Long Term Negative Side Effects of Quitting Tobacco They Will Not Tell You About

The best answer is to just never start.
The best answer is to just never start. | Source

Before We Start, A Note about the Varying Nature of Tobacco Addiction:

The struggles one has on an individual basis quitting tobacco varies contingent on a number of factors. The worst cases I’ve encountered are long term (more than 5 years) chewing tobacco addictions. The reason for this is that with smokeless tobacco nicotine is delivered all at once and at levels as many as 12 times in that of cigarettes.

That said, any long term tobacco addiction usually makes for a formidable opponent to do battle with.

I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention that it is likely that a small percentage of people are either resistant to tobacco addiction or don’t have a hard time quitting. With most drugs you usually have a segment of the population that falls into this category; though personally when I have looked further into former addicts claiming to have had an easy time quitting tobacco, for examples having spoken with their spouses, the reality has always been that the former addict just had a bad memory and the actual process of beating the addiction was quite difficult.


I’m closing in on my 19th month completely tobacco free: no patches, no gum, no vapor cigarettes. Just over a year and a half ago I quit dipping cold turkey after almost twenty years of struggling with this addiction. After countless attempts and employing varying strategies, I finally forsook the pernicious habit.

Over the years I’ve experienced almost every horrific consequence of trying to get tobacco out of my life many times over. In addition, life experience has seen me spend time with 100s of people that have struggled to quit some manner of tobacco. As a result, I empathize with my fellow humans doing battle with this drug.

And though in this article I will be coming down very harshly on the medical community that insists on both downplaying the hold of this addiction on the individual and sugarcoating the ease with which one might quit, I want it to be perfectly clear I still support quitting tobacco, regardless of the suffering and side effects such a traumatic undertaking puts on one’s body.

The majority of the information I will be providing in this article will be a combination of qualitative and subjective in nature, not because it is my preference, (If you know anything about me, you know statistics are my preference.) but because the machine that is the delusional anti-tobacco movement has made quality statistical information on the tobacco problem all but inaccessible.

And before you laugh me out of the room, keep in mind that when the tobacco companies controlled the statistics, it was qualitative and subjective information that kept the majority of citizens out of the big tobacco death machine. Though this sort of data can at times be fraught with false equivalencies, more often than not it leads to an accurate assessment.

I will also be using some quantitative information from memory of past articles about tobacco I’ve read before the anti-tobacco monster gobbled them up.

Phineas Gage
Phineas Gage | Source

The Biggest Lie of them all: Quitting Tobacco Only Takes 7 Days

Where to even begin in regards to the idiocy of this statement? I guess the first thing I’ll do is enlighten you as to the miniscule bit of truth in this faulty logic. After 7 days without tobacco, there is probably no longer tobacco in your system, though even that isn’t always accurate, the process sometimes taking the better part of a month.

It really isn’t very consequential in the grand scheme of things how long it takes to get the tobacco out of your body, because not having the tobacco doesn’t really do anything but get the ball rolling and cause the long term addict’s brain to start screaming bloody murder for the drug it is accustomed to having. It most certainly doesn’t mark the end of the addiction. Why? If you will suffer through the story of Phineas Gage with me, I think it will become clear.

For those of you that don’t know, Phineas Gage is a person of interest in the medical field because he survived a tamping iron being blown into his jaw and passing all the way out the top of his head in an explosives misfire while working for the railroad.

While many friends and acquaintances describe Gage as a completely different man after the explosion, this isn’t altogether accurate. It is true that for a time Gage seemed to lose most of his impulse control. As a result of the accident, he basically became a vulgar, foul-mouthed man, yet what is often overlooked is that during the course of his 12 remaining years he actually slowly recovered his social graces.

His brain was basically able to rewire itself. A part of his frontal lobe was gone forever, so new paths had to be forged to recover normalcy, and his brain, amazingly enough, was actually able to do this.

A fascinating story, but what the hell does it have to do with beating tobacco dependency? When you become addicted to a drug, your brain chemistry changes. This change doesn’t happen overnight. It doesn’t happen over a year. It takes years. For example, with tobacco, when you first start using, it feels just wonderful. You feel like Superman. You don’t have to sleep. You don’t have to eat. You feel invincible.

