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

Retraining the conscious mind
Blue1451
Blue1451

July 25th, 2007, 2:12 pm #726

To be honest??? Never thought of it once today!!!! Oh ya baby!!!!!
Tracy
484 day's into recovery
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lfrogger
lfrogger

July 25th, 2007, 2:32 pm #727

It only gets better!
I posted a response to this on 7/14 .
I said 30-90 seconds a day (1-3 cravings/triggers).
Since that post, I have gone to sleep several nights thinking "hey, I didnt even think about having a smoke today"!
I never thought in my wildest dreams I would go a whole day wtihout even a thought for a smoke. TOO COOL!!!!
This Freeway journey I'm on just gets better & better.

Lou
35 days free & healing
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Joel
Joel

August 8th, 2007, 4:01 am #728

From above:

I am kicking this sttring 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.

Joel
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Jacqui672 Gold
Jacqui672 Gold

August 9th, 2007, 12:05 am #729

Today, I haven't had one second where I even thought about cigarettes much less wanted one. 6 days ago at the beach, sitting with smokers, I thought, "Oh A cigarette would be nice." That thought lasted about a minute or so.

On average, I probably think about wanting a cigarette a few seconds every month. I go about 20 straight days every month not even thinking about it.

One year, four months, one week, four days, 1 hour, 5 minutes and 53 seconds. 19921 cigarettes not smoked, saving $5,478.50. Life saved: 9 weeks, 6 days, 4 hours, 5 minutes.
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tex061355
tex061355

August 11th, 2007, 12:47 am #730

To all newbies, NOT once today for this old man. Almost 9 months into my quit. Stick with it and y'all will respond the same way. That's a Texas guarantee.

Do or do not, there is no try.
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Joel
Joel

October 3rd, 2007, 10:19 pm #731

From above:

I am kicking this sttring 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.

Joel
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starbirder.ffn
starbirder.ffn

October 4th, 2007, 12:35 am #732

ZERO seconds a day of Physical Craves since 1st week of quit.........

A few seconds of Pyschological ones come at times of extreme stress, not for nicotine, but for a "comfort feeling", usually a few deep breathes help.

NO thoughts of returning to nicotine. I was a 40 year old user who FINALLY SAY NO MORE, I WANT TO LIVE!!!!!!

Use your brain, the most powerful organ we have, and breathe deep, this advice helped me with my freedom journey.



Star - Free and Healing for Two Months, Twenty Days and 49 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 2 Days and 19 Hours, by avoiding the use of 810 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $206.11.
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Chipits GOLD.ffn
Chipits GOLD.ffn

