What Happens to Your Body After You Quit Smoking?

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What Happens to Your Body When You Quit Smoking?

A couple of weeks ago, I woke up one morning and decided it was time to quit smoking. I have been a smoker for nearly 15 years now, which at 32 is almost half of my life. Besides I figured it can't be that hard to quit smoking, after all, it is just cigarettes right?

The first day of not smoking went pretty good, nothing but a minuscule headache, no big deal. The next day was a tad bit harder, nothing unbearable though, just a slight cough. But the third day and the next week or so after that made me realize why I should have never smoked to begin with. That third day I coughed so bad I was gagging with every cough. Not to mention the fact that my hands felt numb, and my head was spinning. My doctor said that happens to some people when they quit smoking, it is caused by your circulation and oxygen levels getting better. I also found myself wanting to eat like every ten minutes. Which I nipped in the bud on like the fourth day, when quitting smoking, I don't want to replace one bad habit with another one.

While I was depressed and crazy for like the first whole week of giving up smoking, I did notice how much better I was breathing. I even caught myself taking almost too deep of a breath because my body was not used to it. I can still hear my chest rumbling a little because my body is still releasing the years of toxins I have been putting into it. I even sweat it out in my sleep the smell is horrible, I have changed my bed sheets nearly every other night since I gave up smoking. Smoke in general stinks to me now, all these years of smoking and I never realized how truly hideous it smelt.

I have also noticed my food taste so much better to me now. I even realized I don't like the taste of certain foods like soda and salty chips anymore. About a week after I quit I grabbed me a diet Dr. Pepper and almost gagged when I drank it.

Smoking kills millions of people a year and I am so glad I have quit smoking. I used to swear up and down that smoking was okay and that me smoking wasn't harming me as much as I wanted to admit it was. I now realize how ignorant I was for thinking that. I know that one day we all have to die, I just don't want to die from suffocation caused by years of smoking.

Health VS Tobacco

Smoking can cause

1.Bad breath, staining sometimes even lead to the loss of your teeth.

2.Body odor giving your sweat a sulfur smell yuck.

3.Morning cough with an excessive amount phlegm sexy huh, not.

4.Lack of oxygen which leads to poor circulation.

5.Extreme lassitude

6.Smoking can even change the appearance of your house if your curtains or walls are white, smoke stains them, smoke for about a month and then look at them. If it can do that to your walls imagine what it is doing to the inside of your body.

7.Emphysema

8.Cancer

9.Eventually Death


There are no good side effects of smoking only bad; while it may suck quitting smoking, once you have you will feel so much better, you are worth it. Good luck!!!!

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Things to Help You Quit

Here are a couple of things I used to help me quit smoking, I hope you find them helpful.


1. A lot of times quitting can be easier if it is done through a slow process, which includes using "stop smoking aids" such as Nicorette or other types of nicotine alternatives.

2. Exercise instead of grabbing for a cigarette, I would walk around the house or jump on my elliptical machine for a couple of minutes.

3. Drink lots of water, I thought this one was somewhat weird but it actually works, at least for me it did.

4. Spend more time doing fun things with your family and friends.

5.Start a money jar and save the money you would have spent smoking for a few months, seeing how much money you are saving by not smoking is a pretty good motivator.



There are hundreds of other different ways to help you quit, these are just a couple that worked for me.


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Georgie Lowery 4 years ago from Slaton, Texas USA

Congratulations on quitting! I hope I'll soon be on that path with you. I'm 41 and have smoked non-stop since I was 14. Great Hub, thank you for sharing! :)


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prettynutjob30 4 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet. Author

Thank you for the comment and I hope it works out for you chewing gum seems to help me.


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kj force 4 years ago from Florida

prettynutjob30...Congrats Girl ! You are making the right moves towards better health..if I might suggest to you..fill the tub with warm water ( add a bit of baking soda) light a candle scent of your choice and sip on a glass of ICE COLD water...keep adding HOT water to the tub ...soak for about 30 minutes

notice the colour of the water when you get out !!!YUK..that draws the nicotine out through the pores of your body....keep up the great work and thanks for sharing...


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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

Congrats to you, my friend. Your points are all true and well taken and I can't begin to argue with any of them. I have, however, smoked for some 60 years (one can only imagine how bad I smell and how rancid my house is) and probably won't quit because it's the only vice I have left -- and everyone needs at least one vice intact when they leave this planet. Hope you know I'm kidding you and how very proud I am that you've beaten a nasty habit -- and I'd encourage everyone to do the same. As for my part...well, I'll probably be looking for my last cigarette when the first shovel of dirt hits me in the face. Good going, girl friend, what you've accomplished takes a lot of courage and intestinal fortitude! Best/Sis


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prettynutjob30 4 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet. Author

Thank you guys I feel so much better.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I am so impressed with your being able to quit. I hope you bounce back to a normal lifestyle soon. It's not easy to do, but keep focused and it will pay off.


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prettynutjob30 4 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet. Author

Thank you so much teaches12345.


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Esrom Art 4 years ago from Indonesia

I like your hub! Many writer only tell how to stop smoking, but you gave me different perspective based on your experience. I did not know that stop smoking will caused head spinning, depress, etc. Keep on your healthy life. Thanks


whowas 4 years ago

Congratulations and well done. Stopping smoking needn't be such a big deal once you are ready to quit. Most of the addiction is simple brainwashing by large, money-grabbing corporate interests that don't mind killing you to get your cash.

I quit over three years ago now and it has been easy all the way. I know I'll never smoke again.

Welcome to the world of the happy, breathing people!


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prettynutjob30 4 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet. Author

Thank you guys for commenting.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Mary - this is really great that you have written on such from your personal perspective as well as research studies! Excellent. Tobacco is surely one of the hardest addictions to quit. Both my son and daughter smoke (not in the house!), and have both quit for long periods, but then seem to pick it back up again. I am really concerned for my grandchildren, although my son goes outside to smoke, it is still on his clothing, etc., for the third-hand smoke. My husband and I have never spoked, which just seems strange that our children do smoke. I am going to share this with my son and daughter. Who knows? If you have even helped just one person here, dear one, this hub has served its purpose! God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

It was so hard for you, but you've managed to really beat the habit! Glad that it worked out! Thanks for sharing your own experience and raising awareness of how bad smoking is! Sharing this via FB and here as well.


v1p3r 4 years ago

Excellent Hub

Voted Up


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DDE 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

A bad habit that many people fail to understand the consequences of glad you beat smoking


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prettynutjob30 4 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet. Author

Thank you guys, I am happy to say I beat my nasty habit still have a little bit of the nicotine smell in my sweat at night but I guess that's normal considering how long I smoked.


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Insightful Tiger 3 years ago

Thank you for this hub. This was one of my bad habits, but I feel so much better by not smoking anymore. Congratulations!


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ketage 3 years ago from Croatia

Gratz on quitting smoking. A very motivational hub :) with good tips, I go buy myself some chewing gum.


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prettynutjob30 3 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet. Author

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