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Quit 2 years 4 months ago posted 3 years 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 3 months ago Commented 3 years 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 2 years 10 months ago Commented 2 years 10 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 7 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 7 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 5 months ago Commented 2 years 5 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 7 months ago Commented 2 years 5 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 7 months ago Commented 2 years 5 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 4 months ago Commented 2 years 3 months ago
Hi I have breathing and sure truth problem
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 14 years 3 months ago Commented 2 years 2 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 9 months 1 week ago Commented 2 years 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 ago
Sending good vibes today LittleSuell! You can do it!
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 14 years 3 months ago Commented 2 years 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 11 months 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 3 months ago Commented 1 year 10 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 3 months ago Commented 1 year 10 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 3 months ago Commented 1 year 8 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 7 months ago Commented 1 year 5 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 3 months ago Commented 1 year 5 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 5 months ago Commented 1 year 4 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 3 months ago Commented 1 year 4 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 7 months ago Commented 1 year 4 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 5 months ago Commented 1 year 4 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 9 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 5 months ago Commented 5 months ago
Thank u and congratulations!! Well done!!
Gurprit Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 5 months 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 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 4 months ago Commented 1 month 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.
QuitCoach Keri
Quit 23 years 4 months ago posted 6 hours 17 min ago
Strong emotions of any kind are widely experienced triggers as we go on our Quit Journey. This post is credited to a wonderful forum member that supported another in a challenging time. The post is meaningful, and by request I am sharing it with the rest of our QuitNow online forum. I hope you all find in it something to assist you in your own journey's.

"The anger is real enough but for me misguided and childlike. I was angry because I knew I just couldn't have one cigarette and stop there. I see other people do it why not me?"

"Was I angry about quitting for my family and friends that cared whether I lived or died? No

Was I angry about saving a lot of money I could spend on healthier pursuits? No

Was I angry because I was starting to look and feel better about myself? No

Was I angry because I was doing something positive for my physical and/or mental health? No

Was I angry because I was actually listening to my doctor’s recommendation? No

Was I angry because I was actually taking back control of my life? No"

"So why was I so angry? The answer is I was just angry, and I had to allow myself to accept that anger and move forward."

"I hope for you, myself, and others that we are able to turn that misguided anger into something positive."

Thank you Don for sharing both your own personal experience, and showing genuine support to your peers in their times of need.
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cassandraneilson Log in or register to post comments
Quitting in 1 month 3 weeks Commented 2 hours 45 min ago
Hi Don if you are there somewhere. I just wanted to share something I learned about anger: according to several sources anger can sometimes be something else. Apparently, behind anger is fear. When I get angry I ask myself, "what am I afraid of". For example, behind anger about smoking may, and I say may, be fear of relapsing. Sorry if this is a little overwhelming. This technique works for me every time. As soon as I figure out what I'm afraid of my anger vanishes. I like to write about the experience in my journal. I find fears easier to cope with than anger. Fears keep you real and honest. Usually, the fear or fears can be best dealt with by keeping positive mindset and positive thinking, for example, realizing that almost everyone struggles with quitting smoking and fears relapse, I know this happened to me. Hope this helps Don and stay strong, and cheers to continued success.
Quit Coach Linda
Quit 9 years 4 months ago posted 6 hours 26 min ago
How to build your confidence to quit smoking? Quitting smoking is one of the most challenging yet rewarding decisions you can make for your health and well-being. Building the confidence to quit smoking is crucial to your success. Here are some strategies to help you bolster your self-assurance and take control of your journey to becoming smoke-free.

Focus on the positives: Remind yourself of the positive changes that quitting smoking brings to your life. These reminders can strengthen your resolve and boost your confidence.

Set clear goals: Having clear, achievable goals can enhance your confidence. Break down your quit-smoking journey into manageable steps.

Use positive affirmations: Positive self-talk can significantly impact your confidence. Replace negative thoughts with positive affirmations to reinforce your determination.

Research the positive changes that occur in your body once you stop smoking. Knowing the facts about how quickly your body begins to heal can give you the confidence to move forward.

Learn from past attempts: If you have tried to quit before, use those experiences as learning opportunities. Identify what worked and what didn’t. Analyze triggers: Understand the situations or emotions that triggered your urge to smoke and develop strategies to cope with them. Adjust Strategies: Refine your quitting strategy based on past attempts, incorporating new techniques or resources as needed.

Develop healthy habits: Replacing smoking with healthier habits can build your confidence and improve your overall quality of life.

- Exercise: Regular physical activity can reduce cravings and improve your mood.
- Healthy eating: Focus on a balanced diet to help your body recover and feel better.
- Stress management: Practice relaxation techniques like meditation, deep breathing, or yoga to cope with stress without smoking.

