10 health benefits of stopping smoking

Smoking’s bad for your health, but exactly how does quitting make life better? Here are 10 ways your health will improve when you stop smoking.

The quitting timeline

  • After 20 minutes your blood pressure and pulse return to normal.
  • After 24 hours your lungs start to clear.
  • After two days your body is nicotine-free and your sense of taste and smell improve.
  • After three days you can breathe more easily, and your energy increases.
  • After two to 12 weeks, your circulation improves.
  • After three to nine months coughs, wheezing and breathing improves.
  • After one year your heart attack risk is  half that of a smoker.
  • After 10 years your lung cancer risk is half that of a smoker.

Better sex

Stopping smoking improves the body’s bloodflow, so improves sensitivity. Men who stop smoking may get better erections. Women may find that their orgasms improve and they become aroused more easily. It’s also been found that non-smokers are three times more apealling to prospective partners than smokers (one of the advantages, perhaps, of smelling fresh).

Find out more tips for having good sex.

Improved fertility

Non-smokers find it easier to get pregnant. Quitting smoking improves the lining of the womb and can make men’s sperm more potent. Becoming a non-smoker increases the possibility of conceiving through IVF and reduces the likelihood of having a miscarriage. Most importantly, it improves the chances of giving birth to a healthy baby.

Read more about how to protect your fertility.

Younger looking skin

Stopping smoking has been found to slow facial ageing and delay the appearance of wrinkles. The skin of a non-smoker gets more nutrients, including oxygen, and can reverse the sallow, lined complexion that smokers often have.

Watch this video to find out how smoking can ruin your looks.

Whiter teeth

Giving up tobacco stops teeth becoming stained, and you'll have fresher breath. Ex-smokers are less likely than smokers to get gum disease and lose their teeth prematurely.

Find out more about dental health.

Better breathing

People breathe more easily and cough less when they give up smoking because their lung capacity improves by up to 10% within nine months. In your 20s and 30s, the effect of smoking on your lung capacity may not be noticeable until you go for a run, but lung capacity naturally diminishes with age. In later years, having maximum lung capacity can mean the difference between having an active, healthy old age and wheezing when going for a walk or climbing the stairs.

Longer life

Half of all long-term smokers die early from smoking-related diseases, including heart disease, lung cancer and chronic bronchitis. Men who quit smoking by 30 add 10 years to their life. People who kick the habit at 60 add three years to their life. In other words, it’s never too late to benefit from stopping. Quitting not only adds years to your life, but it also greatly improves the chance of a disease-free, mobile, happier old age.

Less stress

Scientific studies show that people's stress levels are lower after they stop smoking. Nicotine addiction makes smokers stressed from the ‘withdrawal’ between cigarettes. The pleasant feeling of satisfying that craving is only temporary and is not a real cure for stress. Also, the improved levels of oxygen in the body means that ex-smokers can concentrate better and have increased mental wellbeing.

Read our top 10 stress-busters.

Improved smell and taste

Kicking the smoking habit gives your senses of smell and taste a boost. The body is recovering from being dulled by the hundreds of toxic chemicals found in cigarettes.

More energy

Within 2 to 12 weeks of stopping smoking, your circulation improves. This makes all physical activity, including walking and running, much easier.

Quitting also boosts your immune system, making it easier to fight off colds and flu. The increase in oxygen in the body makes ex-smokers less tired and less likely to have headaches.

Read these self-help tips to fight fatigue.

Healthier loved ones

By stopping smoking you'll be protecting the health of your non-smoking friends and family.

Passive smoking increases a non-smoker's risk of lung cancer, heart disease and stroke. Second-hand smoke makes children twice at risk of chest illnesses, including pneumonia, croup (swollen airways in the lungs) and bronchitis, plus more ear infections, wheezing and asthma. They also have three times the risk of getting lung cancer in later life compared with children who live with non-smokers.

Now, read about smoking treatments available on the NHS and find out how to get started on stopping smoking.

Page last reviewed: 23/07/2012

Next review due: 23/07/2014

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liron123 said on 26 January 2014

Guys, believe me, nobody was as addicted to cigarettes as much as me! I was a 25 a day smoker for 24 years and towards the end of my smoking career, I'd smoke one cigarette straight after finishing the other, as I was becoming 'immune' to the nicotine buzz. If it was not for work, I would have smoked 60 a day easily - that's how addicted I was. I'm telling you this because I have now gone 16 days without a cigarette thanks to my GP and Champix. This medication is incredible. I don't want to smoke and I don't even miss it and I feel so much better. No more heaviness in my legs, no tight chest feeling, taste buds have come back to life and I'm breathing much better! And, my breath and fingers don't smell foul anymore. I actually now hate smoking - I can never see myself going back to this disgusting habit. Smoking used to make me angry. I'm much more relaxed these days. If I can do it, you can too!!!

