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Tell a newbie how many seconds
a day do you still want a cigarette
~Page 33~

"I quit smoking." "How long before I start feeling normal again?"

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 cold turkey quitter comments, former smokers who successfully quit 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.

#801 | 05 Jan 2015 | Mommiana

Saw this thread bumped back up to the front page. I had perused through it earlier in my quit. I remember thinking, "wow! I can't wait to get to the same point as some of these people who never think about smoking!" Well, guess what?

At 8 months, 2 weeks, 11 hours and some odd minutes and seconds, I think about actually picking up a cigarette and smoking NEVER. I haven't desired a cigarette in over 6 months. My last intense wanting that I can remember was probably around the 1 month mark.

~ Christy
Nicotine-free for Eight months, two weeks, 11 hours, 51 minutes and 25 seconds. 5169 cigarettes not smoked, saving $1,034.14. Life saved: 2 weeks, 3 days, 22 hours, 45 minutes.

#802 | 17 Feb 2015 | ThePanster

Six years of freedom my friends, and how often do I want or crave a cigarette? Almost never -- for real. I rarely even think of it. Maybe once a year, and in that split second, I am filled with gratitude for what learned here, not the least of which was to embrace the crave and use it to remember how far I've come. Doesn't never really craving sound good? It is. And you can do it. You really can.

#803 | 18 Feb 2015 | jjbaker

Oh what a bloody Newbie I am with my silly 37 days. 199 Euro's saved by not smoking 740 cigarettes. Not a single craving. Nothing is missed. Not a thing.

I spent lots of time reading here, not because I feel my quit is at risk, but because there are tons of information tidbits that will help down the road, reinforce positively or prepare one for coming challenges ahead. When you are facing your quit mostly alone as a single person without a whole lot of social support and are surrounded by smokers, having a site like this is a good thing because it allows you to celebrate your accomplishment. There are only two places on this planet where nicotine has no voice, power or influence. Whyquit.com and the inside of my mind.

Addiction as a self study topic is turning into one of the most interesting topics for me. How can something that is so utterly complicated and information dense come down to being beaten by such a simple abbreviated sentence such as NTAP. Step one was to acknowledge and accept that this is not a habit but a deadly addiction. Freedom is always one smokeless breath ahead. Just take this next breath and remain true to your commitment to NTAP. Not now, not an hour from now, not today, probably not this week, month or year. Sorry, we have a life to live and freedom to experience.

#804 | 17 May 2015 | Jezza

After joel posted on my journal thread with the video related to this thread i decided to add my bit.

At 16 (and a half) months i only ever think about it if i see another smoker. But it's not a crave, it's a gentle reminder. As an example....

"I used to do that"

How long did it take for you to read that last line? 2 seconds perhaps? That's how many seconds a day i think about cigarettes.

#805 | 16 Aug 2015 | legend018

I quit 5 1/2 years ago cold turkey. Currently do you want to know how often I actually think about smoking. Hmmmmm I would have to say zippo, none, never, not at all.dancing banana em I don't have anyone smoking in front of me often, but when they do, I don't mind and it doesn't bother me. I really just becomes part of your life. smile em You get to a point where you used to smoke smile em

#806 | 15 Jan 2018 | Melanie DuBois LeBoeuf

With my smoke meter registering 7 years, 8 months and counting I’d have to say never!

#807 | 15 Aug 2015 | Penny Young

Never, ever.

#808 | 08 May 2018 | Patti Pattenden

None! 5 years later and I am the happiest I have ever been. This website was a life saver…literally. Thank you for helping me to quit cold turkey. I have so much gratitude for this wonderful resource and for your hard work at spreading these messages. Thank you.

#809 | 01 August 2018 | Michelle P.

I am so glad to report that I spend 3 seconds a day on average even remembering that I used to focus my whole day around smoking. All thoughts of smoking take up a combined 20-30 seconds of my week and most of that time is me being happy that I don’t smoke any longer. Cold turkey and the Law of Addiction were the keys to my success and anyone can also be successful!! Thank yo so much for your site full of help and wisdom. I hope it helps many more become the happy non-smoker they want to be. Michelle P.

#810 | 16 February 2019 | Kimberly Dunworth

Hi WhyQuit! Today is my 16th anniversary from quitting smoking cold turkey, with the help of this site and Freedom board (not sure if it still exists). 16 years! Because of this site I stopped craving cigarettes within a couple of weeks. Before in previous quits the cravings never went away. I usually forget my quit anniversary, but I finally put the reminder into my phone. I barely remember smoking. Thank god for this site. Thank you!

#811 | 01 March 2019 | Jan Schmidt

I quit cold turkey about 10 months ago with the help of this website and the power of information it provided me with. The answer is less than a second. The thought of smoking comes maybe once every two weeks and passes after a second or two.

Would've never imagined that in the beginning.

Best regards


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