What Happens With Your Body When You Stop Smoking?

Comments (13)
  1. J. Magness says:

    All your results of not smoking are very true.

  2. Wanna be ex-smoker says:

    Most smokers know the risk, and want to quit. Addiction is hard to overcome. I have quit smoking 6 times. The last time I quit, I became suicidal on day 28. That’s when I gave up. I’m getting ready to try it again. November is COPD Awareness month, and both of my parents have COPD. I want to quit, and I will quit.

    1. tim burrows says:

      good luck wishing you all the best, I am 1 month clear of nicotine replacement now 4 months clear of fags, everybody has their time, I thought it would never happen for me but it has x

    2. Isobel Rowbottom says:

      My husband and I both stopped smoking in May. I was having issues quitting as well until I read Allan Carr’s Easy Way to Stop Smoking. I picked it up at the bookstore for about 20 bucks. I read it once with a very skeptical mind, but noticed I was not smoking as much so I read it again with an open mind, no cravings, no mood swings, no weight gain, I feel good. I had a lung function test done today and I stopped in time I have situational asthma but no copd.

    3. Juanita, ex smoker, 30 years says:

      I hope it goes better for you time this time. It is hard to quit and some of us don’t realize it till we try. When I quit it was cold turkey or nothing as there weren’t any of the tools then there are now. I backed off to 3 cigarettes a day and it took a while to get to that point as I was smoking over 2 packs a day. Once I got to the 3 a day I went cold turkey from there and it worked. When I got the urge, I picked up a book because I love to read, chewed gum or drank a lot of water. I really hope you can get r done this time.

    4. John says:

      Go to a vape shop. I quit smoking in 1 week using vapor. Yes I still get the nicotine. but I will start reducing it once I get completely over the urge to smoke a reg cig.

    5. Anna Smith says:

      Give it your best shot…..maybe this time…Don’t ever give up giving up…A xx

  3. vineet dhareshwar says:

    i was a chain smoker for 25 years, One fine day i sufferred a very bad flu and i decided to stop smoking, Today i have stopped for 4 years and now i never get cold or flu i have become more active and i do not have any respiratory problems, which i used to suffer every day in mornings.
    i have stopped getting chest pains which were very often. My skin feels so nice now and i look 5 years younger. All near me feel nice to be around me and be like a normal human being.
    i am writing here because smoking is dangerous and its of no use. You are schum if u smoke and dying every minute.

  4. Buffie says:

    Let me put a little perspective on this smoking issue for those of you that think smoking makes someone a bad person, or that smokers don’t care about their health, or many of the other horrible things that people say about people that smoke.

    1) I know the risks. I witness the results of chain smoking for decades every time I see my mother in law, and more importantly (to me anyways, but not my husband) my Father, who both have emphysema and COPD, and my Mother was diagnosed with congestive heart failure a couple of years ago.

    Please, please don’t lecture and judge me. Thank you for your concern for my health but rest assured no one is more concerned than I, especially with such blatant reminders as to what my children will go through if I don’t quit and possibly even if I do.

    2) Clearly you have never dealt with addiction. Your assumptions that we’d rather enjoy a cigarette than worry about our health are ignorant to say the least. I’m 34 years old. I have been smoking for 21 years. I remember the snow on the ground and the taste of my first cigarette all those Decembers ago. It was the first December past my 13th birthday. My parents were smokers and smoked so much that they didn’t even notice if a pack went missing. Marlboro Lights. After I got my first job and was able to buy my own I switched to Marlboro Reds. I gave Newports a try, but that didn’t last long. Then I was turned on to Marlboro Menthol Lights and I was hooked to those for good. Now Marlboros are out of my price range, but a close second and (affordable?) substitute is Pall Mall menthol lights.

    I quit for 4 months one time. That was the longest I’ve ever stayed quit. I had the help of Chantix that time. I’ve tried cold turkey so many times I’ve lost count, with the number of successful day ranging from 0 to ………. I don’t know, 3 or 4 weeks maybe.

    The problem is that my adolescent brain developed with nicotine (and all the other chemicals in tobacco products). This isn’t an excuse. This is reality. Sure, there are tons of books I can read. There are support groups and nicotine replacement therapy, and resources galore to help me on my way. I’ve read and re-read. I’ve seen this particular picture plastered all over. In fact my plan is to print it as large as I can and hang it on my wall. But tell me, please, someone that knows…. how do I rewire my brain? Because until I figure that out, I will be a smoker.

