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Quit 2 years 5 months ago posted 3 years 1 month 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 8 years 4 months ago Commented 3 years 1 month 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 11 months ago Commented 2 years 11 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 11 months ago Commented 2 years 8 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 8 months ago Commented 2 years 8 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 6 months ago Commented 2 years 6 months 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 8 months ago Commented 2 years 6 months 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 8 months ago Commented 2 years 6 months 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 5 months ago Commented 2 years 4 months ago
Hi I have breathing and sure truth problem
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 14 years 4 months ago Commented 2 years 3 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 10 months ago Commented 2 years 1 month 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 8 months ago Commented 2 years 1 month ago
Sending good vibes today LittleSuell! You can do it!
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 14 years 4 months ago Commented 2 years 1 month 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 2 years ago Commented 1 year 11 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 11 months ago Commented 1 year 11 months ago
Yes but I dislike the withdrawals
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 14 years 4 months ago Commented 1 year 11 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 14 years 4 months ago Commented 1 year 11 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 14 years 4 months ago Commented 1 year 9 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 8 months ago Commented 1 year 6 months 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 14 years 4 months ago Commented 1 year 6 months 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 6 months ago Commented 1 year 5 months 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 14 years 4 months ago Commented 1 year 5 months 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 8 months ago Commented 1 year 5 months 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 6 months ago Commented 1 year 5 months 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 10 months 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 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 5 months 3 weeks ago
Thank u and congratulations!! Well done!!
Gurprit Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 months 2 weeks ago Commented 5 months 3 weeks 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 8 months ago Commented 5 months 3 weeks 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!
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Quit 7 years 5 months ago Commented 1 month 3 weeks ago
Well ... Loging in today (9:53 PM; May23rd '24.
I was surprised to see an updated program. Need to explore before giving any thums up or dowm.
Rosesrred
Quit 2 days 17 hours ago posted 8 hours 14 min ago
Hi everyone!

I was an occassional smoker, not every day, usually when I was having a glass of wine. I started getting into running and fitness, and I didn't like how smoking interfered with that, yet I couldn't break the association with wine and a smoke! So, I thought I'd try the Quickmist ..

4 years later, no smoking and I've quit drinking, too! Except... I got hooked on the Mist! There was something about it that I fell in love with. It felt like a "treat" and considering I no longer has any other vices, I allowed it to become my "thing" my "crutch" my "little helper "

Ugh, the Mist is not sustainable. It's expensive as all heck, for one thing! I'm broke and I cannot afford it, so I'm on day 2 cold turkey. It sucks, that's why I'm here. I keep on trying to think of ways to buy the Mist, but I've already done two days so I need to keep on pushing through.

NRT is helpful, don't get me wrong! But Ugh, myindless use of a Mist which I probably didn't even need to begin with has lead to this habit!
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 8 months ago Commented 3 hours 55 min ago
Rosesrred you are amazing! Stopping smoking is a huge thing, and the mist will likely be a little uncomfortable to stop, but you have already shown that you are a warrior 👏🏻👏🏻. Are there any other breath mists out there that you could replace the action of misting with? I remember many years ago there were breath mists … just a thought 😊 Just stay focussed on the prize of finally being free! One day at a time right now 🤗
Quit Coach Linda
Quit 9 years 5 months ago posted 9 hours 38 min ago
Quitting smoking is a challenging journey that requires patience, perseverance, and a strong sense of commitment. One of the most effective approaches to quitting smoking is to take one step at a time. Here's why this method is so crucial:

When you think about quitting smoking as a single, monumental task, it can feel overwhelming. Breaking it down into smaller, manageable steps makes the process less daunting. Instead of focusing on quitting forever, concentrate on not smoking today. This mindset makes the goal more attainable and reduces stress.

Quitting smoking involves replacing old habits with new, healthier ones. This process takes time. By taking one step at a time, you allow yourself to gradually develop and reinforce these new habits, making them more sustainable in the long run.

Cravings can be intense and frequent, especially in the early stages of quitting. By taking one step at a time, you can develop strategies to manage these cravings as they come. Whether it’s finding a distraction, using nicotine replacement therapy, or practicing deep breathing exercises, dealing with cravings step-by-step makes them more manageable.

Taking it step by step allows you to adjust your strategies as needed. If something isn’t working, you can modify your approach without feeling like you’ve failed. This flexibility is key to finding what works best for you.