October 4th, 2007, 3:49 am #733

"So do thoughts of smoking ever arise? Sure they do. I've also changed thousands of diapers and that might cross my mind sometimes too. I know, I know, one is not an addiction, but they both stink! Is there any residual chattering in the head? Like a train whistle, the babble faded into the distance long ago! What do you call a rare thought of smoking? Just spam, that's all. Delete." .......from my Gold post in July 07..
So, yes, I have fleeting thoughts about smoking, in that I am aware of how long I have been quit and how relieved and happy I am that I did quit. Actually, if I choose to, I suppose I could force myself to think about having been quit all day long, or not even bring it to mind at all. But, this is what is important for current smokers or newbies to hear - Do I still crave cigarettes? No,no, no, because there is no need to top off my nicotine levels because I am not in physical withdrawal and haven't been since the first week I quit smoking. No,no,no because most of any triggers and temptations for me have been faced as an ex-smoker. (such as getting in my car, or morning coffee or after meals, or whatever....) We don't have to face these things repeatedly 'ad nauseum' for our brains to get the message. We are fast learners and healers! And those life-style triggers are not of the 'got-to-have-it-now' CRAVE variety, but of the thought variety. BIG DIFFERENCE. Hope this helps to ease some of the perceived fears of quitting...it is not as horrible as your addictive mind wants you to believe it is. Quitting is actually liberating! I wouldn't be here today after 39 years of smoking if quitting nicotine was impossible, excruciating or perpetual. This site wouldn't exist if nicotine had the ability to keep us a prisoner for life. I am free and it does feel good. Food for thought....Is the heroin addict addicted to a method> the needle, or to the drug?...is the alcoholic addicted to the bottle or the liquid inside?....is the person addicted to pornography addicted to the books, videos or computer or to the content he is viewing? Are you addicted to cigarettes, dip or patches, or to the nicotine in your favoured method of delivery? Addiction is about the substance; the method is merely a way to get it into your body. It is we who, through our chosen way of getting nicotine, form habitual rituals in our addiction to nicotine . It is we who can break the grip of nicotine with education and motivation.
A long answer to the thread question..... no, I don't want a cigarette ANY seconds in a day....I don't crave....I don't require....any nicotine in any form!!! Thinking, wanting or craving are vastly different things.Knowledge has enabled me to value my freedom and my whole being is grateful.
Remembering from whence I came keeps me thankful. Forgetting to remember this is one aspect of comfort. Freedom is priceless!
Thank God I'm Free! You can be too if, for today you abide by the concept, No Nicotine Today, and then repeat tomorrow and then the next day.....
Wendy Using my smarts! Healing my parts! for One Year, Two Months, Twenty Seven Days; I've not wasted 51 Days and 22 Hours by smoking, and I have not used 14948 death tubes which would have been $5,638.68. up in smoke.
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jakki8368
jakki8368

October 7th, 2007, 4:55 am #734

thoughts of smoking - yes - i see people smoking, my friends still smoke,so yes i sometimes think of smoking
Do i want a cigarette???? do you know i don't actually think that i have actually thought 'i want a cigarette' at all over the past couple of days - how amazing is that!!!!!!!
i don't want a cigarette - but more importantly i know that i don't and i never will NEED a cigarette!!!!!
and i am not even green yet-so if it's the first few hours or days into your quit hang in there because you will be amazed at how quickly things start to level out and it all doesn't seem so bad.
thanks freedom
take care
jakki - Free and Healing for Twenty Five Days, 22 Hours and 6 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 2 Days and 16 Hours, by avoiding the use of 778 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me £194.62.
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constellar1963
constellar1963

October 31st, 2007, 2:36 am #735

Today, I wanted a cigarette for 0 seconds.

But last week when I lost my purse and was stranded far away from home with no cash, ID's, credit cards or keys, a good samaritan offered me the use of his cell phone -- and he offered me a cigarette! I craved that cigarette intensely for about 2 seconds and almost grabbed it. But I knew if I even touched the thing, I would be in danger of trashing the past 485 days of freedom for the sake of a 2-second crave. If I did that, I could no longer proudly say I had reached 7,283 cigarettes not smoked, $1,455 of money saved and 1 month, 25 days and 15 more precious hours of life to breathe in.

It turned out to be easy to say no, and the craving left me as quick as it appeared.

-Julie
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swrld
swrld

October 31st, 2007, 6:20 am #736

Maybe at the very most about 60 to 90 seconds a day. They aren't really craves more just a thought like " I use to smoke a cigarette now" or " I haven't thought about smoking for a few hours"

Kristi
1 month and almost a week
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System Pilot
System Pilot

November 1st, 2007, 11:36 pm #737

About once a month a situation will come up where I think about smoking, but it only lasts a second or so...
So I will say about 2 seconds a month or roughly .067 seconds a day.

Free and healing for 1 Year, 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 2 hours and 5 minutes, while extending my life expectancy 1 Month, 1 Week, 2 Days, 23 hours and 30 minutes, by avoiding the use of 11,802 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $2,065.36.
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SmokefreeLeeTron
SmokefreeLeeTron

November 2nd, 2007, 3:46 am #738

NEVER!

The idea of smoking repulses me at this point in my life.

