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Mailobi
Thinking about quitting posted 11 hours 2 min ago
Hello everyone,
I am 54, started smoking regularly when I was 18, not because I wanted but because the people around me were smokers and used it to deal with long meetings and long stressful days. In those days I could stop smoking any time but after a while I needed it and I became addicted, having the triggers most people have and at some point just by force of habit.

Over the years, with professional help, I realized why I needed to drink and smoke, it has been a long process but I did manage and almost eliminated the drinking, however, the smoking it's a totally different monster.

I tried quitting many times and lasted only a few days or hours before I needed a cigarette. I used Zyban and was mad at my doctor for not telling me what kind of drug it was; sure it worked, I did not feel like smoking but I was a zombie and I did not know why, not a good situation if you are working with numbers. I used the patch, the gum and ecigs but none helped me eliminating the craving.

A couple of years ago I finally fully comprehended the addiction, before I never even think there was one, and decided I needed to quit and I have been thinking about it and postponing it, always finding one excuse: I enjoy it.

I know it's good for my health, feeling determined
I know I will save a lot of money, feeling excited
I still enjoy smoking... that's where things become confusing and any other reason is forgotten

That's where I find myself and why I decided to try this program and connect with other people that have quit or are in the process of quitting. I feel that to hear other people's experiences will help me to re-enforce the conviction to quit and remind me of the subtle grasp nicotine has on me.

Hoping to hear some ideas from you, thank you and good luck in your journey!

Marlon
3 Comments last reply 1 min ago
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 9 hours 26 min ago
Welcome Marlon 🤗. I, too, am 54 and realizing now how much life I wasted smoking for the last 38 years!! Freedom is waiting for you, but definitely some work that needs to be done lol. I enjoyed smoking too, tried 8 times previously to quit ... what was missing for me was my determination to do what it takes to let go. Allen Carr’s Easy Way to Quit Smoking is a great book to help understand the psychological part of this crazy addiction, and understand withdrawal. I also did the Zyban, patches and odd lozenger and so far so good! I tackled this quit from every angle! There is no magic pill that will make stopping easy, but the NRTs definitely take care of the nicotine withdrawal discomfort. Also, I watched a recommended series of videos on YouTube called tobacco wars. There are three of them. That helped me understand how we have been duped by the tobacco industry ... it gave me extra resolve to let go of this thing that was killing me. Everyone does it differently, and I’m sure others will post their strategies. Ultimately, we all have to say goodbye (and eventually good riddance) to cigarettes. You can do it .. I can tell by your post that you are thinking this through, and understand there is a mental aspect in addition to the physical. The quit coaches are amazing so reach out to them for ideas and a plan, and definitely stay connected to this forum as the peer support here is priceless ... I could not have done it without this forum and the opportunity to lament and celebrate 🌹. I look forward to watching you set yourself free!
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 2 months ago Commented 8 hours 32 min ago
Hi Marlon and congratulations on wanting to take on your nicotine addiction and create a better future for yourself.
There's 2 aspects to this addiction. The physical part, which is probably the fastest and easiest to correct then there's the metal or habitual aspect which is very deep seeded and engrained in everything you do in daily life. This is where the real hard work lies. We literally have to relearn how to live our daily lives again as nonsmokers. It's not that smoking has even done anything good for us but we have woven smoking into everything we do. It's a reward of finishing tasks, it's a break from stressful situations as we 'go for a smoke' to ponder our situation. We smoke when we get up, drive in the car, after we eat, when we drink, when socializing with friends and on, and on.
Learning to do all these things without a smoke and feel comfortable about it takes time. Attack it 1 day at a time, just as you did when you learned to be a smoker. Be patient! It takes time. You can't rush the process.
Remember always .... there's just 1 rule. NOPE!! Not One Puff Ever.
BrendaQ57 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 weeks 6 days ago Commented 1 min 40 sec ago
Hi Marlon. Welcome. You are going to get so much help on this forum! I’m almost at 4 wks quit and couldn’t have done it without the forum. There’s nothing like talking to other people who are going through the same struggles as we are. I know what it’s like to enjoy smoking. Smoking was my best friend or so I thought it was. No matter what was going on I could have a smoke and relax. My reward for doing anything was to smoke after. I had to come up with some really good reasons to quit. My number 1 reason was my health. I’m 64 yrs old and smoked heavily for over 50yrs. I coughed so much that one of the neighbours swore at me and complained that I kept everyone awake at night with my coughing. This was a shock to me. I hadn’t thought of it. I’m also now on home oxygen because I couldn’t breath and my oxygen levels were dangerously low. There also isn’t anywhere to go smoke anymore. I had to smoke on my patio and worried about the smell bothering the neighbours. The smell is gross! NRTs can help. I know you said you tried them. Sometimes you have to go on more than one at a time. I’m on 2 Nicoderm patches and a nicotine inhaler which helps. I got so desperate for a smoke one day, I was out for my walk and looking at the butts on the sidewalk! I wondered if any of them were big enough to take home and smoke to the filter! How disgusting is that? Now I take my nicotine spray with me. After nearly 4 wks my breathing is so much easier and I seldom cough. My neighbours must think I passed away because there’s no more loud coughing. Lol you can do it. Come up with your reasons. I kept putting it off too. What I did was smoke all my cigarettes the night before my quit day. Got up in am and had no smokes so was a no smoker. Got involved with quit now right away. Their counsellors are amazing! Keep us posted. Good luck on your journey
Liz S
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago posted 13 hours 50 min ago
Feeling very inspired this morning broken finger and all 🤣. Just wanting to send out healing thoughts to those starting their journey, and big hugs to all who have and continue to have been saying NOPE to that nicodemon ... it’s a great day to breathe deeply and be thankful for this life we have been gifted. Have an amazing Saturday everyone 🌹🤗💕
6 Comments last reply 26 min ago
Stevo1444 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month 4 weeks ago Commented 12 hours 56 min ago
Good morning Liz
Thanks for all your support and healing thoughts. It is so exiting to finally after all the years captivated by smoking to really be doing something about it. We all know people ,friends that have quit for good and will never smoke again and admire them. I talked to a good friend who I have never known to smoke. 25 years ago She told me of her cold turkey story🥶 tough one but she did it. We all can wish 25 years ago but now is our time.
So yes this a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Breath deep and be happy🤗
QuitCoach Shikha Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 11 months ago Commented 6 hours 51 min ago
Hi Liz,

