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7/8/14 10:43 A

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Hi everyone! Good luck! I have decided that I'm going to quit smoking today. I have tried countless times in the past and have been successful for small jaunts of time - maybe a week, maybe a few days, sometime even a month. I need the money, I need the lung power to keep up with the workouts, and I need the time.

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were going to live forever.

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7/8/14 8:21 A

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Hi All,
My name is Wendy.
I am 53, been a smoker since age 14. Would quit and restart, tried everything.
Just bought an e-cig at a vapor shop last night and have not had or even craved a real cig since!!
Looking forward to learning from others and maybe being an encouragement too!!!
Oh, been a member of Sparkpeople for a long time :-)



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7/6/14 1:47 P

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Hi,
My name is Mark. Im 45 years old. I have been smoking for 15 years.
I decide to switch to electronic cigarettes.
I found this article which inspared me :
www.ecigsopedia.com/general-info/why
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witch-to-e-cigarettes/

regards

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6/23/14 12:25 A

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Hello everyone!!! My name is Sarah, I'm 31 years old and live in Michigan. I am new to Sparkpeople. My husband and I are going to be quitting smoking soon. It's time11

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3/5/14 10:22 A

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Hello, everyone! I just quit this morning and searched SparkTeams on a whim, hoping to find some support. My husband is supportive BUT he's not ready to quit yet, so I'm feeling pretty alone.
I'm hoping that by re-committing to Spark and quitting at the same time, I'll be able to avoid the weight gain that comes with quitting--and hopefully lose the extra weight I already have! emoticon
I love reading through everyone's posts. It's inspiring, and comforting to know other people are going through this and finding success.



Sharon


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3/1/14 2:28 P

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Hello, my name in Linda, and I am 70 yrs young and have been smoke free for 1 month, that is if you consider Feb. a whole month. I have to make it work this time, just found out I have asthma and am on oxygen at night to help my breathing. So I must succeed.!!!!

Sorry if you see this twice. I thought I posted a message before, but never did see it, so I am writing again. Linda

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3/1/14 2:22 P

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Hello, my name is Linda, I am 70 yrs young and have been smoke free for one month, that is if you consider Feb. a whole month. Have smoked for years and have quit a couple of times and after a few years started again. This time I must stay off cigarettes, I found out I have asthma, and have had to go on oxygen at night to improve me breathing. I did have asthma when I was a child and thought it was gone, but nope it returned after 60 years, and I don't suppose smoking helped.

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2/21/14 6:47 P

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Hi! Day 4 for me. Smoked on and off (mostly on) for about 25 years. Was up to a pack a day. Decided to do this for good and doing it cold turkey. Cigs are up to $13.50/pack. I'm gonna be rich LOL

If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got.

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2/14/14 1:10 P

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Hi everyone, my name is Lilly I'm 27 and I have been smoking for ten years. I gave up a week ago (cold turkey after e-cigarettes, patches and gum failed) and I'm trying to replace my ciggie breaks with workouts. I have really had enough of being a smoker and I hope I can kick it for good this time :)

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2/10/14 10:54 A

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Hi Kris!
Did you start the patch? How is it going? I started on the patch Jan 30 and I'm still struggling not to smoke. Whenever I get stressed out the first thing I do is reach for a cigarette, which gives me no satisfaction (I think because of the nicotine already in my system from the patch). Then I get disappointed in myself for breaking down and smoking.
I just wanted to reach out to you to see how you were doing.

anne

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2/5/14 7:27 P

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Hello everyone,

My name is Nicole and I have been smoking for almost 8 years now. I have quit twice before: once for six months, and the last time a couple years ago for a year and a half. Today is the third day that I haven't smoked. I am hoping to get to know some other people who are trying to quit and/or have quit and hear about how they did it successfully. I wish everyone the best!

