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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
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!!
Jun 25 01 5:39 PM
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Jun 25 01 9:49 PM
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
Jun 25 01 10:26 PM
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Jun 26 01 12:45 AM
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
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
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 hell week, then it's so much easier after that...It's true, Just try it, I know you can do
You just have to keep telling yourself, NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF
Jun 26 01 12:48 AM
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.
Jun 26 01 2:30 AM
Jun 26 01 2:51 PM
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!
Jun 27 01 12:46 AM
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Jun 27 01 1:30 PM
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
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