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Quit 2 years ago posted 2 years 8 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 7 years 11 months ago Commented 2 years 8 months ago
There's no time like the present to take a chance. It may be the best decision you've ever made and if you value your health and your life well worth it. There is no better feeling than knowing your hard earned dollars are going back into your own pockets and not that of those who continue to poison us with their tobacco products.
ritarunningshoe Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 years 6 months ago Commented 2 years 6 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 3 years 7 months ago Commented 2 years 3 months 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 3 years 3 months ago Commented 2 years 3 months 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 2 years 1 month ago Commented 2 years 1 month 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 5 years 3 months ago Commented 2 years 1 month 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 5 years 3 months ago Commented 2 years 1 month 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.
msgofor1@yahoo.com Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 years ago Commented 1 year 12 months ago
Hi I have breathing and sure truth problem
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 13 years 11 months ago Commented 1 year 10 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 5 months 1 week ago Commented 1 year 9 months 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 3 years 3 months ago Commented 1 year 9 months ago
Sending good vibes today LittleSuell! You can do it!
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 13 years 11 months ago Commented 1 year 8 months ago
Hey SueC, welcome to the QuitNow Community! Sorry for the delay as your post was hidden in the comments. We are so happy to hear that you are enjoying the words of encouragement. We are here for you! We hope everything is going well with your quit!
capricorn Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 7 months ago Commented 1 year 6 months 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 1 year 6 months ago Commented 1 year 6 months ago
Yes but I dislike the withdrawals
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 13 years 11 months ago Commented 1 year 6 months 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!
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 13 years 11 months ago Commented 1 year 6 months 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!
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 13 years 11 months ago Commented 1 year 4 months 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!
Vincent Edward Chaplin Moffit Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 years 3 months ago Commented 1 year 1 month ago
I need to have hip replacement surgery in about, and must quit from 30 to 45 days before surgery to help avoid complications like infection, and blood clots