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2/1/14 12:24 A

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Hello,

My name is Kris. I am 31 years old and have been smoking for 14 years. I've quit twice before (with each of my pregnancies) but started right back up again within a week of my deliveries. I have recently started an exercise routine and am having trouble because of my breathing and smoker's cough. I want to quit for my health and my children's. My stop date is Sunday February 2nd. I'm headed out to get patches tomorrow =)

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1/30/14 8:02 A

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Hi My name is Jamie And I have not had a cigarette for 12 hours...I really don't want to quit smoking but the reason I'm quitting is my children are begging me and we (my fiance and I) don't have the money to support our smoking habits any longer. So here I am maybe the money I put in for smoking I can save for a new car or something else??

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1/26/14 9:52 A

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Hi everyone,I'm Jan and I'm a smoker .lol..I'm planned to stop 1st of feb and I need to stop fretting that I will fail again. I have twice stopped in my 30 odd years as a smoker, the longest for 9 months. I want this time to be my last. emoticon

'just because I slip up, it doesn’t mean that I’ve failed. I’ve only failed if I give up, and I refuse to do that. So, I take it one day at a time and realize that one day isn’t going to make or break me, and I just keep going and doing what I know I need to do. www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po
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1/24/14 5:00 P

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Starting over again. Last blast weekend and Monday is a new start!

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1/19/14 11:58 P

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Thank you so much NewDiana2014! Everyone here is an inspiration. It helps to have the support for sure! emoticon

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1/17/14 5:29 A

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Welcome ANITAMORACLE7!!! What a awesome step to better health you are taking!!! We did the same...Picked a quit date and stuck to it. Support is key. You can do this !! emoticon emoticon

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1/17/14 4:43 A

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Hello I'n New ! emoticon

I have smoked for 23 years and have a quit date of 1/20/14. Your stories help!

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1/5/14 8:21 A

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Hello Everyone, My name is Diana I am 46 and smoked for 35 years @ a half a pack per day average, sometimes more but never less. On January 7, 2014 I will be 1 year Tobacco free! It was the Hardest thing I ever did but the most rewarding!

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12/11/13 10:28 P

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Hi everyone, I thought I had already did this, but I see I hadn't, Anyway my name is Kathy, I've been a long time smoker 36 years as a matter of fact. I have been a long time sparker but was missing in action for a while I did stop smoking back on Aug, Today marks my 103th day. Just taking it one day at a time.

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11/28/13 1:55 A

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Hello
I am ready to quit today, Thanksgiving. Going to be really busy, so thought that would make it easier to get through the first day. Got my quit buddy on my phone and set up with some buddies who don't smoke for support.
Pray for me!
Kathy

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10/26/13 7:35 A

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Hi All,
I quit 13 months ago, I have been trying to quit for about 10 years, I put on 5 lbs and came back to SP to loose it. I started smoking when I was 13, I'm 31 now. I quit using the qnet (awesome place) have been tough my share of good and bad times since. Including my brother in law dying, tragic accident, that was only 4 months ago
I have not had one single puff.
I really dont crave anymore.
For those out there that might be looking for things to do while quitting, my 2 fav things were peppermint tea (I smoked menthols so a cup of tea before bed AWESOME) and a zen garden keeps your hands busy and zens your mind

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10/14/13 2:13 P

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Hi Everyone,
I am on day 36 and I feel great. This is my 3rd and last quit. This time I don't feel like I have to quit. I have chosen to quit. For the first time I don't feel sorry for myself but happy for myself. I consider myself lucky to escape from those vile cigarettes. I know I can never touch another cigarette. To smoke only one is to become addicted again.
I've gained 6 pounds and am trying hard not to smoke my food but it's hard and that's why I am back at Spark People. I could use some support and I am willing to give support to others going through these trying times.

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9/30/13 1:26 P

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Hi Everyone

My name is Casey and I have been cigarette free for 13 months.
This was the most difficult thing I have ever done in my life. I started smoking at 12 years old, was at a pack a day by 16 and smoked like that for 12 years. I was a chain smoker and since I started so young it was all I really ever knew.

After quitting, I had many health problems and definitely gained weight- 50 pounds.
I still have trouble coping. Although my cravings are only a few times a week now, I cannot manage my energy levels. I have turned to food (especially sugar and caffeine) in place of the cigarettes. I cannot seem to break this pattern

Would appreciate any feedback if anyone has experienced what I am going through.

