The Quitters Flu.

Man with Quitters FluHave you recently quit smoking and now find yourself feeling sick? You may be suffering from the quitters flu; a number of symptoms that combine in such a manner they  resemble a cold or flu like illness. Most smokers who quit will experience it.


What are the Quitters Flu Symptoms?

As mentioned above, quitters flu symptoms resemble those that tend to accompany the common cold or flu. These can be headaches, flashes of hot and cold, chest congestion, cough, sore throat and both nasal and sinus congestion.

The moment you quit smoking your body begins to heal and as a result, these physical symptoms will tend to occur. It is a normal part of the process, though discussing such symptoms with your doctor is still a good idea, even if for peace of mind and reassurance.

Perhaps the most notable of these flu like symptoms are those associated with the respiratory system.

A microscopic photo of cilia lining the human wind pipe. Image made available using creative commons licence.

The lungs contain small hair like structures called cilia. (They look more like sea anemones.) These cilia, naturally sweep particles out of the wind pipe to be expelled by coughing.

Tobacco smoke coats the lungs with tar and disrupts this process by preventing the cilia from working. When you quit smoking, the tar begins to break down and the cilia once again start cleaning.

Quitters will likely notice a blackish – brown and often speckled phlegm as a result. Given the amount of rubbish that builds up in a smokers lungs, this can be quiet extreme and often takes time to settle down.

The ability to breath easier and maintain a greater state of healthiness, more than make up for the unpleasantness of quitters flu. The symptoms of quitters flu should also start to settle after a few weeks.

How long does Quitters Flu Last?

The length of time you may suffer quitters flu symptoms is variable. Some ex smokers may only suffer the symptoms for a number of days. For others it can last for months. My own quitters flu lasted on and off for several months, though only extreme for short periods of time, most notably over the first couple of weeks.

Over the longer term, I found that exercise enhanced some of the symptoms, but also helped clear out my lungs. If the symptoms feel quite serious or last for more than a few days at a time, I would suggest speaking to a doctor as you may actually have a genuine cold or flu!

What I personally find interesting, is that since quitting smoking two years ago, I have only suffered a genuine cold (virus) twice, and suffered for no longer than 72 hours. Prior to quitting, I would suffer two or three colds a year and they would last for around two weeks!


Tips for Managing the Quitters Flu.


Rest During the Early Stages.

Quitters flu is at its worst in the early days of a quit smoking campaign. It may help to rest and be as comfortable as possible, while allowing the healing process to happen. Consider drinking warm herbal teas to aid relaxation and relieve some of the symptoms.

Eat Quality Foods and Micro Nutrients.

The body gets the majority of nutrients needed to heal, from the foods we eat. If these foods are of a high quality and have sound  nutritional value, the more building blocks your body will have to aid the process. Consider eating more fresh fruit and vegetables and less processed and over cooked foods.

When You Feel Ready, Get Some Exercise.

Exercise promotes healthy lung function and helps accelerates the cleaning process. Consider starting with a daily, fast paced, five minute walk around the block.



  1. If I was to offer any advice, it’s to just quit, cold turkey. People that are cutting down to “One smoke a day” or “X puffs a day”, all you’re doing is prolonging the withdrawal process. You’re extending your misery. Until you actually quit, you aren’t helping the process by cutting down to a marginal amount of nicotine, you’re hurting it.
    You need to completely rid your body of the nicotine to get past the addiction, and that requires not imbibing it at all.

    It’s not going to be easy, it’s going to be miserable, but this is the truth.
    Day 24

    • Oh wow. OK from one Panda to another…I totally hear you. I have smoked for 25 Years. I think cutting down is helping but it gives me an out to have one. I never make new year’s resolutions but this year I really wanted to once and for all just quit. So new year’s Eve I have my last one because I now just don’t smoke cigarettes. I have cravings and I have a sore throat and I feel like poop…..But I don’t smoke anymore. ????

      • I quit smoking New Years eve after 25 years of smoking, and let me tell you I was certain I had the flu. I slept for two days and had some of the weirdest dreams. Intense craving for a cigarette. Anxiety is an understatement. I don’t know if I can go on. I went to work last night and snapped at a customer. Having cold and hot flashes, and dizziness. Is this really worth it. If it doesn’t go away I am afraid I am going to cave in and have a cigarette.

        • Just keep going! You have come so far already. I also quit on New Years Eve, after 10 years of smoking. It has been a struggle every day, and the “quitters flu” is setting in, but it will be worth it. In a month or so you wont feel the cravings as strongly. The other studies I have read on the subject suggest that the 3rd and 4th days are the worst. Just make it another 5 minutes until you reach the end of the day. You can do this!

          • King Jones says:

            Im on my 4th day. No cravings what so ever. I quit out of pure spur of the moment. Had a good tactic too. I wrote a fb status saying, “30 likes and I’ll stop smoking right now.” I must have got about 70 likes. So, now I feel like I can’t upset my friends. The worst part is that I’m so frikking sick I don’t even want to touch another smoke. Ever. I look at it as God’s way of saying, “you wanted to smoke for 15 years, now I’ll make you not want to smoke ever again.” I just hope I’m better by tmrw, because this man flu can’t make me miss any more days of work. Lol good luck everybody!

          • Today I quit smoking, BUT I’m using Nicorettes to help me. I quit before, it seemed easier then, compared to now. I know people say “cold” turkey is the best way, but my anxiety hit the ceiling when I decided to quit. Prayers for me please. God Bless all of you who have managed to quit smoking!! ❤❤????????????????

        • My husband and I stopped smoking on January 2 in the evening (7:30pm to be exact). We had that date picked out for about 3 weeks prior, so we knew it was coming. I have been experiencing cold/flu symptoms (extreme cough, stuffy nose, congestion, sore throat), but my husband has not. I’m actually going to the doctor today because I don’t know if it’s “quitters flu,” I think it may be the real deal. Anyway, something that helped me with quitting cold turkey was listening to a free app called “Jason Vale’s Stop Smoking in 2 Hours.” You listen to his lecture for 2 hours for your conscious mind, and then you listen to a 20 minute talk while you are falling asleep. I swear, I haven’t craved any cigarettes and I haven’t been irritable at all since I listened to that. He also has morning videos that you will watch every morning (they are about 5-10 minutes), and he also has SOS videos (for if you are craving a cigarette). I smoked for about 10 years — 1.5 packs every day, sometimes 2 packs every day.

          Just remember, everything you are experiencing with craving a cigarette is mental. YOU don’t want one… IT wants one. Don’t feed IT. You are stronger than that. Your cold/flu symptoms will eventually go away. Being free of cigarettes is totally worth it. Why become frustrated and “pout” about something that you don’t even want? If you wanted it, then you wouldn’t have posted a blog entry on this site, and you certainly wouldn’t have stopped smoking to begin with. It just takes time. Try out the app that helped me. It’s totally free, and it helped. I finally feel free. I am no longer a slave to cigarettes!

        • If you can afford to, use a stop smoking aid. My last cigarette was January 2nd. The 3rd and 4th days were definitely the worst but I got through them. I still have some cravings but it is now tolerable with the patch.

          • In my case, I agree with Megan. I was a 40 year smoker and tried everything with mixed results. My sister died of lung cancer two weeks ago. It was the most horrible death I have ever witnessed. I’m on day ten smoke free, but don’t think I could function in the working world without some help.

        • Johnelle Boens says:

          I completely agree. I am so sick eighf now I dont know what to do! I feel horrible. I quit after smoking for 16 years. I first had pneumonia right before I waa diagnosed with it I had quit. Now about 2 weeks lafer I feel like I have the flu. I can’t even get out of bed and I dont know what to do.

          • Aveek Dutta says:

            Believe me, if u hv the determination and self interest and a solid reason to quit, No one can stop u from quitting.

            Intensity of cravings are staged by how much determined u r and how good the reason u give to ur brain to quit the ciggs.

            I smoked around 20 ciggs a day for the last 15 years.(I am 31 aged now)
            I have quit ciggs on Nov 2, 2017, cold turkey. (20 ciggs to 0 ciggs in a day)
            The only time I feel high intensity craving is when I myself stop thinking of the reasons of quitting and think more on giving a slip and smoke one.

            At that moment itself, I think of my loving wife, my reason, and give a f***k to the ciggs.

            The craving goes off in a second.


          • Hope your better. I just quit day 2.5 because of pneumonia. Now worried reading about all this. Terrifies me

      • I also had my last puff on new years eve… I FEEL GOOD, but also terrible I have a sore throat and feel nauseated when I get off work. But I’m so happy I finally did.

      • Congratulations on quitting! I, too, quit New Years Day this year. Day 6 and I’m still going. I seem to have quitters flu but I will get through it. The physical addiction part wasn’t that bad for me to get over. For me, the hardest part is getting past the involuntary times I would smoke. For example, I smoke the most when sitting at my computer. Often times I would light up without even realizing it. Now, I still find myself involuntarily reaching for a cigarette that isn’t there. I finally catch myself and it’s made me realize just how often I used to do that. Keep your head up and stay strong! We can do this!

        • Amy Hager says:

          Congrats to all of us who have stopped smoking.Today is day 6 for me and i feel like im going crazy. I have called the smokers hot line. I cant sleep doing it cold turkey so i dont want to use patches or medicine now. Im just taking it second by second. Thanks Amy Hager

          • Hi Amy
            I quit on New Years Eve too and thought I was the only one who couldn’t sleep! I’ve been having 2 to 3 hours a night if I’m lucky and that been from 4 till 7 am. This morning I started with flu, dizzy, bad cough and going hot and cold. I’ve been on the sofa all day and am dreading going to bed. I’m very proud of myself though and no way I’m caving. All the best.

          • Hi..wat also helps with the chest pains is a good steam..i use the sauna at gym or u can use euculyptus in the sink and cover head with a helps with that choking feel wen u simply cant breathe..hooe it helps and keep it up

          • Joanne DeStefano says:

            I smoked for 50 years and quit cold turkey. It was one of the hardest things I ever had to do . The withdrawal was horrible It’s been 14 months now. What kept me going is when I would get a craving and I got a lot I would think of the pluses of quitting the nasty habit. I wanted to see my 3 grandchildren grow into adulthood, the money I would save and how at the end how good I would feel and be able to breath normal again. Hang in there friends, It is so worth it

          • Sept 20, 2017
            Ive have smoked for 48 years today is 6th day of quitting. Its been pretty rough but I am determined to not smoke again, I have tried over the years to quit but this time is different my breathing was getting so bad and I watched my Dad pass away with COPD which I have also, so although it is a very difficult thing to do stopping the cigs. I feel today is the greatest decision I have ever made good luck to all that has made this decision to stop smoking they stink so bad my husband is still smoking I cant hardly stand the smell from a x smoker.

      • I quit for almost a year in August of 2015. I started up again in June 2016 and just quit again this past New Years Eve. It’s been 18 days and I have felt like total crap ever since. I just keep telling myself it is all worth it and it will pass. After 21 days all the toxins are gone from your body and your lungs start to heal fast. It truly is worth it and I hope each and every one of you keep going( including myself). I have had insomnia, dreams, muscle aches, sore throat, stiff neck, cough, and it hurts when I breath in. It will pass soon. I don’t need the extra weight I will put on but I can work on that after I get this under control. Well good luck to all of you. Just think of how happy and healthy you and your lungs will be????????????

        • I hear you Glenda. I have tried a few times to quit….. Was off them for so long then I’d go back and smoke again. This happened a few times. This time tho my mind is made up. I am smoke free since 25/2/17. I had started walking and was feeling great until last week. Now I feel like crap. Coughing, hot sweats, nasal congestion, drip at back of my throat, spotty dirty brown phlegm. I’m over 5 weeks nicotine free and a hope these symptoms stop soon. I know I smoked for 20 years. I’m glad I’ve stopped. My children are so much better for it. My 11 year old is so happy mum isn’t smoking anymore. If anyone needs encouragement just look at those around you… The people who are affected will be so happy that you have taken that first step. The quitting flu will be so worth the hassle when you have finally cleared those lungs. All the gunk that has built up over the years has to come out. As the saying goes… Give them up before they give you up. For all us quitters… Don’t quit quitting cigs!

          • Wow Ruth. Your story is very similar to mine …on again off again over 20 years… 4 weeks smoke free and experiencing chest /lung discomfort… Quick vitals at the dr. Clean chest X-ray .. Figure I’ll keep exercising and wait it out… Thanks for you post… Reassuring to know these symptoms are not all that uncommon … Hang in there .. Smoke free is the way to go

          • Never Quit Quiting. Those are the words of wisdom that will get you off anything. Cigs, drink, drugs, whatever.. Just never give up giving up and eventually, it will happen.

          • Emma Newell says:

            I quit smoking a week ago, and was a 2+ pack a day smoker for 33 years!! My mouth is so sore, I have horrible ulcers that drinking water is uncomfortable! My Epilepsy has gotten way worse, I’m passing out all over the place, I have horrible heart burn, cannot sleep and if I fall asleep briefly I have horrible dreams, I feel like I have the Flu or something, and I had Pneumonia right before I quit, but it doesn’t seem to have gone away?? Sore throat, dry mouth, I feel like crap and I could go on! Is this all normal??? I’ve quit before and never felt this horrible, I can’t even think straight, it’s insane..