What is the best, and easiest way to quit cold turkey?
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 13 years 11 months ago Commented 1 year 1 month ago
Hello Vincent and welcome to the QuitNow Community! We are very thankful to have you join us in the journey to being and staying smoke-free! You certainly have a very powerful motivator, quitting to avoid complications with upcoming surgery. You are making changes to better your health, congratulations! It can be helpful to try gradual reduction and to create a quit plan to set yourself up for success. The gradual reduction method involves gradually cutting down the amount of cigarettes or other tobacco products you use each day. This can be done while using nicotine replacement therapy products (NRT) like the nicotine patch, gum, or lozenges to help manage nicotine cravings and withdrawal symptoms. It is also helpful to use behavioural techniques like the 4 Ds (Delay, Distract, Drink Water, Deep Breathing) or behavioural counselling to help manage cravings and withdrawal symptoms. A suggested approach to this method is to choose a quit date and slowly reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke each day. The gradual reduction method is proven to increase your chances of quit success in the long term. As for your quit plan, it might include:
1) Setting a quit date
2) Preparing your environment (removing ashtrays, lighters, cigarettes etc.)
3) Creating a written list that you can carry with you that includes: your reasons for quitting (you might find this list helpful to read when you are tempted)
4) Changing your habits (avoiding foods, drinks, places, situations etc. that you associate with smoking)
5) Selecting your quit method (this could be cold turkey, NRTs or prescription smoking cessation medication)
6) Incorporating daily exercise (can be a great way to work through stress/withdrawals symptoms)
7) Knowing your triggers and brainstorming to avoid them or work through them
8) Identifying your supports that can help you along the way (Family, friends, QuitNow Community etc)
9) Rewarding yourself for all your non-smoking achievements, no matter how small they might be.
If you would like to create a quit plan with the support of a QuitCoach, please don't hesitate to give us a call at 1-877-455-2233 for free one-on-one support
bmaclean Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 1 month ago Commented 1 year ago
Hi,
I have to say i am pretty angry at myself , which does not help the quit process.
I had 60 days , no smoking , relapsed because I hurt my back quite badly .
My back still healing 1 month Feb. 7 .
Yesterday was my first day starting over . Got quite agitated once but I followed the 5 d’s.
Today is day 2 and I feel better about starting over .
It was hard to start over so I suggest you stay on your path to freedom . One day or minute at a time .
Peace and Love
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 13 years 11 months ago Commented 1 year ago
Hello bmaclean, so sorry to hear you hurt your back and this resulted in a slip. Please know that the hard work you have put into your quit is not gone! Congratulations on being able to go 60 days smoke-free and for getting back on track! Those are both amazing accomplishments! It can be challenging to get back on track after a slip but you have proven to yourself that YOU CAN DO IT! Keep up the great work bmaclean and the reasons why you've decided to make this incredible change in mind as you progress further into your quit! One day or minute at a time! You've got this!🏆
Vincent Edward Chaplin Moffit Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 years 3 months ago Commented 1 year ago
P.S. I only quite a little less than one month ago. Soon, I will have titanium put in my hip, and then back to China. I wish that I knew what to say or how to say it but no one is invisible from death as the result of smoking including you. For you, your FAMILY, AND FRIEND PLEASE, PLEASE QUITE. I WILL NOT WISH YOU LUCK, JUST PLEASE DO IT. DO NOT DIE FROM LUNG CANCER.. MY FINAL POST HERE EVERY ONE.
bmaclean Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 1 month ago Commented 1 year ago
I am on day 5 after relapse ( had 60 days)
It has been so hard to start over that I am determine I will quit
smoking . I use all the tools 4-d’s and use the lozenges to stop
cravings .
Today was a stressful day as I had ordered a laundry basket , with handle and four wheels .
This was do to my back injury , healing 1 month.
The delivery got delayed in Delta , that frustrated me and I could not get the
guy to phone me back from the bank .
Tomorrow I will not try so hard to get everything accomplished .
Just go with the flow and breathe . No cravings today .
Did not go into any trigger areas . My neighbour walked my dog for 1 hr. and 1/2
I never used to let people help me but since this bad back injury , I have had to let go.
I like the idea of climbing the rope , I am very visual , so i can see it.
Thanks for all the inspiring stories . They really help me.
Peace to everyone .
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Thinking about quitting Commented 5 months 1 week ago
Hi Keri I'm.glad I reconnected.with you.my actual initial.phone.coach so.i ahs to.bimp my quit a month.later my mind is very mixed up with many stresses I'm dealing with the biggest of course cancer but I'm trying.to get through.this
quitnow2024 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month ago Commented 1 month ago
Thank u and congratulations!! Well done!!
Gurprit Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month 3 weeks ago Commented 1 month ago
I have been smoking for 40 years and have quit before just to start again after few months. Now have decided to quit. I have set my quit date January 29. Any helpful suggestions will be appreciated
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 3 months ago Commented 1 month ago
Gurprit, what I told myself over 3 years ago, and still tell myself today when I feel a little off is that there are millions of people who live day to day, without having to smoke cigarettes so why can't people like you and me be like them! You can do this and lean on the people in this forum if you need support!
QuitCoach Keri
Quit 22 years 12 months ago posted 14 hours 32 min ago
Whether you choose to clap your hands and wiggle your toes, jump on a rebounder for 5 minutes, or train for a marathon; just choose to move your body a little bit every day. The dopamine, and serotonin boost you will get from this will be far in excess than what you got from smoking a cigarette.

Exercise is an excellent healthy habit to help you stick to your tobacco and nicotine-free goals. Thirty minutes of aerobic exercise a day is an effective way to keep cravings and withdrawal symptoms at bay. Aerobic exercise is any physical activity that gets your heart rate up, gets you sweating, and causes you to breathe harder. Examples of aerobic exercise include walking, jogging, sports, swimming, or even climbing a few flights of stairs.

Transitioning into a new routine like exercising regularly may feel like a big change, especially if you are trying to quit smoking or vaping at the same time. Use these tips to help you incorporate regular movement into your life.  However if you consider it as a way to distract yourself from smoking you will reap twice the benefits as you will see health benefits not only from your decision to become smoke-free, but also from the addition of a dose of daily exercise.

