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.
#701 | 18 May 2010 | soulagementE_Really and truly! And even when I do, I just think of how much I would regret going back to such a nasty activity. The cheap thrill of a smoke making my head spin for a couple minutes is sooooooooooo not worth it. NTAP
#702 | 15 Jul 2010 | Sarah52ExSmokerSue said it right. I could not have said it any better.
#703 | 15 Jul 2010 | RogerDonaldsonZero seconds per day. Except for Very Rarely I want one for like a second, but not even like actually really wanting one. It's more like a phantom thought. No problem whatsoever. Actually I'm still proud that I quit, and I'm happier for it every day.
#704 | 16 Jul 2010 | KlinkaI've been quit for 3 weeks, 5 days and 14 hours. I do think about smoking every now and then, but I definitely don't think as much about smoking as I did when I still smoked 30 cigarettes a day.
#705 | 04 Sep 2010 | Mslindy
#706 | 16 Sep 2010 | jaysohnI can honestly say that I never want a cigarette. Sometimes I will get a random thought about having one, but it is quickly gone once I remind myself that I don't smoke any more. It's sort of weird, it comes on me at times when I kind of forgotten about quitting (like not having any craves or thoughts all day and then experiencing something that u used to always do with a cigarette). Jason Free from nicotine for 5 weeks 3 days and 22 hours
#707 | 17 Sep 2010 | tagsgirlStill haven't wanted one and it is day 13, yes on a Friday, lol, I have thoughts like "gee I would have just lit up", "again", "another instance". What is more amazing is the thoughts that come "I HAVEN"T THOUGHT OF A CIGARETTE!" . Not craves, thoughts.
#708 | 02 Oct 2010 | momof8I never want one. Oh I may occasionally think I should be having one. Those trigger times when I would have been having one. But I can't say I want it, it is just the thing to do. Or would have been when I was smoking. Even those thoughts have become rarer and rarer.
#709 | 16 Oct 2010 | JimHLike Leigh, I am amazed at how quickly I went from needing a cigarette every hour or less to going days without wanting one at all. I was a very heavy smoker (3 to 4 packs a day) and I expected years of wanting to smoke. I've been free for 11 weeks now. I had my first day without any urges a least 2 weeks ago. I can't remember the last time I wanted a cigarette. At least a few days ago. For the last 3 or 4 weeks the rare urges have been so easy to deal with that I think they pass without me remembering I had one. I know I can and I know I will get through 3 minutes without nicotine, so why dwell on it?
#710 | 18 Oct 2010 | shadedLately, i have reached this stage : I don't want a cigarette because i view nicotine as addictive and all the other chemicals laced with it as poison. I still think of cigarettes/nicotine but this is usually when i read up on site to keep vigilant or when my boyfriend comes from outside smelling of smoke. Apart from that, i carry on with my day as norm without giving nicotine a passing thought. Donna, Quit date : 16th March 2010
#711 | 18 Oct 2010 | Sarah52After smoking for 40 years, I have been quit for almost one year (11 months, 2 weeks or so).
#712 | 19 Oct 2010 | tagsgirl
#713 | 21 Oct 2010 | LauriemiSmoked for 30 years ack!!! I set myself free 1 month 21 days ago, and have saved $383 dollars. I feel great and confident. I do have thoughts once in awhile now about a cig; like after working outside. However its NOT me wanting a cig, it's just a shadow of an old habit.
#714 | 01 Nov 2010 | RogerDonaldsonHonestly, some rare days I feel like smoking (like today). I don't think so much about the cigarette, but I get that feeling I had just before I'd have a smoke. But it isn't bad at all. You just have to realize the fact that it really isn't a big deal. It's totally manageable. I found that the best way to deal with it is to eat healthy, exercise (stuff I haven't done for a little while! Gonna get back to it soon; I can't wait!), feel good about yourself, and understand that by not smoking you are in a constant state of healing in every conceivable way. Everything is good about not smoking. Even when I had been going crazy for a smoke, I did not regret not smoking for a split second. Actually I feel blessed that I have the opportunity and the strength to quit. And this is coming from someone who loooooved smoking.
#715 | 16 Nov 2010 | Double A RonI haven't posted here in a long time, months even.
#716 | 17 Jan 2011 | GuestI have been quit for 1 Month, 1 Week, 4 Days, 10 hours, 11 minutes and 38 seconds (42 days). I have saved $174.98 by not smoking 636 cigarettes. I have saved 2 Days and 5 hours of my life. My Quit Date: 12/6/2010 6:30 AM
#717 | 18 Jan 2011 | AmethystTo the newbies here, after a while you will think of cigarettes yes but think how lucky and great you are not to have to smoke them anymore. Not one puff ever and one day at a time and read everything here, it works!
#718 | 18 Jan 2011 | mary
#719 | 18 Jan 2011 | Sarah52I have been nicotine free for 1 year, 2 months
#720 | 25 Jan 2011 | NemoToidToday is pretty good, the thoughts about cigarettes today are thoughts rather than craves. One day at a time.
#721 | 01 Feb 2011 | gusdimopoulosHello everyone. Tonight ends the fourth day without nicotine and tomorrow morning is the start of day five. My experience so far has been tough, but tolerable. I'm 35 and have been smoking a pack/day since 17. I am married and have 2 beautiful kids. Every cigarette I have smoked since my daughter was born 5 years has plagued me with guilt, however, never enough for me to stop once and for all. I'm a shameful smoker, which means I don't do it in front of the kids, or most work colleagues, or most people come to think of it. That's been tough as well, because it only adds to the shame and embarrassment.
#722 | 02 Feb 2011 | Joel SpitzerFrom above:
#723 | 17 Feb 2011 | ScubafeeAbsolutely NO SECONDS! Yeehaa
#724 | 17 Feb 2011 | MandevillaScubafee - what you wrote is SO awesome. I sort of got the feeling recently in my 48 day quit that there may.....just may....come a time when I don't even think about smoking! And you have confirmed that that may be a reality some day. I know each person is different, but I can relate because there are so MANY hours a day that I don't even think about it - and sometimes when I do, it is only to say "whew - so glad I do not do that any more."
#725 | 21 Feb 2011 | Diane JoyWOW and i do still have thoughts of smoking and ONLY by MY Higher Power i have NOT ONE PUFF!!! i play MY thoughts ALL THE WAY THROUGH AND I HAVE NEVER HAD ONE CIGARETTE IN MY SMOKING CAREER!!! So i use the Serenity Prayer and MY thoughts MOVED ON TO FOCUS ON THE FREEDOM I HAVE TO BREATH BETTER AND DEEPER!!! I have replaced smoking with AREOBIC WALKING and this is MY story i put the DVD in and have continue EVERYDAY 5 miles a day 6 days a week and i remember when i want to GET LAZY AND I AM NOT AS BAD AS I USE TO BE - i smoked EVERYDAY!!! Thank you all for letting ME share and i am so Grateful to be NICOTINE FREE ONE MOMENT AT A TIME!!! Today is a GREAT DAY FOR ME personally and it has been a long TIME SINCE I was HAPPY I AM NOT SMOKING TODAY!!!
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