Create a support system: Surround yourself with supportive friends, family, and colleagues who understand your goal and encourage you.

Celebrate small victories: Acknowledge and celebrate your progress, no matter how small. Each step you take towards quitting is a significant achievement. Treat yourself to something special when you reach a milestone, such as a favorite meal, a new book, or a small trip. Keep a journal to document your journey, noting the improvements in your health, mood, and overall well-being.

Building your confidence to quit smoking is a gradual process that requires goal setting, support, positive self-talk, and celebration of successes. By focusing on the benefits of a smoke-free life and developing healthy habits, you can strengthen your resolve and take meaningful steps toward quitting. Remember, each small victory builds your confidence, and with persistence and support, you can achieve your goal of becoming smoke-free.
123Jake
Quit 1 month 1 week ago posted 16 hours 13 min ago
Hi Don,
Wow oh wow! Thank you so much for taking the time to write that last post about anger. It really resonated with me and seems to have dissolved the anger I was feeling. I wish a version of that post could be added permanently to the QuitNow site. It’s truly eye-opening. Dealing with anger/strong emotions when quitting is something that so many of us seem to deal with.

So glad to see you are one month smoke free.
We quit about the same time so I’ve been keeping sn eye on you. Congratulations!
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Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 9 years 4 months ago Commented 9 hours 14 min ago
Hi 123Jake, congratulations on reaching one month and one week smoke-free! That's a fantastic achievement, and we are so glad to hear that Don's post about dealing with anger resonated with you. Dealing with strong emotions like anger can be one of the toughest parts of quitting smoking, but recognizing and addressing these feelings is a huge step forward. It's great to see that you're finding ways to manage them and stay strong in your journey. Thank you for sharing with us today and keep up the great work!
123Jake
Quit 1 month 1 week ago posted 2 days 6 hours ago
Hello Everyone!
How are your quit journeys going? I had a revelation yesterday when I was watching an exciting hockey game. I got so excited that I wanted a cigarette. Strong feelings seem to be a big trigger for me. ANY strong feeling. I can be upset, angry, excited - I’m just so used to calming myself with a smoke. I need to remember to breathe deeply. So many things to remember. I wish there was a cheat sheet/little card with reminders for dealing with cravings (minus all the details) that I could keep in front of me or in my pocket.

I have found the last week really hard. I’m feeling a little angry that I have to quit. I’m angry that I can’t hang out with my friends at the smoking area. I really want/really don’t want to smoke all at the same time. I think I’m going through the grieving process. I’m not sure. I just know that I am especially vulnerable right now and I am going to have to try harder or I will relapse.

I have made a new rule for myself. Before I ask someone for a cigarette, (because I keep wanting to), I have to call Quit Now. Hopefully that will stop me.

Hang in there everyone. We can do this!

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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 8 months ago Commented 2 days 3 hours ago
All of your feelings are normal Deb and this journey can be such a roller coaster! Great job identifying it and making a plan on getting past these moments. You are grieving a loss, so feel these emotions as you would the death of someone close. I cried so much, and there was anger as well. Why do we have to suffer when so many other people are out there smoking? It was those thoughts that turned me to look at my non smoking family, and see that they are living a happy smoke free life, living without the need to be tied to something that restricts us, brings us embarrassment, hurts our bodies … that is why I quit. You are not giving something up … you are giving yourself the opportunity to live life again. What a gift! Keep your eye on the prize 🥰
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Quitting in 1 month 3 weeks Commented 2 days 3 hours ago
Hey 123Jake, relax - you are doing fantastic. I know what you mean about reaching out for cigarettes to calm down. I experience that often. And I hear that you are a little angry that you have to quit. I think you are right that you might be going through a grieving process. It's all a process isn't it? What I know about processes is that it helps to trust the process. Keep hanging in there 123Jake, and thanks for sharing your experiences with this forum community.
Don Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month ago Commented 1 day 7 hours ago
Hi 123Jake,
I hope at this point you have still resisted. It can be really tough, even tougher when all your friends smoke. I am going through some similar cravings myself. Fortunately, smoking friends are not something I have to contend with. I had the exact same feelings when I quit for 8 months before. Eventually I succumbed to the grieving and the fight with the anger.

I’m glad you brought it up though. The anger is real enough but for me misguided and childlike. I was angry because I knew I just couldn't have one cigarette and stop there. I see other people do it why not me?

Was I angry about quitting for my family and friends that cared whether I lived or died? No

Was I angry about saving a lot of money I could spend on healthier pursuits? No

Was I angry because I was starting to look and feel better about myself? No

Was I angry because I was doing something positive for my physical and/or mental health? No

Was I angry because I was actually listening to my doctor’s recommendation? No

Was I angry because I was actually taking back control of my life? No

So why was I so angry? The answer is I was just angry, and I had to allow myself to accept that anger and move forward.