I will never smoke a cigarette again and I know this will be a lifelong struggle.
What I need to do now is learn to cope with this fact- WITHOUT food
Would love to meet some people who are going through what I am
Thanks for listening


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8/26/13 11:50 A

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Hello All! My name is Emily and I currently smoke. I've smoked off and on for 30plus years, mostly on. Quit many times. I've used patches and Chantix. and both worked for me. I was quitting for the wrong reasons or going through extreme stress. The last time, I didn't smoke for 2 1/2 years. I got too confident and started taking puffs of friends cigs when we were out socializing. Bad move. Now I'm back to a pack a day.
I've started the walk/jog 5K Your Way program and I've been thinking about quitting again. I know I need to. I was proud to call myself a non-smoker for those 2 1/2 years!
I haven't decided on my method yet. patches or ecigs. maybe both. And I haven't decided on a quit date. But that's all in the works. I'm going to do this!!!

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7/31/13 2:12 P

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June 19th 10:37 pm. Having a really hard time lately,,,now because I want to stop EATING, not necessarily from the crave(It should be gone by now rite??) Gained 10 pounds in the first 4 weeks of the quit...too scared to step on the scale again. Working out and tracking.....day by day right?



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7/30/13 8:32 P

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Hello all, I am a pack a day smoker and desperately trying to quit. I am taking Chantix, but can't seem to completely shake the habit. I am down to 7 or 8 cigarettes a day, so MUCH better, but still smoking. I have a 10 year old who is awesome! I am getting married in October (Halloween) and my fiancé has a son too. My ex has an 18 year old son that I helped raise so I think if him as mine too. I am in school working on a second Master's Degree and I teach Developmental English at a local community college. I need to be as healthy as possible. I am trying to quit smoking and lose weight. I want to spend as long as I can with my family, but at my current rate I won't live much longer. I am only 35, but can't walk far without feeling winded. It is time to stop the nonsense!

"In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less."

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7/30/13 6:09 A

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oops, double post...

Edited by: MCQUEEN_STEPH at: 7/30/2013 (06:10)
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Started Topamax 4/24/14

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7/30/13 6:09 A

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Hello everyone!

My name is Stephaney and I am from Texas. I have been wanting to quit smoking for such a long time and have been on and off patches for about a year. I decided a few days ago that I was going to quit, but ended up giving up the next morning. I live with a house-full of smokers and they smoke inside, so trying to find a place to be where I won't be tempted is pretty darn hard for me at the moment. I bought some gum, since I have never used it, and I am planning on resetting my quit day for this week or next and finally give it a go. I am really discouraged but I do want to quit because honestly I can not afford to smoke anymore.

Stephaney

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"The struggle you're in TODAY is developing the strength you will need for TOMORROW. Don't Give Up!"


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7/3/13 1:01 P

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Hey Y'all, I'm Candi and I just quit using tobacco on May 23, 2013. I used to smoke 1/2 pack a day of full flavor menthols. But not anymore. I quit using smoking by switching to an E-cig. I have the Vamo V2. Now I know some would say I haven't quit cigarettes really but I suppose that's just a matter of perception. I would say I quit smoking tobacco even though my Vamo gives me the nicotine. For me, it was a painless transition. I put down the cigarettes at the first vapor puff. I've not looked back since. Already my e-cig investment, including the Vamo, e-juice delivery tanks (ce4's, vivi nova's, dct's), nic juice, pg and vg and even the batteries and charger have more than paid for themselves from a financial stand point and from a how I feel stand point. I don't smell like an ashtray, I don't taste like an ashtray and I can go for hours before I feel the urge to pick up my Vamo. My sense of taste and smell are back, I don't lose my breath and no more standing outside to light up. It's been nothing but positive for me!

We get back our mete as we measure....

Losers win by never quitting!!


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6/30/13 2:44 P

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Hi all,

Well I'm going to give quitting a try. Like most peole I have quit more than once over the many years I've been smoking. I started when I was just 13 and now I'm turning 50 in just over a month - it's time! I was out this morning on my daily walk and planning my route around which store I wanted to pick up my next pack from and thought - this is such a waste of time and energy. Smoking just doesn't fit with my goals - health or financial and I think I've had enough.

