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Quit 6 months 1 week ago posted 1 year 2 months ago
Hello and welcome to the Community Forum!

Whether you’re thinking about quitting, have set a quit date, or have quit and are continuing to experience a tobacco-free life, this Forum is for you. We encourage you to share your own quit story, and support one another through challenges and milestones, in the path to better health.

We are cheering for you, and know you can do it for the long-term!

~ QuitNow Team
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Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 5 months ago Commented 1 year 2 months ago
There's no time like the present to take a chance. It may be the best decision you've ever made and if you value your health and your life well worth it. There is no better feeling than knowing your hard earned dollars are going back into your own pockets and not that of those who continue to poison us with their tobacco products.
ritarunningshoe Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year ago Commented 1 year ago
Thank you Liz and Lucille! Appreciate your encouragement and advice.
I did read Carr’s book and even tried his method a long time ago. And here I am again!
Thanks again!
SheilaT Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 years ago Commented 9 months 2 weeks ago
Yes I'm free of that gross habit for over 1 year. I've smoked for over 30 years. It took several tries but I did it.
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 9 months ago Commented 9 months 2 weeks ago
Rita I am just seeing your message now … I hope you are still hanging on ❤️ SheilaT congrats 👏🎉👏🎉👏🎉👏. It’s the best feeling to know we made it this long. Here’s to a lifetime of freedom!!! 🌹
Owlsnest Log in or register to post comments
Quit 7 months 1 week ago Commented 7 months 2 weeks ago
I started smoking at age 14. I have had cancer twice. I love my wife and family and want to live.
Happiness Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 9 months ago Commented 7 months 1 week ago
Hello Quit Now Team.

Your work here is invaluable. Keep up the great support.

I believe in staying connected to a site like this after quitting as to remind us how grateful we should be to be free and to STAY free. When I joined however, it assumed that I am quitting smoking from day 1 although I have been quit for over 3 years. How can I fix this? It is confusing to others.
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Quit 3 years 9 months ago Commented 7 months 1 week ago
I fixed my quit time by clicking my name in the upper right hand corner which dropped a menu. From there where it asked how many cigarettes smoked, after entering "other" I had forgotten to enter "none" in the box provided. Don't forget to "save" at the end.

