Nicotine withdrawal symptoms timeline

How long does nicotine withdrawal last? Usually acute symptoms of nicotine withdrawal resolve in 10 days. Find a timeline of nicotine withdrawal symptoms, plus info on the overall duration of symptoms here.

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For most people, the worst symptoms of nicotine withdrawal only last a few days to a couple weeks. But cravings for cigarettes can last longer. We review the common nicotine withdrawal symptoms and offer a timeline for you to track your progress. You can do it!

Nicotine withdrawal symptoms

Nicotine affect many parts of your body, including your brain. Over time, your body and brain get used to the prescence of nicotine and when you stop smoking, you go through withdrawal. So withdrawal is simply the time that it takes for your body to adjust to not having nicotine. Nicotine withdrawal can be unpleasant, but you can get through it. Symptoms of nicotine withdrawal do get better over time. In fact, every day the symptoms will improve.

The first few hours

Withdrawal onset begins within a few hours of the last does of nicotine. Although nicotine withdrawal is different for every smoker, common symptoms of withdrawal during this acute phase include:

  • anxiety
  • decreased performance on cognitive tasks (trouble thinking clearly and concentrating)
  • decreased performance on psycho motor tasks
  • depression
  • feeling irritable, on edge, or grouchy
  • feeling restless and jumpy
  • increased appetite
  • intense cravings for nicotine
  • slower heart rate
  • trouble getting or staying asleep (insomnia)

The first couple of weeks

Some symptoms of nicotine withdrawal can persist for a couple of weeks after you stop using nicotine. You may notice attention disturbance, restlessness, sleep disturbance, and cognitive performance changes last more than a week after you go through the more intense feelings of anxiety and depression related to nicotine withdrawal. Weight gain may also result from an increase in appetite. However, these symptoms should not last longer than a couple of weeks. Cravings for nicotine, however, may persist long after actute withdrawal from nicotine is successful.

How long does nicotine withdrawal last?

The duration of nicotine withdrawal syndrome (the official diagnostic name for nicotine withdrawal) varies, but on average, the acute physical syndrome is worst during the first month of abstinence. In a recent study, all symptoms related to nicotine withdrawal returned to baseline levels much earlier than one month – and resolved within 10 days of quitting.

Help for nicotine withdrawal

Experts have found that both medications and behavioral treatments (such as self-help books or cognitive-behavioral therapy) can help you stop smoking in the long run. See this workbook on how to control cigarette urges as an example. But there are medications that can help you get over the hump when going through withdrawal. These include:

1. Antidepressants – The antidepressant bupropion is FDA-approved and can help people quit smoking. The brand name for bupropion is Zyban.

2. Nicotine replacement therapy – Nicotine replacement therapy supplies enough nicotine to the body to prevent withdrawal symptoms but not enough to provide the quick jolt caused by inhaling a cigarette. Nicotine gum or skin patches are available over the counter, but you need a prescription to use nicotine nasal spray and nicotine inhalers.

3. Smoking cessation medicines – Varenicline tartrate (Chantix) is also used for smoking cessation. These medications are non-nicotine based but still act at the sites in the brain affected by nicotine. Ask your doctor about this new generation of medicine which may help you quit nicotine dependence by easing withdrawal symptoms and blocking the effects of nicotine if you start smoking again.

Anticipate cravings to start smoking again

A tricky thing about nicotine is that smoking or using tobacco can be associated with pleasant memories, rituals and feelings. So even years after you stop smoking, urges to smoke can still be present. New situations or stress can especially trigger relapse. In order to control cravings, you need to anticipate them and know how to choose different behaviors to respond to life. You can also find more help using these national hotlines and talk to a tobacco cessation counselor:

1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848)

1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)

Questions about nicotine withdrawal?

If you still have questions about nicotine withdrawal symptoms, please leave them here. We’ll do our best to respond to you and provide a personal and prompt answer about nicotine withdrawal below.

Reference sources: NIDA Notes Facts About Nicotine and Tobacco Products
Drug Abuse [dot] gov effective treatments for nicotine addiction
Smoke free [dot] gov A Guide To Remaining Smoke Free
Smoke free [dot] gov Nicotine withdrawal – What is nicotine withdrawal?
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. Hello,
    Today is my 8th day of quit from cigarettes. I used cold turkey method. But from last 4 days I am felling continuous shaking in my entire body. My heart rate is normal but I m having palpitations. I feel restless and irritated. I feel my BP is high. I am not able to focus as well. Kindly tell me is it nicotine withdrawal symptoms. I used to have 20 cigarettes a day. When does these symptoms will end?? Plz help me plz

  2. My husband was suddenly admitted to hospital 8 days ago . he is 72 a lifelong smoker and side retirement has smoked constantly during the day. He has become very confused in hospital. Could this be anything to do with nicatine withdrawal or somethg else ( maybe dementia)

  3. I stopped smoking after 2weeks on champix then carried on with tablets to 5 weeks . They made me feel sick all the time so didn’t complete the course of tablets and not smoked for nearly 3 months but the cravings are driving me nuts every day. Although the thought of smoking doesn’t appeal to me. Anyone know how long the cravings go on for. I would have thought 3 months is good . The other side of not smoking after a good few years is your digestive system is shot to pieces and takes months to regulate itself. Two things nobody tells you right here

  4. I was very sick with a cough that took my breath away and other symptoms. So sick I could hardly breath so a simple drag of a cig was out of the question. I’ve b een sick now for 20 days and every time I think I am better my nose starts running again and sweats to let me know I am sill sick.
    I have many health problems so figured this is the time to try to quit so trying. I sometimes swear when I breath I can smell nicotine or something as if I was smoking ! What the heck is that I am smelling? I brush my teeth and gargle , trying to get rid of what seems like The odor of a cig.
    I want a cig really bad now and am very tempted to start. Just how long will it take to go away? 20 days is enough I would think. And yes, I am eating like a pig now but always had big apatite.

  5. I smoked heavy for 38 yrs then stopped for 5 years and felt great but started going out on Fridays with the boys and yes they smoked so would Bum a couple through the night and eventually felt guilty Bumming then all the time I bought a pack to pay back the rest is history. My health and fitness suffered over the next year with coughing and chest infections. Eventually after 13 months I stopped again, my health as improved 70% and I am exercising to get back to where I was first time no stopped. What a fool I was to start again I still see the lads on a Friday but don’t join them outside when they smoke I stay in with others. Good luck to all, stay positive.

  6. I quit smoking but I use pouches to dip. I laugh when people say I am having nicotine withdraws. Don’t you have to all together quit nicotine to have withdraws?

  7. I am 67 years old and have been smoking 5
    55 years old. Now I am being made to quit cold turkey turkey.itslreally painful,and I can’t makes him at the end of trying to get some belief and understanding I feel like I’m going to gave seizures and I get scared.

  8. Quit smoking 2 weeks ago after 40 years if cigarettes.
    I am having the hardest time with severe light headedness it is really bad. I will not start smoking again, but how long will this last? It’s scary when I’m driving at times.

  9. Hello my partner has just found out he has copd so I thought I would help and we would quit together, but 5 days on and all I seem to do is snap and get loud then i feel bad my girls don’t deserve this and now all I feel like doing is crying, I don’t want a fag I just want to stop snapping any ideas

  10. Its been 6 months now since I quit, yet I still find myself “wanting something “. I eat a lot more than I did and have gained weight but it’s better than smoking if I can get a handle on it now and not let it get out of control. Why in the world after 6 months of no cigarettes would I still be craving something?
    I very pleased with the No Smoking, but now Im fighting a new fight! Lol. Good luck to all, it can be done, I am proof!

  11. Wow just saw my post from 2015 and realized it has been 2 years now clean of chewing tobbacco i still get my urges especially when i am at work but its all mind over matter lots of hard candy and seeds i wish the best to everyone trying to quit, my only down fall is i eat more now then i did when i was chewing.. good luck to all of you

  12. When it was determined I had to have surgery on my mouth for a cancer, I had to quit cold turkey just days before the surgery. After the surgery I was so angry and ill about EVERYTHING. My friends kept trying to help and I just wanted everyone and everything to go to hell !!!!! It too me a few days to realize that a lot of what I was going through was due to nicotine withdrawal, , and not directly related to the surgery !!!!! Once I got a handle on that I was able to cope much better. Been almost 3 weeks. Still struggling. But I have come this far and cannot go back now !!!!