Your brain knows this isn’t normal, and unlike you, your brain craves normalcy, so it starts its slow process of trying to get you back to the person you were. Fast forward 5 years or so and tobacco doesn’t make you high at all anymore. In fact, you need it constantly to just function at a level similar to that of before you started using.

Basically over the course of the last 5 years the chemistry of your brain has been altered to function normally in spite of the tobacco. When you choose to quit, all of this has to be undone, which is quite a traumatic process and will probably never be quite complete.

Trajectory of Tamping Iron
Trajectory of Tamping Iron | Source

So to say that the seventh day of your sobriety marks the end of your tobacco dependency because there is no longer tobacco in your body is the equivalent of saying that Phineas Gage’s brain trauma was healed the moment his 1¼ inch round 3 foot 7 inch long tamping iron finished passing through his brain. It’s nonsense! The damage is done, and the healing process takes years!!1

So how long does completely recovering from tobacco addiction take? You probably never quite get there, but you can get darn close. For example, the first time I got a dip of tobacco, I was high as a kite, a high that eventually ended with me laying shirt off on my stomach on the back porch and trying not to vomit. No matter how long I stay off tobacco, I will likely never be able to recapture that first high if I use again, which in turn indicates my body chemistry will never return to the pristine state of my seminal tobacco usage.

So how long does effectively “beating” a tobacco addiction take? For this we can look to statistics regarding recidivism, that is if they hadn’t all been replaced with nonsense. Without them I have to go back to the memory of an article I read around a decade ago. It said that percentages for smokers staying off tobacco become favorable when an entire year is completed free of the drug, and success rates become very high when smokers are able to spend 3 whole years without a cigarette.

Again referencing memory, with smokeless tobacco the success rates exceed 50% after about 3 years, but don’t get into the high success rates until a person has been clean in excess of 5 years.

As for the pain becoming manageable, in my experience, this doesn’t happen until the completion of about 3 months free and clear of the drug.

Why would they even bother making products like these if quitting only took 7 days?
Why would they even bother making products like these if quitting only took 7 days? | Source

More Analysis into the Naiveté of a 7 Day Addiction Recovery

Just some food for thought: If it actually only took 7 days to quit using tobacco, why would anybody be addicted to it if they didn’t want to be? Any tobacco addict can make it 7 days. Just take a week off work. Even if you can’t, if feeling good again is only 7 days away, if that is where the prize truly is, it is still easily accomplished.

How weak would you have to be to not be able to make it 7 days without tobacco? The whole concept is ridiculous. As an addict, I made it 7 days without a dip sometimes on accident. In my experience it doesn’t even really start hurting that bad until your 10 days in or so.

I mean, if it were really a 7 day addiction, why not just buy a big bottle of Nyquil and every time you start hurting just take a dose and go to sleep? The 7 days would be over before you knew it.

And if it truly only took 7 days to break the addiction, why would we even avoid tobacco? Why wouldn’t we utilize this wonderful drug every time life got hectic? When things slowed down again, we could just stop for 7 days and be all better again.

I cannot emphasize enough how big these idiots are that try to sale us this nonsense!

Just look at products designed to step us down from tobacco addiction. Nicoderm patches, gum, generic knockoffs, they almost all require at least a 6 month stepping down process. Why on earth would anybody buy these aids if they could just tough it out through 7 days and be clean?

Seriously, how would that even work: spend 6 months tapering down and then you’d just have to spend the same 7 days getting it out of your system at the end.

I know I’m belaboring the point, but I just want you folks to understand how ridiculous this idea is. You’re being lied to, and for no good result, either. I mean, how would you feel if you bought into this 7 day system only to find out that after the 7th day you have another 1,000 plus days to be tacked onto it. It’s crippling!

Is it not better to know the truth going in?

Expect to gain more than a few pounds.
Expect to gain more than a few pounds. | Source

You’ll Only Gain 5-10 Pounds, and You’ll Lose it as soon as You’re Better

I’ve never known a single human being to gain fewer than 20 pounds if they made an honest effort at quitting tobacco, much less if they actually succeed. Even people that are genetically predisposed to be skinny gain more than 20 pounds. For those of us that are predisposed to be fat and started using tobacco to lose weight in the first place, forget about it.

In my experience, at some point you do lose a bit of weight in the recovery process, but the only people that I’ve seen return to near their previous weight are the ones that never were fat in the first place. For example, I gained 80 pounds as a result of quitting dipping. Eventually I lost 30 pounds and things have settled down. Right now my weight hovers at around 300 pounds versus the 250 pounds I weighed when I dipped.

