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Quit 10 months 1 week ago posted 1 year 6 months ago
Hello and welcome to the Community Forum!

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

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

~ QuitNow Team
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Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 9 months ago Commented 1 year 6 months ago
There's no time like the present to take a chance. It may be the best decision you've ever made and if you value your health and your life well worth it. There is no better feeling than knowing your hard earned dollars are going back into your own pockets and not that of those who continue to poison us with their tobacco products.
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Quit 1 year 4 months ago Commented 1 year 4 months ago
Thank you Liz and Lucille! Appreciate your encouragement and advice.
I did read Carr’s book and even tried his method a long time ago. And here I am again!
Thanks again!
SheilaT Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 years 4 months ago Commented 1 year 1 month 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.
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Quit 2 years 1 month ago Commented 1 year 1 month 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!!! 🌹
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Quit 11 months 1 week ago Commented 11 months 1 week 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 4 years 1 month ago Commented 11 months 1 week ago
Hello Quit Now Team.

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

I believe in staying connected to a site like this after quitting as to remind us how grateful we should be to be free and to STAY free. When I joined however, it assumed that I am quitting smoking from day 1 although I have been quit for over 3 years. How can I fix this? It is confusing to others.
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Quit 4 years 1 month ago Commented 11 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 10 months 1 week ago Commented 9 months 2 weeks ago
Hi I have breathing and sure truth problem
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 12 years 9 months ago Commented 8 months ago
Hello msgofor1, thank you for sharing some very powerful reasons for wanting to quit. Quitting can certainly help improve your breathing and overall health! If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to share on the forum or give us a shout through chat or by phone at 1-877-455-2233 if you're seeking free one-on-one support with your own QuitCoach! Wishing you all the best in your quit journey and looking forward to hearing more from you!
Sue C Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 months 1 week ago Commented 6 months 1 week ago
Thanks for the words of encouragement. Day 1 for me. Been reading all the posts and finding them all positive. Thanks all.
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 years 1 month ago Commented 6 months 1 week ago
Sending good vibes today LittleSuell! You can do it!
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Quit 12 years 9 months ago Commented 5 months 3 weeks ago
Hey SueC, welcome to the QuitNow Community! Sorry for the delay as your post was hidden in the comments. We are so happy to hear that you are enjoying the words of encouragement. We are here for you! We hope everything is going well with your quit!
capricorn Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months ago Commented 4 months 1 week ago
I’ve been contemplating. I’ve quit smoking many times over the years. For weeks, months, even years at a time but I’ve always taken it up again. I’m very much an empath and I feel very deeply. I think I was smoking for the certainty of it in a very uncertain world. Certainty of the puff being there when I needed it. Certainty of the headaches, congestion, low energy, self hatred. Horrible certainties but certainties just the same. You know how they say “smoking can kill you” and the reply from smokers is “ yeah well so can a big truck “. I’m going to embrace uncertainty because to be frank, I’d rather live a glorious day today and get hit by a truck tomorrow than to feel like sh*t every day and never get hit by a truck in my life ❤️
ShirleyParadis Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 months 1 week ago Commented 4 months 1 week ago
Yes but I dislike the withdrawals
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Quit 12 years 9 months ago Commented 4 months 1 week ago