There are so many options available to choose from these days try to find something you get joy from. The options range from joining a running club, playing a game of pickle ball, using YouTube for a variety of meditation or yoga sessions, to joining a gym. It can be a way to meet new people that also share a goal to have a healthier lifestyle, or a way to centre yourself through meditation in the privacy of your own home.

What type of activities sound like a fun way to keep you distracted from smoking and focused on moving forward in your Quit Journey with a new routine?

For other options and opportunities on ways to assist you in replacing your routine of smoking with other healthier options please reach out via our QuitNow Live Chat, or to speak with a Quit Coach call 1-877-455-2233.
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MJ Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month 1 week ago Commented 54 min 59 sec ago
I joined a gym to circumvent that morning desire to smoke. I get up and within an hour I am at the gym before work. It absolutely works. By the time you get home you are so pleased that yo got some exercise and you forget all about the cravings. Routine is so good when you quit smoking.
Lolasmom
Quit 2 months 1 week ago posted 21 hours 44 min ago
Hello all
I stopped smoking |Dec 18/23 I was very sick with RSV and was admitted into the hospital for 4 days.
Because this is a respiratory virus, I was put on nicotine patches.

I am still using them but am down to the 7 mg patch .

|From the beginning, i have had extreme sweats through the day, and also i get numb/tingley hands and feet.

I am just wondering if anyone else has experienced this. Just seems to be a long time to still have this.

I question if its from the patches or is it from the drop on nicotine

Appreciate your thoughts
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QuitCoach Emilie Log in or register to post comments
Thinking about quitting Commented 20 hours 34 min ago
Hi Lolasmom,

First off I would like to send on a big congrats on your quit as well as your continued efforts in maintaining your quit. Sorry you had to deal with the RSV however and hope your feeling so much better. For additional information on side effects of any nicotine replacement therapy's we suggest talking to your local pharmacist or physician as they have the most insight on effect and if this could be associated at all.

Just know that we are here cheering you on from the sidelines and I want to you to know how proud we are of you! Keep up the amazing work!
Ellep
Quit 1 month 2 weeks ago posted 1 day 22 hours ago
Hello fellow quitters...Well coming into 6 weeks and this isn't my first rodeo, however my psychology is different this time. I am definitely struggling with dark days. Sleep is off. I've implemented a 30 min routine of rebounding and light weights in the morning to help elevate endorphins. Ensuring I take a time out of my day for walks. My life is also imploding. Almost every area of my world is shifting...even my wee fur babe underwent life saving surgery and is touch and go currently. Ive become clear smoking isn't going to save me from anything. Its a vindictive, manipulative habit and drug. I'm done. I can see how I've spent years negotiating, justifying and hiding inside using. Society shifting over the years belittling and pushing out those of us who take a puff. The same society that marketed to our youth how "badass" smoking was. Tv commercials, billboards, events. Anyway, I digress, my optimistic self has curled into a ball in hopes of protecting my last shred of will from this messed up world around us. Friends stroking, turbo cancers....its heart breaking. The one thing I have in spades is gratitude for my health and supportive friends. And for the Quitnow team, thank you. For offering support to a stranger, listening to my ramblings and opinions. What a job you have!
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 3 months ago Commented 1 day 20 hours ago
This post really touched my heart Ellep ❤️. I can feel the depth of your emotion, and also the strength you are drawing on to get you through this time. You are being tested but you are winning 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻. My heart is with you and I am sending you a huge hug today. Stay strong! 🤗🤗
QuitCoach Kristena Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 11 months ago Commented 1 day 17 hours ago
You are a true inspiration, Ellep! Stay strong and keep your head up. We are so proud of you for coming into your sixth week smoke free and although you are facing so much stress, you are not going back to smoking. That is a true testament to your resilience, strength, and determination!!! I am wishing your wee fur baby a speedy recovery and also for yourself! You are going to get through this and your wisdom is shining through. You have been able to see the dark side of smoking and the manipulative traits it carries, and you are stronger than it! You have the power to control your cravings. Keep up the amazing work and celebrate this journey you are on!
MJ Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month 1 week ago Commented 23 hours 4 min ago
I loved reading this. I can sense your reverence for a fair society. In the 80s when I began smoking it was encouraged and there was a lot of social pressure as I was a teenager and it was the "norm". Now it has done a 180 and yet the government still sells these and makes a mint of cash in doing so all the while they berate you for doing it. The hypocrisy! Fast forward to today and now we have a plague of stroking and turbo cancers and those are not from smokers btw. Congratulations on quitting and I completely resonated with you on how it feels different this time around. I smoked 37 years and am 58. I am one month or just after. Congratulations to us both and to everyone whether you're trying or you've succeeded.
Raerae12 Log in or register to post comments
Thinking about quitting Commented 21 hours 24 min ago
Thanks for your post Ellep I haven’t quit yet but I’m here for support and your post is very inspiring and I resonate with keeping busy and different routines. It’s a lifestyle change and changing up my daily habits will help me adjust to quitting smoking. Again thank you I feel more motivated to quit and to make a plan for distraction and changing all triggers and what to do on my breaks at work etc etc.
anna kay Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 days 4 hours ago Commented 18 hours 39 min ago
This post came at the perfect time, Ellep - as I begin day 6 of being smoke-free. Yesterday was tough, but I made it through. I'm trying this cold turkey because nothing else has worked for me - I know I just need ot get the nicotine out of my system so I can work on the psychological dependency. I just have to keep tricking my brain and telling myself "I don't do that anymore". I absolutely love receiving the text messages from Quit Now - they always come at the right time, and getting them in the weeks leading up to my quit date really helped me to psych myself up for it. Sending support to everyone out there - we can do it!
Tamara L.
Quit 5 years 8 months ago posted 2 days 6 hours ago
era.

