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.
#251 | 03 May 2003 | Emmamom(DoubleGreen)I had a brief flash of wanting a cigarette about 4 days ago; it lasted maybe 10 seconds. It wasn't strong. I haven't even been quit all that long. Kim, nicotine-free for 2 Months 2 Weeks 3 Days 2 Hours 27 Minutes 17 Seconds. Cigarettes not smoked: 2054. Money saved: $462.32.
#252 | 06 May 2003 | John (Gold)
What was the fuel that allowed all these folks to move beyond where you are now? Were they all stronger than you, have more will-power or did they simply hold their dreams close, remain honest about what it's really like living the addict's life, put tomorrow aside and instead focus on achieving full and complete victory over today, while living one simple rule - no nicotine, not a puff!
It may at times feel like your rose bud has stopped blooming but with each passing nicotine-free second you move one second further from thinking about and planning to smoke nicotine throughout your entire day, cigarette after cigarette, day after day, pack after pack, year after year, and one second closer to that inner calmness you once knew, where thoughts of smoking arose only because someone else's smoking problem was met by your senses.
Someday soon you'll cherish your freedom so much that you may return here often not to try and forget or adjust but to try and remember the horrors of smoking and the challenges you faced. This is an amazing journey and regardless of whether or not the next few minutes are the easiest yet or, in the end, prove to have been the most challenging of this entire temporary journey of adjustment, they will be 100% doable!
Breathe deep, hug hard, live long!
#253 | 06 May 2003 | StepperMI remember reading this post in my Glory Week thinking....oh boy, will I ever get there. I get excited just thinking about this, I can't believe I can actually now post to this thread and honestly say that I haven't wanted a cigarette for a few weeks. I've thought about the stupid cigs but not wanted one!!
#254 | 7 May 2003 | Madge GoldHi Joel. Love this thread. I've not posted a lot because I sure don't see me as a role model for the newbies. I'm have an incredibly difficult quit and if I go for an hour without confronting an urge, I'm thankful! I keep in mind what the oldbies say "it will get easier". I think part of my problem and that of most addicts, is that I want to quit, I just don"t want to go through the work of withdrawl!!
07 May 2003 | #255 | OBob GoldHi Madge. Your words concerned me a bit. Whenever I hear somebody saying something like they're having an incredibly difficult quit, and they're nearly 2 months into it, it leads me to think that they could use some support. I posted the following thread for you. I've put some of my thoughts, and several links in it that might be useful.
#256 | 23 May 2003 | Tubes GOLDHello All:
#257 | 23 May 2003 | Parker GOLD"I like to think of it as a cockroach.......when I expose it to the light of reason it scurries away."
#258 | 23 May 2003 | CookiesGoldNOW LIFE IS MUCH SWEETER. I HARDLY EVER THINK OF THEM AND WHEN I DO I SAY I AM GLAD I DON'T DO THAT ANYMORE.
#259 | 26 May 2003 | TXCorndogHmmmmm, great thread, Joel! I had about 3 thoughts of smoking today, lasting probably just a couple of seconds each. I would only classify one of those fleeting thoughts as *wanting* a cigarette, and it was quickly talked down by thinking of some of the things I have learned here.
#260 | 26 May 2003 | James (Silver)I'm happy to say I don't want a cigarette at all. "I don't smoke." Cool, eh!?
#261 | 27 May 2003 | notamoment (gold)In the early months of my quit there were some rough times but they didn't come frequently and they didn't last long. I always found if I could distract myself with some other thoughts or activities that all thoughts of a cigarette vanished before I realized what had happened.
#262 | 31 May 2003 | Clare SilverI don't know if its habit or a craving, but maybe a couple of times a day, the thought of smoking just jumps at me.. It is only very weak now, and only lasts for a couple of seconds... I remember a few weeks ago, when the cravings were a little more stronger, I almost enjoyed the battle.. in a weird sort of way.. I think it was because I knew I was going to win and I loved that control. I could almost hear myself saying, "come on, I am going to win but you can try anyway" Thankfully I haven't had that happen for a while.. These days, I don't have time to think anything because the thought is gone as quick as it comes.