Thanks to Green Meenie answering and I hope this is where it can help others too.
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Quit 6 months 1 week ago Commented 5 months 2 weeks ago
Hi I have breathing and sure truth problem
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 12 years 5 months ago Commented 4 months ago
Hello msgofor1, thank you for sharing some very powerful reasons for wanting to quit. Quitting can certainly help improve your breathing and overall health! If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to share on the forum or give us a shout through chat or by phone at 1-877-455-2233 if you're seeking free one-on-one support with your own QuitCoach! Wishing you all the best in your quit journey and looking forward to hearing more from you!
Sue C Log in or register to post comments
Quitting today Commented 2 months 2 weeks ago
Thanks for the words of encouragement. Day 1 for me. Been reading all the posts and finding them all positive. Thanks all.
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 9 months ago Commented 2 months 2 weeks ago
Sending good vibes today LittleSuell! You can do it!
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Quit 12 years 5 months ago Commented 1 month 4 weeks ago
Hey SueC, welcome to the QuitNow Community! Sorry for the delay as your post was hidden in the comments. We are so happy to hear that you are enjoying the words of encouragement. We are here for you! We hope everything is going well with your quit!
capricorn Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month 1 week ago Commented 2 weeks 2 days ago
I’ve been contemplating. I’ve quit smoking many times over the years. For weeks, months, even years at a time but I’ve always taken it up again. I’m very much an empath and I feel very deeply. I think I was smoking for the certainty of it in a very uncertain world. Certainty of the puff being there when I needed it. Certainty of the headaches, congestion, low energy, self hatred. Horrible certainties but certainties just the same. You know how they say “smoking can kill you” and the reply from smokers is “ yeah well so can a big truck “. I’m going to embrace uncertainty because to be frank, I’d rather live a glorious day today and get hit by a truck tomorrow than to feel like sh*t every day and never get hit by a truck in my life ❤️
ShirleyParadis Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 weeks 1 day ago Commented 2 weeks 1 day ago
Yes but I dislike the withdrawals
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 12 years 5 months ago Commented 1 week 6 days ago
Hello capricorn, congratulations on being smoke-free! It is very common to have multiple quit attempts before quitting completely. What's important is that you continue to take important information from each attempt. This might include what triggered the slip or how you might handle a similar situation if it were to happen in your next quit. Every quit attempt is a learning opportunity! We're so glad that you are working hard to remain smoke-free and are focusing on something YOU can do to lower your risks of health complications related to smoking! Keep up the great work capricorn!
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Quit 12 years 5 months ago Commented 1 week 6 days ago
Welcome ShirleyParadis to the QuitNow Community! Congrats on being nearly 3 days smoke-free! Withdrawals can certainly be an unpleasant experience while our bodies are healing from the nicotine addiction. Thankfully there are things than can help make withdrawal more manageable. You might consider adding new and existing routines that can keep you occupied during this process. Adding relaxation techniques such as: deep breathing, listening to soft music, talking with family and friends are all great coping strategies. You might also consider speaking to your Pharmacist or doctor if you are looking to use (NRT) Nicotine Replacement Therapy products such as the patch, gum or lozenges. NRT can reduce your cravings and urges to smoke by providing your body with a clean dose of nicotine. Smoking cessation medications including Champix and Zyban can also be helpful to reduce withdrawal symptoms. These can be prescribed to you by your doctor. Wising you all the best as you progress further into your quit ShirleyParadis!
gibbled
Quit 1 month 1 week ago posted 12 min 26 sec ago
34 days and still going!! Feel so much better. Thank you folks for all the encouragement.
Lucille Brown
Quit 6 years 5 months ago posted 1 hour 3 min ago
A Moment for You
You have the power to dial down stress! Sometimes it whispers, sometimes it shouts, but stress basically has only one "skill": nagging at you about worries and what-ifs. And once you see stress for what it is ---negative noise---it gets easier and easier to turn down the volume. Aah! What a relief! (WW)
IIHONEST
Quitting today posted 3 hours 14 min ago
My Health is in dire need of priority mentally and physically and honestly as much as I like to smoke it needs to stop.
2 Comments last reply 8 min ago
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 5 months ago Commented 1 hour 9 min ago
That's the way to remain positive Honest, welcome to the forum. Glad to have you aboard. We're here to help and see you succeed in your quit. Please read the previous posts for ideas and tips that are available to you. Hugs, Lucille.
gibbled Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month 1 week ago Commented 8 min 16 sec ago
I started smoking when I was 14. I'm now 64. Speaking from my own experience, just do it! Stopping has made a huge difference in how I feel. Get the quit smoking aids, and set a date.
sage.thompson
Quit 4 days 21 hours ago posted 6 hours 11 min ago
i slipped. i work in a vape store, surrounded by vapes. we have a box of free vapes and i couldn’t take it anymore. i took one of the free ones and hit it. i hate how much better i felt after hitting it. i hate that i’ve broken my streak. i don’t want to tell my partner that i slipped, but i know i have to. i’m so disappointed in myself, i know it’s normal, but part of me thought i would be stronger than this. hopefully when i leave for university and get away from the store, it’ll be easier for me
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 9 months ago Commented 5 hours 13 min ago
Sending a big hug Sage … don’t give up! You are proving that you can get through many moments not smoking as well and that is worth a huge pat on the back! It will happen!
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 7 years 6 months ago Commented 3 hours 25 min ago
Sage.thompson, keep going strong and please continue with your amazing journey. You can do this! You have successfully quit and you have shown that you can get through different situations without smoking. Keep up the great work and the positive mindset. We hope that tomorrow will be an easier day for you. Take care 😊
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 5 months ago Commented 1 hour 12 min ago
Maybe it's time to leave the vape store Sage. With your smarts and your positivity there may be something better out there for you. Think of the money you'll save by not smoking and of the improvement to your health. Hang in there and just do the best you can. Hugs, Lucille.
Don Fraser
Quitting in 2 hours 34 min posted 6 hours 27 min ago
Well, I'm back to quitting tomorrow. I've just got to keep trying. Every time I quit, and smoke for a while, I start thinking - what the heck am I doing this for? So, I'll try again. No false hopes, no affirmations, just another try. So, wish me luck on this journey.
I appreciate any support that I'm given and wish you all great success and health.
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Quit 4 days 21 hours ago Commented 6 hours 17 min ago
you’ve got this! it’ll be hard. it’ll suck. you’ll wonder why you’re doing it in the first place, then you’ll realize that you can take a breath of fresh air and maybe your lungs don’t ache as much. you taste more. you have a normal appetite again.
i’m rooting for you!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 9 months ago Commented 5 hours 12 min ago
Welcome back Don. You know you are always welcome and supported here 🤗
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 6 months ago Commented 3 hours 43 min ago
Only 2 words for you Don ........ No Slips!