        • I’ve also had those bad humours! I don’t know how those at home are putting up with me!

        • Hi Glenda, Ruth and Paul, how are you doing today? Did you manage to keep your quit? Can you tell me if your discomforts have now gone? I’m 35 days in and think I’ve had everything! Although blood tests chest x-rays and lungs all clear! Just looking for some reassurance I suppose that it gets easier sooner rather than later, and hoping youve all now recovered from your discomforts xx

          • Hi kjane. Just checked back after 6+ months. Still Smoke free .. Don’t see ever going back at this point. Those early quit symptoms I experienced scared me straight .. Feeling better. Breathing better..symptoms slowly went away…..very fortunate God helped me through that habit unscathed.. Atleast so far ????????. Hope you’re going well too

      • i found it impossible to quit except by stringing five days together of non smoking. The problem with cutting down, i personally found (not suggesting for anybody but me) that the higher on the pleasure ladder you place cigarettes it’s just going to take longer to deconstruct it. By cutting down you are raising the value of the cigarette when the meta thing is to devalue each smoke, to mark its value lower down, closer to a piece of dog dung on your shoe, and far from treasuring it like a delectable chocolate or something high up the value ladder.

    • Hi..i agree..i went cold severe chest infection..doc gve me antibiotic to help the process..i feel skin is food tastes amazing

    • I quit on 1/1/17! I’m on my 23rd or 24th day of not smoking cold turkey and I have been ever so sick! My main thing is I can’t stop coughing. I had a cold before quitting so now it feels I’ve been sick since the middle of December. I’ve been taking everything trying to get better, but nothing helps. Antibiotics, musinex, some prescription cold medicine I can’t pronounce, steroids, Advil, cough drops, emergency immune, B12, and even hot toddies. Nothing seems to be killing it. I was exercising about 3 or 4 times a day. This past week I’ve done nothing cause I’ve been so sick. A 20 minute trip to Walmart leaves me a little clammy with a coughing fit along with anything involving a bit of effort such as house work for more than an hour. I’ve barely been able to do laundry and just pick up. I’m so tired of it!! I blow my nose a lot that’s about it besides the cough. I cough so much I throw up. I’m tired of coughing. My lungs feel bruised from the inside and it’s like someone punches me every time I cough. I actually seize up on my sides from even trying to wipe my ass. And on top of it all I’ve had 3 kids and I’m turning 40 this year so my bladder is not so good. So when I cough I pee. I feel like a dog marking his territory around the house just cleaner. More so an old woman who has to wear something equalvilent to depends as to not soil everything. I don’t have cravings anymore. That ended like week 2. Just someone please tell me this shit will eventually end so I feel like I can have a life now???

      • You will get over this and you will not ever expose your family to second hand smoke and you will live to see your grandchildren and will feel ten years younger and at fifty you won’t look and feel like your in your sixty think it’s a drug running your life .

      • My other reason for quitting and not to wait. My son had a boy my first grandson he sent me a link about off gassing of tobacco smoke on your clothes cars etc. And asked me that if I smoke don’t be wearing my coat and bring a fresh sweater to put on before holding my grandson. I read the link and realized he was right in asking me this . The last time I saw my new grandson and I was holding him he thought I was sick and I said not to worry it’s a flu from quitting smoking . The look on his face and his wife’s and the thankyou hugs I got its a drug addiction that gets into our friends and family from us is,that not enough reason. I will never expose anybody again. Read what we have been doing it makes me sick to my stomach.

      • I quit New Year’s Eve and I have had cough cold on off since then still poorly today but don’t give up I am hopefully never going to start again but with price of them can’t afford to smoke

      • This is exactly how I feel right now. The only good thing is that I definitely don’t feel like smoking at all because I’m so sick. I had no idea about smokers flu. I hope I’m better by the summer! I wIll NOT ever smoke again. ????

    • Well I quit to feel better. I am trying to get over a,concussion and a,whiplash and felt nautious and fatigue so I thought that’s it quitting will help now I have smokers flu with all the miserable effects . I did it on the patch for about two weeks than through it away a week ago and have been going cold turkey but feel like a half dead duck with the combination of concussion side effects and smokers flu so much for feeling better but I know in the end result I will eventually get over this
      The weird thing is you feel to sick to even think about smoking just want my energy back or the woozy head feeling to go away .But one day when iam all better and smoke free I’ll look back at this and be happy it happened. The one thing I appreciate is iam not alone .It helps to think that nicotine is a toxic product to kill insects and you need a special license to use it picture taking the cigarette removing the nicotine and thousands of chemicals putting them in a glass and drinking them . That is what a cigarette is . Good luck

      • Bruce you are truly an inspiration. I hate to say I start smoking at the age of 45 and I’m going on 50 now. This is my second time trying to quit which should be easy especially since my mom is fighting lung cancer. I didn’t realize the smokers flu until now. I have a burning in my throat and all medical diagnosis where clear. I hate how something like a cigarette can hold you hostage. It hard but I going to break through this battle and no longer negotiate with my life. I want to live.

      • Carol fletcher says:

        I feel the same had 2 lots of antibiotics , steroids and a chest x Ray . I stopped about 8 weeks ago . I still feel the same exhausted coughing up gunk . Is this the smokers flu ????

    • I totally agree with Bruce, when you deciding on quitting just quite altogether, don’t start small with one cigarette a day, just drop it all at the same time to get over it. Currently I’m suffering from quitters flu, I tell you it painful and hard to ignore but I’ll get there.

      Have a good and healthy life God’s love you.

    • MiekeLucian says:

      Hi! I am on my Day 26, I quit Cold Turkey, and what I’ve read here, the symptoms and the withdrawal, i had it too. Smoker for 20 years, I have to get over this nasty habit as it affects the health of my kids.

    • I did find it helpful to cut back first just to rewire my routine out of spending quite as much time smoking. But 8/day was the lowest I could go with cutting back before I had to cold turkey it.
      And most importantly, find something to drive you. Give yourself a real.reason for quitting. You need to want something more than you want that cigarette.

      • If I don’t quit I will lose my home in Public Housing. I am a survivor of Hurricane Harvey. To just think that I would chose a cigarette over having a home… well, I hope to make it quitting this time. I hope I don’t make that choice.

        • Why will you lose your home? If some government agency is saying they will force you out, because you smoke… that is disgusting. Here in Australia, our government wants to lick the US govs butt, so much, they are enforcing laws onto us that have nothing to do with us.. Such as a ban on all OTC Codeine products, even though Australia doesn’t have a Codeine problem. Cigs cost $25 p/p of 20.. Politicians need to stay the hell away from our personal choices. Reta, I hope everything works out for you.. GOD bless you and yours.

    • cold turkey, 3 months, no patches or pills. Same day went Vegetarian, joined gym. 3 months after 35 years, 3 packs a day. Tested: no heart disease, no cancer, no tar build up. hi figure.

    • James Stockton says:

      Truth. That’s what I had to do to quit. I smoked 21 years. I tried patches, gums,and even I e cig (once). The only thing that worked for me was staying my house for 6 days. Curled up and sleeping part of that time. I have a very supportive spouse that helped encourage me. The second day was the absolute worst day followed by the third day. It got better and better as time went on.

    • Faun Schlosser says:

      It doesn’t need to be miserable at all if we understand what’s happening and why then we wouldn’t be miserable..I’m a new non smoker myself I’m happy not miserable.. Anyone feeling miserable Should read Allen Carr’s easyway to quit smoking book.. Only one catch you have to keep Smokin while u read the book…unless of coarse you’ve already quit then just buy it and read it… Life changing!! Truly!!

      • Yep, I read Alan Carr’s book and quit cold turkey on New Years Eve after 32 years. I haven’t suffered from cravings. Just the very occasional pang for the first couple of days. However I have had to see an emergency dentist for chronic pains in my mouth/gums and I am in bed with flu like symptoms. I’m on holiday with my partner so not ideal but he’s supportive and I’m soooo happy to now be a non-smoker! Regardless of the fact that I’ve felt pretty rubbish the last couple of days! No way will I smoke again. Don’t miss it, don’t want it. Looking forward for this ‘recovery flu’ to pass and it will. I’ve recently seen a friend suffer with mouth/throat cancer and has had tongue and part of throat removed. No more eating solid food. No more drinking. All sustanance through a tube. No more talking. Ever again. All that focuses the mind somewhat. I can deal with a few days/weeks of recovery flu!

      • Helen Farleigh says:

        I quite agree. Allen Carr was a genius. I stopped last Monday, 29 January and I wouldn’t touch one now. Feel marvellous apart from a slightly sore throat but it is worth it. Not being a slave to lethal drug is truly mind-blowing! I would never use patches or e-cigarettes because that would be prolonging the agony. I cannot understand how taking nicotine in any form can wean anyone off the drug.
        Good luck!

      • I happen to be on an anti depressant. Helps a little but what I have observed is it reduces OCD to almost zero. No nicotine cravings, it’s the hand to the mouth motion you have to stop. My 2 cents.

  2. We are 3 in a house all packing up smoking myself and hubby smoked 40 years nowaking champix and 36 days smoke free but hubby complaining of body aches body shakes head aches and dry mouth ! Me I am fine a bit snappy but I’m as is my son but he smoked 5 years and not as many a day

    • Congrats on 36 days! I’m right with you & on day 33. I also quit with Chantix. I took the mess for two months and stopped taking it a week ago. I have to say I’ve had a very easy time quitting with the medication. So much better than my cold turkey quit.(which lasted 14 months.) I felt great while I was taking Chantix but ever since I stopped taking it I’ve had horrible depression & the corners of my mouth cracked! Ouch. I guess I’m dehydrated? And the depression has been soul crushing/life ending. What in the world is up with that?! I called my Dr. I’m still alive & still not smoking and that’s important. Im finally coming out of the depression after a week, yay! It worked like a charm but I should have kept taking it forever cause the aftermath is bad. Best of luck to all three of you!

      • Maverik Eugene says:

        Real happy for you guys!I should have took Chantex,but I had to manly and just quit.Hurting so bad at times I want to cry!Never going back to smoking,no way in hades can i endure this again.Coffe,tea,and jacuzzi seem too help with the pain though.Good luck to you guys!!

      • Jason M Smith says:

        My doc and I have a plan to slowly reduce the Chantix. She advised me to not “just stop taking the Chantix”.

      • My doctor would not give me Chantix because I am being medicated for depression. So, I went cold turkey. Four days now and don’t know if I can hold on. Sick.

        • Ssillyme – Hold On – It’s painful & if you’re anything like me, you have the filthy Quitters Flu in your throat (which seriously burns) and the depression (that you think its not worth it) – but ultimately, if you get through day 4, it will lead to a new day and life. 5 days for me at the moment. Keep going.

          • I lasted 8 days and started smoking again today! i am pretty pissed at myself .. all last week i thought i was going to die lol my whole body ached to the point i could not walk, after that my worst stmptoms are lightheadedness and craving a cig so bad.. i smoked 2 simce and am ready to try again!!

        • Go for it!! I am on day 29 and it gets better..exercise also helps keep the weight off..please dont start..its bot worth it…

  3. How’s everyone doing today?

  4. Almost 5 months for me, quit cold turkey. Never ever never want to go through that again! Worst 5 months of my life!! Good luck everyone!

  5. Sheikmohideen says:

    From 48 hour after quitting smoking feel chest tight ,feels unhealthy, feels some breath problem ,dry mouth as you all discussed.from now after 72 hours feeling some comfortable with breath. I smoked for 12 years 5 to 10 per day. I desided to stop smoking. Successfully i completed 3 and 1/2 days. Please motivate and help me to complete the task.
    Sheik mohideen

    • Im on day 12- not too many ahead of you! It does get easier. Also smoked for 12 years. Im going through the quitters flu right now… sore throat, congestion… but i am SO proud of myself. Every awful thing ive experienced while going through this process is totally worth not smoking… it really is an awful habit! Keep up the great work. Stay positive and stay motivated!

    • CJerry bomb says:

      I’m 9 days smoke free started taking chantit back in October and just stopped taking them December 13 and smoked my last cigarette that day. I’m not having to many side effects but this is a horrible journey to take but one I do welcome, I’ve smoked for 40 years and got up to smoking 2 packs a day so I’m grateful for others sharing their testaments because it helps me get through another day of being nicotine free. I say to you all let’s finish this nicotine free journey together because we can and will do it

    • I am on day 11…you can do this!!! I have had a sore throat, coughing up phlegm like crazy and have a stuffy nose and stuffed up head. I also am a teacher and I keep loosing my voice when talking/yelling at kids. I try to cough to clear my throats, but it isn’t working very well. I feel like this quitters flu is never going to end! I am not going back though. I smoked for 5 years about 10 cigarettes a day. I quit cold turkey and I feel like that is the best way!! Good luck everyone!! Just take 1 day at a time!!!

