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Rundle
Thinking about quitting posted 17 hours 53 min 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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Quit 4 years 2 months ago Commented 11 hours 29 min 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 2 weeks ago Commented 8 hours 30 min 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 👏👏👏
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Quit 11 years 1 month ago Commented 5 hours 52 min 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!
elainem
Quitting today posted 19 hours 22 min 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 2 weeks ago Commented 19 hours 14 min 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 11 hours 24 min 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 8 hours 28 min 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
Quitting today Commented 9 sec ago
Thank you everyone for your comments. My plan is to quit cold turkey.
I appreciate everyone's encouragement and helpful tips

Liz S
Quit 5 months 2 weeks ago posted 23 hours 32 min 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 20 hours 27 min 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!
Green Meenie
Quit 4 years 2 months ago posted 1 day 5 hours ago
Happened to look at my numbers when I logged on and I have not smoked 38,339 cigarettes and have saved $23,004.00 - Wow!

It's not just health issues you can improve and breaking free from slavery to nicotine addiction but you're getting PAID to do it, in a sense.

Now I gotta go ask the wife what she's done with all that money - lol.
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Quit 11 years 1 month ago Commented 1 day 4 hours ago
Wow GreenMeenie! Congratulations on 4 years and 2 months smoke-free! That is a HUGE amount of cigarettes not smoked and a lovely amount of money you have saved! Keep up the great work and thank you kindly for all your support on the forum! You are a wonderful member of the QuitNow Community! Wishing you all the best!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 2 weeks ago Commented 1 day 3 hours ago
Hahaha holy cow that’s a lotta cash! It’s crazy how the numbers add up each day ...so grateful I am a part of this community now 🤗🌹
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Quit 3 months 2 weeks ago Commented 8 hours 59 min ago
Wowza GM you are right those are high numbers! Could change your license plate to Got Money or Green Machine or something to show off. 💰congrats keep saving money! Sabritas
BrendaQ57
Quit 3 weeks 1 day ago posted 1 day 20 hours ago
Hi everybody. Does anyone know the difference between the Nicorett Quick Mist inhaler and the Nic Hit inhaler? They’re both sprays and both 1 mg. Wondered if they were interchangeable. I’m running out of my Quick Mist inhaler and all the pharmacy has in stock is the Nic Hit. Think it’s by Nicorett as well. Thanks also I’m told the Nicoderm patch should be put on at night, not in morning, to help with first thing in morning cravings. Do any of you put patch on at night and how are your morning cravings?
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Quit 5 months 2 weeks ago Commented 1 day 18 hours ago
Hi Brenda. I don’t know anything about the 2 inhalers ... but I do know from experience that sleeping with the patch on can cause vivid dreams. They didn’t bother me as I never remembered my dreams before, so it was fun enjoying my dreams 🤣. They were pretty wacky too lol. I can imagine the nicotine stays in the system 24 hours so it may be good for you to try! Congrats on making it 3 weeks 🤗👏👏👏
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 2 months ago Commented 1 day 18 hours ago
I used the patch for 2 days when I quit then forgot to put it on day 3 so just went cold turkey from that point on but when I was using it I put it on first thing in the morning & took it off when going to bed each night. I believe, from what I have read, that's what most people do but there's no hard and fast rule so experiment and see what works best for you. We are all different and react differently to those NRT products.
I too heard they can cause vivid dreams if you wear them at night but that may depend on the individual.