And the weight gain isn’t always a result of overeating. In the beginning of the quitting process it usually is, but there is evidence that the trauma of quitting tobacco actually can bring on problems like low testosterone. I know a number of people who coincidentally were diagnosed with low-T when they quit tobacco. I am in the process of finding out, but I believe that is what has happened to me.

How can the anti-tobacco cult arrive at the 5-10 pound lie? I think it has to do with the 7 day addiction breaking process lie. You can’t physically gain more than 10 pounds in 7 days, and therefore, (according to their logic) if a tobacco addiction can’t take more than 7 days to break, the resulting weight gain is extremely limited.

The truth is that if I’m going to remain in the 300 pound range as a result of quitting dipping, I’m in great peril from the fallout. Thinks like joint degeneration, cholesterol, high blood pressure, and heart disease are deadly.

Depression is an unavoidable consequence in the fight against addiction.
Depression is an unavoidable consequence in the fight against addiction. | Source


Former tobacco users often get on anti-depressants. Severe depression often lasts for months when one tries to break this dependency, and it doesn’t necessarily go away, but it does usually dull over time.

As a result, people who stop using tobacco are far more likely to hurt themselves or others. In the doldrums of my breaking this addiction, I had thoughts so dark I will not repeat them here. I will only say I’m glad I don’t have such severe feelings of hopelessness now and pray I never do again.

Digestive Problems/Ulcers

You will have digestive problems of some kind as a result of quitting tobacco. Pretty much all stimulants mess with your bowels. When you remove the stimulant of tobacco there are long-lasting repercussions. I had never had any major digestive problems in my life. A little over a year after I quit dipping, I wound up in urgent care with a severe impaction.

I got off easy. Many people who stop using tobacco develop ulcers as a result of the stress on their stomachs.

If You Used for more than a few Years, There is still a Good Chance It will Kill You

Of all the information I’ve given here, this is the only bit of information I might see some merit in keeping from people because you can’t do much about it. For example, if you dip 10 years and quit, and get throat cancer 10 years after that, the cancer was still probably brought on by your dipping, and you better believe the anti-tobacco fanatics will say it was brought on by the tobacco use even if it’s skin cancer.

If you were a long term smoker, diseases like emphysema and COPD might also show up years after you quit.

But let’s not take this information out of context. If you quit using tobacco, it is highly unlikely you haven’t extended your life, and even with all the possible side effects, quitting is still your most promising option for a more pleasant life while you’re here.

Why do They Lie to Us?

This to me is the million dollar question. After decades of dealing with lies from the tobacco companies, why are the anti-tobacco groups, who are supposed to be the good guys in all of this, doing the same thing? And it’s obvious they are lying. Just open your eyes. And if they’re willing to lie about this, than why should we believe any new information that comes to light?

I think it all started as do-gooded-ness gone crazy. The whole thing reminds me of those old exercise tapes where they tell you, “Just one more,” over and over again. I hated those tapes. They really think it’s advisable to lie to people to get them started on the road to recovery. Personally, if I had ever put any stock into what they say, I never would have been able to quit.

Final Thoughts:

The result of all this anti-tobacco bullsh**, sadly, is the vilification of addicts. The insanity of companies trying to force people to quit, which never works with addiction. The hypocrisy of 15 hospital workers standing outside smoking illegally on campus.

The idiocy of people needing help to quit having to deal with the arrogance of doctors that have never had an addiction in their life glaring at them, thinking to themselves, This lazy bastard can’t even go 7 days without tobacco, when the reality is any tobacco addict can go 7 days without tobacco.

It’s all so f***ing delusional. It’s all so toxic. This isn’t how we put a stop to addiction.

I know some of you guys probably think I’m crazy. Please, trust me here. I understand addiction. I know firsthand how addiction is beaten. What they’re doing, it’s wrong!

I’ll end with this. Addictions are usually started with lies, but you sure as sh** can’t beat one with them!


1. Phineas Gage Biography on Wikipedia

2. Missinformation regarding the ease of quitting tobacco is so persistent and offensive in nature, I don't even see the point of dignifying it with a source.


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DreamerMeg 3 months ago from Northern Ireland

You are so right. My husband has been a smoker for over 60 years and would love to stop but it's the only thing that keeps his ulcerative colitis at bay. I have seen his struggles and KNOW just how hard he has tried.