  13. After 30 years of heavy smoking(almost 20 butts/day), I’m trying to get rid of it, albeit not for the first time.Worst part of this Quit Smoking process, I’m really afraid of is “mood swinging”. Everytime, I tried to quit, on the very first day my 8 years old son received beating from me on the very first day. This time it is no exception. I’m regretting that profusely. Anyway, I’m on 4th day today without a butt. Please wish me a good luck.

  14. I quit smoking 5 years ago and I am going through some intense withdrawal symptoms that last several days. I take no Meds I don’t drink. This had been going on for about a year.

  15. Sir i was quit cigarette 2 moths .. i have have so many symtoms like haedack body pen loos nes mentally not well other other thoughts and legs and hands pen in night musucls pen gas irritation nec pen . How many time widrowal symtoms…..

  16. One week cold turkey for me…thanks to all for postings as they encourage and get me through the tough times..although fewer now….and answer questions that I have…misery likes company or strength in numbers…either way it helps immensely. God bless

  17. Today is my 2nd day. I’ve been smoking for 8 years. Almost a pack a day. I like smoking but I know I need to quit. My skin, my voice, the smell …. and most importantly it’s a disgusting habit that is a waste of money. I had an oral surgery yesterday. And they told me no smoking for a week and prescribed me some painkillers. It’s the perfect time to try and quit smoking… honestly I have never lasted this long. I would give in after a couple hours the longest I’ve lasted was 19 hrs. When you catch yourself thinking about that puff of cigarette or feel the panic about what are you going to start doing without cigarettes. Immediately change what you are thinking. Think about a good event that happened to you or what happened today or yesterday. And keep telling yourself you are stronger than this !!!

  18. I have been off of nicotine gum for 4 weeks now and am still experiencing intense cravings—when will my cravings stop–past 24 hours have been awful I feel like giving up

  19. Day 17 for me after 40 years. I am making it cold turkey with the Grace of God! The cravings have turned in to hunger, and I can tell I’ve already gained some weight. Guess I will have a new battle to fight as well as the smoking. I get my worst cravings when I am at work. My job is stressful and my boss screams at me a lot, but I am determined to win this fight!

  20. I have not smoked since being hospitalized 5/14/17. I have been a smoker since i was 12 years old ranging from a pack to half a pack a day. As time goes on the cravings are getting stronger. I feel everyday that passes i lose the willpower to continue the fight. At this point what would be easier would be to just light up one smoke.

  21. Ok so I’m on my 2nd day of quitting my 44 yr addiction to cigarette’s I have 3rd stage COPD, but loved/ hated smoking this time doing it cold turkey & did not cave, I did not think I even had will power in me, just want to feel better & see how many (good) yrs I can have without them??

  22. I’ve been smoking for 14 years, and my husband and I recently found out we’re expecting. I’m desperate to quit but I’m having a really hard time. I’ve gone roughly three full days now without one, and I’m losing my mind. Is quitting in this way what’s best for my baby, or is the cold turkey stressing the baby out too much?

  23. Today is 43 days not smoking. I’m really feeling as though this battle is going to be lost. My lungs ache all the time. I have yet to get the cough I was told about, so I’m assuming my lungs are still filled with nicotine. I never had this much pain when I did smoke. I started smoking when I was just 13 years old, so it’s been well over 25 years. My method of quiting was using champix (Canadian derivative of chantix) it for sure helped but I have been forgetting to take it regularly and so symptoms never go away. I wish there was some way to know that I’m going to get through this. My husband still smokes over 2 packs a day and around me. The struggle is real!

  24. I haven’t had a cigarette in 3 years but I have been using various nicotine replacement since then. I have been chewing a ton of nicorette for the last two years (probably more than 20 pieces per day of 4mg gum). I stopped the nicotine gum on Saturday night, cold turkey. So it has been 5 full days (120 hours) since my last piece of gum. I feel very horrible. Does anyone know how long this will last just coming off gum, when they haven’t had a cigarette in a couple of years?

  25. I gave up smoking 2 years ago but I have been chewing nicotine gum ever since. I have halved my intake for 5 days and the symptoms are awful, fuzzy headed, feeling sick. Would I be better off just stopping it rather than weaning myself off it gradually?

  26. I’m day 29 of being smoke free. Started Chantix in late Jan. and started feeling better yesterday. Still low energy but better. Am 65 yrs old. Started smoking at 17 and quit at 48 for 10 yrs. then again 3 yrs later for 1 year. It comes down to you have to be ready; and know that you can’t use nicotine in any form ever again.

  27. I have been smoking for over 40 years quit once 30 years ago, start running a mile a day for one month then I ran two mils the next month and finally I was running 31/2 mils a day for 4years can’t explain the feeling after running it was a natural high when I stopped running I went back to smoke 40 days ago I stop smoking again cold turkey ,you have to replace it with something physical that you can’t do both smoking and running for example. good luck

  28. I have been a smoker for 40 years, a pack a day. I started Chantix, the first week I cut down to only a few cigarettes a day . I’m now on the second week and I totally quit 3 days ago. I am totally lethargic and I am sleeping all day. I have no energy or motivation to even get out of bed. Is this a normal symptom of withdrawal? Everytime I get the urge to smoke I drink a glass of water and I go to sleep. I’m retired so sleeping doesn’t interfere to much with my life activities.. a least for now. If this is a symptom how long should it last?

  29. I stop smoke since 10 but still I can’t control my body why?i can’t sleep and anger by simple things,I have nicotine patches.what can I use please help me .i can’t back it I know I get heavey promise but too hard

  30. I started using the Nicotine patch 21 mg on Dec 18th but smoked for about 7 days still. I have not smoked a cigarette for 14 days. How long should I stay on the 21 mg. and will I go thru the same withdrawals when I step down to the 14 mg patch? If so for how long and how hard? Kind of scared at this point. I already have anxiety.

  31. I use to smoke 2 to 3 packs of camel non filters a day. I remember waking up one morning looking over at my ashtray next to my bed as I reached for a cigarette. It looked so nasty with all this butts. As I got the cigarette out of the package, I thought to myself, I am letting this small piece of paper with a little tobacco control my life. It’s ruining my health, it smells, and a nasty habit. I said go he with it, I am quitging, I am not letting this little piece of paper with tobacco control my life. I was 58 years old the day I quit. I am now 68. I had smoked for 45 years. I guess I was fortunate or had the will power to quit. I never really had any withdrawls. But if you feel you can’t quit, here is another reason you might, your smell comes back, I can actually smell a cigarette a block away now.I live in a small town and if someone us smoving I can smell it. It smells nasty. You have more stamina. The first month will be the hardest they say. I never had that problem. Here is another reason you might quit. In 2009 I was told I have vascular disease and now they want to amputate both of my legs. The Drs told me this was caused by my smoking. You can be like I will be. It is currently 2016 and before the year 2017 is up, I will of loss both legs. All I can say is if I can save one of you, I at least have tried. Good luck

  32. I have been nicotine free for about 20 days, but I can cry at the drop of a hat. I feel so sad, like I am loosing my mind. The doc gave me 20 mg of cymbalta, I took one for the first time last night and I wont be taking another, I woke up nausiated and felt a hot warmth even more in my head than I had been feeling. How long till this all goes away, i will never touch nicotine again because I never want to go through this again.

  33. Hi I’m trying to quit. I’m using the patch I smoked 2+ packs a day. I’m finding it hard to control the rage I feel from the moment I wake up to the time I can finally sleep. The rage does not subside it’s constant. I’m using 2 patches at once to start I know that’s not recommended but the anger I feel is to strong to handle with just one. Any ideas to help would be great thanks.

  34. I haven t had a cigarette in over 75 days and now I just feel tired. Is it because of the withdrawals or is it depression from before I started smoking 10 years ago……….???cold turkey btw.

  35. I’m 34, I started smoking at 15, HUGE mistake. As I got older I would average a pack a week. I quit cold turkey because I don’t want to be a 35 year old walking with an oxygen tank. I am now smoke free for 75 days!! I’m not going to lie these last couple months have been HORRIBLE, my anxiety was and is at times extremely high, and I have experienced heart palpitations. Heart palpitations have gotten better it used to be an everyday issue, but now every few days. My advice to the people who recently quit, stick with it, it may be hell now but it will slowly get better. 🙂 God bless..

