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Day 3, a bit rough

Hello everyone from Chicago,

I stumbled upon this forum today and am glad I did, was reading all the old posts I could. I am 30 years old and have been smoking for 16 years without a break of more than six or seven days for the entire time. The one time I did go six days without smoking was when I had bronchitis so I don't really count that. I am about to complete my third day cig free and had a bit of a rough time this afternoon with it. Intense craving, zoning out, failure to concentrate, shaking, rapid heartbeat, sweating. Other than that doing just fine:)

I chose to quit because the price out here is so ridiculous and I couldnt justify spending my hard earned money on killing myself. I look forward to using this forum as my support group to get past this horrific addiction.


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Hi Horace :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

You've made a good start on day 3 already well done are you using anything to help or are you going C T if you are the nicotine is out of your system now OK

All the things you mention are normal for us quitters and will settle down very quickly indeed

All the best

Marg xx


Hi Horace,

Welcome to the forum. I hope Day 4 is going well for you. Those symptoms you mentioned will ease up and the craves will decrease in frequency and intensity. Keep strong and you will beat this.



Hello Horace, You sound in a very similar situation to me, I am also finding day 3 rough for starters. I am 26 and if I am brutally honest I starting smoking with pals at around 12. So thats 14 years. It costs an absolute fortune and I am beginning to notice the effect it is having on me.

PHYSCOLOGICALLY: My daily routine revolves around them, I can't begin a task without one and I even reward myself with one. PATHETIC!

PHYSICALLY: My chest hurts, I sometimes get pins and needles and dead arms if I lie on them funny eg in bed. I've also got a nasty smokers cough and I can no longer sing to save my life! I've had a medical history of chest infections and tonsilitis and likewise that is the only time I have stopped for a week until now.

I am just going to try to ride it out, bit nervous about tonight going out with a friend (non smoker). Chosen to go for a meal rather than acholoholic bevarages so that there is less temptation. But dreading that post meal situation! AArrrgh


Horace and Becky, Welcome to the forum! This is a great place for support in quitting smoking and staying quit! Just remember you are choosing to quit smoking. You are choosing life! You are not giving up anything except smelling bad, bad health, and going broke from the cost of buying cigs! Keep up the good work. It gets better, I promise!


Hi Horace and becky

i am also on a day 3 and finding it really tough, i am 32 and smoked for 18 years, in 18 years i have never gone a day without a cigerette, i have been in hospital (am astmatic) attached to oxygen and still made my way outside to have a sneaky cig, in the last 18 years the longest i have gone without a ciggie is about 17 hours which was for a long haul flight, so in some ways i am really proud for making it over the 48 hr mark and am now on hour 52 and half of me really wants to give in just so i can feel normal again the other half of me is screaming that if i give in then i just have to go through those 52 hours again and i really do not think i could ever face them again,.

so i am going to try to be as strong as i can today and hopefully make it to the 72 hour mark,


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