No Smoking Day

I Feel No Different

Hi new here! I started taking Chantix June 28th and haven't smoked since July 3rd. I have to say it is a wonder drug because I haven't had to battle it at all. But when everyone said that I would feel so much better and that I would have a better sense of taste and all that! I don't feel any different! I didn't feel bad in the first place and I smoked close to a pack a day. When am I supposed to feel "different?" I am glad that I have quit though don't get me wrong, just wondering.

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Hi Grammad,

Firstly well done on getting this far. Everyone's different and so everyone has a different frame of reference to compare how they feel now compared to how they used to.

From my experience I'm not conscious of feeling better - in fact after 5 weeks, I still feel pretty rubbish some days, that said I've noticed some measurable differences since quitting smoking.

For example for many months previous to quitting I used to cough very badly every morning. The cough was noticeably less after three days and completely gone after 1 week and I don't produce endless amounts of catarh like I used to.

My blood pressure was in the high category the day after quitting and was in the normal catergory 4 weeks after quitting. I don't notice that food tastes "better" but I notice that I've had to cut down from a round reaspoon of sugar in coffee a half spoon for it to taste the same and that some things now taste very strong.

One of the most beneficial differences is that I go out most evenings for a short bike ride weather permitting and since quitting I'm very noticeably less breathless.

You won't necessarily feel like doing cart wheels after stopping smoking for a few weeks, but you should feel a good sense of satisfaction and even if you don't feel very different, your body will be going through all sorts of beneficial changes.

Good luck and keep it up.



Thanks for your reply. I have been sitting here thinking about what might be different and I guess I have to say I don't have palpatations anymore so that is a very good thing. I never had the cough so I didn't have that to contend with. will just wait for the 6 month mark and reassess how I feel and at that time I would think I will be able to come up with a list of differences. Thanks again


what is different?


my husband says the same, he feels no different, but what we both have noticed is:

our house smells nice

we both smell nice (didnt notice that we didnt before!!)

others that smoke smell awful ( i cant believe that i must have as well)

my mouth tastes lovely, and we enjoy kissing each other a lot more (again never really thought that we didnt like it much before)

my teeth are a lot cleaner, which will save me a fortune as i have them cleaned at the dentist at £40 a go

and the list goes on and on and on and on ..............

so have a re-think, can you really not notice the difference????

take care xxxxx


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