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Quit Smoking Side Effects Timeline.

Welcome to the Quit Smoking Side Effects Timeline, a quick reference guide for smokers who want to find out what happens when you quit smoking. This timeline is variable and dependent on an individual’s level of addiction.  Some will experience all of the day to day quit smoking symptoms and side effects of nicotine withdrawal, while others may only experience a few.

Please note, if you are looking for a timeline on how the body repairs itself as opposed to stages of withdrawal, please be sure to check out the post, What are the Health Benefits of Quitting Smoking?


Quit Smoking Side Effects Timeline

Stage One

First 7 Days

Side Effect – Chronic Physical Cravings.

Chronic physical cravings begin shortly after quitting then rapidly increase in intensity until they peak somewhere between 48 and 120 hrs, at which point they begin to gradually weaken. Physically, this is the toughest stage of the quit smoking and withdrawal process.

Having a greater awareness of how and why cravings occur can go along way toward making this quit smoking symptom more manageable…

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Side Effect – Irritability and Intense Mood Swings.

These are largely influenced by cravings and will peak at roughly the same time as cravings. If the smoker is also quitting caffeine, the symptom may be worse. With a bit of planning and know how, this quit smoking symptom can also be better managed on a day to day basis…

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Side Effect – Intense Fatigue.

A smoker begins an intensive healing process when they quit smoking. This process can severely fatigue the mind and body. Again, if the smoker is also quitting caffeine the symptom may be worse. It is important to get as much rest as possible and explore ways that can potentially help by combating the fatigue and tiredness that come with quitting smoking…

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Side Effect – Headaches.

It is not unusual for people to experience headaches when they first quit smoking. It is possible that the headaches experienced during nicotine withdrawal are the result of fluctuating serotonin levels. This is also a common symptom of caffeine withdrawal. Again, there are some things you can do to manage the head aches on a day to day basis…

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Side Effect – Chest Discomfort.

Smokers may experience a tight and uncomfortable feeling in their chest. This just goes away with time. Some ex smokers may also experience sharp pains in the chest, and while this may be normal, it really is a good idea to speak to your doctor and have your lungs checked. Even if only for peace of mind.


Side Effect – Constipation.

Nicotine and tobacco smoking interfere with normal digestive functions. Upon quitting smoking the digestive system undergoes a radical period of healing. Because of this, the digestive functions of your body may become unsettled as they become accustomed to a life without nicotine and tobacco smoke. For many ex smokers, this manifests as constipation…

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Side Effect – Flu and Cold Like Symptoms.

As the respiratory system heals, smokers will experience cold and flu like symptoms. The day to day symptoms can be headaches, flashes of hot and cold, chest congestion, cough, sore throat and nasal congestion.  The smoker will also likely begin coughing up tar…

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Side Effect – Increased Hunger and Weight Gain.

Nicotine is an appetite suppressant. When nicotine users quit they tend to experience an increase in their appetite. Food, particularly sugary foods, increase dopamine levels and may decrease severity of cravings. There are ways to minimise the weight gain…

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Quit Smoking Side Effects Timeline

Stage Two

7 – 21 Days


Side Effect – Moderate to Severe Cravings for Cigarettes.

The chemical dependency to nicotine is significantly weakened by around days 5-7. However, there is still significant healing required throughout the brain and cravings will still occur, though not as physically intense or long lasting. Many cravings will also be related to emotions and everyday memories that are still associated with smoking. They will begin to weaken over time and ebb and flow in severity.

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Side Effect – Moderate to Severe Irritability and Mood Swings.

Again, this side effect is largely influenced by the intensity of cravings.

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Side Effect – Mild to Moderate Fatigue.

As the now ex smoker, approaches the 2 week mark, fatigue levels will start to drop. Many ex smokers will begin to experience greater levels of energy.

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Side Effect – Headaches.

Headaches should begin to clear up by the end of the first two weeks.

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Side Effect – Mild Chest Discomfort.

This should weaken significantly once the chemical dependency is overcome. It may persist in a much milder state, alongside cravings.


Side Effect – Constipation.

This will likely persist in varying degrees of intensity.

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Side Effect – Flu and Cold Like Symptoms.

This will likely persist in varying degrees of intensity. The ex smoker will likely cough up more tar, more often as the lungs begin to clean out.

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Side Effect – Increased Hunger and Weight Gain.

This will likely persist in varying degrees of intensity and be tied in with cravings.

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Quit Smoking Side Effects Timeline

Stage Three

3 – 12 Weeks.


Side Effect – Mild to Moderate Cravings for Cigarettes.

Ex Smokers will progressively notice large gaps between cravings. There will likely be a number of spikes in relative intensity during this period, followed by a significant decrease in cravings. By week 6, most ex smokers are well and truly in control as the chemical dependency is well and truly beaten. By 12 weeks, levels of nicotine receptors in the brain should be equal to that of a non smoker and cravings from here on are triggered by habitual behaviors and emotions.

