Managing to quit smoking cold turkey is not an easy task, and involves quite a bit of a challenge to make it succeed. A person needs to be extremely committed and dedicated if he wants to succeed in his quest to stop smoking on his own. Mental stability, an active life and the strength to stay away from any potential influences are the main keys in obtaining the much needed result.

Many people are looking for fast and efficient solutions that will help them quit smoking, and almost all of them are interested in 30 day plans that will bring them the needed result without too many complications. The reality is that no one can guarantee such a program, mainly because each organism reacts in its own rhythm and by its very own set of rules.

In order to successfully quit smoking cold turkey in just 30 days, it is important to know and fully understand what all the side effects are, and to be prepared to overcome them without falling into temptation and make the symptoms more manageable. Here is the timeline for all the main symptoms and side effects that are caused by the decision to quit smoking:


  1. Day 1 through 7 – several side effects will occur, including:
  • Chronic cravings – these craving are a constant effect during the entire first week, but their peaks will be around day 2. Once the person trying to quit smoking will overcome this point, the cravings will diminish in intensity and everything will become much easier.
  • Mood swings / irritability – these symptoms are directly related to the constant cravings linked to quit smoking.
  • Fatigue – the entire process of giving up smoking can definitely be quite difficult and it is known to cause severe fatigue. It is recommended to get as much rest as possible and try to find some solutions in which you can prevent the fatigue process.
  • Headaches – This is a main symptom for any smoker trying to quit smoking. Studies have shown that the headaches are also caused by the changes in the serotonin levels.
  • Chest discomfort – this uncomfortable sensation occurs in the first days after the decision to quit smoking cold turkey. It is recommended to talk to a doctor and check your lungs.
  • Cold and flu symptoms – once a smoker gives up smoking, his respiratory system begins to heal, thus allowing the cold and flu symptoms to settle in.
  • Weight gain and constant hunger – it is common knowledge that nicotine acts just like an appetite suppressant and this is why when a person quits smoking, his hunger sensation increases, and so does his weight.


  1. Day 8 through 21 – several side effects will occur, including:
  • Moderate cravings related to smoking a cigarette – the intense craving for nicotine will begin to diminish by the end of the first week. Having said this, there is still a lot of work to be done to eliminate these cravings, especially those that are related to emotions and memories, until they weaken over time.
  • Moderate irritability, fatigue, headaches, chest discomfort
  • Increased hunger and weight gain – this depends on each person’s ability to control his hunger and his cravings.


  1. Day 22 through 30 – all side effects begin to diminish and the cravings for nicotine and smoking a cigarette will be just a memory. The constant large gap between cravings and their reduced intensity will make the person that managed to quit smoking up to this point, ignore the sensation of wanting to smoke.


As each day goes by, all these negative effects will decrease until the organism gets used to the new condition. Once you get used to all this, the overall healthy condition improves, the energy levels increases and your lungs will begin functioning at their normal rhythm.

Reaching the end of the 30 day time period imposed for managing to quit smoking, means you’ve actually managed to succeed. Now everything is only up to you, your determination and you wish to succeed. Always keep in mind that the first few weeks are always the hardest, and everything that comes from this point on will only be easier to cope with.