Hello capricorn, congratulations on being smoke-free! It is very common to have multiple quit attempts before quitting completely. What's important is that you continue to take important information from each attempt. This might include what triggered the slip or how you might handle a similar situation if it were to happen in your next quit. Every quit attempt is a learning opportunity! We're so glad that you are working hard to remain smoke-free and are focusing on something YOU can do to lower your risks of health complications related to smoking! Keep up the great work capricorn!
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Quit 12 years 9 months ago Commented 4 months 1 week ago
Welcome ShirleyParadis to the QuitNow Community! Congrats on being nearly 3 days smoke-free! Withdrawals can certainly be an unpleasant experience while our bodies are healing from the nicotine addiction. Thankfully there are things than can help make withdrawal more manageable. You might consider adding new and existing routines that can keep you occupied during this process. Adding relaxation techniques such as: deep breathing, listening to soft music, talking with family and friends are all great coping strategies. You might also consider speaking to your Pharmacist or doctor if you are looking to use (NRT) Nicotine Replacement Therapy products such as the patch, gum or lozenges. NRT can reduce your cravings and urges to smoke by providing your body with a clean dose of nicotine. Smoking cessation medications including Champix and Zyban can also be helpful to reduce withdrawal symptoms. These can be prescribed to you by your doctor. Wising you all the best as you progress further into your quit ShirleyParadis!
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Quit 12 years 9 months ago Commented 1 month 3 weeks ago
Hello johngreen, so great that you are thinking about quitting! We appreciate you sharing what has worked for you, however we do not allow any commercial solicitation or flagrant promotion of goods, sites or services. We may remove any URL for any reason. Thank you for your understanding and wishing you all the best in your quit journey!
Eric101
Quit 1 month ago posted 1 hour 15 min ago
As of today I am 1 month smoke free. It has not been easy, but I think I am past the worst of it. Still using the lozenges on occasion, but at least I'm not smoking. Feeling really good about making it this far. I've saved $465 and have avoided smoking about 550 cigarettes. The nicotine cravings have come suddenly at times but keeping a pack of nicotine lozenges in my jacket or in my locker at work so that I always have access if I need it. If I forget to bring it with me to work, I have some waiting in my locker just in case. I feel like this site has a really good layout and the people are very supportive. :)
capricorn
Quit 5 months ago posted 9 hours 24 min ago
I waited for years for the right time to quit. It never came. But what did come was the right attitude. I asked myself “ do you really, truly and honestly think that you are not worth being and feeling healthy? Really?” The answer was no
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Nicole.66 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month 2 weeks ago Commented 5 hours 45 min ago
5 months !
It is huge
Congratulations
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 7 years 10 months ago Commented 3 hours 30 min ago
Hi Capricorn, we love your wonderful positive attitude and the way you are motivating yourself by asking yourself those excellent questions! You’re right, we may not find the right time to quit. With the right attitude and a positive mindset, anytime that we can focus our attention and energy on our goal of quitting can be a good time for us to quit. We want to thank you for sharing such amazing inspirational posts and congratulate you on your great achievement! 😊 
Arawelo_inc
Thinking about quitting posted 14 hours 55 min ago
Reading all the posts have been encouraging. I've told myself that when I move to a better place that it'll be easier to quit. I don't live in the greatest place and if I moved I think it would help me quit but maybe that's a lie I've told myself. Anyway I really want to be done. I've overcome bigger things in my life so I hope this will be one more to add. I haven't picked a date yet but hopefully the next time I post I will have set one.
2 Comments last reply 3 hours ago
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Quit 1 month 2 weeks ago Commented 5 hours 37 min ago
It is difficult to set a quitting date, I tought about it one year. I was saying next Summer or next year but this summer the time came. I quit october 17th and never look Back. The first two weeks was hell but if you analyse the cravings it is comming less and less.