  36. I started smoking when I was 19. Now, at 50 years old, I am trying to quit. 30+ years of smoking feels more like a part of me than not, but I need to do this for not only my health, but my wallet. I am approximately 40 hours in to quitting and boy do I feel it! My head is fuzzy, I am depressed, I can’t sleep and when I lay down to relax, I am getting full on leg jerking (i.e. severe twitching). Plus, the craving for a cigarette is almost obsessive. I am using a mild e-cigarette to subside the cravings, but it barely takes the edge off. I probably should have gotten some assistance from a doctor, because this feels like the withdrawals have taken over mind and body for right now. Please, pray for me and pray I am strong enough to get through this phase.

  37. im on the patch now for 4 weeks step 1 almost done, then 2, then 1. i also use gum and the lezengers as well…what i would like to know is what happens when im tottlly off the patch with withdraws from the nicotine? is it like going cold turkey? do u still get the bad withdraws? im a little worryed i dont know what to expect. i have copd emyhasma asthma and other lung problems.

  38. I have been quitting smoking for mostly a month (cold turkey). I am still suffering from the following symptoms:
    Anxiety, dizziness, muscle tension. I feel my nasal pressure very bad; not sure it’s from muscle tension or real nasal pressure. M so scared. Please advise.

  39. I have trouble staying asleep i normally sleep for Just four hours since i stopped smoking 12 days ago will This improve Thanks

  40. This article is more accurate than ones that say nicotine cravings go away after a week (lol). I tend to think some of them were written by folks who have never smoked, nor have personal experience with nicotine addiction. Nicotine is only part of it, as tobacco contains many different addictive additives. Also, a huge factor is how long someone has smoked. A 5-year smoker is going to have an easier time quitting than someone (such as I) who smoked 25 years.

    I just hit two weeks today of not smoking. The first few days were hell, that is true. The “key” smoking times (first thing in the morning, after meals)… I really got moody and agitated. For me personally, a stick of gum during those times really helps. At two weeks, I’ve noticed that my sense of smell has returned and while I do have some congestion (to be expected) I’m not coughing as much now and I’m breathing noticeably better. I haven’t had major appetite increases, and I’m sleeping just fine, nor have I had any stomach issues. However the cravings are still there, but I will say that they don’t happen as often now. First thing in the morning can still be a pain in the butt for me, and after dinner is a bit problematic still as well.

    However, I am determined to beat this. It’s not easy, and we’re addicts who did this to ourselves, so we have to take responsibility for it. Some of the articles that you read about cigarette/tobacco addiction, and withdrawal, won’t be accurate in your case. Everyone is different.

    But STAY STRONG. If you have to chew gum (even nicorette) or even resort to vaping to quit smoking, do it. Then when your withdrawals begin to subside you can stop doing everything altogether. Just keep a positive attitude and you’ll get through it.

  41. Just failed again after 48 hours when I felt like I was coming out of my skin. I’m so weak willed. I need to soak this pack in water and start again. Uggghh

  42. Hi i decided i wanted to quit after almost 40 yrs of smoking. i bought the nicoderm patches and at first i was fine but now a month later i am sick, dizzy and depressed! i refuse to smoke again but i feel like im going to die! anyone else feeling these symptoms?? i know everyone is different but honestly this is terrible!! doc says ride it out

  43. I am on day 4 but it feels that i am in big trouble i can not concentrate every time feeling sleepy. My brain is short of numb .. It feels like always close my eyes. Can’t concentrate. There is no craving for smoke not even a single time.

    I used to smoke only in the afternoon when i was at work , did not smoke on evening and nights, so in short i am used to live without smoking for sometime.. I tried quitting earlier and did not have that kind of health issue.

    Please let me know or share thoughts if I need to do something.. I am not going to smoke that is for sure.. but whatever happening with me is also not bearable .. Please advice

  44. I haven’t not smoked for 7 weeks and I quit cold turkey…I am finding myself very depressed and not wanting to do anything. I had read somewhere that depression can be a part of quitting? Is there something I can do to help with this I am not big on medications so maybe something natural.

  45. Just wanted to say that February 7 was my 3 year anniversary of quitting smoking. I used nicotine lozenges to help me through it. As I read all of the recent posts from people trying to quit, I can’t help but think back and remember how hard it was for me too. After smoking for 40 years it WAS still possible for me to quit though! So, be it a patch, pills, lozenges or an app, whatever helps you quit is okay for you to use. Just remember that the idea is to quit smoking. And for those who have recently quit, hang in there! It won’t always be this miserable. And soon you will be looking back and thanking yourself for making the decision to quit and sticking with it.

  46. Oh wow…
    I did it! I have not had any nicotine in 363 days! Yea me!!
    I will not try to make it sound easy as I still struggle some with craves. I don’t seem to be like many who quit who hate the smell of cigs. I miss it still, but I know I am in a much better situation health wise.
    One thing that helped me the was knowing that a crave only lasts 3-4 mins. They may hit back to back but it is a struggle for a short time. I can do this!
    Some physical issues and dang my face is still breaking out!!
    But I am a winner.

  47. I’m 37 YO and on the 6th day of my second quit since I was 14. Yesterday and today I felt like I was over the “hump” of cravings. I’ve been mentally preparing myself for my cold turkey quit day. Planned to have a dry January and surprisingly don’t miss my nightly glass of wine or beer at all! I also went against the grain and treated the first three days as planned crabby feel like #@-& days. I gave myself permission to eat a little extra and lounge around like a an addict getting over heroin. Exercise and eating healthy can wait a few days until I get over the worst part. I am making sure to tell people that are close to expect the crankiness and plz understand. The first time I quit I lasted three months cold turkey before summer came and I caved for outdoor drinks and bbq’s. Am hoping that this time next year I can say that I have gone 1 year without a cigarette. Just keep telling myself, not even one puff……it’s getting easier.

  48. This is day three, smoke free. Most of today has been hellish. My cravings are ridiculously strong (despite wearing a patch). I feel depressed yet anxious at the same time. I, however, am very determined to be smoke free. I want to be sucessful for me and for my sons, who plead with me daily to stop killing myself. I have downloaded a couple of apps that I am finding comfort in referring to several times a day. They are tracking the amount of time lapsed since my last cigarette as well as money saved, lung function improvement, etc. I highly recommend downloading one of the free app offers for “quitting smoking help”. I do think it’s going well but I have virtually stopped my normal life which I will be forced to resume shortly. I have avoided my car and back porch for the whole three days. Those are things I associate directly with smoking. I have worked on many house cleaning and organization projects in the past three days and I must admit, that has made me feel good. Tomorrow I will be forced to resume my normal routine. I think I will wash my car and wipe down the seats and Windows to remove the cigarette smell first thing in the morning. I, like others have mentioned in their posts, have also decided that there will be little chance of success with out abstaining from my evening wine drinking. So three days not only smoke free but alcohol free. These can only be good things! I wish all of us who are quitting continued success! Good luck to all!

  49. Hi , I quit smoking a week back and I am on nicotex gums. Is that a good idea or should I give up nicotine completely.
    By the way , it’s been a week of hell 🙁 but I am still alive and functional 🙂 I think I can make it through

  50. Well i havent baught a pack of smokes for over a month but within the month i had about 10 smokes and i feel horrible like i cheated. I used to smoke a pack a day easily am i doomed here? Will i have to start all over again ? Im not having cravings, I just hope i didnt fail completly.

  51. I’ve been smoking since I was 16. I am now 50.
    5 years ago, they found 9 cists on my overies.. Non cancerous. They burned/scaped, followed by a DNC, and inserted a merana. (No sign of menopause)
    In the last 5, I have had no sexual urges (which was fine, because I’m single, and have been for over 15 years).
    Now to the point…
    I quit smoking on the patch 7 days ago. I feel great!! But.. All I can do is think about sex!
    Is this normal?

  52. Hey, thank you for the info. I quit in 2009 and was smoke free until August of this year. My sister moved in with us and smokes, so when stress got bad around here I picked it back up. MY husband HATES it and I feel bad about it. I have tried to quit many times, but want one so bad my whole body screams for it when I see my sister or the house gets stressful. I will certainly try to call the above numbers over the week and hope to increase my success. Tonight, I got so frustrated that I didn’t have enough cash for ciggs and bought a cigar that was 2/$1. Just left and bought it. My spontaneity is frightening. I will be sure to call the numbers first before I buy or smoke so that I can relax enough to let the urge pass. I just get so anxious and it seems that smoking is the only thing to relax me, but I went years without it so I know that’s not true.