Hope your finger heals fast! Thank you for all you posts, supports, and encouragements you are giving to those who are looking to quit smoking. You are very encouraging and you always have good strategies to share. I enjoy reading your posts! I love the message you are sending, about us taking care of our life. Quitting smoking is definitely one of the biggest step we can take to care for ourselves! <3
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 6 hours 22 min ago
Thank you Stevo and Shikha 😊. This forum has been so integral for my quit journey ... all of the people here are caring people who are baring their souls ... that is authenticity and for me, one of the most enduring qualities I see in people. It is a privilege to be a part of this community ... and Shikha, THANK YOU for your continued belief and hope in all of us quitters - this program would not be what it is without all of the QuitCoaches!
BrendaQ57 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 weeks 6 days ago Commented 48 min 21 sec ago
Liz, hi. I always enjoy reading your posts. Always so cheerful and positive. Your encouraging words go a long way. I can’t imagine this forum without you. You’re almost at 6 months!! Congratulations!
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Quit 3 weeks 6 days ago Commented 45 min 17 sec ago
Hope your pinky isn’t too painful and heals quickly
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 26 min 30 sec ago
Thank you Brenda 🙏🏻 You are a beautiful soul .... I hope your beach day went well!! I was thinking of you first thing this morning .... and will be doing a happy dance tomorrow when you hit your 4 WEEK MARK!!!! Yessssss ❤️👏👏👏👏. PS I see a specialist on Monday for my pinky ... as long as I don’t whack it on anything I have no pain 🤣
sginger
Quitting in 3 weeks 6 days posted 1 day 5 hours ago
Been smoking for almost 30 years. Started 3 days into basic training. I'm just tired of this controlling me. My family hates it, I hate it. It's time to be done.
5 Comments last reply 21 hours ago
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 day 3 hours ago
Sginger it can be done 🤗. Do you have a plan in place? The QuitCoaches are available through chat or by phone and can help get you ready ... and we are all here to support you as well 💕. Lean on us if you need us! Can’t wait to see you set yourself free!
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 2 months ago Commented 23 hours 40 min ago
I can tell you from experience .... freedom from the clutches of nicotine addiction is the best reward you can possibly give yourself! Make the commitment and hold true to it no matter what. Anyone can quit if they really want to! Only one rule once you quit ...... N.O.P.E. (Not One Puff Ever)!
sabritas@sabrosas Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 months 2 weeks ago Commented 23 hours 31 min ago
Hi Sginger,
This is a good place to ask for support, tips and tricks, and vent when things get tough.
What are some of the techniques you are using to stay quit?
Congrats and stay quit. Sabritas
BrendaQ57 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 weeks 6 days ago Commented 23 hours 25 min ago
Hi sginger. Congratulations!!! I smoked for over 50yrs, was a heavy smoker! It’s been almost 4 wks now since I quit. Unbelievable! I never would have thought that it was possible. I wanted to be a non smoker so bad but I kept buying one more pack of smokes. My daughter found this Quit Now online and I joined I was so desperate for help. I have them to thank for getting me this far. The quit coaches have been amazing on chat and by phone and the community forum is a great place to go to talk to people having the same struggles as you are. Some of them have just quit, thinking of quitting, have quit for wks like me, months and even years. I don’t have any friends who smoke, we just never talked about it. Couldn’t find anywhere to go and have a smoke anymore. I see smokers in parking lots walking around smoking with no destination and going out of their way to avoid eye contact. Some have there cell phones out acting very busy on them because they have nothing better to do while they smoke. That used to be me. The embarrassment. 30 yrs is a long time sginger. You must be very proud that you’ve made the decision to quit. You have to be strong, decisive and determined and it sounds like you are all of those. Good luck. I’m proof that it can be done.
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 2 months ago Commented 21 hours 57 min ago
Sginger, congratulations on your decision to quit! You are determined to leave this nicotine addiction behind you and you can do this! As we all know, the road to a smoke-free life can be bumpy and challenging but it is completely doable and it is so worth it. From the moment you stop smoking, your body will begin to repair itself and heal itself. Your health will improve no matter how long you’ve been smoking. There are so many benefits of quitting and it’s never too late to quit. It’s one of the best decisions you can make for yourself and your family. Please let us know how we can help you. To get some ideas and tips on quitting, you may read other posts or you may also contact us via phone or chat. We will be happy to help you plan and prepare for your quit day. You may also discuss with your doctor or pharmacist about nicotine replacement therapies or quit medications. If you have any questions or would like some support, please feel free to reach out anytime. You are not alone in your quit journey and we all want to help you in any way we can. Keep us posted and let us know how you are doing.
Lucille Brown
