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Quit 3 months 1 week ago posted 11 months 2 weeks 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 2 months ago Commented 11 months 2 weeks 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 9 months 2 weeks ago Commented 9 months 2 weeks 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 1 year 9 months ago Commented 6 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 6 months ago Commented 6 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 4 months 1 week ago Commented 4 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 6 months ago Commented 4 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.
Happiness Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 6 months ago Commented 4 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 3 months 1 week ago Commented 2 months 2 weeks ago
Hi I have breathing and sure truth problem
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 12 years 2 months ago Commented 1 month 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!
dc
Quit 1 month ago posted 9 hours 42 min ago
Thank you to everyone who posts here, it is my support on my journey that I had been putting off for soooooooo many years. So, this is new for me, without my cigarettes how ironic is this, I feel so incredibly ugly. Like I’ve had blinders on and can’t believe how old and ugly I look. I kind of feel naked in a way, or invisible, or maybe a combo if that makes any sense? It’s really lonely not having my best friend to sit with me through life anymore. So I come here instead. When my migraines started early March (and lasted til early May) I have stopped screentime including social media. The headaches combined with severe nausea (both of which have stopped recently which is amazing as they were debilitating) and extreme pain from my shoulder (learned this week it’s calcification so am seeing pagtsio, so freaking painful and very limited mobility) and text neck (tight neck muscles from stress and looking down at a phone) prompted the no screen time. So without my best friend the cigarette, and my “friends” on social media I really feel instensely alone and just wanted to say I am so grateful for this board. One month two days. Not sure where I’m headed like not sure at all, but definitely know I’m not going backwards. Now to rebuild my self esteem, I guess I’ve been hiding with my cigarettes every time any strong emotion hit me.
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QuitCoach Elke Log in or register to post comments
Quit 28 years 2 months ago Commented 8 hours 5 min ago
DC. looks like you had a milestone to celebrate, so congratulations! I am sorry that you are struggling with multiple health issues, and glad to hear that your migraines have stopped. Did you know that smoking can be a precipitating factor for headaches and specifically migraines? Smoking more than 5 cigarettes a day can trigger those headaches. So quitting smoking might help to reduce the frequency of you migraines and help to keep your "best friend" at bay. Reach out to your real friends and your friends in this community. You have passed an important milestone, you can keep going and we are all here to support you. Feel free to reach out over the phone (1-877-455-2233) for more support. All the best!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 6 months ago Commented 7 hours 46 min ago
I love how you are looking inside now dc. Yes, cigarettes were there for us all and now is the time to strip bare, and live a full life. Your persona is beautiful to me through this forum and I am certain you are beautiful on the outside too. Don’t look too far ahead as far as quitting goes, as it just adds fear to the openness now. I feel like an open nerve too now, and I am very honest with everyone now as I cannot stuff it down like I used to. This is the time to love yourself .. a little each day. Sending a huge hug, and congrats on making your first of many milestones 💕👏👏👏
dc Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month ago Commented 3 hours 35 min ago
Yes exactly I feel stripped of my safety net, my go to, so thank you for your support and understanding ❤️
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 6 months ago Commented 2 hours 56 min ago
You have come a long way in a short period of time dc. Keep doing all that you are doing to stay moving forward. One month is a big deal! 🥳
jane123 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month 3 weeks ago Commented 3 sec ago
Dc you are so brave! You are facing many challenges and are moving forward without the crutch you have leaned on in the past. I think you may be experiencing some of the benefits already…fewer migraines and less nausea. We are here for you. Keep posting.
paddleboy
Quit 1 month ago posted 11 hours 17 min ago
happy to be a month smoke free
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dc Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month ago Commented 9 hours 40 min ago
Woot woot!! We’re two days apart. Way to go!!!
QuitCoach Elke Log in or register to post comments
Quit 28 years 2 months ago Commented 8 hours 31 min ago
Congratulations on your 1 month milestone paddleboy! Definitely a milestone to be proud of and to enjoy! Think of the difficult moments and how you were able to manage without a cigarette, building up strength and confidence that you can be a non-smoker. Living with another smoker, can make this even more challenging, so kudos to you!!