  6. i m 16 days smoke free after i smoked for 9 years..i m suffuring heaving coughing only in morning about 3-4 hours,wen i breathe weezing sound comes that also happens only in morning wen i wake up..then i m completely ok throughout the this the withdrawal symptom or anything serious has happend…i m too much worried…

  7. Hi i havent completely given up. I had a cold last week so didnt smoke for 2 days. Now im just on and off but havent smoked today at all. But have been bringing up alot of tar and crap of my chest. But have a awful sore throat. It kills when i swallow. Hopefully this will go soon and that will be the end of it.

  8. Day 1: played fufa all dayto avoid smoke.
    Day 2 and 3: headache
    Day 4: no cravings or any side effects
    Day 5 : light cough
    Day 6: Today, extreme cough (feels like smoking is better than cough)

  9. Hailey Parker says:

    I am currently on day 7 of my Cold Turkey quit. My flu started on Christmas Eve. I can’t believe the amount of tar I’m hacking up. Almost 7 years of smoking and I can’t wait for this flu to be over and to be done with tobacco for good.

    • Keep up the the good work I’m on day 13 myself. Today I was able to smell and taste again for a short period of time

  10. Day 5 of no smoking. Have had serious quitters flu for the past two days. The worst part is the sore joints and headaches. Strangely, seeing all the crud that I’m coughing up makes me feel like I’m doing a good job. I am already noticing my distaste for smokers. My boyfriend smokes still and I could hardly talk to him right after he had a cigarette. I hope this flu ends soon so I can get on enjoying my new smoke free life. I am excited. Get pumped for our new smoke free life!!! Woot woot, happy New Year everyone!

  11. Day 6!

  12. I am getting ready to quit “again”. I was smoke free for 4 months before my pasted at the end of July. I fell apart and started in again. Nicotine has always been my go to when stressed. I’m still grieving but I feel stronger now. I’m 50 soon to be 51. Its time to do this. I was so happy being smoke free. I have to admit I’m scared to do this again.

  13. I’m going to use the Nictiene patch. I’m scared but I have been down this road before. I have been smoking on and off for years and I want to quit.

  14. Day 3, I feel like I’m dying. I have pretty existing panic disorder, and my body is just going nuts. I don’t feel better and I start to question whether or not this was a good idea. I also have asthma, plus my kids are around and I want to be healthy and live a productive life for them. Just have off and on chest pain, coughing that is getting worse, hit and cold flashes, palpitations. Tell me it gets better.

    • Candie, it DOES get better. It’s definitely tougher to quit with an underlying panic disorder but it can be done. The worst of the physical symptoms last for approximately 3 days. The psychological withdrawal symptoms can hang around for a looong time. Talk to your doctor, look for a local support group, anything that will help. Your lungs will thank you (smoking is most assuredly an asthma trigger) and your children will thank you.

    • Hi. I’m in the EXACT same situation. I have anxiety already and asthma and my body feels like absolute shit. I want to be around for my kids and not living on an oxygen tank…but this is very difficult. I just want to feel healthy again. Best wishes and props for everyone quitting.

  15. Hi guys, I got a severe flu 3 days ago and I decided to quit smoking too along with it. It’s a bit …too much but I can blame all the effects on the flu itself.
    What I have is dizziness, runny nose, sore throat and severe severe cough, some muscle pain, chest paint… I will get over it!
    I’ve been smoking for 15 years 10-20/day.

  16. Collins John says:

    My wife gave me an ultimatum a week ago: Quit smoking or I’m leaving you. I obviously quit – since then I haven’t looked back and feel great. You might think her approach was too harsh, but I was smoking a lot and she didn’t want to see me die of a horrible disease or cancer.

    Bye bye cigarettes! Hello life!

  17. I smoked for 14 years. I tried many ways to quit, slow down etc.. One day, I went in for oral surgery, during that time period I was anticipating hypnosis to stop smoking (although I was far from having the money). What I did instead, was find a prerecorded, stop smoking hypnosis on YouTube, and played it as soon as i got home, while still feeling the anesthetics. I woke up feeling as though i never smoked! I had no desire, no craving whatsoever. I did use a patch for 1 week due to rageing withdrawing, but I’m still going strong without smoking. However being in my 3erd week, I think I am feeling this ‘quitter’s flu’

  18. I’m on day 3. I quit just before midnight New Year’s day. I’m in the U.S. so it’s still January 3rd for me. The horrors of “quitter’s flu” shared here have my nerves jangled. I’m snuffly and congested with a mild cough so far. I’m 44 years old and smoked for 16 years though (minus the time I quit and stuck to it for a month). I hope the flu doesn’t get worse although it indicates to me that my body is trying to repair itself. I’m excited about that.

    *sn* I almost fell off the wagon today. I found an old pack with some butts in it. I don’t like flicking butts in the ground. Usually I smoked to the filter and flicked out the cherry before putting the butt in the box, but apparently there was one that burned out on me. There was just enough stale tobacco in it for 2 puffs. I lit it…and let it burn away to nothing. It didn’t touch my lips, but Lord, it felt good holding it. I pray I don’t fall completely off the wagon this time.

    • I quit New years Eve and having a hard time with the quitter flu. I found my E cigarette and had one toke off of it. I feel bad for doing it, but seriously, it made me feel so much better.

  19. Well done everyone! I’m on day 18. Has anyone experienced indigestion as a side effect?

    • Yes to the indigestion, in fact, this is a pretty common side effect of smoking cessation. Talk to your doctor about medication. It doesn’t necessarily have to be prescription, there are some good OTC meds for heartburn, but should be used with your doctor’s okay. There are also herbal remedies available but if you are on any prescription meds, check with your doctor first.

    • Oh and do cut back on caffeine consumption. It has been proven that blood serum caffeine levels double, especially during the early days of smoking cessation, so cutting down on coffee, caffeinated sodas, etc. will certainly help with symptoms of caffeine toxicity (jitters, indigestion, anxiety, nausea, increased heart rate, sweating, dizziness….).

  20. I have quit before and every time I get sick, actually this time this is what helped me quit. Caught a cold at work, so since I only smoke 1-3 cigarettes a day, I didn’t feel like smoking at all, now I have had this crazy cold for 3 weeks, after a round of antibiotics, cold medicine and Aleve D, I thought I was getting better, but then tonight I had a sneezing fit and I’m all stopped again and coughing. Whatever it is, I just need sleep, and coughing=no sleep

  21. Hello, I made the conscious decision to completely quit on January 2nd. I found out I was pregnant on Christmas and though my friends told me not to quit because of the harm it could cause to the baby. I decided the little tadpole and I could champ through it now rather than have complications when he or she are born. I started with limiting myself and then the smell and taste became horrific which helped alot. I can without a doubt say that I am suffering from quitters flu. My “morning sickness” is 24/7, my body hurts, I’m not craving one at all honestly, I woke up this morning with a cough from hell and I’m coughing up all sorts of nasty crap, I’m irritable, I’m exhausted, my nose is runny, and just bleh bleh bleh. I keep telling myself it is a part of my journey and that it’s 100% better for me and my baby if I quit rather than say screw it and smoking one just to make all of this go away. I haven’t been smoking near as long as some of the years I’ve seen, I started when I was about 17 and now I’m 25, but regardless of the years, we’re all going through this together and I’m glad I found this thread because you feel really alone when your bf still smokes, your friends do, and your family either does, never did, or quit a long time ago. The quitters flu is 100% terrible but it’s not something that will last forever and that’s what I keep telling myself.

    • Hi, Amanda. I’m not sure why your friends would say it’s harmful to your baby to stop smoking. Your doctor and any other health care professional would readily tell you it’s the absolute best thing you can do for your unborn child and in fact, if you are successful in quitting before you reach 14 weeks along, your baby isn’t likely to suffer any harmful side effects of your former habit. Best of luck to you, hang in there. The symptoms of quitters flu do get better.

    • Amanda!
      I am in the exact same boat as you! Found out I was pregnant over Christmas, quit on New Years and the thought of smoking now makes me sick! My husband is still smoking but cutting down and not smoking around me which has helped, I have no desire to smoke but today my chest feels like a cold is coming on, my whole body aches, I am more exhausted then normal. This is my second child and I know I didn’t have these symptoms while pregnant with her…so I am definitely thinking its the quitters flu.

      good luck!

  22. Loretta Allen says:

    Hi everyone! I have some questions! So I quit smoking Dec 26 2016! I was using the Nicoderm CQ patch. I have not smoked since I quit. I went down to step 2 on the patches last Friday. On Saturday I broke out into a rash everywhere. I removed the patch and have not put another one back on so I’ve been patch free for 3 days still no smoking but I must say last night I didn’t feel well at all! I felt as though I was going to pass out! Has anyone felt this and why do you think it’s happening?

    • Hi Loretta,

      Sounds unusual that reducing from 21 down to 14 mg patch would make you break out. Are you sure it wasn’t something else that caused the rash ?

      I used the patch to quit and know several others who did also. Are you still hanging in with no patch ?


  23. trudy plug says:

    hi stopped smoking new years eve day 3 wanted to kill everyone the next morning it was gone thank God now feel like I have the flu can handle that Keep thinking how proud I will be of myself if I can quit for good felt so ashamed when I smoked wishing every best of luck to quit The horrid things that happen to u if u smoke will for sure get u one day

  24. Day 3. Never looking back. Sore throat and all but hey. I’m a tough person. It’s better than getting sliced and diced and having no retirement to look forward to. Even if you survive past 65 you’ll have no quality of life. F@&k cigarettes. Can’t believe I didn’t do this earlier. !

  25. My hubby and I quit October 23, 2016. We started by using the patches. Unfortunately the patches didn’t work for me. I was worse on them. I gave it all up cold turkey. Now if I could just get this “quitters flu”. It keeps coming and going! So sick of being sick. But with a grandson on the way there’s no going back now!

  26. Pawan Mukhiya says:

    I had to give a little break to my smoking habit due to Chicken Pox. I didn’t smoke for at least 2 weeks and there it was the quitters flu. As I started recovering from chicken pox I started to to get extreme hot and cold flashes, flu and cold.. I thought it had to do something with the chicken pox. Consulted doctor but I was told it’s just a regular flu. So because of cold and cough which I still have, I decided to stay away from cigarettes until I googled and found the real cause of being feverish with cough and cold. My body was actually healing itself. And that’s when I decided if I can stay without smoking for almost 3 weeks why can’t I quit it for better!

  27. I quit smoking 10 months ago. I quit cold turkey and never looked back. I am still a non smoker. I have sinus problems like never before. I can’t smell anything, taste anything. The one thing I do smell…..Is cigarette smoke, but not around it. It’s so bad, I feel like I’m giving myself second hand smoke.
    I am ready to go to the doctor to prescribe me something for it. I take sudifed and nasal spray. I can’t blow my nose on the left side. I don’t know what else to do.
    I don’t like cigarettes or the smell. I’m not having urges to smoke either. How long will this last? Feeling like I’m going in Spain. Only I can smell it.

    • Going in Sain not spain

      • seems that we have more health problems now than when we smoked..weird how the body heals itself that way..i use texa allergy for the sinus..others burn my nasals…i also want to know how long it lasts as my doctor says months…feels like i have one foot in the grave from chest a heart attack..cant asthma…eish..why did i start just to put myself through this 29

        • Mel,

          I would love to connect with you somehow. I’ve read through a lot of the posts on this thread, and I’ve had the same experience as you. It been 4.5 months for me now. I had the “smokers Flue for Months,” and I’m just starting to get over these symptoms and feel normal again. But I’ve had severe chest/cardiovascular pains just like you. At one point it felt like I was breathing through a straw everyday.

        • Sorry for the late reply, i quit smoking cigarettes last day jan 19th 2018. I started having heart palpitations and landed in the er few times with neg on blood results and neg on chest xray and ekg normal. Finally decided to go cold Turkey. 1st 2 days was feeling good then got flu like symptoms with off and on left chest tightness. Been 2 weeks now and happy to say that flu like symptoms has gone away also i can breathe alot better than before (deeper) only things that are lingering are slight chest tightness and slight heart racing probably from minor anxiety. But i definitely feel alot better with no heart palpitations. Congrats to all that have attempted to quit and are still smoke free from cigarettes.

      • By the way..i cant blow my left nose either…????

  28. Please keep going
    I am on day 17. First 10 days I used the e cig. Now I’m just me with no aids.
    This quitters flue has certainly got with me.
    When I start to cough I literally feel like my entire internal organs are falling out.
    I’m going to see doc tomoz just to rule anything out as blood has now appeared. In addition my ears have closed up. If that makes sense!!
    Feeling like this just makes me want to never have a cigerette again.
    Can’t believe the amount of toxins that must be in one to make me feel like this.
    I just hope I start to be normal soon
    Keep positive. You can do it. X

  29. hello guys ..
    i have been smoking for 4 yrs and i m 22
    a couple days before i fell sick with chest infection and i have been taking medicine since 4 days but with a very little improvement since i haven’t smoked for 4 days .my cold doesn’t go out ..i m feeling like strokes of cold all over my body..and i have now decided to quit smoking…is that cold and fever because of quitting ..plzz help guys

  30. Hi everyone….I quit smoking cigs on Aug 31st 2016 – but was already vaping with 8mg of nicotine. Yesterday, I decided to vape with 0 mg of nicotine and have been feeling the effects of nicotine withdrawals….just super sleepy, hot & cold, and occasional anxiety attacks. Hopefully it goes away soon….or I might cave in and go back to 8mg….will give it a week or so. Good luck to all that are trying to quit…it’s def not easy…but Vaping sure does help!