Quit 5 years 1 month ago posted 2 days 2 hours ago
So happy to see that everybody's doing well with their quits. Keep up the good work. Still have a lot of issues to deal with but I'm happy to see that other quitters have joined and that you continue to help one another. Miss you, Lucille.
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 2 days 2 hours ago
🌹❤️🌹❤️🌹❤️
Rhon49 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 10 months 3 weeks ago Commented 2 days 1 hour ago
Hugs to you Lucille
GregD Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 5 months ago Commented 1 day 21 hours ago
Take care Lucille
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 years 1 month ago Commented 1 day 15 hours ago
Hello Lucille, so good to hear from you! Congratulations on 5 years and 1 month smoke-free!Thank you for your kind words and encouragement. We are sorry to hear that you are going through a hard time and do miss your presence in the Community. Wishing you all the best Lucille, thank you for updating us on how you are doing. Thank you for being such a supportive and dedicated member of the Community. Please know we are here for you! ❤️
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 2 months ago Commented 23 hours 37 min ago
No matter what your issues ...... keep marching! There's no reverse gear in life; only forward.
sabritas@sabrosas Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 months 2 weeks ago Commented 23 hours 35 min ago
Lucille,
❤️💎you are a gem.
Miss you, Sabritas
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 1 month ago Commented 6 hours 9 min ago
Thanks Green Meenie and Sabritas, not going back to smoking, ever again. That time in my life has passed and I intend to go forward, no looking back.
Bsl
Quit 3 years ago posted 2 days 8 hours ago
Judythebeauty if you are still on the forum , I missed your three year anniversary . Congratulations to you! Mine is coming up very soon . Time sure does fly as it doesn't seem that long ago. I still have some bad days but I get over it when I think of how far I have come. Take care! Sherie (bsl)
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Bsl Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years ago Commented 2 days 8 hours ago
Hello to Lucille as well!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 2 days 7 hours ago
Congratulations 👏👏👏 I can’t even imagine being quit for 3 years .. must feel amazing 🤗
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 years 1 month ago Commented 2 days 7 hours ago
Hello Bsl, congratulations on your upcoming 3 year smoke-free milestone! What an amazing accomplishment. Time sure does fly! Keep up the great work and thank you for updating us on your quit journey! Be sure to reward yourself for reaching this HUGE milestone! Wishing you all the best!
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 1 month ago Commented 2 days 3 hours ago
Congratulations Bsl. 3 years, so so proud of you. Don't forget to celebrate your huge milestone. You did excellent. Lucille.
Stevo1444
Quit 1 month 4 weeks ago posted 2 days 23 hours ago
Hihowarya all just new it was time to quit ya new it for 30 years. Wish it had happened. But now it has total commitment to live lots of damage done. 8 weeks using the patch now just finishing my second week step 3 have 2 more weeks supply but considering stepping off the patch see how it goes. Just feeling so happy to finally be working at it and really wanting the freedom from smoking. The slave I’ve been for so many year’s 🤷‍♂️ The patch for me has been a nice gentle release helping to deal with the habit and the cravings. Soon time to let it go too
Thanks to all for the early support feel happy and proud for all who truly want and need to quit NOPE. Is the Key
5 Comments last reply 1 day ago
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 2 months ago Commented 2 days 16 hours ago
Love to here success stories Stevo! I can tell you from experience that the freedom from slavery to nicotine is my most prized benefit from having quit smoking! It takes some time to get really comfortable with filling your nonsmoking days with other productive activities but once you do, the thought process changes around completely to 'where did I ever find the time to smoke in the first place?'
Congrats on 2 months. Keep marching!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 2 days 15 hours ago
Yeah Stevo 👏👏👏👏. Congrats on one month and three weeks 🎉🎉🎉🎉. The patch was a lifesaver for me as well ... I’m so glad you are here, with us all in this journey!!! 🌹🤗
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 years 1 month ago Commented 2 days 10 hours ago
Congratulations Stevo on all your success thus far! 1 month and 3 weeks is a HUGE accomplishment. S o great to hear you are proud and happy! Congratulations on being smoke-free! Be sure to reward yourself for all your hard work. It can definitely be challenging to quit but your "total commitment" mindset has paid off! Great use of the patch to help your body with the physical cravings as you work through the mental aspect of the addiction. The patch is indeed a gentle release and it is an excellent way to provide your body with clean nicotine as you work towards freeing yourself from the nicotine addiction. You are no longer being exposed to all those nasty harmful chemicals that are within cigarettes! Keep up the great work Stevo and thank you for updating us on your quit journey! We are all cheering you on!
BrendaQ57 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 weeks 6 days ago Commented 2 days 3 hours ago