Think about it, it is the first step and after that look for patches and lozenges and chewing-gums.
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 7 years 10 months ago Commented 3 hours 31 min ago
Hi Arawelo_inc, welcome to the QuitNow community! We are so glad you’re here and thank you for joining us today. It’s great to hear that you are thinking about quitting. Congratulations on taking the first step to improving your health and creating a life of freedom for yourself! You overcame bigger things in your life and we believe that you have what it takes to succeed and overcome this nicotine addiction! If you would like to discuss about setting a quit date and building a personalized plan, please give us a call. We will be happy to help you in any way we can in your preparation to quit. As we know, making a plan can help us stay focused and motivated to quit. It will also help us stay on track, get through the difficult times and increase our chances of quitting for good. Please don't hesitate to reach out. We are here for you. 😊 
capricorn
Quit 5 months ago posted 16 hours 19 min ago
I used to think that I smoked because I got bored easily and I needed something to do. Then I realized that I smoked because I wasn’t comfortable sitting with my own thoughts. My thoughts are much more pleasant now that I don’t smoke 😍✌️❤️
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QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 12 years 9 months ago Commented 16 hours 2 min ago
Wow Capricorn, what a powerful learning experience quitting can be! So wonderful to hear that your body and mind have gone through so much healing since you've decided to make this change! Congratulations on your 5 months smoke-free milestone! How exciting! You must be so proud of your accomplishment! Have you been able to reward yourself for reaching such a meaningful milestone? Keep up the great work and the pleasant thoughts!😍
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 10 months ago Commented 8 hours 42 min ago
It's surprising the wonderful things we learn about ourselves once we quit and begin to understand the truth about smoking!
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Quit 1 month 2 weeks ago Commented 5 hours 31 min ago
Same here I get bored easy, but cigarettes or not I get bored in no time, so smoking was not helping me.
I don’t think anymore that I will get out and buy a package because I know that This would mean getting Back to step one.
Don Fraser
Quitting in 4 weeks 1 day posted 1 day 3 hours ago
33 days until I try again. My life has to change in many ways. I want to stay focused on the task at hand and get it right this time.
Good luck everyone!
4 Comments last reply 5 hours ago
Frankie B Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 day 2 hours ago
You sound like you are really preparing yourself mentally which I think is a great way to start Don!! I’m excited for you to start this new quit journey and I feel like your really going to succeed this round . You are going to stay focused and I’m here rooting you on all the way !! Talk soon . Frankie 🤗
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Quit 12 years 9 months ago Commented 19 hours 44 min ago
Great work Don Fraser on setting yourself up for success! As Frankie B has mentioned, you have certainly put in a lot of thought to mentally prepare yourself for your upcoming quit. Continue to keep your "eyes on the prize" Don! The effort you are putting into truly focusing on the task at hand will ensure that you get it right this time! If ever you'd like to speak to a QuitCoach to create or go over your current Quit Plan please don't hesitate to reach out! We can be reached through online chat or by phone at 1-877-455-2233. Wishing you all the best as you prepare for your upcoming quit!
Don Fraser Log in or register to post comments
Quitting in 4 weeks 1 day Commented 13 hours 9 min ago
Thanks to both of you for your support. It's gratifying to know that others care and comment with advice.
Thanks again. Don
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Quit 1 month 2 weeks ago Commented 5 hours 27 min ago
It is a good way to start. I tought I would never be able to quit and I am still standing yeyeye
Green Meenie
Quit 5 years 10 months ago posted 1 day 7 hours ago
Jamwan wrote this in response to NomadicLife's about starting his quit:
"Distract yourself because you will have A LOT of extra time on your hand since you don't smoke anymore."

This is so true and represents one of the challenges we all face when we quit. Filling all that time when we used to smoke. We don't realize this until we quit - all the time smoking took from our daily lives.

Here's a little story about that very subject that new quitters in particular may be able to relate to:

FILLING THE PAGES
A common issue a quitter might talk about since they quit smoking is the fact that there seems to be void in their life now. Now that they're not smoking it feels as if the days have grown longer and they are unsure of how to fill this void in their daily life. This can add stress for the new quitter because this is so unfamiliar to them.

Cigarettes have been so deeply intertwined in their life for so long, that the new quitter is constantly being reminded that they no longer smoke just by living through their normal, everyday activities.

They may ask how do they unwind after work now that they don't smoke? How do they deal with stress, now that they don't smoke? How do they punctuate finishing a task now that they don't smoke?

For the smoker, that cigarette after finishing a task was like putting the period at the end of sentence. Now that they don't smoke, daily tasks can just feel like a long running sentence with no punctuation.

The cigarette was also like the smoker's pause button. If they needed to concentrate on doing something or were under a stressful situation. They would step back, smoke a cigarette and think about how to resolve the problem. Now that they don't smoke, there doesn't seem to be a pause button for the quitter. That magic button that says" Whoa give me a minute" is gone. Now they are just left with the situation and a very unfamiliar way that they now have to deal with it without that old familiar cigarette.

