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.
#651 | 14 Dec 2008 | aryeh36It's like "Don't think of a Monkey" the "Don't think" puts the monkey in your head.
#652 | 14 Dec 2008 | WSPSTARLADYAm I the only one who still thinks about smoking? I haven't had a cigarette for 1 month, 1 week, 2 days, & 1 hour... Although that is not a long time, I have quit many times for 8 months - 5 years and I still thought about smoking frequently. I believe that the question was "thinking" about smoking - not thinking that it is a good idea. I would say that I think about smoking for 1 minute every 20 minutes or so... that means, I think about smoking for 3 minutes/hour. Considering I am usually awake 16 hours/day, I spend 48 minutes a day or 2,880 seconds/day thinking about smoking.
#653 | 14 Dec 2008 | forza d animoI am kicking this string up now because I want the new members to be reading through it. It is an important string showing how over time the thoughts for cigarettes do really become infrequent. I also want to note that the purpose of this string is for new members to read the experiences from a lot of people what it is like for them not to over time, not for new members to write what it is like for them the first few days or weeks of quitting.
#654 | 14 Dec 2008 | LevaserOne month 3 days here.
WavyDavy7 | 14 Dec 2008 | #655I was reminded of the world I left when Freedom became my guide. That world was and is a world that still promotes NRT; it still a world that for some perverse reason still emphasizes the pain and difficulty of quitting. At Freedom I have the possibility of seeing abstinence from nicotine as a natural and desirable state of affairs. I still have the the thought to smoke a cigarrete, but frankly it doesn't grab me that hard. It just ocurred to me I don't even know what they're charging for those things these days and I also noticed I somehow mis-spelled cigarette.
#656 | 15 Dec 2008 | Theresa10458Have not thought of it at all. Life does go on after the quit. The thoughts will dissipate more and more as you remain committed to NTAP. A BIG DOUGHNUT
#657 | 15 Dec 2008 | Theresa10458You are not alone STAR. Yes I to have thought about it. It has become less frequent though. It is a thought that only passes like a ghost through a wall The desire is not one of a reality it only a remembrance.
#658 | 15 Dec 2008 | JoeJFree GoldThe question posed by Joel at the beginning of this Parade of posts is " also write down how many time or how many seconds or minutes in a typical day you really find yourself wanting a cigarette."
#659 | 15 Dec 2008 | wannadancThank you for the clarification on think/want, not that it was confusing me. At 4.5 YEARS clean and smober, I can say NEVER to want, and think -- only when I see one or smell one - and only some of the times do I even notice. With every day away from that last puff, the times between wants and/or thinks gets longer and longer. It really does. I didn't think it possible for the 40 plus years that I DID smoke........how grateful I am now for the 4.5 years I have not done that. --
#660 | 16 Dec 2008 | Theresa10458NONE = 0
#661 | 16 Dec 2008 | jinxYa Namby-pambies...
#662 | 16 Dec 2008 | MrsRed8After being smoke free for 3 months 2 weeks I can honestly say that I want a cigarette 0 sec a day How many seconds a day do I think about a cigarette maybe 5 seconds a day.
#663 | 01 Mar 2009 | osabrava2Hi! My name is Bernadette and I was a pack-a-day smoker for 27 years. According to my stats today, I've been free for 53 months. If I'd continued to smoke, I'd have smoked over 32 thousand cigarettes and spent over $8000 for the "privilege". Instead, I've probably helped extend my years on the planet by quitting cold turkey with the help of this site and all the wonderful people who maintain and post to it. Thanks Freedom, for all you do. When I smoked, my whole day, everyday, revolved around smoking. These days, I think about cigarettes an average of 0 (zero) seconds a day and I don't want them in my life for any reason at all. That's freedom!
#664 | 02 Mar 2009 | JohnPolitoosabrava2 wrote:
Hi! My name is Bernadette and I was a pack-a-day smoker for 27 years. According to my stats today, I've been free for 53 months. If I'd continued to smoke, I'd have smoked over 32 thousand cigarettes and spent over $8000 for the "privilege". Instead, I've probably helped extend my years on the planet by quitting cold turkey with the help of this site and all the wonderful people who maintain and post to it. Thanks Freedom, for all you do. When I smoked, my whole day, everyday, revolved around smoking. These days, I think about cigarettes an average of 0 (zero) seconds a day and I don't want them in my life for any reason at all. That's freedom!
#665 | 02 Mar 2009 | starbirderThe question posed by Joel at the beginning of this Parade of posts is " also write down how many times or how many seconds or minutes in a typical day you really find yourself wanting a cigarette."
#666 | 17 Mar 2009 | BJC2 or 3
#667 | 17 Mar 2009 | hwcI've now gone down to ZERO seconds a day on average.
#668 | 18 Mar 2009 | ThePansterAt 7 weeks: br>
#669 | 19 Mar 2009 | KoopHow many seconds do I want for a cigarette? ZERO
#670 | 20 Mar 2009 | AmethystI am ending day 9 and have to say it has been around 3 or 4 times today that I felt that I thought I wanted one and it was only as I was having tough day in work. Some deep breaths and lots of water helped. I am still in early quit but am so happy to be free and am taking each hour and each day as it comes making a promise to myself.
#671 | 21 Mar 2009 | grandmarouxI am 1 month 6 days free from nicotine. I don't think I have actually "wanted" a cigarette for quite a while. I think I have the odd crave maybe once or twice a day that may last 3 or 4 seconds. Its gone pretty quick now. Thinking about if you have "wanted" a cigarette puts a whole new prespective on it. With regards to what Koop was saying I am finding myself with a little bit of pity towards people I see smoking. I am so happy its not me. NTAP one day at a time.
#672 | 05 Apr 2009 | insaneirishgirl1I am at day 35 and I sometimes have a manageable craving in the evening , ( My hubby still smokes occasionally and He will go down in the basement , or outside, so i can smell it on him , if it was not for that fact, I would not think about them at all honestly .. I was at a family gathering today with my sisters ( who still smoke) I was fine actually , I did not even feel like i wanted or needed to partake in smoking .... I would say It is just at this point crossing my mind and exiting my mind almost as quickly as it enters..... I am enjoying being able to run with my 4 year old and actually KEEP up with him during this beautiful spring weather, A-LOT more then I am worried about wanting to smoke !
#673 | 16 Apr 2009 | abdo1 to 3 min a day max for the first 72 hrs . thanks FREEDOM ,thanx Joel,thanx everybody in whyquit.com . 3d 14:54 smoke-free, 88 cigs not smoked, Ì.ã.þ 27.000 saved, 06:40 life saved
#674 |19 May 2009 | jasv13After 27 days I will have to use a decimal for seconds per day. The first week or 10 days there were maybe all in all 30 seconds in the WHOLE day that I felt I MISSED smoking or WANTED to smoke. But for the last week I definited NEVER want to smoke. I THINK about the act of smoking quite a bit more - but that is thinking about it as in to appreciate the fact that I don't anymore -what I have gained and all the positive things that go with NOT smoking.
#675 | 16 Jul 2009 | ccathy247I am at three months now and I just don't really think of them at all. Now I get a few mental pauses during the day and I think ...mmmmmm......am I thirsty or something......
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