  53. My sister has quit smoking cold turkey after 45 years of smoking. She has continued to go down hill since stopping. Her respiratory system continues making copious amounts of mucus. She can’t eat much even though she is diabetic and needs to eat. It has been 8 weeks. Is this withdrawal or COPD? She says she is seeing a doctor Monday. I think she needs the hospital.

  54. Hey there…Been reading all the comments since 2013…Sure hope all are still smoke free…I am 63 been smoking about 20 yrs 2 packs a day give or take…Smoked my last cig this past Sat at 8 AM ..Its been really tough must admit…My coughing is so hard I have pulled muscles in my stomach to my back…Want a cig so bad…My face tingles…I feel like I can feel the nicotine coming out of my system…Been very sleepy the last 3 days…eating like crazy…tomorrow i make plans of what i need to do such as exercise…I figured one day at a time to even one minute at a time…I promised God I would quit and it is also a birthday gift to me…

  55. Hi I smoked tobacco because of the cost and reduced that as much as possible and then blended it 1/2 to 1/2 with herbal mix and gradually down to no tobacco but the herbal is terrible and have had 1 in a week. I have smoked for 45yr less a 5yr stint I gave up. insomnia and Mornings and evenings are the worst for me so I go for a 45min walk at 5.30amm then to coffee shop for skinnychino and fruit toast as a treat for me. Then I try to keep busy during day. Its so hard but I think I can do it this time. The government should ban all tobacco or class it as an illegal substance.

  56. I quit chewing for a month now and i feel like im gonna relapse im doing my best to fight but i dont know what else i can do to keep from chewing.. Anybody know of any tricks or remedies

  57. I am into day 5 of quitting cold turkey…omg…I am an emotional wreck! I have smoked a pack a day for 30 years. I lost my older sister 4 years ago to lung cancer and this year I decided to honor her memory on her birthday by quitting. I feel good that I finally decided to do this and I feel I have the willpower to kick it, however I am surprised by the withdrawal symptoms. I am not surprised that I am experiencing them, I am surprised by the intensity. I am normally a very laid back person, the last few days I have been anxious, fidgety, irritable, and in the last day or so crying at anything. I know this will pass and actually I feel better just having this forum to put this out there and having read others going through the same things. Thanks

  58. Day 17 and really missing the fix I got from smoking…….used Champix for just 12 days to help me through ….smoked for 7 days whilst taking CHampix…then stopped and continued taking tablets for another 5 days…it just helps through that crisis feeling and stops those awful panic bits…been hell to live with though , and not too good at work either…..totally lost it at times …just hoping it gets easier….and I get more normal before I lose my partner and my job!!…

  59. This is my first day off not smoking I was told by my Dr. I need to quit as they think I have copd. I’m only 37 but have been smoking for 20 years, lately have been feeling cheesy pain and fella like something have is on my chest and always coughing. I want to quit and know I need to but am starting to have such bad anxiety I feel like I’m going and am going to go buy some and this is the last thing I need. . Feel shaky and can not think straight. .

  60. Is severe itching of hands and feet with no visible rash or sores a symptom of nicotine withdrawal? I abruptly quit smoking 3 months ago and this has recently started within about 2 weeks. It was suggested that the itching may be a latent withdrawal sympton.

  61. I had my last full cigarette on Saturday morning at 7am but have taken a few puffs yesterday (Sunday). Will the 2-3 puffs start the withdrawal process from the beginning?

    1. Hello BL. No, it won’t. Withdrawal happens when your organism gets accustomed to the presence of nicotine and craves it afterwards whenever the ‘normal’ and usual dose is lowered or discontinued completely. So, after a few puffs, the process cannot physically be reversed.

  62. I was an extreme heavy user of smokeless tobacco. I quit cold turkey 12 days ago and am having some mental issues. Went through severe anxiety this past weekend and I have never had anxiety in my life before quitting. That has passed however I still get periods of time when my mind is thinking something is wrong with my body. My skins tingles a little bit at the same time. When will this pass? I have no physical desire to pick tobacco back up but this mental stuff is really getting to me. One good thing, my blood pressure is healthy again!

  63. @Nancy:
    I also started getting shortness of breath feelings after I quit. My doctor did not have an answer for me. However, after the shortness of breath persisted, he eventually advised me to get a SpO2 meter and check my blood oxygen saturation levels whenever I got those feelings. I bought a meter at Walmart for $40 and then started checking my blood oxygen saturation. It never went below 94% and most of the time was over 98%. No one seemed overly concerned with my shortness of breath after that, although it bothered me for a long time, over a year.

  64. Ive quit smoking for 7mon.Im still having problems with shortness of breath. I didn’t have this until I quit smoking. My dr. says its withdrawals. How long will this last and what can I do.

  65. I initially wrote about quitting smoking on September 27, 2014. I had quit smoking on February 7, 2013, after smoking for more than 40 years. I used 4 mg. nicotine lozenges to supply the nicotine while I working on divorcing myself from the cigarettes. I knew that I still had a nicotine problem, BUT THE POINT WAS TO QUIT SMOKING first. Which I successfully did. But I continued using the lozenges for almost 2 years. I would joke that it was time to start smoking so that I could quit the lozenges. The lozenges cost nearly as much as the damn cigarettes that they replaced! But as I approached my 2 year anniversary of quitting smoking, I determined to give up the lozenges last month. It was tough in it’s own way, but I managed to finally kick this residual nicotine vice. So now I can say that it is all finally behind me. My advice to anyone desiring to quit: Use whatever crutch you might find or need in order to help you put down the cigarettes. It is the SMOKING that needs to be dealt with. That is the unhealthy part. Once you have conquered the smoking habit, THEN you can move on to controlling anything else. And good luck to everyone out there who is trying to quit. I know that it’s not easy, but IT CAN BE DONE!

  66. I quit smoking, after 14 years, cold turkey the first time and was doing really well after the first 3 days to a week until I moved and was constantly around heavy smokers and 32 days after quitting I had “just one”. That “one” turned into a 2?year battle with cigarettes. I’d quit and chew the gum relentlessly. Then I’d smoke again… And that was a VICIOUS cycle. 7 months ago I finally put the cigarettes down and have been chewing 4mg g since. I do not advise anyone with major addiction issues to go the route of the gum. I am about 56 hours into no gum at all. (I knew that “weaning” myself woul. Never happen- I’d just chew 2 pieces of the 2mg) I’m suffering from major depression and anxiety and its taking everything I’ve got to not give in. I still love that cigarette and would love to indulge right now- but I wont. Just BEWARE – the gum is JUST as addicting as the cigarettes. If you only care about not smoking this wont be a problem- but if you’re wanting free from addiction, please- PLEASE- stay away from the gum

  67. I’ve been smoking for 32 years. I’m a HARD CORE smoker and today is 22 days without a puff (that’s right, not even a puff). If I can do this anyone can, you just need to be ready. If I could have smoked in the shower I would have…and now nothing. My dirty best friend is gone. Kinda sad but I’m ready. I do feel as if I’m going crazy though. After 4 am and I’m still up! Tried listening to spa/relaxation sounds to keep my mind from racing and get to sleep…then I started wondering “how the music was recorded”…”wonder if they are playing this live”…”what instruments”…hahaha. My mind never stops when my head goes onto my pillow. I’d never make it if it weren’t for the patch. Other than becoming a total freak (emotional changes, insomnia, distracted/unclear thought) I’m pretty good. It’s really not painful. I keep treating it as a heroin addict would treat being around drugs…”I’m an addict and I can’t even have one puff”. That one-day-at-a-time thing is work’n pretty good. I tell myself to just don’t smoke for this one day. Sometimes I lie to myself and tell myself that maybe someday but I know it’s not possible. Anyway…I’m not just saying this, if I can do this than you can do it. Good luck! Hang in there!!!!!

  68. My husband has not had a smoke in 4 days , the other night he started shaking uncontrollably, i was worried. Is this part of the nicotine withdrawal ? please help i need tips to help him avoid the shaking . Thank you

  69. Hi, I’ve quit smoking for my new years resolution. So, I look at it like I’m half way to the 3 day mark and that can be my first small celebration. I started back on new years 5 years ago after being quit for over 10 years. Dumbest thing I ever did is pick up a cigarette after all those years. I am quitting cold turkey. It is tough, but keeping a straw I’ve cut in half in my mouth helps. I chew on it and sometimes I puff on it just like I would a cigarette. I plan to increase water intake tonight and I am allowing myself to sleep more than usual as I need. I’m glad I’m here by myself. If someone were here, I’d be tempted to show my illness and I might try to use something said or happening as an excuse to smoke.