It's easy to get discouraged by slip-ups or relapses. However, by taking one step at a time, you focus on progress rather than perfection. Each day without smoking is a success, even if you have setbacks. This perspective helps maintain motivation and reduces feelings of guilt or failure.

Each small victory builds your confidence. Celebrating daily or weekly successes reinforces your belief in your ability to quit. Every day you go without smoking is proof that you can do it, which boosts your confidence to keep going.

Quitting smoking is a long-term commitment. Taking it step by step encourages patience and persistence, reminding you that every small effort contributes to the bigger goal. It helps you stay committed and resilient, even when the journey gets tough.

Taking one step at a time is essential when quitting smoking because it makes the process more manageable, builds confidence, allows for flexibility, and helps develop sustainable new habits. By focusing on small, achievable goals, you can stay motivated and persistent on your journey to a smoke-free life. Every step, no matter how small, is a step towards better health and well-being.
Ksobrien
Quit 2 days 17 hours ago posted 1 day 8 hours ago
Hello my name is kelli and I had my last cigarette on July 12, 2024. Back in aug of 2005 I quit smoking cold turkey. I was so proud of myself. Fast forward to 2020 when Covid started I relapsed. I don’t want to smoke anymore. I hate it and the price is astronomical. Last time I quit I used QuitNet.com and it saved my life.
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QuitCoach Elke Log in or register to post comments
Quit 30 years 3 months ago Commented 1 day 5 hours ago
Hi Kelli, congratulations on quitting 2 days ago! The first couple of days are not easy, but cravings and other withdrawal symptoms will decrease over time. Please reach out to QuitNow at 1-877-455-2233 for support and suggestions.
We are sorry to let you know, that your post unfortunately goes against our community forum guidelines. We do not allow any promotion of goods, sites or services or commercial solicitation. For more information regarding our guidelines please view the following link: https://quitnow.ca/find-support/forum-guidelines. We appreciate your understanding and wish you all the best in your quit!
MJ Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 months ago Commented 1 day 4 hours ago
Good luck Kelli. You are doing great already!
JDanielle Log in or register to post comments
Quitting in 2 months 1 week Commented 1 day 4 hours ago
I want to be proud of myself too!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 8 months ago Commented 1 day 4 hours ago
You can do it again Kelli! Almost 2 days in 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻. We are here for you 😊
Don Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month 3 weeks ago Commented 5 min 26 sec ago
(2 days 16 hours) every second, minute, hour, day counts!!!!
MJ
Quit 6 months ago posted 1 day 22 hours ago
Still holding strong. Still have moments where I want to smoke but I don’t. It does get easier every day. I am looking forward to the day I can have an alcoholic drink but for now I still don’t trust myself not to have a smoke. So far so good though as I near 6 months.
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 8 months ago Commented 1 day 21 hours ago
Happy 6 month anniversary MJ 🎉🎉🎉🎉. I am so happy that you are still in this to win it 🤗.
QuitCoach Elke Log in or register to post comments
Quit 30 years 3 months ago Commented 1 day 6 hours ago
Congratulations on being smoke free for 6 months MJ! So happy for you, that you are going strong. Great insight, that alcohol can be a trigger as it causes willpower to go down the drain. To avoid a relapse you could plan ahead, e.g. only have one alcoholic beverage and non-alcoholic beverages during the remaining time. Being around other people who smoke can be more of a trigger, so maybe having people around that don't smoke can also help. Having support is important. Maybe tell the people ahead of time not to offer or give you a cigarette, even if you as. If you feel tempted, move away, drink some water, grab a snack and hang out with someone who does not smoke. Please keep us posted. Wishing you continuous success with quit!
MJ Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 months ago Commented 1 day 4 hours ago
Thank you for the encouragement everyone. I am happy to go alcohol free for the first year to be on the safe side.
Stanley Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 2 months ago Commented 6 hours 7 min ago
Hi MJ,

Congraulation for six months, the addiction of nicotine should be broke, so you should be able to drink without any smoke.

