A Review of the SilkQuit Meter

SilkQuit meter information as it appears after clicking icon in task bar. Terry Martin

First created in 1997, the SilkQuit Meter v2.60 is a motivational little application that runs in the background of your computer.  It keeps track of:

  • the amount of time that's passed since your last cigarette.
  • the number of cigarettes you haven't smoked in that time.
  • the money you've saved.
  • the life you've saved.

More features, from the manufacturer's website:

  • The only meter in the world that calculates calendar months correctly
  • Tracks your true quit time; does not add/remove an hour during daylight savings and standard time changes
  • International currencies and time formats supported automatically
  • Calculates time quit in years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds
  • Calculates number of cigarettes not smoked since you quit
  • Calculates money saved in your local currency
  • Calculates time saved by not smoking
  • Customize the text which appears in your quit details
  • Single click access to SilkQuit Chat
  • Multiple users supported.

Additionally, the meter can be configured for chewing tobacco.

Once installed, a small white icon with purple letters spelling SQ appears in the task bar at the bottom of your computer screen, and when you click on that, your customized quit info is displayed.  You can hot-paste your quit information into documents, email, and online posts by clicking control += .  It will look like this:

Thirteen years, eight months, two weeks, one day, 1 hour, 1 minute and 3 seconds. 125151 cigarettes not smoked, saving $21,901.44. Life saved: 1 year, 9 weeks, 13 hours, 15 minutes.

(The above is my quit information).  

The SilkQuit Meter is a free download and will work on the following platforms:

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000,
Windows NT, Windows ME, Windows 98, and Windows 95

I installed this meter when I quit smoking over 13 years ago, and it has chugged right along on every computer I've owned since then, never causing trouble or hogging resources.

 It's a great way to reinforce your quit program early on, when every minute counts.  And later on, it becomes a profound reminder of just how much good you're doing for yourself as those numbers pile up.

It does look like it could use an update soon to be compliant with Windows 8 and 10, and it would be nice if a version for IOS were also available.  That is my only complaint, however.  The SilkQuit meter is a great quit tool, otherwise.

To download the SilkQuit Meter, visit:  SilkQuit.Org

To get started with smoking cessation, please use the resources below:

For smokers, there is never a "good" time to quit.  That's why quitting now is always the best choice.

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