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Side Effect – Mild to Moderate Irritability and Mood Swings.

Mood swings will become far less intense as cravings  weaken and become more manageable.

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Side Effect – Mild Constipation.

The digestive system should be back to normal by the end of this period.

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Side Effect – Mild Flu and Cold Like Symptoms.

These symptoms will become a lot less frequent.

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Side Effect – Mild Hunger and Weight Gain.

By the end of this period, ex smokers should be in a much better position to manage weight gain.

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By the 12 week mark, most ex smokers will feel comfortable with their new lifestyle.


Quit Smoking Side Effects Timeline

Stage Four

3 Months – 24 Months


Side Effect – Very Mild and Infrequent Cravings.

Cravings progressively weaken to the point of almost being non existent. A six month ex smoker will likely experience very weak urges that add up to seconds per day as opposed to minutes. However, this period is still risky, as the periodic “walls” of cravings may become frustrating. These walls and urges will continue to weaken and by 12 months, most if not all ex smokers will go weeks even months between craves.

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  1. John Banton says:

    10th day cigarette free after 34 years of direct and passive smoking and feel better already. Done it cold turkey :-). I was in the supermarket yesterday, and the gentleman who joined the queue after me had just extinguished a cigarette. Did I smell like that I wonder??? It was pretty bad!!

    • Hi I started smoking when I was 13 behind the back of the bike shed at school. I was smoking 20 a day and I’m 50 now and stopped smoking 6 weeks ago yesterday. I do vape, I’m on 0.6ml nicotine, cutting the amount down steadily since I started. I have never once wanted a cigarette because I always remind myself of how smelly it is, dangerous, and downright expensive !!!!!! There is more o life than doing this and I’m dammed if I ever decide to light another cig up ever again. Good luck to everyone x

  2. I am a tobacco person, meaning I will smoke pretty much anything. I quit cigarettes about 25 years ago and about 10 years ago started smoking pipes and cigars off and on. I am not sure what the by-line is on cigars and pipes, but they are completely different than smoking cigarettes. When I smoked cigarettes, I fed the monkey. When I smoked a pipe or a cigar, it was like drinking a fine wine. But in any event, my wife is quitting so my now occasional cigar is been cancelled.

    What I wanted to write here is that I had so-called cravings for cigarettes up to 10 years after I quit. The last one I had occurred when I stepped into a boat to go fishing (10 years after my last boat fishing event), and the first thing that I did was to reach into my shirt pocket to grab a smoke to light up. For me, fishing and smoking in a boat was about as good as it got. I enjoyed these cigarettes. But these sort of events weren’t really cravings but rather associations, and as soon as I recognized them as such, they disappeared as quickly as they came.

    Good luck. And as far as I know, my wife Kathy has been smoke free for going on her third week … Hazah!

  3. I quit six months ago,over the sweet thing now but eating frozen grapes instead of sweets helps from gaining weight,I get runny nose , sore throat, flu like symptoms a couple of times but not servere , I am determined not to give up as 7 have come to far and have saved so much money,I have already had my first overseas holiday

  4. almost 7 months smoke free YeeHaw!!!!!!

  5. Hi.2 weeks off the smokes now.was on 20 to 30 a day.i am on the vape but can already feel the difference in my breathing.miss that first one in the morning with my coffee.so stopped drinking coffee in the morning.some side effects flu like head aches pains in my chest feeling tired but not as bad as the first week so hoping they will fade out as time goes on.best of luck to anyone trying ..

    • melissa brown says:

      Quit smoking 9 weeks now and it feel 100% better and i don’t want to smoke again in life its been a while i ave been smoking but thanks be to God how stopme from smoking.

  6. coldturkey217 says:

    dear all – has been smoking since i cant recall maybe 18 and now im 39 and decided to quit –finally ..after so many hesitations, doubts and fears. I quit because i was hospitalized for a month now and undergone laparascopic operation for my fibroids and appendectomy. It’s tough knowing my healing period came together with my nicotine withdrawal. I cannot do my usual stuff – even exercising yet… im having problems with like a frequest chest pain or abnormality in breathing but its comes from to time. and just this past few days, im having dizziness , a bit of heac ache and stomach problems ( bloated) aside from the recurring breathing problems. is that normal though im almost a month without it already? — im quite afraid really …your advises would be of big help to me… thanks

    • I just quit about 7 days ago I hope I stick to it I’ve been smoking since 16 to 48 long time. I feel Ive done the damage why quit ,.Ive tried several times I hope this it .. I’m getting dizzy feel real tired my legs and arms feel sore, don’t know if that’s normal. Hope we stick it out.. Good luck

      • Hi :) and how are you holding up?? ive jus hit the 24 hour mark and kind of having some minor irritations..but all is well

  7. Finally a website that DOESN’T give me a time line about the benefits of quitting, but the timeline of what I have to endure. The benefits are a given. But knowing what to expect, is what makes this all much more manageable.