I do have an e-cigarette that needs dusting off. In Canada they are just water vapour, no nicotine. I was using it to cut down before my last business trip and then I just kind of forgot about it.

I had a three or four cigs this morning, so my first day of not smoking will be tomorrow - Canada Day - if I stick to this idea. I thought I'd post here so that I've at least put it out there.


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6/19/13 1:14 P

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Hello to all,
I am a 51 yr old, single mother of 4, with a 12 yr old daughter still at home.
I have been smoking off & on since I was 16 yrs old. The last time I quit was in 2000 & I was smoke free for 8 yrs. I started smoking again when my husband told me he wanted a divorce.
I am tired of the smell that cigarettes leave on me & in my home. If I can smell it, I know it must smell really bad to those that don't smoke. I know it's not healthy for my daughter.
I am ready to give up the nasty habit & have set my quit date for July 4, 2013 - INDEPENDENCE DAY! I have started to take steps toward my quit date - ecig, cutting down on cigarettes (went from pack a day to 1/2 pack in 2 weeks). Now I am finding myself in need of support to complete the steps, as well as, support for the times of cravings & madness that I'm sure will arise.
Thank you for this wonderful site/team.


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6/16/13 3:21 P

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Hello everyone!
My name is Michelle. I will be 46 in August and I started smoking when I was 14. I "officially" stopped back in 2000 but have cheated occasionally since then. After quitting, I started off only smoking while on vacation and then would be smoke-free the rest of the year. I finally stopped that and would only bum a cigarette or two off a friend when at a social gathering. I still struggle with cravings once-in-a-while but have built up more resistance to the temptations. The last time I smoked was at a party on July 1, 2011. It's getting a lot easier but I know I need to be on my guard. Now that I am actively on SP, eating healthier, working out, and losing weight, I have a lot more confidence that I have finally won the battle. As I said, I will not let my guard down. Anyhow, good luck everyone with your battle against smoking as well! We can win!!

Happy Father's Day!

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6/16/13 12:06 P

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Hi all! I have been a smoker for 20 years off and on, and I am ready to quit. I plan to give up on July 1, and I will be looking for lots of support during the crazy times. I quit for about 6 months last year, but I feel like I am pretty much over smoking now. I want to get in good shape, but that's difficult when I am out of breath. I live in Florida with my husband and two dogs, and I'm a middle school teacher, so I'd like to be over the craziness by the time school starts!

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6/16/13 2:00 A

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Hello! I am hoping to stop smoking for my health. My mom and dad both died young (I'm 26) due to diseases associated with smoking and it's definitely a wake up call to me. I have been smoking since I was 20- so that makes it 6 years. In the past I've always had friends that smoked and that made quitting hard, but now I'm the odd one out- the dreaded smoker- so maybe that will make things easier this time. I'm a little stressed about being on a weight loss plan AND quitting smoking at the same time but there is no better time than now, as they say. Worried about that moment of crisis when all I want in the world is a cigarette and piece of cake but hopefully I can handle the ups and downs.

Glad to meet ya'll.

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6/3/13 9:55 A

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I have been a smoker for about 20 years....except when I was pregnant. I was always able to just put them down. But now, when I really really want to quit, for my health, for my kids, for my faith,I just can't seem to put them down. I know it's purely psychological, but I don't know how to substitute for that 7-10 minute break that I hold on to.
I am from Alabama, have four children, and am married to a deputy sheriff. I stay home and homeschool our youngest child. I gained 45lbs after a major car wreck and I've allowed myself to use that as an excuse. I have lost 24lbs in the last 4 months and am just now starting with this program to help with the last 25. I look forward to the groups and the motivation and the friendships!!!

Truly, truly I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.--John3:3


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I have been a smoker for just over 20 years. Boy is it hard to quit. I've tried numerous ways but have always come back to it. Tomorrow is my quit day! I have to quit in order to have my gastric sleeve surgery. I must be nicotine free for 30 days or the won't do my surgery. I have been trying for years to quit, but I feel as though this time is it!

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4/17/13 11:40 A

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Good day all.