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Agatha123 said on 18 August 2013

I have quit smoking many times, the longest being 6 years - yes, I know. Since trying to stop again, many times and failed, I had resigned myself to being a 'professional' smoker (as someone described me). Last year we booked a long overdue holiday and as the time to go draws closer; the absolute panic of boarding that plane and not being able to smoke for ten hours, is causing me major panic and stress. I booked a few days off work to 'clean' myself up. I bought prepare to quit and whilst wearing I could smoke if I needed to. Time to go back to work was getting closer and I still hadn't fully quit. On Monday 12 August at 20.00 hours after a double session at the gym, I had my last cigarette. The days since have not been too difficult but yesterday, day 6 was the worst I have ever experienced in the times I had previously started the journey of not smoking. Today doesn't seem to be much better and I am at a loss as to why I feel so bad this time. Cough gone, brown bits from lungs gone, peak flow (with asthma) up to 480 from 320/350. Bridge of nose area a tad numb and my sense of taste has decreased! Can anyone tell me what is going on please?

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SomeOtherGuy said on 16 April 2013

This page is to list the health benefits of stopping smoking, and I think some might have been missed.

It is commonly believed that stopping smoking can extend your life - and this was something I used to think meant that some time would be added to the latter period of my life, so 'big deal' - I might spend a little longer as a dribbling fool in a care home by extending the tail end of my life...

After smoking for 42 years, and then stopping overnight a couple of months ago I have now realised another bonus. In the UK in 2013 we are expected to smoke outdoors, in doorways, huddled in alleyways, shivering etc. So of the 30 or so fags a day I was smoking, most of these involved hanging about in the street doing not much else - just puffing away.

So thats about 15 x 10 minutes a day = two and half hours a day extra RIGHT NOW.

This finally dawned on me when I realised I now have this extra time each and every day to live now.

So each of my days is 26.5 hours long :)



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carlos_mate said on 24 February 2013

I have smoked since I was a schoolboy and this weekend my bank card got swallowed by an atm so I haven't been able to buy my fags this weekend. I was in a panic at first then I thought perhaps this is the ideal chance for me to quit... I've smoked every day for the last seven years, so as you can imagine - yesterday and today have been really strange. Ive been watchin movies and eating things out of boredom. Let me hope i can be as strong all of next week and have something great to leave on this message board.

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Vicky701 said on 17 February 2013

I am 42 and have been smoking since I was 11 years old. I started very young and in my adult life people would describe me as a real smoker. I had often thought of giving up but honestly did not believe I would ever have the strength and besides I didn't want to, I enjoyed it too much. I never believed I would actually ever give up, right up until the day I tried.

On Years Eve 2011 my mother had a brain haemorrhage, it was an awful shock and it was totally smoking related. I had already lost my father the same way when I was 11 years old.
After a lot of deliberation I just thought to myself, if ever I am going to stop it has to be now.

I went to the docs and they sent me to the no smoking clinic, I was put straight on Champix. Even then I didn't believe I would do it and again I didn't really want to.

Anyway I gave it a go, I took each day at a time and before I knew it I'd done a week. I couldn't believe I was actually not smoking, it just went from there! That was 316 days ago!!!!

The story has a two happy endings as my beautiful mother made a full recovery :-)

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Katlover said on 14 January 2013

I am now coming to the end of day 7 of stopping. I have even stopped using the patch and only needed my spray 4 times so doing well. I don't have the slightest desire to start again.

The help on offer by my practice nurse, I was cynical but I am so impressed with it. My second appointment tomorrow and I will keep going until I don't feel I need the support any longer

It truly makes a big difference having that support vs doing it on your own

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Teresa T said on 18 December 2012

I am into day 3, and so far so good. I came onto this website for some encouragement and have certainly found that with so many positive comments and the quitting timeline. Unti I read that I didn't really realise how much of the body smoking can effect. I have had a bad cough and pains in my chest and back for several weeks, which just won't shift, and I feel that now at 36 I need to quit.