There was a friend of mine who had just quit that was talking about this and it was really stressing her out. She was having a hard time dealing with stress and other everyday scenarios without smoking. She was getting discouraged about her quit and felt that her life was kind of empty since she quit. She felt that there was now a void in her life.

One thing she said that I thought was an interesting way to look at it, was that she said that since she quit smoking, she felt she now had to rewrite her life.

When I heard this, for some reason it reminded me of someone writing a screenplay about the day in the life of a smoker. This is how that written screenplay might sound:

THE DAY IN THE LIFE OF A SMOKER.
(I'm just making this up, but let's just say this is how your typical day when you smoked would look like.)

You wake up. Smoke a cigarette. You get ready for work. Smoke a cigarette. You have breakfast. Smoke a cigarette. You get in your car and drive to work. Smoke a cigarette. You get to work. Smoke a cigarette before going inside. You go to coffee break at work. Smoke a cigarette. You go to lunch. Smoke a cigarette. You go to second break. Smoke a cigarette. Maybe something stressful happens at work. Sneak out and smoke a cigarette. After work, as you drive home, you smoke a cigarette. You get home and unwind. Smoke a cigarette. You cook dinner. Smoke a cigarette. After eating dinner. Smoke a cigarette. Have a glass of wine or beer and of course smoke a cigarette. Watch TV. Smoke a cigarette. Get ready for bed. Smoke a cigarette. Before going to bed. Smoke a cigarette.

Let's say that it took 5 pages to write the story about ‘The Day In The Life Of A Smoker’.

Now that you don't smoke, you're not so much rewriting your daily life but editing out a lot of useless dialog in your smokers screenplay that isn't needed any longer to tell the story.

The problem is that now after all that editing, what use to take 5 pages to tell your story, now only takes 3 pages. Now you have 2 blank pages that you're carrying around with you and you don't know what to do with them. This can cause anxiety. You have been so used to living your daily smokers life as a 5 page day that writing it with only 3 pages feels like there is a void in the story; something’s missing.

But take a look at the dialog that you just edited out and write that down on the 2 blank pages.

Here's what that edited dialog would be: Smoke a cigarette. Smoke a cigarette. Smoke a cigarette. Smoke a cigarette. Smoke a cigarette. Smoke a cigarette. Smoke a cigarette. Smoke a cigarette. etc, etc.

You can see how useless this dialog is now because it no longer helps to tell your story and on it's own it makes no sense. It's just repetitive blabber.

Now that you’ve quit smoking, you have an amazing opportunity. You can take these two remaining pages and add something to your story. Something that maybe you've wanted to add for sometime now, but just have never done it, because this addiction was taking up those two pages every single day. These two pages are no longer needed to tell the story of your addiction. They are now yours to tell any story of other things you have always wanted to do but never had time for.

It isn't so much that since you quit smoking, that there is a void in your life. It is more like smoking created that void, because it took that time away from you each & every day. That was YOUR time being wasted, it was NOT being filled with anything meaningful. Now that you have freed yourself from cigarettes, don't think of it as leaving a void in your life. Think of it as you taking back the endless possibilities of living life as YOU really want to again.

Also don't think that you need a cigarette to deal with life's stress.
It isn't that you were able to deal with stress better because you smoked. It's just that you've done it for so long that way, that you are having to relearn how to do it without cigarettes. It's new and unfamiliar. Smoking under stress was actually just relieving addiction withdrawal stress which starts every time you extinguish a smoke, but that time you took to go have a smoke when stressed also gave you a minute or two to reflect on what was causing the initial life stress.

If you're under stress at times you used to go smoke a cigarette, what I would suggest is stop; step back and give yourself a moment just like you would do when you smoked, but now breathe deeply, calm yourself and focus on what you need to do to alleviate what is causing the real life stress you’re under. You’ll soon get very used to doing this and it’s actually a lot more productive is resolving you stressful issue than smoking a cigarette! Cigarettes don't deserve the credit for relieving your life stress because they do nothing in that regard.

