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

Jinksy (Gold)
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:59

04 Jul 2001, 00:14 #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

Mari (GOLD)
Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 00:00

04 Jul 2001, 01:06 #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 Image
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.

Dionne (gold)
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:58

04 Jul 2001, 02:46 #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

Ter (green)
Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 00:00

04 Jul 2001, 03:42 #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!


Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

05 Jul 2001, 01:23 #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.

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 !!!!!


Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 00:00

05 Jul 2001, 02:02 #46

i am a member who has been basically in lurk mode for the past several months, now and then popping in mostly to read joel's stuff, but felt i ought to respond to this one . . . how often do i think about smoking? at least a couple times a day it crosses my mind, only because there are many things to remind me, but that's not the same thing as wanting one, or having a genuine urge. the only time i ever have an actual crave or urge or really want one--and then only fleetingly--is when i see another person light up, and then only for those first few seconds.
hang in there, newbies. quitting smoking is a difficult process, but it is a process that progresses with every second/minute/hour/day that goes by. you will have your moments, sure, but with the right knowledge and motivation you will easily beat them and move on.
as for me, i wouldn't trade in the sweet smell of wisteria on a hot summer night for anything in this world.
keep fighting the good fight. :)
10 months, 1 week, 5 days, 13 hours, 33 seconds . . .

Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

06 Jul 2001, 05:44 #47

guess i thot i'd like to put my 2 cents worth in. i don't think about smoking hardly at all. sometimes, when i'm going to be doing something that i haven't done as a non-smoker i think "how can i do that without a cigarette?" which seems kinda silly since i haven't had a cigarette since March 31, 2001 and being without them doesn't bother me in the least. but for some reason something new comes along and i ask that question - face it - and find out it's no big deal at all. in fact, i have learned that being around cigarette smoke just makes me sick. for the first time a couple weeks ago i went to friends house for dinner - they are heavy smokers - and i wondered how i'd be able to face the evening. i walked into a very smokey house which was most unappealing - we sat at the table and the smoke from both their cigarettes went right into my face - it was making me sick and nauseous and giving me a headache - sooooooooooooooooooo.............i had no problem at all not wanting to smoke. for that matter - i left with my lungs all junked up again - coughing and pleghming my way home and i hated that too. i haven't craved one since i quit this time - i've been very fortunate. i feel good - and i'm very proud of me and that's just the best feeling in the whole wide world. i had 28 years worth of smoke in me - and i had quit for 7 years after smoking 10 - had one one day and blew it for another 18 years. shows you what an addiction can do. i don't want that to ever happen again. i like this feeling it's far better then the little "i think i want a smoke" which crops up only every once in a while.


Three months, four days, 16 hours, 22 minutes and 48 seconds. 1353 cigarettes not smoked, saving $236.77. Life saved: 4 days, 16 hours, 45 minutes.

Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:59

06 Jul 2001, 05:55 #48

Hi Joel, and all my freedom friends,

I too think this is an important thread. In my early quit I too thought when will this get better? I can tell you it does. I will be 70 in November, and I will also be a year smoke free. What a present to myself. I don't think about cigarettes as cigarettes, with the urge or yen to smoke them, but rather as repulsive in odor, and deadly in result. I also have days when I feel strange, or a little spacy. When this occurs I know it will go away, and that smoking is not a remedy or an option, but a death sentence. I do think about other people when they smoke in front of me, but with pity rather than desire. How many seconds a day do I think about them is easy hardly at all. I go days sometimes and tobacco is the farthest thing from my mind. I am 7 and a half months smober, have saved over $1100, and most remarkable have not smoked over 8,000 nastysticks. I also was impressed with your cilia thread, Joel, I printed it off along with pictures, had my smoking wife and son read it, and mailed it to my smoking daughter nurse. Again thank you Freedom for saving or at least extending my life.

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Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

06 Jul 2001, 21:26 #49

I took the liberty of copying Treese's post from last night here to this string. It is one thing when a person who has quit smoking for a day or two hears people say that they hardly think of smoking at all once off for months or years. But when you hear from someone off for only a few days or maybe even just a few weeks, and he or she too is only having sporadic thoughts throughout the day--well this adds a ray of hope that times will be better soon for the recently quit smoker. It is not even important that a person feels it is going to get better. All that is important is that the person hangs in there and sees it happen for him or herself.
From: Treese Sent: 7/5/2001 10:29 PM
Hi Everyone! Thought I'd check in again tonight to let you all know it's been a great day today!! I have been announcing to everyone I know that I am a nonsmoker and have vowed to NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF!!! I have given this website address to everyone, even ones who don't smoke but have loved ones that do. They ask me how I quit and I tell them how highly educational and supportive this site is. I find myself quoting things I've read and re-read. Im not proud of the fact of being addicted to nicotine (I totally admit it though) and explained to many why this quit is successful and my other quits failed. Today I did think about cigs but not as much as yesterday. Today, I thought about them for a few seconds, maybe 6 times but then the thought went away. It's definately thoughts today and NOT a feeling like I GOTTA HAVE A CIG CRAVE.I've had a few thoughts that just popped into my head and I stopped to think a minute, that HEY, I DON'T SMOKE ANYMORE-and then the thought would pop right back out of my head. Even tho I still think of those nasty cigs daily, whenever I see someone smoking, I can only feel sorry for them and don't envy them like I had done in previous quits. So, today was much better than yesterday. I look forward to having fewer thoughts about cigs as each day goes by. I know it is getting better because when I have my thoughts, I immediately say to myself that a cig is not going to make me feel better and I definately am not going thru **** Week again!! I have been smoke free for 1W,3D,37M,14S. 150 cigs not smoked and $25.25saved. I am so thankful to have found FREEDOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!

farmer ( gold)
Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 00:00

11 Jul 2001, 11:20 #50

WANTING A SICKERETTE ? I really dont any more, maybe 1/2 second when my beer drinking buddy who smokes my old brand is around, but that is the only time I even get the urge . I am surrounded by smokes all day but not my brand. I looked backed at my 1st post and I remember I really had a hard time those 1st couple weeks. Worst was 1st thing in morning and after I eat but now That is not even a problem and has not been for a while. I love my smoke free life and will never ever smoke again. My 20 year old Daughter ask me how I could be smoke FREE with her and my wife lighting up at same time and before I could answer my wife told her I was stronger than them. I think over time they will both see the way but I will never smoke again. It is a constant battle but it does get better as you go , just hang on and feel the power as you NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF !!!