Remember the first few days after you quit smoking? Remember worrying that the urges, wanting and craves would never end? Here's your chance to reach out and tell both smokers and new quitters what it's like now. Below are 33 pages of comments written by hundreds of former smokers who had successfully quit smoking for days, weeks, month, years and some even over a decade, sharing what it was like for them at these different points in time to be nicotine free.
If a cold turkey quitter, please email us and share with visiting newbies both how long you've been 100% nicotine-free (paste your quit meter stats if possible) and how many seconds each day you spend wanting a cigarette. We'll then add your response to the below "Tell a newbie ..." parade which Joel started back in 2001 in our original support group Freedom.
#726 | 23 Feb 2011 | msandersMatt - Free and Healing for One Month, One Day, 13 Hours and 47 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 2 Days and 6 Hours, by avoiding the use of 651 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $114.16.
#727 | 02 Mar 2011 | Sarah52Hang in there newbies! Comfort DOES come.
#728 | 09 Mar 2011 | Herman1331I have quit smoking for fifty one days, 1hour and 10 minutes. I have not smoked eight hundred and twenty-four cigarettes! I have saved two-hundred seventy-four dollars and ninety-nine cents! How often a day do I think about cigarettes? Not very often. If I do think about cigarettes it is only for a few seconds a day but today I spent zero seconds thinking about cigarettes.
#729 | 22 Mar 2011 | Bev022811I am into my 24th day of my quit! and honestly I don't even think about cigarettes unless I see someone smoking or smell it and then I think how nasty and disgusting it is! After smoking for 37 years that is pretty amazing ..of course there is an occassional trigger but not on a daily basis! Just Never take another Puff!!
#730 | 01 Apr 2011 | ccathy247
#731 | 02 Apr 2011 | freektyI never want a smoke anymore. I have learned to recognize the triggers, and how to get past them very easily. When I think about smoking, the thought is usually about how happy I am that I have quit.
#732 | 22 May 2011 | WhelenSI am very happy to report that I don't ever have urges anymore. If I think about nicotine at all, it's about how proud I am to be quit for 2 years.
#733 | 02 Jun 2011 | redsunflowerOn a usual day, I don't want a cigarette at all. Sometimes I have a craving or two, and they last for about 3 seconds each. Then they're gone.
#734 | 25 Jun 2011 | time4meRarely, very rarely, do I even think about smoking. I am not quite four months quit and I had smoked for 40 years. To me that is absolutely incredible! Quitting is so much easier, and so much more rewarding, than I ever dreamed it could be. And I know I'll never go back to a life of feeding the addiction. Go ahead, make this your time to quit - you'll never regret it.
#735 | 01 Jul 2011 | samiam151After only a month and almost two days, I only think about it when I smell it! After I realized that it's NOT the cigarette I want, it's the old NICOTINE HIGH associated with the cigarette I want, it's easier to resist. GIVE IT 2 WEEKS AND YOU'LL LOVE YOURSELF FOR IT!!!
#736 | 02 Jul 2011 | RoyThree and a half months in I want a smoke 0 seconds. There are still occasional triggers I run across, but I would say that is about once a week to 10 days now, and getting longer in between. I have achieved comfort.
#737 | 01 Aug 2011 | jaysohnWell - let's see, how many seconds a day do I want a stubbed toe? How often do I think about hitting my thumb with a hammer? When's the last time I day-dreamt about getting a splinter under my fingernail? Jamais - Nunca - Nie - Soha - numquam - kamwe - qatt - nooitTranslation - not very often
#738 | 02 Aug 2011 | garden joeAfter just three weeks I am down to once or twice a day. I have even gone entire days without thinking about it! After 19 years of smoking up to two packs a day, thats pretty amazing to me. If I can do it, than anyone can.
#739 | 02 Aug 2011 | MichelleNCSurprisingly, only a couple of times a day.....for not more than 30 seconds each time. Averaging about a minute-and-a-half on the usual day. Also, these are just habit-driven thoughts; thinking about smoking on the way to the car, but I'm perfectly fine once I get there, or thinking about having a cigarette before bed, but knowing that I sleep so much better without it. Thanks for this parade - it puts those moments into perspective. These are just thoughts; by facing them, they have no power over me! By reading everyone else's responses, I can look forward to even these fading over time!
#740 | 02 Aug 2011 | msandersAt 6 months, it's none (though it's been like that for at least 2-3 months).
#741 | 15 Aug 2011 | JohnnieAfter one year of freedom I can say quite truthfully that I never crave a cigarette. BUT I do have the occasional moment where some maintenance is required: if I've forgotten to drink enough water or I've let my nutrition slip, I may need to do a deep bout of breathing/stretching/exercise or take a brisk walk to, let's say, level out my system. The moment always passes, though, and I never mistake it for an actual cigarette crave. Gratefully Gold I escaped from the prison of smoking on August 14, 2010.
#743 | 16 Sep 2011 | PhilipThe quit has gone textbook as described on this site. Today I have 1 crave a day but everyday it gets a little more vague. You can do it!
#744 | 08 Oct 2011 | jrock413... thinking about a cigarette is no longer a daily activity. If I have a thought it is weeks apart and lasts for only 5 seconds or less. I treat the thought like a pesky, dirty fly and swat it from my mind! Freedom is sweet!!!
#745 | 09 Oct 2011 | chinaHow many seconds a day I want a cigarette: none
#746 | 17 Nov 2011 | stef2211From a newbie:
#747 | 21 Nov 2011 | Michelle2975How many seconds a day I still want a Cig is ZERO, Yeah!!! Trust me...If I could quit so can you!!!
#748 | 24 Nov 2011 | JefferyrwI have not wanted a cigarette even once for many months now. Even a couple of unexpected triggers did not result in my wanting a cigarette, just the realization that a brief craving is a minor annoyance NOT a desire to smoke!
#749 | 24 Nov 2011 | enduraI have not wanted to have a cigarette is many months now. I have no craves at all and there is only an occasion (every 3-4 weeks) that I will think for a second, "Wait, something is missing" only to smile as I realize I would be having a cigarette if I was still living in my addiction. But I do NOT want to smoke, it is only a reminder of how chained I was to such a filthy habit. I do NOT want to have a cigarette. I am free of nicotine now for 10 months (JAN 21) or 44 weeks! I have saved OVER $3,000.00 and saved almost seventeen WEEKS of my life! I was a heavy smoker for so long, I thought I couldn't quit! Yes, comfort does come. Much faster that I thought possible. The rewards are so plentiful, I am full of gratitude. What a glorious Thanksgiving this has been!! NTAP!!!
#750 | 25 Nov 2011 | ltlme71I had forgot that yesterday was my one month anniversary after 26 years of smoking over half my life. I think about them every once in a while, but wanting one maybe 3 seconds every few days
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