You should be proud of yourself, because you have taken your pages back. The pages are yours now. Fill them any way you choose!
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Quit 4 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 day 2 hours ago
Thanks GM !! I always love your analogies and words of wisdom 😊 When quitting smoking we have NOTHING to loose , so much to gain !!!! It’s taken many attempts for me to truly understand and believe that , not just think it ….
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Quit 12 years 9 months ago Commented 19 hours 49 min ago
Thank you so much Green Meenie for this incredible post and your continuous support! We truly appreciate all the effort and dedication you provide our community! You are absolutely correct, it can be challenging to fill up the new time we have after quitting and being prepared with new activities, hobbies and healthy coping strategies can be extremely helpful! We love the idea of editing or rewriting your screenplay of life to remove the useless dialogue that is “smoking”. “It isn't so much that since you quit smoking, that there is a void in your life. It is more like smoking created that void, because it took that time away from you each & every day. That was YOUR time being wasted, it was NOT being filled with anything meaningful. Now that you have freed yourself from cigarettes, don't think of it as leaving a void in your life. Think of it as you taking back the endless possibilities of living life as YOU really want to again.”
Beautifully written Green Meenie! Once we’ve quit we can really appreciate the time that we have gained in our lives to do things we’ve always wanted to do! We’ve made a change for US! Great points about managing stress as well! It’s amazing what we can achieve when we simply stop, step back, take a moment to sit with our feelings, take a deep breath and focus on the route of the stress! A huge congratulations on being well over 5 years smoke-free! Your 6 year smoke-free milestone is quickly approaching and we are looking forward to celebrating with you! Please continue to update us on your quit journey and bless us with these amazing "words of wisdom" posts! 😊😊😊
Nicole.66 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month 2 weeks ago Commented 5 hours 18 min ago
It was like a gift for me a plus but now I am searching for another award. Life is possible without.
NomadicLife
Thinking about quitting posted 1 day 12 hours ago
Just finished my last cigarette.
Im thinking of not buying another pack.
This will be tough I know.
But cigarettes just don’t matter to me anymore.
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Jamwan Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 day 10 hours ago
NRT is a great method to ease up the roughness the lack of nicotine brings. I would recommend you to drink a bunch of water as well. Sucking onto the straw helped me a lot as well. Distract yourself because you will have A LOT of extra time on your hand since you don't smoke anymore. Good luck!
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Thinking about quitting Commented 1 day 10 hours ago
Gah. It has been 2 hours and I already feel like buying a pack of cigarettes.
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 7 years 10 months ago Commented 1 day 10 hours ago
Hi NomadicLife, keep going strong. Getting through the first day is not easy. Please hang in there. You can do this! Thank you for reaching out for support on the forum and you may also call us anytime. We are here for you. Sounds like you are ready to give it a go. Congratulations on setting a quit date for today and for making such an amazing change that will benefit your overall health! Quitting smoking may not be easy but with a good plan in place, a good support and some helpful tools, it is possible to do it. You can do this and you can achieve freedom! If you would like to discuss about your quit plan, please give us a call. You may also visit this link: https://quitnow.ca/stay-quit/surviving-quit-day for more information on getting through the first day. Please don't hesitate to reach out. We are here to assist you in any way possible! 😊 
Nicole.66 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month 2 weeks ago Commented 1 day 7 hours ago
Give it a go🤞
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 10 months ago Commented 1 day 7 hours ago
"Gah. It has been 2 hours and I already feel like buying a pack of cigarettes."

This is because, like the rest of us former smokers, you're a nicotine addict. One of the toughest addictions to break but it CAN be done with unwavering commitment to free yourself of the slavery nicotine holds us in.

Get in touch with a quit coach to discuss a plan that can help you get through the tough parts and, stay in touch here to ask questions of other quitters about what you're experiencing. Quitters that have gone through the quit experience can share tips to overcome the challenges we all face as new quitters.