Slips have been your undoing your last 3 attempts, as is the case with most people, so please plan on how you're going to handle those situations when that Nico voice in your head starts whispering ... "just one Don, to take the edge off this quitting business." Speak to a quit coach for some ideas on how you can handle that challenge.

Instead of wishing you luck, I'd prefer to wish you good planning and a steadfast commitment! Those are the things that will get you to your ultimate goal.
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 7 years 6 months ago Commented 3 hours 30 min ago
Hi Don, you can do this again! Your hard work and perseverance are so admirable! We are so glad to hear that you’re “back to quitting tomorrow” and we are all here cheering for you. Congratulations on your new commitment to quit smoking! Please feel free to reach out anytime if you would like some support. We are here for you. 😊
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 5 months ago Commented 1 hour 16 min ago
Just keep trying Don, that's all you can do.
Jamwan
Quit 2 months ago posted 22 hours ago
Marijuana and cigarette cravings are extremely strong when I am encountering stressful situations. I'm so close to the 2-month mark and I know I will definitely regret it if I just relapse again. So much progress has been made so far but the cravings tonight are very extreme. I have a couple of important exams coming up and they are absolutely stressing me out like crazy. I don't want my progress to go to waste but I am feeling very overwhelmed at the moment. I can't believe the cravings suddenly come back like this. I need to hold them back.
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Quit 1 year 9 months ago Commented 14 hours 34 min ago
Jamwan, look at you go! Holy schmoly two months in .. and both substances on top of that! You are so right in saying that you won’t be happy with yourself if you give in now … did you quit cold turkey or did you use NRTs? Why I ask, is that if you used NRTs, you can always use them when you cannot handle the cravings. I used losenges here and there at the early part of my quit when I could not see the light, and they seemed to help the physical need for help. Deep breathing and mindfulness are still a go to for me when my thoughts get a little off. Don’t feel bad about how your mind is turning to smoking … remember it’s only been two months of your new and improved life, and it’s only natural for you to want to seek comfort in something you used to do when stress hits. These are the teaching moments that are being presented to you now … I get them even now at 21 months in. I am in awe of your strength, and your mindful presence and I am certain you will dig deep and get through this! I’d love to hear about all the great things you have experienced since you stopped your habits if you feel like sharing. Big hugs and strength being sent your way today 🤗
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Quit 4 days 21 hours ago Commented 6 hours 9 min ago
sending you all the love and support, be gentle with yourself. maybe try drinking cold water while studying every time you feel like you would go to take a smoke. chewing gum can help too, especially a strong mint
you’ve got this!
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 7 years 6 months ago Commented 3 hours 35 min ago
Hi Jamwan, we are sorry to hear that you had a tough time and experienced strong cravings. Please hang in there. This temporary phase will pass and it will get easier with time. You can do this! You are doing awesome at 2 months smoke-free. Congratulations on achieving this amazing milestone! Keep going strong. Sometimes, the cravings can be intense and they can come suddenly. Managing them can be challenging especially when we are facing a stressful situation. Great job focusing on staying smoke-free when facing a tough time! You have the strength and what it takes to overcome marijuana and cigarettes. Keep moving forward. The longer you go without smoking, the less intense and less frequent the cravings should become. They will come and go and they will be fewer and farther apart as you progress into your quit. You will get through this! You have worked very hard to reach this day and you have made a huge progress. We know that you will not let anything deter you from continuing with your amazing journey. Take one moment at a time and remind yourself that all the discomforts will soon go away. When you think about smoking, please do everything you can to distract yourself, go somewhere else or do something else. Everyone has a different response to cravings and some people find helpful to do the following: remind yourself that they will pass and find some activities that can keep your mind, hand or mouth busy such as chewing gum with a strong mint flavor or drink cold water like sage.thompson said. You may also practice deep breathing and mindfulness like Liz said. Please continue with all the things that worked for you. If you would like some support, do not hesitate to contact us anytime. 😊
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 6 months ago Commented 3 hours 33 min ago
What you need Jamwan is to think about what lighting up again would solve and it's not your exam stress it would solve. All that smoking does is that it satisfies the nicotine withdrawal you are experiencing at the moment. Smoking again will do nothing to resolve exam stress. You're going to have that exam stress regardless so try to separate your exam stress from your withdrawal stress.