    I found a way to kill the habitual things about smoking, that helped me, and might help others: Visit the places that you went to, to have a smoke between cravings. The idea is to disassociate places with places to light up. I usually didn’t tell co-workers and friends about that, because it might have been awkward for some.

    Example: I work at University, which is part of a hospital. My work place is within walking distance from home, so the first thing I did when leaving home, was lighting up on the way to work.
    I went the same way after hours several times, and also visited the usual places where we’d gather outside in breaks to light up. Consciously without cigarettes and consciously taking in those places WITHOUT smoking. It helped me a lot.

    The cravings that occur weeks and months after the last smoke, are usually due to Nornicotine being depleted from your system. This happens in many stages and this creates those weird craving months after the last cigarette and comes totally unexpected. The strongest Nornicotine related cravings occur around day 60 to day 120 after quitting, just see how many people return to smoking in the 80-100 day frame. The trick is to expect those cravings and prepare for them.

    I spoke to someone about quitting. She said: “quitting smoke is so easy, just do it!” – yeah right, it’s totally not… “…compared to things like ditching a heroin addiction it totally is!”. And she is right, of course. Reminding myself that quitting smoking is way easier than quitting things like heroin, helped me along the way and kept me from caving in.

    Hope you guys have a good one.

  8. Betty Field says:

    Would someone please help me. I am on day 49. Using inhalator & nicorette patches. Going really well but for severe heartburn. I have had increased heartburn as I reduce the patch strength. Is this normal & if so how long does it last? driving me crazy.

    • I only had heartburn when I was smoking. You might wanna have this checked out though. It might be an ulcer, something totally unrelated to smoking, etc.

      • Betty Field says:

        I think I will have it checked out. At the moment I have stopped using the patch to see if that helps. I noticed on many sites “heartburn” is listed as a side effect of giving up smoking & just wondered if it was severe for anyone else? Thanks for reply though.

        • I’m one of those people that rarely visits doctors. ¦)
          When you’re experiencing severe heartburn, I’d change my diet first, actually.
          Eat as little fats as possible (fats increase levels of gastric acids and bile), go low on salts (salts may give you cramps, which in turn flush acids up the esophagus) and spicy foods (irritates esophagus and stomach lining). Eat lots of fibers. After a while, things are usually back to normal and you can go back to eating whatever you want.

          • Betty Field says:

            Thank you for your advice. To be honest my mouth feels awful. My lips are swollen & my throat sore. Add to that the fact I genuinely feel like the taste is akin to swallowing an ashtray (honestly) & it is a difficult time all round. Just got to get through it I suppose.

        • kevin kasten says:

          Noticed your post said using an inhalator and nic-patches.

          Do you mean you’re using a vaporize pen in conjunction with the patches?

          Your strife may be coming from nicotine overdose.

          • Betty Field says:

            kevin kasten you may well be right. It is not a vaporize pen but is a nicotine inhaler prescribed by the NHS to be used in conjunction with patches. I have never been able to tolerate as much of the inhaler as recommended so that might be the cause. I had been on these for 7 weeks with no problems but the heartburn etc was so severe I decided to ditch everything last Tuesday. Mouth & lips still sore but heartburn has improved a lot. Still taste like I am swallowing an ash tray. Hope these symptoms subside soon. Thought all nicotine should now be out of my body though as I have had no NRT for 4 days. Thanks for your input though. Any advice is appreciated.

        • I’m 19 days after quitting, 2 packs a day for 23 years. I would always suggest medical advice as I am a medical professional; however, through my personal experience, twice, I had severe heartburn in the first 14 days. Also, this was increasingly worse when I used vapor inhaling replacements. Just letting you know, you’re not the only one. Best of luck!

          • Betty Field says:

            KbA22 thank you so much. Things have improved a lot since I have dropped the patch & inhaler for last 9 days. Still get a little heartburn & quite a horrible taste (frequently) in my mouth (like I have smoked a lot together!). Just waiting for this to pass now but it is not pleasant. Yuk.

    • the patches are not good if you have a bad stomach .x

    • Hi, Im into my 6th week now and have had heartburn since day one, it is getting better though. So Hopefully it will pass in the next couple of weeks, always seems worse when I drink anything hot.

      • I’ve been smoke free for about 10 days and not really finding it hard, I miss the first cig in the morning but apart from that I’m ok, I just keep thinking of my health getting better which helps me not smoke but I’m getting really bad chest pains and heartburn since day 3 of giving up fags! I heard it’s to do with my lungs starting to clear out is that right?

