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.
#451 | 07 Aug 2005 | ChristyMay1977I first responded to this thread on April 26th 2005 ~ that was only 14 and 1/2 days into my quit. Although I thought it was comfortable then, (only thinking about smoking 3-5 minutes a day) that's nothing compared to now... Ready for this?
#452 | 07 Aug 2005 | SpreggyI may find myself wondering what to do with my fingers, or contemplating how to spend all this additional free time that seems to have materialized out of nowhere, but at no time do I find myself wanting a smoke. What kind of ninny would voluntarily shoot burning smoke into his or her poor lunges? Not this ninny I tell ya!
#453 | 08 Aug 2005 | Reets2004I'd say five seconds per week. Honestly. Those five seconds are intense but my gosh, it's only five seconds! It really does get MUCH easier with time. For you newbies, hang in there and NTAP! :-)
#454 | 09 Aug 2005 | ivanochiki007I quit 4 months ago, so I am almost a newbie myself, but already now there are ZERO seconds that I actually WANT to smoke one. There are maybe three seconds a day when I briefly THINK about smoking, but it is more like "Hhhmmm, he is having a cigarette. I wonder if he enjoys it, probably not, he is just another addict. So good that I don't need to do that anymore."
#455 | 09 Aug 2005 | mslindy6In 159 days I have not needed a smoke. In 159 days my smoker tapes played in the back of my mind and I thought I wanted a smoke maybe five or six times after the first three days. My non-smoking mind knew better and in seconds the feelings past. There is no discomfort at all just a still hunger for something that was short lived.
#456 | 09 Aug 2005 | j a g 64Sure Joel. Almost none.
#457 | 09 Aug 2005 | TotallyDevoted2155I have been quit for 4 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 22 hours, 16 minutes and 8 seconds (140 days). I have saved $384.72 by not smoking 1,832 cigarettes. I have saved 6 Days, 8 hours and 40 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 3/20/2005 11:15 PM
#458 | 09 Aug 2005 | suzyhurleyThank you for giving me the chance to give it some thought. To all you newbies out there (am I saying newbie like that??!!) I can say honestly that I almost never think about a cigarette anymore. For sure less than a minute in a whole week. YOU CAN DO IT!!! Make the loving pledge to yourself to NTAP!!!
#459 | 10 Aug 2005 | magpieThis is sooooooooooo funny.........I haven't been here since July 3rd, and I come back today, only to find a message written on that day, by me, saying Zip, Zeroid, Negatron......I saw that message, and thought, "wow, that person talks just like me" lololol....The answer is still the same, the stats have changed by a month and a bit lol....
#460 | 11 Aug 2005 | liberty goldI used to think I could not get through an hour without a cigarette. I have been quit for 3 years July 20, 2005. I totally give Joel and this forum credit. I had tried to quit many times before, but really never realized that I couldn't just take one puff. I don't ever want to start back, because I don't want to go through the quit again.
#461 | 24 Aug 2005 | bojo427Liberty, I think you can give yourself a little credit too for reaching 3 years. YOU did it! I am also very grateful for the knowledge and support that I've received from Freedom. Freedom is helping me save my life and many others.
#462 | 24 Aug 2005 | Liuchka
| 15 Sep 2005 | Evolvingkaren1 GOLD#463 Not one single second. I'm too grateful to be clean and GOLD. I can imagine feeling the burning of tobacco and chemicals traveling from mouth to lungs and back again. I'd begin coughing again. My breath and body would stink again. I'd lose every once of self respect. All with just one single puff. Quitting is something I never want to do again. Fortunately, I'll never have to since I'll never take another puff.
#464 | 16 Sep 2005 | CLB119I was hanging out with a young friend of mine the other day, nineteen. We work together and we were going to lunch. After our meal we got back in her car and she lit up a Camel which was my brand. I watched as she took that first drag and seen the look of satisfaction she got from it. For a moment I thought "That looks good". But the very next moment I realized that in ten years from now she'll probably be trying to quit and she'll have to go through the same withdraw from her addiction that I did.
#465 | 18 Sep 2005 | elaine3758Let me join the parade... I've been travelling a lot lately plenty of downtime in hotel rooms. A haven for smokers who don't want others to know how much they smoke!!! It's been great to ask for a non smoking room and now with 7 months under my belt I may think of a cigarette for a couple of seconds a week. When I was a smoker it would be how soon will this plane land? I hope this airport has a smoking lounge? What do you mean you have NO "smoking" rooms available? "If you don't find me one I'll smoke in your non smoking room". Boy and people think they're not addicted. I am so happy to be smoke free that if the few seconds a week I think about it were a few miniutes. I know i'd still NTAP
#466 | 27 Sep 2005 | Juanjuanjuanjuanjuan200from time to time. Never over, some how it doesnt matter. NATP
#467 | 12 Oct 2005 | JoelThe issue of time was raised by a new member. People do in fact find themselves with lots of extra time on their hands once they quit smoking. This string illustrates that even though people gain lots of new time after quitting, very little of it is spent thinking of smoking.
#468 | 12 Oct 2005 | enjoyinglifeJamieGood morning from this nicotine addict who is so gleefully happy to be an EX-SMOKER now for 5 months, 3 weeks, 3 days, 10 hours, 15 minutes. I have saved $717.39 of my hard-earned cash by choosing to say NO to 2657 cigs (WOW). Because of this decision I have added 1 week, 2 days, 5 hours, 25 minutes to my precious life.
#469 | 12 Oct 2005 | SmokefreeLeeTronZero seconds/day. Never. I am done with smoking. If I die tomorrow or if I die 40 years from now at the age of 82, I will go a non-smoker.
#470 | 14 Oct 2005 | Barb761I have been quit for 11+months and don't ever want to smoke again. The smell still makes me sick at times. I feel so much better and finally feel free. My friend who tried to quit with me 11+ months ago is now trying again. Into 15 days and is finding that quitting its not so bad and can only get easier with time. Thank you Freedom for all your help. The weekly notices are a reminder of where I am going........to NTAP.
#471 | 14 Oct 2005 | gold osomashiI've replied to this before, but I'd like to reply again.
#472 | 14 Oct 2005 | Sea TwoSmoking???? What's that????
#473 | 16 Oct 2005 | sostark
#474 | 16 Oct 2005 | thayes762I guess I am a newbie but....I can say that compared to glory week or even 4 weeks, it gets better every day. I would say I am down to about 5 or maybe 6 times a day for maybe 10-15 seconds per event. Earlier in the quit, this seemed a lot longer but one thing I have to say about the folks on this site....they tell the truth. It really gets better every day!!!! For that I say thanks!
#475 | 20 Oct 2005 | MikeThe1LOnce or twice a week I think of cigarettes, and even then it's usually in the context of "Wow, I can't believe I used to smoke," as opposed to actually wanting a cigarette.
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