Quitting Smoking May Cause Fatigue and Tiredness.

Woman Suffering Quit Smoking FatigueRecovery from nicotine addiction is both physically intense and a very stressful process. During the early stages of chemical withdrawal, quitters undergo a rigorous healing phase. For the majority of smokers, quitting requires immense concentration, self discipline and resilience, resulting in varying levels of fatigue and tiredness.


The symptoms of fatigue are easy to recognise. They also highlight the importance of taking time out from your normal, every day activities during the first stage of healing and chemical withdrawal.

How can you tell if you are suffering from fatigue when quitting smoking?


  • Do you feel constantly tired and sleepy, even after resting?
  • Do you experience headaches, dizziness, poor concentration and blurry vision?
  • Do your muscles ache and feel weak?
  • Do you have a slow reaction time?
  • Do you have a hard time finding the motivation to do anything?
How long does the fatigue from quitting smoking last?


  • Everybody is different and there are varying factors that need to be considered, such as caffeine or sugar consumption, additional illness such as depression or insomnia and external influences that may cause stress and anxiety.
  • In general, fatigue from quitting smoking should only last a couple of weeks and peak within the first few days.
  • If you experience fatigue beyond that timeframe, or your level of fatigue concerns you, seek medical advice as there may be additional causes.


Tips for Managing Fatigue When Quitting Smoking.


Rest, then get some more rest.


Your mind and body are going through an intense physical healing processes. You feel tired and fatigued because you are tired and fatigued.

Don’t make things more difficult by attempting to go about your daily life as though things are normal, they are not.


Drink water and consume plenty of micro nutrients.


The brain and body need nutrients to heal. It is important to at least try and get some nutritional food between the sugar hits you will likely rely on when quitting. Consider getting a juicer.


When able, take small steps toward regular exercise.


Exercise is one of the most healthy and advantageous things we can do for both the mind and body. It encourages the healing process and generates positive endorphins in the brain.

Start small and don’t over do it.

If you don’t normally exercise, then start with a five to ten minute walk. The key is to do this every day.


Relax and get some laughs.


It is very easy to forget what happiness feels like when you quit. While you are relaxing, consider watching some comedy. Laughter is the best medicine!



  1. Dave J. Brawn says:

    It would be nice if we had more people active on this forum / webpage. A lot of the posts here I had found very positive in many ways and I see myself refreshing the page frequently for updates. Should look at further publicity of this page to get more involvement from others.

    • jennifer layne says:

      I agree!!! Jennifer here .quit smoking 7 days ago and am pouring over any information to give me encouragement or to explain my symptoms… I’m so proud of myself but so tired ! Lol

      • Dave Brawn says:


        7 days is a huge achievement!! Congrats. I am sure you have it to 13 days now as to when I am replying. We all go through different withdrawal symptoms but there a lot of similarities. Post them up if you feel you want to talk about them. I go through shitty anxiety trips, sleepy blocks where I feel I just sit anywhere and doze off, heart palps, slight mood swings but not too bad, thoughts that I have every sickness in the medical glossary, a tendency to google every sickness, etc.
        A lot if this is just in your head. You need to reprogram your brain to think positive and happy thoughts and basically tell yourself and know that what you have decided to do is to only make you more healthier in many many ways. Keep up the good fight Jennifer!

        • CallMeGold says:

          So odd you say that. I have been on my vape for last 10 days and right now is hour 36 of no nicotine. I have had 3 panicky attacks since and have never has one in my 30 years of life prior too. I also have been looking up medical issues. I hope it is truly the auditing process. Right now I am feeling tired and stumbled on this page. Felt the need to post.

        • Hopeful says:

          It is two weeks today for me and I have also found myself looking up medical issues since I quit. I have also felt very anxious, feeling like I can’t breathe, ball in my throat and a little freaked out from all the excess mucus. Today I have felt worse than ever I am so tired and achy and legit feel like I could go crazy.

          I have been quite sad for the last few days as I miss smoking I feel like it was part of me (20 years to be exact). But I know the feeling will pass in time. So far nothing has tempted me to pick up a smoke again and I hope it won’t no matter how insane quitting makes me feel.

          Isn’t it crazy that something doing out body so good in the long run can make us feel so bad in the beginning.

          • ColdTurkey says:

            Smokers for 22 years. Quit cold turkey on 22 May 2018. The first 12 days I don’t have any symptom. I have a lagging physical effect. On the 13th day all the physical effect hit me badly. Anyone have this lagging effect. I feel sick, tired, dizzy and mouth always dry. Is this normal ?
            On the 10th June (Sunday), I lost my appetite and don’t feel hungry to eat. As of today, my appetite seems to improve but hope wont go bad again.
            I also google all the sickness and I find myself always on medical sites. My body feel weak, tired and don’t feel good al the time and make me need to google all the sickness. Is this normal ? Need some encouragement and support

            Hope all my problem facing is due to nicotine withdrawal.

          • Well, I’m on day 8 and I feel like crap. I got down to 4/day and then went on the patch. It helps me a lot. I’ve had to reprogram Every thing I do now as a non-smoker. I’m proud of myself for making it this fair. Still lots of work ahead, but I’ll get there. Went to my Dr. and we decided that in 2 weeks I can start going to a kinda Cardic rehab, I’ll be monitored on the weights, twice per week and once a week water aerobics. You see, I’m an asthmatic and I’ve been sick since last November and it’s July now. Nothing easy about this. I’ve never been so tired and sleepy in my whole life, but they say that is normal. I’m so weak that I have a hard time picking up a bag of cat food. I’m on all kinds of meds and doing breathing treatments. I’m not giving up and neither should any of you. One thing I keep telling myself is this;
            Breathing or Smoking.
            Breathing wins! Y’all keep up the good work, we’ve all got a better life ahead Without cigarettes. God Bless.✝️

          • Warrior04 says:

            I quit smoking 5 days ago and it’s really bad, i’ve been having muscle pain and i feel so tired. I’m having a Heartburn too not sure if that’s normal, i’m really worried. I’m trying to not take these symptoms seriously but it’s hard, i feel like i’m having Anxiety as well.. it’s killing me. i really need some encouragement and support guys 🙁

          • Hey Warrior and others – I feel everything you are telling about! The first week is hell on earth especially, and each period of time has its own problems . I got to 3 months and thought I was over the worst, but beware the 3 months! The overwhelming cravings came back. I’ve made it through to 4 and a bit months but am still not feeling as good as I thought I would. If nothing else, focus on the $$ you are not spending. I just bought some expensive perfume as a present for myself. Do something nice just for you!