Cheer you up and KEEP NOPE

Stand firm to say No to nicodemon.
cassandraneilson
Quitting in 1 month posted 2 days 9 hours ago
Still in a relapse and looking forward to the day I quit. I know it's recommended that you persevere through difficult times and not smoke even when you are experiencing stress because there will always be stress and you need to learn to cope with it. I can't seem to do that. Some lifechanging things are happening to me and I don't have any leftover energy or focus that I need in order to quit smoking and yet staying in touch with the forum and my Quit Coach is helping me to keep thinking about quitting. I'll never stop thinking about quitting. Someday, I'll be smoke - free. Cheers all!
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Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 9 years 5 months ago Commented 2 days 6 hours ago
Hi Cassandra, thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings with us. It sounds like you’re going through a lot right now, and it’s completely understandable that quitting smoking feels overwhelming in the midst of major life changes. It’s really encouraging to hear that staying connected with the forum and your Quit Coach is helping you keep the goal of quitting in your mind. Sometimes, the first step is simply not giving up on the idea, even if you’re not ready to take the plunge just yet. The fact that you’re still thinking about quitting shows your determination and desire to make this change when the time is right for you. Please continue to be kind to yourself and focus on small victories and positive changes you can make now. Every little step counts and can build your confidence and readiness for the day you decide to quit. It's okay to take things at your own pace. Each person’s journey to becoming smoke-free is unique, and there’s no single right way to do it. It's great that you're aware of the need to cope with stress in healthier ways, and that awareness is a vital part of the process. We’re all here for you, cheering you on. Stay connected, keep thinking about your goal, and when you’re ready, you’ll have a strong support system to help you through. Cheers to you and your journey!
Darci
Quit 1 month 2 weeks ago posted 3 days 1 hour ago
Hi Quitters and wanna be quitters and I will try again quitters! I am still in the early days of quitting but I have to say it's getting so much easier. I've had a few slips bumming or buying one or 2 smokes a few times. I didn't enjoy them and I did not like the smell on me. I've been able to resist the urge to dabble again because it was not nice. I'm reaching out today because I was given some news late last night that upset me. I didn't run for a pack of smokes but I only slept 4 hrs and tried exhausting myself with yard work. I made it through my daughter's wedding but I just learned that my mother died and I don't want to smoke but I remember the smell of spearmint trident gum and her players light KS smokes in her purse. I can't get a phone call in with a family member and I'm battling myself at the moment.
4 Comments last reply 1 day ago
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 9 years 5 months ago Commented 3 days ago
Hi Darci, we are so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. That’s incredibly tough news to handle, especially while you’re in the early stages of quitting smoking. It’s understandable that memories and emotions are overwhelming right now. During times like these, it’s important to lean on your support system. Reach out to friends, other family members, or this community for support. Remember that it’s okay to feel a wide range of emotions, and it’s okay to ask for help. It's amazing that you’ve recognized that smoking isn’t enjoyable and have managed to resist the urge despite such difficult circumstances. That shows incredible strength and determination. Try to find healthy outlets for your feelings, like you did with yard work. Keep yourself engaged with activities that you enjoy or that bring you comfort. Take things one day at a time, and be gentle with yourself. You’ve already shown incredible resilience. We’re here for you, and you’re not alone in this journey. Stay strong, and take care of yourself.
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 8 months ago Commented 3 days ago
Sending big hugs Darci. 💔. I know you have the strength to keep going! These are the times we really have to dig the heels in and say no to the thoughts 😣
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Quitting in 1 month Commented 2 days 11 hours ago
Hi Darci, I'm sorry about your mom. It sounds like you are making progress not running to a pack of cigarettes when you got the news about your mom. In fact, it sounds like you are doing a terrific job of quitting smoking all around. Keep up the faith and I wish you the best.
MJ Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 months ago Commented 1 day 23 hours ago
Sorry to hear about your mum Darci. I hope you will persevere during this difficult time. And I hope you will be really kind to yourself as well.
Ramin@quit
Quit 4 days 17 hours ago posted 3 days 23 hours ago
It is very bad habit want to get rid of it
4 Comments last reply 1 day ago
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 9 years 5 months ago Commented 3 days 18 hours ago
Hi Ramin@quit, welcome to the forum and congratulations on making the decision to quit smoking! Recognizing that it's a habit you want to break is the first crucial step. Way to go! Quitting is challenging, but it's also one of the best things you can do for your health and well-being. You can do this! You've already shown great determination by taking this important step, and we believe in your ability to overcome this mental addiction and achieve your goal of living smoke-free. Here’s a link to help you get through the first day: https://quitnow.ca/how-quit/ready-quit/surviving-quit-day. Remember, you're not alone on this journey. There are many resources and a supportive community here to help you through it. Reaching out for support can make a big difference. Whether it's talking to friends or family members, joining a support group, or seeking guidance from healthcare professionals, having a supportive network can provide encouragement and accountability on your quit journey. Take it one step at a time, and don’t hesitate to reach out whenever you need encouragement or support. Stay strong, stay focused, and know that we're here to support you every step of the way. Thank you for joining us today and best wishes on your journey to a healthier, smoke-free life!