Hi Stevo, congratulations on your 1 month and 3 wks!!! Wow. I’ve been quit almost a month and can’t believe the difference in my breathing already. I can go for a walk and not be totally out of breath or have to keep stopping. It’s very inspirational to read posts from people who are so determined and positive and you are! It makes me feel like I can do it too. I use the patch as well. Step 1 and step 3 and the nicotine spray which is very helpful. I still can’t believe I made it this far. Wanting the freedom from smoking is very important and boy does it feel good. I was always looking for places to smoke. Few and far between. And the smell! Gross! Well keep up the great work and please continue to post your journey for those of us appreciating your positive outlook
GregD Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 5 months ago Commented 1 day 21 hours ago
Keep er goin' Stevo! You're doing fantastic!
sherdon
Quit 5 months 1 week ago posted 3 days ago
Oh my gosh I can’t believe I’m been smoke free for 5 months!! There have been ups and downs, happy and sad times during this period. I’m grateful I’ve made it this far. I’m still using nicorette gum but I’m not stressing about that. I’ll deal with that later. Thanks for your continued support.
5 Comments last reply 23 hours ago
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 2 days 23 hours ago
Yessssss 👏👏👏 congrats Sherdon!!!! Don’t you just shake your head sometimes thinking holy cow ... five months 😍. I’m so happy for you!!
Quit Coach Nicole Log in or register to post comments
Quit 20 years 3 months ago Commented 2 days 23 hours ago
Hi Sherdon, congratulation on being smoke free. Quitting is such a journey! Celebrating your efforts and milestones is important as it gives you something to look forward to. Reflecting on your achievements are great ways to celebrate your wins along the way to tobacco free living. Don't forget to treat your yourself (i.e. family fun night). Thanks for sharing your joy with us. All the best on your smoke free journey Sherdon!
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 2 months ago Commented 2 days 16 hours ago
Congrats on 5 months Sherdon! Stay the course and enjoy all those new nonsmoking benefits you are building into your future. You're taking back your life - love it!!
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 1 month ago Commented 2 days 2 hours ago
Sherdon, you're going to go even further, I have faith in you. Well done, Lucille.
sabritas@sabrosas Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 months 2 weeks ago Commented 23 hours 41 min ago
Wow Sherdon! Super impressed by your tenacity. You have come so far and changed your life. Hope you get to cuddle your grand baby and celebrate! ❤️Sabritas
Hannahspencer
Quit 6 days 20 hours ago posted 3 days 4 hours ago
Day 3 extremely scared I will go buy some cigs .... this is so hard :(
5 Comments last reply 2 days ago
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 2 months ago Commented 3 days 3 hours ago
You and only you have the control here to do what ever it is you want to do. You know smoking is not one of those things because you quit 3 days ago and there must have been a good reason for quitting, right? Remember that reason! Think about it and recommit to breaking free of your nicotine addiction. Yes, it's hard but the benefits keep adding up and they will last a lifetime.
Now is NO time to turn back Hannah. Keep marching! It will get better.
Hannahspencer Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 days 20 hours ago Commented 3 days 3 hours ago
Thank you 🙏
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 3 days 2 hours ago
The first three days are so difficult Hannah mostly because you have shocked your system and your way of life!! Trust me as time passes it will get so much easier but it does take time. Just quit for the moment right now ... don’t worry about tomorrow ❤️🌹. YOU ARE DOING IT 👏👏👏👏👏👏
Quit Coach Nicole Log in or register to post comments
Quit 20 years 3 months ago Commented 2 days 23 hours ago
Hi Hannah, congratulations on your quit! So sorry you are having a challenging time. Experiencing cravings and withdrawal are not uncommon. It can be intense during the first few days, creating coping strategies are useful tools you can use to avoid triggers since that cravings usually last between 3 and 5 minutes. Using tips like the 4D's (delay, distract, deep breathing and drink water) in addition to changing routines are great ways to conquer cravings. Remind yourself of all the reasons that motivated you to quit in the first place. You can consider using NRT products like the (patch, gums, lozenges) as a way to reduce your cravings and urges. These products are available to you at your local Pharmacy as long as you have your care card present . Keep in mind the many resources that are available to you. Reach us via chat, group support, online and by phone at 1-877-455-2233. You are never alone on your journey.
BrendaQ57 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 weeks 6 days ago Commented 2 days 7 hours ago
Hi Hannah, congratulations on quitting! You’re right it is hard. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. What really helps is reminding myself why I quit to begin with. If I go back to smoking those reasons will still be there and I’d have to start all over again. My biggest reason is my health. I was a heavy smoker for over 50yrs so have done a lot of damage. Hoping to reverse some of that. So keep telling yourself why you quit and that you don’t want to have to start over. I go for a walk when I think of buying cigs. Exercise is a great distraction. Are you going to use any NRTs? I’m using the patches and nicotine spray which helps. Take care and good luck!
