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.
#301 | 19 Dec 2003 | sunnydaze529I have maybe a crave once a week, but it's definitely psychological craves and nothing more that. It lasts brief seconds until I remind myself that I don't smoke anymore. Then, I move on to something else. I'll be green on Monday and I'm looking forward to moving into the next level of relaxation, comfort and freedom.
#302 | 04 Feb 2004 | MorganPQuitI actually spend very little time wishing that I could smoke a cig. Probably less than 60 seconds a day...before you know it, you're mind is on something else.
#303 | 04 Feb 2004 | SabineJadeBronzeWhat I find fabulously cool is that I don't have those thoughts everyday anymore... For every three days I experience about ten seconds that I think about actually smoking! Every week I see a difference! Hang in there, it sure does get better.
#304 | 05 Feb 2004 | NopuffPat11greenI'm so happy! I just turned Green and on my way toward enjoying the rest of my life. I smoked at least a pack a day (25) per pack here in Canada, for 43 years. I feel absolutely wonderful and most days I maybe think about smoking 2 or 3 times - and that's NOT a crave. Cravings are more rare and seem to only happen with emotional triggers.
#305 | 05 Feb 2004 | So goldAfter being free for little more than 15 months I can honestly say
#306 | 05 Feb 2004 | TerrysDaughter Green
#307 | | NicotineFreeJonI turned GREEN last Sunday and pretty much had an easy time of my first month. Don't get me wrong there were times, especially in the first couple of weeks, that I thought to myself, "I could just have a **** now". These thoughts, literally lasted for about 10 seconds max! This is because I realised very quickly, that yes, I could smoke A ****, but I certainly don't want to smoke the thousands that will quickly go with it. I am pleased to report that I can't remember now the last time that I wanted a ****. An important distinction needs to be made here for me. Whilst I don't often want a cigarette, I do think about ciggies numerous times a day. This can be in the form of visiting this site, watching others smoke and remembering myself doing it, etc. etc. This however is not a problem for me. I think it is important to remember the fact that we are addicts, and we could never do this if we didn't ever think about smoking.
#308 | 05 Feb 2004 | Canadadel goldI'm here to tell ya that it REALLY does get better with time. My thoughts of a cigarette are very fleeting and sometimes not even quite conscious. For example, today I took the dog for a swim and a game of ball. After I was finished, I thought I was missing something in my hands. In the space of a few seconds I realized I had my purse and the plastic bag with the dog balls in it ........... Oh, I know what it is, I don't have cigarettes!! Then I grinned and felt so proud!
#309 | 19 Feb 2004 | Alyson GOLDFor Island Girl Andrea.
#310 | 19 Feb 2004 | Gold HarleyboyWell, the truth is, "I never want a cigarette". I'm not real comfortable mosttimes, sometimes my brain seems a little foggy or I "fidgit" (can't sit still).
#311 | 05 Mar 2004 03:21 | Layla JaneI thought there would never be a day when I didn't think about smoking. The truth is now I barely ever think about cigarettes. If I do think of them it is usually that I take notice of how I never think about them. I recently went in for a yearly check up and when the Doc asked if I smoked - I said no for the first time! It feels really good to be able to say that. I know every ex smoker probably says it - but if I can quit anyone can. You have to quit for the right reasons and there is only one: YOU! I love not smoking and I love my quit.
#312 | 05 Mar 2004 | NS SandraHi! I remember reading this string in the very early stages and thinking "Wow, but I'll never do that" - well I have - 8 weeks and a couple of days - 2017 cigarettes not smoked - £450 saved ($810 - ciggies very expesnsive in the UK).
#313 | 05 Mar 2004 | gaynie goesI have been quit for 5 Months, 3 Days, 20 hours, 11 minutes and 8 seconds (155 days). I have saved $748.03 by not smoking 2,337 cigarettes. I have saved 1 Week, 1 Day, 2 hours and 45 minutes of my life.
#314 | 07 Mar 2004 | kattatonic1 gold4Good Lord, I forgot!
#315 | 07 Mar 2004 | Betheve3Congratulations on turning green. I just turned green myself and I smoked 45 years, a pack a day, sometimes more. I, too, find that the cravings are a lot less frequent now, and less intense. I think of it maybe 3 times in a day, but also, only when my triggers get activated. After work is a time I always lit up without fail, so that is a trigger. But I am ready for it and I get through it.
#316 | 08 Mar 2004 | k z lk z 2goldI was counting how many times I want a cigarette at the beginning of my quit, the number was too big, I was thinking that all my day was being completed with the thought of cigarette and nothing else, but today once a week, sometimes once per two weeks, no more than that. Some friends here probably remember my cries, my quit was hard in the first months. Just be patient newbies, just wait and see your relaxation.
| |Kona Posts 15 Unread post 08 Mar 2004 19:16 #317 I am truly amazed that I never "want" a cigarette. I spend about 10 MINUTES a week praising myself for my quit. I try to remember to keep telling myself "good job", ... there is no high in the world like feeling proud of yourself. So i wallow in pride now and again. I have chosen not to smoke for 2 Months 1 Week 6 Hours 8 Minutes 54 Seconds. Cigarettes not smoked: 2017. Money saved: $453.98.
#318 | 08 Mar 2004 | LadyHouckHow many times a day do I still WANT a cigarette? None. Not even one. I could care less about a cigarette anymore. Occasionally I will have a fleeting thought like..."I used to smoke now." and that's about it. But I don't WANT one ever and haven't in about a month. But I'm keeping my guard up and remembering where I came from so if a pesky thought creeps up on me, I'm prepared to smash it!
#319 | 09 Mar 2004 | dancebear37After 42 days of freedom from nicotine, there are only 10-30 secs every 3 days when I have fond memories of and the slight desire for smoking. These only last a couple of seconds and are usually followed by how bad my lungs would feel after that first drag, and how awful my mouth would taste, not to mention the loss of freedom and that smoking would actually only make things worse.
#320 | 09 Mar 2004 | pants gold2There are days I want one still, for 5 seconds max.
#321 | 10 Mar 2004 | ChristyLynnH1971It has been EXACTLY 2 months today since I quit FOR GOOD…This is the happiest I have been since I started smoking 15 years ago. I am so proud of myself and everyone else on this site. EVERYTHING about my life is better since I quit smoking. I am still around smokers quite often, but have found that after the initial 5 minutes of uncomfortable-ness seeing the smokers and fearing that I will want one…I don't and it's amazing!
#322 | 17 Mar 2004 | rebmiami greenAt 140+ days,
#323 | 17 Mar 2004 | CocoaKommittedSo I think about cigs all the time. Mostly not wanting one. Often reinforcing what I've learned here. Think about how my lungs hurt and my body is still not adjusting. How long does that take?
#324 | 17 Mar 2004 | FearNothingDK GOLDOn my eighth day it's just about all I could think about. That day I was in tears.
#325 | 17 Mar 2004 | WoggyGoldNever. Way to educated ,and after a year I couldn't even tell you when I last had a craving. Therefore it is proof that "It Really Does Get Easier". Hang on tight to what you've got.
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