From the article: All About Nicotine Withdrawal
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:
Every Day Gets Better
- The gum is helping me a lot. Its been three weeks and I'm feeling alot better every day. I can't believe how much cigs had controlled my life.
- —Guest cathy
Water with Lemon
- I'm only a few hours into it. Im hanging in there. Tomorrow will be my 24 hrs. Drinking water with a squeeze of lemon is helping me.
- —Guest kim
never thought i could do it
- After smoking for 28 years, a few failed attempts, ive finally opened my eyes to the dangers of smoking after years of telling myself 'il be ok' , who was i kidding? Anyway on the 9th jan 14 i gave up using nrt spray for the first time i totally felt i couldnt quit cold turkey i def werent brave enough! But after 6 weeks on nrt i started reading NTAP, an absolute must!! He explains why cold turkey is the best and as i sit here in pain, depressed and miserable going through cold turkey i know its the best way! Never again will i touch a fag, cold turkey is prob nothing compared to going through cancer. Keep up the good work ppl reading these comments def helps, best of luck to all :) x
- —Guest sarah
Dont let them win!
- Im into day 3 now and this was a snap decision after a few years of thinking but not acting on it. The other day I decided this was it. Im going cold turkey and I find that if I hang around people with a smoke that it doesnt bother me as I like the smell of smoke but I will never have another puff myself. I think our brains tend to resist what we cant control which allows us more stress in the recovery process. Its not withdrawal (that happened each time we needed a smoke) its recovery.. Your getting your body back. This and chewing gum, continuously replace negative thought with positive and DELAY as long as u can to get through the other side of the Pang... Oh and i find DETACHING yourself emotionally and physically and just allowing yourself to experience the cravin for what it is without resisting it your already half way there.... persistance and determination, willpower and self worth is A MUST!
- —Guest Crystal Clear
- I'm using the patch. This site really helps! I work from home, which makes it even more difficult. I quit for 14 years and started back 20+ years ago when the cigs were at the end of the grocery aisle and just picked up a pack. Had a new job and going thru a nasty separation/divorce. Since then I have tried Wellbutrin, Zyban (both made me not even like myself) and Chantix. I quit with that but then started "sneaking" them and fell back into the trap. We painted our house and I vowed to quit then. NOT! My significant other of 20 years is planning to retire. The idea of spending over $160.00/month on cigarettes inspired me to really put my heart into it this time! His job is so bad and I want him away from there so he can be happy. He is giving me support. Tired of yellow everything too! I have had 2 friends with lung cancer from smoking. One recently that I have been taking to the doctor (80 yrs) and he quit with just peppermint after almost 70 yrs of smoking. We can ALL win this fight!!
- —Guest Deb
Stick With It
- I have been smoking for 14 yrs and wanted so badly to quit for fear it was really starting to affect my health. A horrible bout of bronchitis lasting 3 weeks was what did it for me. Not being able to breathe scared me senseless. Now I am 18 days cold turkey and am too terrified to start again for fear of being short of breath again. My kids are happy and so am I....I want to be around for a long time.
- —Guest Trish
Remember How Fed Up You Were
- I am 39 now and been smoking since I was 15 . To be honest I haven't found it to difficult giving up which has been 3 weeks now .1st 2 days did hurt but then it was ok . I was just fed up with slowly killing myself and scrubbing nicotine off my fingers every night with a brillo pad and dreading doctor giving you that bad news you really don't want to here.. good luck to yo all and good luck to me
- —Guest Ross Trangmar
- Today is day 44. I quit cold turkey, and have cravings from time-to-time still. I really wanted one yesterday, but kept from smoking. I am not a frequent Blow Pop eater (for those who are not familiar, a sucker with gum in the middle). The first three days were the hardest, and once I got past that, the cravings are few and far between. I have gained 7 lbs, but have begun working out and am trying to eat better. The hardest part for me was to not smoke while at work, because my work day would be structured around my smoke breaks. I know my first break would be at 10, and I would smoke two cigarettes, and then I would only have an hour and 45 minutes to my next break. I would smoke three cigarettes on my lunch break, and would get back from lunch with 2 hours until my next cigarette break. Without these cigarette breaks my work day seems to take much longer because it has been too cold to go outside and walk. I need to find something better to do while at work during breaks.
