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mrclose

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Quit Smoking But An Odor Lingers
« on: April 04, 2018, 09:55:56 pm »
Hello Everyone!

Yep, A first time poster but a former 'lifetime' smoker! 006

I just up and quit smoking after indulging in the nasty habit for fifty years!
(It has been a month now!)

The problem and my question can probably be answered only by former smokers?

There is an overwhelming presence of an odor that won't go away that seems to be originating in my nostrils?
(I am not talking about odors on clothes or other objects.)

The closest I can get to a description of the odor is it is like the smell of old, burnt and wet wood!
(Does that make sense?)

At night, when trying to fall asleep, the odor is so strong that it is almost suffocating!

It's almost like the room is filling with smoke and I have to start mouth breathing ... No Jokes Please! :-[

This 'odor' has taken away the true taste of any foods or beverages because as most folks know ... smell is a big part of taste.

I almost believe that a buildup of tar and nicotine in my nostrils from smoking over the years is responsible?
(Like the orange-yellowish gunk you get on clothes and walls)

You'd think that the odor would diminish but it seems to get stronger at times?

I DID stop smoking once before, about twenty years ago and never experienced this.
Don't get curious after you stop smoking and try a 'puff' for old times sake!

Smokers are like alcoholics, If you pick up a glass or cigarette after stopping, you will be back exactly where you left off!

Well anyway, I was wondering if anyone else has ever had this problem?
It is seriously making life even more difficult than when I was smoking.
(I never noticed the odor then?)

My 'other half' says ... "It's a brain tumor!" 009
 

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Re: Quit Smoking But An Odor Lingers
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2018, 10:25:25 pm »
Oh that did happen to me. Smelled and tasted so strong I woke up convinced I'd smoked in my sleep. It's to do with your body clearing out and growing new fresh cilia hairs. Some people get dryness and others get more juicy in ears, nose and throat. Fisherman's Friends really helped me that time. It did pass but it was a horrible time.

But also when I very first quit, as the others will tell you, everything tasted of vomit and I was really distressed- it was a throat infection. I'd never had one not masked by smoking before I guess, so I wasn't expecting that.

Like you say they're all interlinked; ears, nose, throat, sinuses. But don't give up!!

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Re: Quit Smoking But An Odor Lingers
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2018, 02:07:52 pm »
Oh that did happen to me. Smelled and tasted so strong I woke up convinced I'd smoked in my sleep. It's to do with your body clearing out and growing new fresh cilia hairs. Some people get dryness and others get more juicy in ears, nose and throat. Fisherman's Friends really helped me that time. It did pass but it was a horrible time.

But also when I very first quit, as the others will tell you, everything tasted of vomit and I was really distressed- it was a throat infection. I'd never had one not masked by smoking before I guess, so I wasn't expecting that.

Like you say they're all interlinked; ears, nose, throat, sinuses. But don't give up!!
Thank You Tea!

 

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Re: Quit Smoking But An Odor Lingers
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2018, 05:50:30 pm »
On a complete aside, odours and 'odour memory' do get trapped in your nose and linger. They do, I learned this the hard way at work when I was younger and I learned to have a little pot of Vicks that I can dab inside my nostrils for certain cases and the there are some cases where I would shower 4 times a night when I got home for days on end and still swore I could smell certain smells.
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Re: Quit Smoking But An Odor Lingers
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2018, 12:55:17 pm »
Some well imparted knowledge, as usual, from @tea

On another note, well done on one month quit @mrclose
 
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Re: Quit Smoking But An Odor Lingers
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2018, 07:52:54 pm »
Last night, early in the am it was almost more than I could stand!

No, not a nicotine withdrawal attack .. an overwhelming and suffocating smoke attack!
I don't know how to explain it!?

The odor is not diminishing, it's getting worse!

Think of yourself as being in a small room like an 8'x8' bathroom for instance.

Door closed tight and no window.
Now think about what it would be like if you had 3 or 4 of your 'still smoking' friends in there with you ... smoking!

I d@mn near couldn't catch my breath!

On a normal day I am not usually bothered while active.

It is at night, in bed where it would bother me but NOT to the extent that it did this am!

And it started 'before' I even went to bed!

Right now the odor is there and it's terrible but at least I can breath.
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« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2018, 08:28:14 pm »
Did you wake up with a start? One of the times it happened to me is been dreaming that my old boss had taken me outside for a cig and I'd forgotten I didn't smoke and just taken one, but it wasn't my brand  and it didn't taste right. I woke up so convinced it must have happened.
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Re: Quit Smoking But An Odor Lingers
« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2018, 08:37:06 pm »
I knew that there was a scientific rationalisation for why it happens at a certain time of night but I went to check my details. Cellular renewal is at its peak between 1am and 3am.
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Re: Quit Smoking But An Odor Lingers
« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2018, 10:02:19 pm »
Did you wake up with a start? One of the times it happened to me is been dreaming that my old boss had taken me outside for a cig and I'd forgotten I didn't smoke and just taken one, but it wasn't my brand  and it didn't taste right. I woke up so convinced it must have happened.

No, I never went to bed.
That is how bad this is.

It (the smoky odor) started to intensify around 11:00 pm (yesterday) and gradually got worse.

I tried to lay down to sleep but was overwhelmed with the smoke odor.

I haven't been to bed.

Been up for over 30 hours now just hoping that by this evening I'll pass out regardless of how bad this gets! 001

 

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Re: Quit Smoking But An Odor Lingers
« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2018, 10:54:13 pm »
If it's so bad that you're not getting any sleep I would recommend you run it past a pharmacist to see if there's anything that they can suggest or advise whether they recommend you see your GP. Mine woke me up, but I was able to sleep with the lavender pillow spray.
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Re: Quit Smoking But An Odor Lingers
« Reply #10 on: April 07, 2018, 10:14:59 am »
How is it today @mrclose ? Hope you managed some sleep.... :hug: :hug:
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Re: Quit Smoking But An Odor Lingers
« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2018, 03:42:28 pm »
I quit a couple of years ago for a few months and after a few weeks I would go to bed and smell smoke, I would get up and knock on our 2 sons (non smokers) bedroom doors and ask if anyone was smoking in their room, they thought I had gone potty as I was convinced I could smell smoke. The smell was of a freshly lit cigarette and it happened on and off for a few weeks and then it faded. :)
I am going to do this
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Re: Quit Smoking But An Odor Lingers
« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2018, 02:25:21 am »
How is it today @mrclose ? Hope you managed some sleep.... :hug: :hug:

@Skiddaw

Thank You for asking.

It took almost three days before I finally couldn't stay awake any longer.

Slept off and on for almost twelve hours! 8)

The odor has become a little more bearable.

Not sure if it's because I've gotten use to it or if it really is diminishing?

Strength of the odor varies moment to moment? 8(
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« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2018, 12:16:51 pm »
Glad to hear it @mrclose . Sounds like you're finally coming out the other side to me. Well done for sticking with it.  :hug: :hug:
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« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2018, 04:32:12 pm »
That is good news and I hope it means that it's on its way out. But well done for staying strong and sticking to quitting.
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