Tell a newbie how how many seconds a day you still want a cigarette

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June 25th, 2001, 7:20 am #21

After five months two weeks and 2 days of abstinence I still crave cigarettes about as much as I did when I first quit.
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June 25th, 2001, 7:48 am #22

I have quit for two months now, and can say that I have not had a serious crave for over a month. I, too, think of cigarettes from time to time, but it is more about how I am glad I don't smoke than wishing I could. My husband smokes so it is "in my face" all the time, but still I do not want to smoke. I am loving being a non-smoker. So much freedom in so many ways. There is not one thing I miss about it. I can't remember what it was that I enjoyed about it either. I look at other smokers now and do not envy them, rather pity them, but remember always that I was one of them, so I must keep my guard up, but is is not uncomfortable - just the opposite!

So occasionally I think to myself, mmmm a cigarette would be nice (that's the junkie me) and I instantly dismiss the thought (that's the intelligent me) and it is very easy. This whole process takes about 10 seconds and doesn't even happen every day. Only once in a while. So come on newbies, give Freedom a go. You won't miss a thing. Cheers, Glenys
I have chosen not to smoke for 2 Months 14 Hours 5 Minutes 13 Seconds. Cigarettes not smoked: 1539. Money saved: A$384.92.
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June 25th, 2001, 4:19 pm #23

I have had NOT A PUFF FOR 6 months 3 weeks 4 days : 3719 cigs not smoked : 1 week 5 days21 hours added to my life.

CRAVINGS ("I really really want to smoke and it's a struggle not to") ZERO and it's been zero since week 3.

STRONG URGES ("I would love a cigarette, like it's a hot day, I'm thirsty and I need a drink") ZERO and it's been zero since month 2.

MILD DESIRE ("I could quite fancy a cigarette now, like I haven't eaten for 2 hours, I'm mildly hungry, and I can smell a barbecue") TWICE A WEEK lasting about 3 seconds each time. It's been like that since month 6.

That means I'm thinking that I'd like a cigarette for 6 seconds a week.

When I smoked, there were probably at least 2 occasions each day when I wanted to smoke but couldn't, because I was in a no-smoking office or a restaurant or on a train. Each of those occasions lasted say 30 minutes average. That amounts to 25,200 seconds a week when I was suffering significant anxiety and withdrawal symptoms, far worse in intensity than any discomfort I have suffered from not smoking since I quit.

That's why I believe that quitting is actually easier than smoking.
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June 25th, 2001, 8:55 pm #24

Hello Everyone!!

It has now been one month, two weeks, 46 minutes and 19 seconds since I quit. That's 1801 cigarettes not smoked, saving $225.16. Life saved: 6 days, 6 hours, 5 minutes. That's after 45+ years as a smoker of at least 2 packs a day.
It has been at least two weeks since I actually WANTED a cigarette. What I have now are vagrant thoughts about smoking that pass in a matter of a few seconds--and I have actually had one day where I realized the next morning that I hadn't thought about smoking at all.

It is wonderful to be free--and to all of you in those tough first weeks--it does get better!! It gets steadily better each day. Will I ever completely forget about smoking? After 45 years, of course not. But the few thoughts I do have are getting fewer and weaker every day! Look forward and never take another puff!!

Cliff
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June 25th, 2001, 9:39 pm #25

Hello my quitting brothers and sisters,
I am very much of a newbie: 3W15h 20m of being GLORIOSLY FREE. Thank you all for your support and thank you Joel for all the knowladge and strength you are giving us.
I've been smoking for 20 years and this is not my first quit but it is my LAST QUIT.
First few days I had cravings that were not long lasting-couple of minutes but they were very often (every half an hour or so) it was not easy but I was determined. Then I found this site and it gave me so much insight that after that my cravings are almost non existant. They only appear in trigger situations but last such short time that its almost unnoticable. Its more thought of that "perfect smoke" that I crave for then smoke itself (smoke I dread and hate).
Of course now I know that "perfect smoke" does not exist and its just dirty, stinky addiction.
All in all I would say that my cravings last around 3 - 5 minutes max. for whole week (this is because i expose myself to lots of triggers otherwise it would be even less) and I am sure as time progresses they will go completelly.
YQS Irena.
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June 25th, 2001, 11:39 pm #26