          • Dolly A Gann says:

            I have been quit now for 3 months and still have excessive amount of mucus and occasional shortness of breath with tightness in my chest. How are you feeling

      • Pure unadulterated hell!!! After 45 years of smoking 2 packs a day I decided enough was enough so I threw the last half pack I had in the garbage. I always liked turkey, so I went cold turkey. Everyone said how much better I would feel….After 8 days….Dear God I feel like crap!!! I can’t sleep very long and I’m always tired, my throat hurts, I’m coughing up nasty stuff, short of breathe, constantly thirsty. But I’m determined to never go back to smoking again.
        I swear after all this pain and suffering is over if I get hit by a bus and killed, I’m really gonna be pissed!!!

        • Melody Desposito says:

          Love your sense of humor about this addiction! I’m @ 15 days today. I decided to go cold turkey also after 51 years of smoking. In one sense I was forced to quit by being in the hospital for seven days. What a waste of time if I start back now and it is never going to be easy. I have made my adult grandchildren though that if I reach 95 no matter where I am, they have to bring me cigarettes, an ash tray and a lighter because I am going to start smoking again. Truth is, I enjoyed smoking no matter how it was affecting my health. I just don’t want to lose my independence by not being able to breathe. Best wishes for your recovery!

      • 2nd week of quitting im65yrs old copd mild,i get so exhausted when i try an do anything how long does this last and does any thing help the no energy. Thanks

        • Hi David, I’m 65 and quit 4 months ago. The first few weeks are the worst. The fatigue and lack of sleep got to me too. I found myself eating anything and everything – comfort eating of course. I put on 8kg though 🙁 I suggest stock up on good nutritious food and eat whenever you need to. If you put on weight, it can come off later when you are over the worst of the withdrawals. I also tried to walk the dog twice a day even when I didn’t want to due to no energy. Just a slow walk though! Also make sure you see your doctor regularly – lots of things happened to my body after quitting, so needed monitoring.

    • The Norwegian says:

      I just quit this tuesday, so quite fresh but optimistic. Last summer I managed to go 100 days without and in a weak moment I rolled a cigarette and that was it. Slowly but surely I was caught again. I recently found a lump in my throat and my doctor is doing all kinds of tests, so far things seem fine, but it gave me the scare I needed to quit again, for good. I am 34, smoked on and off since the age of 14..Crossing my fingers for better times ahead. For the first time of all times I’ve tried quitting the fatigue is almost overwhelming. I manage to get out for long walks and try to take good care of myself the first couple of days. Good luck to everyone!

      • I am the same way! I’m almost a week in, have “quit” before, a month here, a couple weeks there. No fatigue or anything more than cravings. This time though, I have crazy sinus pressure and am so tired. As in thankfully I’m not working at this moment because I have to take a nap everyday. I’m so tired I can hardly keep my eyes open. The weird thing is I have no cravings to speak of.
        I, too, was scared into quitting (not that I am mad, been wanting to quit for a while) I injured my knee 1 1/2 years ago at work and it’s been one hell of a ride. My surgeon told me I was retaining water in my legs and it could be “heart, liver, or kidney issues….or diet” while I’m hoping for the latter, it’s still scary.
        Good luck, hope you have kept with it!

    • It would be nice to have more recent replies, but I am getting a lot of solace in. The past posts. I am almost at one week. And am,shocked that I feel so very terrible. I cant seem,to breathe , my lungs hurt, my throat hurts, I have the chills, sluggish, insomnia followed by marathons sleeping. And reading about every terrible thing I am,sure I now have. I keep telling myself this will pass and to press on. If the after effect of amoking all thos years is this, I am,paying,for each and every cigarette.

  2. J DeCuffa says:

    I’ve quit smoking for 7 weeks! I did it with acupuncture and nerves of titanium!
    My husband has COPD and the doctor said, you have to quit or die…. ok it’s time. We both had to quit, he used Chantix and I did the acupuncture. Chants gave me irregular heart rhythms so I chose acupuncture.
    How do I feel? Proud I quit, tired some days more than others, some times just plane bewildered!! I keep telling myself this too shall pass, the depression but, I kind of think the weather has something to do with that.
    I’ve gained the weight but, the moral to the story is ~ who give a crap!!! I’ve done something extremely hard and is good for you. hence this too shall pass!
    My house smells better, my car smell better hell I smell better!
    My husband is 3 weeks without cigs and no we haven’t killed each other yet!!
    When you tell someone you quit they are like: Wow that’s awesome, congratulations ya know that’s really nice to hear too!!!
    If ya quit be friggin proud it ain’t easy but, if you did it keep going it’s worth it!!!
    Think of the positive!! You save money! You save your life! It’s nice to not have to run outside and smoke ( rain, snow, cold) .

    • Tracy Maday says:

      ???? 38 days for me! I agree it’s hard. And I cantbwaitbto get some energy again, I’ve started walking on the TM 30 min a day. I do think thecweathervhas something to do with the way we we feel also. Well congrats!

  3. Day 3 for me. Craving! But my lungs do feel better. Trying to stay away from caffeine. Gotta stay positive and o yea stay away from alcohol.

  4. Ok, This site has been a tremendous help to me. Just not seeing it used much. I must assume all who have used this blog are free and clear of deadly nicotine. I am feeling much better as 14 Apr. is my 90 day mark. I must admit that I had some hopeless days. Stomach issues greatly much better, sleep greatly improved. Heart palps are almost gone. Cravings few and far between. The medical community are not versed in nicotine withdrawals and recovery. My faith in God and this blog was and continues to be my medicine. God has, threw his word, shown me what and when to eat. Read Daniel Chapter 1 Verses 12-16. Nicotine directly impacts our digestive system. Good eating and time is the healer. My point is, don’t give up! It gets better. Again, long suffering produces endurance.