Not the best time to quit, (a week before xmas), but then there is no 'bad time' when it comes to improving health and welbeing that right now ... regardless of when now might be.

Good luck to everyone ... remember, if you get a chance take it ... if it changes your life ... let it !

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sunnyhill said on 04 November 2012

hi everyone , i gaveup smokinging 6 mnths ago, after smoking 30 a day for years, i gave up by going cold turkey, every ones different but for me it was the best way, you see i tried for years and failed useing replacements they just reminded me of smoking, and i failed every time, then spoke to one of my gp,s a lovely man very old school, and he said it,s all in the mind, so taking his advice i brought a good book, and hey presto six mntgs later smoke free, and happy, good luck everyone

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MyrtletheTurtle said on 17 October 2012

Hi, I have found reading peoples stories helpful so here is mine if it helps anyone else :) I am a 29 year old woman and I am on day 17 of quitting after smoking 10-15 roll-ups a day for 8 years. I smoked cigarettes and weed casually from the age of 13 but didn't get addicted until I went to university and was under massive stress from working a full-time job during my full-time course. Started smoking regularly to help me focus when writing all night after working all day - biggest mistake I ever made. Since then tobacco has controlled my life. I tried to quit dozens of times over the years but would cave after a few days either due to stress or through the fact that I would continue to smoke joints with tobacco in them, keeping me addicted. I was beginning to think I would never quit tobacco (though I did quit weed this summer which I knew would help in the future) but in September my dad was diagnosed with angina and is having to have emergency heart surgery at just 55 - he has never smoked or drank excessively, and although he was quite overweight for 15 years he now runs marathons (well, not any more since he is lucky he hasn't dropped dead whilst running). The doc said it is hereditary which scared me to death since my smoking has probably increased my risk massively - it's one thing thinking that you're going to have heart/lung problems in your mid-60s, but another when you're not even 30 yet and angina or a stroke is looming within 20 years time! Quit three days after finding out. I loaded up on Niquitin Minis which have been absolutely brilliant and am now using the Boots NicAssist lozenges for milder cravings. It's hard because I am an academic who works from home most of the time just sitting at a desk and I used to smoke all day while working. I am still getting cravings but they are mostly habitual I think - I just pop a lozenge in my mouth and try to refocus on my work. Good luck everyone!

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DISILAIN said on 07 August 2012

Reached retiring age but still enjoying working as a joiner self employed decided to carry on untill i felt it was time to give up.But fell from a ladder shattering both ankles and every bone in my heels,spent 7hours in theatre to have plates and pins to both feet fitted.The sugeon made me promise to give up smoking at least untill my healing process was complete,as non smokers reduce the risk of infection hugely.Having been lucky to have no spinal injuries I made the promise and from14June untill now I have been true to my promise.Every visit with my surgeon he has never once asked if I am still off the cigarettes even though my recovery has been remarkable in his words..I am walking with crutches now in my 8th week.So being a smoker since my teens I have given up the dreaded weed and found I a coping prety veasily getting through each day as a non smoker..I now feel to go back to the ciggies would be too much of a let down to myself more than anyone else

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joanna1968 said on 03 August 2012

Just an update last time I was on day 8, i'm now on week 12 of giving up smoking, the only difference is my breathing is much better if walking uphill, my skin has started to look better, teeth getting whiter and of course I smell better. Really notice if there is a smoker around me now and smoke really stinks, so here's to the next 12 weeks hopefully, really do not want to fail now, disappointed that the doc gave me patches, has done no follow up checking if I have still given up sadly, so really no encouragement from them. So to all those who are trying or suceeding to give up, keep up the good work, if I can give up after smoking for over 30 years, then anyone can.
Jo x

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dave541 said on 16 June 2012

I have been a heavy smoker for about 40yrs, and have quit smoking now, its been 8days now, i use a nicorette patch. Whilst i was a smoker i trained a lot on my exercise bike and go out on my road bike when weather is good, i have noticed that my legs feel heavy now during my training on the exercise bike and my muscles feel heavy than normal, is this normal and how long will this feeling last for? I watch what i eat and drink plenty of fluids whilst training but i feel as if i put on weight, my thoughts are i have waisted all that time and effort over the past months to keep my weight down and i want to quit training, can someone help and give me advice. I hope that the feeling of being fatigued will go in time. I will continue to train hard as usual and hope i don't feel like this after a while.