Joel,

Great idea for a parade! I probably think about a cigarette total, 30-60 seconds total per day. Sixty seconds on a bad day. It gets better all the time. I have been beating Nicodemon for 5M 1W 5D 11h 25m 35s. I have NOT smoked 3309 life destroying cigarettes, for a savings of $463.33. I have saved 1W 4D 11h 45m of my wonderful life. Debi289
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June 26th, 2001, 1:02 am #27

Joel, excellent question. Most days I never think of a sickerette, however on occasion a situational urge will enter my mind. But thanks to the knowledge that I have gained from this site it is easily dismissed. I really thought about the question and in all honesty I guess the answer is close to ZERO, Nada, zilch, none, I came to this conclusion because those situational urges I mentioned above are not really thoughts of having a sickerette but rather just a fleeting moment of nostalgia. Joel, Zep and all the managers, Thanks from the bottom of my heart for this site. I am Stan, smokeless in Dallas for: Eight months, three weeks, six days, 15 hours, 26 minutes and 14 seconds. 10785 cigarettes not smoked, saving $1,483.04. Life saved: 5 weeks, 2 days, 10 hours, 45 minutes........as the country folk in Texas say; "Who'd thunk it"?
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June 26th, 2001, 1:49 am #28

I have not smoked for One month, one week, three days, 13 hours, 41 minutes and 59 seconds. 831 cigarettes not smoked, saving $128.87. Life saved: 2 days, 21 hours, 15 minutes.
It was very tough at the beginning of my quit but let me tell you that it got a lot easier over time. I have to honestly say I really do not crave that much not that I have quit cold turkey. Probably because it was something I thought I would never do in my other quits, but I'm doing it now. The only time I crave is
when I wake up from one of those d*mn smoking dreams. Those are the WORST let me tell you. So for all you newbies that thought they couldn't achieve freedom it is just 72 hours around the corner. Think of 72 hours and then think of your life...It really isn't that much time eh:-)

Regards,


Ryan
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June 26th, 2001, 2:26 am #29

Dear Newbies & especially "Lurkers",
As a smoker, I thought about smoking a lot..... 35 YEARS!!!!
For the last few years (since I started working at home) I was a chain
smoker @ almost 3 PACKS A DAY! So smoking really
consumed most of my day. And even though I was a HEAVY
SMOKER, this last educated (because of Freedom) quit was much
easier than I ever imagined. (certainly much easier than previous quits)
The last "just one" crave was 15 days into my quit.
NOW........@ 1 month 6 days the only time I even think about actually
wanting one is after supper but that only lasts a few seconds.
I am force to think about smoking often because my
hubby is still lighting up! But what I'm thinking when he's smoking is
that it looks stupid, he doesn't look like he's enjoying it, how could
I let cigarettes run my life for so long. I almost can't believe it was
such a BIG DEAL in my life. It's wEiRd!! I don't feel like a smoker
trying not to smoke......I FEEL LIKE AN EX-SMOKER!!
I just don't want to do it anymore!
Come on all you "lurkers" out there. It only takes a short time to change
your your life.....FOREVER!
Patsy
One month, six days, 13 hours, 22 minutes and 50 seconds. 2065 cigarettes not smoked, saving $284.02. Life saved: 1 week, 4 hours, 5 minutes.
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June 26th, 2001, 3:24 am #30

After one month I still think of cigarettes. The thoughts are in 2 forms. The first is not a crave but just thinking about a situation or activity that relates to smoking It doesn't bother me at all. This happens about 3 to 4 times a day. The second is the crave. Sometimes its hard to know exactly what makes it fire but It's just this intense desire
for a cigarette. It only lasts about 10 to 20 seconds. The craves are not as bad as they were a few weeks ago. A few weeks ago when I had a crave I thought of having a
cigarette and it felt like an enjoyable thing to do. Now when the crave hits I think of
smoking and it makes me sick. I only get 2, maybe 3 of these in a day.