In terms of the mists, I have no clue. I would ask at the pharmacy.
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 years 1 month ago Commented 1 day 9 hours ago
Hello Brenda, great responses from both Liz and Green Meenie! Congratulations Brenda on reaching your 3 week smoke-free milestone! Good job reaching out on the forum Brenda for support. As Green Meenie mentioned preference for NRTs do indeed vary for everyone. It can be helpful to try various kinds until you do find one that works best for you. Specific nicotine gum, lozenges or patches are available to you at no cost through the BC governments at your local pharmacy. PharmaCare has removed coverage for the nicotine inhaler under the BC Smoking Cessation Program. This is due to a discontinuation of the product by the manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson. You do still have the option of various forms of free short acting NRTs such as the nicotine gum or lozenges. As Liz mentioned some people do experience vivid dreams when wearing the patch at night. If you do experience this you can certainly speak to your pharmacist and they may suggest removing the patch before bed and applying a new one in the morning. Those who use a combination of long-acting (patch) and short-acting NRT (gum or lozenges) have been shown to have the greatest chance of success. Keep up the great work Brenda! All the best!
sabritas@sabrosas
Quit 3 months 2 weeks ago posted 1 day 20 hours ago
Hi Everybody
It sure has been quiet 🤐 on this forum these last couple of weekends. I hope you all are doing well and staying quit especially as Spring is here and it’s a new season to say NOPE. Take care!
❤️Sabritas
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Quit 3 weeks 1 day ago Commented 1 day 20 hours ago
Hi Sabritas, I noticed the forum was very quiet. Wondering what happened to everybody. Wow! 3 no. And one wk. Congratulations!!! I’m at 3 wks today. That was my short term goal. Now I have to make it to 4 wks. The chat line is sure helpful. It’s great to be able to speak with a counsellor when you need the extra support. Well take care
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 years 1 month ago Commented 1 day 20 hours ago
Hello Sabritas, congratulations on 3 months and 1 week smoke-free! We are still here to support you and all the members of the QuitNow Community! I hope you are enjoying the warmer weather and thank you for updating us on your quit journey! It is indeed the season to say NOPE :) Wishing you all the best! Thank you for being apart of the QuitNow Community
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 2 weeks ago Commented 1 day 18 hours ago
Hi everyone 😊. A beautiful day spent outside and breathing in the spring air! Congrats to you Sabritas passing your 3 month mark 👏👏👏👏. Can you believe it??? And Brenda you made it three weeks yesssss 👏👏👏👏. Everyone is doing an amazing job getting into the new groove ❤️❤️ Hope you have a beautiful Sunday 🥰
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Quit 3 months 2 weeks ago Commented 9 hours 4 min ago
Thanks Brenda Katrina and Liz
Yes it was a good weekend and without smoking both easier to get yard work done and faster too. Hope you have a good week!
Sabritas
AdinaMazz
Quit 1 week 5 days ago posted 3 days 19 hours ago
Yay! I made it a week so far and it's been really easy since I only had one craving when I forgot to put my patch on. I psyched myself up really good this time and I have a really positive attitude. I have many supporters on Facebook cheering me on which helps. I can be around smokers and not get tempted. I'm doing it this time around! I'm so happy.
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Quit 3 months 2 weeks ago Commented 3 days 11 hours ago
Wow you made it through the first week Adina great job! It sounds like you are really determined and have a clear vision of quitting.
Some people call the first week Hell Week and say there are certain times harder than others but that’s probably depending on the person and their situation among other factors. My first week was a fog and I had a lot of cravings but I used the Nicorette gum. The cravings do go away so that is awesome.
I was watching the news last night about a man who ran from Disneyland to Disneyworld to raise awareness about Type 1 diabetes.
When the reporter asked what it was like he said you have to ride the wave to the shore. That was just beautiful. Same goes for our quitting journeys, as long as we stay quit we are riding a wave to the shore. 🏄‍♀️Wishing you another good week Adina!
Sabritas

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Quit 5 months 2 weeks ago Commented 3 days 9 hours ago
Congrats Adina 🎉🎉🎉. I was just thinking of you yesterday 🤗. So proud of you ... this whole experience is so different for all of us but we are all aiming for the same destination ... to be rid of this stinky ball and chain. I like Sabritas’ analogy (and emoji lol) of riding the wave 🏄‍♀️ Treat yourself to something extra special today!! 🌹💕
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Thinking about quitting Commented 3 days 6 hours ago
Congratulations AdinaMazz!! That is a huge accomplishment!!! Remember to take your quit one day at a time. If you need any extra support please contact us at 1-877-455-2233.
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Quit 3 weeks 1 day ago Commented 2 days 20 hours ago
Hi AdinaMazz, wow! Congratulations!! A week and 2days! That’s amazing that you don’t get tempted when you’re around other smokers. Great that you have such a positive attitude and lots of support. I’m 1 day away from wk 3. Making it to wk 3 was my short term goal. Keep up the great work!
BrendaQ57
Quit 3 weeks 1 day ago posted 4 days 1 hour ago
Hi Green Meenie,thanks for your response. Yes I still have the same reasons to quit smoking. The most important is my health. Trying to reverse some of the damage I’ve done. Have actually had to go on home oxygen my breathing was so bad! I have to wear it 24hrs a day. Wouldn’t it be great if quitting smoking would eventually allow me to go without the daytime use. Just spoke to my pharmacist and she’s going to let me add the lozenges to my daily routine of NRTs so that’s great. Am going to try to walk as far as the pharmacy to pick them up. Am so glad I still have the ability to walk. It’s great exercise and a bonus when the sun is out like it is today
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Quit 4 years 2 months ago Commented 3 days 20 hours ago
Yes Brenda! Look at the positives that quitting will provide. You know; smoking took so much from so many of us but now is the time to butt out and just say NOPE to our addiction! That's all I did 4 years ago. No different from you really, other than I am not yet on O2. My health was clearly failing and it all came down to smoking.