Keep going on your journey, taking things one day at a time, using all the strategies that are helping, and one month can become two, and three, and four...so that there are many more milestones to celebrate!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 6 months ago Commented 7 hours 51 min ago
Happy anniversary 🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈 I hope you are reaping many benefits from the best decision to honor yourself paddleboy. 🌷
paddleboy Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month ago Commented 2 hours 26 min ago
yes Liz i did get my self a little gift to celebrate my one month smoke free. enjoying a new tablet which cost less than i would have spent on smokes.
GregD Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 years 6 months ago Commented 1 hour 54 min ago
Congrats dc and paddleboy!!!
GregD
Quit 2 years 6 months ago posted 11 hours 48 min ago
Thanks Liz for all you do....
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 6 months ago Commented 11 hours 38 min ago
❤️ thank YOU Greg! I’m always looking for you here … please keep being amazing 🤗
QuitCoach Elke Log in or register to post comments
Quit 28 years 2 months ago Commented 9 hours 12 min ago
Greg, thank you for the shout out to Liz. You are absolutely right! Thank you Liz, thank you Greg and thank you everyone else who is posting and supporting each other! It is your posts, your sharing of experiences and your wisdom and support make this forum to an amazing community! A BIG THANK YOU!!!
Zoerose
Quit 2 days 20 hours ago posted 22 hours 45 min ago
Smoke free today!! This WILL be the time!
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 6 months ago Commented 14 hours 5 min ago
Yay Zoe 👏🎉👏👏🎉👏 another day in the books 🤗. You CAN do this 💕
QuitCoach Elke Log in or register to post comments
Quit 28 years 2 months ago Commented 9 hours 37 min ago
Zoerose, yay celebrate this day and all the other smoke free days to come! It's that spirit of yours and your determination that will get you through this quit. Keep going and keep celebrating!
Zoerose Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 days 20 hours ago Commented 3 hours 57 min ago
Will do!!
Duncan_987
Quit 6 months 1 week ago posted 1 day 4 hours ago
Celebrating 6 months smoke free!

As I've shared here before, I'm still in the midst of my fight with cancer and just got home from a 40 day hospital stay. You're completely isolated in the oncology unit so I was super excited to take a big breath of fresh air this morning upon my 'release'. Stepped out of VGH and was hit with a big cloud of smoke from the few patients huffing and puffing outside. Really spoiled the moment for me, but it was the first time in a while I've been truly repulsed by that cigarette stink we all know. There was no part of me that indulged in that whiff. I'm feeling proud that despite all that I've endured, and despite the urge never fully dissipating I haven't given into the Nicodemon.

Wishing everyone a smoke free weekend. I believe that we can do this!

Onto the next milestone.
Duncan :)
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 6 months ago Commented 1 day 3 hours ago
Yay Duncan. Was just thinking about you! I am so glad you are out of the hospital, and I hope that all is well with your recovery. Holy cow over six months for you! I remember when you first jumped on board here. I am so so happy for you Duncan and glad you have been able to stay strong. Half way to your first year whooohooo. 🥳🥳🥳 please stay in touch.
GregD Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 years 6 months ago Commented 12 hours 31 min ago
Congratulations Duncan. Six months is an amazing accomplishment and it only gets better! You are so strong and determined, so proud of you!
Despite your 'release' being smoked out those moments will actually make you stronger, as unpleasant as they are at the time. Lucky you to have had that reminder lol. Take each moment as your moment, doing what you choose to do. Cheers!!
jane123 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month 3 weeks ago Commented 11 hours 37 min ago
Way to go Duncan. That first wiff of cigarette smoke after 40 days can be quite powerful. You didn’t give in, fantastic. Remember that feeling, it will get you through the next wiff. You are 40 days ahead. I’ve used hospital stays and surgery to get me started on my journey. Just don’t give in as you start to feel better. All the best during your recovery.
QuitCoach Elke Log in or register to post comments
Quit 28 years 2 months ago Commented 9 hours 43 min ago
Congratulations Duncan on passing your 6 month milestone! That's a great accomplishment to celebrate! I love how you already focus on getting to your next milestone and wish you success reaching the next milestone and all the others to come. Enjoy every breath of fresh air and have a speedy recovery!
ledar mankish
Quitting in 2 weeks 1 day posted 1 day 4 hours ago
Hello everyone.

I was smoke before but not like last 3 years was only 2 or3 maximum. right now I'm over control of smoking gets more then 12 cigarettes to full can per a day recently decided to stop smoking as I did before. my family Dr helped me before to stop. during the situation of the pain into. I closed to quit only one way to be better without smoke.