  5. It will be one month for me on April 17. I feel like I have been through a lot with the withdrawals but it is what it is and yes, the withdrawals make you feel like you are absolutely suffering from every horrible disease out there and then you reach out to the internet and get terrified and anxious. Then you can go ahead and add health anxiety to your list of already horrible symptoms which usually sends us to the dr in a panic so then they look atcha like your cra. They test you and reassure you and so your ok and you are just having anxiety from quitting but they din’t tell you how long that will last or that it’s normal, they ask you if you have “someone to talk to.” So your ok for a while..until the new symptom of the day pops up and then it’s back to the internet while thinking. “are you freaking kidding me this just can’t be more cigarette withdrawal.” Trying to reassure yourself that you are not having a heart attack or that you don’t have cancer, lymphoma, vasculitis, fibromyalgia, arthritis, tumors in every orfice from your mouth to colon, gal bladder, liver and deadly pancreas problems. The internet as I have discovered is geared to sell and if it isn’t promoting local doctors, alternative meds and herbs and such it is doing it through sites where people “identify” with your symptoms and have had them before and now they have one or several of these deadly things. Think about this; of the millions of people out there on the internet putting all of their personal medical issues out there how many do you think are being truthful? Over-reacting? Downright being manipulative? I’m sorry but this is the World Wide Web and people sit behind their computers and lie and businesses want to promote their products no matter what. I have learned to stay off the internet and when I look for quit smoking support if I see the first words of the first post are; “quit smoking and now dying.” I pass it right by because you will never know the truth of someone’s Med problems. No one will tell you “well, I have had this disease or I am an IV drug user or alcoholic or I have eating disorder or diabetes or some other thing they don’t want to admit to because they may not want to deal with that and blaming everything on nicotine withdrawal just sounds like it’s easier. I just suggest stop googling symptoms it can drive you crazy. Your body will heal itself and if your dr has concerns they will tell you. It should be mandatory that doctors be educated on the chemicals in cigarettes and what they do to the body and what happens to the body when quitting. Western medicine is not designed to heal the patient it is designed to keep us sick and spending more money on meds that absolutely create more horrible symptoms that need more meds to cover up more symptoms so you are spending more and more and more. That is the purpose of western medicine and the insurance co’s are all on bored with it. I am not saying that no one needs medication for their health issues but I am saying be very cautious what you decide to take, just because a doc hands it to you does not make it healthy or needed at all and they get money for getting you to buy it. Ask questions and make them answer or change doctors. I wish all the best.

    • Well put. The food and drug administration is making billions and billions. My 90 day mark was yesterday. I believe withdrawal is age indicative and the body will heal itself. If they could bottle nicotine it would make a great antidepressant ( ; I also think, in my own experience that nicotine masks it own damage and masks other aliments in our health. At this point in my recovery, I”m totally over nicotine addiction. I”m now healing from the damage from the smoke with all the toxic chemicals it has. Your post made me think Martine. Congrats on your quit. My 1st month seemed easier than my 2nd. My 3rd month yielded different adverse challenges. Everyone is in fact different. I used nicotine both smoke and skoal dip for 49 years and was athletic at the same time. I will never use nicotine again. I believe God has sustained me because of my faith that lead me to being redeemed by him. God hates sin, yet loves the sinner. This blog is goodtogo!

    • Mohamed AlKooheji says:

      Martine Relax. One Advice DONT DR. GOOGLE if you google everything, you will read the wrong things and the wrong symptoms and panic even more. Trust me, avoid googling answers. I quit two weeks now, and I have been suffering a mild depression for a few years its ok thats part of life, it has nothing to do with quitting smoking. Just read Allen Carr’s Easy way to stop smoking, you will understand that nictoine withdrawl symptoms are very minimal. You will not feel any physical or mental pain. The only withdrawal symptom im having is tiredness, but thats normal as Ive read and it should be gone after a few weeks,

      • Roxanne says:

        I really hope that’s true about the tiredness as it getting to me I’m on day 17 smoke free and that’s all that’s getting to me is being tired all the time and heartburn

        • Heather says:

          Me too. Hoping it passes soon. And it’s OK for some folk to say Keep busy. When all you can do is watch Tv with one eye open. , day 14 and hopeful that all these symptoms will soon pass .

      • I agree Mohamed. Allen Carr’s easy road to stop smoking is a good read. I am 2 weeks in. I’ve quit smoking at least a half dozen times and I truly hope this is it. It’s really up to me. Always find the excuse to start again. Walking helps and so does meditation. The mental game is the hardest one to win. I’m also determined not to gain weight. I just lost all the weight I gained the last 2 times I “quit” lol!
        If you have a hobby… do it. If you don’t, might help to find one.
        Personally as a smoker I was angry with myself for looking forward to leaving outings and functions so I could have a cigarette. How many people in your life to you hide from when smoking?
        I know I can do this and I also know I cannot have even one cigarette or I’ll start again. But if I do it’s ok and I’m going right back on track!

        You should all feel proud of yourselves for taking this step towards a healthier you and don’t kick yourself if you fall off – just get back on!

        We can do this!!!!

  6. Mohamed AlKooheji says:

    Hi Guys, its been two weeks since I stopped smoking. Ive read Allen Carr’s Easy Way to stop smoking. Quitting is not easy, but its not hard either. DONT use willpower, and DONT use substitutes. You will Fail! Im not trying to discourage you. Just read the book and have an open mind about smoking, no gimmicks, no tricks, no hypnotizing. The only thing that im going through right now which im not happy about, is that im always tired, always sleepy. My energy levels are low, im always fatigued. I read this Forum somewhere online by this woman called wendy, she makes sense. Here are the reasons 1- You’re Body has been sleep deprived all these years because subconsciously your brain was still craving cigs at night while you’re asleep 2- Your Body took a lot of pounding all these years and now it is recovering and healing from all these chemicals you use to inhale (its like recovering after a surgery). 3- Recovery normally takes anywhere from 3 weeks to a few months. Again dont be too discouraged by it. You are living a healthier life. Just do a little excercise and feed your body proper nutrientions and vitamins.

