Timeline To Quit Smoking

Congratulations! You kicked the habit. Here is what to expect over the next two weeks and beyond:

Day 1: You’re on the your way! You may feel a bit strange, but that’s quite normal. Remember: it’s a new feeling for you not to smoke all the time.
Day 2: Most people experience the second day as being very restless, thinking often of smoking. You’re probably not much fun to be around either.
Day 3: You will notice you can taste things you put in your mouth. Your sense of smell starts to improve. Physically, however, this is when things become difficult: your mind will try to trick you into thinking this was a bad idea, and you body will crave nicotine. Take a walk or a run; you’re already in better condition and it would be good to get your pulse raised a bit.
Day 4: Your body now really begins to react to the lack of nicotine. Many experience constipation or the opposite; it becomes hard to find peace. Your throat and lungs become cleaner and you might start coughing slightly during the next hours.
Day 5: From now on, there is a longer period of time between thinking you need a cigarette. It becomes easier for you to stick to your decision. You will also notice that you’re breathing a lot easier, and your senses of taste and smell are just about back to normal, almost as good as a non-smoker.
Day 6 and 7: You are experiencing less symptoms every day and your cravings is easier to handle. You’ve gotten through a whole week and the worst is over.
Days 8 through 10: You begin to notice how terrible other smokers around you smell. Your breath will be fresh and your voice will sound clean and clear.
Day 11 and 12: You’re teeth should look brighter and more beautiful.
Day 13 and 14: Congratulations! You’ve made it for 2 weeks. You can proudly say you are an ex-smoker. You don’t have any physical reason to start up again.
Weeks and months later: You shouldn’t have any trouble being an ex-smoker. But be careful, you might still feel some withdrawal symptoms for up to 6 months.
A good way to keep from slipping is to change the habits you associate with smoking, such as drinking coffee or alcohol, driving, answering the phone. Yes, I know you can’t give most of these up, but try to change your routine somewhat to disassociate the activity smoking.