  70. I quit smoking cigarettes on February 7, 2013, after smoking for over 40 years. I quit because I would lay awake at night and think about getting lung cancer or some other awful illness from smoking. I used nicotine lozenges to get my nicotine fix while I concentrated on giving up the cigarettes themselves. Then I ended up spending over another year getting off those nicotine lozenges. Nicotine is a VERY evil drug. And after 40 years of soaking myself in it, my brain would scream for more whenever I quit supplying it. I have, however, been smoke-free for almost 2 years now and feel so much better. I wish everyone here the very best of luck with their efforts to quit. Remember, if you try to quit, but fail, you are not a failure. Try again. And again, if necessary. You WILL be able to take control eventually!
    @ Lungs Hurt: I hope you are still smoke-free. The pain that you feel, however, is not a normal feeling. Pain is natures way of saying something is not right. I am not a doctor, and I am not trying to alarm you, but you really should see a doctor if you are still experiencing any pain in your lungs.

  71. Hi everyone, I started really feeling sick smoking the cigarette and it was not anymore that original pleasant feelings…after a lot attempts I feel that now I am in the right direction, and it has now been three days that I stopped and no matter what I am not going to smoke again….I cut on driking because for me they go almost hand in hand…

    My lungs are screaming, they hurt a lot…they felt itchy at the beginning but now it feels like waves of pain inside my lungs. Before quitting smoking my lungs were already hurting a bit, but in some nights where I used to drink and smoke a lot (mainly fridays) the pain disappears which I found very weird, but as soon as the weekend is over, lung pain comes back with a vengence…so I decided to quit completely this poison…I am scared I have something bad but I am not going to give up and all I want is for this pain to disappear. Can someone give some advice or share anything that helped reducing the lung pain?

  72. I have found that keeping myself consistantly moving and having music playing helps with the cravings…. is this a healthy thing to be doing? Downsides thiugh my stomach feels like it is turning and flipping all the time and it is very uncomfortable.

  73. Have been smoke free for over a month but now I find I’m easily upset. Cry at the drop of a hat. Also have a dull headache and my sleep pattern is really messed up. But at least I’m not coughing and wheezing and really haven’t been bothered with weight gain this time Plus the extra money is nice . I was 1 1/2 – 2 packs a day smoker .So all in all it’s worth it. But I too and starting to have flash backs about smoking and the positive feeling you get But it’s worth it all to be able to say I’m a EX smoker . Anyone else who is having these problems just remember they will pass . Congrats all and don’t give up

  74. I am 49 years old and have smoked 1 to 2 packs a day since I was 16 years old. That’s between 12045 and 24090 packs of cigerattes I have smoked in my life time.
    Needless to say cigarettes have been there during all aspects of my life the good and the bad. November 2013 I realized cigarettes were causing me to miss out on things in my life.
    I became ill with a respiratory infection and missed my daughters wedding, and remained ill with a persist cough until June 2014. I was lucky it was nothing serious but my body had become so week due to cigerattes I could not fight off the infection. June 17th I started taking Chantix and on July 5,,2014 at 10:43 am CST I had my last cigarette. I can’t compare quitting with the help of Chantix to going cold turkey, or any other method, since this is the only time I have ever tired to quit. However I can explain what I have gone thru and continue to experience.
    Day 1 Within 4 hours of quitting the cravings started. Within 12 hours the craving turning into mini anxiety attacks lasting 3 to 5 minutes and reoccurring every 10 minutes.
    Day 2 more of the same from day 1 plus no patience and very irritable.
    Day 3 same as day 2 but started coughing up mucus – gross part mucus tasted like nicotine and I start to enjoy it. Anxiety attacks intensity is decreasing somewhat.
    Day 4 same as day 3 but the cravings are not as frequent and the anxiety attacks a few and far between each espisode.
    Day 5 Extreme cravings hunted all over the house, car, and boat for a cigarette. Found a package of camel snus that I received as a sample 2 years ago, and decided to try it.
    The snus took away the the nicotine cravings.
    Day 6 through Day 14 continue to use the snus, actually can tell I am using the snus more each day and starting to wonder if I am trading cigerattes for another addiction.
    Day 15 quit the Snus, Craving return without the anxiety attacks.
    Day 16 through current – still crave cigerattes, just not as bad, but do crave them, some times bad!!!
    Physical aspects
    Day 5 Morning cough is gone.
    Day 7 Was able to walk down stairs, work out in the garden for 30 minutes and walk back up all the stairs without being winded or breaking out in a pouring sweat.
    Day 10 able to walk without getting winded walked 3’miles today.
    Day 17 staring to feel better physically everyday and starting to be constipated daily.
    Day 20 started to feel tightness in chest a couple of different times today, read that constipation and tightness in chest can be withdrawal symptoms.

    Overview -‘the past 20 days have not been easy. There hasn’t been a day I haven’t craved a cigeratte. During the past 20 days there has been times I would have taken a cigarette away from the meanest man on earth, and there has been times I turned down cigarettes that were offered to me, I struggle daily but I believe my struggle is getting easier.

  75. Hi,
    20 days ago my father had a heart attack, so he stopped smoking immediately after. He has been smoking for over 25 years. He has not smoke for 20 days now, and he is not using any medicament for nicotine withdrawal either. But he has been having diarrhea for 5 days also some vomiting ( just 3 times). Can this be a symptom of nicotine withdrawal? Can this symptoms be happening in the 3rd week of nicotine withdrawal?

  76. Hi all, just got over the 3 day hump. I was irritable and craved to smoke so bad, but cold turkey is the fastest way to get over it, just lay in a room when you crave it and wait 3 minutes it’ll pass and it’ll happen allot. Day 4 I didn’t feel a thing but as I was cleaning I found an old sorry my brain did it so day where I just lit it up and took a puff. I was very angry but, didn’t want it to stop me so I threw it putt and I’m going to keep going. If you can do this you can do anything! I feel great now, I can breathe, smell and I’m confident because I’ve done one of the most impossible things and it is awesome! DeLong if you relapse don’t be hard on yourself just think of the present and everything you crave and wait 3 minutes it’ll pass!

  77. Hi all I’ve started to quit today with an e cigarette.. its been 4 hours and I feel ill and depressed is this normal??

  78. Hi to all. I quit today cold turkey after 24 years smoking. I bought two bags of lollipops and a big bag of sunflower seeds. My plan will be like if I have an urge to light a cigarette, I will get a lollipop. After the lollipop, gonna have some seeds to chew. Gonna do this for a week so wish me luck.

  79. I am two weeks without a smoke I quit 2/11/14 through 3/15/14 started back had to forgive myself and try again. I have always used the patch in the past and I did for the first week this time. Since I had been smoke free for over a month and had a short relapse I have decided not to continue with the patches. I know that they do serve a purpose because I have the shakes, nausea and just can not function. Life is to short to waste on smoking. I had an uncle who died at 55 from smoking but not before struggling for several years with cancer and what the family went through. When I think about smoking I picture this once vibrant horseback riding outdoorsman in a coffin. I think of what his wife and children went through watching him deteriorate and the enormousness debt. Smoking is a social taboo, it stinks, it is expensive, and it is DEADLY! I tell myself 1 out of 2 smokers will die from a smoking related illness. I bundle this together every time the thought of smoking comes up and it helps. I know I can do it and so can anyone else.

  80. Day 3 for me, am using the patch. First, I just want to get my lungs clear so I can breathe! Already I can smell the cigarette smell in my car that I never noticed before. I will detail the car to make it smell good, today. I’ve decided to treat myself to dinner out every day that I don’t smoke. This will help keep me busy, and also celebrate that I get something nice with my money instead of demon tobacco, LOL. I am 62 years old, cannot believe that I was so stupid to start smoking at age 50. I knew better, but now will know better, forever. Smoking steals so much from a person: time, money, health, relationships. NEVER AGAIN!!!!