  7. Tomorrow is my 100 day mark. The adverse symptoms of withdrawal change for me. seems something new rears its ugly head. I have stopped googling for answers because i’m finding answers. Sleep is still tough. Cravings still present. My blood pressure constantly normal as my Dr. says is great for a 60 year old man. I guess my athleticism in my younger years is paying off. I must say that i’m doing better yet realize i have a ways to go. I’m that guy that probably needs that full year. Again I will never use nicotine again! It is a deceptive drug that will be the root cause of death, suffering, illness, ect… If they could bottle it, it would be a great antidepressant. My main issue is depression of which will reek havoc on your physical. All of you who are quitting have my utmost admiration and utmost respect. I used to think Boot Camp was the hardest thing in my life, not any more. Quitting nicotine has that beat hands down. God bless you all as he said “long suffering produces endurance”

  8. Kim W Brendahl says:

    Hello all, today is 14 days smoke free , I am feeling better but am suffering from the smoker’s remorse . I know this will pass . I also suffer from insomnia and fatigue . I agree with MSgt, I also served in the military and quitting smoking is much tougher than basic training . I am done with cigs, as I do feel better already but know I have a long way to go . I am proud as I was a 40 year smoker, I am feeling more confident every day about my quit. I want to see my grandchildren grow up and be a good example for them. This is my first post , I just wanted to let you all know how very helpful this site is for me , let’s me know I’m not going crazy .

    • This is my first go at writing. 15 days today. In some ways I feel better now I’m over the first horrendous few days, in some ways I feel worse. Thank you to all of you who have written on this page … I think I’ve had all the same symptoms too. My big hurdle apart from all the physical aches and pains, depression, lack of sleep etc, is who am I now? I feel like a fake person. The real me smokes. I guess this too shall pass eventually.

  9. Hello all, today is 14 days smoke free , I am feeling better but am suffering from the smoker’s remorse . I know this will pass . I also suffer from insomnia and fatigue . I agree with MSgt, I also served in the military and quitting smoking is much tougher than basic training . I am done with cigs, as I do feel better already but know I have a long way to go . I am proud as I was a 40 year smoker, I am feeling more confident every day about my quit. I want to see my grandchildren grow up and be a good example for them. This is my first post , I just wanted to let you all know how very helpful this site is for me , let’s me know I’m not going crazy .

    • Greetings Kim, Wow, I to have to heart to quit for my Grandchildren. I’m on my 102nd day mark. I’m beginning to get some of my OOORHA back. I think maybe I suffered all withdrawal symptoms from nicotine. My Dr. was sympathetic yet not versed on nicotine with withdrawal. God love her. I don’t think the medical community as a whole is versed on it. Can you imagine how the food and drug administration would loose millions if people started getting healthy by quitting tobacco? The medical insurance business, Less Dr. visits, less prescriptions written. Wow! Can you also imagine just how pleasing it would be to our lord for people to quit deadly nicotine? Anyway, I could go on and on. Your reason to quit is admirable and God WILL bless you immeasurably. Keep going hard charger! Nutrition and this blog is a big help. I check it quit a bit. Read DANIEL 1:12-16 As the Lord leads ( : Semper Fi! Warrior.

      • Hi MSgt, still smoke free. Starting to feel better . Had a few days of high anxiety as my 2 Yr old grandson is in the hospital with a viral infection in his lung. To make matters worse they are stationed on the west coast , I am on the east coast . I had a moment where I wanted to smoke and realized this would do nothing to help my grandson or myself so I pushed through and am still smoke free. Shutting down those triggers. My grandson is doing better now, but God help both him and me. I’m not as far as you but I will get there. Thanks for the support . Semper fi MSgt

        • Greetings Mrs. Kim, that poor baby!!! Good for you to not going to nicotine. As Warriors we both know about anxiety. God is a tester of hearts as we all fall short of his test, yet his free gift of grace will see us threw as he knows our hearts. Each time you resist, reward yourself with the thought of how the lord loves you so so much. Be advised that you and your grandson are on my prayer list. PROVERBS 3:5-6 says, trust in the lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding. acknowledge him in all your ways and he will guide your path. Semper Fi. I’m proud of you hard charger.

          • Greetings MSgt, Thanks for the prayers . Grandson is doing much better . I know God is with us always and has been sending me the strength to get through . I think nicotine is the mightiest enemy I ever had to battle . I plan on winning this one. 27 days and still winning . Thanks for the support and prayers .

    • Kimberly Allen says:

      I enjoyed reading your post!! Congrats on quitting!! Well, I’m on day 11. I reverted to this forum in reference to fatigue… I literally slept ALL WEEKEND, it’s Monday morning, I’m @ work and all I would prefer to do is CRAWL BACK INTO BED… Hopefully, this want last much longer. I’m a single parent, work full time and in college. Being fatigues fits nowhere on my schedule !!

  10. Saoirse says:

    Hi fellow quitters. This is day 27 for me, only by the grace of God. I have had some ok days but mostly it’s really awful, junkie thinking brain wants just one more. Every day is a battle, even though I do not want to smoke, I won’t smoke. Had a 40 year habit, last year I quit for 110 days then relapsed. I believe you need a year to overcome all your triggers and they can sneak up on you unexpectedly strong. Have had some very stressful times in the past 27 days and managed to cope so glad about that. It’s like we have to completely reprogram our brains and emotions. Have been tearful as well; all those painful emotions we hold down with the smoke are surfacing as well as the physical junk. Awful awful taste in my mouth too. Things I have found helpful are drinking pints of cold water; sipping boiled water with a slice of lemon; making a herbal tea from scratch with fresh ginger, lemon, garlic and cayenne pepper (it’s warming and helps the chest!) using a decongestant inhaler; chewing sugar free minty gum; deep breathing; snacking on strawberries, grapes, berries, even kids lollipops. But it’s so HARD. I just have to make it this time. This is my first post, and thank you all for making me know I am not alone

    • Di Brophy says:

      Day 44 for me and I feel like I’m going to make it. It’s been one of the hardest things I’ve ever done after 40 years of smoking. I’ve been drinking lots of water and tea and sucking on cough drops. Googling info about everything I’m feeling has been helpful. It makes me feel less alone knowing others have and are going thru this too. For today I am smoke free!

      • Heather says:

        Well done Di My first time on here. And knowing about others withdrawal and how they are coping helps enormously. I have smoked for nearly 40 years. But these last days have made me realise I should never go back. If only my emotions would say the same , body feels better already but I’m working on my emotions and can all the tricks it plays. Good luck X

    • You are doing everything right Saoirse. Continue to claim Gods grace! He made our bodies to heal. I’m on my 108th day. Gods not done with me yet. I’ve eliminated caffeine also. That was hard but not like nicotine. Nicotine affects nearly every organ in our bodies.