Hey! It wasn't easy for me either! Not by a long shot. At times I was hanging on by my fingernails but I REFUSED to give in when I was really challenged. I made it! Many don't but, when you truly know the quality of your life is on the line .... that gives us even more steadfast motivation to quit & remain quit. There really is no other option. I'm telling you Brenda that YOU can do it, just like I did and YOU can take control and shape the quality of your future life. So it's not easy; what that is worth a pinch in life is easy?

I often think why bother posting to people who are in the early stages of their quits because they just think I can't relate to their struggle but you know what? I was just like you 4 years and a couple of months ago. We are just separated by a bit of time - that's all. It was quit or die for me then. I'm still here so F-U nicotine - I win!!! I don't even think about smoking these days. This CAN be YOU too Brenda! Keep marching girl!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 2 weeks ago Commented 3 days 9 hours ago
GM I am so glad that you post and I know everyone appreciates your wise words 🤗. Please don’t stop! 🌹
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Quit 11 years 1 month ago Commented 1 day 21 hours ago
Hey Brenda, great job identifying your reasons for quitting! Congratulations on being 2 weeks and 6 days smoke-free! So great to hear that you are exercising! So good to enjoy the sun and get some fresh air! You may find it helpful to remind yourself of the positive benefits of not smoking. It's amazing how quickly the body heals after you've quit, have you noticed any benefits since your quit? Keep up the great work Brenda! We are all cheering you on!
BrendaQ57
Quit 3 weeks 1 day ago posted 4 days 1 hour ago
Hi Sabritas, no I haven’t tried hard candy yet but will do. No I didn’t go for my walk yesterday. Took the whole day off but have been out today and will go out again. The sun is shining! Good for you that you did an exercise video even tho you were having a lazy day too. You sound very determined. Thanks for sending me posts when you do. I find them very helpful.
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Quit 4 years 2 months ago Commented 3 days 20 hours ago
I sucked on a lot of small mints the first year I was quit. Never had mints before or afterwards = lol.
Drink lots of water too. It occupies your hands and mouth and fills your tummy and ..... wait for it ..... it's very low calorie! Exercising will give you a shot of dopamine, just as smoking did. Do what ever you can exercise wise ... it will help :)
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Quit 3 months 2 weeks ago Commented 3 days 11 hours ago
Hi Brenda
I am happy you had a better day! I agree the weather makes a huge difference.
I am having a hard time sleeping through the night lately. I wake up to any sound or to a bad dream and then can’t get back to sleep. It makes my full time job very difficult and I get cranky with my family too.
I went for two walks yesterday but maybe it wasn’t enough exercise.
Tomorrow is a new day for everyone so hoping it goes well for you and for all of us. 😊Sabritas
BrendaQ57
Quit 3 weeks 1 day ago posted 4 days 2 hours ago
Hello everybody. Didn’t go for my walk after supper yesterday. Took the whole day off from my walks. Feeling a bit better today, not quite as down. Just got home from a walk. The sun is shining. It’s a beautiful day. The weather plays a huge part in your moods I guess. Yesterday it was dark and dreary and I was down. Today it’s bright and sunny and I’m feeling better. Thinking about getting the lozenges. Already on the Nicoderm patch and Nicorett Quick Mist inhaler so don’t know if my pharmacist will let me go on the Lozenges as well. Don’t know if that would be too much nicotine. Just still get the cravings really bad and could use the extra help. Have any of you been on this much? Really want a smoke right now I used to sit outside on the sunny days and light up a cigarette. Wow what a feeling. I like that saying Nope.. I know I can’t ever have one puff. One would lead to another. When I think about sitting in the sun and lighting up I’ll just go for a walk. And as I get my oxygen ready to take on my walk it’ll remind me why I quit smoking to begin with. I’m hoping the day will come now when I won’t need the oxygen during the day. Suspect I’ll always need it at night now we’ll see. Boy the damage I’ve done.
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Quit 5 months 2 weeks ago Commented 4 days 2 hours ago
.. and boy the good you are doing now! It’s never too late to quit! Your energy is better today and that makes me happy. Today, I was driving to pick up some varathane to finish up a couple of birdhouses my late father made and I am now rejuvenating. As I was driving, I thought wow I’m feeling super calm and not attached to thoughts of smoking ... I see people smoking when they are driving, or in parking lots away from people, and I don’t feel tempted and am so grateful that isn’t me anymore .. or you! You are a non smoker and there are millions of non smokers in the world ... we are a part of that group now. So very proud of you Brenda 🤗🌹.
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Quit 4 years 2 months ago Commented 3 days 20 hours ago