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joanna1968 said on 18 May 2012

Day 8 of not smoking and even though I have smoked for over 30 years, its surprised me how i'm not even craving for one, so fingers crossed, I will remain smoke free

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StephJ said on 12 February 2012

Today is day 6 of my non-smoking. I've tried so many (too many) times in the past and failed! This time I'm doing really well (yes, I know it's still early days lol). I'm using the patches, but I cant wear them at night as the dreams keep waking me up and I don't get a good nights sleep! I haven't told many people this time that I'm quitting. Bizzarely it's helping!! No-ones watching me, asking me if I 'want a fag yet', I feel no pressure! I bought a box of ciggies yesterday as I was having a bad day. Surprisingly I haven't even opened the box! And it's actually helping knowing they're there! Strange I know lol! Fingers crossed I'll remain a non-smoker!! =]

Good Luck to every one that's quitting!! =]

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Liz23 said on 09 February 2012

well this day seven of not smoking...really suprised, can't belive it. i have tried so many times before over the years.
been a smoker for over 20 years, held my mum's hand and dad whilst they died from lung cancer and that did not stop me in the past.
Tried stopping to live longer to be a problem to the kids, spend time with the grand kids, more money etc etc. nothing has worked always given in to the dreeded nail to the coffin!
well the other day, decided to give up again out of signs of getting old... wrinkles!
don't know must love myself more than i thought, never thought i was vain.
it's been hard tried in the past used champix, gum patchs etc to help.
This time. i have two menthol cigs left in a draw that i can have if i want. not touched them have been tempted not going to lie, but it's working for me. always been the sort of person that if i'm leactured or told not to do something then i would, so maybe telling myself go for it, it's helping in a strange sort of way.
I have asthma ,bloodpressure disc problems etc etc etc the list goes on . SO... here goes for week 2 . wish me luck!

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Eddy Ransom said on 03 February 2012

Its now day 3 for me, I know it's early days, I have tried, tried, tried & tried again to stop for the last 2 years or so. Each time I have used NRT but this time I am going cold turkey & I would have to say that it is easier. The initial shock of not smoking was hard but I am finding it so much easier. I also have been making a video diary of my quitting. Every morning & evening I record a 30 sec or so vid of how my day has been, what challenges I have faced & how do I think my day will go today/tomorrow. It has really helped, each time crave I watch the videos. It might sound a daft idea but it seriously works. Also it get you out of being camera shy as well!!!!

I am telling you know I will not be having just 1 cigarette as this is what caused me in the past to go back to smoking. All I can say is that I feel great, fitter, my asthma has began to relax, I don't get any chest pains anymore & my body is saying thank you.

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EEM1974 said on 31 October 2011

I am 38 years old and I smoked for 21 years. I was a student in a healthcare profession (and I still work in the NHS) when I started, and I am also asthmatic - having been diagnosed aged 23. Either way I should really have known better, but i quickly became addicted and saw smoking as a stress reliever, especially when sitting my finals to qualify in my field.

My husband quit smoking in February 2011, but never ever put me under any pressure to stop as well. However, I quit smoking nearly 6 weeks ago and I honestly have never looked back. I used an electronic cigarette with menthol filters, and gradually over two weeks reduced the amount of nicotine in the cartridges until there was none in them and I stopped using the device altogether after that. I feel the wind down gave me time to find something else to do with my hands and I now do a lot of creative writing.

I have found, like many others, that my sense of smell has changed (for the better although for the first week after coming off the ecig I was sure I could smell domestic gas all the time!), and my food tastes better. As also stated, I do have asthma which is actually very well controlled but at my last check up I had my steroid inhaler reduced again which was great news.

I have noticed that I can tell who the smokers are when I come into contact with them at work. I honestly did not think that I ever smelled as bad as that but I clearly did! To not have to worry about that musty horrible smell any more is a huge bonus, and it makes me feel good about myself to smell much fresher and cleaner than I did.

One other thing I noticed is of course that my walk to work is much more pleasant in the morning, and I can do the walk from the train station to work in half the time.

My 5 year old is much happier now that I do not disappear out the back door into the garden for a quick smoke in the evening, and there are abvious benefits for him in that he no longer gets 2nd hand smoke from me.