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 6 months ago Commented 1 day 3 hours ago
Welcome aboard ledar 🤗. If you don’t have a plan in place already, it’s great to set it up with your doctor or you can contact the quit coaches for some help too. We will all be here for you as well … we all know what a huge step this, and it will be the best thing you can do for yourself!
GregD Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 years 6 months ago Commented 12 hours 22 min ago
Yes ledar, not smoking is the BIG key. N.O.P.E. (Not One Puff Ever). You can do this even though your mind may be telling you otherwise. We are addicted to nicotine and at the beginning your mind and body (yes BOTH!) are trying to talk you out of doing the right thing and quitting. The drug addict in us wants no part of this change. Be the BOSS and remove this from your life and lungs my friend. We know what your going through and we also know you CAN do this:)
QuitCoach Elke Log in or register to post comments
Quit 28 years 2 months ago Commented 9 hours 52 min ago
Welcome to the Forum Ledar! Congratulations on your decision to quit! There are many benefits of quitting smoking, taking charge over your health allows you to reduce cardiovascular diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and cancer. It sounds like you have successfully quit in the past and you can use that experience to help with this quit. Please reach out to QuitNow (1-877-455-2233) to talk with a quit coach for more support. All the best for your quit!
Karenlk
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago posted 2 days 9 hours ago
I'm almost at my 6 month mark, not one puff😁 It is definately freeing and I feel so much better physically. The one thing I can't believe is that I still want to have a cigarette. I won't but WOW! I do live with a smoker and he triggers me but I thought the desire would be gone by now. Guess when you do something for 45 years it really never disappears 🤷‍♀️
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dc Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month ago Commented 2 days 8 hours ago
So awesome, way to go!!!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 6 months ago Commented 2 days 5 hours ago
You got that right Karen! I still get the thoughts at a year and a half in. The difference is we aren’t acting on them, and I do not want to start at the beginning again that’s a fact haha. Congrats on almost a half a year! You are knocking this out of the park.
Karenlk Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 2 days 4 hours ago
Exactly Liz! I never want to start over again. Thank you
QuitCoach Elke Log in or register to post comments
Quit 28 years 2 months ago Commented 2 days 4 hours ago
Congratulations Karenik on approaching the 6 months milestone! Living with a smoke can be a trigger and definitely make your quit harder. By the way we have a group support session coming up on June 6th at 7 pm about understanding triggers and barriers for those who are interested. Check out the Group Support Sessions under the QuitNow Community for more information and how to access them. With time the cravings become less and it sounds like you are determined to stay a non-smokers, so kudos to you! Enjoy your smoke free life!
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 2 months ago Commented 2 days 2 hours ago
Even after 6 years of quitting smoking I still get an occasional craving Karen but the likelyhood of starting all over again will never cross my mind again and it will be the same for you. Just put it at the back of your mind, you're in control and the Nicodemon has nothing over you. Reward yourself for all your hard work and as you do live with a smoker he may come around to your way of thinking eventually. Hugs, Lucille.
paddleboy Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month ago Commented 2 days 2 hours ago
i also live with a smoker.
at times i think i really want a smoke.
but no, i do not want to go through this again.
hang in there,
congrats on almost a half year.
jane123 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month 3 weeks ago Commented 11 hours 32 min ago
I too live with a smoker. I’m finding it not too bad. I have no idea why. The plan is for my partner to quit once I’ve got things under control a bit more. I don’t seem to be triggered by the smell of cigarette smoke.
jane123
Quit 1 month 3 weeks ago posted 2 days 9 hours ago
Quit 1 month 19 days. Went from Step 1 patch to Step 2 today. Feeling all the same things I did at the beginning of my journey. Scalp is crawling, absolute brain fog, irritable. I can get through this. I’ve done it before. Lots of exercise, water, keep busy, breath deeply. Keep telling myself I can do it, it won’t last for long…besides I don’t have any cigarettes and I’m not going to buy any!!!
Coach Linda, I like your 4A’s - avoid, alter, accept, adapt. Not having a problem with the avoid or alter. Working on accepting this is how I’m going to feel and adapting so I can deal with the feelings.
Thanks everyone for your support. The forum is making a difference for me.