It does get better everyone, so hang in there.

John
One month, 4 hours, 23 minutes and 56 seconds. 623 cigarettes not smoked, saving $145.00. Life saved: 2 days, 3 hours, 55 minutes.
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June 26th, 2001, 4:45 am #31

Hi All,
I've been beating Nicodemon for 2months,1week, 3days, 16hours, 33minutes...and you want to know how much time I spend thinking about smoking....well here goes it!!!
I have to say that I can relate to the way Marty describes the smoking urges, so I'm gonna use his break-downs to let all know how often I think about smoking....
CRAVINGS: (I really want to smoke and it's a struggle not to)
I haven't had a feeling like this since about the first 2 weeks of my quit!!!
STRONG URGES (I would love a smoke, like it's a hot day, I'm thirsty and I need a drink)
I haven't had a feeling like this for about 2weeks, and then it only lasted off and on during the first few games of the CWS...maybe the first 2 days and only lasted during the games, after the games I didn't think about smoking...
one of those triggers that we talk about...as I attended more games the triggers didn't phase me anymore....
MILD DESIRE (I would love a smoke now, like I haven't eaten for 2 hours, and I'm mildly hungry, and I can smell a Bar-B-Que)
This type of urge hits about 2 times a week but only for approx.. 5seconds...really easy to push it out of my mind if it ever enters...
So for all you lurkers out there, thinking about quitting but afraid of the fight and determination that you need...you only need to bit the bullet through **** week, then it's so much easier after that...It's true, Just try it, I know you can do it...
You just have to keep telling yourself, NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF
NEVER!!!
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June 26th, 2001, 4:48 am #32

Hi all,

I have been nicotine free for Four months, one week, four days, 17 hours, 58 minutes and 44 seconds. 2371 cigarettes not smoked, saving $533.41. Life saved: 1 week, 1 day, 5 hours, 35 minutes.


I can honestly say that I really don't want to smoke cigarettes anymore. I think about them sometimes...but I don't want them. When I think of them the thoughts are fleeting, less than 5-10 secs each. It is really not even an issue anymore, the anxiety surrounding the whole cigarette-nicotine-quit issue is gone.

For anyone who is struggling.....Just hang on it gets sooooo much better.

Kim
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June 26th, 2001, 6:30 am #33

I really had to think to answer this question. I found out that I hadn't thought about smoking today. And I don't remember thinking about it yesterday either. On Saturday, we were celebrating Midsummer day, and my sister (closet smoker) asked me to come and give her company when she would secretly smoke a cigarette. So I had to think about it - because we were talking about it, and I became aware of smoking. But most of the time I have forgotten about it, and when something reminds me of smoking, then I'm aware that I have quit. So I'm thinking about smoking often, because there are too many things out there that make me think about it - first of all watching all the people smoking etc. But I don't have any thoughts of "wanting to smoke" very often. I remember having one last week, and before that I think it was in the beginning of June. So I could say I have the thought of "wanting to smoke" once in two weeks. Every time it passes in about ten seconds. And remember, we're talking about thoughts here. I haven't had a crave for ages - I think I had the last one over 2 months ago. Freedom is great!!! I can enjoy my summer to the fullest!!!!!!!! Thank you :-)

Triin
I have been Quit for: 4M 5D 29m 36s. I have NOT smoked 2540, for a savings of $174.65. Life Saved: 1W 1D 19h 40m.
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June 26th, 2001, 6:51 pm #34

I have to say that this string has become one of the most important strings I can recall in Freedom's history. It illustrates so clearly what a person quitting smoking can really expect to happen over time. Not just from one person's perspective, but from over 30 people's experiences. It is so common for a person considering quitting or even a person off smoking for several hours or days will go up to a friend or family member who is an ex-smoker and ask the person if he or she ever thinks about cigarettes. The person asking the question wants to know what he or she can expect.