sheri123
Quit 3 days 20 hours ago posted 3 days 4 hours ago
Not much to tell . I just know it,s time to quit .
3 Comments last reply 2 days ago
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 2 months ago Commented 3 days 3 hours ago
OK then let's do it then. Let's help you take back your life. Come back and tell us how you're doing. Support is yet another tool you can use to your advantage while quitting Sheri!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 3 days 2 hours ago
Go Sheri 👏👏👏👏🎉🎉🎉. You can do this!! We are here cheering you on 🌹🤗
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 2 months ago Commented 2 days 23 hours ago
Sheri, you can do this! Congratulations on taking the first step towards a life of freedom and good health! Please let us know how we can help you in your journey to a smoke-free life. You are quitting today and “it’s time to quit” like you said. You want to put this smoking habit behind you, that is so wonderful. We believe that you will be successful. You know yourself best and you know what works for you. Please do everything you can to stay away from smoking and continue with all the tools and strategies that are helpful for you. If you have any questions or would like some support, do not hesitate to contact us via phone or chat. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can. Keep us posted and let us know how you are doing. Wishing you an amazing quit journey!
Liz S
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago posted 3 days 6 hours ago
Hi everyone. Wanted to share a couple of unexpected wins today 🌼. I was walking my dog last night and she got spooked by another dog and jolted suddenly ... sadly breaking my pinky finger which had a bit of leash hanging around it 😳. Off to the hospital I went this morning for X-rays, and the nurse tested my oxygen levels and they were 98% 👏👏👏. I don’t have a smoking number to compare that to, but to me it’s almost like a normal reading 🎉🎉. I spent a couple of hours sitting there, thinking to myself wow, I could sit here all day and not be anxious about having a smoke 👏👏👏👏. It’s so crazy how stopping smoking has really changed the way I live ... and I’m beyond happy. I did not want a cigarette throughout that entire stressful incident last night ... and I’m not even six months into this. Thank you universe for the strength to get through this time. I am praying everyone else has been feeling unstoppable too ... sending huge hugs! 🐕 🚶‍♀️
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Rhon49 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 10 months 3 weeks ago Commented 3 days 5 hours ago
Sorry to hear about the finger. Yay for you on the rest!!!!
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 2 months ago Commented 3 days 5 hours ago
Those thoughts you had through your ordeal are IMPORTANT! This is you realizing that smoking offers you nothing and in fact just sucked the life from you as a smoker.
Keep that mindset Liz - it's important. Romancing smoking lead people back to smoking. Seeing the truth about smoking sets you free!
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 2 months ago Commented 3 days 3 hours ago
Liz, we are sorry to hear that you broke your finger and we hope that you will get well soon. It’s so encouraging to hear that you didn’t want to smoke when facing a stressful situation. Like you said, quitting smoking has really changed the way you live and it must be so nice to go through your day without thinking or wanting a cigarette. It is so liberating when we realize all the benefits of being smoke-free. Isn’t it wonderful? All your hard work and commitment has brought you here to this very moment of bliss. We are so happy for you! You are now so close to your six months milestone. Stay strong and keep up the awesome work and the positive mindset. You are doing wonderful Liz!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 3 days 2 hours ago
Thanks everyone ❤️ This is such a liberating experience 😊
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Quit 3 weeks 6 days ago Commented 3 days 1 hour ago
Hi Liz, so sorry you broke your pinky. Who could have seen that coming? You’re right, your oxygen levels are well within the normal range. Good for you! I know what it’s like to be in hospital and have that panicky feeling around smoking. It must feel great not to experience that! Great achievements! You must be very proud of yourself.
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 3 days 1 hour ago
Thanks Brenda. Yah I never thought I’d break my finger like that! It happened so fast. You will be feeling just like me (not the broken finger part) before you know it! I can’t wait to see how your body heals and what you are able to do as time goes on ❤️ You are doing amazing and I hope you are proud of yourself!
sherdon Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 1 week ago Commented 2 days 15 hours ago
That’s awesome Liz! Being smoke free helped make that event be less stressful. It’s important for us to recognize the benefits of not smoking. Hope your pinky heals quick!
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 1 month ago Commented 2 days 3 hours ago
Well done Liz and Sherdon. You two are doing amazing. Congratulations to you both. Lucille.
Natasha Shook
Quit 12 months ago posted 3 days 20 hours ago
Hello everyone. Its been awhile since I posted. I just want to say to the people that have just joined, that have quit, or are thinking about quitting, Congratulations. When it comes to smoking coming here is probably smartest thing you've done since you started. If you want to quit you will.