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DLmars Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month 3 weeks ago Commented 2 days 9 hours ago
Hi Jane, I am at the same quit time as you and I could not have done it without Champix. No irritability, no intense cravings, no skin crawling. No nicotine replacements either. You have done so well already, stay strong, don’t throw away all the hard work and suffering you have gone through. It will end so much better!
dc Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month ago Commented 2 days 8 hours ago
What is the skin crawling? Curious, I’m on the patch and I feel like it’s making me so itchy. Is that what you mean?
jane123 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month 3 weeks ago Commented 2 days 8 hours ago
If the itching is at the locating of the patch it is likely caused by the glue on the patch. Make sure you wash the area well when you remove the patch and change it’s location daily. This is something I deal with as well and it has actually caused me to stop using the patch too early in the past. Not going to do that this time.. The skin crawling in my case is my scalp. I think it is my blood pressure going up but I’m not sure
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 6 months ago Commented 2 days 5 hours ago
You guys are all so bloody amazing … the smile on my face now is huge. Keep being there for each other … we are here for you all too! My god time just flies watching you all kill this! 🥰
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 2 months ago Commented 2 days 2 hours ago
jane, give it time and know that at the end of the tunnel you'll find freedom. It's a win win situation for you so don't let the Nicodemon take that away from you. Think of it as being an obstacle that you can take control of and remember that you're worth it. I promise you won't regret it as the feeling of being in control is without a doubt the best. The benefits far outweigh the problems that you're facing. At 6 weeks you're doing excellent. Hugs, Lucille.
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 7 years 3 months ago Commented 2 days ago
Hi Jane, congratulations on being 1 month and 19 days smoke-free. You are heading towards your 2-month milestone, that is awesome! Keep up the great work and the positive mindset. We are so glad to hear that you have found so many helpful ways to stay smoke-free. It’s great that you find the 4A’s helpful. Please continue with everything that works for you. We are sorry to hear that you are still “feeling all the same things” as you did at the beginning of your journey. Please hang in there. Your body and mind are working hard to adjust to this big change. You will get through this transition time and reach the easy days. If you have any questions about the symptoms that you experienced like the skin crawling, please discuss with your healthcare provider. You may also call us and we will be happy to help you in any way we can. We hope that you will feel better soon. You are doing wonderful! Please continue with your amazing quit journey. You are on your way to freedom and a new healthy life. Take care ☺️
GregD Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 years 6 months ago Commented 11 hours 56 min ago
Maybe the 'adapt' comes before acceptance. Accepting that smoking is NOT an option ever again is a very powerful awakening and, if not for recognizing the benefits along the way, could be depressing. This is the proverbial line in the sand, the make it or break it.
I have found that the space once occupied by nicotine addiction may not be filled with anything as intense but rather I think it is filled with gratitude of what life is now offering as a replacement. All the possibilities of things I can now do without forever dragging that ball and chain around. OMG! The space is now filled with the acceptance, hope and promise of life itself.
jane123 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month 3 weeks ago Commented 11 hours 44 min ago
Very profound GregD. I think I agree. Adapt before acceptance. I’m in the process of adapting but I also think I have accepted the fact I can not take even one puff. Accepting that fact has been important in being able to stay quit. Non acceptance during my past attempts has resulted in not making the necessary adaptions. You’ve given me something to think about this morning. Thanks!
jane123 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month 3 weeks ago Commented 11 hours 30 min ago
On day 3 of step 2. Much better! The “cravings” only lasted the one day when I moved from step 1 to step 2. I’ve got this! Thanks for everyone’s support
dc
Quit 1 month ago posted 2 days 9 hours ago
Ok, so the pool injured my shoulder more than it was already injured. SO I’m at the gym for the second day in a row. I hit one month! I feel like I should feel happy but honestly I just feel sad. Guess this is just a bump in my life’s journey. Happy smoke free Friday everyone. You got this. 💪
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Quit 1 month 3 weeks ago Commented 2 days 9 hours ago
Hi dc, sorry about your shoulder. I’ve been doing my exercises everyday since my surgery and am now noticing a difference. It takes a long time and sometimes I felt like I wasn’t making any headway. Hang in there. I relate to the feelings of sadness. I felt that strongly about week 3. I actually cried a few times. When I thought about the feelings of sadness later I decided I felt like I had lost a friend, cigarettes. Once I had that insight I was able to debunk those thoughts with cigarettes are not your friend. They are your enemy and who needs friends like that anyway. A big, warm hug to you.