    • Hello, today is day 27 for me. I also had what I called weepy eye’s , this will pass. Just feeling a bit of smoker’s remorse , it’ll pass. Keep knocking down those walls in your brain. Everytime you get through a stressful situation another wall starts to fall. Let’s keep going , we can make it .

  11. Zara1408 says:

    My boyfriend who smoked for the past 42 years, pauses for 243 days! He is doing so well and I’m so proud of him. You can do it too!

    • Wow! Congratulations! I quit 5 months ago after about 42 years. I think it was time. lol I don’t want to smoke at all. I stay soooo tired though. I pray that part passes soon!

  12. Nate R says:

    Hi all,

    I quit chewing tobacco a month ago and quit smoking one week ago. In between quiting both, my dentist found leukoplakia on my left cheek during a routine cleaning. I believe the leukoplakia is being caused by a chipped tooth that is rubbing on my cheek but the thought of having cancer causing skin cells is not helping with my withdrawal symptoms. I have other symptoms popping up that aren’t related to withdrawal symptoms (bad taste in mouth, bad breath, pressure behind left jaw and eye and swollen left tonsil) so needless to say, the urge to use is still strong during this stressful time. I have appointments with an ENT and Oral Surgeon for professional opinions because Google has me really concerned. I know Google is the last thing I should have done because cancer is the first 20 search results but I was looking for some type of common/less sinister diagnosis than what was running through my mind. Overcoming the want to light up or put in a chew has been relatively easy by keeping my two daughters (7 and 4 yrs old) and my wife in mind. I’m hoping my appointments this week and next yield good results, it would take a lot off my mind. Reading so many people’s experiences on this site has been very helpful with my anxiety so thank you to all who have shared their story.

    • Google is speculative Nate. continue to seek medical professional help Brother Man! I smoked and dipped. I thought I was going to die. I love God as He lead me threw the long agonizing process of getting literally everything checked. I urge you to continue with that. I’m on my 4th month and the withdrawals are still present. I lived a very stressful 24 years as a Marine. Nicotine was the medicine for my brain housing group. I encourage you to talk to God. He WILL respond. I’m a Praying Man that does battle on my knees. Keep me posted. Mrs. Kim is a Godly Woman on this blog as i’m sure she will join me in prayer for you and all. Read Proverb 3;5-6 and claim it!

  13. Michael Q says:

    Week 6 after going cold turkey on my 69th birthday ( some present). First week was rather brutal, slept a lot and drank a tea made from fresh ginger and lemon for constant sore throat.Now, Tired and unfocused often; somewhat lethargic, but coping well. I find that my occasional craving is usually abated after 10 long, slow, deep breaths. I am trying not to compensate by eating, when I do eat it’s been vegetables and fruit. and drinking lots of water, herbal teas and coffee. In the past 2 weeks I’ve started exercising using yoga and some old, stretch moves, followed by a long, leisurely 20 mile bike ride along the Chicago Lakefront. Thankfully the weather is good and I can keep busy doing yard work and gardening. I’ve also started painting again! Very much enjoyed reading everyone’s comments here…it was a relief to know this tiredness is normal and I just need to keep at it. Wish you all strength for this good fight!

    • With age comes wisdom Michael! Your choice to quit is impressive at your age! Good for you! Your actions to cope are very sound. In my research, I’ve read its harder to quit because of the length of time the brain receptors were exposed to nicotine. In 2 days I start my 5th month. Its getting much better! Talking to God is my 1st line of defense whereas He was my last resort when I 1st quit! When I was weak, He showed up and made me strong. You have my utmost respect for the choice you’ve made. God comes threw EVERY time.

    • You are up and moving and eating great! I’m 59 sitting at a desk craving food and sweets. 5months now. I must get healthier. Solo tired and sleepy.

  14. Its been 45 days I quit smoking. I start smoking at teen and now quit at 50. But recently I am experiencing a great deal of laziness, tiredness, lack of motivation and swing in mood. I know for sure it has to do with my usual lifestyle like sleeping less. Smoking more. Now I guess I need more sleep as there is no nicotine in blood. Quitting smoking is not bothering me but seriously bothering my alertness, activeness and motivation. Any suggestions.

    • Greetings Jack, I had a full blood panel done. I mean everything. most results were low normal and borderline low. I now take supplements to include pre and probiotics. My blood work is now spot on. At 60, I’m totally medfree. Praise God! I have just begun my 5th month quit and still feel morning funk, cravings, mild heart palps and sleep malfunctions. In the beginning the withdraws were horrible. before i quit nicotine my blood pressure was high, my anxiety was bad enough to go to the ER only to be told my heart was physically healthy. The day of my last pinch of scoal, I went into AFIB, I spent the day inpatient and had every heart test done and was told my heart, lungs, and all vital organs are VERY healthy. My point Brother Man is this, nicotine is a brain receptor orgasm. Excuse my graphic terminology. Its a great antidepressant. Our brain controls everything, sleep, energy, mood, emotions. you name it. The absents of nicotine requires “REBOOT” of our brain receptors. All my symptoms got worse when I quit. I’m just now getting better! Be advised that everyone is in fact different regarding withdrawals and time of recovery. I am a GOD fearing Man that does battle on his knees. I spent my whole life as a Marine and nicotine was my coping mechanism and it worked! I’ve come to realize nicotine does not ease stress at all, it simply relaxes the brain as in infiltrates adversely every organ of the body. IT GETS BETTER! In my time of despair, GOD showed up. My life’s verse is Proverb 3:5-6. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will guide your path”. Any who know Gods word knows our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. It is sin to knowingly hurt our body’s because of this. Sin has consequence, repentance of Sin brings healing. God is faithful to heal us. Understand God gave us free will and will NOT take it away. He is as close as a thought or whisper of His name Brother! I hope this helps Good Man! My 5th grandson was born last week! He was named Jack. God bless you and Semper Fi!