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benno24 said on 27 October 2011

Well I stopped smoking now 6 days ago and have begun to feel much better in terms of breathing and also energy levels are improving. There is also the small matter of some £42 which seems to have accumilated which I think I great considering I often chose to overlook the cost at my local supermarket when paying for things like milk and bread on an almost daily basis. I now feel like I was paying a sort of daily tax just because of an addiction. With regards to coping with the withdrawl symptoms I got completely drunk and made myself so ill I couldn't go very far from my bathroom without fear of being sick. Well not for 48hrs at least, and by then the worst of the cravings had gone...so no need for expensive nicotine replacement products. One thing that helped was to drink loads of Coffee when I got a craving for a ciggarette and made sure I always had a pot brewed so as not to delay the relief from fatigue which invariably happens when stopping smoking. The second point I would like to make is that it helps to have plenty of sleep and to try really hard to avoid all alcoholic drinks because this often creates dis-inhibition possibly leading to making an un-wise purchasing decision regarding ciggarettes which felt inconsequential at the time.

I'm looking forward to all of my £2625 per year from not smoking!!

Best of luck everybody!! :)

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kimkvp said on 13 October 2011

Im on day 5 and im finally feeling good. i decided out of the blue to quit cold turkey not for health reasons but financial ones. Im 53 and been smoking 20 a day for 40 years and never knowingly suffered any bad health through smoking but on doing my sums and realising i spend nearly £50 a week on fags made me determined to quit. First couple of days i was beside myself, I felt emotional, depressed, also a weird feeling hard to describe it was like internal stress where i just didnt know what to do with myself (weirdest feeling) i felt a real sense of loss for my friend ciggy. So I took to sweets to get me through the first 3 days. i suffered stomach aches, wind, a weird feeling of having jittery insides, a complete lack of concentration, I kept myself as busy as possible knowing if i stood strong these withdrawal symptoms would pass and they did. now on day 5 i have woken up early with so much more energy that i took my dogs for a long early morning walk unthinkable in my smoking days. im now looking to join a local gym.

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User592951 said on 14 September 2011

I stopped smoking on Tuesday, 9th August. Had stopped a few times like most people, and started again and had tried most methods, including Champix. This time I simply had to stop because here in Australia cigarettes are incredibly expensive and I just could not afford it on a pension!

I stopped with the aid of a hypnotherapist! She was amazing, and although it cost a lot, she gave me CDs etc. to 'top up' my hypnosis! So far, so good. Husband is delighted and says that I am calmer, and I sleep really well it has to be said. However, weight is becoming a nuisance and quite honestly I am yet to experience any improvements to anything which is disappointing!

That being said, I really miss smoking, and had considered the ecigarettes which are really good. Nicotine is not bad for you, it is the other poisons manufacturers use to hook you, so to the person using the eciggie, feel good about it. A friend has ordered one & I am really keen to go along and try it out, and all you are doing is inhaling water vapour which is good! Good luck to everyone!

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ExRollie smoker said on 15 July 2011

Interesting to note how many suffer from bloating and water retention. Searching on this symptom of cessation brought me here.
Wish we had better information on symptoms after stopping - especially for us 50+s. It would appear the withdrawal symptoms are much worse than stopping earlier (and no-one told us that!). We were told about weight gain (due to eating more), sleeping problems and the cough and that was about it. And, of course, that's all the first few days / weeks, after which you feel wonderful.

Didn't have the cough, but 9 months down the road still got lower lung capacity, the sleeping problems and the 3 stone weight gain (see below).

9 months and I've never felt so unfit. In addition to the above, I have water retention (probably most of the weight as food input less than most people), dry nose & eyes, joint pain.

Benefits? Improved inflammation associated with my gum disease (unlike my husband and a friend who are suffering increase in gum bleeding). Rotten smells have been stronger for months (benefit?), but I think nice smells are just starting to improve. That's it.

Talking to other ex-smokers of similar age & smoking history, this is about par for the course. Apparently, most people who have these problems start to improve after the 12 months is up (apart from those who get auto-immune disease - shhh, don't mention that).

We needed the information. Support stopped months ago, but the temptation to try to improve our health by starting again is very strong. If we hadn't met people, we'd be more likely to give in than not - one friend told us he started for precisely that reason.

We're guessing it's the age and length of life smoking and lack of specific info (or research) hiding these symptoms within the easier young quitters.

So, if you're younger, may be worth stopping earlier - may not be a good idea to wait.

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FatChance said on 13 June 2011

On March 24th this year I finally quit smoking having foolishly started in 1965 when I was 16.