        • I smoked since I was 14 I’m 25 now smoked about 20 a day and just gave up 10 days ago and getting really bad chest pains and heartburn a few days in after quitting

          • Betty Field says:

            Hi I am now 14 weeks smoke free & feeling absolutely great, The heartburn & sore lips & ashtray mouth disappeared around week 11-12 so hang on in there & good luck

  9. Namaste
    Have been smoking from the last 5 years . Started in college .
    Quit 2 months back . The Art of living’s breathing process has helped me a lot in cutting my craving .
    I don’t crave for it anymore :)
    Good luck to everyone

  10. Eric Jerrad says:

    Tomorrow will be 26 days smoke free. I am 37 and have smoked since I was 18. The first week I was very tired. I am still dealing with the constipation but that has been the worst of it. I can say with confidence that it does get easier. Every day. Just take it one day at a time.

    This site has made this quit manageable.

  11. Lydia Shanley says:

    I quit 2 months ago after 29 years smoking – cold turkey. I am doing ok but have gained weight – to be expected! but my heart is fluttering on and off and slight shortness of breath- anyone else have these symptoms – I am 45?

    • Roxanne Francis says:

      Day 4 and for the last 2 days I’ve had the feeling you have. Might be the anxiety though. I’m using NRT but it still might be too much nicotine for my body as I wasn’t a heavy smoker. Hope it doesn’t last. Quitting after 20 years smoking.

    • I quit cold turkey 4 months ago after 26 years as a heavy smoker. I am 42 and it sounds like I am having the exact same symptoms as you. I was on here trying to figure out if I should go to the doctor or not.

  12. Susan avendt says:

    I am into day 7 of CT after smoking a pack a day for 45 years. Yes, 45 years. Sad but true. I quit twice before with patches and pills but always went back. Day 7 … I crave one with my morning coffee. So, I take one outside, with my coffee, light it. Smell it and remind me why I am doing this. Then, I stub it out. I have had chest pains since I quit, my nasal passages swelled up and filled with yellow nicotine and my bronchial tubes are angry. All because I quit. I have had ringing in my ears and numb fingers. I am exhausted and yet don’t sleep. All because I QUIT.
    Now, for the good side…I do not stink like cigarettes. My hair smells like shampoo not tobacco and my breath is minty fresh. Day 7. Shortness of breath, yes. I think it’s anxiety. Nicotine closes blood vessels…squeezes them…now, they are open again. I have warm hands again…I went to my doctor and discussed my QUIT with him. After all, I am old. 64. He said “you are never too old to quit and never too old to get well”
    I can not undo the damage I’ve already done to my lungs and body but I can say NO! I can take a deep breath and maybe after a month, be able to walk with my grandkids!

  13. Im 41 years old been smokin since 12 years old, I quit 6 days ago. I have burning of chest, and many cravings but can take a full breath of air feelgood and lots more energy :) Good luck to all :)!!

  14. I am 62 and had been smoke for more than 40 years. I quit since 19.8.2014. go for brisk walk 4 to 5 time a week and feel real good.
    better health and save money as well. will never touch a cigarette again.

  15. I quit smoking after a long period of 40 years,I used to smoke around 25 to 30 cigerets and one bundle beedi and
    one packet tambakku (raw tobacco) now iam passing through the after effect of quit smoking, I completed 25 days now, and iam feeling better and controling my mind and body to cope up the situation and not begining the bad habit again.

  16. Hi All,

    This is the very first time i am writing so please ignore the mistakes. I am 38 and been smoking since i was 22 or 23 , almost a pack daily. I have tried to quit earlier too and longest been 8/9 months but that was 5 years back. Now since 6 weeks i have quit smoking. But i have getting severe cravings now. Though i enjoy walks and swimming but mostly i think of smoking again. Lets hope i don’t and one thing i would like to say that it is an amazing site.

  17. 19 days smoke free. I have smoked since I was 13 am now 31. I have tried to quit several times but now, i’m in for the real deal. Its not easy, but with moderate exercise and mind control i’m hoping to succeed. What helps me when I crave a smoke (as bad/tragic as it may sound), I google smoking related images and see all the effects of smoking , then I ask myself…Do I really want to give in and end up like this.

  18. I have smoked cigarettes since the age of 17 and am now 42 so i decided to stop smoking. As of October 11, 2014 was the last time that i smoked a cigarette. I have my cravings like the next person. I just want to see if i can do this for good.
    And even if i should fail will try it again and again until i finally have it down.

  19. Guys : I need some help, I quit smoking after almost 20+ years, used to smoke around 4 cigarettes a day, I am having upper back pain on both sides and also neck pain, is it common? Thanks for your help.

    • Hi Aj (and all!) I have been smoking since I was 13, am now 29. Have stopped a few times before, but never for longer than 2 weeks. This time I decided to try patches and am so proud that I am halfway through Day2 hehe! Anyways, AJ I have a severely stiff right neck/shoulder and it is quite sore. Maybe tension??

    • Me too AJ.. I used to smoke about the same cigs a day.. and bow my lower back is hurting..