  15. Dave Brawn says:

    Hi All,

    Keep this posted somewhere in front of you always…”A HEALTHY MIND = A HEALTHY BODY”. Fully agree with a lot of posts here. I have been going through bad anxiety trips, I have been googling my eyeballs off, I have been thinking that every slightest bit of pain I feel somewhere on my body means that I am going to die. Does sound lame…but hey…that is what the cigarettes have done to you.
    Need to point one thing out though…all symptoms and when someone will actually feel ‘nicotine free’ fully depends on every individual. Not everyone is the same. Similarities will be there but not everything will be pin point exact. Some lucky ones out there may get through the crap in one day but I am sorry to say…some may only get there after six months. Never give up though. Believe in yourself.
    C’mon all, lets try and get more and more support for this forum. Post up links on websites / social media pages. Let ‘achoice2live’ be a place where quitters go to actually feel supported and that they are making a difference and there is nothing to worry about.
    I know I have only quit for 2.5 months but we need to help out every other person out there who probably just needs someone to talk to.

    • Bravo David! I was trained up to believe pain is weakness exiting the body! Pain is pain Brother Man! Nicotine is an awesome anti inflammation to include other deceptive anti’s. What’s the lesser evil? We live with many of those. Anyway, true testimony requires truth! Admitting truth of weakness is courageous, not lame! What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. Nicotine is and will be the underlining cause of death! Just started my 5th month and i feel lame yet know when I was using nicotine I was LAME! Good post Bother David! You are correct to say we are all different. God made us that way as he calls us by name! Psalm 139:14, “I will praise you, because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, and I know this very well”. God used you David to lead me to this verse of Gods word! I’m grateful. We and this blog with Gods grace is all we have. The medical community, food & drug administration would loose millions of $ if people got well from quitting Nicotine. Semper Fi! to all of YOU.

  16. Well having given up the evil weed the only thing that is really bugging me is being so tired. I’m not really craving a smoke or crawling the walls but feeling sleepy is driving me nuts and I can’t fully concentrate on what I’m doing. Thankfully there are posts here that confirm that this is normal! And that is reassuring.
    Keep up the good work folks and don’t surrender to your cravings…..Be Free, Smoke Free, Live Free..

    • are you still sleepy? i am day 8 and so tired. lazy. unmotivated. is this depression?

      • sleepiness and lack of motivation take a while to go. I basically shut down and was a total mess of sleeping, crying and eating. It has passed finally. If I do have a bad tired day again, I roll with it, and the tv is my friend. Depression can definitely be part of it – go see your doctor if it persists. I did, and he put me back on mild anti depression meds. I’m up to 4 months, still not over it all yet, but so much better than before. Good luck one and all, XX

  17. Greetings X nicotine users, hope you all are fighting the good fight. 4 months 16 days. 136 days total. I tally the days because my expectation is higher than the results. I have no cravings yet still feel the funk and realize for me that, i’m not out of the clutches of nicotine. I do overall feel better. Its the mental impact that’s got me bent. Trust me when I say, If i didn’t quit, Id be in bad shape. Nicotine had a huge control on my very being. Time is the most valuable thing we have. there are no warranties, guarantees, refunds, once its spent we don’t get it back! Have an awesome Memorial day! Pray for the families of our lost and fallen heroes that secured our freedom! Semper FI! to our Lord!

    • I quit smoking 3 months ago after smoking 23 years. After quitting I started having a strong heartbeat in body and even head, my head feels weird disconnected lol dizzy even my eyes feel weird my hands tremble on and off I stay on the internet looking up these symptoms and think I am dying… I have had a CT of brain and MTI And everything looked great!! Has anyone else had crazy withdrawals or do I have something wrong with me?

      • Greetings Shae, I too went threw weird withdrawals. I thought I was gonna die also. I had everything checked. I mean everything. By all accounts, i’m very healthy. I do suffer chronic pain and nerve damage from past injuries. Understand nicotine is a powerful drug. Its a great anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, and relaxer. Ones you quit, the brain is the last to heal. It has to “reboot”. That takes time. I still experience what I call the “funk”. I’m on my 5th month. Hang in there. Consider all the other damaging chemicals deliberately put in tobacco to keep you hooked.

      • Hi Shae, You’re ahead of me, but yes everything is weird and I hurt all over and don’t feel connected to anything. I thought I was having a heart attack a few nights ago … the symptoms were powerful so I went to hospital to get checked out. All ok. I figure it was yet another withdrawal symptom. Can’t wait till I stop hurting and actually get some proper sleep!!

        • Amen Alison! This blog beats google hands down for me. I look back at my old posts and realize I’ve come a long way. My mornings are the worse. All dr visits getting things checked thinking I had serious issues all came out OK. Hang in there guys. Tobacco is an empire with millions that hire chemistry people to put things in tobacco to keep you hooked. They pay them big bucks.

  18. Brandon says:

    Brandon again! hitting 14 months off. I really can say that im outta the sh*t so to speak. I really am feeling normallish again. no crave, no fog, no health anxiety or anxiety in general. As time goes on you just learn to forget it all. The true key for me hasn’t been diet or exercise, vitamins, none of that, (I still try to keep up with that) but for me, keeping my ass busy has been the key. I quickly realized that when I was occupied, I didn’t feel sick, or in pain, or worried or anxious. just when I stopped doing whatever I was doing, I love to build cars, so when I would stop I would notice, hey, I feel great. Then I would think about how I felt. then id feel crappy again. so I just kept myself busy. and now its pretty much all gone, and ive committed to working on better breathing and losing the few pounds I packed on in the process. Keep at it everyone!

  19. Nice to see your still tracking Brandon. I’m on my 6th month. I can see why people go back to nicotine. Its a very powerful drug! My mornings are very difficult. Cravings are strong. I’ve realized time is the only healer for me. My anxiety continues as well as stomach issues yet not as intense and is shorter lived. all my vitals are much more stable and very good for being 60. I’ve got most of my OOORHA back! I’m always wondering what has become of those who have inspired me on this blog. Good to hear of your success Brandon. Your posts are goodtogo! Keep up the fight everyone!

  20. Cold Turkey says:

    Quit Cold Turkey. Smoke 22 years. My last puff is 22 May 2018. The first 12 days , I have no symptom from withdrawal. My Symptom starts on the 13th day and very bad.
    I feel tired, light head, dizzy. 3 days ago my appetite drops and I don’t feel like eating and hungry. Any pain and uneasiness to my body , I will google it and it will make me much worse and worry. Find myself on medical sites, when my body feel not good. I hope is just nicotine withdrawal and i’m getting very uneasy and tired with this

    • Greetings cold turkey, I recommend seeing your Dr. for a general check up. that will be a good starting point for you. It will also bring comfort to your mind. I can relate to how you feel. I thought I was in big trouble. My Dr. told me i’m fine. In my experience, my brain is the last to heal. Make the appointment. Don’t give in. keep us posted. Good luck!