I am a single mother of two from sunny california. And this is probably my 4th attempt at quitting.
I started back up again probably a year and a half ago... the only good thing is i can do it cold turkey. but bad thing is i really need to find a new way to deal with my stress.. thats when i always start back up.

I promised my late grandfather i would quit and did so for years. now i find myself right back where i started from. but i tell you.. i dont miss it. the smell.. my taste buds all out of wack and not to mention my hands smelling like cigarettes constantly... and miss my white teeth.

anyways. its only day 4 but i feel great and this time i know its for good. because i have lost all desire for it. and i have a new way of dealing with stress.

I wish everyone health and luck~ heres to all of us quitters!!!

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I am hoping to set things in place for DAY 1, probably next week. Anybody got some suggestions?

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Hello, gang! I'm in metro-Seattle and don't see many people from the area on the map. Smoking is VERY non-PC in the Pacific Northwest. But I think the rain and the dreary days, one after another, on and on, make it harder to quit. But spring in Seattle gives us some unbelievably glorious days. Will definitely do more walking, but have some disabilities that put a challenge into even walking around the cul de sac. The weather will change my mood about all that, though.

Fighting the fight and am going to win!!!! emoticon

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I too am trying to quit smoking. So far I am around 5-10 cigs a day, except on weekends, i tend to smoke more. (especially when drinking) which is also another bad habit im trying to quit. Any tips out there? What worked for you? I've been a smoker for about 12 years. I quit twice (because i was pregnant and it made me sick) but started up again shortly after i had them.

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It's no April Fools Day joke...my quit date was April 1st, 2013. I went to the gym one day and after reopening my locker, I smelled my gym back and it reeked of smoke...and I knew at that moment it was time for me to quit. I slowly weened off of them, and once I smoked my last one, I was done. I am getting married July 6th of this year, and it will be nice not to have my wedding dress smell nasty.

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Hi, I'm Karis and I'm going to quit smoking thurs. I have lots of info and resources available and my husband is going to try to quit too. I have two little ones and have tried to quit many times before. This time I can do it!

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Hi, I'm Cheryl!
New York City, New York


Quit Date: Friday, 29.June.2012
Time Quit: 8 Months, 2 Weeks



I've been living with allergies & asthma all my life...other than that, I'm healthy and lead a healthy lifestyle thru diet & exercise, but....I smoked.

After having smoked for about 25 years, I finally quit on June 29, 2012.

Quitting smoking has been amazingly easy for me...I set a date and stopped smoking. That was 8 1/2 months ago.

I have joined this team so as to offer my support to those who have quit smoking and to those who want to quit. Because even though I have had it surprisingly easy, I know from others that it is so very hard to quit...and to stay quit.

Keep the quit! emoticon


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Hello group, my name is Gayle and I just found this SparkTeam page called No More Smoking!
I have been thinking about quitting for so long and I just downloaded the book The EasyWay to Stop Smoking by Allen Carr. I am 31 and have smoked for over 15 years now! My sister quit like 4 years ago and has never looked back. My mom constantly nags me to quit and I say I will but go back for another cig. I have a problem and I would love to say I do not smoke but I still do. This forum has inspired me to look at life differently. This book sounds amazing and I'm willing to pay 7 bucks to hear what it has to say. Anyways, I'm so glad there are people out there that can support a smoker like me.

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Today is the day. I have quit many times the longest for 3 years. This is the last time.
Ready to quit for good. In the past it was always in my head that I could just smoke now and then. I have to face it I cannot have another cigarette ever, not a puff. Wish me luck, tell me I can do it, tell me how you have done it.


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Hi I'm new here and I just wanted to let you all know that this week I'm getting the patch for no smoking. I'm a widow of 7 yrs and right now my mom is in the hospital now and don't know what is wrong with her. I'll tell you about me later on but right now I'm going to take a nap cause I have a headache and I'm dead tired.
All I can say is I have 2 married daughters and the youngest one has 2 daughters and both of my daughters are married. Like I said I'll tell you more later.
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Hi! I've never written on these message boards before, but I saw No More Smoking and couldn't resist. Today is 89 days without cigarettes! I can't believe it. I had quit before for 8 months, but now I know better (I think). No more sharing cigarettes, just one puff, or anything! I know now that one puff is the top of the slippery slope. And now I am eating healthy and exercising. I'm also trying to gently encourage those around me to do the same. Easier said than done. Sometimes I think I sound pushy and like a know-it-all. Not true, I just want my family and friends to live their best healthy lives. Anyway, good luck to all of you who are trying to quit smoking...YOU CAN DO IT!