dc Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month ago Commented 2 days 8 hours ago
Thank you 🙏🏼 yes my cigarettes were my friend. We shared everything together. So even though a toxic friend, I guess I’m grieving the loss. I can’t wait to start celebrating the wins. Did you have shoulder surgery? I can’t remember…..
jane123 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month 3 weeks ago Commented 2 days 8 hours ago
Hi dc. Celebrate your wins now. You are a winner! I had a double mastectomy March 25. If I remember correctly your surgery was some time ago and you didn’t recovery well. I have been very lucky. I found a great massage therapist and have been doing my stretching exercises. It is helping. I have talked with a number of women who have and are still having a really hard time. Please hang in there with both your non smoking and your exercises. Both hurt at times!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 6 months ago Commented 2 days 6 hours ago
You will get happy again dc … you are blowing my mind at one month already. I am so so proud of you! I love how there are a few people at the sameish quit times and that makes this journey a bit easier .. misery loves company haha. Sending you a huge hug … a soft huge hug so I don’t hurt you! Keep being amazing 🥳🥳🥳🥳
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 7 years 3 months ago Commented 2 days 4 hours ago
Hi dc, you are doing wonderful at 1 month smoke-free! Congratulations on achieving this amazing milestone. We are sorry to hear about your shoulder and the feeling of sadness that you experienced. We hope that you will feel better soon. Many people will experience an emotional sense of loss after quitting. Like you said, you are “grieving the loss of a toxic friend...” Please give yourself all the time you need to go through this healing process and do everything you can to take care of yourself. This temporary phase will pass and happier days are ahead of you. Take one moment at a time and remind yourself that all these sad feelings will soon go away. Keep going strong. It will get better with time. Do things that you enjoy. Even small things add up and may help you feel better. If you would like some support, do not hesitate to contact us anytime. We are here for you. Take care. ☺️
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 2 months ago Commented 2 days 2 hours ago
dc, your emotions will go up and down and that's completely normal, just know that everything will get better and easier. We used cigarettes as a crutch for such a long time and it's not easy to divorce ourselves from the Nicodemon but think of it as an out to all those days and money spent on smoking. Freedom is your right and your journey will be shortlived because you're going to succeed in leaving this addiction behind. I believe in you and I'm so proud of your dedication to see it through. Congratulations on your one month milestone, take care of that shoulder and know you'll heal a lot faster now that you've quit. Hugs, Lucille.
Frankie B
Quit 1 month 3 weeks ago posted 2 days 10 hours ago
One Month and 21 days !!! I’m out in Vernon visiting my mom and it just feels so good to just enjoy her company without needing that fix every half an hour . Many times I’ve come to see her here and would be hiding the fact that I smoked. I would find a little nook in the back yard, crouching down I would suck the cigarette back super fast as I didn’t want to take to long and look suspicious lol ( like that doesn’t look funny )Then I would have to somehow sneak back into the house and brush my teeth and wash my hands before anyone gets a chance to smell me. I don’t know why I hid it so much but I guess I just didn’t want to disappoint her. I actually confessed to her that I used to do that and she said that she actually could smell the smoke but just didn’t want to say anything lol 😂 The games we play !!! Can’t believe it’s almost 2 months . Pushing for 3 next ! Sending hugs and to you all ❤️🎆
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QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 12 years 2 months ago Commented 2 days 9 hours ago
Way to GO Frankie B! Congratulations on reaching 1 month and 21 days smoke-free! It sounds as though you are feeling proud and really enjoying your time with your mom! An excellent way to reward yourself by enjoying the company of your loved ones! What a wonderful release you must have felt sharing your journey with your mom and an even better feeling sharing with her that you've quit! We hope you are enjoying your new found freedom and you have a wonderful visit with your mom. Keep up the great work Frankie, you are going places! ❤️
jane123 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month 3 weeks ago Commented 2 days 9 hours ago
Congratulations Frankie B. I’ve done similar things to you when visiting my children and grand children. I’d go on the patch and not smoke and could usually last about a week before starting to go crazy. I’d sneak out for the odd cigarette when I’d be away from their house. I didn’t like what I was doing at all! I’m looking forward to the next time I visit smoke free. Yes, people around you know you smoke no matter what you do to try and hide it. Isn’t it nice to me able to be honest with those you care about.