Darci Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month 2 weeks ago Commented 3 days 1 hour ago
You can. Remember why you want to do it. It's important to remember why you want to do it. And soon you will start forgetting the urges and triggers but also feel way better physically and emotionally.
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 8 months ago Commented 3 days ago
It’s really a shame that we all have to fight so hard to stop smoking when it’s so readily available isn’t it. If you really want this Ramin@quit, you can do it! It is up to each one of us to choose health over addiction and we re here for you through your battle!
MJ Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 months ago Commented 1 day 23 hours ago
It is so worth quitting!
Montyyy
Quit 4 days 17 hours ago posted 4 days 7 hours ago
On and off quit smoking but lately been binge smoking on fridays or saturdays then no smoking all week... it is so strange that I figured I would reach out here
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Kosmo42069 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 months ago Commented 4 days 7 hours ago
Try not smoking for a weekend. If you can't don't be discouraged. Try again. It's nice but still hard tho
QuitCoach Keri Log in or register to post comments
Quit 23 years 4 months ago Commented 4 days 5 hours ago
Hi Montyyy, Congratulations on declaring your quit day! Welcome as well to our QuitNow online community. You will find your group of both peers and coaches here to be supportive, inspiring, and motivating throughout your quit journey. We all share a common goal of achieving or sustaining a smoke-free / vape-free life. I encourage you to share your journey in both your triumphs and challenges. Support is a pretty critical asset to have in your corner as you move through your quit journey. Keep up with the positive attitude, identify your triggers, and find strategies that work for you in overcoming the cravings, and withdrawal symptoms as you give up nicotine. The 4D's can be very helpful; Delay, Distract, Drink Water, and Deep Breathing. Stay busy and aware of the changes you are making through your initial days and throughout your journey. If you would benefit from additional support please reach out to one of our Quit Coaches at 1-877-455-2233. We would be honoured to assist you in achieving your goal to live a smoke-free life Montyyy. You got this!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 8 months ago Commented 4 days 5 hours ago
Hey Montyyy 🤗 there would have been a time I wished I could do that haha. What is causing the binging? I like what Kosmo suggested, and see how not smoking on the weekend goes … it would be awesome for you to be able to say farewell to smoking completely, and you are almost there 👏🏻👏🏻
MJ Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 months ago Commented 1 day 23 hours ago
One step at a time. You’ve got the week part sorted now to try the wknd part. You can do it.
123Jake
Quit 1 month 4 weeks ago posted 5 days 7 hours ago
I can’t believe it’s been 1 month and 23 days!
I remember being on day 2 and seeing people who had 2 months smoke-free and it seemed impossible. Yet here I am, saying no one smoke at a time. It CAN be done after all.
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Quit 23 years 4 months ago Commented 5 days 6 hours ago
Hi 123Jake, I am sooo happy you are sharing this amazing milestone with our QuitNow online community! Congratulations on achieving 1 month and 23 days living the smoke-free life you so deserve! I am glad you have used this forum for support and motivation to show you it is possible to achieve your goal. You took that information and proved to yourself through commitment and dedication to your goal that it is possible for you too! I am so proud of you and wish you all the continued success. Please continue to share in your Quit Journey 123Jake!
MJ Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 months ago Commented 5 days 5 hours ago
Congratulations, almost 2 months! I am almost 6 months and I too can't believe I've done it or that I am almost half a year already! If I can do it, anyone can!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 8 months ago Commented 5 days 2 hours ago
So proud of you 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻. Time just keeps moving forward no matter what … keep up the strength to resist 🤗
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Quit 5 days 17 hours ago Commented 4 days 16 hours ago
Awesome news Jake, you deserve this chance to break free and live the life up better. I am so happy for you.
RyWi
Quit 2 weeks ago posted 5 days 8 hours ago
Been trying to quit for as long as I’ve smoked.
27 years. I’m on day 2 this time cigarette free.
4 Comments last reply 5 days ago
QuitCoach Keri Log in or register to post comments
Quit 23 years 4 months ago Commented 5 days 7 hours ago
Hi RyWi, thank you for sharing this part of your quit journey with us on the online community forum. I am happy you found your way here and felt comfortable in sharing this part of your journey. You will be welcomed by our active, supportive group of your peers and coaches. We all share the same goal of wanting to achieve or sustain a smoke/vape-free life. Congratulations on your quit. Every day smoke-free is another milestone you achieve in living the live you desire. Having support as we make big changes in our lives is so critical. I hope you find some of that support within this group. Also at day 2 smoke-free you may start to encounter triggers, or withdrawal symptoms along the way. The 4D's are great strategies to adhere to as you progress in your quit. They are Delay, Distract, Drink water, and Deep Breathing. If you would benefit from one to one counseling to assist you in achieving your smoke-free goal please contact one of our coaches at 1-877-455-2233. It would be our honor to assist you in achieving your goal. Be well, and all the best in your Quit Journey RyWi!