Hi. Sorry i missed your anniversary. you were and are a willing learner of our dilemma. honest and true. Congrats on a super effort that we all can do. Smile and show me how it's done.
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QuitCoach Kristena Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 11 months ago Commented 1 day 23 hours ago
Thank you Tamara for showing so much support to our QuitNow Community! You are a role model to us all and we are so thankful to have you in our community. Congratulations on being smoke free for 5 years and 8 months, your journey is inspiring others with the courage and resilience you have demonstrated. Thank you!!
era Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year ago Commented 1 day 9 hours ago
Tamara! ...Thank you so much for the personalized message - makes me feel special. I look up to you, 5 years and 8 months is what I aspire to. Congratulations! I have to go now, happy tears are flowing. A BIG hug 🤗
Shannon70
Quit 1 month ago posted 2 days 8 hours ago
I quit smoking on Jan.24th of this year. I already haven't smoked 700 cigarettes. Sometimes I notice I want to go through the motions of having a smoke, not so much a craving but the habit of it. I stopped using the patch 2 weeks ago but I still use lozenges and the gum.
When I light my last smoke I had to trade it with my roommate because once I light up I smelt diesel. Just that alone convinces me not to smoke. Must have been fate.
Sp
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QuitCoach Elke Log in or register to post comments
Quit 30 years ago Commented 2 days 7 hours ago
Congratulations on your upcoming 4 week milestone and 700 cigarettes not smoked Shannon70! What a wonderful accomplishment! Great job noticing that it is not the craving but the habit of smoking, and dealing with the situation. What a lucky co-incidence that your last cigarette smelt like diesel and provides that extra incentive not to smoke. It sounds like you are well on your way with your quit! Wishing you continuous success and many more milestones to celebrate. Keep up the great work Shannon70!
Tamara L. Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 8 months ago Commented 2 days 7 hours ago
Awesome pattern recognition moment. Habit. Is one prob our smoking. other. Addiction.

Habit is...me getting up in the morning. Reaching to the night stand, pack. cigs. one drawn. lit. inhaled. coffee. read the news. every day, for years. stressed. waiting for the cab. light a smoke. dinner. coffee. smoke. out of office, patio, break, others smoking, i light.

habit. nicotine patches helped me understand the ruts in the road that led me into an eventual smoke. i stood beside smokers outside. BIG one for me.