  81. I’ve been smoking for 6 years, and today I finally quit. I can’t tell you how much this sucks for me. My brain can’t make sense of anything and my heart is racing. It would be so simple to just go buy a pack, but I’m not going to. I just wish that I ‘wanted’ to quit…instead of just knowing that I need to. I don’t want to quit at all. I enjoy smoking…but, I have 3 kids…and every second that I waste ‘stepping outside for a mommy-break’, means less time with them. Not just short term, but in the long haul…if I don’t do this now, I’ll die before my time. That’s what is driving me. I wish that I had never started…i knew better. Smoking was such a bad choice. I just hope that God pushes me through this…and helps me to not be a total jerk to my kids when the with drawl really kicks in. I hope that God will be stronger than I am through all of this, because I feel so incapable of strength at the moment. Wish me luck, guys!

  82. I too have to have surgery (not elective, required) to correct a birth defect and this will be my 4th surgery. The past 3 surgeries I’ve had, I never had to quit smoking. This time I do and it’s been hell. In was put on Chantix and only lasted a week and a half. I started to forget to take the pill and was down to 3 cigarettes a day from my usual 1/2 pack a day. I just turned 30, March 18th and I started 18 years ago. Mentally I’m now where’s close to wanting to quit and I’m struggling with the cravings. I haven’t smoked since last Tuesday night. I’ve gone cold turkey for a whole week. I stopped Chantix because I noticed the nausea and sharp pains and increased blurriness in my eyes was becoming extremely unbareable. Since I stopped Chantix, the nausea comes and goes, but the shakes, lightheadedness, the zoning in and out and the desire to just smell a cigarette are still there. My surgeon demanded that I be nicotine free 3-4 wks. prior to surgery and I was told that I will be ‘drug tested for nicotine’ during my pre-op appointment and also the morning of my surgery. If there’s any trace of nicotine, the surgery will be cancelled. I’ve made it this long not smoking, I just need the surgery done since the pain is unbareable. I couldn’t even use the patches or gums if I wanted because they have nicotine. I’d rather go through alcohol withdrawal like I did 5 years ago any day, then go through nicotine withdrawal. This is painful all around. Good luck everyone.

  83. So glad I found this to read!! I am 62, had my last cigarette March 1st. And keep wondering when I am going to feel better! Honestly, I have felt terrible since I quit. I have to say, I did use an Ecig for 3wks. But this Friday it will be 2wks. Or more nicotine free. I want to have an elective surgery done and you must be nicotine free 2wks. Before and 2wks. After. This is my big reason for quitting but I am well aware of how bad it is for you so I do not want to start again. Forgot to say…I am a very anxious person to begin with so I’m thinking that’s why it’s been hard for me to feel good. Good luck to everyone….your life means more than a stinking cigarette!!

  84. Hi everyone. I was a smoker for 28 years starting when I was 12 and this year I will be 40. I have been smoke free going on day 4. I am scared as hell I must say. I am afraid it may be too late for me and scared of relapsing at any time. I am using an e cig only to help through the rough times n plan on putting it down on my 1 week quit mark. One thing that has helped me so far is realizing the voice in my head that is telling me I cant do this and its silly to quit, you will always smoke and die a smoker and to just go smoke is not me but the cigarette talking. I tell that cigarette no that I dont want to smoke anymore. For me it has been that recognition that has fueled me to keep going. I have attempted to quit in the past but was not successful but before I just wasnt ready to and I think I am finally ready! Good luck to all my fellow quitters and remember that we all are stronger than that cigarette in our mind!

  85. Quit last Friday-cold turkey (5 days ago). Have smoked 22 years…I’m a 44 year old mom. Can’t sleep well and very tired.
    After I found out I might have lung cancer last Friday I haven’t had another one. Still do not know if I have cancer…had a CTscan of my chest and get results tomorrow. In the 22 years of smoking I quit for ten years and started again 6years ago…biggest mistake of my life…not even sure if I will have a life after the scare I just got. Stay strong and don’t ever start again…you might just be where I am right now!

  86. Im on my third day of no smoking. Useing the pill buproban was wondering if anyone who has use it could not sleep. been five days with only a couple hours of sleep. But after 36 years of smoking i think missing sleep wont hurt me. Has tyhis happened to others or could it be the pills..

  87. hello all friend. I quit smoking already 6 months, in first few weeks I got panic attack and heart palpitation. But now I suffer insomnia already 3weeks so how long is gonna clean the nicotine ?? 🙂

  88. New Years 2014 Resolution to quit smoking. Smoker for 17+ years. Going on 48 hours since the last cigarette. Not using any nicotine replacement therapy. Happy to leave this nasty habit for good.

  89. I have been smoke free for 16 days what a tough time it has been but I am confident and hopeful it will stick this time

  90. Ugh! Im on day 3 without a smoke. No patches, gums or meds. Ive smoked a pack and half a day for about 20 yrs. Ive given up many things and this is the worst thing so far. I want to smoke so bad but i know i cant. Im constantly tired but cant stay asleep more than 2hrs at a time, Im constantly hungry, im super depressed, i am snapping at everyone for no reason, i cant think, my chest and body hurts. I am avoiding all of my family and friends that smoke.

    I just want to know when is this all going to end?!

  91. I have smoked for 15 years and am 32. Until now…
    I have been using the nicoderm patch system and after 10 days of using step two then step 3, I do not desire cigarettes. is day one with out my step 3 7mg patch and I feel like I got hit by a truck! My head is aching, and foggy. I am nautious and dizzy, I just feel awful. Is this normal? When will this feeling go away, when will I feel ok again? Damn you Nicotine, Damn you.

  92. I am being drug tested at my job for nicotine. How many days does it take to not test positive?

    i am on chantix now and doing well. i have been cheating a little about 3-4 a day
    the test is happening soon oct 13 pleas let me know how many days it takes to get out of my blood and system. thank you kathleen jackson

  93. Day 4 w/o ciggies. I cannot sleep though! Insomnia is really bad. I am taking Chantix which I have used before to quit (had prev quit for 4 years then started again) but didn’t have any ill effects from it. I am older now (52) and have been a smoker since I was 12. Time to quit for good!!!! But I need sleep. UG!

  94. I eat the tabbaco for 30 years. I lost all my confidence due to guilt of being addictive of worst thing. after a lot of brain storming i took it easy and just left the tabbaco chewing 5 months ago with a single sentence in mind GOOD BYE dear Tabbaco. many times i still feels carving but every time i reply to my self Good bye to tabbaco…. Its easy to quit. just take it easy.

  95. Yesterday I was without nicotine for 34 days. I had a horrible headache and was crying much of the day over nothing. Now, although Ive been stable for years, I am bipolar type 2. So, I dont know if my medicine isnt working anymore or if I could still have been having physical withdrawal symptoms. ?

  96. Hi . i was habitual of chewing tabbaco which i left 40 days ago. Im still having sore cheeks and sores in tongue. Im feeling difficulty in eating my food. lot of irritation is there in mouth. suggest what to do.

  97. Hi, I quit smoking for 35 days now but noticed that my sex drive is gone too. Is that normal and how long to regain this drive?

  98. I am almost 24 hours in, and I feel like hell. I am so restless and moody. I need to continue to tell myself that I am worth it and I can get thru this. I am so glad I can come here for advice and support.

  99. I have quit smoking many times and then started back up again. One thing I have learned through all of it is that you are never truly out of the woods. It is extremely important to always respect the possibility of a relapse. Some people quit for 20 years before their relapse occurs. I have quit for months, several times, and each time I would get to a point where I thought I was over it. I let my guard down, and that’s when the relapses happened. So, if you are quitting for the first time, be aware of this.

  100. I am on my fourth day of quitting and I am extremely irritable very exhausted and my chest has huge discomfort at times and sometimes I have burning sensations in my chest but it isn’t constant is this normal it can be left or right side and back pain and headache.. Just wondering if this is normal and how long it typically takes to feel not so hurt and in pain and what helps ????

  101. My sister died 3/12/13. They said she was at final stage COPD…was 14/100 She was my best friend in the world…only a yr younger than me. I have tried to quit many times….failed. Even seeing her with an oxygen tank didn’t work for me. But, losing HER has been the absolute worse loss in my life. I have quit smoking, but have horrible urges…been doing chantix..(1/2 pill when I have urge) JUST QUIT!

  102. Its been awhile, like I would say 72 hours…It sucks cause I feel like my mind and eyes are floating in and out….plus I’m very emotional, getting sad, mad, & very on edge….grrr will this get any better.