dc Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month ago Commented 2 days 8 hours ago
I love the whole sneaking routine stories. I can totally relate. Then when I told my kids I smoke they were like yah duh lol. Guess I wasn’t fooling anyone. It’s nice not to have to be sneaky anymore, though I do miss my quiet time by myself. Need to find a new sneaky spot where I just be and not smoke!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 6 months ago Commented 2 days 6 hours ago
Great job Frankie 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉. You are killing it 🤗🌷
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 2 months ago Commented 2 days 2 hours ago
Wow Frankie, way to go. I remember when you first came to the forum, you had your doubts as to wether you could quit, but you've proven that it can be done and we all so proud of you for both your achievement and your determination to stay that way. now take that to the bank and enjoy all the benefits that you worked so hard for. You're already headed into your second month. Congratulations. Hugs, Lucille.
Zoerose Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 days 20 hours ago Commented 1 day 23 hours ago
I used to tell my Mom I was taking the dog for a walk to sneakily have a smoke. But she always knew too lol
Frankie B Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month 3 weeks ago Commented 1 day 10 hours ago
Thanks for all your support everyone! This forum is always here with such thoughtful people and I am always truly great full for that ❤️🤗
Zoerose
Quit 2 days 20 hours ago posted 3 days 2 hours ago
Hey all long time no talk. I am still struggling with the Nicodemon,. I don't want to live life like this anymore!! Tomorrow is the day!! I am just so beyond sick of living this way! I want to be free. Going to stick with this sight this time and use all your support. I am going through a rather stressful time right now but I need to figure out a different way of dealing with it. Think I may try medication. Anyone have suggestions for dealing with stress.
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 6 months ago Commented 2 days 23 hours ago
Welcome back Zoerose 🤗. Meds can definitely help with the stress (at least the zyban did for me). I can guarantee you that once you get in some quit time, the anxious feeling we get from smoking will be gone. My racing heart disappeared! Until then, you can only take each day one moment at a time. Give the quit coaches a call or live chat, and they can help you set up a plan of attack. We are all here for you too! I’m glad you came back ☺️💐
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 7 years 3 months ago Commented 2 days 22 hours ago
Hi Zoerose, welcome back and congratulations on your decision to quit! Sounds like you are ready and very motivated to kick this smoking habit out of your life. Tomorrow is your quit day, that is so awesome. Yes, you can do this and you can achieve freedom! We are sorry to hear that you are going through a stressful time right now. We hope that everything will be better for you soon. Here are some tips that people find helpful for dealing with stress: make an easier schedule for yourself and prioritize what’s important; reach out to someone and let the people around you know that you may need their support; practice deep breathing, meditation, yoga or other relaxation techniques; get more exercise and do any physical activities that you enjoy; get enough sleep, eat a balanced diet, drink plenty of water and limit alcohol and caffeine; think positive thoughts and focus on what is happening now; use the 4 A’s -Avoid, Alter, Accept and Adapt to the situation etc. Quitting smoking is stressful enough on its own. Take it easy. Do things that you can do, practice self-care and do things that make you happy. Remember you are not alone in your quit journey, please feel free to reach out anytime. We are here for you. Take care. 😊
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 2 months ago Commented 2 days 11 hours ago
Zoerose, try yoga and meditation. Try to relax. Sit in a comfortable chair, close your eyes and listen to nice peaceful music. Imagine a beautiful place without stale smoky air. Let yourself see instead a beautiful seaside where you can walk for miles along a sandy beach and see clearly all that nature has to offer all while taking deep breaths and enjoying the fresh air. Practice this whenever you can and feel your stress melting away. You can and you will succeed in keeping it at bay. Hugs, Lucille.
dc Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month ago Commented 2 days 8 hours ago
Water from a straw, like all day long, screaming in the car (when alone), the nrt spray, get a yoga mat and lie on it meditate to a app like calm (totally worth the money) or stretch or just lie there and do nothing, buy a weighted blanket we got one on Amazon, calms the nervous system, watch your favourite movies or a Disney movie (they’re calming), get out of the house and wander through the forest or in the city….,just a few ideas that have helped me. ❤️
Stanley Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year ago Commented 2 days 6 hours ago
Hi Zoe,

Welcome back to the forum to seek help. It is good to try and not given up your quit. I know it is not only quit for yourself, also for your baby.