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Quit 1 month 4 weeks ago Commented 5 days 7 hours ago
You’re doing it RyWi! I smoked for 45 years so I can relate! It is possible though. I’m so proud of you for taking on the challenge.
MJ Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 months ago Commented 5 days 5 hours ago
Keep going!
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Quit 3 years 8 months ago Commented 5 days 2 hours ago
👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 the first week is the most challenging … just one day and a time for now. You can do it 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Setorica
Quit 3 days 17 hours ago posted 5 days 9 hours ago
About a week ago I had a bad spell as home and an ambulance was called. Found out I have an irregular heart rhythm and I’m in stage 1 hypertension. Doctor is telling me to quit immediately as I’ve smoked since I was 12 on and off. I’m not turning 38 in 5 days. I need to turn this around so I’m still around for the kids.
4 Comments last reply 4 days ago
QuitCoach Keri Log in or register to post comments
Quit 23 years 4 months ago Commented 5 days 8 hours ago
Hi Setorica, I am so happy to hear you are doing better after your significant health scare. I can only imagine that must have been quite frightening. I am glad you are now educated on what your condition is and how you are able to assist in treating the symptoms. You have identified two incredible motivators to think of as you move through your quit journey; your own life and that of your children. Welcome to our online community forum, I am happy you found your way here. You will find this is an active group that supports, motivates, and inspires each other in achieving or sustaining a shared goal. If you feel you would benefit from some one to one counseling please reach out to one of our coaches at 1-877-455-2233. We would be honored to assist you in achieving your goal Setorica.
123Jake Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month 4 weeks ago Commented 5 days 7 hours ago
You can do it Setorica! I’m feeling so much better already and I’m noticing the health benefits. Also no smell and extra money for healthy food.!
It’s worth it!
MJ Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 months ago Commented 5 days 5 hours ago
You can do it! It will take your worry away too.
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Quit 3 years 8 months ago Commented 5 days 2 hours ago
Sometimes the universe speaks loud and clear Setorica. It’s your time to kick this habit once and for all. We are all here to support you 🤗
TerryTeo
Quit 5 days 17 hours ago posted 6 days 12 hours ago
Had about 40 smokes today and bought a pack. Reset the quit till I finish my pack. It may take 10 months to finish the smokes as I've done last year. I feel like I am slipping back into smoking full time and just don't know what I can do to be over smokes. I never liked it but have gotten used to it thru sheer stupidity. I hear my mate coughing up a lung from smoking everything and he's only 28 years old.
If there is anyone else who has been trying to quit for decades. I know now I must make this pack last the rest of the year. I don't think I can do it again must have been a fluke. I'm going to satisfy my craves when they come to full measure with smokes as the vape makes me cough bad. Lozenges help but sometimes I finish five in a row and still craving. Patch seems to do nothing. Something to work on for me is to stop thinking like a smoker with smoking on my mind. If I can take the first week I should be okay til then. I know I can keep it up if only I survive hell week.
4 Comments last reply 5 days ago
cassandraneilson Log in or register to post comments
Quitting in 1 month Commented 6 days 6 hours ago
Hi TerryTeo, you are doing the right thing trying to figure out how to get off the cigarettes. You may want start smaller like just try to quit for one day. I find with quitting, once you get through the first day you start to feel momentum and start to enjoy how good you feel when you don't smoke and your motivation to stay quit gets better. You can also start eliminating smoking from areas of your life like having a rule that you don't smoke in the car or when talking on the phone. You will make it TerryTeo, you just need to get on a roll. You can do it! I read on one of your earlier posts that you have done mini-quits. How about doing one of those again?
QuitCoach Keri Log in or register to post comments
Quit 23 years 4 months ago Commented 6 days 4 hours ago
Hi TerryTeo, thank you for sharing this challenging part of your quit journey in a very vulnerable, transparent way. I am very proud of your honesty in your feelings towards the act of smoking and how it has become habitual, but also that you don't really enjoy it during the act. You have also taken the time to reflect on the strategies you use. That information is very insightful for you to know moving forward in your quit journey TerryTeo. You have demonstrated great tenacity in your quit journey TerryTeo, the only way you learn what strategies and NRT's is by practicing them and using products as they are meant to be used. You are doing those things and haven't quit trying. I hope you can build on your previous successes, and really practice the 4D's to assist you in overcoming those cravings when they come. Delay, Distract, Drink Water, and Deep Breathing really do work when you use them. If you feel additional support would be beneficial in your quit journey please reach out to one of our coaches at 1-877-455-2233. We would be honored to help you in achieving this long standing goal you have to live smoke-free.
MJ Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 months ago Commented 6 days 2 hours ago
Keep trying. Something will work for you if u keep at it.
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Quit 1 month 4 weeks ago Commented 5 days 7 hours ago
Have you tried Champix? It’s covered. I only take a half dose and I’m not experiencing the side effects that I got from a full dose. Something to think about.
QuitCoach Keri
Quit 23 years 4 months ago posted 6 days 23 hours ago
Tonight is the night of our inaugural Breakthrough Webinar Series. Please come and join us at 7pm PST. Our very first topic this evening is on Nicotine Pouches, and Vaping. See you soon!