  21. Zoe Botte says:

    2 weeks ago I stopped my anti depressants after being on the for 12 years been on a few gave me a bad liver. 2 days ago decided to stop smoking after 16 years my partner has joined with me. All I want to do is go into hybernation and sleep all day. I get a full 8 hrs daily so this is dragging me down even more. I have kids who are of school age so I’m home on my own all day. Trying to find part time work to no avail. Not sure what to do to get my motivation going. I had a panic disorder haven’t had an attack for a week now and scared it’s going to hit me like no tomorrow because of the withdraws. We are on the 16 hr patches and I’m using gum 3-4 times daily as I was a heavy smoker. Some advise would be great

    • Greetings Zoe Botte. I’m not a Dr. But I will say by my own experience, the patch and gum are not helping you to get rid of the nicotine. You are however withdrawing from all the other deadly crap in tobacco. That is good! Consider the fact that your smoking was causing your panic disorder. Do not feel guilty about getting a lot of rest. Fatigue is a huge withdraw symptom. I’m on my 6th month and still have fatigue at times. Your on the right track. I hope the patch and gum help. Your decision to quit smoking is saving your life!

  22. it’s day 4 since i quit smoking, i think i have the worse feeling ever, i was tired, my body is achy, my heart always palpitate and it’s hard to breath, is it normal?

    • Greetings Charlie, As heart palps are not normal, they are common and a withdraw symptom from quitting smoking. I too had that symptom. The best advise I can give you is to get a complete check up Bro. That’s a good starting point. You must consider the consequences of continuing smoking compared to the nasty temporary withdraw from smoking. Death is permanent. Giving it to you cold brother. I thought I was in big trouble when I quit. I’m on my 6th month and quitting changed and saved my life. Quitting was the hardest thing I’ve ever endured in my 61 years of life! 36 years of that was in the Military. See your Dr Bro. Keep me posted. I’m praying for you! Hang in there.

  23. jack daw says:

    10 week today, 30 year habbit, fall asleep every time i sit around, now im cycling, running, weight training, 1 to 5 hr walks, hard to breath but this will only get better, iv started to swim in the cold irish sea each day the past 2 weeks, this realy helps, im done with the cancer sticks, looking forward to feeling great in time, its all in the mind, so mind over matter, peace.

  24. Greetings X nicotine warriors! 6 months 9 days nicotine free. I will not give up on this blog. I hope to see more use it. It helped me tremendously! My brain still suffers the impact nicotine had on it. My body has definitely bounced back. Wrinkles on my face are literally GONE! everything improved! Just waiting for total “reboot” of my brain. Hang in there. God bless!

  25. Hello

    I havent had a smoke in 10 days! (actually quit caffeine, alcohol and nicotine all on the same day!) I’m gonna stick with it. This is the longest I have ever gone not smoking and I feel great. I ‘m still having episodes of fatigue, and insomnia. Actually, last night was the first night I slept all through the night! I’m still felling really tired. Is it normal even after 10 days to feel exhausted?

    • Greetings Nikki, I’m on my 6th month and still have bouts of fatigue. Nicotine is a great stimulant. Its gonna take time. Hang in there! God bless!

    • Hi Nikki, I’ve just posted below about the fatigue as I suffered with it terribly but it’s day 21 today and it’s lifting so hopefully it will for you too soon. It’s hard but worth sticking with it. I felt so good in week one and then weeks 2-3 knocked me back a bit but hang on in there as it does get better!

  26. I’m glad I stumbled onto this site. Day 14 today and I can hardly stay awake! The first week seemed OK and easier than I expected but am finding weeks 2 – 3 more difficult. Not so much craving cigarettes as I am on the 16 hour patches but I am just so unbearably tired. I’m yawning from morning until night but now I have read a few posts I realise it’s normal.

    • I too am glad for this blog. Nicotine stimulates your heart and raises heart rate. That causes respiration increase. The absents of nicotine lowers everything. The yawning is the body craving oxygen thus creating fatigue. I don’t know your level of fitness. Exercise works wonders and speeds recovery. Those who are not able to exersice can do breathing exercises. 4 second inhale, 4 second hold, 4 second exhale. Fully evacuating your lungs is important. If you get dizzy, that’s oxygen your brain is not use to having. Sit when you do this. God made our bodies to self heal. Good for you for quitting! be proud of yourself! God Bless!

  27. Hello all! Brandon back again, just about to hit 18 months. I am free of this, my body is on the path to regrowth and well being. ive ramped up my excercize and have melted off 12 pounds in a months time without diet changes. still want 18 more pounds to go. I feel much better as of late. literally half the struggle for me was my mind. The more attention you pay to how you feel, verses putting that mind either to work or doing something you love will pay dividends. That and breathing. you have to train your body how to breath again. the worrying and the anxiety all make our breathing so crazy shallow. Ive struggled to train myself to breath, you must constantly think about it. taking long slow deep breaths almost pained me at first. I needed to stretch my lungs back out, and train my diaphragm to breath correct. doing this has then opened my airways to clearing out. Stay the course. It Gets better but you must believe, and you must work for it. Be proactive in your recovery, take it into your hands. Take this opportunity to make other important life changes, whether it be diet, other bad habits, exercising, kicking soda to the curb etc etc. One good change should lead to others. Set goals with reasonable timelines and crush them one by one. See your doctor to make sure you have a good starting point, and for that all important peace of mind!

  28. I’ve made it to 3 weeks! I’m pleased to say the fatigue is finally lifting. The complete exhaustion of weeks 2 – 3 were difficult to get through but I didn’t once think of having a cigarette. I couldn’t bring myself to undo the previous 2 weeks good work. Plus the thought of the horrible smell, taste etc., keeps me going. My gums are looking nice and pink and healthy again and for the first time in years I’m actually on the verge of putting an exercise plan together. I’m hoping that now I’ve quit I will have the extra energy required to get going. I’m planning on starting the Couch to 5k routine and then seeing where I go with it. I didn’t realise how much time smoking takes out of the day and how much it has been holding me back! After the way I’ve been feeling the last couple of weeks I didn’t think I would cope but there’s light at the end of the tunnel now!