I've found the Quit Smoking App to be a great help as it not only gives you encouraging facts about the benefits but also a running total of the money you'll save! To date in my case it's nearly £1000, I was a heavy smoker!

Also, I kept the contents of my discarded ashtrays in a sealable polythene bag and any time I feel the craving, I only have to open the bag to be reminded of what I must have smelled like.

There are only benefits to quitting, Do it now before it's too late.

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User561446 said on 04 June 2011

I have smoked for the last 30 years and finally decided that my health is more important than this very expensive habit. I am now on day 4 of being an 'ex-smoker' and doing quite well. I am using a combination of the minitabs and nicotine gum which seem to work for me and have been 'spring cleaning' to take my mind off it. The only thing I have noticed is that my joints, hands and legs are very swollen, so much that I can't see my knees as the flesh around them is so bloated.
Has anyone else noticed fluid retention as a side affect? I am 47, 5'5" tall and weigh less than 9 stone.

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lesleyh1958 said on 21 May 2011

I have now stopped smoking for three months and 7 days, I have been smoking for over 40 years and have treied on many occasions to give up. This time I used Champix (I had tried this once before) but this is the longest time I have given up. I had the help of Buckingamshire NHS stop smoking service and the advisor I had was beilliant. He drew diagrams and was very much in your face but in a realy nice way. I have only occsasional cravings for a ciagrette but they are fading. I am now a non smoker after 40m years

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Eagleboi said on 11 April 2011

I've just passed the 1 week mark of not smoking. I'm 26 and have to agree that it's not as easy as just stopping for me either. I was smoking for a year and half and enjoyed it a lot. Towards the end though, it had quite a depressing feeling to it, like smoking just before going to bed, coughing all the time, being paranoid I stank every time I got back to my desk at work. Oddly for me, the first couple of days were ok, not easy, but ok, it was day 4 where everything was incredibly difficult, I felt so depressed and irritated. The next day I was ok again and I think it's crucial to be prepared for the occasional 'bad day' where you have to use all the willpower you have to not let yourself down. The patch is what I use to keep it tolerable, but I've found the inhalator really good once you get used to it - it sort of mimics smoking and really takes the edge off it, gives you a feeling of control. The gum for me is the best for the strongest cravings, a few minutes of chewing that and I'm firmly back in control again. I was spending about £250 a month on smoking, which is about 20% of my wage, and I'm just about to move in with my partner to a new place. I think focusing on what really motivates you, during difficult times, is incredibly helpful. And when all is said and done, the chance of a slow painful death isn't a shot in the dark, it's a statistical likelihood, as uncomfortable as it can be to accept (feelings of guilt making me defensive etc), that's the bottom line and I don't want a dark future, or to make my family and partner suffer for my lifestyle choices.

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grannypuff said on 19 March 2011

Hi Im a new quitter,only day 2 and I have to admit had some tough moments,I have smoked 15-20 for 40 years,have just been told I have what is possibly a cyst on my larynx,but have to have a biopsy to check for anything scary. So the time has come to quit while Im ahead so to speak. I know Im going to struggle with it as I have tried to give up many times in the past. Im using patches 24 hours to help and on the whole they do,but occasionally the urge to smoke is really strong,but I want to succeed and be around to watch my lovely granddaughters grow up to be adults.

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Crrusher said on 25 January 2011

As someone has already said,stopping smoking has to be a personal decision,without hassle from others.I stopped as I have atrial fibrillation and quit without any aids at all. But,after 2 days,my stomach felt bloated, I couldnt eat,sleep or take my mind off smoking.Eventually,after a week,my body started feeling alot better.My sense of smell and taste improved,together with me feeling great in general. Hopefully this piece will help others that are suffering.Best of luck guys.

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mandoom said on 22 November 2010

to all those whom are suffering from quitting.

i haven't smoked for over 3 months in one of my longest times without smoking for over 22 years and hundreds of quits.

out of my experiance, i discovered a simple fact which made this time easier.

quiting smoking is a decision to become healthy and all your habits must integrate with this notion. only then will you feel that there is no reason to make you smoke, and that smoking is irrelavent.

playing yoga and meditation for a while before i started this quit helped me under myself and my body needs...

cheers and goodluck to all of us....