  20. Referring to the chest discomfort that comes with quitting (as if the discomfort from smoking isn’t a bother, also…) I just want to mention that out of all the symptoms of quitting listed here, this one was especially brutal on me. I literally thought I was developing COPD because my chest felt just like my father described his COPD – which he recently died from. My throat felt like I had something lodged in there, my chest felt heavy AND – referring to the digestive difficulties associated with quitting, I found that I couldn’t eat anything but smaller portions of light fare because my guts were churning and bubbling as if to the 1812 Overture! I just made an appointment to see my doctor because I thought I’d developed a very serious smoking-related illness. I thought that I’d not quit in time and that I’d developed lung cancer because of the discomfort and difficulty breathing. Boy, am I glad I suffered at the time I did! I was getting a little weak in the willpower and this fright was just the right thing at the right time. Don’t let my account scare you off from quitting, though. Just consider how bad smoking is for your body if the symptoms brought on by quitting make you miserable. Btw, I’m going to my doctor to discuss how best to handle getting back on my bike and getting in shape – not X-rays to detect cancer or anything else. Good luck to you all.

  21. Day 2!!! Craving pretty bad!!!

  22. I stopped Tuesday 21st October, I would not have done but i had a pretty bad flu which was cutting me to pieces. When i tried to have a smoke outside on the decking i found as i took my first draw of smoke it made me cough so badly that i was sick..thinking that`s that out of the way i took another and was sick once again, i was actually on my knees sweating so much it was dripping. the missus said `that`s it, stop` so i did and i honestly could not face smoking again…so far

    • I have had a severe flu recently (today is the 4th day) and have found it impossible to smoke. Because I am so sick, I have not noticed very many side effects of quitting smoking. Hopefully, I can hang on after the flu is completely gone.

  23. I am on day 3 (yes only day 3 someone kill me now lol) ,my choice to give up ,don’t enjoy it anymore always feel like an outcast but this does not make it any easier,am trying to go cold turkey with a little help from a nicotine spray (vile horrible thing it is too yuk). I know its only day 3 but someone please tell me this gets easier!!

    • Day 8 here… It gets easier! I had a quitters flu for the first 3 days, I stayed in bed… By the 4th day I was ready to face the world.. With a nicotine free ecig and some nicorette gum ;) I feel much better. You can do it!!

    • Ps. Advice for all.. Download a quit smoking app on your phones, it will chart your progress including cigarettes not smoked, money saved, etc. it helps me a lot and is very motivational!

  24. Two days in now… Not too bad so far – but I remember the last time I did this. I stopped for two weeks whilst on holiday 2 years ago, then when I returned to work I told myself I can just pick up part-time smoking – only 5 a day or so – but before I knew it I was back on 20 a day… Not going to make that mistake again!

  25. rammel gentry says:

    Im ill be 26 next wednesday..i been smoking for 3 yrs but i haven smoked for 3 days.. Ill feeling good :)

  26. Into Day 6. Going full cold turkey.
    Doing this for my baby girl whose 1 yr old.
    Smoked for 18 years. I’m 38 now. Did a pack every 2-3 days.
    Especially during drinks, golf or fishing.

    Cues resisted this couple of days.
    Spent a couple of days with my sales team who smoke.
    Had a drink session with a buddy.

    Cravings are less but smoking still on my mind.
    Smelling weird smells I didnt notice and also really fatigued day 3 onwards.
    Strangely not getting any of the reported inprovement in taste.
    Hope this goes away soon.

  27. 5 days into cold turkey after a long term pack a day habit. The first two days were hell but each of the last three have been much, much easier.

    Went to a local casino last night for a breath of “fresh air”. The second hand smoke was a little comforting and disturbing at the same time but the seafood buffet was wonderful. Easy to see that my appetite is coming back but weight gain is not a side effect I crave so that will require even more willpower.

    Thanks to the state of Washington for adding in the financial motivation to help me decide to finally stop. Now that we are retired and full time RV’ers, there is no way I can justify puffing that amount of money away monthly! Beyond that, I can’t wade rivers and streams with an oxygen tank strapped to my back and do aspire to enjoying the fishing I did way back when yet again before my days are up.

    I’ve loved cigarettes since age 16, loved the ceremony of them, loved the comfort they afforded me and will miss them dearly in the future I am sure. Also know that 50 years of anything, even a bad habit, is a good long run and the run is over now for me.

    Just some random thoughts and words of encouragement if you too are thinking your smoking days are numbered. The key for me was to look at it like a puzzle and put the pieces together in my head that ultimately came together to form a no brainer…. personal health, financial freedom, recreational pursuits and a desire to live longer rather than shorter with a wonderful woman I’m proud to call my wife.

  28. So cliche, but it gets easier!! It really does!

  29. The first time i stopped cold turkey was in 2010. I stopped for a year and 10 months…. Went back smoking for a year. Then stopped 4 months and went back smoking for 4 months also. Don’t ask me why; I probably thought I was stronger than the cigarette, and one puff wont do me any arm. Big mistake. Today, I’m on day 6… I think I’ll be fine.

