cried uncontrollably & had the shakes. I just keep busy with my kids, as I try not to let them see the pain of withdrawals in my body. This reminds me of how my mama constantly sugar-coated her cancer diagnosis, in hopes of protecting my heart from seeing her pain. I won't die of lung cancer! I won't hurt my babies like that, I won't give up! I'll NEVER touch a cigarette again! Thanks to all of you for the kind words & support! :)
—Guest Stephanie

I Did it, You Can too!

Firstly I'd like to congratulate all of those here who have quit after years of smoking. Secondly, I'd like to thank everyone who sat here and wrote the encouraging words "you can do it". I read those words of support two months ago when I decided I was finally going to quit and thought I could never do it. Today I am 8 weeks and 2 days smoke free. I want to lend a (non-smelly) hand to those of you who are just starting out and tell you, YOU TOO CAN DO THIS!! Honestly, I never participate on these blogs, but I feel so strongly about the help I've gotten here. I just felt a need to do the same for those who are just starting out. Even if it helps just one person, I'd like to help. Keep trying, and don't give up. Those cravings DO pass in a couple of minutes. Get rid of any and all ciggs you have left so that you do not cave in to temptation. Anyway, I wish you all luck, and again thanks to all of you who posted here. Stay strong! xoxo
—Guest Laura


Now I don't mean chewing nicotine gum or chewing tobacco, I mean chewing either gum or a toothpick. It helps distract you from the nicotine cravings and helps with withdrawal.
—Guest guest alonso

Chantix Helped Me

I am a reformed smoker of 30 years and am only 42. I have tried before to quit with no success. My father passed away 3 years ago of horrible COPD. I watched him suffer as did my mom and my daughter. Since then I've tried to quit about 4 times. This last time, a little over 2 weeks ago I started taking Chantix. I didnt stop smoking after the first week like it said. After the first week I got bad aches and pains and sick to my stomach and very fatigued. My boyfriend said this was probably from smoking while on Chantix. From that day on..with my fathers last days heavy in thought, knowing I did not want to put my daughter thru something like that..I have not touched a cigarette since then. I bought some lollipops to give my hand something to do during the cravings. What also helped was my 12 step meetings I attend. I just substituted nicotine in place of the other drugs and alcohol. Starting in on week 3 I have some restless sleepless nights, but otherwise I feel great!! Good luck!!
—Guest LyndaP

38 Hours

I am smoke free for 38 hours. It might not seem like a long time but it is for me. I've been smoking for 1/2 my life and now I'm just taking a walk, having a glass of water or sometimes I just randomly fall asleep. I will beat this.
—Guest Nicole1blue

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