Cheer you up and keep NOPE

Stand firm to say No to nicodemon
Zoerose Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 days 20 hours ago Commented 1 day 23 hours ago
Thankyou everyone for the warm welcome back and suggestions for dealing with stress. I will definitely be giving them a go. Being stuck in this addiction has made me so miserable, so when I even go a couple hours without smoking I feel better, like I am getting free of this prison I have been stuck in for so many years. Have to just remember that and keep NOPE. I no longer want to be consumed by my addiction, sucks all the joy out of life. Tonight I just enjoyed playing with my 3 year old instead of thinking about when I next get to smoke!
Stanley
Quit 1 year ago posted 3 days 7 hours ago
Today I smell someone smoke in the park. It just like I have a smoke in my mouth and nose. It is weird that I feel good at the same time. This is very dangerous sign that cause my urge and craving in addition the sneaky thought. Finally I took 10 mins to walk around the park to calm myself down. The thought was gonna luckily. This lesson taught me that even I quit for a year. I still got tempted sometime. I know the cigarette is nothing to do with relax and release any stresses. Hope I will not get tempted next time.

Cheer everyone up and KEEP NOPE

Stand Firm to say NO to nicodemon
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 6 months ago Commented 3 days 7 hours ago
That happens to me too Stanley. There always seems to be a smell in the air when I go shopping, or the car in front of me has a driver blowing smoke out the window and it makes the way to my window 😂. Makes me think about all the times I did that … I feel bad for people who had to smell it. I am glad you didn’t stumble and instead acknowledged that this is what we will have to live with. I am in awe of your strength now! 🎉🎉🎉
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 7 years 3 months ago Commented 3 days 3 hours ago
Stanley, your strength and commitment to stay smoke-free are so admirable! The smell of smoke can be a big trigger for many people... We are so glad to hear that you can face a tempting situation without any problem. You got this! You are well equipped with strong coping skills, a positive mindset and what it takes to overcome any barriers successfully! Congratulations on your wonderful milestone and please continue with your amazing journey. 😊
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 2 months ago Commented 2 days 11 hours ago
Stanley, you'll always be surrounded by smokers, there's no way around it, but you are in control. You have what it takes and you're the one that will benefit from it. Remember deep breathing really helps and the Nicodemon has left the building. Just say NOPE. Congratulations on this huge milestone and many more to come. Reward yourself and keep moving forward. You're doing all the right things and you'll never regret it. Hugs, Lucille.
erica77
Quitting today posted 3 days 18 hours ago
Hello

Here I go again! Tried quitting vaping and smoking a few times before but not longer than a month. Now I'm finding it difficult to get thru a morning without a smoke. This morning is going to be different, all the best to all of u here!

Erica
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QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 12 years 2 months ago Commented 3 days 15 hours ago
Welcome Erica to the QuitNow Community! We are loving your use of positive self-talk, this morning is going to be different! Using positive self-talk is so important not only on your quit date but also throughout your quit journey. How we speak to ourselves can greatly impact how we feel and act! Great work being gentle, kind and patient with yourself! You are working hard to set yourself up for success! Wishing you all the best on your quit date and please remember, we are here for you!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 6 months ago Commented 3 days 15 hours ago
Ya Erica 🎉🎉🎉🎉 My morning cigarette was my tough one too … you will replace that habit with something else over time … it all comes down to creating new healthy habits. I sometimes carry my first yummy coffee outside with me when I take my pups out in the morning (that used to be my morning smoke time) and I just sip it and get lost in the flavour of it. It was a good replacement for me. I would also do a little ‘thank you for the strength to stay smoke free today’ prayer to the universe. Gratitude is an amazing and powerful thing. No matter what, be grateful for the moments of strength. 🙏🏻🌷. Sending hugs this morning to you!
GregD Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 years 6 months ago Commented 3 days 8 hours ago
Take it down one craving at a time Erica. Yes you can!