What would happen if you light up is you'll be super disappointed in yourself and that may actually have a greater negative effect on your mental state prior to your exams than if you just stay the course with your quit; even though it's tough given the timing.

I'm hoping you can separate the two issues and stickhandle your way to success on both your exams & your quit! Achieving each of those goals would be a huge success and would leave you with the knowledge that you can do anything you set your mind to and that's a great mental focus to have as you set out on the road to whatever career you choose.
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 5 months ago Commented 1 hour 16 min ago
Jamwan, you can achieve anything you set your mind to. When you feel stressed try deep breathing or meditation, it will help you to relax and let you focus on your exams instead of smoking. On the day of your exams, have a good breakfast and tell yourself that you'll accomplish all you set out to do including staying smoke free. You've got the smarts to do both. Hugs, Lucille.
63Dudley
Quit 2 weeks 3 days ago posted 2 days 7 hours ago
Who here is using any form of nicotine replacement therapy to help with their quit journey?
6 Comments last reply 1 hour ago
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 9 months ago Commented 2 days 6 hours ago
I used Zyban, patches and the odd losenger. No shame in getting a little help. I would not be here smoke free if I didn’t allow myself the help. Others are able to go without it but this quit attempt I decided to do what it took. You probably don’t need a high dose as you are smoking so little … and you can wean yourself off when you are ready. If you haven’t tapped into the program, you can get your NRTs for free for 12 weeks too. Talk to your pharmacist 🤗
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Quit 2 months 1 week ago Commented 2 days 3 hours ago
I use patches and the lozenges.
Last patch was yesterday but still on the lozenges for now.
63Dudley Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 weeks 3 days ago Commented 2 days 2 hours ago
How are you doing Grandma@K-A-D?
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Quit 2 months 1 week ago Commented 2 days ago
I am doing good .
Still using 4 or 5 lozenges a day.
But will start to cut them down next week once I get used to no patch.
QuitCoach Elke Log in or register to post comments
Quit 28 years 5 months ago Commented 2 days ago
Dudley, as Liz said there is no shame in using any products. There are different short and long-acting Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) options out there, that allow people to have alternatives if one option is not working for them. Sometimes it means just trying out a product and see how it goes. It can also be helpful to talk with your pharmacist to get more information about the product, any possible side effects and the dosage that would be right for you.
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 5 months ago Commented 1 hour 40 min ago
dudley, I tried the nicotine lozenges and gum for the first two weeks, then quit cold turkey. It's entirely up to you. Don't feel guilty for using any tools available to you. In time you won't need them anymore and you'll no longer be a slave to the Nicodemon. Sometimes you just need that little extra help. Hugs, Lucille.
Marguerite
Thinking about quitting posted 2 days 9 hours ago
Have to quit high blood pressure etc…
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Quit 1 year 9 months ago Commented 2 days 6 hours ago
Marguerite, give this program a go … what do you have to lose? My cholesterol is normal now … I never had normal cholesterol! You will be amazed how your body will bounce back to health when you give it the opportunity to 🤗
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Quit 28 years 5 months ago Commented 2 days 2 hours ago
Welcome to the forum Marguerite! Thinking about quitting is the first step of starting your quit journey. Learning more about tobacco and how it can affect your health and the benefits that come from being smoke free can help you engage in the process. As Liz said quitting smoking can help with high cholesterol levels, as the "bad" LDL "cholesterol decrease and the "good' HDL cholesterol increases, which also is important for your heart health. Quitting may seem like an overwhelming task, but even making some small changes in your daily routine can help to make a difference. All those small steps can add up and create that big change. Give us a call at 1-877-455-2233 and connect with a QuitCoach to learn more about the program and explore the quitting process.
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 5 months ago Commented 1 hour 45 min ago
Marguerite, when you're ready we'll be here to help you in any way we can. Just reach out anytime. You won't regret your decision to quit. Welcome to the forum! Hugs, Lucille.
kshaver