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lollyj lm 3 months ago from Washington KS

It's always easy for non-addicts to make quitting anything seem simple. It's also easy to sit back and judge people with addictions if the judgers have not walked in those shoes. You did a great job of presenting the reality of quitting.

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Au fait 3 months ago from North Texas

This article caught my eye from the feed this morning and just wanted to let you know I read it. I think you've done a great job and I especially appreciate that you said even genetically thin people not predisposed to be overweight do in fact gain after they quit tobacco. I appreciate that because very few people truly believe that excess weight is a product of genetics and that it can be so, so hard to fight genetics. Most people lose against genetics whether they ever smoked or not.

I have never smoked outside of trying it 2-3 times as a young teen, and I'm glad I never kept trying, and never succeeded in liking it, or becoming addicted. I hated it and still wonder why anyone would want to do it. Just the same, I have known many smokers, and some of them quit. Of those who quit, I know it was probably the hardest thing they ever did, and that it was a daily battle for the rest of their lives.

I agree that people should be told the truth. While it might cause some people to give up trying to quit smoking even before they do actually try, I think knowing what you're up against can give most people more determination to try harder, and they will need that determination many times. I think the truth might scare some people into not ever trying in the first place, but I think those people who do try, thinking it's going to be a breeze, are more likely to give up when the going gets tough just because they were misled into thinking it would be easy.

Very informative article, and I think it will be helpful to those people who want to quit.

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Say Yes To Life 3 months ago from Big Island of Hawaii

I've known numerous people who went through nicotine withdrawals. I had no idea it was painful.

My ex developed a hole in his colon when he quit smoking. He nearly got blood poisoning, and had to have that part of his colon surgically removed.

I'm wondering; how long does it take for continuous use of tobacco for the person to become addicted? With meth, one can get hooked the first time. With cocaine and heroin, it can take about 2 weeks. How long for tobacco?

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FlourishAnyway 3 months ago from USA

I used to work for the biggest tobacco company in the world and was an avid non-smoker myself but learned a lot abou addiction, the financial side and marketing. Good for you that you have kicked the habit and held strong no matter what. For me, the addiction was soda which I gave up on 9/11 of last year. I know I'm an all or nothing person and cannot afford to have even one Dr. Pepper, even though I'd give anything for one still. Stay strong.

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Mel Carriere 3 months ago from San Diego California

I was never deep enough into tobacco to get addicted to it, thank goodness. I tried it in high school for a few weeks, but I never got the "high" you speak of. Maybe if I had, I would have continued.

The tobacco industry has an agenda, the anti-tobacco industry has an agenda. Most of all, the insurance companies with the really bottomless pockets of cash have an agenda to get everyone to stop, and so of course they're not going to tell you how difficult it really is.

Good luck with your ongoing struggle to beat this beast. Great article.

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Paul Kuehn 3 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

I quit smoking 21 years ago after having been a moderate to heavy smoker for 28 years. It wasn't hard for me to quit because I convinced myself I would get lung cancer if I ever lit up again. I was able to quit because people close to me did not smoke and I avoided places where people smoked. I did not gain any weight after I quit smoking. In March of 2015, a cancerous tumor was found on my left kidney. I had it immediately removed (the kidney) and am getting screenings now every six months. I wouldn't be surprised that my years of smoking was a big factor in causing my kidney cancer. Being hooked on cigarettes is just like being an alcoholic. I wish there were support groups like AA for ex-smokers. Even though I have been smoke free for 21 years, an occasional thought of smoking does pass through me if I don't watch myself. Thanks for sharing a great hub which I am sharing with my HP followers.

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AliciaC 3 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a great article that is also very interesting, Larry. You've shared some very important information about quitting the use of tobacco. Good luck with your future health.

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billybuc 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

Great article with an interesting angle we rarely hear about....very good read, Larry!

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Larry Rankin 3 months ago from Oklahoma Author

DreamerMeg: with something like long term addiction it isn't as easy as just quitting. Yes, that is almost always the best answer, but there are repercussions to taking away the drug. It isn't all sunshine and lemon drops.

In your husband's case we have a real delicate balance with the stomach issues. Perhaps a way of getting nicotine that isn't cigarettes would be helpful: vaping or patches?