#263 | 22 Jun 2003 | GoldenPeachyPie+I think about smoking now about a couple of times a week , just that I am so glad I took the plunge and don't smoke anymore , and as to actually wanting a cigarette , that would be ......NEVER !!!!
#264 | 22 Jun 2003 | Golddabler1Hi y'all. I think about having a cigarette about tree times a week and thankully i let the thought float on by like a passing cloud.
#265 | 14 Jul 2003 | TheConvertedWell I suppose Im a newbie to quitting smoking , Im on day 10 and I think of smoking at least 5 times a day at work and almost constantly in the evenings when Im at home. My wife smokes in the house and thats probably got something to do with it. This is the longest time that I have quit for , the previous times where only for a few hours and then I couldt stand it any more. My greatest motivation at this very moment is watching my wifes aunt dying form lung "something" cancer and having to use oxygen 4 times a day and actually just sitting around at home waiting for the "day" to come - I dont want to end up like that.
#266 | 15 Jul 2003 | EmmamomSilver1This thread is so important to people just starting out. Within just a couple of weeks, I forgot to think about smoking every day. I right now have maybe 2 thoughts of smoking each week, and I think them through with the knowledge I've gained here, and then I forget smoking again.
#267 | 15 Jul 2003 | CookiesGoldOnce in awhile, not much at all now really. When I do think about it, I really think and then the feeling goes completely away. It gets better each day, and I am so happy for that.Life sure does go on.
#268 | 15 Jul 2003 | txsmamaGOLDNEVER!!! I NEVER want a cigarette! Sure, I think about it almost everyday, but I never want one...I'm just thankful of how long I've gone without ONE SINGLE PUFF and am VERY proud of myself (15+ years smoker here). The fact that I still think about them is enough for me to realize the grip of this addiction and that in itself is a TURNOFF...I beat it, and y'all can too!!!!! My lungs are recovering!!
#269 | 15 Jul 2003 | Nascargal1722I had to give it some thought. But it seems that the only time I have a craving is after I eat. And it wasn't a physical craving like when I first quit. It was more of a psychiological trigger. Kinda of like my head saying " Aren't you forgetting to do something?" And of course, I'm thinking, "No" And then it's gone. Probably last about 6 seconds. And only about once a day. I know it's about how I use to light up after I ate. So I still think thats suppose to be the end of the meal. But it doesn't last long. It happened tonight after dinner. It also happened yesterday, when I was at a BBQ.
#270 | 15 Jul 2003 | David GoldI may have a very fleeting thought (seconds at the most) about once a month! It's not really a withdrawl pain but I guess just a recognition that "yeah, I used to smoke" That's it. I can't believe that I feel such comfort. Life is Good!
#271 | 15 Jul 2003 | TaranieriWagI have been free of cigs for 22 days now, I can't believe how often I don't think of smoking! My husband smokes, I now make him go outside, because the smell is so bad it makes me not want a smoke. Its great that I don't even get cravings anymore, in such a short period of time. I love it! It amazes me that I don't want to smoke! Thank you God, and I will remember to "Never take another Puff" and I will do just great! I have a lot of energy now too that I got back in such a short time.
#272 | 15 Jul 2003 | Rickgoldx5Nada, Zero,Zip Never anymore and I'm so glad!!
#273 | 17 Jul 2003 | 66skylarkI think about smoking about 2 times a week. I smoked for over 30 years and this is my one and only quit. I also live with a smoker. When the thought crosses my mind - I just smile and say to myself, "I don't smoke." That's about how long it lasts too! FREEDOM is great!!!! JUDI Six months, three weeks, two days, 5 hours, 50 minutes and 21 seconds. 8209 cigarettes not smoked, saving $1,846.81. Life saved: 4 weeks, 12 hours, 5 minutes.
#274 | 24 Jul 2003 | MsArmstrongKISHello, newbies! I am finally posting to this thread, because I finally feel confident in my reaction to cigarette cravings.
#275 | 11 Sep 2003 | CKAgger GoldWell, how long time today have I found myself actually wanting a cigarette ...
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