Quitting never killed anyone! Continuing to smoke; well, that's another story ......
Frankie B Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 day 2 hours ago
I hope you hang in there NomadicLife!!! The first week is a mind game and it can all seem overwhelming but I promise you it gets better. It seems you have decided of recent that you would smoke your last pack and what a bold and brave decision you made . No matter what, this is still an addiction so it’s going to take time for your mind and body to adjust . It sure doesn’t take long for the cravings to start but they will pass and eventually become fewer and farther apart. Get lots of Sleep when you can, drink lots of water and juices, snack regularly and take walks or exercise when you can . I’m super proud you’ve made the attempt you said you would and you sound like you have the drive !! Hope to hear from ya again . Never quit quitting! .Frankie
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Quit 1 month 2 weeks ago Commented 5 hours 4 min ago
So right Frankie ! Never quit quitting. I was simply an addict. I didn’t want this slavery anymore.

Each day is a battle but one day I will win and this day is comming.

Nicole 👀
Time@toquit
Quit 1 month 1 week ago posted 2 days 5 hours ago
I’m over 3 months quit, still craving but hanging in there. I’m trying to wean myself off Champix, taking half pill (.5mg) day. Is anyone else out there using this drug? Did you quit and were you able to get off it eventually? I’d be quite happy to take this for the rest of my life if it keeps me off nicotine, but apparently this is not recommended.
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Quit 12 years 9 months ago Commented 2 days 4 hours ago
Congratulations Time@toquit on being over 3 months smoke-free! You must be incredibly proud of this amazing achievement! Excellent work finding a method that works for you! You might find it helpful to discuss your situation with your physician or pharmacist to ensure you are getting expert advice regarding how to wean off of Champix. Excellent work coming onto the forum for support, we are here for you! We wish you all the best as you progress further into your new smoke-free life!
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Quit 4 months 3 weeks ago Commented 16 hours 17 min ago
Hi Time@toquit ! First off , congratulations on 3 months !!! Your doing such a great job no matter how your going about it . It sounds like you know that you won’t be able to take the Champix forever so making a plan to start taking it out of the equation will probably be your next step in your quitting journey. Like CC Katerina said , talking to your physician again about taking that next step. I am always so proud when people just keep going and never quit quitting. I’m great full that Champix has helped you get to this point but also I know that you yourself deserve so much credit for all the hard work you have put into reaching your goal of quitting. Your doing amazing Time@toquit !!!! All the best . Frankie 🤗
Nicole.66
Quit 1 month 2 weeks ago posted 3 days 5 hours ago
I start tomorrow my 8th week without tobacco.

the first few weeks were very difficult and I didn't know 100% if I would be able to succeed.
yet I go on one day at a time and sometimes find myself spending hours without thinking about it.

I'm still on the 21mg patches and will start cutting in half tomorrow. I still use lozenges 3 or 4 times a day maximum

i am proud of myself.
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Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 10 months ago Commented 3 days 2 hours ago
Good for you! You have every right to be proud of your accomplishment. Those hours of not thinking about smoking will become days at some point in your quit. It does take time and it may seem improbably to you at this stage but it WILL happen.

You may feel a little more challenged for a day or so when you step down a level in your nico-patch. That's totally normal so just be prepared in case you notice a difference initially. It'll smooth out soon after. Weening yourself off nicotine is all part of the quit process. Keep taking it a day at a time. You'll experience ups and downs along the way for some time but the ups will gradually start outweighing the down days until they're all up days :)