The family member or friend who may have thought about a cigarette once the day before or maybe even once weeks earlier will say that there still are times that he or she thinks about a cigarette. They are just answering the question honestly; that he or she still has thoughts, but often the person inquiring doesn't ask follow-up questions and are panicked by the answer he or she has just received.

For what the person asking the question is hearing is very different than what the longer-term ex-smoker is actually saying. The ex-smoker answering the question is saying, "Yes, there are times I think about or want a cigarette." Its like the urge people get to clean their homes on a particularly nice sunny day. It seems like a good idea for a second or two, and then they come to their senses and out they go to do something more enjoyable. Sometimes the whole thought lasts two or three seconds.

The sequence of events of the ex-smoker can be a train of thought that goes; "Boy it would be nice to have a cigarette right now-no it wouldn't" and that will be that. The thought is over with almost as quickly as it began. It was no big deal and may not happen again for hours, days and eventually weeks or months. That is what many people are saying, but what the short-term ex-smoker or person contemplating to quit is hearing is more akin to "Oh yes, I get powerful crippling thoughts all of the time, every waking moment, and if you don't give me one right now I will rip your arm off!" Again, these are very different interpretations of a simple answer that there are still thoughts for cigarettes.

So I plan to bring this string up often, or at least link over to it whenever possible. For those of you who have not posted to it yet please do so. It is a string that I think can help all our new quitters as well as all people who are lurking in just considering quitting. Your comments can be a great asset to these people. As I said, I plan to use it often for it really captures the essence of what a person can expect his or her experience to be as he or she gets more time accumulated smoke free and nicotine free. Overall it is a pretty comfortable way of life, one that will help the ex-smoker stay healthier and live longer as long he or she always remember to never take another puff!

Joel
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June 27th, 2001, 4:46 am #35

I THINK about smoking maybe Ten times a day for
about ten seconds each time.
Think about this newbies- when you smoked, how many times a day and for how long did you think about smoking?
And if you couldn't have a smoke, did you obssess about how much you craved a smoke? Well, now I go, "Gosh, I'd like a cigarette... HMMM....HMMMM...now that I think about it, I really don't"
It's like being FREE!
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June 27th, 2001, 5:44 am #36

Now into the 6 mth I can honestly say that I would never have believed it possible that I could stay away from a cigarette for this long.....and feel so good about it!!! I only think of cigs when folk smoke in front of me, which is quite often, and I'm quite aware that I no longer do that ugly thing!! Sometimes I barely notice. Very occasionally, I think I want one....some lingering memory of peace in my head and my body....then I remind myself of the choking in my lungs, which doesn't happen now. I sometimes watch smokers.....pull in the first drag, lovely, quick second and third, then the wee cough and wheeze, and by half way down the ciggie, pulling faces, choking, stubbing it out early....then lighting another one!! Did I do that? Did I think the next one would be better? I learned better here at Freedom. I don't suppose I had what could be called a craving after the first month....by 3 mths I rarely thought of smoking with any strong desire.....and now at 6 mths it seldom enters my head at all.....and when it does it's fleeting and easily banished. I don't think I've just been lucky.....I believe that if u use all the tools here at Freedom it will work for anyone. If it didn't get better, none of us would stay stopped!!!
Luv Pat
Six months, four weeks, one day, 14 hours, 38 minutes and 11 seconds. 6318 cigarettes not smoked, saving $1,080.21. Life saved: 3 weeks, 22 hours, 30 minutes.
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June 27th, 2001, 5:30 pm #37

Even thought I think about smoking quite regularly (I live in England, where people can smoke in bars and restaurants, and I have lots of smoking friends and collegues), most of the time it is in a "neutral" sort of way, or with a sigh of relief, that I no longer have to take part in this addiction.
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July 3rd, 2001, 12:52 am #38

With so many new members peeking in (since that is all they can do at the moment) I thought it would be good for them all to see where people are at in a relatively short period of time. Don't despair from the horror stories of people saying they want cigarettes years after they have quit. The "want" they are having are often few and far between and much different to the want or demand you have when you are actively smoking or first quitting. The comments throughout this string can really drive the difference home. Life will become better and thoughts less frequent and less intense as long as you always remember to never take another puff!