    • Hi..ive been smoke free for 7 weeks using an ecig for the bad times. I’ve been a smoker for 27 years I’m 42 well here’s a reason to kick the habit for good ..when they say it effects everything their right. An opticians visit just reveiled I have hypopigmention of the macular meaning I’ve scared my eye and lost a third of my sight in one eye it scary damn right it is the next time your missing your little pals-buddies just think what their destroying.

  31. Hello, everyone. I just quit this past Monday, January 23rd, and OMG, let me tell you, my throat hurts, I’ve been coughing and wheezing, just feeling BLAH! I’m quitting cold turkey, so I know I’ll be miserable for at least the first week. Hang in there, people. Get up from your desk at work from time to time to keep your head from crashing into that keyboard! LOL I get SO sleepy at work, especially during down time. I like the Lemon Zing or Chamomile to help me sleep at night and relieve my throat. I’ll be popping in from time to time for updates and encouragement. Good Luck! Stay Clean from Nicotine! 🙂

  32. Richard sampson says:

    I’m 45 years old and from the day I was brought home I’ve been exposed to nicotine! I don’t blame my parents for not being informed of the dangers of second hand smoke, it was “the norm” back in the day.
    I eventually started smoking when I was 15 and continued for the next 30. It is a drug that is hard to overcome but it can be done! I’ve quit cold turkey 1 month ago and still have the occasional craving, I know the cravings don’t last long and wait for it to pass!
    I owe it to my kids who were persistent in getting me to quit! I’m from a family of 6 smokers , 3 sisters, a brother mother and father (died of colon cancer). I’m the first to break the cycle and hopefully they follow suit.

  33. I quit on Christmas Eve 2016. I had made these goals every year of quitting for New Years, but instead I decided I wanted to be a non-smoker by the 30th birthday. Feb 2018. It’s been roughly over a month and I’m just starting to get the symptoms and feel like crap. Tomorrow will be day 4 and I’m making a Dr appointment, just in case. I’m glad to know it’s something real, and it’s for the best.

    • Did the doctor give you anything?

    • Today is day 9 for me. Went to urgent care, then ER, then my PCP for chest tightness; I thought i had some major chest infection and was getting scared from the sensation that I couldn’t catch a breath. . All normal xrays, blood work, and EKG – it’s all just a side effect from stopping smoking; in my case anyway. Hang in there!!

  34. I stopped smoking 51 days ago on 15/12/2016. Since then I’ve had two courses of antibiotics – one for sinusitis and another for chest infection. My throat is constantly sore and feel run down and unwell. Regrets, none . After 40 years smoking 10 -15 per day, I knew it was only a matter of time before I got really sick. Patches keep me sane- a few days left of step 2 before final two weeks. I’ve had possibly the most stressful few weeks at work and haven’t caved in. Previous quit attempts have taught me the instant relief is longer there. So just having to ‘get on with it’
    Unhealthily overweight and not exercising also play a big part- need to just keep going in the hope (and I know it will) get better.

  35. My advice to anyone is to quit in mid week and have two weeks holiday booked in one week time you will need it if you get the smokers flu . Also if you go on the patch use a medium to low dosage for one week then loose it . It is a drug addiction. It is like an alcoholic drinking half a bottle and trying to quit . Lower your dependency on nicotine then go cold turkey your odds are better and convince yourself of how toxic your habit is till it is embedded deep. Do your homework this time I know you tried before but this time really prepare and do the research into it. Get mad and stay mad at the fact of what you have been doing to yourself and how they have been running your life in every aspect and it’s a time bomb ticking till a cold gets you or your on puffers to live or you die . We know it shortens life by minimum ten years and before that takes your quality of life for another twenty . You know look at someone who is a fifty yr old smoker and a fifty yr old non smoker it’s like day and night . So be in the right mind set and do it . And remember second hand smoke even off gassing from clothes or cars furniture etc is bad and you are getting it first . Your friends and family are getting your leftover . My son just had a boy my first grandson and my son sent me a link to a site about off gassing from cigarette smoke and asked me that if I smoked not to handle his newborn unless my coat was off and had a fresh sweater. I went to the link read it and was shocked. He was right in asking me to do this needless to say I am now on my third week of no cigarettes and when I last saw my grandson I coughed and my son asked are you sick and I said no I have the flu but it’s smokers flu cause I quit and got a big thankyou hug from my son and his wife. I’m in charge of my life now not a drug addiction. When someone does cocaine or heroine it does not get into family and friends systems but this does . Think about it and get there

  36. 11 days of not smoking and I feel horrible. Nauseated for the last 2 days, back ache, can’t focus, face is broke out and I’m an emotional mess. If I heard of this flu before I never paid attention and I should have.

    • Me to u was in shock. You might feel like crap but it’s worth it . I was relieved when I found out the flu feeling is normal and good it shows your healing
      Keep up the good job . I’m in my third week .

      • Good for you also. I guess it is a good thing, but after the first couple days of horrible cravings and emotional nightmare I was feeling better and thought I had gotten over the hurdle. Was a little shocked to have never heard more about it from fellow quitters. When I announced on FB I was quitting I had tons of comments and plenty of people referencing the cravings and the eating etc., but no mention of this. I’m not going to smoke to get rid of it, but sure hope it passes soon.

      • Jolene did you go cold turkey and how long did you smoke . And what brought your mind to say that is it enough is enough.

        • I cut back from 15 cigs to 5 for a couple days then just quit, cold turkey, no patches no gum. I have been smoking for 25 years. I have tried to quit before and just wasn’t ready I guess. Hypnotized twice and that only lasted about 2 weeks. I turn 40 this year and thought I have to quit by then plus I added up the money and it just made me sick to think how much money I have wasted. I am an emotional person anyways so that is my biggest obstacle. I just have to go away from people when I start crying for no apparent reason.

        • Eleven days is amazing you should be dam proud so many don’t make it past two days
          The ups and downs of the roller coaster ride start to smooth out soon but it is a long ride but really a week does go by fast and before you know they are passing easier and you can get off the ride.

        • I smoked for 25 years, about 15-20 cigs. a day. I cut back to 5 cigs. for a couple days and then quit, no gum, no patch just quit. I have quit before, hypnotized twice, and it never lasted more than a couple weeks. I turn 40 this year and I figured up how much money I have spent and decided that was ridiculous.

          • Sorry I thought my other comment never showed up.

          • Just back from physio
            Earlier this yr Feb fell on water at work tore tendons in right shoulder bad massive tear they had to reattach them by going into my shoulder from seven areas got back to work in July by Nov was ninety percent there when someone spilled liquid on floor in front of desk.We’ll you guessed it fell bad,hitting head on desk agrivating shoulder. Was back at work two days later on restrictions for a,week then back at it fortunately I heal well but three weeks later stiff neck got worse and it turned into whiplash and the head injury turned worse with a whole assortment of side effects including crying at the drop of a hat so I understand what your saying .I did look it up because it was embarrassing but you feel better when you let it out so was curious. It said when you cry you release toxins out of your body through your tear ducks and your brain releases endorphins that is why you feel good afterwards. Now me the side effects from the whiplash and concussion are pretty well gone and I start back to work tomorrow half days. But I don’t know if this helps but in physio I have seen some pretty nasty stuff people’s bones in there backs disintegrating and having to have liquid cement replacing or filling in so they can walk . It wakes you up and sometimes that is what we need to say to ourselves yes,I feel sick dam sick but there is a reason for it nobody forced it down my throat and iam going to be over this and will feel good this summer and have money in the bank and am going to treat myself to an all-inclusive week at a resort and it’s free not money up in smoke and will pay for a trip every yr . Iam already enjoying coffee without a cigarette but getting use to the smells is hard it seems like odours good and bad are strong and am hungry more often they say cigarettes are a suppressant for food. This time you’ll make it this is an x smoker . I know I’ll never start again and I’ll be damed if I let you . If you can smoke cigarettes for twenty five yrs and put up with that disgusting habit what’s a little flu for a while and fatigue compared to the cost and the sickness from cigarette. What I want to see is when I get a cold if I will be like a non smoker and get over it in a few days without going to a Dr and having him read me the riot act about smoking. Your family and friends must be happy also

    • Hang on in there…i have been smoking from the age of 11. I am now 54.
      I must have tried packing up at least 2 times a year and have never managed.Worst drug ever…..i was smoking 20 a day….i am on a familiar road at the moment…day 9.The best advice i can give is dont give in to that greedy little f…ing nicotine monster at any cost….your life will be much more worse at the end then what ever you are going through now… is all in the mind….you only smoke on average 1 hour per day and dont crave for the other 23….loose that last hour….better than loosing your life !
      I am so determined this time and i know all its trick to catch me….this time there will be only one winner !!!!
      Hope that helped !

  37. Kind of makes you ask the question why do people go back there is no upside only a downside and it’s dam expensive an a bitch to stop so why after so many months or even a yr do people go back I hate things that don’t add up . They stick in your head like a song that won’t go away . And when you quit and you see them out there in all weather woof ING down a cigarette you look and say that use to be me I must of been out of my mind . Maybe it’s the stimulants that are in them that give you a wakeup for twenty minutes . Or they fill in that void of time . Maybe it’s when your in your twenties or thirties you feel you have all the time in the world and if you fail or go back no big deal but by forty your thinking time is going faster and it’s time to wisen up take this serious make up your mind and do it and it hits you like a light bulb going off in your head and you wonder why didn’t this go off thousands of dollars ago and after having two week bouts of colds and dealing with a smokers cough that we make up excuses for like the air is dry in here or I got a tickle in my throat. You know when you carry gum or lifesavers or mints etc. Why . I’m just glad the light went off and it was pretty bright. Leaves you feeling like,a moron for not doing this ten yrs ago . Well were doing it now and there seems to be a lot doing it you go anywhere you are the minority and have to hide outside to have a quick one pretty dam pathetic time is ticking money is going up in smoke and we’re not as dumb . That is why we won’t ever cave in this time it took the information hyway to cement it in stone think about it if this was not available our odds would not be there we would not know this flu is normal and be able to reach out not only for information but even support . Maybe that is why so many people are kicking it more than ever. And because you went cold turkey like me your odds are greater look it up. Check it on the information hyway that I’m talking about . And you know no hypnosis or patch will do it you got to be ready to say that’s it enough is enough and stick to it. And do it . And girl that is what your doing getting your life back

    • Thanks Bruce. 🙂

      • I do want to plan some kind of trip as a reward or a goal to work towards. How rewarding would it be to go somewhere I’ve never gone and know I got there from not smoking. Hopefully this “flu” will subside so I can get to the gym. Won’t be going anywhere that requires swimwear if I keep eating the way I am. Unfortunately my “flu” includes nausea, but does not stop me from eating. I can eat right threw it.
        Sorry about your accidents and I hope being back to work goes well for you.

        • Well I went to work today great to see the people I work with but this flu leaves you completely drained and hard to function. Could not do this for eight hours five days straight. And anybody that can deserves a medal or at the least a two week holiday minimum . Thank heavens they are starting me two shifts a week of four hours . The sad part is from Oct till my fall in mid Nov I was in workharding for my shoulder Monday to Friday three hours everyday after work in physio working out building up and was in great shape but after concussion and whip lash had to stop work hardening then quit smoking and got this flu and now veg and eat and am starting to show it and I’m one of the lucky ones that stay at the same weight now my sister she looks at a piece of chocolate cake and gains weight but she goes to a gym and works hard . It’s a good thing for me because I love food and can really eat but stay thin except I can tell I’m gaining some with no smoking and laying around. This might help we don’t have the flu if we did on we were sick we couldn’t eat so I think I know what it is. Like your throat it probably burns like your smoking even weeks later it’s because it’s inflamed a bit it’s tender it’s like new skin very sensitive. Well your sinuses are inflamed and a bit swollen you can breath ok through them but you know something is off your head feels heavy you feel some pressure behind your eyes you lay in bed your ok get up and move around your nautious it’s your balance caused by your sinus and they probably won’t find anything if you go to a Dr but I’m starting to use a sinus rinse now because this is overwhelming and I have generally a lot of reserve energy more than most. And have none.My hobby is I love renovating places .like the house I own now I have a whole skid of flooring waiting for me in my garage to install I have this house three quarters finished and have been grounded. It’s a sick passion but I love it and am good and it comes natural to me.
          But the sinus thing makes sense it would also give you fatigue and a nautious feeling. But this has been three weeks of this and no sign of letting up. I’m buying rice in a bag that you add a bit of water to it and microwave for two minutes or fish that goes in the oven from box to pan no prep work soup and bread anything fast and simple. But food does taste better how can you feel so lousy and so hungry..Oh yea my accidents no big deal I’m back together better than new cause I’m smoke free and this nautious fatigue lousy feeling well it has nothing to do with my accident so that is a good feeling. I never let things get me down I have a lot of patience belive life is short am ashamed to say I like a good romance movie over anything and usually have to fight back tears or get embarrassed if someone notices . The trip I go on is a tough one maybe a boat cruise where you stop in at different ports or maybe an Alaska trip and see the whales or just somewhere your waited on and spoiled by the pool. You know when you get so far along without out a cigarette you feel so good about it and it’s like you just inherited a longer life or been granted a better one.And because I know without a shadow of a dought I will never go back cause there is not even an interest now it’s a good feeling and weird feeling. But nice . Got to go have horrible sweet tooth need ice cream it’s calling me from the fridge .