Thinking about quitting posted 2 days 9 hours ago
I have been smoking on and off since I was 22. I have fibromyalgia which I’m sure smoking does not help. I am high anxiety and stress and want desperately to quit for my self and my daughter but my mom that does love with me smokes and it’s very hard to resist the urge to do it. I would like to quit within the next 2 weeks.
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Quit 12 years 5 months ago Commented 2 days 9 hours ago
Welcome kshaver to the QuitNow Community! Thank you for sharing your story with us. You certainly have some very powerful motivators for making this change including your health and your daughter! Exploring your motivations to quit can be an excellent place to start when creating a quit plan. It can be challenging to quit when you are living with someone else who is smoking. It can be helpful if you comfortable to talk to your mom about your desire to quit. Setting clear boundaries and requesting your mom's support can be helpful to set yourself up for success! More strategies to help you with those who smoke might include: visiting friends/family in smoke free locations, avoiding smoking locations and giving your supports permission to not give you a cigarette. Setting a quit date within 2 weeks is yet another great step you've taken towards being smoke-free! If you would like to work with a QuitCoach to create a personalized quit plan please feel free to give us a call at 1-877-455-2233. We offer free one-on-one coaching throughout your quit! We are also available on the forum and through online chat! Feel free to post as often as you'd like kshaver, the QuitNow Community is here for you!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 9 months ago Commented 2 days 6 hours ago
Hi kshaver ☺️ This is definitely going to take all your will, but stopping smoking is so doable … and I can tell you that my stress and anxiety disappeared. I realized that it was the cigarettes that were making my heart race all of the time. We give cigarettes so much power when we are smoking … wait until you realize that you had the power to be happy all along! You definitely need to lay the groundwork to those around you until such time as you feel strong enough to not be tempted. My sister was the smoker in my world, and she still does not smoke around me … not because it is tempting for me but I think she’s embarrassed that she has not given it up too. I hope you jump into this program and take advantage of all of us should you need our support. You have a whole new world to look forward to believe me! 🤗
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 5 months ago Commented 1 hour 49 min ago
kshaver, just give it a try, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. One day and one step at a time and you are in control during your entire quit. We're not here to pressure you, only to help and encourage you through your transition from being a smoker to being a non smoker. believe me when I say it's worth it and most of us have been through it. It may take time but it is doable if you're ready to take the plunge, believe in yourself and just do the best you can. We'll all stand behind you 100%. Hugs, Lucille.
paulaD
Quitting in 2 weeks 1 day posted 3 days 4 hours ago
It is 99% sheer habit for me! My go to when stressed, bored etc
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Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 7 years 6 months ago Commented 2 days 23 hours ago
Hi Paula, welcome to the QuitNow community and congratulations on your decision to quit smoking! We are so happy to have you here with us. Sounds like you are ready for this big lifestyle change and want to quit in 2 weeks and 4 days, that is so awesome. You can do this! You have such a great awareness about yourself and your smoking patterns. You know that smoking is mainly a habit for you and stress and boredom can trigger you to smoke. Being able to recognize your smoking patterns and understanding your smoking triggers are important steps of quitting. You seem well prepared for your quit journey and we believe that you will be successful! Please let us know how we can help you. Quitting smoking may not be easy but with some support and a good plan in place, it is completely doable. If you have any questions or would like some support, please feel free to reach out anytime. We are here for you. Wishing you an amazing quit journey! 😊
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 6 months ago Commented 2 days 7 hours ago
Yes! The 'habit' as you put it is what we smokers have ingrained into our brains by following similar patterns day after day, month after month and year after year. It becomes a HUGE part of our daily lifestyle. It becomes a reward for accomplishing things. A 'time out' when we're stressed about something. There's many many examples of the daily lifestyle situations that trigger that thought in our brain to light up.