    Quitting doesn’t just affect me, it affects my whole family. The general non-smoking population will say, “You’re right. Everyone will be healthier.” And in the long term that is true. But have you ever tried to break a 20+ year addiction with screaming teenagers and a Deaf 10 year old in your house? Especially when your bad mood affects every aspect of your life, including the moods and behavior of your family? Again, not an excuse. This is my reality.

    There aren’t any rehab centers for smokers. I can’t go away to break this addiction’s hold over me. I have to suck it up and try not to freak the fuck out on my kids and husband, all the while everyone is telling me how much better my life will be and I know that’s true….. in the long term. But can I really ask my family to just deal with it? Just don’t talk to me for like a month and everything will be ok? Because quitting isn’t just a decision you have to make every morning for the rest of your life. In the beginning, it’s literally every nano-second of every day that you have to concentrate on not lighting up. It’s a matter of not only breaking addiction, but relearning to live my life WITHOUT a cigarette in my hand.

    I’ll give quitting a go again some day, but my most recent attempt back in June was a completely horrible experience and if you ask my family they will say the same. I was quit for a week any every nano-second of that week was miserable for me and everyone around me. Quitting doesn’t give me an excuse to treat my family like shit and for that reason I lit up.

    Congratulations to all of those that have quit for good. There’s some kind of courage in you that I haven’t found yet and you should be very proud.

    To all of those non-smokers that have a bunch of judgmental crap to spew, suck a big fat one, because you have absolutely no clue.

    1. Donna says:

      You are so right. When a person is addicted to cigarettes and tries to quit, every thought has smoking attached to it. I tried for years to quit, I felt like I would have a cigarette in my hand in my casket. I knew the dangers of smoking because I worked as a Registered Nurse on a Critical care unit. I took care of the ventilator patients with end stage COPD who were dying and there was nothing that could be done for them. I lived this for years. I started smoking at age 11. I quit 5 or 6 times before I was finally able to quit for good. This was the most miserable time in mt life. I would dream of smoking. I would spend my last dollar on a pack of cigarettes.

      If you do not smoke, or have never smoked you have no idea! You would do well to support the smoker who wants to quit and has not found their way yet. I was finally able to quit with Chantix (3 prescriptions)and 2 weeks of prayer preparation before I was successful. That was 6 years ago. Thank you God. He gets the glory!

  5. Thell says:

    I find the information provided in this article interesting; the ways in which your health improves after stopping smoking. I have to say though, whoever wrote the article’s introduction ‘Probably many people know the dangers of smoking, but are not quitting this habit… etc’ has irked me a tad. I smoked for eight years, and tried to stop on numerous occasions. Often, I would smoke, miserable, scared and frightened about my health. I didn’t carry on because I didn’t care about the dangers, or, want to know the ‘truth’, I smoked because I was addicted to a drug, more addictive than heroin. A drug, that is legal, makes the government a pretty penny, and I was introduced to at a young, impressionable age by my peers. I stopped back in 2007, after reading a very useful book. It is one of the best decisions I have ever made. However, after being smoke free for over seven years, I don’t look at smokers with a sense of dismissive ridicule, but with a sense of pity. I know how hard it is to stop. It is not a ‘habit’, it is a drug addiction.

    It is true, some people don’t want to stop, and that is their choice, however, if like me, I used to give off the impression that I too didn’t care, when inside I was very unhappy. It doesn’t help when you have naysayers, like the person who worded this introduction, making you feel small and pathetic; shame on you.

    If you are trying to stop, I wish you all the luck in the world. It is a great accomplishment to stop, and not an easy one. For anyone who is interested, I used Allen Carr’s methods, as did my father, and my partner. I really recommend them.

    Good luck.

  6. Debra says:

    I quit 27 years ago because my daughters Doctor told me that they stunk of smoke, their hair and clothes and I felt so guilty that I threw my pack in the trash and never smoked again. It was very hard for about 2wks but then it passed. It was the BEST thing I ever did. I know its hard but it must be done for your health and the health of your families. When I quit and then got my Husband to quit 3yrs later, my daughters STOP getting sick with ear infections, sore throats and of course coughs.

  7. vicki kastler says:


    I am a health/wellness nurse in Lincoln Nebraska and was wondering if you had a larger view of the cigarette (viewed on this page) with all of the info about what happens once you stop?
    We would like to put together a poster board for education for our 2000+ employees…..
    Let me know if that would be possible!
    Thanks for your assistance!

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