It has been months since I encountered a "new" old trigger. Embracing craves and reconditioning really works.

Also, the novelty of quitting has worn off by now too. I'm just a non-smoker...

Life goes on without smoking. A much better life, thankyouverymuch!

Put 'em down, leave 'em alone... NTAP

Beavis
3 years 6 months quit
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JeanT0718
JeanT0718

November 2nd, 2007, 3:59 am #739

I never want a cigarette. Every once in a while something will happen to make me think, oh, I used to smoke while doing this....but even then I don't want one. It is a distant memory (one that I want to make even more distant.) The way to do that is to.......

NTAP!

Jean-
3 months 2 weeks 3 hours 55 minutes smoke-free, 2,125 cigs not smoked, $371.88 saved, 1w 9:05 life saved
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Kristen Goldx3
Kristen Goldx3

November 3rd, 2007, 7:50 pm #740

From: Suzi Sent: 11/1/2007 3:55 PM
ummm...
2 seconds once a day...perhaps!
Even after only 2 months...
now THAT'S something to CELEBRATE!!
Suzi Two months, one week, four days, 16 hours, 50 minutes and 47 seconds. 1454 cigarettes not smoked, saving $363.51.
Life saved: 5 days, 1 hour, 10 minutes.
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Mick Dundee Free
Mick Dundee Free

November 3rd, 2007, 8:42 pm #741

Absolutely zero is how many seconds a day I want a cigarette.

I barely think of it, never mind actually entertaining the thought of having one!

Life goes on and I don't miss smoking one bit.

Mick Dundee Free 6 months 2 days 13 hours, 3496 cigarettes not smoked.
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iwannalive
iwannalive

November 12th, 2007, 10:44 am #742

I am always remembering that I was a smoker every minute. But I dont crave for a smoke much at all maybe once or twice a day but only for about 5 seconds each time. I wouldnt even call it a crave. (just a thought )I can live with that. But I hear it gets even less than that as time goes bye. So it is well worth it to be able to breathe and not slave to smokes.
10 seconds a day urges over smoking every 20 minutes and less. I rather stay quit and healthy.

Diane - Free and Healing for Twenty Eight Days, 10 Hours and 45 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 3 Days and 10 Hours, by avoiding the use of 996 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $318.99.
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doreen4158
doreen4158

November 13th, 2007, 1:53 am #743

I think answering this may be a bit premature for me too answer. I will say so far I have noticed I think about it less and less everyday with the craving lasting just a few minutes. Sometimes I think to myself ( and I had this experience just today) "Wow...I have not even thought of a cigarette yet today....It really is getting easier!"


Doreen
Three weeks, five days, 13 hours, 36 minutes and 44 seconds. 531 cigarettes not smoked, saving $159.40. Life saved: 1 day, 20 hours, 15 minutes.
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Joel
Joel

December 5th, 2007, 2:56 am #744

From above:

I 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.

Joel
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RJW118
RJW118

December 5th, 2007, 3:15 am #745

Thoughts of not smoking...frequently...I never want to forget I don't smoke any more, I intentionally keep that thought in my mind cause I never want to forget. Been there done that, it cost me another 5 years of active using.

CRAVE: not even last week when I spilled a cup of coffee all over my desk, which in the past would have sent me into a screeching stress induced crave.

WANT: as in the old "I want a cigarette" mode, never

Never Take Another Puff, Not One Puff Ever.
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Joel
Joel

January 10th, 2008, 8:22 am #746

This is an extremely important string. If you go back (click here:First if you want to start from the beginning) and read through the hundreds of responses from people who are off for weeks, months, or even years and you will get a real appreciation of just how infrequent smoking thoughts really are for people who totally break free from nicotine. If you were to pose the exact same question at other sites that have the limitations of variable interpretations of what it means to be truly quit you would likely see many different answers and a wide variety of responses to this very same question.