Launching our NEW Group Support Sessions!

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Nicotine Pouches and Vaping

Monday, July 8th, 2024

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TerryTeo
Quit 5 days 17 hours ago posted 1 week ago
I guess I just wanted to feel that hit to my body from nicotine that I smoked but starting fresh with lozenges. If it comes my way I take it. And I do chase a bit. I'm not sure how to escape from the temptation every friend of mine likes to smoke too. Ten friends all offering me smokes just today. I am off to battle and with a bit of luck I will be managing somehow and at least I have reduced my intake. I'm happy I'm not overdoing it.
2 Comments last reply 6 days ago
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 9 years 5 months ago Commented 1 week ago
Hi TerryTeo, it’s great that you’re starting fresh with lozenges and making efforts to reduce your smoking. Quitting smoking is tough, especially when you’re surrounded by friends who smoke, but every small step you take is a victory. Here are a few tips to help manage the temptation: Let your friends know that you’re serious about quitting. Ask for their support by not offering you cigarettes and avoiding smoking around you. Try to engage in activities where smoking isn’t common. This could be exercising, going to smoke-free places, or picking up new hobbies that keep your hands and mind busy. When a craving hits, use your lozenges and have a list of distractions ready—like chewing gum, drinking water, or taking a short walk. Reach out for support. Having someone who understands what you’re going through can make a big difference. Focus on the progress you’ve made, even if it’s small. Reducing your intake is a big achievement and something to be proud of. Keep going strong. With determination and the right strategies, you can overcome the temptation. You can do this!
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Quit 5 days 17 hours ago Commented 6 days 12 hours ago
Thanks coach, I feel proud of the fact that my health is still good at the moment and my smoking has been reduced to minimal levels as most my quits last from several hours to several weeks. Just can't do away with it completely though and so I'm glad I don't have to worry right now but if they ever ban it like they should if the medical science is correct about smoking. I think I would have to grow my own again. I relented to smoking as being my identity and don't mind dying ten years earlier as most smokers do. But I'm still fighting hard to reduce with mini quits. I keep track of all my quits and my record is six years. 41 years on and off and I worry about it killing me sooner even though I am fit and healthy. The stress just make me head collapse. But my biggest trigger is when I'm saddened by something.