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kevjan said on 24 June 2010

i stopped smoking 3 months ago. i am 52 smoked around 30 per day since i was around 12 years old.
since stopping i have never felt so ill. i wont be going back to the fags but i am suffering so bad.
iv gained a stone and am constantly bloated, tummy cramps and pain, it seems my digestive system has taken the worst of withdrawing. on top of this i have trouble sleeping, shortness of breath, no energy levels, before i was on the go all the time. lack of concentration, my gums have started bleeding. i wake on and off all night but then sleep on and off all day. i cannot get into any routine.
i wont be going back to fags and wouldnt recomend anyone smoking but i wasnt told about the bad side effects of quiting. i was looking forward to breathing better tasting food and better sence of smell. i was told the worst part of quiting was the cough clearing the rubbish from the lungs. i never got that.
i am so frightened with whats happening to me.
thank you for listening

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LCB said on 13 June 2010

i have now been smoke free for 4 months and it feels GREAT. i have tried many times to stop but this time i was diagnosed with Asthma. i blame the little white sticks for giving me Asthma and regret starting smoking but i can stand and say i beat them at last and enjoying it. the biggest element that i don't miss is standing outside freezing and trying to smoke. if you are thinking of quiting, all i can say is do it, it is worth it !!!!

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mrsbusy said on 21 May 2010

I have not smoked a ciggarette in 20 days now. but i am using the e-cig the nicocig. I kinda feel like i am cheating, but the way i keep thinking of it as its like the inhalator but i can blow out real smoke and have that feeling as if i am still a smoker.
I went for this as i was a heavy smoker of 40 a day, at home with 5 children and pets. and i didnt want to have my children suffer from my mood swings. It has been doing the trick and i have found it ever so easy. but i do worry that i will become addicted to it. so as because you can get different strengths in nicoteine i was on high, now i am on medium, and next week i am going to buy low, and the week after i plan on getting No nicotene, then the week after stop using it altogether. and just use the inhalator if and when needed.
I have noticed already that my nicotiene levels have already decreased as before i would chew the strongest nicotiene gum and now thats way too strong for me. so in some way its working. but eventually i have to stop hanging on to that and make sure i dont get hooked to that. its the mental and emotional preperations that i need to sort out.
I have already seen the physical benifits of not smoking and its great. so now i just need to get my mind sorted and start using the nicocig or the gum until i no longer need it
Good on you those whom have gone without or used other products. I am amazed and it gives me some confidence that i too can beat this thing. keep it up everyone. very positive comments that i have read.

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User449360 said on 14 April 2010

hi i have been quit now for 9 wks 2 days...i think about it maybe 2-3 times a day..but not for long and without stress!i have quit many times b4 but lasted at best 3 days.i decided to c my doctor he put me on champix non addictive,nicotine free, neuro drug really helped through the 1st 2 wks..all i can say is "DIG YOUR HEELS IN".".GET THROUGH 1 DAY AT A TIME"i promise after the 1st 2 wks it gets much more managable..its just getting through them 2 wks..it does not work if you cheat (have a sneaky drag ...make one fag last a week ect.)take the strain for 2 weeks one day at a time and you will do it...it is so worth it believe me..so far saved £400 odd thats incentive enough...your doctors can also get you to see a smoking councillor at the practice..well worth it as they drill it in to you y u "QUIT"GOOOD LUCK EVERYBODY

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imranthescot said on 22 March 2010

I know it does not sound too long but I have not had a cig for over 36 hours. Decided to go cold turkey. So far so good. Trying to focus in on the reasons I don't want to smoke, my 2 daughters and health when I think of wanting a cig. BTW chewing gum appears to help, I always hated having a cig and having chewing gum so now it is chewing gum instead of the cig.

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Raven35 said on 28 February 2010

It's been 29 days since i quit smoking and i feel great. To be honest I've not used any NHS services because i simply don't have the time to go to visit my GP or attend smoking cessation sessions. I quit the "cold turkey" way with no medication or NRT, i heard about Allen Carr's "easy way" and was quite sceptical that reading a book would help me kick the habit but it has and i seriously can't believe how easy it's been. The one point of the book is that you have to smoke until you've finished reading the book and by the time you've read the book you can't wait to throw your cigarettes in the bin and be free of them. I've not had any noticeable cravings, no bad moods, in fact I've been in a great mood since i smoked my last cigarette. I borrowed the book from my local library and I'm astounded that it's actually worked, it really puts you in the right frame of mind to me a non smoker for the rest of your life.