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Hi, I'm going to quit smoking again... I had stopped for 16yrs and then about 16yrs ago I started up again... Amazing what stress and depression will do to your life... I still stressed and still depressed but I would like to be smoke free... the only thing is that I enjoy smoking. I want to lose weight and I'm eating way below my required Carbs so now I have to get into the exercise but I don't have the breath to do much. I'm going to have to quit smoking to make ANY of my 'wants' to work. I know I can do it but I could sure use some help along the way. Unfortunately at home there is no help whatsoever, Anyway any help would be appreciated...
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Hello non-smokers -or- soon-to-be non-smokers! My name is Lisa, I am new to SparkPeople and to this forum. I have been smoking a pack of cigarettes a day for 27 years. I have quit twice in the past (5 months and 8 months) but know this time I WILL QUIT forever. I had been cutting back a lot lately without even noticing - so I decided to count how many I smoked on Wednesday (I smoked 10). So I decided I would take away 1 cigarette a day until I was done with cigarettes forever (today is a 6 cigarette day).

My quit date is Saturday, January 26, 2013.

The last four days I have been drinking at least 8 glasses of water, exercising at least 30 minutes, and have been tracking all of my food (sticking within my recommended calories). I am very proud of myself, so far I have stuck to everything I planned - added bonus - I have lost 2 lbs! (only 48 more to go, hehe)

I have heard you shouldn't start do everything at once (quit smoking, exercise, diet), but I have always listened to everyone else and it never got me where I wanted. This is my chance to show myself that - me, myself, and I - are the only people that can help me do this.

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I am Jan and I am from Texas. I have smoked since I was 15 and that was 35 years ago. I have started the e cig and it is working well so far!!!!

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Hi my name is Sandy and I"M BACK! I joined last year but the stress of my husbands military deployment got to me. It seems like when he leaves everything that can go wrong normally does. However I am back and so far I have been 9 days without a cigarette. I made a resolution and my last one was New Years. I really have not wanted to smoke but I normally do not smoke during the day anyway. I am a night time smokers. When I get off work and relax. I also smoke more around smokers so I have pretty much stayed to myself. I have seen two of my friends that are smokers since New Year and I have not caved so I think that is a good sign. Exercising is helping me say no as well.

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Hi! My name is Vanessa and this is Day 1 for me. I have quit twice in the past and REALLY want to make this one stick!!! I've been smoking on & off for 25 years and am so ready to be done with it!!!!

Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.

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emoticon Hi, my name is Brenda. I am a quitter and this is my story.

I had quit in August 2004 for 3 1/2 years. Then in February 2008, I received a phone call telling me that my dad was sick and was in the hospital. As soon as I heard, I packed and headed out to go see him (he lived in another state). When I got there, I was shocked to find out he was dying and nobody had bothered to tell me. I had just gone to see him in January and he was fine. Dad was past the point of recognizing anyone, so all I could do was hold his hand and tell him how much I loved him. Needless to say, since cigarettes had always been my crutch when I felt stressed, I wanted a cigarette!!! Dad passed away on February 13, 2008 and my smoking continued.

On Thursday, November 8, 2012, I had gone to the dentist to have my teeth cleaned. Then the next day (Friday), I decided I didn't want to smoke anymore and only smoked 4 cigarettes that day. Saturday, November 10th, I only smoked 2 cigarettes. Then the next day, which just so happened to be Veterans Day (my dad had been in the Army and was a Veteran), I dedicated my quitting in honor of my dad. To say the least, I have kept that promise to him and have not touched another cigarette since.