I hope for you, myself, and others that we are able to turn that misguided anger into something positive.

By the way that’s a great rule re. the phone call.

QuitCoach Emilie Log in or register to post comments
Thinking about quitting Commented 1 day 6 hours ago
Hi 123 Jake,

Looks like the support and suggestions others have offered here are fantastic. Thank you for sharing your vulnerable moments here with us. I am sure more of us can relate to this struggle and we are happy to hear that you will give us a call before reaching for those cigarettes. We do grieve our cigarettes. They were were there for us often but I think your right in saying in having something for reminders. I have found that having reminders on my telephone as to why my mind have shifted to be great. Setting some up as to reasons why you have chosen to quit as well as like you said little cheats you can add to your notes section would be fantastic as well.

Keep doing what you are doing! You have got this and we all believe in you!
DianneE Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 8 months ago Commented 1 day 2 hours ago
Jake, the myriad of emotions that you are going to go through is very very normal and all part of the quitting process. Thank God they are all temporary. I was angry at everyone that still smoked, in particular, the ones that weren't going crazy after an hour or so after their last smoke. I was so mad at the hold it had over me and relieved that those feelings are long gone. What helped me get through the anger process was looking up the tobacco industry and how "we" got here. Then I got really mad. But it was a productive anger and no longer directed at anyone in particular. It also helped me recognize why I was so very addicted. Give yourself time, all the negative emotions will be replaced by good ones!
cassandraneilson
Quitting in 1 month 3 weeks posted 2 days 10 hours ago
Happy saturday. It's working to reduce my smoking by taking life slower and giving myself time to process things that happen in my life without pondering things over a cigarette. Next, I need to go back to not smoking in the car, not having a cigarette after a meal. The truth is that I don't like getting smoke in my car and I find a cigarette after a meal kind of ruins how good I feel after eating. That's my check-in for today. Take care everyone and stay strong.
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123Jake Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month 1 week ago Commented 2 days 6 hours ago
Hi Cassandra,
I’m really impressed with the progress you’re making. I can hear it in your words - you are noticing reasons not to smoke and making changes to help yourself stop smoking. I think you are going to be successful and I am right here to take this journey with you.
So proud of you!

Debbie
QuitCoach Elke Log in or register to post comments
Quit 30 years 3 months ago Commented 2 days 2 hours ago
Happy Saturday Cassandra! So happy to hear that taking things slower helps to reduce your smoking! It's great that you are already identifying next steps regarding not smoking in the car and after a meal, noticing what is important for you! Great observations and ways to progress with your quit!I agree with Debbie that keeping it up will help you to succeed! Keep believing in yourself! You can do it!
cassandraneilson
Quitting in 1 month 3 weeks posted 3 days 10 hours ago
Update: still smoking, but smoking less. I had a good talk with my Quit Coach yesterday which helped me cut back on smoking. I've been writing in my journal and talking to people about feeling safer and more relaxed now that things are settling down in my life. I write also about my desire to cut back on smoking. My Quit Coach recommended I not try to figure everything out in my life right away like I do when I go outside for a cigarette and a deep think. Skip the cigarette and allow things more time and freedom to develop. I'll take things more slowly today and try to change my behavior patterns. It's going to be hard, but worth the effort.
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QuitCoach Emilie Log in or register to post comments
Thinking about quitting Commented 3 days 7 hours ago
Hi Cassandraneilson!

So happy to hear you are taking things one day at a time. It really is a great method and will help you tremendously in this quit. I always appreciated your updates and vulnerability. I am glad you felt that support from your coach because we are all here wanting nothing but great things for all of you. This journey isn't easy so I am happy to you continue to be kind to yourself!

Your efforts are so fantastic so keep it up! Have a fantastic weekend!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 8 months ago Commented 3 days 5 hours ago
I agree with Emilie 🤗. This whole quitting process can be very overwhelming, so just do what you can do. We all have huge respect for your valiant efforts, and I am certain you will carve a way to success Cassandra. Each of our journeys are different, and we all need to celebrate every success we experience. Sending good vibes today 💫💫
Don Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month ago Commented 1 day 7 hours ago
Hello,
Less is good!!!
QuitCoach Keri
Quit 23 years 4 months ago posted 4 days 5 hours ago
Please consider joining us on July 8th as we launch our **NEW** format for offering Group Support!

Launching Breakthrough: QuitNow Group Support, QuitNow’s new webinar-style group support sessions.