          • You might think this is stupid but maybe some people do this also. I had someone that I worked with who had a heart attack who quit smoking. He decided to retire also I saw him three years later and he had blown up like a Pillsbury dough boy and saw this happen to someone else to. A ND the last time I quit I started to put on the weight and was working and my job is physical so between the cravings and the weight gain I was worried and thought I’ve been fit all my life no way and went back but this time when I will not gain because when I get my energy back I don’t have cravings and will not replace them with junk food.And have read juicing helps but nobody says what they are juicing . And have never juiced and maybe some things work better in a juicer
            If you have recipes for what works for this let me know I’m asking anybody out there share your recipes
            Thankyou. It seems like we all have this dam fatigue and nautious but able to eat but no energy .

          • It’s Thursday I don’t have a lot of energy but enough to get through the day and physio afterwards and still nautious but less I think the sinus rinse is helping or its the time frame of just over three weeks everybody tells how bad it is but I need to know there is good days coming and I’m telling you I’m having one today and that means you will to wait for it its like when you are getting over a infection you can still feel it but less
            throat still sore but the nautious is less . If I never said it thankyou for all for your advice and imput I never would of made it this far I would of caved in for sure.

          • I think I am over my “flu”. Was able to make it to the gym this week, only once but better than not at all. 21 days today, and yes it does feel like you have a new lease on life. Still not finding a ton of energy and eating way too much, but focus is getting better. Day by day.

  38. Ok here it is I’m sixty two have been smoking fifty one yrs don’t have anything wrong with me. But am terrified of colds when I get one it’s bad otherwise can even run on a treadmill for forty minutes no problem. My father smoked two packs a day and at eighty died from an inherited aniourisym. Well I quit a month ago cold turkey now I have been suffering with this dam smokers flu and as much as it is brutal I should of done this year’s ago so my advice to all you young ones listen to this stubborn old dog. Life is short so do it stop this starting and stopping or you will be like me don’t live in the world of excuses . I have no excuse why I didn’t do this thirty yrs ago. But then I think the tobacco companies were still.trying to convince people that they weren’t all that bad but either way still king something in your mouth lighting it on fire an inhaling the smoke well it’s not rocket science it can’t be good so I have no excuse neither do you it’s very simple it’s not rocket science quit and don’t buy any more or gamble with your life so suck it up toughen up and get down to business. Do you think someone wants you you smell of smoke your energy level is low yellow stains on teeth hands your car smells. So now tell me what is making you think twice and fail at this. Must be how cool you look with it no that can’t be it you look stupid and weak with no willpower. Oh well if you fail you will think of some excuse you started smoking and only you can finish it . I’d wish you luck but you need stubbornness and willpower not luck.

  39. Jolene great to hear me to for two days I have started getting to feel better getting over the flu after four weeks starting to get some energy and starting to finally see a light at the end of a four week nautious flu so yes not a lot of energy back but enough to feel I can do this. And it is perfect timing as much as now the thought of a cigarette doesn’t appeal to me it actually scares me with the thought of puffers oxygen slowly loosing my lungs and dieing I was at the breaking point where it was either I start feeling better or I give in because I hear horror stories of people who six months later are still in the flu symptoms and no way could I do this for six months . It feels good to cough cause I’m not smoking and I can see a better cleaner life my God my hands look so clean and my teeth and to drive to work in the car without a cigarette I feel like a normal person not a drug addict making sure I get my fix on the way to work . Now is see my coworkers out there smoking and I wish I could make the light go off in there heads but they are younger than me and they are in there smoking little click that I use to belong to and I know like I use to be in knew it all and don’t want to be an x smoker that tries to lecture smokers. But yes I feel good so I no where your coming from and the extra weight well it’s going to come off as the energy gets there we spent a lot of time smoking that’s why if you hadn’t noticed we have more time. Which means soon twenty minutes of exercise three times a week and I can look at a fold up exercise piece of equipment for the bedroom after all its not money being burned up in smoke. I’ll use it during commercials then rest. Off topic you ever crave a nice toasted tomato sandwich everybody craves nice fluffy mashed potatoes if you have a craving after eating for a cigarette and you wonder where that came from tomatoes and potatoes are some of the foods that have nicotine in them so if in say six months it happens maybe it’s something you ate just worth thinking about. What’s nice is I’m not gassey as much or at least I don’t constantlysmell like sulfur and not feeling like I need to go all the time. My throat doesn’t burn as much either. It figures I go to physio today and I tell my physiotherapist how I feel much better nautious feeling gone so what do they do make me do these eye exercises while moving my head from side to side and you guessed it makes you feel sick and nautious real bad different than smokers flu but it only stays for a few minutes after but give me a break. But I’m still on cloud nine and to know your still holding in there and feeling better well it makes me really happy. But step by step I’m changing my life it’s not just giving up smoking it’s eating better more fruit vegetables juicing which I never have done I guess I can ask the women at work what to juice and it’s weird I never have eaten in the lunch room before we only have thirty minutes lunch so that would normally be a coffee two cigarettes and a muffin maybe so being in the lunch room even for break is a new experience I think even for the regulars they kind of look at you like your here why you never come here. I think also I’m going to go out of my way to do something different this summer after dinner I’m going to go for a walk around the block or to the corner store not just eat and veg right after. They say it takes twenty one days to develope a habit or loose one so I’m going to try it this summer. I think it’s good to plan things in baby steps so you don’t become a couch potato then you get down and start slipping so I’m going to start like normally I never eat breakfast it was coffee cigarette out front then off to work now it’s tea and a bowl of cereal every morning. I bought a three lb bag of apples after dinner now for a snack I have an apple . They are baby steps but it feels good. I don’t eat white bread but whole grain bread. The big test will be when they say ok to go back to work full time but I think it will be easier than being at home so much. Anyone out there remember this smokers flu may last one to four weeks it’s worth it. I think it’s rare to go longer so hang in there the feeling you get when your over the hump well now I can say it was worth it .

  40. 34 Days gone and i still feel terrible, no energy whatsoever, never felt so tired and exhausted, waking up in the morning is the worst, just don’t want to get out of bed then takes me about 3 hours to actually lose the brain fog after waking up, horrible horrible feeling , But i don’t have any symptoms like coughing or producing flem “which is worrying” since it would be good to know my bodys getting rid of it from my lungs , also putting on so much weight in such a short period of time i’m begging to look as if im pregnant “and i’m a guy”

  41. Ok so I’m roughly around the 36 hr Mark and I’m feeling tired and kinda lime I have a bloated chest and once in a while is aching and can feel it kinda in my back.Is this normal I’m 26 yrs old and feel like I’m having an anxiety attach cuz how I feel.

    • My answer Jacob is yes it is,normal. Nicotine is a stimulate so you are,not getting it also your brain releases endorphins from nicotine that make you feel good which is missing and your body is working overtime to heal itself and you experience anxiety because your brain just lost its drug fix that has been convincing you for years is your friend. Think of it another way also when you consume a big meal your body is digesting it you are so tired no energy well imagine how much energy your body is expending to heal itself in so many areas that is working on . It’s like a good workout afterwords you ache all over but you know it’s for a good reason this is the same only you not only ache but feel like crap but you keep going cause you know it’s worth it and it won’t last forever. Eat healthy for energy get rest moderate exercises and remember why you are doing this. Hang in there good luck and stay commited

  42. Hello all! I just recently decided to quit smoking as of 2/26/2017, a buddy came into town and well we partied pretty hard and I smoked ALOT. After he left Sunday morning I cold turkey quit. I have always lifted weights and stayed fairly fit. Also I added 40 minutes of running a day to my routine. I now have on and off chest pains and the dreaded “Quitters Flu” I refuse to let this rule me and continue running and lifting through out it. The power is in our minds!!! I wish everyone luck!

    27 y/o, have smoked for 7 years, frequency varied

  43. I quit smoking on February 16 because Im having back surgery at the end of March. I too have the smokers flu or quitters flu. I have had it for about 3 weeks. Very bad headaches, hot/cold flashes, cold. running nose, post nasal drip, even some vomiting a few times, hard time sleeping, fatigue, very tired, no energy…the list goes on. I have quit smoking several times for a year or two at a time and I have never been sick because of it. I smoked Marlboros for years, quit for 2 years then started again smoking all natural Spirit. It took an all natural tobacco to make me feel like crap. Im a single mom with two very active preteens. I don’t have time to rest and baby myself so I just keep going. I hope this goes away soon cause I feel like Im starting to lose the battle. I don’t want to start smoking again, only cause the thought of it makes me feel even sicker. I really wish this constant headache would go away though.

  44. Stephanie says:

    I am on day 85! And still get the hot flashes and chills and headaches! Not everyday but pretty close to it! And not to mention the anxiety! Holy crap! That’s by far the very worst!!

  45. Hi all. I am 35, pack-a-day smoker 18 years; quit 9 days now. I originally quit bcas I got sick. I am past the physical cravings, well into the psychological withdraw at this point, but it’s not near as bad as I expected it to be. My biggest issue is chest tightness. It feels like someone is sitting on my chest and it often takes me yawning to get a deep breath. I want to share my experiences of the last week in hopes of putting someone’s mind at ease, and perhaps saving them some money as well. I have been to Urgent care twice, the ER and my PCP all within the last 9 days; and I never go to the doctor, like never. I have had multiple chest x-rays, 2 EKGs, blood work & urine analysis twice. They checked me for infections, blood clots, you name it & they checked for it. I am otherwise very healthy so they we’re checking for anything at all. ALL of my tests came back normal. My oxygen levels are 99, basically perfect, & my PCP told me my chest x-rays don’t even convey that I was a smoker. The chest tightness I feel is a mere side effect of quitting. It is the process of the cilia growing back and the lungs repairing themselves. My PCP explained that it is like slicing open your arm, & as it heals the skin grows tight & stretches. I can tell you tho, that it can feel like you’re suffocating. There are countless times where had I not been able to focus & breathe, I could have easily had a panic attack. The sensation is scary as hell! I feel like an idiot running back to the doc over a combination of anxiety and lung healing (both effects of quitting) but at least it gave me some peace of mind, which is why I shared my story here. With that being said, is anyone here past the chest tightness phase of detox that can give me an idea of how long it lasts??? I would love to have an end in sight! Stay strong everyone! We can all do this! It will be well worth it! Sending positivity to all of you!!

    • Jonathan says:

      Thanks this has put my mind at ease as iv had these sypmtoms ., i suffer from anixitey as it is ., so im constantly listening to my body for an little sign to absoulty freak out … but this has helped thanks ., im currently going thru quitters flu … just looking tips on here staying postive

      • That really helped me as well. I am 27 yo, smoked for around 10 years quit, 3+ weeks ago . Atm,I have a ‘second wave’ of the quitters flu- had it in my first week and now it started again today 🙁 Although I never had a smokers cough (not even during the quitters flu) I have chest congestion and occasionally freak out cs of it . Just like you I had multiple checks done – physicals,blood tests and x-ray came back normal. And yet I am freaking out from time to time. Anxiety is a real b***h, BUT hang in there at least you know you are physically healthy, the rest will get better as well! 🙂

        • Ellie, I never developed a smoker’s cough while smoking either, so when I had this chest tightness I was worried. It actually took a lot of research to find out my symptoms were quitters flu (I had never heard of it prior). Yeah, the anxiety from quitting is completely new to me. I have never had an issue with being anxious, so I am hoping it goes away with time. I am hanging in! Knowing that the symptoms are temporary helps a lot. The placebo effect is underrated; merely believing we will get better helps us heal. That was in part my intention here. Good luck to us all!! Hang strong!

  46. Jonathan says:

    Just past 2 weeks with out one smoke ., iv been smoking over 15 years . I just went stright cold turkey ., defo think iv got quitters flu (which i didnt even know was a thing) ., some days worse than others ., is there any thing i can take to help ., and would going to the gym ., trying to power through it help or make it worse ?., ., any advice would be great thanks ????????????????????????

    • 3+weeks was just getting better and today I got it again 🙁 Get some rest and drink lots of water and tea, stock up on lozenges (if your throat is sore). Take vitamins – vit C or vit B complex might do you some good, otherwise just take multi or whatever vits and supplements you have.. Hope that helps Good luck! 🙂

    • Today is day #17 for me, still going strong! I lost my chest tightness like 4 days ago, so at day 13. I too went cold turkey, and it does get easier! I am finally feeling physically better and my appetite has returned. I say, yes, Jonathan, exercise is great, it has helped me immensely, but I have noticed, I have to keep my exercising moderate – no heavy or strenuous exercising. Eating clean has helped me a lot as well. Lots of water and orange juice, and dairy seems to make the healing process slow down… The quitters flu for me lasted about 2 weeks. Once I got past the two week mark, I have been feeling much better each day. I still get occasional chest tightness and a slight headache for a few hours, but all my symptoms seem to be fleeting, and don’t really hamper my day. I also get a cigarette craving a few times a day, but they too are fleeting.