I joined SP September 9, 2012, but up until today, I didn't know they had a team for people who were either trying to quit or had quit. The GetQuit program through pfizer (makers of Chantix) is what I used and am still using to quit and stay quit (they didn't have this online program when I quit before). The only other support I have was another SP member that had seen my blog about quitting from a different group I had joined.

Even though I use to enjoy smoking and still get the urge to smoke when I get stressed out, I KNOW it's no longer an option in my journey to a healthier lifestyle.

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Hi, I am new to Spark and this Team. I smoked for 15 years, and then, this past June, I quit for good. It was hard, but I did it.

Yes I miss it, but I don't smell like smoke & perfume. I don't have to be outside in -50 C winters to deal with a craving. I don't have to get up in the middle of a movie to have a smoke because I can't get my hands to stop shaking. I can go for a walk without having to take a break to light a smoke/catch my breath/put out the butt, ect. I can go on an airplane without going crazy!! (that was a bad one.... some non-smoking aids are of no help with this) My husband can live in a house without second-hand smoke. I don't have to feel like I am kicked out of other people's homes when visiting, because I need a smoke.

I replaced knitting with smoking. You can't quit and not replace one habit with nothing. Your need to fill it with something. Crafts give me something to do with my hands, as I still have a nervous twitch once in a while. I do a lot more outside activities now. I can take a breath of cold air, and not start choking.

Don't get me wrong. I loved smoking. It was my stress relief. My time to my self where I could just relax and forget the world while the cigg burned away. It was also social time, where you could gab with your girlfriends about the weeks events with a cup of coffee. I miss it. Now I can do all those things, but without the smokes.

It's like I closed a chapter on my life, and have left it behind. I don't think I can go through quitting again.... so everyday I work hard not to put myself in front of temptation.

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hello everyone,

i quit 12/6/2010; what i struggle with now is that eating is replacing smoking. up until that point, i had lost 25lbs with SP and had run my very first 5K. i have gained ALL of that back - and i feel out of control right now....are there any ex smokers in this group that can help me with how to get past that issue? replacing a post meal cig with a sweet? help....

Don't just wish for it, work for it...


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Hello all. I'm new to this team but not to Spark People. Not actively quitting yet, but it will be soon!! My quit date is November 19, 2012. This is my 3rd attempt at quitting. I know I can do it!!! I need to set a good example for my son!!!!


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It'so much better to be hated for someone u are than be loved for someone your not!!

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The greatest thing in life is finding someone who knows all your mistakes and differences and still finds you absolutely amazing.



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So....I quit smoking and drinking 3 months ago. That has been a wonderful accomplishment however between that and some meds that I am on I have put on about 35 extra pounds. So here I am ready to tackle this goal next. Hoping to have dropped the weight by next July when I go on a vacation cruise with my hubby :)

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almost at my weight and now ready to quit smoking. Quit Date 10/25

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I m getting ready to stop smoking. I've tried before and had little success but this time I have a lot less stress to make me want to smoke a ton more. I know I can do it and I have some moral support as well. I am hoping this spark team will be able to help me stay accountable. My quit date is 11-1-12

Positive people bring positive changes!

I can do this!!!! And you can't stop me no matter what you try to do!!!


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Hi! My name is Susan. A couple of months ago I attempted to quit smoking after 20+ years. It went well until vacation. Now, I have lost my motivation to try to quit smoking and am desperate to find it again. I hope a support SparkTeam will help.

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Hi, I'm new to the team. I've been quit for 34 days now. Years ago I was doing great with my weight loss plan until my husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Then I really just let my body go. Health wise I've got to lose weight and quit smoking... started with my smoking and now I've got to get a handle on this weight...

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Hi there. New here. Just went through my first 24 hours without a smoke. Going cold turkey. So far so good. Wish me luck.

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Hey. I haven't gotten to the no smoking part yet, just know I wanna do it. It's been 14 years now. My best friend, the love of a lifetime. Breakups are so hard.