"I used to sit outside on the sunny days and light up a cigarette. Wow what a feeling."

Quitting is a full year commitment because of seasonal triggers to smoke. It doesn't mean you'll be having strong cravings for a full year. What it means is that as seasons change, some situation will crop up and you will relate it to when you smoked and enjoyed that smoke.
I was really challenged in the spring of the year I quit because I was doing quite well, having quit in January but when April rolled around and I first cut the grass I was super challenged once finished because my reward for cutting the grass for years and years was to sit on the deck and have a beer and a smoke. The good news about seasonal triggers is that once you get past one, you'll never have to worry about that one again!

When you quit, I recommend you make a 1 year commitment to yourself. Although you may feel safely quit well before a year is up, there are always seasonal challenges that can crop up.
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 2 months ago Commented 3 days 17 hours ago
Brenda, we are so glad to hear that you are feeling better today. Like you said, the weather can play a huge part in our moods and the sunshine can boost our serotonin levels, making us feel better and calm. Also, walking can have a profound effect on our overall health, both our physical and mental health and it may help reduce our desire to smoke. Please continue with all the activities that you enjoy and help you stay away from smoking. You are doing wonderful Brenda! Keep saying Nope and remind yourself of all your reasons for quitting. You are heading toward the easy days and amazing benefits await you. Remember you are doing a fantastic job and each day that you are not smoking is a small victory for yourself and a great benefit to your overall health. Once again congratulations on all your hard work and keep rewarding yourself every step of the way. We are so thrilled for you and wishing you continued success.
John B
Quit 5 months 1 week ago posted 4 days 21 hours ago
This is the longest I have gone without a smoke. There has been enough cravings over the last five months. Have started reading off and on for the last month or so and have a plot in a community garden, which will be a learning curve. That is all for now.
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Quit 5 months 2 weeks ago Commented 4 days 20 hours ago
👏👏👏 Congratulations John 🎉🎉🎉🎉 I hope you are feeling great physically!
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Quit 20 years 3 months ago Commented 4 days 19 hours ago
Hi John B, its nice to hear how proud you are of your quit Congratulations on your five months milestone and thank you for sharing your experience. Reading is such a great way to keep you informed while stimulating your brain. Gardening does keep you busy and all great ways to stick to daily routine changes. Stay positive and determined and feel free to reach out anytime via chat, online or by phone @ 1-877-455-2233.
BrendaQ57
Quit 3 weeks 1 day ago posted 4 days 22 hours ago
Hi everybody. Having problems with posting today so hope I’m not resending this. Down day again. This is the second day in a row. Trying to keep my spirits up but not doing such a great job. Haven’t gone on any of my walks. No energy. Plan to go for walk after supper but don’t know if I will. It’s ok to take a day off right? Still using my Quick Mist inhaler which helps. What are the lozenges like? Hope it’s ok to post so often. I just really appreciate the support right now. I know tomorrow is another day.
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Quit 3 months 2 weeks ago Commented 4 days 22 hours ago
Hi Brenda
Have you tried some hard candies? You can get sugar free ones if you’re worried about the calories.
Are you going for your walk tonight? I am feeling lazy today but I will force myself to do an exercise video after dinner. Hope you are feeling better soon Brenda you deserve good days and sunshine! ☀️ Sabritas
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Quit 5 months 2 weeks ago Commented 4 days 22 hours ago
Hi Brenda. Hang in there 🌹. It’s ok to have crappy days so don’t feel bad ... it isn’t a reason to smoke though ... I would just cry and cry and let it out. It’s great that you are posting as you need support right now .. don’t forget you can chat with quit coaches and don’t feel bad! I have used the lozenges and I like them. If I was really feeling I needed the nicotine it just did the trick for me. I also had the patches and Zyban ... to some overkill but to me it’s what got me to 5 1/2 months 😬. I know that smoking is on your mind a lot right now and I remember that happening to me. I would wake up thinking about it and all day and before bed ... and I wondered if that would ever subside and it did. It also helped me to watch quit smoking videos on you tube. There is a fellow named Chris Skoyles who has documented his quit journey and he touches on all kinds of things we are experiencing ... just reaffirms that what you are going through is normal and a part of this process. I would give you a huge reassuring hug if we were physical friends but you will have to settle for a virtual hug from me ... I am so proud of you! ❤️
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Quit 4 years 2 months ago Commented 4 days 21 hours ago
Doing anything is OK .... except smoking. That's the only rule - NOPE!