Then there's also at addiction aspect. We smokers are all addicted to nicotine. A very powerful addiction but breakable none the less. The issue in the early days of one's quit is the combination of these two issues ganging up on us, our own minds trying to seduce us into lighting up again BUT I can tell you for certain, if you take things 1 day at a time ... heck, even 1 hour at a time in the early going, and just refuse to listen to those smoky thoughts that threaten to drive you crazy, things WILL get better - gradually, very gradually those voices will become quieter and quieter until they fade into the deep recesses of our mind.

Going through the early days of quitting is never fun or easy but if you are prepared & steadfastly committed, you CAN break free! That applies to everyone! Your quit will be no more easy or difficult than my quit or anybody else who's successfully quit so once you start just buckle up and drive on to freedom, one day at a time!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 9 months ago Commented 2 days 6 hours ago
Hi paulaD 🤗 yes I can relate to your reason for smoking too … I quit during Covid downtime, and quite honestly don’t know how I did it. I spend most of every day alone as my hubby is away working, and really used smoking as a time filler most days too. I’m am so grateful to have broken free … my time is now filled with just enjoying the moments. Stress levels are gone. Like GM said, it’s one moment at a time in the beginning. Don’t look ahead or think how will I do it … just get through the moments. You can do this too! 🤗
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Quit 6 years 5 months ago Commented 2 hours 2 min ago
paula, I suggest you call the Quitline to speak to one of the coaches who will help you formulate a plan. It will be a huge help to you. Also check into nicotine replacement products with your pharmacist, which are free if you are a B.C. resident and have a B.C. health number. You can also talk to your doctor about prescriptions such as Zyban or Champix. I also suggest reading Allen Carr's "Easy Way to Stop Smoking", you may be able to get it for free at your local library or purchase it at a bookstore near you. It's an excellent book that will explain why you feel the way you do and how your mind works to keep you enslaved. Take it one day and one step at a time and try to cut down on how many cigarettes you smoke just now in preparation for your quit. Get rid of all things that will tempt you, cigarette butts, ashtrays, lighters etc. and stock up on things that may help to distract you, puzzles, card games, etc. Read some of the previous posts for more ideas and tips that will help. When you're ready, reach out and we'll assist you as much as we can. Please don't wait too long as the quicker you start the easier it will be on you. You'll face many challenges, but the end result is fantastic.
63Dudley
Quit 2 weeks 3 days ago posted 3 days 10 hours ago
It’s been 2 weeks today that I decided to quit.
Unfortunately I have had 10 cigarettes in those 2 weeks. Never smoked a whole cigarette, just a puff in the morning.
I still consider myself a quitter, but am extremely disappointed in myself. Any non judgemental suggestions to assist me through the mornings? Thank you 😊
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capricorn Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month 1 week ago Commented 3 days 9 hours ago
Hi 63 Dudley
I struggled with that as well. I gotta say the only thing that worked for me was TOTAL MIND CONTROL . As soon as the thought started creeping in, I FORCED myself to think about something else. Thought leads to emotions and emotions lead to behaviour. It seems like a monumental task but it’s possible and easier than you may “think”. Best of luck to you
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 9 months ago Commented 3 days 6 hours ago
No judgement here! My first in the morning cig was the one I missed most … I just carried my coffee around outside and walked around. Eventually the urge passed. You must celebrate your wins 63Dudley … and you are showing us that you are winning! 🤗
QuitCoach Elke Log in or register to post comments
Quit 28 years 5 months ago Commented 3 days 4 hours ago
Hi Dudley, it can be difficult to let go of the last cigarette, the morning cigarette can be a tough one. It can help to remind yourself that you were able to let go of all those other cigarette, which was probably not easy at the beginning either. Sometimes it might take time to let go of that last cigarette. What would happen if you don't have that morning cigarette or that puff of it? Maybe give it try and see what happens. You could ask yourself what you need that cigarette puff for. Taking your mind away from smoking as capricorn mentioned and creating a new morning routine to break that link with smoking as Liz suggested can be really helpful. You have already come far, Dudley, be proud of that and believe that you are able to take the next step! Wishing you courage and strength!
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Quit 5 years 6 months ago Commented 2 days 7 hours ago
"I struggled with that as well. I gotta say the only thing that worked for me was TOTAL MIND CONTROL . As soon as the thought started creeping in, I FORCED myself to think about something else. Thought leads to emotions and emotions lead to behaviour. It seems like a monumental task but it’s possible and easier than you may “think”. "

This ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

It becomes a matter of developing 'coping tools'. They can be everything from controlling your thoughts and redirecting them from negative to positive thoughts about quitting and even changing up your daily routine just a little. Think about what situations trigger that thought to smoke. If it's first thing in the morning then change the order of things you do first thing in the morning. Distracting your mind is key because then your thinking focuses more on what you're doing and not on having that smoke. Give it a try. Use ALL the tools you can muster to get through those early quit days, including coming here to discuss what you're dealing with :)
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 5 months ago Commented 2 hours 35 min ago
Keep reminding yourself of all the benefits that will accumulate to make you feel better. Distraction as Green Meenie mentioned is the key. When you feel like smoking, try singing a song, you can't sing and smoke at the same time and while you're at it dance to the music. In doing so you'll get your exercise as well, what better way to forget about smoking and work your way to freedom. Don't be too hard on yourself, it's difficult but you've got what it takes to reach it.
capricorn
Quit 1 month 1 week ago posted 3 days 14 hours ago
I realize, I mean really realize, that I had been using cigarettes for either a boost or an escape. A boost for what? An escape from what? I’m going through a lot of stressful events in my life right now but I’m thankful for the only thing that I truly need to enjoy this wonderful life and that’s the air that I breathe. I will never poison it again. Ive apologized to my body and thanked it for taking such good care of me and started my gratitude journal again. 🥰
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Quit 12 years 5 months ago Commented 3 days 13 hours ago
Yay capricorn! Congratulations on your 1 month smoke-free milestone! You must be so proud! Great work doing some self-reflecting, you certainly have done an amazing job focusing on healthy ways to cope with stress! It's quite impressive how simply doing deep breathing exercises can help relieve stress and keep you focused on the present moment! You have made such an incredible change and we are so happy to be apart of it! Keep up the fantastic work capricorn, be sure sure reward yourself for reaching such an important milestone in your quit journey! Your body and mind certainly thank you for making this change!
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Quit 1 year 9 months ago Commented 3 days 6 hours ago
Keep moving forward! Gratitude is key … no matter what the future holds, today your body is thanking you 🤗
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Quit 6 years 5 months ago Commented 2 hours 44 min ago
Capricorn, stressful times don't last, tough people do and you're one tough person. Excellent work.
Grammatd
Quitting in 1 month posted 4 days 11 hours ago
My Dr. has discovered spots in both my lungs. I am raising two grandchildren and need to stay healthy for myself and them.
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Quit 12 years 5 months ago Commented 4 days 11 hours ago
Welcome Grammatd to the QuitNow Community! Thank you for sharing your powerful reasons for making this change! We are here to support you throughout your quit! You are making an amazing change that will benefit your health and the health of your loved ones! As you may know, quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do to improve your health! This change will help you obtain your goal of "staying healthy for yourself and for you grandchildren"! Wishing you all the best Grammatd and we look forward you hearing more from you!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 9 months ago Commented 4 days 10 hours ago
I am so glad you are here Grammatd! We will all be ready to support you when you start your quit journey ☺️
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Quit 5 years 6 months ago Commented 4 days 6 hours ago
The BEST thing you can do is to quit as soon as possible - at least start formulating a good plan by calling the number here and speaking with a Quit Coach. They can help you make a plan suitable for YOU!
Please don't delay because too many smokers just never get around to it and clearly in your case that's not an option.
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Quit 6 years 5 months ago Commented 4 days 2 hours ago
I agree with Green Meenie. The quicker you start the better your chances of improving your health. Please don’t wait too long, there is help for you here and help from a quitcoach if you so need. Their number is 1-877–455-2233. With their encouragement you’ll be able to formulate a plan and it may be the best decision in your life. It’s totally free and if by chance you should need to discuss your challenges we’ll be hear to listen and you’ll fee so much better for it. Hugs, Lucille. Welcome to our community. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the extra time afforded to you, to spend with your grandchildren.
sage.thompson
Quit 4 days 21 hours ago posted 5 days 6 hours ago
Hi, I'm Sage.