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Larry Rankin 3 months ago from Oklahoma Author

Lollyj lm: that's all I'm trying to do here: impart reality. I get furious with people who don't have a clue about addiction oversimplifying the withdrawal process and talking like they know what they're saying,

It isn't that non-addicts can't help. They certainly can, but if you want to help, please think about what you're saying.

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Larry Rankin 3 months ago from Oklahoma Author

Au fait: I could never stand smoking either. I always had an aversion to the smoke, which some folks enjoy. That's why I went with chewing tobacco, because I did enjoy the effects of nicotine.

Yes, you're best just to never get caught up in tobacco at all, but for me, a realistic look at quitting is far superior to a delusional one.

So glad to hear from you and thanks for the thoughtful comments.

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Larry Rankin 3 months ago from Oklahoma Author

Say Yes to Life: more proof that digestive problems are quite common with people that quit tobacco.

The time necessary for a person to become an addict varies with the individual. Most people will develop some level of tobacco dependency within only a few days of continuous use.

A short term addiction is easier to break than a long term one because it is only during long term addiction that the drug is able to really rewire our biological systems.

Thanks so much for dropping by.

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Larry Rankin 3 months ago from Oklahoma Author

FlourishAnyway: thanks for the support. I am glad to continue my path tobacco free. I'm looking forward to getting 2 years behind me.

My wife makes me a chip every time I finish a year. Just a little disk of plastic she decorates, but I'm so looking forward to my new chip:-)

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Larry Rankin 3 months ago from Oklahoma Author

Mel: yeah, it's these agendas that just drive me crazy!

It's my agenda for people to have a realistic understanding of the drug and realistic expectations of how quitting will effect them.

It's my agenda that people come to quitting as they can and not be bullied into it, which never works.

I didn't broach the insurance side of things here, but the conspiracy side of me almost thinks it is them wanting to vilify and marginalize all addicts so they don't have to provide coverage.

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Larry Rankin 3 months ago from Oklahoma Author

Paul: thanks so much for sharing.

Yeah, the saddest truth of all with tobacco is that if you quit it doesn't necessarily mean you won't still develop cancer or emphysema or something else as a result on down the road.

Not to say that you haven't still done yourself a great service by quitting, just that the threat has only been lessened, not negated.

I envy your ability to not gain weight. My weight issues are my biggest concern right now.

I often still dream that I have a dip of tobacco and wake up terrified that I have to start the whole addiction breaking process over again.

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Larry Rankin 3 months ago from Oklahoma Author

Alicia: thanks so much for the well wishes:-)

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Larry Rankin 3 months ago from Oklahoma Author

Bill: I don't know how you feel about it, but to me the last thing you need to do to an addict that has decided to quit is lie to them about what is in store for them.

I'm the sort of person likes to run through worst case scenarios, though.

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teaches12345 3 months ago

I would be hard pressed to give up chocolate and that's as close as I get to an addiction. Only those who have been through withdrawal can help us understand the effects. Thanks for sharing a different point of view for thought.

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Larry Rankin 3 months ago from Oklahoma Author

Teaches: thanks for the thoughtful comments.

Sweets are a valid comparison. Soda is especially bad. It can certainly kill you, and from a numbers stand point, I'm sure it leads to the death of more people than tobacco. That said, I think the biggest difference between hard drugs like tobacco and cocaine and stuff like that compared to things like sugar and caffeine is that history shows us that the majority of people can regulate their consumption of the latter and that the latter not only is ok in moderation, but actually can be benificial.

Deb Hirt 3 months ago

I smoked for 19 1/2 years, then went to Phoenix. What got me was seeing five people hauling around an oxygen tank at ONLY the Phoenix Zoo. I decided then that I was going to finish my carton, return home, then get on the Nicoderm patch. I was working a high stress job with the police department, yet I was done with the tobacco and the patch after eleven days. I threw away the tape and the printed material after I read the first paragraph in the Nicoderm box that said to allow myself a set period of time to quit, i.e., six months.

My mother smoked and she was killing herself with it.

Also, tobacco companies add their own crap to the tobacco to make you crave it. Tobacco in its pure form is nothing like what is in cigarettes. Formaldehyde is added to the processed tobacco.