Joel
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July 3rd, 2001, 12:55 pm #39

Hi all, I have been quit for Four months, one week, one day, 4 hours, 55 minutes and 39 seconds. 6410 cigarettes not smoked, saving $1,473.88. Life saved: 3 weeks, 1 day, 6 hours, 10 minutes. I love being a non smoker, The greatest thing for me is the lack of discomfort I now experience. As a smoker I was constantly craving a cigarette. Of course there were lots of places that I wouldn't go, because I wouldn't be able to smoke, (like the show) Going to work was awful as well. only three smoke breaks a dy. Oh boy did I ever top mup when I got home. (stupid) Anyway guys I can honestly say that I may crave for about 30seconds about5 once a day. This is great and I don't even think about smoking as an option. I am now a non-smoker YIPEEEEEE
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July 3rd, 2001, 11:46 pm #40

After 3 weeks of NOT smoking: I have some thoughts, a few times per day. BUT these thoughts are similar to say, "let's have a burger, or a beer" that quickly go away. Cravings, maybe twice a day for a total of 30 seconds, but very easy do deal with and without any effort or "sacrifice".

As I was a Chain smoker, living in Ontario, where smoking is almost a crime (you are not allowed to smoke almost anywhere inside), I HAD HORRIBLE CRAVINGS MAYBE 30-40 TIMES A DAY, IN ADDITION WITH 25-30 CIGARRETES SMOKED.

Please compare this:
I do NOT Smoke: 30 seconds light cravings per day.
When I did Smoke: a FEW HOURS OF cravings.

For those who think I exagerate, Imagine going in a three hour meeting with no break (2 hour craving), or a trans-Atlantic flight (7 hour craving).

IT DOES GET BETTER!!!
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July 4th, 2001, 12:14 am #41

Hello Everyone,
After 20 years of smoking, I put out my last butt at 9:45pm on February 26, 2001.
My stats are: 18 weeks, 13 hours, 17 min, and 37 seconds. Basically 4 months and almost 1 week. Cigs not smoked, 3,796. Money saved, $949.
I have truly not had a desire for a cigarette since about the 2 month mark. The only thoughts I have of smoking now, are how to avoid being around it. I love being in control of my life, and I know that to stay this way, I must never take another puff. Problem solved.
YQS, Julia
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July 4th, 2001, 1:06 am #42

Hello everyone! Well, I've gone over the list I made before I quit of when and why I smoked and I guess I could sum up my excuses as "because I was awake." Seriously, though, I see that I don't even think about smoking now for any of the reasons I listed anymore, and I see in my Journal that I haven't had a serious craving since the third week of my quit. I've had some triggers, though, but those have lasted as long as it takes to think "Oh, no, I'm not even going there" which is about two seconds! And, that doesn't happen often at all. I'd say that since the third week, I've had thoughts about once a week on average, and I've noticed that my Journal entries are more about being aggravated being in a room with smokers and suffering from the effects of their smoking. My eyes burn, and my chest gets tight~~I'm just miserable!
I don't intentionally avoid being around smokers, hubby smokes, and one of our daughters and her boyfriend smoke,~~~outside~~~ and I visit with them on the patio, but I've never wanted a cigarette while I'm with them. I thought this would be a big temptation, but it isn't. Last weekend when everybody was home for a visit, I got a bit miffed when I saw them trooping outside to smoke after dinner while I was left cleaning the kitchen by myself! Then I remembered how I used to scoot out there to smoke after a meal because I needed to smoke! There's nothing pretty about seeing a cloud of smoke swirling around the heads of people I love. Nor is it appealing to smell that stale tobacco on their clothes and in their hair. And, I've started noticing how a smoker's face scrunches up as they puff on that cigarette, and squint when the smoke gets in their eyes and burns. Not a pretty sight at all, not to mention that they're killing themselves a puff at a time, just as I used to do.
My husband and I used to spend hours outside on our patio smoking and talking every day, first thing in the morning, after meals, and last thing at night. When I first quit I didn't go out there very much because I was afraid that I'd weaken and relapse. Then I'd go out but not stay too long. Now I go out whenever I want to and I never think about lighting up. I do think about smoking, though, but only in the sense of how happy I am that I don't need to do it anymore. I don't have to go out there in order to feel better because I'm needing the nicotine. (And, I have to add here, did I really feel better?) Now I have a choice, then I didn't. Now I'm free of the control of the nicotine, then I wasn't. And as Marius said, I can't imagine a long flight without smoking. How miserable that would be! We made a trip to London in May, ten hours in a plane, and I never thought about smoking, but I saw my hubby running for the door as soon as the plane landed for his "fix." We went to a wedding two weeks ago and I saw the bride going outside every half hour or so for a smoke break. Episodes like this just reinforce my resolve never to be jerked around by the addiction to nicotine ever again as long as I live. So, as for my smoking thoughts, 99% of them are gratitude that I don't smoke anymore, and constantly hoping and praying that all smokers will quit and enjoy the freedom and joys of a smoke-free life.
It can be done~~One Day At A Time!
Not one puff...No matter what...Just for today!!!
Love to all,
Mari
Three months, three weeks, two days, 19 hours, 44 minutes and 51 seconds. 2316 cigarettes not smoked, saving $414.49. Life saved: 1 week, 1 day, 1 hour, 0 minutes.
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July 4th, 2001, 2:46 am #43