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Neil_W said on 30 January 2010

It's been a week since I decided to quit the habit. Initially it was difficult, an obvious statement. After scrolling through some of the NHS stop smoking pages it made me consider my own efforts to quit smoking. I realised that I was constantly putting it off, 'waiting for a good time to quit'. It occured to me that there was never going to be a 'good time' so I stubbed it out and prepared for the withdrawl symptoms. I didnt go with Nicotine replacement therapies as I hate being reliant on any kind of drug, or more specifically 'neurotransmitter'. I admitted to myself that the cravings couldnt physically make me smoke and that eventually they would pass.
All I can say so far is that I'm amazed by how I feel. I feel almost 18 again. Smoking for years almost puts you in a sensory coma. Walking up hill without being out of breath and smelling wet trees on a rainy day is suddenly invigorating and not, as a smoker would see it, 'too much effort.'

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trishdadish said on 09 November 2008

It has been exactly 9 MONTHS and 9 DAYS, since i made D Day to quit! To be honest i feel bloody great :)
I smoked from the age of 15 till i was 29, and was beginning a 20 day habit. I decided to give up for a number of reasons but mainly due to my mum. She was a very heavy smoker and at the age 55 could barely walk anywhere without being out of breath. I asked myself why ? Also, would i want to be in that state of health when i turn 55? So, I said no thanks!!!
I decided to make a date to quit, stick to it, put a patch on and give it up.

I used the nicotine patches up to 2 weeks and one day forgot to put one on and realised by the evening there wasnt one there, so i guess my will power overcame the craving..
So I went it alone after that and never looked back. Dont get me wrong, yeah i still get the odd craving, off buying a pack, unwrapping it, lighting up, but for that few seconds of craving my brain says NO THANKS I DONT SMOKE ................. and it feels good to be able to say it.
I also got my smell and taste buds back and its delicious!! So now i am working on a plan to regain my weight and shape back after piling over a stone and a half!!! But i just tell myself, my weight is managable but the damage of my body isn't and thats the best reason YOUR HEALTH.


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ReetPetite said on 15 September 2008

It is hard quitting but as I just posted on another Stop Smoking article here, I am 37 years old and I cannot breathe. I have tried to quit smoking twice since my spinal surgeries, this WILL be third time lucky because of not I will not be alive, I wake up coughing, I now have repeated chest infections, my oxygen levels are low. What brought me to this determination level I am at now? Well after having another chest infection and it not clearing I am awaiting another lot of industrial strength antibiotics then I woke up a few night ago with chest pain so bad (all over my torso) and coughing up blood stained catarrh and what looked like froth. I have now been warned - when your faced with the choice of a white stick that costs a lot and stinks and a coffin you would be amazed at the motivation it gives you! I want to be around for my children and not be at best a stinker who stands in the rain for her fix and at worst not alive!

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Victoria said on 07 July 2008

I'm finishing my first week of non smoking and it is harder than it sounds. Like others I miss the movement of my hand, the lighting up, the breaks from work, etc.
My mother resently confessed that she smoked all through her pregnancy with me and I was born premature, with low weight and some major health problems, and had lung problems all my life (and I was a stupid enoght to smoke), so to all the girls out there: SMOKING REALLY DOES HARM YOUR BABY!
Also about a year and a half ago I lost my baby and I think my smoking habits contributed to that so this time I'm trying to quit before trying again.
The withdrawal is the hardest, but once you past that, you can see the benefits, my breath doesn't stink anymore, I don't feel sick or have stomach cramps and breathing even after a week is better, I don't have asthma attacks anymore!

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Lawrence said on 24 May 2008

Im going on my 3rd week of not smoking. I am using nicotine gum but also peppermints which I found the peppermints is helping more than anything. I smell better..I can smell things better and everything taste great! I have more energy and to keep myself not thinking about smoking I have been cleaning the house and making sure my life is going the way it should be. I am a lot more profecient at my job and the boss is loving it. My wife is also completely happy with it since the house don't stink anymore. I didn't smoke inside but someone that comes through the door after smoking can make your house smell like cigarettes. I am much more happier and I am not getting sick...or feeling pain in my joints or back anymore. This is the second time I quit and the last time!

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Mark said on 14 May 2008

I have a freind who smokes and he is in my school. The smoking has really effected him. Hes put a lot of wieight on and when he doesn't smoke he gets a bit grotty. After seeing this he is considering giving up smoking. Smoking is really big probelm in young people and hopfully others will quit as well

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