  103. I have been a 2 to 4 cigarette a day smoker for a couple of years now and just quite 7 weeks ago. I used bupropion and it worked great.
    I believe my withdrawals are finished…..since I was not a heavy smoker and with the help of the bupropion ~ would that be correct?
    I have no uncontrollable signs now…..just an urge once in awhile if I am in an extremely stressful situation. It was so worth it to quit!

  104. I have not had a cigarette since Feb. 8 th, I am on the patch, so will I get addicted to the nicotine in the patch,

  105. Hi all,

    I’m on the end of day 6 now. I quit before for seven years but started back on it a few years ago. I’ve tried quitting three times seriously. I smoked a pack a day.

    I feel crappy all the time but I just try to make it through each day. I’m self employed and can work as many hours as I choose. The extra hours are the ones where I make profit. I figure that I used to spend at least one hour per day smoking or related to smoking.

    Today I multiplied my hourly rate by 365 days per year and then by 5/7 to reflect that I usually work 5 days out of seven. TRY IT. It ended up being a lot of cash in addition to the $2,500 I will save per year from not buying smokes.

    I’m going to put aside the extra money to buy nice things for myself as reward miles. Then I’m going to think about selling those nice things to buy smokes when I try to talk myself into having “just one”. This helped me the last time and maybe it will be part of your solutions.


  106. Hello Bon. It sounds like you’re really going through a rough period, especially with the loss of someone through death. This can make the urge to smoke even stronger.

    I’d suggest that you seek some psychotherapy counseling to help give you motivation and to set goals for yourself during this period. When we no longer can rely on our old crutches, we have to learn to walk again. And talk therapy is one really helpful way to get started learning new behaviors for reacting to life.

    I wish you all the best!

  107. Haven’t smoked in about 5 weeks. I’m two weeks done with my nicotine patches. Have been SERIOUSLY depressed for past week, much more down but also angry and easily pissed off. I am already on an antidepressant so can’t go on another one. Is the past week depression/anger from the not smoking? seems harder now then it did at the beginning, waking up sweating like crazy, sister told me I was talking/screaming/crying in my sleep on weekend (we were at hotel room for funeral on weekend) but I woke up not remembering anything. i never remember dreams. Anyway just need some encouragement to keep on..don’t want to be a smoker..but can’t keep feeling like sucks!

  108. Somedays I feel like the happiest human then on the second dAy I feel like am living in hell I didn’t know it’s that hard but with time it will pass and hope it doesn’t last long

  109. It’s been 2. Months smoking free and ohhhh god I’ve seen he’ll with my eyes but now I think am on the last stages hope it lessen more and more

  110. That Chatrix or whatever, However u spell it was the ONLY thing that worked for my Wife, Me And (Chain smoking) Mother n Law

  111. This is my 2nd day of not smoking of 35 yrs, now i want a cig so bad i could scream, i refuse to use the patch or gum, or the elec cig b/c they all contain nicotine… just need support from someone that understands what we go thru getting of nicotine!!

  112. Here I am 13 days and no cigarettes. These past few days have been hell. I quit smoking the morning I woke up and realized I had bronchitis once again. So I have been coughing and coughing. I cough so much I have really hurt some bones and muscles in my rib area. It hurts so damn bad to cough, yet I’m glad it does, keep s me from smoking. I shake, and sweat. I hurt, I want to eat anything in sight. Today I woke up drenched in sweat with a killer headache and nausea. Thank God I just don’t want to smoke. I smoked close to 25 years. I just want to stop coughing, I hurt so bad 🙁

  113. Good for you Shana, I gave up last week, coz I can’t afford it. that simple, I am on Job seekers and that gives you 65 pounds a week. Yet the addiction to cigs has meant that i have managed have two packs of ten a week for six months now. It shows how powerful it is. And if I dont quit now, when I get an income again…. I will have ingrained that the ciggarettes are my reward and will be up to ten a day again. Its all or nothing, you do or you dont smoke, it seems!!

  114. have stayed of cigs but still have one r two with a glass of wine at weekend dont seem able to do without a cig with a glass of wine

  115. I am now on day 26. After the first week, I joined a gym. I have been a member of a gym before when I was smoking. What a difference! I don’t feel like I’m going to drop dead while doing cardio! I feel better than I have in years! Exercise is my new addiction, and has made quitting smoking so much easier. I do not want another nasty cigarette. Ever! Even when I drink. I can proudly say that I am officially a non-smoker! My kids are thrilled too! My 5 year old marks each day on the calendar that I don’t smoke. 26 days and counting!

  116. Trish, I can’t lie to you.. Withdrawels differ with everyone. Might be another week or so… BUT IT WILL GET EASIER once the nicotine loses it’s hold on your brain. This is what worked for me.. You have to flood your brain with negative thoughts about cigarettes. Your brain is telling you how good it makes you feel and how good they are. I know, been there done that… Google images of smokers lungs and healthy lungs. Look at how black and nasty the smokers lungs are.. Do the same for smoker’s skin. Notice how dry and withered it looks… Do that as often as you can. Hope that helps… Oh yea, read Proverbs in your Bible.. Promise that will help also.. Very powerful messages.

  117. Quit 17 days ago. No nicotine replacement. Just cold turkey. My anxiety is terrible right now. Every five minutes I am feeling anxiety and wanting to smoke. Please tell me this will pass soon!

    1. Hi trish….hang in there girl..I quit 21days ago, I have aweful bodyaches , pains.. aniexty and alot of sweating at night….but I know quitting was worth it… remember this shall pass!! Stay strong. ..

  118. I’ve been nicotine free for 10 days today following 38 years of smoking 20 a day.

    I’ve tried to quit before and have managed a couple of months on more than one occasion but, eventually, have always managed to convince myself at some point that just one smoke won’t hurt! Usually this happens after a drink with friends that are smoking.

    However, on this occasion, I think I may have found the answer – herbal cigarettes- 100% nicotine free. I’ve been substituting normal cigarettes whilst withdrawing from nicotine and it has made it a lot easier than usual – even though they don’t remove the cravings, they seem to temporarily fool the mind into believing it’s getting what it wants. Now, 10 days in, I’m finding I don’t want to smoke them anywhere near as regularly and only had one yesterday and none today, so far.

    Of course, it’s not good to inhale smoke of any kind, so I want to stop these as soon as possible, but that should be easy once all cravings have gone. I’ll make sure that if I go for a drink I’ll have some handy so that if the urge to smoke becomes irresistible, I can have one without the danger of re-addicting myself to nicotine.

  119. Hi Everyone, Its been two days now,So far so good,Im on Champax and it seems to be alot easier than other attempts,Been smoking for 30 years,I just am trying to remember that if i dont feed the addiction it will die out,smoking only relieves the withdraw symptoms from the last cigarette,,Im 46 so i cant wait to be free

  120. Hi Bee Flo. I believe it! Good for you!!! I’d suggest that you go out and do something you’ve always wanted to do. Join a group, start a new class, or learn something new. Replace smoking with another activity, and it will get easier with time.

  121. Hi i quit dec16th cause i got sick and havent smoked since but let me tell you it is by far the hardest thimg ive ever done……

  122. hi its been almost 5 months now of my smoke free life…it feels real greadt..but i still have pain in my lungs and mostly on left hand was more before couple of days but now its getting better…all you need to quit is just promise to ur self that no matter what happens i am not gonna smoke…that worked me..i used to smoke 20ciggi a day for last 10 years almost..and i choosed a cold turkey…good luck guys…and last thing all the withdrawl symptoms are so easy to tolerate…do not afraid of it…if i can quit anyone can quit…peace a smoke freee life…

  123. I am on day four of smoking cessation. What is working for me is making a daily goal not to smoke. If I think about it like I’ll never have another cigarette again, I get major anxiety. I just started with the thought “I’m not going to smoke today .” It wasn’t planned this way, but it has been my daily goal since. So far, so good. I haven’t slipped yet, but if I do, I will look at it as I failed my goal for the DAY. Not that I failed to quit smoking. The difference is that if I failed the goal for that day, I could still acheive my goal the next day. Today has been the worst day so far, but I refuse to give into the cravings. Mostly because I don’t want to begin the withdrawal process all over again. This is the first time I have ever felt confident about trying to give up smoking. Taking it day by day really breaks it down into acheivable parts. For now, I am also avoiding alcohol, other smokers, and long car rides. Just until I’m out of the woods.