Hi Joel: I smiled at your topic as the first thing I read of yours almost 9 months ago that helped keep me off cigarettes was.... "would I rather occasionally think about smoking, or constantly think about quitting ?" That's when I realized that in our brain, our thoughts are constantly changing. So the others are so right, "IT" only lasts a few seconds to minutes. Whereas a desire to quit happens with every cigarette we smoke!

It's been 9 months and while nothing would make me stick one of those cancer sticks in my mouth, I do think and remember often during a day. Except thanks to your reminding me I know the thought flies away quickly!

It's an important concept that we need to remember always.

Thanks Joel, for being here for us. I was glad yesterday to find my password so I could check in from time to time. Can you believe it was almost 9 months ago since you answered my plea for help? You and the others gave me belief in myself.
I am forever grateful.

Your sweet smelling never take another puff, Dionne
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July 4th, 2001, 3:42 am #44

My stats are at: Two months, one day, 21 hours, 1 minute and 7 seconds. 1257 cigarettes not smoked, saving $314.38. Life saved: 4 days, 8 hours, 45 minutes.

How many seconds per day do I think about having a cigarette? Not many. I would say that on average I think about it for maybe a total of 90 seconds, and I only usually have one craving per day. That craving is usually triggered by spending time with my closest friend who continues to smoke a pack a day. With her I still want to smoke occassionally, and this is the only on-going trigger in my quit right now, but with each day it gets easier to not smoke around her. Two weeks ago I went to a cottage with her and another v. close friend who chain smokes, and cravings only hit about 3 or 4 times. Not too bad considering how many times cravings hit them - they seemed like they were trying to set a record for number of cigarettes smoked in a row!

Teresa
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July 5th, 2001, 1:23 am #45

I am copying Mike's post to this string because it really addresses the issue of thoughts about smoking at different time periods after quitting. I don't think Mike will mind.

Joel
From: NOMO Sent: 7/4/2001 12:04 PM
Hello Everyone

In light of these words of wisdom, I thought I'd drop in and say hello and to tell all who are struggling to quit and stay quit, that,

It DOES get easier !!!!

Tomorrow will be my 7 month anniversary. If not for the help I've received from the great people here, I would have smoked 10,572 cigarettes !!! I would have spent very close to $2000 in the process.

All of our quits may differ, but I, personally, almost never feel like I want to smoke any more. If and when I DO, It not much problem to utilize the education I received here, and to move on.

I honestly never thought I'd be able to say that I'm an ex-smoker !!

If all newbies heed the wisdom that is so abundant here, you'll be able to say these things too I'm living (and breathing) proof !!!!!

Mike
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