  30. I’m on day 4. I’m 37 and smoked since I was 14. So 23 years. The last 10 years of smoking I had 20 a day.
    Now I’m getting chest pains, sharp and dull. Pains in my hands and sharp pains in finger tips just under my nails. It’s causing me great worry. Not really coughing up anything.
    Seen my doctor and had a chest X-ray so just waiting on the results and I’m so anxious she’s put me on anxiety meds. Terrified.

  31. Hi frnds i am trying to quit just 4 days .but i am feeling very tensed. is there any advice for me. How long i should keep it up this one?

    • Ajay Prasad says:

      Hi Sasithar. You will be tense, it is most normal. But you will be much more tense if yoy stop trying. For the next 2 to 4 weeks, let there be only 1 purpose in your life – quit smoking. You will suffer. Brace yourself and face this. There is no pther way. You are 4 days, I am 9 days. I am as much trying to talk to myself as much as to you. God bless and keep trying

  32. - 60th years old
    – 35 years of smoking
    – 20 cigarettes per day or less
    – never tried to stop
    – 08/11/2014 first day without cigarettes.
    Side effects (immediately after stopping):
    – infections of the sinus
    – infection of all teeth and jaws
    – blood pressure seriously increased

    Today is 13th day.
    Infection of the teeth has been quiet down, infection of the sinus still present but less, heart bit not too bad….I am going to see my doctor about blood pressure….

  33. One Year ago today 64 been smoking since 12 years of age ………. packed up cleaned ashtray out spotless now instead of BLACK so happy

    Ok Gained a lot of weight but losing it now no shortest of breath anymore saved up enough for a slap up month holiday RESULT

  34. It is 2am in the morning.. So tired but cant sleep and.found this site. What a great comfort to know I am not going crazy. I quit yesterday. Am determined to continue but so cranky at everything!!!! I am usually easy going so everyone else in a state of shock right now. Cravings are really bad as i expected after 30+ years smoking over a pack a day. I was wondering if anyone could help with the cravings and irratability i am experienced. I see so may people doing so well and would like to be one of those. Good luck to all.

  35. MeDeterminedNow says:

    I’ve gone cold turkey and now between 24 to 36 hrs. Im having a toothache a severe which has become mild after drinking water and gargling it while drinking. Does anyone have any help right now for me else I will need to bear the pain for whole night

    • I am today 20th day after cold turkey and I still have serious problem with toothache, from the first day. My dentist made brutal cleaning, he didn’t find any trouble and reason for the pain but the pain didn’t desappeared. This pain had been spreded on sinuses as well….

  36. I quit smoking on the 20th October 2014. I don’t crave smoking but the withdrawal symptoms are too much. I am constantly constipated and I always feel tired after work, so much so that i sleep. I also experience chest pains atleast once a week.
    However i am happy that I quit coz when I smell a smoker’s breath, I always wonder if that is how I smelt. I just hope that I quit forever coz i’ve quit twice before and went back again. I hope this time it’s forever.

  37. Sayonara cigs says:

    I’m on day 8. I’m 30 and smoked around half pack of cigs for 7 years. Quit cold turkey, although rely on Vape whenever I can’t concentrate at work. My chest and throat seem to be much better than before and my head seems to be clearer.
    Just one thing that keeps on bother me is my lack of concentration since my last cig. How long should I expect this symptom to continue? Any advice?

  38. Hey all of you quitters thanks for the free advice, I’m day 34 cold turkey guy, just checking on all you other quitters , hey some of those symptoms I’ve had some not at all in any way shape or form, the weirdest one is the ashtray mouth, I still get this once in a while, otherwise aside from cravings like when you’re alone having a drink and or eating a meal and you all of a sudden think you could smoke a cig or some other butt cause you feel so good craving . Just remember we all have each other ……. The other thing I think all quitters should try first is cold turkey with no replacements such as eating, vaping , gum , patches or other cessation devices or aids , I may be wrong but I think that that is just a further hook to keep you dependant on nicotine or what have you , true freedom from smoking means not smoking anymore and the act goes with it , besides what do I know except it’s day 34
    Thanks for your time

  39. 1 year later after quitting, I cannot actually believe I was a 1/2 a pack a day smoker for 22 years. I’m in shock that I’m not at all phased by cigarettes in the least. My first 3 months (3 days, 6 days, 9 days, 12 days. 15 days … 1 month) were hell! I found myself going into my room closing the door and locking myself out from the world. I did this a dozen times.

    And now – a year later I smell wonderful. My skin is shining, I can run without coughing, And, oh my, I can eat!

    I have a belly. And it’s not from beer. I don’t think I’ve been eating that much more. I have thighs. I’m fitter and fatter than I have EVER EVER EVER been. I expected to gain 5% of by body weight. Not 11%.