  47. I am on day 25 of not having a cigarette. I am not coughing at all but I am having other issues. My lungs have hurt for the past 3 weeks and I feel like I can’t get full deep breaths without really concentrating on my breathing. It causes horrible anxiety which makes the breathing And lung pain/tightness way worse. I take ibruprophen every 4 hours for the discomfort and I’m not sure if my lungs are inflamed or not but that’s what it feels like. I went to the emergency room back on February 20th, “The day I quit” because I had horrible bronchitis and thought for sure it was pneumonia. The doctor did a chest xray and EKG and said every thing looked normal so I know the pain I’m having in my lungs is not pnomunia or COPD, or cancer. Can anyone PLEASE tell me when this chest discomfort will go away??? It’s making every day a struggle and it reflects on my work performance. This shit needs to get better soon!

  48. Hi, I’m 38. I quit 5 months ago when I had a bad cough and flu that didn’t go away for 2 weeks. on and off I had blocked ears for a year before but after I quit, it got much worse, I was having nasal congestion, went to ENT, nasal endoscopy and it was scary. I had back pains and muscle pains, chest feel tights, I felt like lying down all the time. I was smoking on and off 1 pack since I was 15. Quit a couple of times when I gave birth. It’s not worth it and I wished I had never smoked at all. Lungs try to heal and it takes 10 years. I hope everybody stay strong and find ways to heal, doing meditations, find peace. I used to be active and exercise when I was smoking but now it seems like my body is still not ready.

    • Hi RAF, I understand your position. I too feel less healthy since I quit smoking. It has been almost 7 weeks and I still don’t feel “normal.” I was much more active as a smoker, but now, I have a little depression, weird flu symptoms that come and go, I can’t seem to sleep longer than 2-3 hours at a time, I am constantly hungry, chest tightness, odd pains in my body…. but I am chalking it up to withdraw symptoms and really hoping they all fade away with time. I can see the benefits of quitting, my skin looks better, I smell better, my daughter is happy, but I miss it. I just keep telling myself it will get easier with time….

  49. Megan Flores says:

    For the past few years I have had difficulty working out in yard, then in 2015 it got harder and harder to breathe. After many tests, it was a CT scan that showed COPD, emphysema and scarring in my lungs. I quit smoking 8 years ago but the damage has been done. I got to a point I couldn’t catch my breath and was coughing so hard I thought the top of my head would blow off, nothing was really working to help my condition. Finally i started on COPD herbal formula i purchased from NewLife Herbal Clinic, i read alot of positive reviews from other patients who used the COPD herbal treatment. I used the herbal remedy for 7 weeks, its effects on COPD is amazing, all my symptoms gradually faded away, i breath very more freely now! (Visit www. newlifeherbalclinic. com ) I recommend this COPD herbal formula for all COPD/Emphysema sufferers

    Megan Flores
    New Jersey, USA.

  50. Hi new to this am 55 been smoking over 40 years been stopped for 3 days now really want a cig but keep telling myself take one and you will feel really ill think I’ve got the withdrawal flu sore throat , headache, feeling sick , feeling tired all the time , dizzy , i use a small stress ball in my hand i squeeze it hard when i start craving for a cig seems to help or i listen to music with my headphones when i read all the comments it makes me think I’ll get there smoke free be able to come off my inhalers one day

  51. Hi,
    Its my 5th day and i dont feel any of the quiter flue symptoms!!
    Im smokin for about 4 years or 5 (15 cig per day) But i cant sleep for the past 5 days and whats worrying me is i dont feel tierd or want to sleep. Whats helping is i do alot of excersize and drink ton of water , row honey first thing in the morning. My opinion its just all in your minds its a habit try to change it.

  52. Heather Wilkinson says:

    I quit 3 months ago and was sick with strep twice, one cold, and what felt like the flu. I have not had strep since I was 10. All these sickness were over the three month period. Then my Grandpa was put on hospice and I smoked on and off for about 5 days. Im now back on the patch for three days, smoke free. And I feel like I have a nasty flu again. Im ready for this to be over. I got sick less when I was a smoker!

  53. Traci Redman says:

    First, congrats to all you others that have decided to quit this nasty habit. I am on day 33, quit cold turkey, and I have to say it hasn’t been that bad except for the most HORRIBLE cough I have ever had in my life. I cough so hard I feel like I’m going to get sick, and/or (sorry if TMI) but pee myself. Throat is sore and the hacking it seriously awful. I never had the smoker’s cough so this is way worse. I am taking Mucinex and drinking as much water as humanly possible but it’s terrible. I just keep thinking about my little grand daughter (she’s 9 months old and very attached to gma) and how I want to be around for her but this is tough. If anyone has any other remedies for the cough I’m all ears. In the meantime I’m going to see the doctor next week.
    Keep up the good work all of you!!

    • Hi Traci,

      Had the same issue when I quit last year. It took my cough a couple of months to even start to improve. At around 5 months it was nearly gone. Hang in there.

      Hope your doctor appointment went well.

  54. I’m on day 16 of no tobacco cigarettes; and day 12 of no e-cigs which is the longest I’ve gone without either in the past decade (at least). So I’m feeling pretty positive, I’ve gotten over the worst of the emotional roller coaster portion. However – this “smoker’s flu” is killing me. It’s been a couple days now, and it’s so unpredictable. Some days I’ll have just a small cough, but some days I have these horrible coughing fits that not even water or tea can help (and they’re not productive, nothing is coming up with them). I’m also having issues with the sinus congestion – I wake up so incredibly stuffed up that I can’t breathe out of my nose for HOURS. I tried the neti pots and peppermint essential oils and everything – the congestion just keeps coming back. Keeping my fingers crossed that it goes away soon – because it’s very frustrating. I experienced colds like this when I smoked all the time, I can’t see the benefit of quitting if I’m just gonna be sick AGAIN for months on end. (I’m sure this is my tunnel vision talking – I just need to know there’s LIGHT at the end of the tunnel).

  55. I’m on my 5th week no cigarettes, and planning to stay that way. No nicotine substitute, i just went cold turkey, and the experience was horrible even up to now there are still cravings and other symptoms. All I am thinking is that after this nasty things there will better days ahead. It’s just a matter of determination to quit.

    It is sometimes very frustrating, the cough, the sore throat, the anxiety but I added a little prayer and exercise to speed up the process. Good luck to us all ex-smokers, just think of the better days ahead.

    • Im on my 62 days no cigarettes, I am 39 years old and I started smoking when I was 18, I quit cold turkey last May 26th, and honestly after all that I’ve been thru, I am literally disgusted to cigarettes, even the smoke from other people pisses me off. I sometimes have vivid dreams that I was smoking and even tasted it like it was so real, anxiety attacks, depression, nausea, headaches, name every symptoms I got it. Sometimes I feel so alone, even I quit 2 months ago, since I got no one to discuss here are home. I often read discussion threads like this, just to read what other ex-smokers experience just to relief my anxiety knowing that there are others who are just like me. Sometimes, it is better or maybe important to have a support group, since here at home the only thing that keeps me going to be a non-smoker are my kids, I am also afraid every time I feel something bad on my self, even a cold freaks me out. But some say our body is healing from all the nasty things we’ve done, smoking, alcohol, bad food, so I am looking forward that I can sustain this discipline and avoid cigarettes, for the rest of my life. I want to see my kids grow and be there to guide them along the way. Sometimes, I often blame myself why I picked that first cigarette and lighted it when I was in college, but like they say better quit, and stay healthy. Better days are ahead guys.. Good luck to us, add a strong prayer everyday.

      • My daughter and one on the way are my motivation as well. I just turned 37 and have been smoking since 16 or 17 years old. I am working on day 37 with the help of the patch. I am also working on whats seems to be my 2nd cold (which is odd because i rarely get sick). Just keep at it. We have too much to live for.

      • Ok quit after being in the hospital 2 months so bronchitis and COPD diagnosis. Am 77 smoked for Many!! Yrs. I feel terrible like I have the flu which I normally don’t get to begin with. Am on step 2 patch. Will this feeling go away I hope.

        • Hi Carol. It’s hard to say how long your symptoms will last bcas I have found length of time smoked and amount smoked affects the length and severity of quitting symptoms. I will reach 6 months next week of not smoking, and most of the symptoms have passed. I occasionally get a shortness of breath, but not near what I was experiencing my the ago. Most all of my other symptoms have passed.

          My problem seems to currently be – and maybe someone here has a bit of advice for me – I’m constantly irritated and easily angered; overstressed really. I understand quitting is like losing a best friend, a counselor, a stress reliever, and a confidant all in one, but gr majority of the time I feel irritated. Much like how I felt as a smoker when I’d have to go 4-5 hours without a cigarette, except it’s constant. And I rarely ever get cravings anymore; maybe 3-4 a week. Does this feeling subside with time??

  56. I am 25 years old been smoking for about 10 years. On or off I’d say, with months of break but consistently for at least 7. I’m embarrassed, I smoked as long as I did. I’m worried I have health problems because of it. Ever since I quit again, I’ve been coughing up brown speckled crap but I’ve been doing this while smoking as well. I’ve been getting bad anxiety, and horrible back/shoulder pain….I remember going through this when I quit last year, so I keep telling myself I’ll be okay….Can anyone ease my fears? Any advice or prayers appreciated….Thanks

    • i had the same symptoms once left smoking on 30 january this year. now i feel very energetic and fit in every aspect. dear pls dont smoke ….. if u kept smoking u ll regularly for whole life will face health issue and if u quit permanently u ll face these issues for few months maximum for 6 to 7. have good diet and go for exercise regularly. share me the update….all the best

  57. 2ndTimeAround says:

    This is a wonderful website.. my go to when I feel a new symptom and to calm myself down before running to the Doctor..

    I quit 2015 for a solid one year.. That time around.. I had serious flu like symptoms.. Recurring cold.. headache.. dizziness, brain zaps, feeling faint, to the point it felt like I was going to topple over.. this went away after about 7 months – and it eventually faded and I was able to stay away from cigs for a solid year..

    Picked up smoking again 10 months ago. 3 cigs a day max.. and only after I eat.. I was stressed out from my teenage daughter, whole new story there–not blaming her – but I should have been stronger.. 3 months into smoking..
    I smoke a cig and soonafter took a shower .. while I was in there I felt my chest closing in and I immediately got out and and calmed myself down.. I drove myself to ER.. my heart was beating so fast and my chest felt tight.. they ran EKG test.. chest X-ray, MRI, Cardiogram.. nothing. But I was told my heartbeat is sporadic.. high then low.. they think I may have Tachycardia or The other.. went home and I blamed it on anxiety..

    I quit again.. 21 days into it.. cravings and withdrawals not as bad.. I was told by my OBGyN that I may be PEri.. so now everything I feel is in the gray area of cig withdrawal or peri.. I have Activity Tracker so I do notice my HR All over the place.. high then low.. that is when I’m sitting down 120 to 70.. I’m thinking its anxiety.. every time I go to doc also I’m being told BP is a bit high.. but I think both is due to anxiety.. I’m back to the dizziness and I hate the fainting feeling like I’m going to topple over. This is symptom is what I hate the most.. I may also be suffering from Sleep Apnea.. I’ve gained about 5 lbs within 2 weeks

    Best advice.. don’t google your symptoms.. it will drive you nuts.. you’ll be self diagnosing yourself with cancer.. to heart condition..
    If it’s really bad symptoms – yes go get check better safe than sorry but always remember to tell your Doctor you quit smoking.. but remember that your number one enemy right now is Anxiety and anxiety leads to panic attacks — and you’re brain becomes its own entity trying very hard to make you pick up that cigarette..

    I’m going to outpatientsurgery for my female issues.. my EKG test showed irregular heart beat and the nurse at Gyn office was concerned and told her I just quit smokin and i will be under anasthesia.. ahe sent me to Cardiologist but I told that doctor what was going on and he questioned the nurses judgement..
    So I’m cleared but I’m still nervous and I keep
    Asking my husband if I’m going to wake up and if not to have me cremated. Lol.. is what I call serious anxiety issues..

    Good luck and drink plenty of water

  58. Hello Everyone. Typing from my cell so please forgive errors. I’m an active 59 yo female. Former bodybuilder and Military. Smoked very casual 17-22 yo and stopped to bodybuild. Started up serious at 32 y.o. , never drank..never did any drugs. Quit cold turkey July 17, 2017 when I returned from a road trip from So. Calif to Oregon. Upon 4 days home, couldn’t breathe..felt like lungs were collapsing. Rushed via Paramedics to Triage. Ok..tons of testing, nothing found. Heart good, no heart disease. Lungs good, but found scarring at base of both lungs which I’m told was from previous adolescence pneumonia, and lung issue. an know I was very ill from 5-10 yo and home schooled mostly, mom up with me all night, ice baths due to fevers, some God awful liquid medication i had to drink often.., humidifier in never told me what was wring, not even as an adult other than, “You had some lung problems”..lung problems?..never bothered for the rest of my in Heaven I am. Quitting Cold Turkey July 19 after incident..symptoms, like many, some I’ve NOT experienced: no coughing when I smoked or after. Shortness of Breath; yes, often. Nausea. BUT, I chose to go Vegan on the same day and began working out at the Gym 7 days a week. Here’s the kicker. When I work out NO SYMPTOMS at all. Feel fantastic. Get home..shortness if breath begins as I relax, dizziness, nausea, malaise. What is going on?? Anyone else? Right now at the end of the day, I’m glad on my back in pain..lungs. Took something mild..but when not working out, feel like lungs are going to collaspse. Oh, I smoked a pack a day let’s sat for 30 yrs..or less.

