Quitting Smoking Gets Easier. Truly it Does!

Light at end of tunnel when quitting smoking.Quitting smoking and healing from addiction is a long term process. One that takes many, many months. Even though the chemical dependency itself only takes several weeks to breakdown, the more advanced, neurological damage caused by addiction takes a lot longer to recover from.

By neurological damage, I am referring to the immense number of neural pathways and connections that link smoking and the intake of nicotine to behavioural, emotional and environmental cues.

The question, “do the cravings EVER stop?” is often asked on many quit smoking forums and support pages.

It is not unusual to see medium term quitters metaphorically, “lose the plot,” at finding themselves still battling through a wall of cravings several months into their quit. The question, “do the cravings EVER stop?” is often asked on many quit smoking forums and support pages.

So, do they? If you have quit smoking and ever find yourself asking this very question, I suggest you pause and reflect over your own quit and how far you have come.

Has the experience progressively gotten better? Are your cravings as frequent, intense or long lasting as they were in the early weeks and months?

Have you noticed you have spent less time thinking about your quit this month than you did last month or the month before?

Unless you are EXTREMELY pessimistic by nature, I am confident you will find it has gotten better, and over time, significantly better. The plasticity of your brain ensures it.

In time, the most you will be left with is a shadow of a crave. A thought that usually disappears by the time you acknowledge it was there in the first place.

So, given this trend; can you not see the healing process working? Can you not trust and accept the healing process will continue to work until you are healed? Can you not trust, that one day, you WILL stop experiencing these walls of craving and be free to get on with the rest of your life in comfort?

Every crave is an opportunity for the brain to weaken and metabolise another connection. In time, the most you will be left with is a shadow of a crave, a thought that usually disappears by the time you acknowledge it was there in the first place.

Given even more time, the shadow itself will disappear. It WILL happen, it WILL get better, and it WILL take time. Trust in the process, have faith in your brain’s ability to heal and focus now on building a better, healthier, happier and more active life.



  1. annette smith says:

    i worked at exercising patience and enjoying the healing experience. i actually looked forward to experiencing the next side effects of my quit. Both the bad and the good. The bad as i knew i had to go thro this wall, and the sooner it came the quicker it would be in my past. It does take time to heal fully but the advantages of being a non-smoker are well worth the wait.

  2. It’s very inspiring to read that things will improve- we just have to be patient, humble, but most of all proud that we have started the healing process :)

  3. Hello,

    Well after the cold turkey method I decided on the 29th of August of 2013 to quit smoking, actualy what Anette writes its true, it was fun to go trough the process, to know what I was about to experience and was prepared to deal with it.
    Today I am still not smoking and the simple thought of smoking has vanished from my mind. Celebrating every crave moment I felt with ” I managed not to smoke !” was truly the big help personaly.
    I realy apreciate this website for helping me understand what was I about to feel during the process, so thank you one more time. I just hope my comment can give strenth to others like other comments gave to me before.
    Cheers from Portugal !

  4. I stopped smoking 6 months ago. The last couple of days I am having constant cravings. Is this normal 6 months in.

    • I suspect you’re feeling the Nornicotine being depleted. It usually happens around the 60 to 120 (or 80 – 100) day mark. Most people experience the same cravings as they did in the first two weeks of quitting. I think the trick is to expect this happening, and consciously avoid and plow through this hurdle so much time after actually quitting.

      I hope you’re still of smokes, even if this isn’t the most pleasant time in the process.

  5. I’m “smoke” free for 6 months now, but I am using the patch 3-4 times a week and using a vaporizer.

    I keep questioning if I’ve really quit. Wanting to look at the “glass half full”, I can confidentialy say yes, I’ve quit smoking cigarettes.

    Although I’m still feeding myself nicotine I’ve worked down to the lowest strength on the patch and worked down a strength on the nicotine in the vaporizer.

    Heck, if it takes another full year before I completely kick the nicotine I’ll be happy and consider that a victory!

    Was smoking 1 and a half packs a day for last 5 years and this is like my 5th attempt at quitting.

    While I’m sure each individual is different, I found using the patch really helped curb those spontaneous cravings where I would go grab a pack on previous attempts to quit. The vaporizer helps with the habit part. It’s been a winning combination for me.

  6. I’m 11 days into quitting after many attempts. My biggest problem is dealing with stress as cigarettes were my best “friend” when stressful events came up. Physically, I feel better and stronger each day although thoughts of smoking still creep in from time to time. However, I will NOT grab a cigarette no matter how strong the urge! I am determined to kick this horrible habit once and for all!! Stay strong!

  7. Just wanted to say thanks. Your words are helping me get through. Three days in. Im pregnant with my 2nd child. I quit with my first, but i was farther along than I care to admit. Like a junkie i went back when she was only a few months old and have exposed my daughter to second hand smoke. It is very early in this pregnancy and i am done. Thanks again

  8. So, I have been cigarette free for 46 days and nicotine free for 40 days. The last 2 weeks, I am losing my mind. It doesn’t help that my boyfriend smokes “a few a day”…. on my last count a few is a half a pack. I KNOW that if I light up, I am not going to get the experience I think I want. It would make me sick, and I would need to continue to make myself sick for a day or so, before I would get that “feeling” I think I am looking for. I know they say it is supposed to get better but for me, it has been steadily getting worse for the past week or two and I don’t know what to do. :(

  9. Wow reading all your comments kind of freaked me out! I think I underestimated how hard it would be to quit smoking! It seems to be worse than drugs!

    I’m on my 6th day but I must say I wasn’t one of those heavy smokers. I only get cravings when having my morning coffee Cz it used to help me go to the bathroom or after a meal. And of course when I’m out drinking and partying, that’s a whole different story :)

    Only problem I’m facing so far is semi constipation. Not going to the bathroom as regularly as I used to and not very satisfactory.

    Anyway best of luck for u all and me too. Really hope to never go back to this poisonous habit and praying that my constipation will be solved soon without having to depend on any external laxative.

    • Hi Jen! Hoping you’re still not smoking. Just wanted to comment on the constipation. Something I have been doing as a way to add to my lifestyle change, is taking multi-vitamins. I have added Metamucil for constipation. All natural supplement. You could also try a tsp. of mineral oil/day. Neither have poor effects & both natural.
      I am on day 22 today. I came to this site because I am struggling with emotions still. I need to visit more often because it really does help knowing I’m not alone. :)

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