These sessions will take place on the first Monday evening of every month (*unless it falls on a stat holiday) over Zoom and will provide you with opportunities to learn about quit strategies and resources directly from one of our expert Quit Coaches.

Our very first Breakthrough Group Session will be held on July 8th, at 7pm PST.

Topic: Nicotine Pouches and Vaping

Monday July 8th, 2024
7:00 pm PST

Join us to learn about nicotine pouches and vaping, including the health risks, especially for youth, how to keep yourself safe if you're using pouches or vapes, and safe alternatives you can use instead.

You can register easily by clicking on 'Find Support' on the top drop-down toolbar, and then click into 'Group Support'. Scroll down to 'Register' to input your information. You can also call us at 1-877-455-2233 and we would love to assist you in this process. Join us as we explore some new topics and engage in the conversation.

We look forward to seeing you there!
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123Jake Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month 1 week ago Commented 2 days 6 hours ago
I’m sad that the support group is so specific. I don’t use nicotine pouches and I don’t vape. This would be okay if it was a weekly group but with it being a monthly group, that means I have to wait two months for group support. And what if the next group doesn’t apply to me either? Then it’s three months. I wish specialty group webinars could be offered separately with general group support occurring monthly. I’m still very grateful for all you do and couldn’t do this without you.
Darci
Quit 3 weeks 4 days ago posted 5 days 2 hours ago
Good Afternoon!

Tomorrow will be 3 weeks for me! The first week was hard. The second week had hard times. This week so far has been a lot better for several reasons. I got an air freshener for my car. Even though stale smoke stinks it still made me think of having one of my favorite smokes of the day. Thanks Liz S for suggesting the air freshener.
I have had to change pretty much all of my routines in some respect. 5PM until 8PM I still get an urge to smoke but I'm finding ways to distract myself that are also productive.
I've read comments about friends offering smokes, or wanting to follow others to the smoking pit. Last week I was mowing my front lawn and my neighbour was working on the fence- he is a chain smoker. I went in the house to dig up a couple bucks to ask if I could buy a smoke because the smell was so tempting- and who doesn't need a reward for mowing the lawn??? I finished mowing my lawn with a couple twoonies in my pocket trying to both talk myself out of it and talk myself into it. I made it through with the money in my pocket but for me I know that if I wasn't a nicotine patch I would have caved.
I still associate nearly every good thing and every bad thing with having a smoke but it's declined enough that I can get through it. The deep controlled breaths do help a lot.
Now when I get home from work I have a fruity carbonated drink and instead of smoking while I have my dogs outside I've watering the garden, pulling weeds or picking up dog poo with the new pooper scooper I bought with some of the money I didn't spend on cancer sticks! ( I have two large dogs and this is a stand up scooper lol, I've wanted one for a while!)
Unfortunately I can't treat myself too much more at this time because there is a shortfall in my property tax account that is about the amount I have saved from not smoking. I guess it's a win???
My daughter came over last night and asked if I had made it to week three yet, and the expectation and hopefulness in her voice made me so very happy to say yes- tomorrow at 8:30 PM was my last smoke in 3 weeks. If you have family/friends to support you it's great when they recognize your achievements. I waited until day 3 to tell anyone close to me so I was on this chat constantly while I did my initial "grieving" over saying good bye to cigarettes.
I think I've tried to quit over 100 times in the past 37 years.
Like Terry- somehow this time seems different. A lot of it has to do with potential health concerns. The morning cough was bad and just before I set a quit date my daughter's future mother in law had a small stroke. I want to be around for a few more years yet.
I also need to repeat that it's so nice to not stink all the time! It's weird things that make me notice it. Like putting fresh bedding on then noticing my hair doesn't smell when I lay down for the night. Or a fresh breeze and I just catch the scent of my shampoo or laundry soap. And even my hands. I constantly washed them but they just had a lingering tobacco smoke smell.
I have some apprehension because next week I go to the lower dose nicotine patch and I don't know how I will cope. I'm hopeful that 4 weeks of working on habits and triggers will make the transition a bit easier. I bought some gum on quit day and only had to use one piece and it worked so I have that for back up.
Thanks to you that share. Whether you are being positive for others, sharing your quit journey or fears about starting your quit journey or even how much you stinking hate not smoking it's all good.
All the best to you all no matter where you are in your journey.
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Darci Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 weeks 4 days ago Commented 5 days 2 hours ago
Oh, I forgot to add that I am starting to feel much better about myself as a human being. Taking more control of my life. I feel more pleasure and less guilt and it's really good for the emotional well being. This feeling just started happening the past couple of days as I get closer to one month of being smoke free.
QuitCoach Emilie Log in or register to post comments
Thinking about quitting Commented 4 days 23 hours ago
Hi Darci!