I personally never tried quitting before this time...however I thought about quitting for years before I actually quit....I know that helped me a little bit.

When I did quit...I did totally opposite of what most people advise one to do before and when they quit....and well if it worked for me it may work for some of you...and I will say for someone that smoked a pack to a pack and 1/2 a day for over 26 years the way I did it...I had very little cravings and hardly any symptoms at all. ...Cold turkey.
1. For about a month prior to quiting I did reverse psychology. A few days a week I would say out loud to myself that I was a non smoker. Smoking stinks and is harmful to my pets and those I care about that don't smoke. Smoking kills and would kill me. I chose to not smoke. I refuse to let smoking control me or my life. I hate smoking.

2. I never picked a day I was going to quit.
I didn't pick a day because I suffer from anxiety..picking a day felt like I was forcing myself to quit which would have made me feel pressured. I was pressured to smoke..to quit was going to be my choice.

3. I didn't tell anyone I even was planning to quit.
Again I didn't want the pressure...and the fact it was going to be left as a surprise to tell people I quit...made me excited to quit....it gave me something to look forward to. It wasn't easy but I quit for 5 days before I told anyone.

3. My pets knew though. My pets are my kids cause I have no kids. I have 2 dogs and a cat...I knew that my love for them and their health was enough to make me quit. I knew they deserved a better healthier environment.

4. The day I quit was because I was lazy. Yes you read that right . April 18th of last year (2020) I had ran out of smokes. It was getting rather late so I thought I would get some in the morning the following day instead. When I woke up in the morning and reached for a smoke and came up empty handed....I got a tad pissed off...and said Shit...I forgot...I am a non smoker. Smoking stinks and is harmful to my pets and those I care about that don't smoke. Smoking kills and would kill me. I chose to not smoke. I refuse to let smoking control me or my life. I hate smoking. So I don't even want any smokes.

And its going on almost a year...and I still don't want any smokes.

All I can say is if you fall get back up and try again. You can quit. You started smoking cause you wanted to smoke or else you would not have ever smoked. Do the same to quit. If you really want to quit you will. If you don't feel like you want to quit yet...then you have no will power..thats no problem...just start convincing yourself you do want to quit and you will....thats where you'll find the willpower you need to quit.

Its a game you can win...so go kick some smoke butt...and butt out...You can do it...I know you can...use your mind its what we were gifted such an amazing tool for...🤗❤💙🧡💛💜❤💫🌌🌠
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QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 years 1 month ago Commented 3 days 14 hours ago
Hello Natasha! Congratulations on your 12 month milestone! Such an amazing accomplishment! You must be so proud that all your hard work has paid off! Thank you for sharing all the wonderful strategies that worked for you. It is always so great to hear how others have quit. Such a powerful mantra you used, it is amazing how the way we speak to ourselves has such a huge impact on how we feel and act. Your mental health, physical health and beautiful furry children thank you for making this choice to live a happier, healthier life free of nicotine! Thank you for returning to the forum and updating us on your quit journey, be sure to reward yourself for reaching this amazing milestone! Enjoy your new smoke-free life! We wish you all the best and thank you for being a part of the QuitNow Community! ❤
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 3 days 6 hours ago
Congrats on a year Natasha 👏👏🎉🎉🎉. You are an inspiration 🌼🌺🌹😊
Rhon49 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 10 months 3 weeks ago Commented 3 days 5 hours ago
Congrats on a year!! That's some excellent advice
BrendaQ57
Quit 3 weeks 6 days ago posted 4 days ago
Hi everybody. Hope you’re all doing well. Well you were right, the patches sure do leave you with vivid dreams. Thinking of going off the patches at night and putting them on in am. Bought Nic Hit instead of the Quick Mist inhaler because they were out of these. Nic Hit was less than half the price as made by different company. I find it’s not quite as good tho so might go back to the Quick Mist. So I’m taking these 2 NRTs and the pharmacist sold me some nicotine lozenges because of the intense cravings I was still having. Haven’t tried them yet tho. Feeling too overwhelmed with everything. Was really looking forward to wk 3 because the cravings we’re supposed to be less intense and fewer. I’m told that this is different for everybody so I’ll just have to remain determined. Some great news. I’m going to beach on Saturday and I’ve decided to leave my oxygen behind in the car so I can walk on the sand! No oxygen! This will be the first time I’ve planned an activity without my oxygen and I’m really excited about it. No walker either as it won’t go thru the sand and I’m feeling much stronger as well! What a difference in just 3 wks! My goal is to be able to go without my oxygen during the day and just use it at night. Don’t know if this is an unrealistic goal or not but going to slowly try. Imagine going out for my 3 walks without the walker or oxygen! This would be truly amazing. Wish me luck for Saturday. All of you take care. Thanks for listening
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Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 3 days 23 hours ago
Great news Brenda!! I believe you will get through these crazy cravings soon ... everyone is different, but with each day that passes your strength and determined attitude will prevail!! Your post sounds like you are in a better space than a week ago so that is a huge WIN! Your body is so grateful to you I’m sure of it!! Thank you for updating us - I think of you every single day hoping it’s getting a wee bit easier for you 🤗🌺
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Quit 11 years 1 month ago Commented 3 days 14 hours ago
Hello Brenda, huge congratulations on your 3 week and 3 day milestone! What a wonderful way to celebrate by planning a trip the the beach. We hope you enjoy every minute of it :) Great idea to remove the patch before bed to help manage those vivid dreams you are experiencing. As you mentioned, this is common when wearing the patch overnight. So lovely to hear that you are feeling much stronger and that you've set goals to go to the beach without oxygen or your walker! You may find it helpful to focus on a mantra when you are experiencing challenging cravings. Mantras are a great way to reinforce the positive changes you're making. Here are a few ideas: "It's not easy, but it's worth it.", "Quitting smoking is a matter of Life and Breath." , "The pain is temporary - The gain is permanent.", "My thoughts don't control my life, I do." Best of luck Brenda and please know we are all here for you! Keep up the great work! It will get easier just keep taking this journey one moment at a time and one day at a time!
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Quit 3 months 2 weeks ago Commented 23 hours 45 min ago
Hey Brenda
Going to the beach is an amazing heavenly experience. If you can dig your toes into the sand and walk without your walker or oxygen you will feel like you’re on top of the world!
I hope you have an amazing day tomorrow and Look forward to hearing how it goes. ❤️Sabritas
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 13 hours 55 min ago
Hi Brenda. I am thinking of you today!!! Of all the people I have watched battle their addiction on this forum, your energy has been one of the strongest ones I have felt since I have been here. I am so very proud of how far you have come in your journey so far 💕. My wish for you today is to feel free, without your oxygen on the beach, and to be able to sit with your bare feet in the sand just being you ... enjoy those moments of freedom .. take them in so they can carry you into the months to come 🌹💕🌹💕🌹💕. Please let us know how your day went 🤗
Rundle
Thinking about quitting posted 5 days 22 hours ago
I am a heavy smoker -- and also struggpe with other substances as well.
I started using Nicoderm patches last week -- as subsidized by BC pharmacare and already feel much better!