Learn from my habits and patterns, recognize i've established a no in (contrary or alternate pattern). patches gave me time to see a two pronged assault. lean. and try again.
Tamara L. Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 8 months ago Commented 2 days 6 hours ago
you know we're not stupid. a fight of wills between me and nicotine isn't THE answer. We are a part of the problem.
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 3 months ago Commented 1 day 20 hours ago
🎉🎉🎉 you are breaking free from this yucky addiction one day at a time and here you are almost at your first month 🎉🎉🎉. It takes time to change the way we have lived our lives connected to that cigarette, and you are a shining example to others that it can be done. Keep being amazing Shannon 🤗
Kim Pietrzak
Thinking about quitting posted 2 days 12 hours ago
I have smoking for approximately 40 years. This will be my 1st actual attempt to quit smoking. I have not picked a date, have just barely started to try changing habits. I no longer smoke in my house nor my vehicle.
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 3 months ago Commented 2 days 12 hours ago
Great job changing up the routine Kim 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻. Breaking those smoking connections is key to your quit! I am looking forward to being your cheerleader when you are ready to leap 🎉🎉🎉
cassandraneilson Log in or register to post comments
Thinking about quitting Commented 2 days 12 hours ago
Hey Kim, you're making an excellent decision to not smoke in your house or car. I did the same thing and it helped a lot. I also smoked for over 40 years and hadn't tried to quit since my 20's. before hooking up with the Quitnow program. The program has helped me tremendously and I'm sure you will have the same success. You go girl!
QuitCoach Keri Log in or register to post comments
Quit 22 years 12 months ago Commented 2 days 11 hours ago
Hi Kim, first I would like to say welcome to our QuitNow online community forum. I think you will find this community of your peers, as well as the coaches to be educational, inspirational, and provide motivation to continue on your Quit Journey. Congratulations on even starting to consider making changes to work towards living a smoke-free life. You are well deserving of giving yourself a happier, healthier future without cigarettes. I am so proud of your achievement in quitting smoking inside your home and vehicle. That is a big step towards successfully achieving this goal. Please stay connected on the forum to share your Quit Journey. Should you want any further assistance with your quit feel free to call 1-877-455-2233 to speak with a QuitCoach. Good luck in your quit Kim!
quincy3
Quit 10 months 1 week ago posted 2 days 13 hours ago
It will be 1 year in April since I have had a cigarette. I used Champix so it was actually easy fir me. My issue now is that I keep thinking about how much I would like a cigarette, especially after a meal. I hope I don’t give in.
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QuitCoach Emilie Log in or register to post comments
Thinking about quitting Commented 2 days 12 hours ago
Congrats on being almost 1 year smoke free! You are almost there and we are so proud of you for pushing through and getting this far! Take things day by day and you will be smoke free and in April before you know it! Take in all the benefits of your health that your quit journey has given you all ready! We are so so happy for you and will continue to cheer your on! Keep up the great work!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 3 months ago Commented 2 days 12 hours ago
Quincy3, I don’t think you will give in 😊. The first year is probably the biggest milestone because of all of the new challenges you have faced. I remember bargaining with my brain and saying if I still felt this way in a couple of weeks then I could give up knowing full well that the thoughts would pass 😂. I’m glad you haven’t acted on the thoughts … you are doing amazing 🎉🎉🎉
era Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year ago Commented 2 days 12 hours ago
Yeah, kicking back after a meal with a cigarette - - Don't even think about it!!!🚭

With me, all it would take is one, and I'd be back to smoking fulltime.