And WOW reading this was so fantastic to hear. From the support from you daughter and how proud you were to share. To the self control you had and not buying those smokes from your neighbor. These updates always truly make my day. KEEP UP THE FANTASTIC WORK. I am also so glad to see that you treated yourself with money saved! That is such a great quit motivation tool as well so keep those eyes peeled on the extra money you are saving and getting to use just for you! It's fantastic.

Times aren't always easy being smoke free but working things out with yourself are key so keep doing this and you will continue to do great thing! Keep it up Darci and thanks again for the wonderful update!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 8 months ago Commented 4 days 22 hours ago
Love reading your posts Darci. Your journey so far reminds me of mine … except I cried a lot haha. I found a candle place that has been my new addiction, Bath and Body Works. Their 3 wick candles are heavenly. Don’t pay more than 12.95 each on sale … that’s the lowest I’ve seen them go haha. I love being able to smell now! Congrats on 3 weeks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
123Jake Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month 1 week ago Commented 4 days 7 hours ago
Hi Darci,
I can so relate to making plans to buy a couple of smokes. I’ve done it a few times but I’ve managed to beat the cravings so far. It’s so difficult though so congratulations on not following through! You’re doing amazing! 4 weeks was a big moment for me when I started feeling better and really noticing how my place smelled (even though I smoked outside. It was on the furniture, clothes, bedding and towels. It’s been a month and my place smells wonderful now.
I too have tried to quit over 100 times in 45 years so to all those having
“failed “ quits, please know it can be part of the process. Keep trying! One of these times it will stick and you will be as surprised as I was!
Darci-I am so proud of you!
Congratulations!
Deb
ryleysen
Quit 5 months 2 weeks ago posted 5 days 9 hours ago
I feel excited I'm reaching the half year mark. I feel so accomplished.
I have struggled so many times to quit. I didn't feel strong enough. I would always find an excuse to why l started back up again.
Then one day l just knew it was time, and l haven't looked back. I can't explain the feeling l have in words. But, it feels like l have never smoked. I don't have cravings. I have been in many situations where everyone is smoking around me. But, l just didn't want one.
Plus the stale smoke makes me feel nauseous now. I dislike walking past smokers, because l can really smell the smoke.
I have struggled for many years to get rid of this habit, and then it just finally happened. It was just that one day, where l knew l was done.
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QuitCoach Keri Log in or register to post comments
Quit 23 years 4 months ago Commented 5 days 8 hours ago
Hi ryleysen, CONGRATULATIONS!!! We are so very proud of your achievement in reaching this milestone in living smoke-free. You deserve to feel all those excited, and accomplished feelings. You have shown motivation, commitment, and strength through adversity. I am pleased you have found ways to conquer your cravings. I wish you all the best in sustaining your smoke-free life ryelysen. Please continue to share your Quit Journey with us on the forum. It is inspirational to hear your story.
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 8 months ago Commented 5 days 6 hours ago
Keep the momentum going ryleysen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻. You have proven to yourself that this can be done, and I am so happy for you 🤗
Bseaton Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 months ago Commented 4 days 23 hours ago
Awesome stuff! What a difference it sounds like, and how much easier it became at that point. So so cool. Sometimes it is just meant to be :) 💯
123Jake Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month 1 week ago Commented 4 days 7 hours ago
Hi Ryeleysen,
Congratulations on 6 months! That is fantastic and you are an inspiration to me. I already dislike the smell of smoke and especially stale smoke. I can’t believe I was walking around smelling like that.
Yes, for me it was time too. I am so done with smoking.
Thank you for posting. It’s very encouraging.
Deb
Stanley Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 1 month ago Commented 4 days 7 hours ago
Hi Ryeleysen,

you are working so hard to get rid of the smoking habit same as us. So cherish and protect you quit well.

Cheer you up and KEEP NOPE

Stand firm in saying No to Nicodemon
Quit Coach Linda
Quit 9 years 4 months ago posted 6 days 4 hours ago
Quitting smoking is one of the hardest things one can do. It is not uncommon to make several attempts before successfully quitting for good. If you feel discouraged after several tries, remember that each attempt brings you closer to your goal. Here are some strategies to help you overcome discouragement and keep moving forward.

Re-frame your perspective: Every quit attempt provides valuable insights. Reflect on what worked and what didn’t. Understanding your triggers and the situations where you had difficulties can help you develop better strategies for your next attempt.

Set realistic goals and take one step at a time: Break your goal into smaller, more manageable steps. Instead of thinking about quitting forever, focus on staying smoke-free for a day, a week, or even an hour at a time.

Adjust your expectations: Understand that quitting smoking is a process, and setbacks are naturally part of this process. Adjust your expectations to be more forgiving and patient with yourself.