Try focusing your mind back on the reason(s) why you quit in the first place. Is that reason still relevant in your life? I suspect it is so focus on achieving that goal again like you did over 2 weeks ago. If you smoke again you'll feel like crap - trust me! If you get over your funk by using your logical brain to reason yourself out of this mindset you will have won another major battle - that's something to be proud of and it will lift your spirits!
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Quit 9 years 11 months ago Commented 4 days 8 hours ago
Hi Brenda, Quitting smoking is a big change in lifestyle as the body and mind are in a state of transition. Once you stop smoking, you are producing less dopamine than your body and mind has been accustomed to and hence it is normal to react with low moods. It is healthy and productive to allow yourself to acknowledge these feelings and find constructive ways to deal with them. The nicotine lozenges comes in the form of a small, candy-like, sugar free tablet in flavors like cinnamon, fruit, and mint. When the NRT lozenge is placed in the mouth and allowed to dissolve, nicotine is absorbed into the bloodstream, relieving short-term cravings to smoke. Please feel free to post on the forum anytime. We are here for you :) Hope today is a better day.
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Quit 3 weeks 1 day ago Commented 4 days 2 hours ago
Thankyou Sunetra. Your comments are always so helpful. Will look into getting the lozenges and see if they help. I’m already on Nicoderm patches and Nicorett inhaler so don’t know if pharmacist will let me go on lozenges as well. When is it too much nicotine?
Liz S
Quit 5 months 2 weeks ago posted 4 days 23 hours ago
Lucille ... I hope you are ok 🌹. We haven’t heard from you for some time, and you are one of our strongest and valued mentors. Sending good energy if you need it ❤️🙏🏻
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Quit 3 months 2 weeks ago Commented 4 days 22 hours ago
Yes Lucille we miss you 🌸💐🌺 Hope you are doing well! ❤️Sabritas
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Quit 4 years 2 months ago Commented 4 days 21 hours ago
Yeah, weird for her to be off for even a day let alone several. Hope all is well!
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 1 month ago Commented 4 days 20 hours ago
Thank you Liz, Sabritas and Green Meenie. Have decided to take some time away from the forum, my God, I've never thought I'd say that, but some difficult problems have arisen. I will still try to help as many as I can, but unfortunately not all. So please don't worry if I only post occasionally. Thanks for your kind thoughts. Green Meenie, I hope you continue to post for a while, your posts are always so well thought of and I really appreciate all you do. Lucille.
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 2 weeks ago Commented 4 days 19 hours ago
Sending a huge hug ... you are missed just so you know ❤️
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Quit 3 months 2 weeks ago Commented 4 days 19 hours ago
Lucille you truly are a gem. 💎 at the start of my quit I didn’t know my left from my right and your posts and words of encouragement and guidance got me through the fog of nicotine withdrawal. Thank you Lucille.
As some of my friends remind me sometimes- Don’t be a stranger 😉
Hugs, Sabritas
pjs36011
Thinking about quitting posted 5 days 5 hours ago
Well I made it 30 days and couldn’t take it anymore. I had quit cold turkey after reading the Allen Carr book 3 times. It just didn’t seem to work for me this time. By the 4th week, all I thought about all day long was smoking. Much worse than my first 2 weeks which went smoothly.

So I am not going to beat myself up about this as these things happen as I know from my past quits. It is a journey. 🙂

So I went out yesterday and got some patches and some nicotine spray. I will restart my quit in a couple days with NRT instead of cold turkey. I have never tried NRT before.

