Stopped Smoking

Hello guys,

Its been 4 days since I had a cigarette but the problem is I still crave them and I don't want to stop. The reason I did was my asthma got worse, therefore, couldn't breathe normally. So basically my question would be how many days will I crave for them and second part being, if I don't want to quit, will I eventually come back to smoking.

Thank you

9 Replies

  • Hi dora and welcome to quit support,

    Congratulations on getting through the first 4 days :) :)

    Craving vary from person to person but as a rough guide, things get considerably easier after the first month or so.

    However, to be successful at staying smoke free, you need to want to be smoke free.

    In my opinion, your want to quit needs to be strong to give you the strength needed to not to smoke when the cravings are strong :) :)

  • Congrats on your 4 day! You can do this. Lean on this site. Lean lean lean on this site. Everyone's reason for quitting is different too. And I've tried several times myself, but until you are committed to yourself, honestly, I don't think it will stick. I am almost 2 weeks in, I've NEVER made it this far. Health is why I quit. I want to be around for my family and friends and I do not want to suffer the bad effects of the beast that is cigs. All the topics are covered here. It's easier said than done, but it will get easier. It will. I can now be around other smokers...and I don't want one. Last week sure, I was ready to eat one, but I reached out here, rec'd some feedback and support and then I went to bed and woke up another day with a win.

    YOU can do this! Everyone here is pulling for you. Don't cave. Read this stuff, look at the bad effects. You already have asthma. Don't make it worse.

    My quit story...a classmate from school had a heart attack and posted the pics, that hit too close to home. I am 44 and stopped cold. I know others are vaping and using the electronic method. You do what YOU need to do to stop!

    Best of luck Dora! :)

  • Hiya Doras and a big warm welcome to quit support😊

    Well done on your quit and your lungs will definitely be thanking you👍🏼

    I see you've got some good advice already and there are breathing techniques on the right under pinned posts which may help you. Our motto is NOPE not one puff ever🚭

    Your asthma will continue to improve so my advice is keep going coz it's the best thing you can do for your health, good luck😊x

  • You may not want to quit - but you want to keep breathing - right? There is probably a tension between the two but I guess breathing is more important overall.

    Many people manage to find all sorts of benefits from not smoking - not least to their pockets - I didn't particularly but it still feels better being a non-smoker.

    I'm afraid the Bad News is that cravings continue for a long time - they get less but they can still sneak up on you for years to come. We just get better at dealing with them, ignoring them or making them go away.

    Stick with it. You can do it and remember NOPE.

  • Hi Chris, good to see ya :) :)

    Glad to see you are still winning the fight :) :)

  • Hiya Chris, lovely to see ya at 16 months now and well done to you too😊x

  • You don't want to smoke; your brain makes you think you do! read up on how nicotine effects the brain and your body and make yourself realise you DO want to and should stop; that's what i done. its killing you and a waste a money. Cravings are much worse when you don't actually want to quit. As soon as i made the decision that i wanted to quit it made it much easier. im on ten days off them and its been no trouble at all other than the first 3 days. Seriously read up on how your brain makes you think you need to smoke when you really don't. it helped me.

  • Thank you all, your responses were very good and it cheered me up. I guess I'll go cold turkey on smoking from now on. The thing that bothers me is that I don't think its nicotine that makes we want to smoke, but I like the the idea of having a break from work, from everything else, it calms me down. Thanks all again, you were very helpful. TA

  • I say take a break and a little walk. That is also a helpful distraction and it gets the blood moving for your ticker. Win! Win!

    Good job on your quit! 🚭🙆

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