Also, keep focused on the positives you're seeing now that you're quit. Better health, you can smell and taste your food better. You don't smell like an ashtray to others around you. You don't have to worry about finding a place to smoke every 30 mins. or so and the monetary savings - WOW! Those are really starting to add up. Go splurge on something nice for yourself as a reward for having come so far. Above all, keep marching! It's a marathon, not a sprint.
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 7 years 10 months ago Commented 2 days 15 hours ago
Hi Nicole, you have achieved something wonderful, something to be really proud of! Congratulations on your amazing achievement. We are so thrilled for you! Keep up the positive mindset and the great work. We love the way you are going through this one day at a time. You have worked very hard to reach this day and you have proven to yourself that you can stay quit during difficult time. Way to go! Great job using NRT’s and focusing on staying smoke-free. We are so glad to hear that your quit is going well and sometimes, you can go hours without thinking about smoking. Like Green Meenie said, those hours will become days at some point in your quit. Keep moving forward. You are heading towards the easy days! 😊 
Frankie B Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 months 3 weeks ago Commented 2 days 10 hours ago
That’s so wonderful Nichole.66!!!!! You just keep doing such an amazing job and you are making such great effort to protect your quit ! You sound like you have a solid plan on cutting down your dosages and making this journey work for you . I am super proud of you as well !! Talk soon . Frankie 🤗👏👏👏👏
Anita Derkson
Quit 1 week 4 days ago posted 3 days 7 hours ago
Thank you to those that messaged me when I initially posted. I have not been on here since I set a quit date which was November 27, the site is taking a day away from me. I have been doing well with the textes that come in. 8th day today!!!
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Quit 1 month 2 weeks ago Commented 3 days 5 hours ago
Congratulations
It is day 49 for me, I quit october 17th
It is difficult but if I am able to do it everybody is able.
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 10 months ago Commented 3 days 2 hours ago
Congrats on one week quit Anita! That's a big deal!! Be sure to reward yourself with something a little special to recognize your accomplishment. Rewards along the way are important to help fortify and maintain your initial commitment to quit smoking. Keep moving forward a day at a time. NOPE (Not One Puff Ever) is the only rule! Cheers.
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 7 years 10 months ago Commented 2 days 15 hours ago
Hi Anita, congratulations on being 8 days smoke-free! You are doing wonderful! Keep up the great work. We are so glad to hear that you are doing well with the texts that come in. Please keep doing what you are doing and continue with all the tools that worked for you. We want to thank you for sharing your amazing journey with us and we hope that you will reward yourself for all your hard work. Wishing you continued success and we look forward to hearing more about your quit! 😊 
Frankie B Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 months 3 weeks ago Commented 2 days 10 hours ago
That is so great your on day 8 Anita Derkson!!!The first week can be difficult and strange so I’m super happy for you and I hope your proud of your self. You deserve big high fives and I look forward to seeing you just keep going with your amazing work!! I’m rooting for you !All the best . Frankie 🤗
Anita Derkson
Quit 1 week 4 days ago posted 3 days 7 hours ago
Thank you to those that messaged me when I initially posted. I have not been on here since I set a quit date which was November 27, the site is taking a day away from me. I have been doing well with the textes that come in. 8th day today!!!
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Quit 12 years 9 months ago Commented 2 days 12 hours ago
Congratulations Anita on making it through your first week smoke-free! We hope you've been able to reward yourself for achieving such an amazing milestone! So great to hear from you and that you are doing well! Keep up the great work! If you would like to reach out to the administrative team for our site to make changes to your quit date you might be able to do so by heading to the bottom of the page and selecting "Contact us". We hope they are able to make adjustment and wish you all the best in your quit!
NomadicLife
Thinking about quitting posted 3 days 8 hours ago
Just finishing up my last pack of cigarettes.
I’m just stopping because smoking has no perks and its just costing money that adds up to be quite a bit. Good luck to me.
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Quit 7 years 10 months ago Commented 3 days 7 hours ago
Hi NomadicLife, welcome to the QuitNow community and congratulations on your decision to quit smoking! You have embarked on a wonderful and rewarding journey that will bring you so many benefits. Sounds like you are ready and very motivated for this big lifestyle change, and you are quitting today, way to go! You can do this! Please feel free to reach out anytime if you would like some support. We all have different approaches to quitting and we'd love to hear about your quit plan. Thank you for joining us today and we look forward to hearing more about your quit journey. Wishing you the very best of luck! 😊 
Nicole.66 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month 2 weeks ago Commented 3 days 5 hours ago
Cigarettes are very expensive and it is nice to save money. I quit because I was coughing a lot.