The problem of defining what is really being quit can even pose problems to people who are not using any form of NRT or had any "slips" (relapses), for by reading the comments of other people who are "off smoking" for days, weeks, months or years and who are still complaining of this symptom and that craving can set up the expectation that quitting is really a long drawn out battle. This sets the stage for either a self-fulfilling prophecy situation or for easily blaming everything that goes wrong in an ex-smoker's life on the fact that he or she had quit smoking.

If you are you feeling stressed on a particular day weeks into your quit or having a specific physical symptom-it must be because you quit smoking. After all, look at those other people who are feeling stressed or having the same physical symptom the same day who have been off for just as long. We on the other hand try to insure that our readers recognize that if they are feeling stress or are having a physical symptom it is probably because they are just facing one or more stressful situations or are having symptoms to a problem that they had better find the real underlying reason for the cause. The string Life goes on without smoking explores this issue.
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iwannalive
iwannalive

January 10th, 2008, 10:03 pm #747

I dont really have an urge to smoke .I would have to say once every two weeks for about 3-5 min. That's it. . The urges get further apart. That they dont really phase me much anymore. I must say that I never thought I would ever be comfortable or truly enjoy being without a smoke. But I just feel so great and never want to return to being a smoker again.

Diane - Free and Healing for Two Months, Twenty Six Days, 22 Hours and 3 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 10 Days and 16 Hours, by avoiding the use of 3077 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $988.26.
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forza d animo
forza d animo

January 11th, 2008, 12:40 pm #748

My name is Joseph, I am a nicotine addict. I have not had nicotine for three years and three months. Before I quit smoking, I remember, there was an ex-smoker who told me that the desire never really goes away. Still smoking at the time, I had no idea what that meant. I could only compare it to what it felt like to go more than 45 minutes without a cigarette; The discomfort of allowing the nicotine bell to go unanswered. Wanting a cigarette meant nicotine withdrawal.

I have resisted, for a long time, Joel's prompt to tell a newbie how many seconds a day I still want a cigarette, in the beginning because I kept waiting for the time when I would stop thinking about a cigarette completely. I was defiant. I wanted to prove that the person who made that statement to me so long ago was wrong. Also, I felt weak, an imperfect ex-smoker. I did not want to display weakness before a new member who might be fearful of quitting because someone with 6 months, 1 year, 2 years and more, still thought of a cigarette occasionally.

Truthfully, the moments come and go. Sometimes I think about a smoke and sometimes I don't. I find it very hard to put a time frame on it mostly because I don't dwell on it. I can only say honestly that a few times in the past year the thought of smoking crossed my mind. What I learned here, quickly dispells any thoughts of "how good a cigarette would be." In fact, I usually chuckle at the idea that even at this stage in my sobriety, the idea still crosses my mind. I chuckle because I realize that if I did not know better, one of those thoughts in the early stages of my sobriety would surely have lead me to have just one.

I understand now what that ex-smoker was telling me. I will always be a nicotine addict. The infrequent thought may still cross my mind but it will never be the thought process of an active addict whose daily focus was nicotine withdrawl prevention. Despite occasional thoughts, I never want a cigarette. I enjoy the freedom of living nicotine free way too much.

Read and be free.

Joseph
3x Gold
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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

February 3rd, 2008, 7:59 am #749

Quit in May 1999
None, since December 2001
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emmafisher
emmafisher

February 3rd, 2008, 9:23 pm #750

I don't really have cravings just a thought sometimes that I should be doing something. Then bingo in my head this was a time that I usually had a cigarette. So those to me are not cravings just really stupid thoughts. The act smoking repluses me. I smell it now and I want to gag. Thank god I remember life as a non-smoker. I didn't start until my mid twenties and I hated smokers before that and the nasty smells. Well the smell are back and that is why I never will smoke again.

Renea - Free and Healing for One Month, One Day, 10 Hours and 30 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 3 Days and 9 Hours, by avoiding the use of 973 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $146.17.
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