Think about your motivation and why you want to quit smoking: Keep a list of all your reasons why you want to quit smoking and refer to it whenever you feel discouraged. These reasons can serve as a powerful reminder of why it’s worth the effort.

Build a strong support system: Connect with friends, family, or support groups who understand what you’re going through. Their encouragement and experiences can be incredibly motivating.

Professional help: Consider seeking support from a healthcare provider, therapist, or counselor specializing in smoking cessation. They can offer personalized strategies and support tailored to your needs.

Learn about nicotine addiction: Understand that it’s not just a matter of willpower. Stay informed about the latest research and methods for quitting smoking. New treatments and techniques are continually being developed.

Healthy lifestyle: Focus on maintaining a healthy diet, regular exercise, and getting enough sleep. A healthy body supports a healthy mind, making it easier to tackle the challenges of quitting.

Maintain a positive attitude and visualize success: Imagine the benefits of a smoke-free life and how it will improve your health, relationships, and overall quality of life.

Celebrate small wins: Instead of focusing on the fact that you haven’t quit yet, celebrate the progress you’ve made. Even a few smoke-free days or hours are steps in the right direction.

Feeling discouraged after several unsuccessful attempts to quit smoking is natural, but it doesn’t mean you can’t succeed. By re-framing your perspective, setting realistic goals, building a strong support system, and developing new coping mechanisms, you can overcome these feelings and get closer to your goal. Remember, each attempt is progress and persistence is key. Stay committed and believe in your ability to lead a smoke-free life.
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TerryTeo Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 days 16 hours ago Commented 6 days 1 hour ago
Yes I will try to believe that I can maintain a smokefree life and choose healthy lifestyle over bad habits. Thanks for the ideas. I struggle sometimes to stay completely free but even after only 4 hours quit now some guy walked opposite me with a lit smoke and I caught a big whiff and positively told myself gross not for me.
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 9 years 4 months ago Commented 5 days 23 hours ago
Hi TerryTeo, thank you for sharing your quit journey with us. It’s wonderful to hear that you’re ready to quit smoking in just a few hours. Congratulations on your decision to quit again! You’re on your way to an amazing smoke-free life and your positive mindset is a powerful tool in this journey. Recognizing and rejecting things, like the whiff of a lit cigarette, is a significant step forward. Telling yourself "gross, not for me" is a great way to reinforce your commitment to a healthier lifestyle. Keep going strong and stay focused on your goal. You can do this! Thanks again for sharing with us today and please know we are all here cheering for you!
123Jake Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month 1 week ago Commented 4 days 7 hours ago
Way to go Terry! Sounds like you are in a great place to quit. We can do this!
TerryTeo
Quit 5 days 16 hours ago posted 6 days 7 hours ago
Hello good people and howdy folks. I set a new quit date either today or tomorrow as soon as I get rid of my remaining smokes.
Time seems to fly after relapse. I woke up that day and went straight to the smoking tins outside to gather some butts for a fix. Every day has been a challenge to stop. Friends come over and I follow them like a sheep to the smoking area to answer the craves that have hijacked my brain. It will be a lot of triggers to get past the first day and week then I hope it gets easier for me as every waking moment seems focused on a fix. I tell myself this will be my last pack but I will have to try again next time. Feel so down to go 19 days past quit date. I am sure I don't like smoking but I don't know why I smoke for at all. I've always smoked since very young I experimented at five years old. Now 46 since June 1st I wonder if it is possible to quit while I am still young. Most people smoke all their lives and never quit. Even on oxygen tanks and nebulizers people still want it. I don't panic anymore if I run out though I have learned to wait until there's an ample time and opportunity to take that long awaited puff. It's like the best smoke to me. So after a dozen mini quits thru the week I will always buy one pack on payday and make do when I run out. It can be tough relapsing every week. At least I'm almost at a temperate level where I can moderate my use. The goal is still to quit for good but when quit time comes around I never seem to succeed. I feel stuck but I have made some progress. I don't smoke or vape as much. I got more money for other things. This addiction has me in an endless cycle and I can't seem to face my entire life without something to puff on. Recently discovered deep breaths and I will use that for every situation and as soon as I finish my four smokes left. Hopefully no one will tempt me to accept another smoke. I will have to plan something to do to not give in to free smokes.
