Giving up smoking, stop smoking, what happens when you give up smoking
Adam Chapman

What They Don’t Tell You About Giving Up Smoking

Ever wondered who “They” are? They or T,H.E.Y is the government’s propaganda unit that brainwashes everyone into thinking that everyone is saying a certain thing.

Of course, I’m kidding (I hope) but I have always loved the phrase as most of the time I’ve never heard anyone say what “They Say”.

Now I’ve gotten that out of the way let’s get into the real crux of this piece.

I’ve decided to give up smoking, here’s a real account of the journey so far.

It’s 2018, gone are the days where doctors recommended cigarettes, gone are the days of clean-cut smoking advertisements on the side of the road and gone are the days when you can light up a cigarette within four walls that aren’t your home. The general consensus is this:


There’s enough evidence both scientific and anecdotal to realise that lighting up leads to a life of addiction and multiple health problems. Honestly 8/9 years ago when I started smoking I knew all this yet for some reason still decided it’d be a good idea to become a smoker. Maybe it was all the fancy packaging (it wasn’t, let’s nip that in the bud), maybe it was peer pressure but I reckon it was just something I sort of fell into?

I can’t remember my first cigarette that’s how natural it was but all these years later, just after my 26th birthday I decided enough is enough and I’m going to take on the perilous undertaking and give up smoking hopefully for good.

I will admit that I haven’t fully taken myself off of nicotine due to now becoming part of the vape nation and the millennial nightmare but I haven’t smoked anything.

Coming up to a month in I thought now would be a great time to fill others in with an honest account of what it’s truly like to give up your tobacco companion.

Before I undertook this I was informed through multiple online forums and graphic-filled posts on social media that as soon as 20 minutes, that’s right a third of an hour, after taking my last puff I’d already begin to see the positive effects of my tobaccoless life.

Give up smoking, what happens when you give up smoking

And you know what I did, after my first 24 hours I felt great, probably due to the increased arrogance I had of “Yeah this is easy” I don’t know what I was so afraid of. 3 days after giving up I went out and drank for the first time, this was going to be the first major test. Lord knows a pint and a smoke goes together like strawberries and cream, but again, I did it, not one cigarette smoked.

Towards the end of the first-week things were getting a little tough on the willpower front, I remember waking up one morning being like “screw it all, I’m young enough to continue smoking for a few more years” before turning to YouTube and watching interviews with ex-smokers (great tip right there) and swiftly stopping my desire to visit the local off-licence and pick up a pack of smokes.

The second week was great, oh my god it was great, I started exercising more, getting out on my bike and having a great time. This is the new me, the better me, the me that I always should have been.

Then the 3rd week. To clarify, after 10 days my cravings for a cigarette had totally vanished, I’d be offered smokes multiple times and turned them down at every opportunity and at every level of intoxication. The third week, however, was when something strange started to happen. I started feeling tired, sluggish even, headachey, arm achey, stomach achey, EVERYTHING ACHEY. Not only that but I’d developed an absolutely disgusting cough, worse than anything that I’d ever had whilst puffing away on cigarettes. I knew this would come, it’s my lungs cleaning out years of abuse but my god it hit me like a ton of bricks. Add on top of this an incredibly bad nausea and increased anxiety and It’s fair to say I’ve not been having the best of times recently.

This is due to the body reacting to not being pumped full of over 4000 chemicals hourly every day. Who’d have known that suddenly changing your daily routine from being a human test tube would have such a cold turkey effect? I thought previously it was all going to be skipping in the park and smelling the roses how very wrong I was.

I’ve constantly got to tell myself that this will all be worth it in the end, I’ve come this far it’d be a pointless waste of a month if I turned back now but dear me is it unpleasant.

If you want to give up smoking you’ve got to be very aware of what is to come. A few weeks of feeling like unadulterated horse fart is definitely worth an extended life, more money in your bank account and the smugness of being an ex-smoker. Plus with all the slack it gets vaping isn’t too bad an option, I don’t reckon I’d of gone the longest I’ve been without a smoke since the age of 17 without that little electronic device.

Wish me luck as I continue to a healthier life.

Have you given up smoking recently? I’d love for you to leave a comment on the facebook page, tweet The Bickering Press or email me at and share your story.