No Smoking Day
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I hope day 3 is easier!!

Well this is my first time actually trying cold turkey to quit smoking. I have used chantix before and that did not work for me. I also have the lozengers but I don't like them but I do have them for back up if I need them at this point. I have gone 2 days now for the first time in 12 years without smoking. I started smoking at the early age of 14 and I am now getting ready to turn 29 this month. The reason for quitting smoking is totally health reasons only. I really enjoyed smoking...loved it actually. But my anxiety has really went through the roof this year which has turned me into worrying all the time about my health. I actually had a breathing test done a few months ago and the results showed early signs of emphazema. So I have been very worried about that and every time I would light up I would go into a anxiety attack. So that is the reason as to why I am trying to quit smoking. Anxiety is so much worse than a actuall health problem...atleast to me it is. And with my anxiety problems as bad as they have been I can tell you that smoking does not in any way help them even if your mind thinks that the smoking does. I have not smoked for 2 days now and I have not had 1 anxiety attack. The last 2 weeks I have had them daily! Don't get me wrong...I would Love to light up without consequence...but my anxiety just won't allow me to. I am afraid of feeling that way again. two has been whole body feels like it is craving one...I feel dizzy, my teeth almost feel numb, when I walk I feel like I may tip over. I have read that they say it takes 3 days to go through the physical withdrawls...well I am praying that is the truth becuase that means tomorrow will be a little easier and it will just get better from there! So for all you cold turkey quitters out there.....let me know what I have to look foward to tomorrow or what I shouldnt' look foward to!!

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Hi, Wsmith and welcome, just before i start i love the name, but did you know there is a famous shop here in the UK called WHSmith, so some people may mistake you for a good place to buy a pen:eek:

I am also doing CT day 35ish for me, i know the first few days can be difficult so well done for getting this far.

Ok, you state that you really love smoking, i have to shatter this, you are an addict and that is the only reason you smoke, the only reason anyone smokes. Read some of the links in others sigs and you will begin to see what i mean.

So the fact that you have not had an attack since you stopped, should hopefully prove that smoking and the attacks may well be linked?

All the nicotine will be out of your system after 3 days, so AFTER day 3 you will start to feel better, i promise. Some people suffer more at the start of a quit, some feel great at start and then suffer after a few days/week, and some, believe or not seem to sail through it all.

The main thing is you should be very proud of yourself, you are now a non smoker.

Please do read the links i promise they will help, and post as often as you want/need just come along and have a rant or rave whatever we are all here to support you.

Good luck and well done.


Hey wsmith,

Thought you were the bookshop at first :)

Welcome and well done on 2 days. You are right in that the nicotene is out of your system after 72 hours. I know it maybe doesn't seem it just now but things will get easier.

Once you get passed 3 days one would think everything gets better. Well it does but we still need to focus upon unpicking all the positive affirmations and subliminal messages that we were bombarded with over the years we smoked.

But, leave that for the now and concentrate on getting passed day 3. Keep yourself busy and then there will be no time to fret for a cig. Post again...or just read around here and have a look at the links in my sig. Just get busy living towards a better smoke free future.

You are doing great,



Just be prepared for at least 1 more tough day for day 3. It would be unfair for me to say.. day 3 is easier.. day 3 can be hard, but this depends on you entirely. Many people do say they have a rough day 3, but i really believe that if you go into the day prepared to take it on, you will stand a far far greater chance of success.

After day 3, you still take every day 1 day at a time, and the longer you go.. the easier it will become. Your quit is what you make of it though, it won't always be a bed of roses and you will get some tough days here or there, or perhaps just the odd tough hour..but stick at it, and stay as determined as you can possibly be.

Good luck, and do post your experience on here, you will find the support a godsend.


Wow have to say I admire anyone who does it cold turkey, only time I have ever managed doing cold turkey was 8 hours :eek:

You are doing fantastically well, it takes a hell of a lot to go cold turkey!!! I could'nt do it!!

Keep at it, or get help, either way be proud of the fact you have decided to quit, I know I am! :D



Wow...everyone is so nice here! Wish ya'll were my neighbors!! I could use it right now! Thank you all for being so nice...considering what we are all going through...I would have figured we would all be complaining and moaning and so forth...oh wait..I did do that! Haha! Well, while I was cooking supper I had to break down and have a lozenger...not a cig..but a commit lozenger. It definatly took the edge off but not the "hit" my body was looking for. I kinda feel a little bad that I did that considering this was suppose to be a cold turkey thing! I hope this does not prolong this hell that I am living through! I find myself laughing at some of the threads on here because of the way people "tell it how it is". Quitting smoking almost helps give that ability to do so! I have never been the type to speak up when needed but boy am I doing that now! Plus quitting smoking really brings the stupid out in people that you are around! Today while I was at work I almost felt like a crack addict. There was a lady next door at another business and I just sat at the window staring at her, almost drooling, watching her every move as she smoked her afternoon cigarette. I thought to this is pretty bad! I think I could probably get through this a lot easier if my mind would just stop thinking about it 24/7. When your busy and your mind is on something, it's not bad. But when your mind just has the first slightest goes straight to the white puffy smoke. Anyways...I wish I could just go to sleep for 2 days and all this would be over with!;)


it will get better, promise.

oh and trust me, we don't always play nice:eek:

so u had a lozenger, so what, think i might have said every quit is different, whatever works for u, that is all that matters.

we are really big on "telling it how it is" trust me hang around for long enough and u will find out.

Just a couple of things please spread




a bit




reading them:D

and you are on your way to a week, how fab is that, keep it up.

It is now tomorrow for us, and i really need to go to bed, 3 small kids and a dog will get me out of bed early, so well done, keep posting. and looking forward to reading all about it in the morning.


Hi Wsmith :D

By now you're into day 3 well done it is normal to think about them this early and also to feel as you do just now but it will pass soon OK

Also don't feel bad about having thast lozenge far better one of them than a fag whatever it takes to get through is fine

For sure you'll have a few rough days along the way but they are far outweighed by the good ones the further you go the easier it gets Promise

The benefits of quitting are enormous

Below is my standard welcome and advice post which I try and give all new members

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

This link is good for the psychological part of quitting

Post often to let us know how you're doing, to rant, rave have a moan whatever you like pretty much anything goes on here OK




Welcome and well done getting off cigarettes. I have health problems due to smoking and I too had anxiety, when I stopped it went away and I have never had it since, so we know that smoking certainly does not help it.

Keep up the good work, and you could read some of the literature in our signatures, it will help you to understand what you are going through.



you will feel better and it does get easier

Hi there - like you I have gone cold turkey and am on ay 25. I must admit today I feel a little down and irritable, but I must say that it has been a while since I felt like that. the first week was hell for me. I too suffer from anxiety and smoking amongst other things such as caffeine etc were my triggers. The anxiety has a little higher initially however I kept telling myself that the way I was feeling were recovery symptoms and that once I got through this I would never have to suffer it again as long as I didn't smoke.

so I wish you all the very best - this forum is fantastic and very supportive. if you are feeling like crap, log into the forum, there will always be encouraging words to help you through the rough times.:) good luck - you deserve to be happy and healthy


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