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 8 months ago Commented 6 days 6 hours ago
Hi TerryTeo. Stopping the cycle is hard. I feel, through your words, the pain and helplessness you are experiencing. I also had my first introduction to smoking at age six, and then smoked every summer with my friends until 13 when I was a full time smoker. When I write out those numbers, it truly breaks my heart. We were all fooled back in the day that smoking was ok. We all know the truth now. Keep giving it your all Terry … I’m super proud of you for getting back on the wagon and no matter what, I believe you are a good person who deserves your freedom too! 🤗
TerryTeo Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 days 16 hours ago Commented 6 days 5 hours ago
Thanks Liz, I know for better or worse it's worth it to fight for your quit. I can't tell the government to lower the taxes on cigarettes so I can smoke every day that would be counterproductive at this point. I'm glad they're not cheap because my smoking would be totally out of control. Thanks for your kind words. Have a wonderful smokefree day today.
QuitCoach Keri Log in or register to post comments
Quit 23 years 4 months ago Commented 6 days 5 hours ago
Hi TerryTeo, it is nice to see you back on the QuitNow community forum and sharing in your own Quit Journey as well as supporting others in theirs. Congratulations on establishing a new quit date for yourself and recommitting to you goal to live a smoke-free life. I am sorry to hear that you have been facing some challenges in overcoming your addiction Terry, this road to becoming smoke-free is rarely linear. You sound like you have learned some valuable information from the challenges and I am hopeful you will use that to establish new strategies that can assist you in overcoming the cravings and triggers that make you want to have a cigarette. You have identified how you want to reduce your consumption until you finally wish to quit completely, and if you are feeling 'stuck' please reach out to one of our Quit Coaches. We would be honored to assist you in meeting your smoke-free goals Terry. All the best on your Quit Journey.
123Jake Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month 1 week ago Commented 6 days 5 hours ago
Oh Terry Teo, I can so relate. I too “follow them like sheep to the smoking area.” I haven’t smoked yet but I have come closer and closer. I realize now that I just can’t hang out with smokers right now - at least not while they’re smoking. And I have to become more conscious in my decision-making. We’ve been engaging in these habits for so many years (45 for me) and it’s going to take a great big effort to break them. Thank you so much for posting. It’s helping me to see some things that are tripping me up.
We can do this!
TerryTeo Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 days 16 hours ago Commented 6 days 5 hours ago
Thanks Keri, I spoke to a coach before and they pulled me in from the ledge and the craves ran off scared of the quit coach teaching me valuable tools in cessation. You guys are the best. Thanks coach. I'm down to one more smoke as I gave two to my friend. I'm ready to fight for my quit. I'll leave this smoke for as long as I can and maybe I will give it away or chuck it in the bin. Let's hope I'm strong enough.
TerryTeo Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 days 16 hours ago Commented 6 days 5 hours ago
Hi Jake, I know you inspire me to fight for our precious quits. We can avoid the smokers if we can no sweat. As long as we have a plan of action to deal with all the triggers and situation we're in with a fighting chance. Thanks for the support bud.
QuitCoach Keri Log in or register to post comments
Quit 23 years 4 months ago Commented 6 days 4 hours ago
Hi Terry, I commend your spirited motivation heading into this phase of your Quit Journey. I noticed you stated 'I hope I'm strong enough'. I encourage you to give yourself strongly worded pep talks. Tell yourself loudly that you know you are strong enough, and you have done it before! The more you tell yourself you have all the capacity within you to overcome this addiction the more you will see yourself succeeding in living the life you want. I know you are strong, motivated, and committed Terry. I also know from all the responses on your post that you have lots of support here on the forum. Go get that goal Terry!
TerryTeo Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 days 16 hours ago Commented 6 days 1 hour ago
Yes Keri I've just ended the affair and I have just yelled at a passerby who was walking with a lit smoke and I caught a big whiff and I shunned the whole affair with a stern rebuke of smoke invasion of my space. It's not even lunch time.
123Jake
Quit 1 month 1 week ago posted 6 days 8 hours ago
Has anyone else had problems with friends who smoke giving you cigarettes? Or saying it’s okay to smoke because quitting is hard?
I know you have TerryTeo and I appreciate hearing about it. How are people handling this?
Thanks,
Deb

