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.
#151 | 30 Jul 2002 | DubiouslyDos8 W, 6 D, 22 H, 18 M, 1,887 Cigarettes I have chosen not to smoke, saving $283.05 plus tax.
#152 | 01 Aug 2002 | CdnpheonixGoldHi Joel. I'm new here but I just had to add to this thread. I've been 1W 1D 15h 14m 24s SMOKE FREE and counting (C.T.) 259 cigarettes not smoked, saving $45.33 This is my second quit this year, third quit since 2000. The other two times I used the patch. This time Cold Turkey. This has been the easiest.
#153 | 01 Aug 2002 | SammymnGOLDThis is a life-saver today! I was just thinking that, gosh, I've been having cravings the last 24 hours, then I realized, I was really only talking about 3 thoughts of romanticizing the smoking experience which were relatively quickly snuffed out by inserting a dose of reality into the situation.
#154 | 01 Aug 2002 | Tatum (Bronze)From a 3 month quit perspective: How often do I still want a Barf-a-rette ?
#155 | 01 Aug 2002 | MareBear GOLDLess than 30 seconds a day!
#156 | 06 Aug 2002 | John (Gold)Consider this... here you are at Freedom - a forum dedicated entirely to nicotine cessation - and at this very second you are reading about it. Doesn't it strike you as amazing that you can spend minutes - or soon even hours - focused on topics associated with quitting smoking while not actually WANTING to smoke at that particular moment? If you sit and try to see a flower bloom you'll never see it move. This thread is proof that it does! John
#157 | 11 Aug 2002 | hoop0826(gold)I've been quit for a total of 2 months, 3 weeks, and one day and how often do i still crave a cigarette?? Once a day, maybe twice a day, and I have had a few none a days!!! And how long do those craves last? Usually no more than 30 seconds or so! Believe us, it does get easier, and I am still a greenie! Even though the days are getting more comfortable, the danger is to not get too comfortable, and remember **** week and all the reasons for quitting. But here feels great!
#158 | 11 Aug 2002 | David GoldI am kind of new here but I am starting to feel a little more relief than when I first quit. I can honestly say that I think about smoking a few times each day. It doesn't last very long and a "thought" isn't that hard to deal with anyways. I never have a "crave"(actually feel physical discomfort) anymore.
#159 | 20 Aug 2002 | SammymnGOLDTwo things before I get to the numbers. One, this string has kept me going many times so I recognize its value. Second, the last two days have been bad for me. With that said, the actual time spent wanting a cigarette in the last five days: one time on Saturday night for approximately 30 seconds. My "hard time" in reality consists of about two minutes total of thinking about smoking, but not wanting one.
#160 | 20 Aug 2002 | Big Al (Gold)Hi all y'all. Well, I am coming up on 2 years. This is an interesting thread to me because I find now that the time I spend thinking about having or wanting a cigarette can probably be counted in seconds/month rather than per day. I rarely if ever crave/want/think about having a smoke. My son smokes, so does my ex wife and my daughters. They smell terrible, so when I do think of it, it is usually in the negative. My own cravings? Like I said, maybe one minute a month. I hit most of my strong triggers early on and the weak ones are not worth thinking about.
#161 | 20 Aug 2002 | CdnpheonixGoldI think I'm still a newbie, but I'm going to post again anyway - heh, heh.
#162 | 20 Aug 2002 | doit4life(Silver)No nicotine for: 1M 1W 13h 15m. NOT smoked 1542 cigs, $231.31 not given to cigarette companies. 5D 8h 30m added to my life. How many seconds a day do I want a cigarette? hum???? Even with yesterday's temptation, I can't say I wanted it and it was the first time since my quit I have touched one. I kept thinking of all the negative things about a cigarette. But want it, maybe a little but very little and I knew that was just my junkie whinning. I think about cigarettes during a day but not often and when I do it is because someone is smoking and it stinks and effects my breathing. Do I really, really want one, No. Have a short lived crave, yes but I can figure out the trigger. So I would think about 60 to 120 seconds a day with a very mild want.
#163 | 20 Aug 2002 | earnhardtsrule(gold)hello all,haven't been to site in long time,but I do crave often,I'ts been almost a year,and they are still there.Mostly in tense moments,but they go rather quickly as they come.thanks, jim
#164 | 20 Aug 2002 | John (Gold)As Melissa (Toast) would say, I'm so far beyond the initial challenges of adjusting to life without nicotine that I live in a world of unconscious competence when it comes to staying free! It's a nice place to be! It is far far easier being me than it ever was while worrying about if I could. Go the distance! The next few minutes are doable by all and someday soon you too will be unconsciously competent at keeping your glory alive!
#165 | 29 Aug 2002 | Lilac (Bronze)On good days probably about 10 seconds--on less good days more like thirty seconds.. Thinking never lasts long but some days more thinking than others.--never lengthy.---gee, that is so miniscule why do I ever complain?. I am omiting the unfortunate day I had last week when it seemed like however many seconds there are in a day.---thats how many seconds I thought about a smoke------but that was a day out of time. Came and went---who knows where from and where to ---------. Lilac
#166 | 30 Aug 2002 | JERGOLD1OK, I have posted to this thread at least 3 times before, starting about 4 weeks into my quit. At 1 year and 3 months, I don't think about cigarettes anymore, except in the concept of something I did in the past.
#167 | 30 Aug 2002 | DubiouslyDosA day or two...no more no less...but it just keeps getting easier..
#168 | 20 Sep 2002 | janetd (GOLD)I don't want a cigarette.
#169 | 20 Sep 2002 | Russroycool janet that makes sense
#170 | 20 Sep 2002 | Toast (GOLD )Hi All. I haven't posted to this thread since February, so thought I'd chime in again.
#171 | 20 Sep 2002 | Toast (GOLD)"I think about smoking every day. "
#172 | 20 Sep 2002 | Puh(BRONZE)HEllo! I was just writing on my paper when it started raining very hard and it became dark outside. I went to the bedroom and played with my cat and thought, "This is a time when I smoked". But strangely enought for me I do not desire one. I am very happy. I too, have thought about smoking without the desire to do so. That's unbelievable!!!
#173 | 21 Sep 2002 | Dida (Gold)Thanks Joel. I don't think much about wanting a cigarette anymore. I do think about how relieved I am that I am not smoking - I am grateful for my quit. I will not go through the quitting process again ... it's too painful. I have many many friends who still smoke and some who are very sick as a result of it. I think a lot about them. Thank you to this group.
#174 | 21 Sep 2002 | Juanjuanjuanjuanjuan200Nico is everyday and every time. I am always an addict. A different one. Since my last quit, its me who has changed. I Have no more fear. Just I NTAP; TODAAT. And the always unforgettable batle of resisting is over. With time my body has stopped its hard times withdrawald symptoms of a constant presence on the day. Once or twice... something one can hold, easyly.
#175 |22 Sep 2002 | Lilac (Bronze)Wow, I don't want to dispute her voracity, but that Lilac of 8/29, either wasn't consulting the clock or had a hard time with math. 10second? 20 seconds? Maybe that WAS accurate. I know she doesn't lie except occasionally socially. Right now I am under a certain amount of pressure so I notice that here and there my body turns toward a cigarette or I feel my mind reaching for one. but the uninstinctive me is doing just fine. Getting close to comfort.. Hotdiggitydog!!!!!
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