    • Goodtogo Stallio! I was wondering about your progress. Greetings Brandon, I think i’m one of those who need that long term recovery period for my brain healing. Your posts have been a great help. I’m not alone. My body is in great shape once again. At 61 years old, I’m outdoing both my Sons with my returned athletic abilities. ( ;

  29. Michael Q says:

    Hello! Now in fourth month and doing well. I still tire easy, but not the overwhelming fatigue that plagued my first month. Still doing stretching exercises and long bike rides, long slow breaths get rid of urges. Have reversed the weight thing, no longer gaining, stable and slowly losing. Glad to hear so many of you are sticking with this! It can only get better!

  30. I quit smoking on the 26th of October. Been 3 weeks now. So proud of myself. Found that I was out of breath after carrying some computer equipment. Could literally not breathe. Felt so embarrassed and pissed off at the same time. Took the packed and threw it away immediately. I am fine. Every day has some moments where I find myself thinking of cigarettes. But thankfully it lasts only for a few seconds. Can’t get over the tiredness though. Sleep 9 hours a night and still want some more. Super happy 🙂

  31. I know I have not smoked at least a month to 6 weeks cannot tell you my quit date. I know this is quite odd, but I’m so focused on my health. Been thru an ekg, and stress test which so far came out okay but now doc wants me to have a nuclear stress test I think he might be money hungry and sure does not reassure me. So tomorrow I will be seeing another doc for anxiety and of course early menopause. I feel strange most days since I’ve quit. I will never smoke again if I stay alive through this ordeal. 32 years of smoking why oh why? It’s not like current smokers want to listen to your woes so thank you God and thank you website for listening!!! I need new friends obviously also since they continue to keep smoking and I no longer fit in. So sad.

  32. I am in the process of quitting. I’m thinking today will be my last day smoking. I’ve smoked on and off mostly off for nearly 20 years. Whenever I have quit in the past usually cold turkey, I would get cold sweats and feel anxious. I’m tired of this drug taking over my life and thoughts. Two years ago I lost my grandpa to lung cancer. It was one of the hardest things to watch and go through. Seeing him suffer from this didn’t make me quit, which should have. It just shows how powerful this addiction is. Growing up I was always around him. I don’t remember ever not seeing him smoke. As I gotten older I developed the habit and we would enjoy smoking together, like a bonding type thing. It seemed like he would never get ill from smoking. He would go to doctors and come back to tell the family, especially my gma, that they said he was healthy. He would insist going to doctor alone, so nobody actually knew if he was healthy or not. We would just take his word for it. As years passed my gma became more and more worried about his health. She would tell me he doesn’t eat enough or drink enough water and he spends all the days out in the garage smoking and drinking coffee. I was a tall man and very skinny. He was not eating right at all, just smoking and snacking. He was 78 when he passed and had been smoking for nearly 65 years. He would always tell me he wanted to quit but never quite knew how he would be able to. When he retired his smoking increased because he had more time to do whatever and chose to smoke. Today, I see my life not going the way I want it to and I believe smoking has held me back in a lot of areas. Ive always been skinny and have wanted for a very long time to gain weight. I don’t know how much smoking has affected my weight but I believe it has a lot to do with it. I would like to know if anyone out there has issues with gaining weight because of this evil habit? I would greatly appreciate some feedback on this issue. I not only want to quit to honor my grandpa’s life but to live healthy and enjoy the blessing god has in store for me. Thanks to anyone who reads this. Today is the day I take my life back and get it on track. I pray that I can overcome this addiction soon. I do not want to live like this anymore.

  33. Andtheknee says:

    Hey guys,
    Happy to see that so many people on here have had to courage and will power to stick through the quitting process! Seeing all of your comments is helping me get through the thick of it right now..
    I am on day 6 of quitting nicotine and about 3 months of quitting smoking. I’m 23 years old and started smoking when I was 15. By 18, and throughout college up until recently, I was smoking a pack a day. I switched to the ON! nicotine pouches to get myself off of the cancer sticks but if anything, the pouches just made me more addicted to nicotine (just like the juul and vapes tend to do). I was doing about 20 pouches per day at 4 mg of nicotine per pouch.. so 80 mg of nicotine a day. I used them a lot when I was at work because they’d give me a huge burst of energy and focus and I could fly through e-mails/calls etc.
    6 days into no nicotine right now and I can not focus or keep my eyes open for absolute sh!t. I don’t understand it either because I think i’m getting quality sleep and wake up feeling well, but right around 830am my mental states slowly declines until I’m basically passed out on my desk. Seriously waiting for this fatigue to finally end so I can see the benefit of quitting.
    Although it’s hard, once the withdrawals are over with all of that time we spent smoking can now be spent livings our lives and doing what we enjoy, instead of being confined by these cravings to poison ourselves.

  34. I think I would kill for a smoke. It has only been 22 hours since I stopped. I feel tired & sleepy. I cannot stop thinking that if I could smoke just one when I can’t stand it any longer that it would be okay. I have not done so yet. Damn, I think I would rather smoke then feel this way and craving them all the time.

  35. I guess I just need support/

  36. I quit 6 days ago. I feel anxious, drpressed and tired all at the same time. I am using nicotine gum a little bit. But, the gum kind of makes me sick to my stomache. I am cheeing a lot of regular gum, sucking on Lifesavers, and eating quite a lot.

    My main complaint is the wishy-washy feeling I have sometimes. I feel almost spacey and like my equilibrium is off balance. I haven’t coughed up anything yet. But, I have chronic postnasal drip. That was part of the reason why I quit smoking. I thought that would go away but it hasn’t. I’m wondering when I’m going to start clearing my lungs out. My cough is not producing anything. I’ve been smoking for 40 years about a pack a day. I have had every withdrawl symptom. I’m irritable, tired wishy-washy, sore throat, dry cough. I’m wondering when this gets better?

  37. Susan Hall says:

    Just taking the plunge…well in the morning..47yrs smoking..health reasons but also financial…feel scared..did 6months smoke free 10years ago… stupidly started again…have been cutting down over last few days..big day tomorrow!!

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