- —Guest Cold Turkey
cigars are tough to quit
- I've been smoking for 25 years on and off, quit December 30th so 45 days without. It's been tough. What has helped most is exercise, and staying busy.
- —Guest mr
Cold turkey day 6
- I hate to admit that I've probably been on the nasty weed( tobacco that is) for 20 years on and off!! My best advice is don't do it alone ... My husband and I are doin it together and neither of us want to fail... I'm so proud of him I don't want to let us down and vice versa. Cold turkey and minty chewy sweets ( that'll need addressing soon for my teeth's sake!! Oh well one bad habit at a time!!) we have sleepless nights mouth ulcers, spotty skin varied appetite n narks since giving up but the internet says that's all normal. Hardly fair but I probably wouldn't be at 6 days if smoke free success without our teamwork ( bit more like competition but it flippin works) It's also helped telling everyone I know daily that We haven't had a smoke- they're all super pleased for us n I don't want the embarrassment of telling them otherwise....so I keep at it . Good luck all and remember there's millions more GOOD reasons to stop than to carry on smoking - it really holds you back from living
- —Guest Donna and Oggy
Day 3 feeling happy and so proud
- Have been smoking 20 a day since i was 13 now am 27 couple of health scares but have never even been able to attempt to quit as the thought really terrified me and couldnt imagine my life without smoking. Read Alan Carrs book and it is honestly the best thing thats ever happened to me i know i wont smoke again. Have a packet of the rose hip ones that are disgusted but had a hairy moment and needed one but i know i can and have to do this and trust me if i can do it anyone can
- —Guest Emma
- I smoked for 18 years, I'm 30 now. After a serious health scare due to smoking I decided to use champix again. I failed the first time I felt too depressed on them. I'm now on day 8 without a cigarette. I feel like I can breath again! It's so hard no to have one although I don't think it's due to a craving, rather I want one. I have found reading other peoples experiences has helped me through my cravings etc. I also downloaded an app which explaines different health improvements daily! Good luck to everyone in staying nicotine free
- —Guest Day 8 - I feel like I can breath again
one day at a time
- Hi im now on day 46 of being nicotine free. I smoked for 25 years and was definitely an addict.;week 3-4 proved so difficult, I was angry, emotional and had a few "crazy days" I pray to the angels every day to help keep me free of my addiction and its working.;the physical cravings have totally gone and im now just battling with the demons in my head.;they are getting more insignificant by the day. so please try to ride the storm, it does get easier , god bless you all and remember, yoy are not giving up anythinh, but getting your life back xx wendy
- —Guest wendy
One week smoke free
- After smoking for over 15 years, most recently a pack a day, I have no not smoked for one week! Pistachios have been my best friend when a craving strikes (keeps my hands busy and sucking on the shells helps). I have also turned to celery sticks. It is amazing how much better I feel already, and that has been my new motivation. I want to continue feeling better! Also living in an area where cigs are $10+ a pack, I have already started to notice the extra $$.
- —Guest Terri
Cold Turkey Allen Carr easyway
- Hi all I have smoked for 30 yrs from age 20 to age 50, tried a cpl times before albeit halfhearted efforts. This time I meant business though and read Allen carrs excellent easyway book, after I watched my wife quit using this method last august I decided i would use the same method having seen it's effectiveness. So, now I'm almost four weeks into the quit and can honestly say it's not been as bad an experience as I expected. Yes of course I have had cravings and pangs but they only really lasted a couple of weeks, however, I am experiencing other physical symptoms such as dizziness, disturbed sleep patterns and slight weight gain. The sleep is getting better (I should explain this is all compounded with the fact I'm being made redundant too) as I'm learning to control caffeine intake and as I'm no longer working the shifts I was before. If you are reading this and considering quitting DO IT IMMIEDIATELY. And a big bonus is I'm saving £100 a month and getting healthy again.
- —Guest Bill
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