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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 8 months ago Commented 6 days 8 hours ago
Hi Deb. I believe that when people do that, they may be trying to validate why they aren’t stopping. I know that for me, being with smoking friends made it ok for me to smoke too. We all know smoking will hurt us eventually, but the addiction keeps looking for ways to not face reality. Just my humble opinion. The gift you are giving yourself is monumental, so don’t let others minimize it. Your beautiful spirit is worth every single uncomfortable moment you are going through right now ❤️
QuitCoach Keri Log in or register to post comments
Quit 23 years 4 months ago Commented 6 days 8 hours ago
Hi 123Jake, thank you for offering this question about how to manage your cravings and successfully overcome them when someone offers you a cigarette. This may vary for each individual and depending how familiar you are to the person offering the cigarette. I always try to encourage open, honest dialogue with others. Openly stating that you have a goal to become, or remain smoke-free. You can be grateful for someone's attempt at kindness but also respect the boundary you have established in living smoke-free. Should it create a strong craving when you are offered a cigarette you may want to request that your family/friends not continue to offer cigarettes to you. You can also practice the strategies you have found helpful in overcoming your cravings during this time and also consider using your NRT if you are using one.
TerryTeo Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 days 16 hours ago Commented 6 days 6 hours ago
I feel I just need a good couple weeks to cement my quit and keep it precious to me then I can be stern and stubborn and give them the hard word. NOPE!!!
Merrena Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 weeks 4 days ago Commented 3 days 7 hours ago
I have asked my friends and family who smoke to support me in maintaining my smoke free status…everyone has been wonderful! A friend who smokes has been visiting for a week and is amazed that thru supporting me, she also has not had a single puff.
123Jake Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month 1 week ago Commented 2 days 6 hours ago
Wow Merena! That is so awesome! Two of my friends have cut way back too and it’s exciting to know that we can inspire others isn’t it?
cassandraneilson
Quitting in 1 month 3 weeks posted 1 week ago
The past couple weeks I've been in a relapse because things happening in my life were overwhelming and I couldn't keep a quit going. I have good news. I'm working my way through things and feeling positive rather than afraid and confused. I have a lot to look forward to in my life. I hope this will help me move from being a pack a day smoker to 6 cigarettes per day - that's my goal. Positives can be stressors too, but I'm more feeling safe and relaxed about things. All my best to everyone.
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QuitCoach Emilie Log in or register to post comments
Thinking about quitting Commented 6 days 21 hours ago
Hi cassandraneilson,

Sorry to hear about your relapse but do know this happens to many. You are doing great and work and should be very proud of yourself for that. Glad you are setting goals and working hard on your quit journey, It really is fantastic. Loved hearing the words that you are are feeling sage and relaxed.What a great way to feel and express that to all of us. Thanks for sharing and happy Monday!
TerryTeo Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 days 16 hours ago Commented 6 days 10 hours ago
I have not managed to stick to my June 1st quit date instead have cut my smoking in half to 5 smokes a day. Going to reset new date as soon as I break free again and this time with experience say nope to all smokes free or in the ashtray. One of the reasons I hate smoking is dirtying my hands digging into ashtrays. Say to yourself I will quit and keep that mental vibe going to push thru the day. Spend some time pampering yourself, spa treatments, massage, baths, flossing, getting nails done, haircut, shave. The mind has to stay made up completely. This will keep the craves from taking over.
123Jake
Quit 1 month 1 week ago posted 1 week 1 day ago
Forming new habits has been a huge part of my quitting process. For example, I get up, feed the cat, make tea, and watch the news. Intentionally. Every day. That replaces going outside for as smoke.
I’m adding healthy cleaning habits too. Also, I go to aquafit.
I don’t think I could have made it one month without building new habits. After all, quitting smoking creates a vacuum of time and “nature abhors a vacuum!” I will continue to build on the habits I have started. It was a 45 year habit so it is taking time to change.
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QuitCoach Keri Log in or register to post comments
Quit 23 years 4 months ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
Hi 123Jake, thank you for sharing your discovery of building new habits and routines in helping you to conquer your addiction. It is very true that when we are on our quit journey and taking away old routines and habits we need to add in new habits and routines. I am so happy that you have found new healthy ways to take care of yourself, and also those of others (your kitties). You deserve to live in a clean living space. Your living space can be a great reflection of how you are feeling. I love that you have found a healthy way to move your body through aquafit, that is a great way to exercise and water can prove to also be quite meditative. We are so very proud of your success 123Jake. All the best in your sustained smoke-free life!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 8 months ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
Happy one month smoke-free 123Jake 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 I love reading your updates so thank you for that! It actually reignites my joy at the same time 😊. Keep being amazing 🤗
cassandraneilson Log in or register to post comments
Quitting in 1 month 3 weeks Commented 1 week ago
Thanks for sharing that forming new habits have been a huge part of your quitting process. That's great wisdom to have. And definitely keep exercising at aquafit or whatever works for you. Exercise, I've read, takes away cravings. Keep up the good work 123Jake.
TerryTeo Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 days 16 hours ago Commented 6 days 10 hours ago
Well done Jake 123
Such a great strategy. I will remember that I should be busy doing something. Mostly I am on my phone busying my hands and stimulating my mind. I'm looking forward to saving some money for other things besides cigars and cigarettes etc. Problem is I like smoking but I can now see it's not helping my life at all especially my health could be better. Thanks for sharing your journey to freedom and financial breakthru.