TW: assault, Paragraph will be starred

I started vaping when I was 15. I used 50 nic strength. I vaped for 6 months. my parents found out, the first time, I lied, and said I was holding the vape for a friend. The second time they threw it out.

**The third time, they found the vape the day I got assaulted. My parents didn't believe I was assaulted, they thought I was lying to cover the vape. I was groomed by this man and vaped to cope with the stress and pressure he put on me.**

My parents told me if they found another vape I'd be kicked out. So I quit. Cold turkey. It was hell. Anytime I saw someone vaping I craved it. I quit successfully for 2.5 years. When I was 18.5, I broke. I found a store that would sell to me and bought a vape. I felt relaxed and at ease. Flash forward 6 months later and it's bad. Now that I'm 19, it's like the world is my oyster. I work at a vape store. I get $50 a month from them to buy products, and I get to sample the free product. Sounds good right?

It's not. My chest and back hurt. I don't eat properly. I had a pod run out and I seriously considered using my minimal savings to buy more pods. Which would've caused a strain on my relationship. I go to university in September. I know the stress will make me vape more, and with my current health issues (asthma, mental health) and my health risks (high blood pressure, heart conditions, cancer), I know I need to stop.

Making this account and setting a date nearly gave me a panic attack because I knew I'd be in withdrawal. I don't want to be in withdrawal. withdrawal is scary and hard and I don't want to do it. I have to do it. but god I don't want to.

Thank you for reading.

Sage
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Quit 12 years 5 months ago Commented 5 days 4 hours ago
Welcome Sage to the QuitNow Community! We are so thankful to have you here with us. Thank you for sharing your story with us, you've been through some very difficult situations. You may know this but there is certainly a ton of mental health support available to you including emotional support at 310-6789. We are also here to support you through your quit journey. If you are interested in working with a QuitCoach for free one-on-one support please don't hesitate to give us a call at 1-877-455-2233. You are choosing to make such an amazing change that will benefit your mental health and overall health! You have some very powerful reasons for wanting to make this change including your health! Please remember, you are not alone! Wishing you all the best Sage as you prepare for your quit date! You can do this!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 9 months ago Commented 5 days 4 hours ago
Sage welcome to this community. It’s ok to feel what you are feeling as we have all been there. Quitting isn’t easy .. but it can be done with a bit of work as you know. The BC medical system offers some free NRTs if that is something you might be interested in helping with the withdrawal. You can ask at your local pharmacy about the program. There are also great coaches available to you here to help you make a plan that will work for you. You will not die from quitting … and you want to let go of your habit as you stated. Start off only looking at your first step and use us, the quit coaches and anything else at your disposal to make this happen! 🤗. I look forward to watching you achieve your goal Sage, and am here to help however I can ☺️
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Quit 6 years 5 months ago Commented 4 days 3 hours ago
Sage, just replace I don’t want to to I do. I know how scary this can be for you but at least by trying you’re setting yourself up to succeed. There will be challenges ahead but think of what you have to look forward to. Being free and able to just say NOPE. (Not One Puff Ever)You’ve already taking the first step so just do the best you can. Reach out if you’re feeling at a loss or if you need encouragement. We’ll be more than happy to help you. 👍👏🙋‍♀️🚭❤️
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Thinking about quitting Commented 3 days 15 hours ago
Hi Sage, firstly I am so sorry for the assault you endured and that your parents did not validate your experience. It is natural that that would have sent anybody back to their coping skill which, for most of us here, is or was vaping/smoking.

I’m also sorry to hear of your health issues. Are you getting proper support from friends, family or doctors? If not have you heard of the Foundry.? If you are in BC, I believe there is one or more downtown. They provide so much free help for everything from mental health, to eating disorders and everything in between. At 19 years of age you can go there, even on a walk in basis. There is also a lot of free counselling there.

Another resource are the crisis lines, I like the Surrey one, they are so kind, understanding they listen and they help you to come up with a plan to get through the minute, hour, day and beyond. It is free and confidential.

The foundry’s website is www.foundrybc.ca
The Surrey crisis line, my favourite, is (604) 951-8855

Both are free and confidential with easy easy access. The foundry can even be accessed virtually and I believe by phone.

Please know you are not alone in your struggles both in your quit and your health issues. You will get through this, take one moment at a time and please visit this forum for support,

Take good care, D