I had been coughing a lot for over a year and that's what made me decide to stop.

I smoked my last cigarette on a Monday morning and stuck on a nicotine patch and haven't touched a cigarette since
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Thinking about quitting Commented 3 days 3 hours ago
Yeah cigarettes add up to be an expensive expenditure.

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Quit 5 years 10 months ago Commented 3 days 2 hours ago
"Yeah cigarettes add up to be an expensive expenditure."

Very true NomadicLife! I've been quit over 5 years now and just passed the $32,000.00 mark in terms of money saved. Over 50,000 cigarettes not smoked. You can achieve these numbers too by staying true to the commitment you have made to yourself to stop the madness that is smoking. Keep your eye on those numbers as you move forward. They add up fast!

You won't need luck, only an unwavering commitment to quit. This is literally all within your control now and you'll find the support you need here with the quit coaches and other quitters.
Frankie B Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 months 3 weeks ago Commented 2 days 10 hours ago
Hi Nomadiclife and welcome to the Forum ! We can all definitely agree on how expensive smoking is . Not just on our wallets but a huge tax on our health as well. This is a great place for support and there are a ton of people here all making great efforts to quit smoking that have all sorts of experience. Good on you for deciding on your last pack ! It’s one of the best decisions ever ! All the best . Frankie
capricorn
Quit 5 months ago posted 3 days 17 hours ago
“You have power over your mind -not outside events. Realize this and you will find strength “. Marcus Aurelius ✌️❤️
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Quit 4 months 3 weeks ago Commented 3 days 15 hours ago
5 months Capricorn!!!! I’m right behind you and rooting you on all the way!!. Thank you always for the inspirational quotes ! 🤗Frankie
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Quit 7 years 10 months ago Commented 3 days 13 hours ago
Such a wonderful quote Capricorn! Thank you for sharing this inspirational message with us. The mind is the most powerful tool that we have and we can train it to see the positive in every situation. We certainly have control over our thoughts and we can reprogram our mind to achieve success and create a life that we want. Congratulations on achieving this amazing milestone! You are doing fantastic at 5 months smoke-free. Cheers to your continued success! 🤗 
Nicole.66
Quit 1 month 2 weeks ago posted 4 days 7 hours ago
Another week !
4 Comments last reply 2 days ago
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Quit 4 months 3 weeks ago Commented 3 days 15 hours ago
Another week!!!! Such a great feeling to be that much further away from those first few days of the quit . What’s the biggest difference you’ve noticed since you have quit ?? Your doing amazing Nicole.66 and I always look forward to celebrating all the milestones with others. It’s so darn important to recognize every one of our achievements on this journey ! All the best .Frankie 🤗
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Quit 7 years 10 months ago Commented 3 days 13 hours ago
Way to go Nicole! Yay another week! 🤗 Congratulations on being 1 month and 2 weeks smoke-free. You are doing awesome! Keep going strong and be sure to reward yourself for all your hard work. Thank you for keeping us updated on your quit journey. We are all here cheering you on! 
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Quit 1 month 2 weeks ago Commented 3 days 5 hours ago
Well, I am doing better for sure. First the coughing is gone.

the cough disappeared completely. I almost no longer suffer from the feeling of lack and I can finally spend several hours without thinking about it.

It is quite a journey but I knew that it would be difficult. It is difficult but possible.
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Quit 7 years 10 months ago Commented 2 days 11 hours ago
Hi Nicole, we are so glad to hear that you are doing better and enjoying some benefits of quitting. The coughing is gone and you no longer suffer from the feeling of lack, that is so awesome! It’s so great to hear that you can go several hours without thinking about smoking. Keep moving forward. The longer you go without smoking, the easier it will be. It may be difficult to quit but it is completely doable and it is so worth it! You’ve got this! Please continue with your wonderful journey. Those benefits are just beginning and they are more to come! 😊