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Quit today 1 week ago - Cold Turkey, now what?

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Hi Guys,

Today it's been exactly 1 week that I had my last cigarette.

I went cold turkey as I believe all those patches and 'fading out' are just another excuse to keep smoking.

If you're serious about quitting it, you just stop - no excuses.

Anyway, so the first week is over and I feel no major difference besides that I got a bit of a cough today. Still a few cravings here and there but nothing major.

How long can I expect the cough to last?

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The cough could last a long time, depending on how long you smoked. I smoked for over 30 years. Quit over 2 years ago and I agree that cold turkey is the best way - the only way that worked for me. After 7 days the worst was over. After 1 month lost the cravings. I had a cough for a few months on and off. Good luck!

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Thanks! :) I read on some other forums that it could indicate lung cancer as well if it lasts a longer period of time. So just trying to get a grip on whats the usual duration for the 'coughing period'.

Still craving a cig now and then but it luckily doesn't last very long.

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The cough could last a long time, depending on how long you smoked. I smoked for over 30 years. Quit over 2 years ago and I agree that cold turkey is the best way - the only way that worked for me. After 7 days the worst was over. After 1 month lost the cravings. I had a cough for a few months on and off. Good luck!

I never smoked but was always impressed by people going cold turkey after so long. How did it feel going cold turkey?

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congratulations, mate. a good step you will not regret. stopped 30 years ago c.t. from a 60 / day. habit. the wife got pregnant...

your cough could be anything, did you cough when you were smoking? go and have it checked out by a quack.

my most lasting memory of the times after i quit was the increase of smell and taste perception. not always good (like walking next to a smelly person in the supermarket) but incredible non the less.

hang in there, and spent your money on something better.

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Your cough is probably your body repairing itself, it is beginning to work again. Well done.

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Well done you will have no regrets, best way to do it as well, hope you have a happy healthy life.Its the sweets you will have to worry about now??

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Thanks guys. Nothing in my diet has changed so far. I just 'sit out' those cravings and try to occupy my time.

Don't think I'll be putting any weight on, luckily.

The cough has really something to do with the lung repairing itself.

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the 'putting weight on' thing might come with time sad.png , replacing the puff with something else. pepsi max or similar, you might end up drinking liters of it...

replace your addiction with one more healthy - if you like.

sympathizing with you right now...

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Congrats! Just curious, how much were you smoking per day and what was the number one factor that led to your decision to quit c.t.? I am a smoker and desperately want to quit. But always find myself making excuses for another puff. I tried the patch for about a week. Didn't help. Tried e-cigs. Waste of money and raw lungs and sore throat. Any advice from you (or others) that have decided to liberate your bodies from the disgusting, costly and harmful habit would be helpful.

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Congrats! Just curious, how much were you smoking per day and what was the number one factor that led to your decision to quit c.t.? I am a smoker and desperately want to quit. But always find myself making excuses for another puff. I tried the patch for about a week. Didn't help. Tried e-cigs. Waste of money and raw lungs and sore throat. Any advice from you (or others) that have decided to liberate your bodies from the disgusting, costly and harmful habit would be helpful.

I smoked a good pack a day and got a pain killer addiction, thanks to the good doctors around here. I always toyed with the idea of giving up smoking as I used to wash my hands after every cig at home, out of respect to my wife.

One night I went out and got hammered with a major hangover the next day. So I staid in bed all day and decided that this is already day 1 if I just stay in bed and try to sleep - so I did.

It's been 8 days now since.

Guess it was a bit a decision of caring more about my health and the constant hand washing with was like OCD.

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I gave up 4 years ago after 37 years of smoking and believe me it can be a long hard road ahead if you have smoked for a long time.

In time your body may show up certain problems that smoking somehow masks, don't forget if you have smoked for half a lifetime your whole body needs time to sort itself out and get used to being without all the chemicals and shit that you have inflicted on it.

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It has been 4 days for me. My anxiety is acting up, just part of the process I guess. The reason I quit is due to my health anxiety and fear of smoking related diseases. I have smoked almost continuously for 25 years , pack a day, alot more when I would use drugs in my 20s and alcohol binges in my 30s. Terrifies me.

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It has been 4 days for me. My anxiety is acting up, just part of the process I guess. The reason I quit is due to my health anxiety and fear of smoking related diseases. I have smoked almost continuously for 25 years , pack a day, alot more when I would use drugs in my 20s and alcohol binges in my 30s. Terrifies me.

You can get yourself some valium from the hospital which will help with your anxiety.

Congrats on 4 days, the worst usually happens during the 1-3 day. Keep in mind it's all in your head... Stay strong and you will make it out alive! You owe to the people that care about you.

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