Please be careful...'not one puff ever' MUST be your mantra. Keep up the good work.

cassandraneilson Log in or register to post comments
Thinking about quitting Commented 2 days 12 hours ago
Hi Quinsy3, It sounds like you are worried you will give in especially after a meal and have a cigarette. That seems like a normal worry, and thinking about smoking too is normal. You will get through it successfully, hang in there.
Tamara L. Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 8 months ago Commented 2 days 6 hours ago
You know the trip wires.
Quit Coach Linda
Quit 9 years ago posted 2 days 18 hours ago
Quitting smoking is a transformative journey that extends beyond breaking a physical addiction. It involves reshaping and building new habits, addressing emotional associations to smoking, and embracing a healthier lifestyle. With all these changes, it is important to focus on self-care and prioritize ourselves if we want to quit for the long term. Here are some reasons why it’s crucial to put ourselves first and focus on our well-being:

As our body adjusts to being without nicotine, we may experience mental and physical discomfort. Prioritizing self-care ensures that we nourish our body with a balanced diet, stay hydrated, and engage in regular physical activity. These habits not only support the healing process but also contribute to an overall sense of well-being.

We may face challenging situations, stress and withdrawal symptoms after quitting smoking. Prioritizing self-care allows us to build emotional resilience. Practices like deep breathing, meditation and mindfulness can help us manage stress and provide a positive outlet for strong emotions.

Prioritizing self-care involves replacing smoking habits with healthier alternatives. Whether it's taking a brisk walk, enjoying a nutritious snack, or indulging in a hobby, these activities can fill the void left by smoking.

Stress is a common trigger for smoking. Prioritizing self-care includes developing effective stress management techniques. Whether it's through relaxation techniques, exercise or seeking support from friends and family. Managing stress positively can help us succeed with our quit journey.

Quitting smoking is an opportunity to establish new, healthier habits. Prioritizing self-care involves consciously creating a daily routine that supports our well-being. From a nutritious breakfast to a good night's sleep, these habits contribute to a holistic and sustainable lifestyle.

Quitting smoking is a huge achievement, and prioritizing self-care reinforces a positive self-image. Celebrating milestones, acknowledging our efforts, and engaging in activities that boost self-esteem can motivate us to continue with our commitment to a smoke-free life.

In essence, focusing on self-care and prioritizing ourselves during the process of quitting smoking is not just about overcoming the nicotine addiction; it's about cultivating a renewed and healthier way of living. By nurturing our physical and emotional well-being, we set the stage for a successful, fulfilling, and smoke-free future.
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Thinking about quitting Commented 2 days 12 hours ago
Your post was exactly what I needed to read today as I am struggling with smoking. The post has got me back on track, thank you. I'm going to go walk my dog now and think more about self-care and other healthy alternatives to smoking.
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 9 years ago Commented 1 day 14 hours ago
Hi Cassandra, I'm so glad to hear that the post resonated with you. Recognizing the importance of self-care is a significant step in overcoming the challenges of smoking. Taking your dog for a walk is not only a wonderful way to engage in physical activity but also a fantastic opportunity for fresh air and mental rejuvenation. Embracing these healthy alternatives to smoking contributes to your overall well-being and helps break the association between smoking and certain activities. Please continue with all the self-care activities that you enjoy and will help you distract your mind from smoking. Thank you so much, Cassandra, for sharing with us today. Hope you had a refreshing walk with your dog and wish you continued success in prioritizing self-care on your path to a smoke-free life!
QuitCoach Keri
Quit 22 years 12 months ago posted 2 days 18 hours ago
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smokesignals
Quitting in 2 weeks 3 days posted 2 days 20 hours ago
Harder to quit everytime I tried and failed
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 3 months ago Commented 2 days 20 hours ago
Never quit quitting smokesignals! That was my doc’s advice. Took me numerous attempts over 40 plus years, but this last time stuck. This might be the one for you too 🤗. Make a plan. Stay connected here and with coaches. Be gentle to yourself. I believe in you 🤗
QuitCoach Keri Log in or register to post comments
Quit 22 years 12 months ago Commented 2 days 19 hours ago
Hi smokesignals, I want to thank you for showing up even in the times that are the hardest to do so. The fact that you share this part of your Quit Journey I hope shows you that you definitely have not failed. You may have attempted a quit and found that it did not work out the way you had hoped. Use that experience to fuel you and use the information as motivation to keep trying to live your smoke-free life. You deserve it, and we believe in you smokesignals. Please reach out at 1-877-455-2233 if you would like to connect with a QuitNow coach to assist your quit.
Stevo1444 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years ago Commented 2 days 19 hours ago
hi Smokie I replied to you on my Post Re NA
Tamara L. Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 8 months ago Commented 2 days 6 hours ago
oh no. oh no. Those trials are familiar to all of us. your on the right path. Every time u try...u see a road that is telling u, showing, teaching, demonstrating a spot, path to look at. it's a map. Learn. and it's not easy, be nice to you.
Tamara L.
Quit 5 years 8 months ago posted 3 days 10 hours ago
Butt collecting. 30 yrs ago.