    • 2ndtimearound says:

      To McKenna : I hope you’re doing okay.. did you go to the Doctor? For me – anxiety feels like my chest is closing in.. I get dizzy and have a hard time breathing.. I usually try to sit down and focus on my breathing and it goes away. Sometimes also I would feel very dizzy and I feel like I’m going to topple over.. that is the feeling I hate the most… again I try to sit down and “reason” what I am feeling and focus on my breathing. For me –I think it’s my body going through withdrawals.. it manifest itself in so many ways.. right now the irregular heartbeat dissipitated but I feel my right toes getting numb.. if I pay attention to it, it magnifies but if I ignore and distract my brain, it goes away until I think about my toes again.. also I’ve been feeling a bit more energized.. I cleaned til 11pm last night and woke up at 4am.. which is odd because I had to glasses of wine last nite..

      I hope what you are feeling is just Anxiety..

  59. Got a touch of this smokers flu again as I gave in last time I stoped for a bit over 2 weeks, back to stoping again,about 9 days in.
    Feels very close to opium based with drawls.aches pains, anoyed.

    I hear about every one eating more than normal when stoping, I got the opposite problem. No hunger at all, have lost about 15lbs,while I’m scrawny person to start with.
    Any one else have this problem? How’d you fix it,think it’s part of what’s making me feel like crap.

    Same insomnia, can’t sleep for nothing at night,till the sun comes up,get a hour or two of sleep till waking in a pool of sweat,then zombie mode again.

    • What to do:
      Appetite – Generally, high bmr people (ectomorph) will reduce in appetite because smoking actually increases your weight due to its appetite induction in your overall status. Allow yourself some delicacies. Your taste buds and mucous membrane are returning to its original state. Use them and find out what generally tastes good and you love munching on. Another way is to follow the next step

      Insomnia – The higher energy retention in your body due to the effect of stoppage in smoking is the effect of your High BMR that reduces your energy retention when smoking. This is one can be easy or difficult depending on how you look at it. Firstly you must gauge when was your regular sleeping pattern. Our biological clock called the ‘Circadian Rhythm’ is usually the king of time control in your body and mind. When you know what time your body was used to knocking off before, Exercise and finish exercising two hours before that time. This will not only increase your appetite because your energy retention needs to be refreshed (This is because your salt retention is poor = ectomorph) but the energy drained from exercise and then digesting your food will definitely help you to feel sleepy enough by the time you reach your regular sleep pattern. Remember to use that pattern because it is a way to control your body. To change its timings, you must do it gradually and repetitively, for instance if you want to sleep at 3am everyday, you are going to have to make sure you physically knock off at that specific time 3 or more days in a row before it comes naturally in that pattern.


      If you are already scrawny, you might have a higher than normal BMR (previously called an ectomorph). The high bmr has the opposite effect in appetite and hunger after quitting. It is also because your salt retention mechanism is poor making you naturally have and need a Higher BMR than an average human being (Mesomorph, many humans have evolved the ability for salt retention/fatty deposition) .Where your blood vessels are all tight and your smooth muscles are all relaxed when you were smoking, now the blood is all loose with more nutrient volume and your smooth muscles are all tight carrying its own energy stored within constantly or at a more frequent level. That would reduce appetite on an ‘ectomorph’ because they don’t retain as much salt and their diet is more in the moment and frequent but your hunger is easily satiated. The constant fitness of your body thus reduces that frequent diet need in a more sparser period and lesser quantity per meal. Keep in mind you still eat more frequent than an endomorph and mesomorph, but smaller quantity. So if say a mesomorph quit (average BMR) they have a bigger body to maintain with more fat, that would increase their frequency of diet (increase chances of grabbing a snack or supper), while an endomorph will increase their quantity per diet because all that fat will now be storing all that energy along with the tightened smooth muscles which are bigger in an endomorph.

      Its a bit complicated to understand, but the overall picture depends completely in your BMR and salt retention because smooth muscles and blood vessels completely dominate your Gastro-Intestinal tract and energy distribution to the mind and body. So keep in mind you have weaker salt retention systems but you will be hungry frequent but in very small quantities. Keep an energy bar with you or a protein shake once you start exercising. Otherwise physically motivate yourself to drain that energy in your body gently (Dance, Singing loudly, aerobics, swimming, etc), trust me you will get hungry fast and that hunger will last for such a short time, don’t let it go, use it.

      P.S.: According to National Geographic, our salt retention systems only ‘recently evolved. Like Milk/Lactose digestion, these evolutions have enormous implications on a human’s biological systems. They become lactose intolerant, develop allergies, or determine whether your BMR is naturally high or low depending on your salt retention capability.

      This is the overall picture that may help you make your own style or path in tackling your situation.

      • Thank you for this….I am an ecto, where my husband is a meso. When it came to quitting smoking, we both had VERY different experiences. This explains a lot!!

    • Nada Alempijevic says:

      Hi there,
      I’ve been eating more so I can’t relate there lol but as for the sweating try drinking some OJ throughout the day, it’s raises your blood sugar the fastest and that might help

  60. So I was experimenting to find out once and for all if Vape or E-cigg really help and if they really have no tar or all those other hazardous chemicals in a normal tobacco stick except nicotine. As far as my medical knowledge is concerned, Nic is more smooth muscle relaxant and vasoconstrictor but other than that it has no ill effects other than addiction. It is the hydrocarbons, tar, arsenic and other horrible ingredients that screws with your lungs, produces cancer, etc.

    So I quit again recently, managed to do it easily for 6 months before on my first Vape switch and started noticing my taste dislike on normal cig, reduced clutter and ash, but no quitters flu. This time however, after one week of stoppage, the flu is intense but ironically unlike most common flu i experience, this one is localized only to the throat. I did see phlegm of a speckled nature and and im currently unable to work due to the extreme roughness of the cough that explodes my arteries and veins to expand and hit nerves on my head to produce headaches.

    All in all, thank you for the article as I can probably write a journal stating indeed, Vape is a legit way to stop smoking if you have more of an oral habit like me and u just like the bitter rough smoke as well as the nic high. Today, as I cough indeterminantly, I know now, I’m coughing for a future, that indeed I am experiencing cold turkey withdrawal (which means Vape does not screw with your lungs, otherwise I wont get the quitters flu) and also that Vape/E-cigg works as a better module for slow quitting compared to actual cigg stick reduction frequency.

    I also note that since I went for a low 6mg nic liquid, that my saliva secretion, taste and after taste areas such as the palate and most superior area of upper throat have all increased in efficiency which tells me that my nic levels have reduced as well as my lungs healing.

    All in all, I do find Vape as a workaround to some people who wants to quit in a more comprimising way in which a smoker’s psychological battle revolves around. Should a compromise be present and it works, why not right? At least I can choose to stop more easily once Im in that phase where I only vape, I hate the taste of cigg, my stamina returns, etc….my only challenge right now is when I drink heavily… but since Im more of a weed person than alcohol, I think I will just avoid drinking altogether

    • It’s crazy how everyone has different experiences using similar/the same methods as others. I tried switching from ciggs to a vape pen. LOVED it for about a week and a half….loved, loved, loved….but then I had the crap scared outta me, pretty much overnight…..I couldn’t take and keep a large inhale into my lungs. I felt as though I needed to yawn but couldn’t. Taking a super deep breath had never been an issue before, even as a cigarette smoker…so this change my body developed came after switching to a vape. I was told that I had developed was is called/known as popcorn lung. Look it up, I will not pretend to be able to explain it, lol. All I DO know is that it freaked me out enough to go back to ciggs part time, which led me to quitting cold turkey. I have plenty of friends who have vaped for YEARS and have zero complaints of what I went through…

  61. If you want to quit, buy and read the book, Allen Carr’s Easy Way To Quit Smoking! I promise it will make quitting a breeze and I have not gained 1 lb or want to smoke since reading that book. Everyone who reads the book quits smoking! You can smoke while reading the book!

  62. john manuel says:

    i quit two weeks ago today – and i had the quitter’s flu – stomach hurts, nose runs, sore throat – all of that. stayed home and slept for 2 days. i was so sick. still have some of the same things happening. i went to my dr last week and she said this is normal – may last another 2 weeks but should get better. after 25+ years of smoking – quitting sucks but the rewards will be worth it. hang in there folks.

  63. Jill DaSilva says:

    Quit 7 weeks ago and still experiencing the flu now and again.I did notice today after cleaning the house,that my lungs do NOT like to be clogged with harsh cleaners etc cause I coughed hard after I was finished cleaning.

    I have smoke for 40 years and it feels good to finally be free!

  64. branwen wosika says:

    Hi all. I smoked for 40 years. After recent bouts of pneumonia and bronchitis which sent me to the hospital I quit. I used the patch for about 2 weeks. A friend of mine gave me a pack of flavored tea tree oil toothpicks. That was the key. Anytime i wanted a cigarette i popped a toothpick in my mouth. With the exception of one slip, I’ve been cigarette free for over 2 months. You can get the toothpicks both in the store and online at The Vitamin Shoppe. Try it! I still get minor cravings but they don’t last.

  65. NorthEast Dan says:

    Afternoon All –

    I just quit (on Day 2) – December 31st 2017 11:57 PM was my last drag. Over the last 2 days, things have been going all right. I planned this out a few weeks in advance, so I got a Chantix prescription from my doctor and started taking the pills 1 week in advance while I still smoked. I think this helped alot.

    I really appreciate this site, as how I got here was Googling “Why do I get sick every time I quit smoking?” and found out the “Quitter’s Flu” is a real thing. I have been sneezing, post-nasal drip and throat is a bit sore, but not too bad. I have smoked for 30 years about 10-20 a day, so a pretty regular smoker. I am doing this for a few reasons: 1.) Health – I have always been an athlete and kept myself in very good condition EXCEPT for this incredible addiction to nicotine. 2.) Expense – I live in the Northeast and cigarette prices just went up again for taxes – The brand I smoked came to $11.48 a pack – Well, I did the math and let’s just say I was floored
    3.) My Boys – I have 2 teenage boys and though I never smoked in the car with them, in the house or really around them, I always came home with that “smell” on me.

    I wish the best for everyone else that made this decision and I am looking to be completely smoke-free in 2018.

  66. I am on day 4 and feel like death. Headache. The worst fever. Breathing through a cocktail straw effect. 27 year heavy 2+ pack a day smoker. Was a sailor, went with the job. I don’t wanna go through this again so I will persevere. I need to get moving though my wife can’t take me laying @ much longer. Quit drinking at the same time too. Probably not helping.

    • I also have no appetite. Food sounds good but tastes bad. Also daily diarrhea at 3 am.

      • Hi Ted- just read your post and it made me laugh, so thought I would send a quick solidarity message – I am on the same quit time as you (day 5 now) and also feeling BRUTAL….25 years smoker 10-20 cigarettes per day. ooft. not good writing that. Anyway….. My personal health moan at this time is ……the driest of dry mouths, feels like ulcers are about to sprout on my gums and tongue – and in this sahara like mouth dryness, i am inexplicably dealt with matching streaming sinuses….plus, naturally the accompanying violent sneezing with a rip roaring headache – which, as i am sure many will sympathise with, has just made for an absolute belter of a day in work.
        Resisted the urge (narrowly) to hurl some abuse at a (particularly annoying) colleague in an irrational flash of anger…..and so thought I better just remove myself from people for a few days 🙂 currently camped out at home watching TV through the haze of brain fog and zero energy, and searching google for people having similar rubbish time, just to check its not just me 🙂

        on the subject of food, Ive just been doing home made soup and other vegetable /fruit things, banana….yoghurt…… smoothie to make me feel EXTRA virtuous…. ice-cream. basically, sick persons food. Im just thinking of food at the moment as healthy fuel to propel me through the next short while, nothing too demanding on the mouth or palate. Ive not experienced your 3am dash to the bathroom scenario, for which frankly Im delighted about (rubbish for you, however). There is definitely something afoot in the intestines however so we will see if that joy is still to come.

        I also, like you, quit the drinking (not for good, just till i get the smoking under control) so have given myself a dry january goal – and that is definitely a good thing, drink is my personal kryptonite for cigarettes. also ditched coffee in the morning, having green tea instead, which is absolutely horrible – dont let anyone tell you otherwise. I feel its some sort of penance for my bad smoking habits lol.

        So thats it for me, this burst of energy in writing has now knackered me right out. good luck to you and I send you my best for your continued perseverance in ditching the fags. Go for a walk this weekend and buy your wife some flowers to say thanks to her for putting up with you this week 🙂 Ganbatte!