Anyway, we both broke an addiction. If you have not discovered it already, cigarettes and processed tobacco rob your teeth of vitamin C. I am going through a great deal of dental work, but I am much healthier for having quit. Yes, I gained some weight, but I lost it. Probiotic yogurt will regulate your gut bacteria and stop you from craving sweets and fried foods and the other bad things in the grocery store put in front of us. I am the thinnest that I have ever been now as nearly a vegetarian. I cheat and eat a little meat upon occasion. But I DO have a good appetite. Great article!

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Larry Rankin 3 months ago from Oklahoma Author

Deb: thanks for dropping by. I always appreciate your comments.

Glad to hear you quit this awful habit.

The one thing about smoking, probably the reason I dipped instead of smoking, is just the way cigarettes take your lungs away.

Gcrhoads64 3 months ago

I admire the fact that you quit smoking cold turkey. I, too, am a smoker and I know the struggle as I have quit many times before, only to delude myself into thinking I could have just one more.

Remember to take it one day at a time.

Lawrence Hebb 3 months ago

I'm one of the fortunate ones that were 'uncool' growing up and never really started.

Having said that I've had lots of mates who did start and have struggled with breaking the habit.

Larry I applaud you for making the break and wanting to make the change despite the long hard road that it is.

Keep it up bro.


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moonlake 3 months ago from America

My husband tried to quit. He never could he got lung cancer it went to his brain. It was a terrible death and so sad to see a big strong man completely helpless.

I quit in 1983 and can tell you I could light up now the addiction never goes away. I've been through many hardships since I quit and have never lite up again. I also quit cold turkey.

So glad you have quit I wish you good luck with it.

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Larry Rankin 3 months ago from Oklahoma Author

Moonlake: thanks so much for sharing, and thank you for the kind words.

Congratulations on your resolve to quit and I am sad to hear that tobacco took someone you loved.

Boomer Music Man 3 months ago

When i got out of cigarette smoking 30 years ago, it was not easy. I went through pain. It was really bad, but i never gave up on the desire to quit smoking. Tobacco companies will never tell us the truth, because it brings in the big bucks for them. You'll never get a straight up answer from medical experts. Thanks you for the information. Superbly writte.

paula 2 months ago

Larry...The very best article on smoking, addiction, tobacco & cessation I have ever read! Because you laid out the fact in clear concise language, told the truth and simply left the rest to your readers. This is amazing! Thank you for sharing your knowledge and your experience with honesty included! Congratulations and best of luck going forward. Wish you health & happiness.

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Larry Rankin 2 months ago from Oklahoma Author

Boomer: thanks so much for stopping by. To me we have two groups of influence: the tobacco companies that want to get you hooked, and the health insurance/ medical folks that want to get you addiction free.

They both lie, and somewhere in between is the truth.

Thanks so much for stopping by and congrats on being tobacco free.

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Larry Rankin 2 months ago from Oklahoma Author

Paula: thanks so much for the beautiful and kind write up:-)

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cclitgirl 6 weeks ago from Western NC

Another interesting read and I like the Phineas Gage story tied in. I haven't ever smoked, but I had an uncle who did and my parents made us watch his lung surgery. I was 13 at the time and vowed to never smoke.

That said, I didn't know you actually got a buzz from tobacco, either. And, I admit, never thought about the changes in brain chemistry. But it makes sense. For anything to become a habit (or not), repetition of a years-long practice - for just about any habit! - can't be ceased in 7 days. Very interesting writeup!

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Larry Rankin 6 weeks ago from Oklahoma Author

Thanks so much for the feedback. I'm glad my Phineas Gage analogy was of interest.

Thomas 3 days ago

I quit cold turkey after 20 years of smoking. I exercise almost everyday. I'M 42 years old. I not only quit smokjng, but drinking alcohol and caffeine all in one. I've lost 18 lbs and I'm a chef, it's just all about changing your habits. I will say that I found this article because I can't sleep at night and constantly feel like my heart is pounding out of control. I feel nervous, anxious and jittery on a daily basis. When will this end??

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Larry Rankin 2 days ago from Oklahoma Author

Thomas: I don't know. One of the big reasons I wrote this essay was to establish that while quitting tobacco is a positive thing, it isn't all easy street after you've quit for a week like they try to say. There are all manner of long lasting consequences to kicking the habit.

It could be that you've always had an underlying anxiety problem and you were self-medicating to cope with it?

Thanks so much for dropping by, and I hope you find relief. Congratulations on quitting your addictions.

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