How I Quit Smoking Cold Turkey

How I quit smoking cold turkey

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A little background info first..

I am 23, almost 24 and have been smoking consistently since I’ve been 14. Just about 10 years.

No one judge me but…

When I found out I was pregnant, I quit for 2 days and then smoked one and then quit for another 2 days and then smoked one. I just couldn’t get past the 3rd day.

I talked to my doctor and she said the best thing to do if you can’t quit is just to slow down, so I went from a pack and a half a day down to half a pack a day.

Now that I’m in my third trimester, my hormones are out of control and my anxiety is insanely high.

So with it being said, the thought of smoking made me antsy.

I knew it was my time to quit.

Unlike the image above with the calendar, I just quit right there on the spot.

I did NOT throw away the rest of my cigarettes, ashtrays, or lighters.

Have you ever noticed that even if you just smoked your last cigarette, you feel the need to hurry to get more?

The thought of not having them when needed is unbearable.

I kept them because I was so adamant on quitting that they didn’t bother me.

The thought that I could smoke but chose not to is what made my mind stronger.

My mind was set.

I almost think that this is the most important step.

You have to want to quit smoking.

For you, not for anyone else.

There are lots of reasons to quit, very few to continue.

Not to be discouraging but it took me 5 days to even get out of bed. (I suggest making this a vacation, you deserve it anyways 😉 )

I planned on doing nothing because keeping busy didn’t work for me in the past.

When doing things, it was always a habit to take smoke breaks, or when going somewhere, smoking in the car was a habit….

So I took a different route and did nothing.

Here is how I survived the first week…

The first day was almost the easiest.

I didn’t do anything. Absolutely nothing.

Although I couldn’t sleep… I didn’t have any motivation to move.

I was always told if I drank a crap load of water, I would rinse out the nicotine faster, so that’s what I did. I drank a crap load of water. Ice cold water at that.

I avoided going outside because the only time I normally went out there was to smoke.

I started to feel a little antsy when I thought about smoking but I knew that if I did, I would get a buzz and didn’t want to feel dizzy.

I convinced myself, if I smoked, I would feel worse.


The second day was rough.

I was so depressed…

I was mourning the death of my cigarettes.

I started to wonder if I really wanted to quit.

My chest was tight and congested.

I kept caking on Vicks and popped a Mucinex. (which really helped)

I was so anxious.. (double whammy because this is why I wanted to quit… to help my anxiety, not make it worse)

I practiced deep breathing… which helped.

I lost my appetite. I only ate when my stomach felt empty.

My head felt so heavy and foggy.

I wanted to fall asleep so badly but couldn’t.

I was physically drained.

With my smoke free app… I was seeing all my levels going back to normal.

Such as my pulse rate, carbon monoxide level… all as if I was a non-smoker.

I felt somewhat accomplished.


Day three

I woke up in the middle of the night the night before… Super anxious and sweaty.

I couldn’t go back to sleep. It took an hour or so before I was able to fall back asleep.

I woke up, super tired.

I haven’t even showered since I quit… I know gross… But I had no desire to move.

I decided I should probably take a nice hot bath to relax, which helped and actually made my chest feel better. (adding this to my bath time really helps!)

Even though I took a bath, I still went right back to bed afterwards…

My hands and feet were sweaty.

My anxiety was still high….more deeeeeep breathing. (If your anxiety gets out of control, read this on how I deal with it.)

The cravings were there but actually weren’t as bad as what I thought they’d be.

Gum helped.

Every time I wanted to smoke, I would drink a full glass of ice cold water.
The temperature took my mind off of it and it was actually refreshing.

I would munch on celery and carrots and brush my teeth frequently.


Day four

I woke up again in the middle of the night sweating and anxious… again.

It took me awhile to fall back asleep.

I woke up drained again.

I took more Mucinex to clear up my chest.

I continued caking on the Vicks.

My throat started to hurt, so I sucked on some cough drops and occasionally sprayed some Chloraseptic spray.

I decided to take another bath to relax. 

I then continued to lay around and watch TV, still not going outside.

I wanted to get through these symptoms before being tempted.

Even though I had no motivation, I wanted to do some things around the house.

I started to feel bad making my husband take care of everything, especially since I have been so irritable and moody, even though he was understanding. (he has to be 😉 )

I did some dishes and a few loads of laundry and bam… back to bed.

My hands and feet were still sweaty and my head still got foggy from time to time.

The cravings were easier to get through.

I read cravings typically lasted 3 minutes so I timed them.

They were right around 2-3 minutes.

I knew they would pass so I just continued chewing my gum and drinking lots of water.


Day 5-7

Still moping…

But my energy is slowly returning back to normal.

My chest is more bearable, but I still continue to put on more Vicks.

I may have taken 1 Mucinex on Day 5 and ended up not needing it anymore.

My normal routine is still out of whack because I’m used to doing something, smoking, doing something else, smoking.

I sit where I usually smoked and take a few deep breaths.

I still woke up in the middle of the night, not as sweaty and not as anxious.


As of today, (7/7/16) I am 14 days smoke-free.

The past week was rough but not as rough as the first week.  

The worst of the symptoms were over the first 4 days.


Smoking affects your body so negatively that there is no symptom that is abnormal when you quit.

I don’t have any kids… yet and am fortunate enough to stay home so I have it a little easier to be lazy for a week. (UPDATE: I AM BLESSED WITH A BEAUTIFUL BABY BOY 🙂 ) 

Quitting smoking is important, for you and your family.

If it takes you a week of no work, no kids to be able to quit… then so be it.

You’re adding so much more valuable time to your life.

I have never met someone who quit smoking that said they regretted it.

Let’s recap:

I took the time to mourn.

I drank lots of water. (2 gallons… maybe 3 a day)

I invested in some gum (cinnamon was best for me). I chewed maybe a pack or more a day!

I took Mucinex 12 hour to relieve chest congestion and reduce phlegm.

I used a LOT of Vicks Vapor Rub to help with the chest congestion as well.


I’m not saying you have to be a vegetable in order to quit smoking cold turkey…

That is just what helped me.


After the nicotine is expelled from your body, the rest of the symptoms is just nicotine trying to trick you into thinking you need to smoke. 

Once I got past 5 days, I just kept telling myself, I AM NOT GOING THROUGH THESE SYMPTOMS EVER AGAIN!

That is what kept me strong.

I am very weak to smoke again even though I DON’T want to smoke, imagine if I wasn’t ready?

I would fail.

You have to WANT to quit for all the right reasons.

You can’t just say you’re going to quit because the price increased or your significant other can’t stand it…

Smoking is an addiction, you will pay the price no matter what if you want to smoke.

I have read that the cravings take months, even years to get over.

Just remember, if you smoke again, you’ll have to go through the withdrawal all over again…

Please comment on what has helped you! Your ideas could really help someone!

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Kirsten is a wife and a mother. She has 2 babies, one human and one fur. She loves to help people overcome anxiety because she has suffered with it for years.

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    • Florence Baker
    • September 10, 2016

    I quit too, I had to cut straws in the size of cigarettes and when a craving comes I inhale air. It was also having that between my fingers. Smoking has now become mind over manner. I am almost at two months and still think about it

    1. Reply

      That’s a great idea! Surprisingly, none of my cravings involve the need to have anything in my hands. I have about a month and a half now! I have yet to drink.. which drinking and smoking were always a problem with me. I could sit there and smoke a whole pack while drinking in a matter of 3 hours.. Maybe I should just quit that completely as well! 🙂 Congrats on quitting! I hope someone tells you how proud they are of you because you deserve to hear it!

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