  67. Quit smoking on 1/1/17, was sick prior to quitting. I can’t stop coughing, but my cough is clear, no tar colored phlegm? Is this Smokers Flu if it’s clear? It’s a very breaking up sounding cough.

    • Shane Mclaughlin says:

      I was a smoker for 30 yrso and really scared that I couldn’t do it. With the help of a vape I stopped on new years day this year.It can be done and has saved me £30 so far.please do it!

      Day 21.

    • Shane Mclaughlin says:

      Probably, but thats good because your body is getting rid of the nastiness. Keep up your resolve.

  68. Shane Mclaughlin says:

    I was a smoker for 30 yrso and really scared that I couldn’t do it. With the help of a vape I stopped on new years day this year.It can be done and has saved me £30 so far.please do it!

    Day 21.

    • I also quit smoking by using a vaping mod.

      3mg for 12 weeks. Quit nicotine 9 days ago.

      Let’s just say I’m extremely tired. I was a 2 pack a day smoker. I dream about smoking now. What’s wrong with me…lol

  69. Jayne Richards says:

    Hi, I was a smoker for 42 years (I’m ashamed to say). I smoked on average 10 cigarettes a day. I tried to quit once before about 10 years ago (not long after my mum died very young from smoking related lung cancer) and lasted a week. For the last couple of years I have hated myself for still doing it. I only enjoyed 2 or 3 of the cigarettes I smoked each day and took a few urgent puffs of the others, hated the taste in my mouth then threw them away way before they reached the filter. I stopped smoking on 5 January 2018. Not by choice, I was suffering from the flu bug that is going around (confirmed by the doctor), being so ill I could not get out of bed (haven’t smoked in the house or car since my children were born) and before I knew it a week had passed. I suffer with bronchitis (no surprise there) so even when I was mobile but not entirely well again the thought of the persistent coughing to the point of vomiting outweighed the need for a cigarette so I carried on cold turkey, (previously I had used patches). I downloaded Alan Carrs’ book for some moral support at this stage. His arguments/brainwashing worked for me. I am at the stage now where my pride in myself is 100%, I am not going to let myself down because now I can take deep lung filling breaths, my food tastes better, I can smell, I don’t smell of cigarettes. The downside, I have (with the various viruses contracted because I was a susceptible smoker and then the flu) felt ill since the beginning of December and still feel ill. Despite the antibiotics clearing the flu I still have no voice (strained my vocal cords due to coughing), total fatigue (in bed for 9.30), razorblade sore throat, throbbing gums, tickley cough and lifeless skin and hair. I have a thought about smoking maybe twice a day trying to convince myself that it will make me feel better than feeling this ill but reality kicks in and reminds me that putting that poison in my mouth has caused me to feel like this. This is just my story, I will not become evangelical about stopping smoking. It really is one of the hardest addictions to conquer and you can only try.

  70. I know this may sound insane, but it has actually helped me quit cold turkey….I put an old/used cigg. butt in a small jar and carried it with me everywhere I went. (Used a glass jar rather than plastic bag seeing as the stench would seep through plastic). When a smoking withdrawl would kick in hard, I would actually open the jar and catch a wiff of the scent. Trust me…it’s disgusting! I would then immediately follow that up by rubbing some super pretty smelling hand lotion on my hands, wrists, and arms….smell THAT!! I believe that by shocking the withdrawal with something I did NOT like….then rewarding my good choice with something I DID like has helped. I smoked a half pack a day for 32 years and do NOT miss it!! Good luck!!

  71. kucingperang says:

    Today is my third week im quit smoking cold turkey. and 2 days ago is the worst. Im not sure if its because of something wrong with my food or too tired or its just because of the effect of quit smoking, but I think its not related to food. I vomit 2 times on that day in the morning and evening, the vomit color green and yellow. feel so tired, also back ache and feel so sick. went to doctor and doctor check my urine luckily everything’s fine. Hopefully everything will be better.

  72. Wally Wolf says:

    I quite smoking after 55 years. I had a bad cold and was sick of being congested so I just stopped. It’s been over 2 months now and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. It really is mind over matter. In the beginning I really missed having that prop in my hand and in my mouth, but over time, the craving went away. I was lucky; however, I do have that quitter’s flu with my lungs pushing out all the buildup over the years. I also sleep a lot more than I ever did before but anything’s better than to start smoking again.

  73. Wally Wolf says:

    There is one thing that did help me get through this and it was sucking on a life saver. I had no idea how many flavors they came in and it kept my mouth busy and moist so I didn’t suffer from dry mouth and all the rest. Sounds silly but it worked for me.

  74. Hey guys
    I am 28 years old I have been smoking since I was 17 , 11 years . I made a promised to my Nan before she died off cancer that I would give up smoking , and I finally want to keep that promise , I promised her 3 years ago . I am on day 2 of no smoking I’m experiencing dry mouth , sore throats and headaches due to my anxiety and depression .i am craving bad and feeling sick and very hot all the time. If this is what it can do to you after two days not sure how I’m going to cope with this, I’m using the nicorette spray because I don’t think I can go cold turkey straight away , However I do not want to let my Nan down I have tried so many times and failed can anyone give me advice please


  75. Hi Sophie,

    I put my first comment on here on 1st February 2018. Like you I was looking for moral support because this is not easy but, well done you for making the choice to be an ex smoker (which you now are)!! I’m now on week 7 having gone cold turkey and I’m still not feeling well with the cold and flu like symptoms I described previously but despite the fact I am having restless nights I feel a bit more energetic. The cravings got worse for a while around the 4 – 6 week stage but have tapered off again to about two or three times a day. I’m usually sitting down when this occurs so I get up and do the washing up, make a coffee anything to take my mind off it and after a couple of minutes it goes away. I also tell myself how proud I am of myself and I will never smoke again. I still get a dry mouth and have taken to eating ‘rocket’ ice lollies! But, the best thing I did was to download to my Kindle, Alan Carrs Easy Way For Women To Stop Smoking. I can’t explain how it works but it’s almost like you are taking in subliminal messages through the text and it seems to hypnotise you into not smoking. I will admit there have been on or two occasions when the craving got bad that I could give in but for some reason my mind wouldn’t let me have that cigarette, that’s why I think some hypnosis occurred, sounds daft I know but I don’t have any other explanation for it. Another thing it says is that it’s the nicotine that is the cause of the brain wanting a cigarette and if you keep using nicotine based products to quit you will always be feeding the need on a regular basis. If you go cold turkey there is no nicotine in your body after 24 hours so the needing a cigarette feeling you get are just the habit ones…after a meal, first thing in the morning, when you’re stressed etc. Give the the book a try, it is very repetitive and a bit heavy going mind. 🙂

  76. I STRONGLY AGREE. READ the book by Carr. Telling yourself that it is easy to quit – defeats many of the addictive and psychoactive urges related to all the chemicals inhaled – not just the tobacco/ nicotine addiction. Most smokers know of these nasty ancillary elements we puffed (past tense). Simply put – this book prepares you a là positive brain washing. I chew Nicorette too and frankly quitting cold turkey has been fairly simple. Believe you can do it and want to. Write a list of ALL the positives of non smoking – there are so many!

  77. I stopped smoking 12 yrs ago and stupidly restarted again 2 years ago. I am now on day 5 of cold turkey and have never known cravings like it, quitters flu has kicked in, emotions are all over the shop and dreadful mood swings. All that said I am determined not to go back and this will all be worth it in the end. Good luck to all those trying to quit too and keep believing you can do this, positivity is the key

  78. Dale Smith says:

    I quit smoking December 11th, 2018, my lungs hurt, so Nov9th, I got chantex, it helped me stop smoking, I tried it 3 times,but this time I hurt so bad I knew I had to stop.
    Now every three weeks I am sick,I didn’t know the body fought like this. I want to stay smoke free, but it really sucks being sick,

  79. Hi all, day four today! My mood yesterday was so bad I’ve apologised to everyone who I came into contact with! Today the flu symptoms have kicked in and it is 4am and I am still wide awake, my dreams have been awful and strange, but in all honesty I now look at these withdrawal symptoms and it really nails home to me how truly evil smoking was/is.
    I started smoking at age 16, and smoked for 18 years, gave up for 3 and took it back up thinking I was in control but I wasn’t of course and here I am, feeling beyond rotten.
    Good luck everyone, you’re truly doing awesome- never quit telling yourself that either!

  80. I quit on 1st of April cold turkey after 17 years of smoking a pack a day and i can’t believe i’m into my second month. I experienced the withdrawal symptoms, the quitters flu, insomnia and shortness of breath. I get an odd craving sometimes during the day, but I kill it with some water. I’ve read Allen Carr book and also had Jason Vale app on stopping smoking. I can’t say it was easy, but I took it one day at the time. What “helped” me a little was that in the first 24 hours i smoked half a cigarette and I was very disappointed in myself. Also I felt it didn’t do anything spectacular as I expected.
    I know now that my cravings are only in my mind and I try to focus on the discomfort smoking has brought me.
    I’m not a strong willed person, but I managed to do it anyway. So I believe that with the right attitude anyone can do it.

  81. I’ve tried to stop smoking what feels like 1 million times. I picked up the habit and did it for a year. You’d think it would be super easy, but no, I chained smoked and got up to a pack a day. I’m on day 3 and I really hope this time I’m done. I’m doing cold turkey and I have the quitter’s flu 🙁

  82. Anthony M Mcinnis says:

    On day seven with intense flu. Taking biotics for chest and phlegm occurring in ears and throat. I’m so glad that I’m going through this bs because I will be reluctant to pick up a cigarette. I find that you have to be honest with yourself. Don’t let a chemical win. Ban marijuana it’s a serious drug. Never had quitters flu from mj. Tobacco industry the worst drug dealers in the world

  83. As somebody with anxiety It frustrates me seeing people say “I can’t quit cold turkey because it gives me anxiety”

    Honey, let me tell you the feeling you get after quitting is NOT anxiety, it’s irritability. Did I crave cigarettes when I first quit? Yes. Did I get quitters flu? Yes. Was I irritable? At times, yes. But did my heart rate shoot up to about 160 and did i feel like my heart was going to explode? No. Was I hyperventilating under the sheets because I felt helpless? No. Could I not stop looking around because I felt like people were coming after me? No. Did I not leave my room for days because I thought something terrible would happen? No.

    Don’t confuse physical withdrawals with anxiety, it’s insulting to those of us that have ACTUALLY dealt with anxiety.

  84. I quit cold turkey about a month ago, don’t know the exact day. I, too was sick, had bronchitis and dealt with panic attacks at the same time.
    So I quit,I smoked close to 3 packs a day for over 30+ years. And I also became Vegan, the same day, after being a Vegetarian for over 25 years.
    The cravings weren’t too bad, I did the grab for the stick several times as well. I craved “milk chocolate” more than smokes (lol, I know it’s weird).
    But honestly I am so proud of myself, I just wish I would have done this earlier, all my now grown children ever wanted – was for me to stop smoking.
    I, too have those weird “flu symptoms”, something I never heard of before. I experience some sort of chest discomfort, not pain per-say but I have to find a comfy sleeping position so I won’t have a hard time taking a deep breath. I thought at first I had some sort of pneumonia.
    Other side effects are, my dreams are really scary and lucid. I feel like I have a fever when I first get up in the morning and it happens a few times throughout the day. Do I feel better? A little bit, my taste buds are changing, but I guess the whole process does take some time. In my case, I am also dealing with sugar withdrawal by becoming a vegan.
    It seems like a lonely road when you first quit, the withdrawals, the flu effects and everything else you don’t have an explanation for – but it is all worth it in the end. We know what cigs do to our bodies, we all have loved ones, family, friends and so on who want us to do better in life, who want to see us healthy.
    Hang in there fellow quitters, my thoughts are with you – you can do it!

  85. I too quit cold turkey 11 days ago! Been a pack a day smoker for 19 years! After a trip to the ER with chest pain,and being admitted to hospital for observation ( thankfully heart & all was good) it was enough to scare me! I’m 48 years old old with 3 beautiful grandsons that I want to watch grow, I finally made the decision one night when I knew my husband was going to be leaving town the next day for work! So far it’s been way easier then before but this time I have been experiencing chest discomfort! Usually right in the middle but occasionally will be on the right or left side! It comes and go’s. I’m assuming it’s just my lungs healing but curious if anybody else can relate to these symptoms? I don’t cough “a lot” but have been getting nasty phlegm coming up! My motto this time quitting is “ if your tired of starting over, don’t stop trying!” I’m all in and will win this battle!

  86. Teamster Tim says:

    I was a heavy smoker for around forty years, I’ve been smoke free for two years now. I tried to quit many times. Every time before if I gave in to the cravings and had a smoke I’d quit trying and smoke more than ever. Just because you give in a few times doesn’t mean you are a lost cause. I might of smoked half a pack the first month after that I was free of them. After four months I had case of coronary artery spasm, four months later the same thing. I had a stroke a year ago that messed up my vision and can’t drive anymore. Don’t let the habit tell you you’re a lost cause, we seriously need to take control of the habit, not let the habit control us.

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