The 130 Day Challenge-Where did it come from?

Blog Post created by jonescarp.aka.dale.Jan_2007 on Nov 20, 2014

When I was about 100 days quit, still having some rough moments, I started wondering what quitting smoking had in store for me.

I began doing a lot of research and found a medical study that said if someone who had quit smoking made it through 16 weeks, thay had cleared the major hurdle of quitting smoking.

That's 120 days

I didn't think too much about it at the time but at day 126 it hit me like a lightning bolt as I reached for  a ghost pack on the seat of my truck and laughed. Right then I knew I was free.

That was experienced on the first site I participated on.

Fast forward after many thousands of hours on here. I started seeing that within the first 4 months of a new quit on this site was the time when most people were losing their quits . 

Then I remembered the no mans land from my first site and realized that what he was saying also correlated with the feelings I and everyone I knew in those 4 months was feeling, those feelings of, "is this ever going to end?"

Then Thomas shows up with a study saying that people can have even stronger desires in the three months after the first month than in the first month.

Same first 4 months.

Do you see a pattern emerging here? The unexpected craves?

Yes, It may take some quitters a little longer to recognize they are having days they don't think about smoking.


130 days is nothing in the scope of how long we smoked. Look at all the coincidences. Put the pieces together. Promise yourself you won't smoke for the first 4 months and the first part of your quit puzzle is complete.

If you can't do 130 days, you can't get to a year.

Take the challenge. It can only help you by having a goal to aim for and by knowing there is a light at the end of the tunnel!