    So help friends. Please. I love the new me, but am having a few too many issues looking in the mirror.

  40. Jim Murphy says:

    I quit smoking because I developed the flu so badly. (This is the first year the flu shot did not work). So I have a double whammy. The actual flu and the quitters flu.

    However, I am sticking with it.

  41. melissa brown says:

    Stop smoking is the best thing i ever had in my life and don’t want to smoke again in my life.

  42. 2 days without smoking I know it’s not much but feeling so proud.
    Good luck to everyone

  43. Hello everyone.
    reading so many great comments on here and well done all,
    after almost 35 years of being an habitual Smoker I decided to quit on Aug 23rd 2010 (at that particular time I was a 60 a day person)
    Yes it is hard, and I had most if not all of the side effects that are being mentioned here. all disappear with time and the only legacy I have from stopping smoking is I gained a few pounds that I have been unable to shift and my sense of smell has been erratic , it has been either really sensitive or virtually no sense of smell. both of these side effects are a small price to pay for better health, a general sense of well being, not stinking the place up and the biggest benefit of all. The money you save, believe me you cannot even begin to imagine how much you save in a relatively short time, Anyways . well done all and “keep it up”
    Merry xmas and a happy and prosperous new year to all

  44. Hi, everyone. I started smoking some 35 years ago, burning 20 cigarette daily. About to turn 50, and want to quit (again). This is my third day without cigarette, and really not sure if I can make it. May those who visited this site never smoke again…. Peace.

  45. Day 4 tobacco free. Hardest thing that I’ve done in my life. I smoke about 30 years……the struggle is real but best decision I’ve ever made

  46. I quit on July 12th of this year(about 5.5 months ago). Things have been going very well. The worst is definitely over. I honestly tried to just ignore thinking about smoking for a very long time. Anytime the thought of smoking would pop into my head I would remind myself that I have come to far to turn back now. After the first few weeks it slowly gets easier. I was very cranky and would get terrible headaches, but that has all long since stopped. Another thing I did was stop drinking from the time I quit until the end of August. That was always my downfall before, every time I had alcohol I needed to smoke. Now, I don’t drink that much anymore but I can drink and even hangout with smokers and not want one. It is all mental now, I still think about smoking but I know I won’t ever smoke again. I am proud of myself and I know my wife is proud of me too, she never liked that nasty habit of mine. I know a lot of people will try to quit in the coming days as we hit the new year. My advice is if you are going to do it, you have to be all in. You have to want to do it. Also, it gets easier but you have to be patient and persistent. I wouldn’t do anyway other than cold turkey. It sucks but it also gets better, a lot better. I don’t care about cigarettes anymore. Good Luck and Happy New Year.

  47. So I’m about 24 hours in now or not smoking. I’m sitting at home, bored, and contemplating going to bed at 830 just to beat this. I want one so bad I can’t stand it but I know it’s just because it was a schedule, a routine. Maybe I will go to bed and sleep through this. Glad I found this site and sorry I’m rambling. I’m 31 and have smoked for 16 years. Which is longer than most marriages anymore lol oh I gotta get through this!

  48. I quit on Christmas Eve 2014 after ending up in hospital with pneumonia. I’m 50, had my first ever cigarette at 6 years old and was a regular smoker by 12. Truthfully seeing the people wandering around the hospital ward with their oxygen tanks was enough of an incentive.

    My worst symptom has been insomnia and the weariness that comes along with it. When I want to light up I just imagine what it would be like feeling like I did in hospital but all the time – not something I want.

    I don’t think there is any magic bullet but support from others going through the same thing is useful.

    Best of luck to you all.


  49. On day 7 smoked for probably 40 yrs. I’m 58 not doing bad. Today has been the worse.but I’m going to hang in there looking forward to feeling better and not being sick a lot. Nice to find sites like this makes u feel your not alone

  50. 34 years old and smoked more or less since 17. Think this is my 4th time quitting – each time ranged from 6 months to a year or more off – and currently on day 7. Going cold turkey again after 10 months of my most recent relapse. Having quit before I know this is doable and it does get better. Pretty soon I will forget all about it. First few days weren’t bad but starting to feel it more intensely now, but I sort of enjoy the challenge of fighting this monster. It’s vey rewarding to win, day by day. One piece of advice, after you have quit no matter how long it has been, never touch a smoke again. All it takes is one and you’ll be right back in no time. I figure another week and I’ll be over it. Keep fighting all.

    • I should have added, my relapses were situational and not due to cravings. Twice because I began dating girls who smoked and thought what the hell, I’ll join them and then the other two times because of partying where inhibitions were just lost. My point is once you are offer the initial hump the cravings and pain are gone. It is all clear choices after that.