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 2 months ago Commented 2 days 11 hours ago
Erica, one day and one step at a time. Just do the best you can. Rome wasn't built in a day. If it takes a little longer for you to quit, it's O.K. Eventually you'll be able to say NOPE and leave it behind. Hang in there, hugs, Lucille.
jane123 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month 3 weeks ago Commented 2 days 9 hours ago
Way to go Erica. Morning is still the worst for me. I’ve got a new routine going and so much more time now I don’t need to fit in 2 - 3 cigarettes. Like you I spend times with my dogs. I also have an exercise routine I do first thing. I’m going to remember your comments about gratitude and be grateful for my strength to stay smoke free.
awoermke
Quit 5 days 20 hours ago posted 4 days 2 hours ago
I'm on day 3 I quit on Monday after running out of smokes that I bought on the weekend. I have cheated a little bit and smoked one cigarette yesterday over the course of the whole day by having a couple puffs then putting it out over and over. I didn't buy any but my boyfriend leaves them lying around. With that said I think I am doing pretty good considering I have been smoking for close to 40 years. It isn't easy!
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 6 months ago Commented 4 days 2 hours ago
Great job awoermke! This is definitely not easy, but doable! It’s even tougher if you have access to cigarettes so great job not caving. You will be tested by the addict within, and you have to push through it if you want to get to the other side. Are you using any NRTs? They can certainly help with cravings too. I am glad you are here, and look forward to watching you set yourself free 🌷😊
awoermke Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 days 20 hours ago Commented 4 days 2 hours ago
I am using step 1 of the patch right now and I really think that it is helping as is this forum with all of the amazing support from people who are going through or have gone through with success and have so much understanding and insight....thanks everyone!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 6 months ago Commented 4 days 1 hour ago
Good for you! I couldn’t have gotten this far without all the support here. It actually became a part of me staying accountable as well. It’s hard to be supported by those who have never had to quit that’s for sure! They can love us and listen, but they cannot imagine the feelings we go through (at least that’s what my family had told me). That’s ok, that’s what this forum is for. Make sure and take advantage of everything this program has to offer 😄
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 7 years 3 months ago Commented 3 days 22 hours ago
Way to go awoermke! You are doing amazing. Keep up the great work! Quitting smoking is certainly not an easy thing to do but it is so worth it! We are so glad to hear that you have a helpful tool to use – the patch. Please continue with everything that works for you and do whatever you can to distract yourself from smoking. You are on day 3 now, that is so awesome. You may be surprised at how fast your first week flies by...You can do this! Congratulations on your quit journey! You are on your way to a wonderful smoke-free life. 😊
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 2 months ago Commented 2 days 11 hours ago
awoermke, remember one cigarette leads to another and another. I understand how difficult this is for you but your best bet is to get rid of all smoking paraphernalia so that you won't be tempted. Also ask your boyfriend to kindly keep his cigarettes hidden as you are trying to quit. There's no easy way around this and I'm not trying to discourage you and if you choose to do it this way, then who am I to say that your system won't work. High fives all around for trying so hard. Believe in yourself and just do the best you can. It's a hardknock reality. You can beat this addiction, you have within you all the strength it takes. We're all backing you in this so reach out when you need to. Hugs, Lucille.
jane123 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month 3 weeks ago Commented 2 days 8 hours ago
Hi Awoermke, I smoked for 50+ years and have tried to quit many times. I’m going to make it this time. My partner is still smoking as we decided we couldn’t both quit at the same time. There are cigarettes in the house all the time. I Find I can avoid the sealed packages without a problem but have asked that opened packages be out of my sight. We always smoked together out on our deck so I don’t go out on the deck as often. I’m finding I can be out there more now without a problem. One of the things I learnt when I’ve tried to quit before, is I can’t have just one cigarette. When I do that I’m back to my usual smoking habits within days. Even a puff would do that. Besides I could feel my heart racing with the cigarette. Hang in there and keep trying. I stayed on step 1 patch for 7 weeks this time. Don’t go off just because “they” say you should. It’s better than smoking! Keep in touch with the forum. It’s the first time I’ve used it and it’s helping
awoermke Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 days 20 hours ago Commented 1 day 3 hours ago
Hey guys
Thanks for all of the helpful suggestions and support! I'm almost at one week now and the cravings are less and less. I'm already finding that the staining on the backside of my lower teeth is less and less with every brushing. My dentist will be so happy that they don't have to scrape that shit off anymore lol
Also so far $120 not spent on smoking so far is a HUGE motivator!!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 6 months ago Commented 1 day 3 hours ago
Yay Alana 👏👏👏👏 there will be good days and bad … the key is not to smoke no matter what. I bought myself a new purse today with some of my savings. You need to remember to treat yourself too because you deserve it 🤗