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Today is Day 11 since quit smoking - When will the benefits start?

Today is the 11th day since I stopped smoking, and for those of you who go: Whaaat? Only 11? Plse know that thats a real big thing for me! Never made it this far before!! I am strong and will conquer, but I want to know when I am going to start feeling wonderful like they all promised! My sense of smell, taste, etc, when will that improve? When will my energy levels increase? When will I start to feel healthy like they promised? I was looking forward to all these rewards, but they haven't come yet and I must say I feel a little cheated! I will not go back to being a smoker as I ain't gonna go through these last 11 days again, but can anybody point me towards the info that I am looking for or any ex smokers who can share their quitting experiences with me please?

Manta: How true your statement is and I actually nearly fell off my chair when I read your posting, simple and effective and oh so true! Thank you. To Unquiet and all the others who are thinking of stopping or who know deep down that they should, the fact that I have just hit 11 days is a miracle, and if I can then anybody can! I wasn't an "unhealthy" smoker, didn't have a cough, didn't look like a smoker, skin is bright, no breathlessness at all, but I saw a woman who was about 55 at the end of last year sitting at our local coffee shop pulling on a cig and I got the fright of my life! She looked awful awful awful and I don't want to be her in 20 years!I am commited 100% to staying on track and NOT smoking! I just wondered when I was going to see all the wonderful results that were promised to me! I suppose 11 days is asking too much after the years of abuse I put my body through and all I have to look forward to is health. Thank you all for your encouragment, it means ALOT!xx
61 mths ago

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Well done so far.The benefits started 11 days ago.

61 mths ago

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Hey Base. Wow, 11 days!!!! Great stuff. It takes 14 days for the taste in your mouth to go away after you stop smoking. Your brain is graving like mad at the moment and that is why you don't have all your senses back. Don't feel cheated yet, the rewards will come, it is only 11 days since you stopped. Well done for now ;)

61 mths ago

Here is a list of short-term benefits that you'll receive when you stop smoking. Your body will start to heal itself from the damage caused by smoking. Your blood pressure, pulse and body temperature which were all elevated by nicotine will return to normal. Please consult your physician if you have been taking prescribed medication for high blood pressure before discontinuing your medication. The carbon monoxide and oxygen levels in your blood will return to normal. The nerve endings in your body will start to grow back to normal. Your body's circulation will improve which will help to make your lungs stronger, which in turn makes any form of exercise much easier to do. Your lung capacity will increase making it easier for you to breathe. Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath will decrease. When all of the nicotine has been eliminated from your body (in about 48 hours) your taste and smell will begin to improve. You will reduce your chances of having a heart attack or stroke. The possibilities of having cancer of the lungs, throat, bladder and kidneys decreases

61 mths ago

I really want to quit as well and tried but failed so many times. I think the rewards will not be the things you mentioned above. Here are my reason for wanting to quit: I don't stink anymore and my house does not stink anymore It does not rule my life anymore, I don't have to always go into a smoking zone if I want to smoke. I won't worry anymore about how damn long that flight is before I can have a smoke. It has nothing to do with your health but your quality of life...that is why I want to quit.

61 mths ago

Sin has given a good list..here is a bit more after 2 months you will cough less, you wont be so short of breath, the fine little hairs in your lungs will grow again and you will have better resistance to phlegm and infections, after one year your risk of heart attack has fallen to the halfway mark between that of a smoker and one who has never smoked, after 5 yrs you have cut your risk of dying of lung cancer by half, and risk of mouth cancer, throat and esophageal cancer by half. After 10 years your chance of lung cancer is the same as that of someone who has never smoked.

61 mths ago

Hi, read the benefits (the last paragraph) on here :) http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/woman/health/health/article1897658.ece

61 mths ago

What do you mean only 11,I say WELL DONE,keep it up.The feel good takes time and is gradual,people will say your skin looks great,and it will.I had a spell of depression after 6 months and tried to smoke again but it didnt work,got sick as a dog.Watch the diet,try and control it now, and you will benefit later.I have stopped now for almost 6yrs and it now looks strange when someone puts a fag in the mouth and lights up.It also stinks,I still dont understand why I took it up in the first place.If ever you need some moral support contact me on spaces.

61 mths ago

Congrats! Well done! Please just tell me how you did it. I tried , lasted 2 days and started again. (I was sick at the time)

61 mths ago

Hi my name is Riverqueen and i`m a smoker and just took a long puff of my cigarette and had a cup of coffee ;) who the hell wants to be crancky and those cravings? for what? Dont take the last bit of enjoyment away from me. They my friends and dont talk back to me ;)

61 mths ago

11 days and no results ? In that case , I am not even going to try LOL ! Base Addict , are you not even feeling less breathless ?

61 mths ago

I think your wife/hubby is going to regret you stopping smoking - see what this woman got in the USA. http://www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_2472376,00.html Do not ask me when the "benefits" ae gonna kick in. Your lungs apparently start to recover just after a couple of days and may continue to do so for many years to come. Remember if you smoked 15 years - it might take that long to get rid of all toxins, things do NOT improve within 11 days if you buggered it up for X years. Be realistic. Stick to quitting. Sorry I never smoked.

61 mths ago

I wish I could experience it with you, but I cant put the damn stuff aside!!

61 mths ago

Good for you BA.. the benefits are instant, working from inside out. you start "tasting" food again, your skin starts looking healthier not sallow and oxygen starved. You smell nice and not like the inside of an ashtray. Your lungs begin to clean themselves slowly, 11 days would be too soon to notice anything immediate but you are well on your way to better health. :)

61 mths ago

My turn next. :-(

61 mths ago

I stopped on the 2nd of November, so thats almost three and a half months, and I can promise you, it is worth waiting for, like for example, after about a month, go to agood indian restaurant and have a curry.... Taste explosion my friend, you will not believe it. You will start to notice easier breathing from now on, and the energy increase starts very soon after that, if your very active, you will find your levels of endurance ( and in the bedroom ) increase dramatically. Just don't give up, I had a bad time at about three weeks, where I wondered if all was worth it, I must tell you, that I am very happy I stuck it out. Best of luck, if you need a pep talk, just shout.

Source: My own experience

61 mths ago

BA....CONGRATS......I wish I could do it....I have no will power whatsoever, and as most of you know I have the background of COPD on my lungs..I need to stop as a matter of urgency...Please tell me what motivated you

61 mths ago

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