i was living just outside of a small town, when i ran out of smokes. i had smoked all including butts in ashtray. no money. walked into town about 2 miles away. Dark, late night.picked up some ground butts heading home, stuffed in coat pocket. highway home has a shoulder maybe two feet wide. cars behind kept honking horn. i thought it was road safety. got into my driveway and a cloud of smoke drifted past me. my pocket, coat was on fire from a butt still lit. i lost all my butts and coat. no harm to me. what did i do? another coat and walked back into town. grim determination, and nicotine driven addiction.

any stories like this" i used to ask for a drag off someone's smoke even though i knew i would catch their cold.

be well.
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 3 months ago Commented 3 days 10 hours ago
Wow Tamara that is quite a memory you shared! I’m happy you didn’t get hurt in the process. Isn’t it crazy the lengths we went to for our smokes … I keep thanking the universe for the strength to remain smoke free. 🤗
QuitCoach Emilie Log in or register to post comments
Thinking about quitting Commented 3 days 9 hours ago
Hi Tamara!
Happy Monday!
Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. We will definitely go to great lengths to feed an addiction while wanting that quick fix. So glad you were able to overcome this and reach out to us to share your story, 30 years later. So glad to hear that you were not hurt in this circumstance!

Continue reaching out, sharing stories, it's what it is all about!
captaincharlene Log in or register to post comments
Quitting in 5 days 19 hours Commented 3 days 9 hours ago
That pretty much sums up what an addiction it is. Glad you are safe, and smoke free!
cassandraneilson Log in or register to post comments
Thinking about quitting Commented 2 days 22 hours ago
I've picked up butts from the ground to smoke because I was out of cigarettes and trying to quit. Talk about desperation. Thank you for sharing your story and congratulations on your quit. Take care.
jennydls
Quit 1 month 1 week ago posted 3 days 14 hours ago
Hi everyone. I quit over a month ago, the first 3-4 weeks seemed fairly easy (just a couple bad days). Now it seems that my cravings seem to be getting stronger the longer I go. I am wondering if I am doing something wrong. Any suggestions?
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QuitCoach Keri Log in or register to post comments
Quit 22 years 12 months ago Commented 3 days 13 hours ago
Hi Jennydls, thank you for reaching out to our QuitNow online community. First I would like to say congratulations on being one month smoke-free. That is an amazing milestone to have reached!! Let me reassure you that you are not doing anything wrong in your Quit Journey. The 'Tricky 3's' are very common in one's Quit Journey. The approximately 3 weeks is when your psychological cravings peak, and they appear symptomatically very similar to your physical withdrawal symptoms. This is the time when your addiction in your brain realizes you are not giving into your cravings and giving it the nicotine it desires. So your addictive symptoms get 'loud', and your cravings appear stronger once again. You will overcome this just as you did the physical withdrawal cravings. Sometimes just having the knowledge can be helpful. This is a time to be diligent in using all the strategies you used to get through the early days of your quit and be prepared to overcome your cravings using your NRT products, and the 4D's can be helpful. Remember all the hard work you have accomplished to come to this point in your Quit Journey, and remind yourself often that you are stronger than your addiction. We are proud of you jennydls! Enjoy your smoke-free life to the fullest!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 3 months ago Commented 3 days 10 hours ago
Yay jennydls 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 I love how QC Keri said the symptoms get loud 😊. I recall mine screaming at me too … this is a new forever journey you are embarking on, and there will be some bumps which we all have. You are absolutely rocking your quit and I am so proud of you 🤗
jennydls Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month 1 week ago Commented 3 days 9 hours ago
Tank you for the help. Makes a little more sense now.
captaincharlene Log in or register to post comments
Quitting in 5 days 19 hours Commented 3 days 9 hours ago
