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What a rancid smell

Hi to everyone

Smoked at least 20 per day since i was 16, and decided to stop May 6th 2009 which was my 48th birthday.

I am now on day 21 using the nicorette patches, and doing ok. The first 10 days the smell of smoke was nice, then overnight it went from nice to rancid and started to smell the stale smoke in my house which is very bad.

Does the horrible smell of smoke wether fresh or stale stay with you, if so then why do people that have stopped for months or even years start again.I really cant imagine a smell at the moment that is worse than stale smoke.

If any of you kind people on this forum can give me any info on what to expect in the future i would be very grateful.



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Hello and welcome to the forum.

Yes it stinks, and I know what you mean about people going back to it after a break, but its an addiction and I think that most people just live in denial while smoking!

I found that I'd get the whiff of stale smoke in the car or on old clothes from time to time, but thankfully there is none left my stuff now only on other people, yuk!

3 weeks is a great start to your quit and learning to dislike the whole concept of smoking makes it easier to stay quit.

If you need some inspiration or distraction then have a look through links in my signature the top 2 have a huge amount of info.

Above all remember that quitting is not about making a sacrifice, yourself of some great pleasure, you are in fact gaining health, wealth and control.

Best wishes.




Hi Andy, Welcome & well done :). I am on day 19 so not far behind you. I still quite like the smell when my hubby has a ciggie but the smell of it on others after they have had one I agree is disgusting. Will be even more pleased when my hubbies smell the same :D Gaynor. xx


Hi Andy :D

Welcome to the forum and well done on the decision to quit possibly one of the most important you will ever make and you will be losing nothing but you will regain control of your life and that has to be good

You will find all the help and support you need on here as we all help each other just like a family we are here for you every step of the way cheering the good days and sympathiseing with the bad but the good far outweigh the bad

Read the posts on here you will find a lot of tips and advice and in the signatures of a lot you will find links to other sites just click on them Here are 2 I find very good to start you off and Read, read and then read some more as the more you read and learn about why you smoked and about your addiction the easier your quit will be

Well done you on 3 weeks quit that's great

The smell of stale smoke will go slowly but surely, I had my carpets cleaned a few weeks ago after I could still smell it although I'd washed the curtains and anything else I could possibly wash and it was still there now my home smells great

Best Wishes

Marg xxx


Well done on 3 weeks, I will be 3 weeks on Friday. I thought I had got rid of the smell in my car untill the sun had been shining on it for a while and it stunk of stale smoke. Think i will have to save my pennies and get it properly cleaned.

Well done again :)


Congratulations on your 3 weeks. Your right, stale smoke does smell racid. At first, it really bothered me,(as a matter of fact, I couldn't breath through my nose, just my mouth - yuck!) but now it's not as bad. Don't get me wrong, doesn't smell good, but its bearable. The smell of someone else smoking doesn't bother me one way or another. Hang in there, your doing great!


Went to docters today for more patches to see me through the next 2 weeks.On my first visit there when i decided to stop, i asked for my blood pressure to be taken which was 144/92 and was told that stopping smoking would lower it.

Today my blood pressure is 162/105 and so something else to worry about and beat, but beat it i will.


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