  51. quit 15 days ago after 47 years I’m 62 averaged about 16 a day over the years,made my attempts over the last 10 years to quit but you really really want to, this is where I’m at now.finally noticed the signs of a long time smoker and told myself now or never.Its not the easiest thing to do thats for absolute sure. Up to this point I feel like a new person,yeah there are the withdrawal symptons and the changes in the body but so be it you have to start somewhere.Keep strong and DO NOT let anything stop you now no matter what,your life is too precious.I went cold turkey this time no gum or whatever, its up to me, BEST OF LUCK TO ALL,honestly you can do this.

  52. I’m on day 17 now and I feel rough! I have digestive problems already and quitting smoking has made things worse. I also have what seems like quitters flu and pretty severe fatigue. I still dont want to smoke and am confident that I won’t light up again.
    I just hope these symptoms start easing off and soon. TBH I feel that rough that if I knew the withdrawal was gonna be this bad I’m not sure if I would have quit but I am determined to give up and hopefully I have been through the worst of it already.

  53. 15 days quit hasn’t been to bad.Like to have a casual drink with friends once in awhile but haven’t. But tonight we are getting together so I know I have to stay strong. Any suggestion!!!

  54. Hello,
    I got this bad habit in college in 2008 since then I was a average smoker smoking 12-13 cig a day.From 2011 to 2014 every year I quitted from Feb to September.On October festive season starts in my country so with some old friends we smoke and drink like fish and this goes on to New year end of January. Now this year I finally decided to quit forever.Hope I,ll surpass this years festive season. 12 days now

  55. im 49 and have smoked since I was 13.i have quit smoking 7 other times.this is my 8th.the longest I gone is 14 months.stress has always gotten the better of me.im usually ok with little life stresses but big stressers are hard for me to cope with.i quit end sept 2014 and have had a very difficult time,compared to my other quits.my body has been aching since I quit and has gradually become worse.the aching has turned to pain.in my back ,under arm pits ,arms.legs.since quitting ive become increasingly tired and my appetite has decreased.this symptoms ive had are so different from what I experienced in the past.i have been a otherwise healthy female.never had any complaints .

  56. Heart=warming, the sheer numbers of people posting their stories here!
    I am 69, smoked for years and years. I am also a single Dad with THREE young kids
    of 8 13 and 14, with little prospect of finding a new wife/mother/lover/girlfriend at this stage of my life. (My young wife died of cancer 5 years ago). 7 weeks ago I had to have some gall-bladder infections removed ‘in a hurry’ and while in the hospital, the need to stop smoking was so clear and evident, I have found it relatively easy.
    What I HAVE experienced in these 7 weeks, is chronic fatigue, insomnia, and numbness in my lower back/hips. and left leg. I would LOVE to imagine that this is related to quitting smoking, and will somehow “right itself” over the next few weeks……who knows?
    What I DO know is that the feeling of having stopped, far outweighs the “bad” aspects of stopping!

  57. I quit 4 months now may be a little more but having some or the other problem. I get sore throat too often and this is my 4th or 5th time in last 4+ months. No cold no cough but sometime there is phelgm. Its like smokers flu but it keeps coming back. Also suffering from choking at times I think that’s down to anxiety. I have no cravings at all what so ever. Was a smoker for about 6 years and 3 of them were 20 a day and 3 were ranging from 2 to 5 a day.

  58. Naimah Mack says:

    Been smoking on and off since 15. I mean it seemed like everyone arnd me smoked…mom, dad friends etc anyways im an 32 yr old adult now responsible for her own actions (listen to me) lol but i had to quit because i started smoking in my bathroom, my car…i thought i could actually hide this! But not from myself smh well now im 9 days healthier thank God but am experiencing fatigue, some depression and i thought i was going through a meltdown yesterday..but got thru it
    When u still feel positive thoughts about quitting then i believe the jouney cant be so bad after all….Yup

  59. I am 4th month into my quitting but since last few weeks I keep getting sore throat, its not that bad that I can’t swallow. Just minor but enough to make you realise that your throat is sore, is this common?

  60. thirdtimesacharm says:

    It is really comforting to have found this site. I smoked my last cigarette 09/21/14. good luck to all ! Turned 42 09/27/14 n have smoked since age 11 with 2 solid attempts to quit. phew! Here we go !!!!

  61. Had my last cigarette in mid-September 2013 after using the patch and an electronic cigarette. After my last smoke, I used the electronic cigarette off and on till mid-January 2014 when I finally became nicotine free. I am so happy and proud I finally kicked the habit but it has been the toughest thing I have ever done. I enjoyed smoking for over 35 years and I still get those urges to light one up but my will power still manages to overcome the desire. I wish everyone who wants to stop smoking the best of luck. It’s very hard but I have found it very rewarding especially in regards to my health. Trust me, you will notice a difference in the months following that last smoke. It’s so scary to give up something you enjoy and/or depend on but if I can stop smoking, anyone can stop smoking.

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