  124. Hi I’m Jan. I’ve smoked for over 20 years – I’m 58. I had quit before for 11 years and started again over 20 years ago. I’ve quit again with the aid of patches and feel great! It has not been difficult using the patches. When I tried without the patch I was so irritable I was afraid I’d lose my job. That being said, I’m concerned about what happens when I stop the patches. I’ve quit for over a month now and realize, ultimately, I need to be free of the nicotine. In my experience before, when I quit for 11 years, the psychological addiction was worse than the nicotine addiction. I remember severe craving and irritability for 2-3 months and not really feeling like I was getting there until after 6 months or more. I sincerely appreciate all the feedback here and will make use of the hotlines. I am determined to be smoke and nicotine free.

  125. Hi Belinda. Boredom is a common trigger for cravings!

    When bored, know that you can call the following hotlines:

    Free Tobacco Quit Line: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)

    National Cancer Institute’s Smoking Quit Line: 1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848)

    American Cancer Society & American Legacy Foundation’s Great Start Quit Line: 1-866-66-START (1-866-667-8278)

  126. Taking major strain, despite illness and a tight chest and cough. @4 hours in. Need a distraction, that’s why I am here. Alone does not help. 0ne hour and still intense craving. Help.

  127. All the best of luck, Dee. Remember to have a plan and that the first three (3) days are the hardest. Once you a free from nicotine, have an activity which replaces smoking for stress – walk for 5 minutes around the block, do some stretching, jumping jacks…whatever. But having a plan in place will make relapse less likely.

  128. Very easy to start back I can assure you but bottom line is if you do start back you are letting the Nicotine be in control. Easy to say I know but I promise you it does get easier. I keep remembering how sick I got when I quit. Felt like I was going to die. If I was to start back again then I know at some point I would have to go through that nightmare again. Just not worth it. Find you power source!!!

  129. Hi all
    It’s been about 60 hours since I had my last puff. I don’t know if I will win the battle and be able to turn myself into an ex-smoker but I do know that I accept the fact that I am an addict and need to battle nicotine for the rest of my life. I have not had too many withdrawal symptoms except for eating slightly more but I find myself thinking of how much more relaxed I feel when I smoke (a myth if there ever was one) And I have to keep fighting that off.
    I have found it useful to accept to my friends that I am an addict and they should not view cigarettes as a habit but an addiction. I think it has changed the way they have rallied behind me now that they realise what a serious affliction this is. Will keep posting for the next couple of weeks so that I accept publicly my status and not hide in a corner pretending it’s just a bad habit

  130. I am on day 4 and really tearful, I am in a difficult personal situation which has always been my excuse not to stop but I need to think of my long term health and finances. Just finding today very hard. Been using spray but trying to do without. I have smoked for 20 years. Hope this gets easier… 🙁

  131. Hey guys!

    I am 24 years ago-I smoked Djarums alot- long story short & I got sick a few days ago with a UTI …. i haven’t smoked for maybe 5 days atleast or drank caffeine excluding a couple sips of coffee- These are my symptoms: My body is kind of achy my head kind of hurt sometimes my arm hurts a little- My brain feels tired- not hungry- fatigue- I also threw up earlier today it suuuckssss not to mention I do desire to smoke because I honestly liked it- are these symtoms normal?

  132. Well… I am smoking since 2001 I guess… I started with confidence and now I am ending with confidence. I enjoyed smoking for years, But now I feel awful, and always feel like I am doing something which is not good. I miss being healthy, cough and smell free… I need to get back to a healthy life… and these withdrawal symptoms are nothing in front of what I am gonna get. 🙂
    Stay Healthy and Beautiful.

  133. Sorry, forgot to add one thing.. If you are not successful the first time don’t give up!!! Identify what caused you to stumble and next time you will be prepared and strong!!!!

  134. Wow!!! Congrats to everyone!!!
    @ K-07 I quit smoking and drinking 12 weeks ago!!! I knew I had to quit drinking if I wanted to quit smoking.
    Some things that helped me… First and foremost, I give God the glory and praise for where I am today. When I quit I really thought I was going to die.. I never dreamed nicotine and alcohol had such an impact and control of my body. Don’t give in!!!! It does get better!!! Doesn’t mean some days won’t be tougher than others. At least once a day look at a picture of a healthy lung and then look at a picture of a smokers lung. Very powerful. I am not a doctor but be careful of the gum and patch. It is my understanding that the cigarette manufactures want you to use these items. As long as you are addicted to the nicotine from the patch or gum the odds to you starting to smoke again are very good and that is what they want. THEY WANT YOUR MONEY.. My prayers are with each of you and remember, YOUR BATTLE IS ALREADY WON!!!

  135. Hi K-07. Yes, drinking is a difficult trigger for many people who smoke. Perhaps you can substitute nibbling on snacks like pretzels or other salty foods when drinking. You might also consider calling a tobacco cessation hotline during especially difficult moments to help talk you through what you are thinking.

  136. This is my 5th day , After 4 years this Is my first attempt . Hope i will succeed. I really want to quit, I dono how to substitute smokes when i have a drink.

  137. Hi Denny. It’s possible that after 10 days of withdrawal from nicotine you are experiencing some of the psycho-emotional symptoms that got you hooked in the first place. While anxiety and racing thoughts can be common in smokers who quit, there are ways that you can calm yourself. Firstly, have you seen a doctor and gotten a medical opinion?

  138. Hi. I,m denny . I quit about 10day
    But i,m very anxienty. Panic. That i feek like ****
    Then still lightheaded.
    Am i common ?
    I really stress
    Can some one help me to calmdown. Or how long the withdraw gone

  139. This is my 6th day smoke free. I have been smoking for 35 years, a pack a day and have tried MANY times to quit. I have used Zyban, Nic patches, Nic gum, acupuncture and by day 4 latest, I was back smoking. This time I did it cold turkey, with no aids at all and I’m now ending day 6. Cold turkey by far is the easiest method of them all. In previous attempts using the patch, I was always in a light withdrawl all day and night and finally after several days my resolve tired of fighting this and I gave up. This method is a lot less painless, sure you have a few “hard days” but on the 6th day and it feels almost over for me.
    if I can do it cold turkey, believe me anyone can!! Please give it a try if you are still smoking.

  140. Hi Debbie. Good for you! Congratulations. Check out those hotline numbers I listed above and program them into your phone. You never know when a craving can hit you from out of nowhere!

  141. This is my fourth day of being smoke free. Psychologically, the third day was the hardest. Today, though, I just feel hung over. Thinking of a puff of a cig makes me want to yak!

    We can do this! I am not letting a cigarette regulate my life and I’m sick of being looked at like I had three eyes!

  142. Hi Yuri. I’m sorry to hear about your dad smoking again. That must be very difficult for you. And what you say is true. Unless you have a
    PLAN to deal with the nicotine cravings, you will go right back to smoking again. One idea is to find an activity or behavior to REPLACE the cigarette. Another is to identify what happens RIGHT BEFORE you start to smoke and to deal with the emotions and psychological thoughts. But without a plan, it make stopping smoking nearly impossible.

  143. Some people out there may be have a will power trying to stop smoking at the start. But, many of them will going through with just will of power? They just can’t make it without a motivator which is always remind them about stop smoking. In most cases, they will become smoker in just a few days. Most people set a target in the beginning of the year to stop smoking but fail to maintain their will of power. My dad become a smoker again in a three days.

  144. Hi AAVVV. Thanks for message. and congratulations on your decision to quit smoking! Smoking cessation is one of the most difficult things to achieve, so knowing what is ahead of you will help.

    There are 24 hour nicotine and smoking hotlines that you can call during cravings, or to ask and learn more about creating a new life without smoking. I’d suggest that you start here, and get resources from smokefree[dot]gov to increase your chances of staying quit.

    Good luck and let us know if we can help you further.

    Free Tobacco Quit Line: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)

    National Cancer Institute’s Smoking Quit Line: 1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848)

    American Cancer Society & American Legacy Foundation’s Great Start Quit Line: 1-866-66-START (1-866-667-8278)

  145. 26 yo I have been smoking for the last five years without a break (365×5). Want to get back to some form of physical activity and want to quit. Its been 3 days and regular exercise and keeping my mind off smoking has helped. I think I am past the urge to smoke, but not sure how it would feel in the days to follow. Anyone else in a similar situation, I am not taking any nicotine substitutes.

  146. My husband has quit a few times since we’ve been married. It takes him about 3 days to feel acutely better, but a lot longer to actually get the tar and residual chemical gunk out of his lungs. One thing that really helped was exercise.

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