At this moment, I have cigarettes on me but have no desire to smoke -- cannot remember the last time I felt this way. While I am still consuming nicotine through the patches my day to day activities are no longer impeded out of wasting so much time stepping out; smoking a cigarette (or two) and going back inside, without even actually getting fresh air!!

Most importantly how ever it is black and white now that it is cigarettes that is one of the main factors which led to me struggling with other substances ---always wanting to escape and get a high. I am lacking confidence of not resisting the urge to smoke once the pandemic is over and social activities resume, but as long as it is it having a minimal impact on my health and not impeding my overall life then I take that as a win!! :)
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Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 2 months ago Commented 5 days 16 hours ago
Congratulations Rundle for being off the smokes since last week. That truly is a win!

Let me offer a couple of suggestions to you if I may. Firstly, since you seem to be doing really well through the first week, which is traditionally a really tough part of quitting, why not go for it and plan to quit permanently. I mean, really make it your number one goal because the longer you quit for the less likely you are to want to go back. Secondly, if you really want success please get rid of those cigarettes you have handy. Trust me, there will be some moment when you will be super challenged and having cigarettes within reach at those times is simply a recipe for ending your quit.

You mentioned that smokes lead you to using other substances as an escape. Cigarettes themselves act as an escape for most smokers. They allow us to walk away from problems were are having - go for a smoke and think things over when in reality we can do that without the smoke. Just take a break and go breath in some beautiful fresh air.

Smoking is an addiction Rundle. One of the hardest addictions to break free from so please take this opportunity for a successful permanent quit and run with it. You'll be so glad you did once your quit is truly secure. You may not be suffering from the effects of smoking yet but smoking will do progressive damage to pretty much every part of your body over time. Slowly and silently dragging down your health so why not avoid those eventual consequences now, while you can?
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 5 days 13 hours ago
Hi Rundle. Green Meenie is so right ... you have conquered that first week which so many of us had the worst time with!! That is absolutely amazing. Being free from smoking, for me, has been THE most important factor in keeping me quit. I was such a slave to it ... it kept me from enjoying my kids functions when they were growing up, going on school overnight adventures, sports competitions in addition to holidays that may not have areas to smoke ... I can never get that time back 🥺. But man oh man I am making up for it now .. you can do this too!!! You already are ... just put your quit date in your profile and we will all celebrate your milestones with you as they come up 💕🌹. Congrats on your first week as a non smoker 👏👏👏
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 years 1 month ago Commented 5 days 10 hours ago
Welcome Rundle to the QuitNow Community! Congratulations on being smoke-free! Great job using the patch to help your body with the nicotine cravings. As you may know, NRT products deliver “clean” nicotine. You are not being exposed to all those nasty harmful chemicals that are within cigarettes. You have a wonderful sense of awareness of triggers which is so important during a quit. You can now develop and explore strategies to help work through triggers when they arise. Keep up the great work and please know you are not alone in your quit journey. We are here to offer you free support by chat, the forum and by phone at 1-877-455-2233. Wishing you all the best!
GregD Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 5 months ago Commented 4 days 11 hours ago
Quitting smoking will set you in the right direction Rundle. The other substances may peel away and die after smoking is removed from the equation. You can do this, one battle at a time.
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Quit 3 weeks 6 days ago Commented 4 days 9 hours ago
Congratulations Rundle on going for a week without smoking!!! Wow. Especially being a heavy smoker. I was a heavy smoker too and I found the first week of not smoking hell week. I’m over 3wks smoke free now and can’t believe it! I’ve never quit for this long before. I’m using the patches, 2 of them, and the Nic Hit spray which helps. When I set my quit date I had to make sure that I had no spare cigarettes on hand. For sure I would have smoked them by now because I’ve had so many intense cravings. So you might want to consider getting rid of them. How long have you smoked for? I’ve smoked for over 50 yrs and it’s the worst thing I’ve ever done. The damage I’ve caused is amazing. Good luck Rundle. I know it’s tough but you can do it. You’ve already quit!
elainem
Quit 5 days 20 hours ago posted 6 days ago
I started smoking full time when I was 18. I had tried it when I was 16 but became full Time at 18. I have quit 2 times in my life for no more then a month. Today I am 45 and always thought I could quit at anytime without any help. I do need support.
I am ready to quit, I don’t want to smoke anymore. I don’t have any friends that smoke so I am somewhat of a secret smoker. I smoke 10-12 per day.
Any tips or advice is appreciated.
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 6 days ago
Hi Elainem 😊. Congrats on joining our army ... are you planning to go cold turkey or utilize NRT? There is a program where you can get free NRT for 12 weeks through your local pharmacy. I quit with Zyban, the patch and reading Allen Carr’s easy way to quit smoking ... this was my ninth attempt and I tackled it from all angles this time 🤣. It seems to have worked! If you don’t have a plan, you can always contact the quit coaches through live chat or by phone and they can help ... and we are always here to support you as well! One thing that I really noticed this time was that my fear of quitting was my worst enemy ... it’s completely doable ... sending you energy and can’t wait to cheer you on!! 🌹
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 2 months ago Commented 5 days 16 hours ago
Liz said it all Elainem! Step one; call a quit coach and let them help you set up a plan that will keep you on track with your quit. Stay close to this forum for support. Ask any questions you want or just come to rant converse with other quitters. Nobody knows quitting like another quitter lol.

