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.
#351 | 22 Jun 2004 | GinaM731I have been free for 1 week 8 hours 15 minutes. I've saved $38.55. Time/life saved is almost 2 days. I think about smoking maybe once or twice a day for 1 or 2 minutes. I'm so turned off by smoking that some days I don't think about smoking at all & I am only one week in to my quit. Read all the information on this site really gives me motivation. Thanks~ Best of Health~Gina
#352 |22 Jun 2004 | Nhwoman3I am now 3 weeks into being smoke free. I really don't think about smoking more than once or twice a day now and it lasts for a few seconds, not minutes. As a matter of fact I spent Friday afternoon and Sunday afternoon with smokers and had NO urges. I just looked at the smokers and realized how nasty cigarettes look hanging out of peoples mouths.
#353 | 22 Jun 2004 | FearNothingDK GOLDZERO seconds
#354 | 23 Jun 2004 | Joanne GoldQuestion: Tell a newbie how how many seconds a day you still want a cigarette
#355 | 23 Jun 2004 | TickTockGoldHow often does the thought of a cigarette cross my mind? 2-3 times a day for a fleeting moment.
#356 | 02 Aug 2004 | MochaWhat a great parade!!!
#357 | 02 Aug 2004 | MochaAHHHHH I wish it had an edit button!
#358 | 03 Aug 2004 | LynndeeI think about not smoking and being proud of myself 3-4 x's a day-but actual triggers maybe once a day-usually at home when I'm trying to wind down from work. Doesn't last long but it's a pretty powerful urge--almost like I deserve to have one for doing so well --go figure!!!
#359 | 03 Aug 2004 | JoshAs I approach double-green I have noticed on a few occasions thinking, man I didn't even think of a cigarette once yesterday! That's a good feeling... and I fully expect those days to come more often as I continue my journey. Don't get me wrong though, I still have some trying moments. They are not nearly as intense as they were in the first month... and never last longer than a minute or less. For me it's running into an old smoking buddy or something else like that (usually nostalgic).
#360 | 03 Aug 2004 | magpieMaybe 5 seconds some days, maybe no seconds some days, maybe more on Sundays (I don't work that day lol)....But never long enough to make me want to be a smoker again.........Yuck, to the umpteenth power........I have been quit for 6 Months, 1 Week, 10 hours, 43 minutes and 40 seconds (189 days). I have saved $710.42 by not smoking 4,736 cigarettes. I have saved 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 10 hours and 40 minutes of my life.
#361 | 03 Aug 2004 | Andy (Silver)Today I had a fleeting thought regarding a cigarette. I was full from having just finished lunch and was driving to my next appointment. I looked at a guy smoking in a passing car and for 1/100th of a second I thought about a cigarette. It passed. They all do. I reminded myself that although I may have "wanted" a cigarette at that moment, I do not want the truckload that inevitably follow when you are a nicotine addict. Prior to that I haven't thought about a cigarette in months.
#362 | 03 Aug 2004 | shaunj222I used to read this string and think yeah right, as if you don't still think about smoking all the time. I figured people just wrote what they wanted to believe, all the while being in agony. Well, something happenned to me somewhere between the fourth and fifth month and all of a sudden I was forgetting that I used to be a smoker. I think about it rarely now and it only lasts minutes. It's very strange how that happened.
#363 | 03 Aug 2004 | whynotmee1I love reading how often a old Quitter thinks about smoking...really gives a person something to look forward to. Still rather early into my quit, I think about smoking 2 or 3 times a day....still seems to be at the same times I do nearly everyday. The good thing is I only think about it for a minute or less. Hey! That's great, my first week it was around 20 times a day. Newbie's each day, each week it does get less and less. I'll be glad when I can come back to this site and say"I haven't thought about smoking in so long I don't remember." It will happen, all I need to do is, Never, ever, take another puff.
#364 | 09 Aug 2004 | kwhtlwIf I were to average the daily time I spend thinking about tobacco the average would be around five seconds, and that is a generous estimate. The fact is, that when a trigger hits me I instantaniously respond with something I have learned from Joel's library. I ask myself questions like: Do you want all the years of tobacco use that come with that first indulgence? Are you going to throw away the first days of suffering? Do you know that you can't use tobacco just once? Remember the slogan? Never Take Another Puff!! etc. My triggers last only a minute fraction of a second, followed by a few thoughts of quit reinforcement ending in another victory over nicotine addiction. So, I guess those five seconds are really spent thinking about not using nicotine rather than falsely glorifying a single dose.
#365 | 29 Aug 2004 | Toast (GOLD)Wow. Last time I chimed in w/a real post for this thread was 12/14/02! Does that tell you how often I think about picking up a cigarette to smoke???? What fun to go back and re-read so many great posts thru-out this thread!
#366 | 29 Aug 2004 | JoannettaThere are no seconds in my day that I want a cigarette. There are a few fleeting seconds that my nicotine addiction tries to sack me into thinking I want a cigarette - but I sack it back harder and faster! That's the power Freedom shares. Power to the people.
#367 | 30 Aug 2004 | MochaIt's 10:45 pm. I was just going through my schedule and updating my calender. I was browsing through July and noticed I didn't write down my quit date (July 20th). I entered it, stoped for a second and realized.........
#368 | 30 Aug 2004 | A Golden SnipI just thought that I would report that I have not wanted or thought about having a cigarette for months. These days I can associate with people who are smoking and not have a craving for one.
#369 | 02 Sep 2004 | samson19622004About "6" seconds a day!
#370 | 02 Sep 2004 | Eric GoldFunny, what a coincedence I saw this parade. I just had a thought a few minutes before I got on the computer. I was playing my guitar( probably my biggest trigger) and had a passing thought of a cigarette. I guess the trigger's not so big anymore. So today was 6-10 seconds.
#371 | 02 Sep 2004 | RobsallpuffedoutI dont think about smoking very much.. maybe 10-20 seconds a day.
#372 | 02 Sep 2004 | FearNothingDK GOLDThat would be a big fat ZERO!
#373 | 07 Sep 2004 | John (Gold)First let me say that I fully expect to have to deal with a thought of wanting to smoke again sometime in my future but likely not today nor tomorrow. That being said, I have not had anything that any of you would consider a genuine thought of wanting to smoke nicotine since December of 2001.
#374 | 17 Sep 2004 | agnesjtom 1Probably about 3 seconds a day... However, I already had two days in a row that I didn't think of smoking at all!
#375 | 17 Sep 2004 | Just Gie GoldHard to say when the last time I wanted a cigarette was. A while ago anyway. It's such a passing thought that I don't really take much stock in it when it does happen. We went out last weekend to a private club where they still allow smoking, and I didn't even think about it all night. Too busy dancing and talking.
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