I remember this 3 mark clearly from my previous attempt and have already written in my day planner to expect this March 21st!
captaincharlene
Quitting in 5 days 19 hours posted 3 days 14 hours ago
In 2008 I quit smoking on February 29th. I managed to stay completely smoke free for 12 years (so I know I can do it, right?). Stupidly picked up the habit again during Covid in 2020. I need to stop, this is insane. For old times sake, and maybe a bit of luck, I have picked February 29th again. Have 3 months worth of patches on my dining room table.
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QuitCoach Keri Log in or register to post comments
Quit 22 years 12 months ago Commented 3 days 13 hours ago
Hi captaincharlene, thank you for reaching out to our QuitNow online community forum to share in this part of your Quit Journey. Congratulations on setting your Quit Date. It is actually a very good idea to establish a quit date that means something to you, and how perfect that this year happens to coincide with your previous successful quit date and we have that day on our calendar this year! You are 100% right that you will be able to draw a lot of wisdom from your previous successful quit of 12 years. You will know what to expect, and have tools that worked well for you at that time as well. I would love for you to be able to reflect on your previous quit to identify what some of the pitfalls you encountered that you found challenging. Having this awareness allows you to establish a relapse plan that will work well for you this time. I am pleased you are prepared for your quit with both your NRT, and a great mindset, as well as your expertise! I wish you all the success in your Quit Journey captaincharlene!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 3 months ago Commented 3 days 10 hours ago
Great job captaincharlene 🤗 I love that you picked the same day as before … that’s a good luck day! I am looking forward to helping you celebrate another successful quit 🎉🎉🎉
captaincharlene Log in or register to post comments
Quitting in 5 days 19 hours Commented 3 days 9 hours ago
Thank you all so much for your support. I have a feeling I am going to be pouring over this forum in the weeks to come.
Tamara L. Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 8 months ago Commented 3 days 3 hours ago
holy 12 yrs. It's never 'over'. Myself, i see my addiction as permanent. The craziness of it is lurking. I hope you resume your freedom and return to a better way. you know it's possible.
smokesignals Log in or register to post comments
Quitting in 2 weeks 3 days Commented 2 days 20 hours ago
Go get it
john pratt
Quitting in 1 week 1 day posted 3 days 15 hours ago
Thanks to everyone for the support to my post. In the past quitting cold turkey seemed to be the answer but now I believe support is necessary. To reach my goal I will take advantage of the support. One suggestion was taking advantage of videos and any reference would be helpful. Thanks again
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QuitCoach Keri Log in or register to post comments
Quit 22 years 12 months ago Commented 3 days 15 hours ago
Hi John, thank you for reaching out to the QuitNow online community to share your goal to become smoke-free, as well as your insights from your previous quit attempts. I am so pleased to read that you recognize what you need to be successful in your personal Quit Journey. Accepting support, and seeking it out to achieve your goal can be humbling and incredibly rewarding. You are correct in recognizing that reaching out for support will allow you to share your triumphs along the way, but also to share the burden of some of the more challenging times. I am glad you are a part of this peer group and engaging on this forum. I am not sure what you are requesting as far as video's but I am sure if you search on YouTube you will find many on smoking cessation. All the best in your Quit Journey John!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 3 months ago Commented 3 days 14 hours ago
Hi John. Tobacco Wars is on YouTube and is an old series, but very informative. There are also a number of quit smoking videos on YouTube that helped me reaffirm that things I was experiencing were completely normal. Just search quitting smoking. There are also a number of sites online with info on quitting with tips and tricks. Everyone says the same basically, but some days I just found comfort listening to others speak about their experiences. Honestly my fear of quitting ended up being much worse than my experience 🤗