Quitting may not be easy but it IS achievable for anyone who truly wants to quit. Make that call Elainem!
QuitCoach Sunetra Log in or register to post comments
Quit 9 years 11 months ago Commented 5 days 13 hours ago
Hi Elainem, Congratulations for deciding to quit smoking. It is the best thing you can do for your health. Learning to recognize your smoking "triggers" is an important part of quitting. Ask yourself when, where and how often you smoke. Be mentally prepared to break your smoking patterns and set up new routines. You may also consider using the Nicotine Replacement therapy products to assist in your quit. Make a list of activities that you can do when you have the cravings, plan for some rewards to boost your spirit when you achieve the milestones. Wishing you the best with your quit.
elainem Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 days 20 hours ago Commented 5 days 4 hours ago
Thank you everyone for your comments. My plan is to quit cold turkey.
I appreciate everyone's encouragement and helpful tips

Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 13 hours 53 min ago
Hi elainem 🙋‍♀️ Just checking in with you to see how you are doing? Sending some energy your way today 🙏🏻💕🌹
elainem Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 days 20 hours ago Commented 11 hours 34 min ago
Hi Liz
Thanks so much for checking in. I’m doing good. 😁😁
Liz S
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago posted 6 days 4 hours ago
Happy Sunday everyone. I made it through a yard work day without having to smoke 👏👏👏. It was one of those firsts and I survived. I must admit that it felt strange, but I just drank water instead. Green Meenie, you did warn me haha. I hope everyone had a great weekend and celebrated your victories 🌹
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Quit 4 years 2 months ago Commented 6 days 1 hour ago
Yup! See; you won yet another battle in this war against nicotine addiction. You've now disrupted that auto association of having a smoke as a reward for doing yard work. Feel proud and be sure to reward yourself - just a small, special treat is fine. Keep marching Liz. You're winning the war!
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 years 1 month ago Commented 4 days 11 hours ago
Congratulations Liz S on being 5 months and 2 week smoke-free! So great to hear that you made it through a day of yard work without having to smoke! Did you find that you had more energy? Were you able to complete the yard work faster than when you were smoking? Would love to hear some of the benefits you've been experiencing if you'd like to share! Drinking water is an excellent way to keep from smoking and to stay hydrated while you are working hard! Thank you Liz for your continuous support and for being apart of the QuitNow Community! Keep up the great work and please keep us posted on your quit journey! All the best!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 4 days 4 hours ago
Hi Katerina 🤗. Thanks for the kudos! The noticeable positives are definitely more energy ... raking and pushing a wheel barrow is not difficult for long periods of time ... in fact I have noticed that anything I am doing now does not tire me out which is very weird. I am able to just breathe deeply and keep marching (Green Meenie’s saying). I love that aspect of life now! I love life period. Before quitting, I existed and now I am experiencing and appreciating. I’m taking in all the moments ... before I just smoked, did stuff, and then smoked some more ... what a waste! Being able to finally give up the cigarettes has been such a gift, and one that I love seeing others receiving as well. I just had no idea what life I was missing because I smoked for almost all of my life .... my message for those who are just at the beginning of your quits or thinking about quitting ... make the leap of faith that you can do this. We are here ... the quit coaches are here ... there is so much waiting for you on the other side of letting go 🌹🤗💕
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Quit 11 years 1 month ago Commented 4 days 4 hours ago
So great to hear Liz about all the benefits you've been experiencing! Thank you kindly for sharing! So lovely to see that all your hard work has paid off! Keep up the great work!