Wish me well.....lol

PJ
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QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 years 1 month ago Commented 5 days 4 hours ago
Welcome PJ to the QuitNow Community. Great job identifying barriers from your previous quit and preparing yourself to overcome them with this quit! Having NRTs on hand is great to help manage those strong nicotine cravings! You have a great plan and have set yourself up for success! So great to hear that you are not being hard on yourself, it is so important to be gentle, patient and kind to ourselves during a quit. How we talk to ourselves can greatly impact how we feel and act. Keep up the positive self talk and congratulations on setting yourself up for success. As you mentioned, quitting it is a process and slips are part of that process. Your hard work that you have put into your previous quit has not been lost, you have learned some great valuable information from it! If you would like free one-on-one support with a QuitCoach please feel free to contact us via chat or by phone at 1-877-455-2233! Looking forward to hearing more about your Quit journey!Thank you for being apart of the QuitNow Community Pj! All the best!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 2 weeks ago Commented 5 days 4 hours ago
You can do it PJ. 👏🎉👏🎉👏🎉
BrendaQ57 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 weeks 1 day ago Commented 5 days 4 hours ago
Hi PJ. It’s tough I know. Congratulations on making it the 30 days. I have days like that too where all I think about is smoking. I use the Nicoderm patches and the Nicorett Quick Mist inhaler which really helps. I’m day 18 today and can hardly wait till I reach the 3 wk Mark. Good luck on your new quit day. Will be thinking of you. You can do it. You sound very determined.
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Quit 3 months 2 weeks ago Commented 4 days 22 hours ago
Yay PJ
It takes courage to get up and try quitting again you are awesome. Good luck and I hope the first 2 weeks and the rest are easy peasy lemon squeezie
👏Sabritas
BrendaQ57
Quit 3 weeks 1 day ago posted 5 days 22 hours ago
Hi everybody, don’t feel as good today as I did yesterday. Bummer. Have been out for 2 walks so far and will go for another walk after supper. That should help. Just feel down today. Guess I’m going to have days like that. It’s day 17 today but feels like I’ve just started to quit. Was looking at the butts on the sidewalk again! Wishing I could have just that little bit. Keep telling myself how disgusting that would be. Had my Quick Mist inhaler with me so took that.Came home and sat down and thought of all the times I used to smoke. I really miss it today. I have to be careful because this is when I know I could go out and buy a pack. Just to have one. I won’t tho. I’m going to the store tomorrow so hopefully having a better day. I’ll take my Quick Mist inhaler with me and use it in case I think about buying a pack. Can’t really buy any treats because I’ve gone on a diet for this muffin top I’ve developed. Lol probably not the best time to go on a diet because treats would help right now. Thanks for listening again. Things will look up tomorrow.
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sabritas@sabrosas Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 months 2 weeks ago Commented 5 days 22 hours ago
Hi Brenda
Don’t be too hard on yourself it’s just a bad day. Tomorrow will be better. I hope you can look at the butts on your next walk and call them nasty names for the poison pellets that they are and the time they have robbed us of.
Are you doing things to reward yourself everyday? Even listening to music or reading a book can be a treat. This exact moment I am drinking a sparkling water and cuddling my kids as a treat. Have a good rest of your Tuesday I hope it gets better.
❤️🎶Sabritas
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 2 weeks ago Commented 5 days 21 hours ago
Hi Brenda. We all have up and down days for sure so great job getting through today! That quick mist inhaler is such a great tool! Your brain is working hard at trying to sway you but having a cigarette is not an option 😜 NOPE! I know you are a strong willed woman ... you are demonstrating it in each post ... stay strong my fellow non-smoker 🤗🌹
Quit Coach Nicole Log in or register to post comments
Quit 20 years 3 months ago Commented 5 days 19 hours ago
Hi Brenda Q57,
You are 17 days tobacco free! What a milestone for you! Liz is so right, there are ups and down days for sure which is all normal part of the quit process. You have been changing up your routines and sticking to it which is so awesome. Taking your NRT quickmist withe you is a great way to keep yourself prepared and such great coping strategy to get you through the challenging time. Try to incorporate other coping mechanism such as deep breathing **inhale for 5 seconds and exhale slowly** this leads your brain to release endorphins, which are chemicals that have a natural calming effect. This can be done many times throughout the day. Also, remind yourself about the reason you quit in the first place and remember the benefits are just at the beginning. Your body is going through a transformation, the longer you abstain the more health improvements you will experience. This will include changes in your skin, immunity, cardiovascular health, lungs, muscles and more. Continue to be positive and prepared as you have and please don't hesitate to reach out to reach out to us via chat support, over the phone support at 1-877-455-2233 and of course in your lovely tight knitted community here on the forum. All the best on your quit and reach out anytime!