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Hi, I am Erik. Im 30... had a stroke last year, quit smoking for 34 days and went back to it after I got out of the hospital and resumed work. Ironically, I am an ex-drug-addict become drug and alcohol counselor for a private rehab in Southern California. I quit again for 12 days last month but resumed again with a fury, unknown as to why except that I want to smoke more than I don't? I do really want to quit and have to draw the line in the sand... it's literally killing me. I have taken to running (haha) and I smoke before and after 5k in 44 mins or what ever I push myself to; other runners look at me funny... another reason to quit. I am going to give another go at it and I have ample support and nicotine replacement therapies... My last smoke will be tonight at 12am PST and I will look forward to sleepless nights and sweating through hours of cravings until they pass... I can do it and this time is... well, I will show you... I commit that every day I will post something here and (I dont even know if I am doing it right) you will see tenacity at its best... "I promise" lol... I hear this all the time from my clients. hilarious that I am one and the same... reform, yay.

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My name is Bethany. I smoked on and off for 7 years starting when I was 15. I stopped in November of 2009 when I found some sores on the right side of my tongue. I saw my dentist, fearing that I had cancer. For the next 5 months, I listened to dentists, doctors, and oral surgeons tell me not to worry, I was only 25, I didn't have cancer, it didn't look like cancer, I was just chewing on my tongue when I slept because I was stressed, I was too young for cancer, so it couldn't be cancer. March 17th of 2010, they took the biopsy for "precancer" because it still wasn't cancer and couldn't be cancer, oy. Well, March 25th, of 2010, I got the life changing results that it, infact, was cancer. I went on the 29th for staging.
I was a 25 year old female who was in nursing school, 6 weeks away from the end of the semester, who had stage 3 tongue cancer, that had spread to 1 lymph node in the right side of my neck, maybe more. I got no apologies from any of the doctors or dentists that swore up, down, and sideways that it wasn't cancer, just nothing.
I went through a 10 hour surgery that removed the right half of my tongue and replaced it with a flap of skin and blood vessels from my left wrist/forearm, they also removed 40 lymph nodes from the right side of my neck to make sure it didn't spread to any other ones, it was only in the one. I then had 30 rounds of radiation (living hell).
I quit cold turkey the day my sores showed up in november, and it wasn't hard for me at all. But when I get stressed, all I want is that cool feeling in my throat(i smoked menthol, couldn't stand regular ones). I hated the smell of cigs, and the way they made me smell, but that cool breath I took somehow calmed me.

Now, I can't be a nurse, can't be a CNA (nurses assistant)like I have been for the last 4 years cuz my immune system is shot from treatment, I can't talk as well as I would like to, and I can't eat like I would like to, plus I have some interesting scars. But I appreciate life a lot more, and I had one heck of a weight loss (65 lbs in 7 months).

If you are going to choose to smoke, make sure you know all of the things that could happen to you, I have watched a 23 year old pass from the same thing I am still alive from, and I have seen people mangled far worse than I could even imagine from this same thing.

It's not just smoking either that causes this. Drinking can but the other heavy hitter is HPV. All I ask is that people are aware, so they know what they are getting themselves in to.

6 months before I was diagnosed, I lost my husbands father to small cell lung cancer from smoking. He only fought his fight for 10 months before he lost it. They say mine wasn't caused from smoking, or HPV, but they smoking definitely didn't help! Please just make yourselves aware, so you don't have to go through what I, or so many others I care about have had to!

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Hi! My name's Ally and I've been smoke free for 4 months tomorrow (woohoo!). I decided when I started my quit to just focus on stopping smoking at first. Now that I'm a functioning and comfortable non smoker, it's time to start shifting the weight. I only put on somewhere between 5-10 lbs quitting, but I have some more weight to lose as well to get back down to my usual weight. So here I am on spark people!

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LIFEINMOTION- Thank-you very much!! emoticon

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Cleanseme - AWESOME JOB!!! You should absolutely be proud of yourself :) The first week is the hardest, and now it's behind you. Keep it up, girl!

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I am 11 days free off of smoking!! it has been a fight and i am very proud of myself!! i quit cold turkey!!
im also not quite sure how this posting stuff goes.. i thought you just replied to the person, i tried to congratulate a girl who wrote they have quit for 6 months now but it made a post..
and to LIFEINMOTION, i am sorry i didnt even know you had written to me, till i scrolled down, my weekend was awesome thankyou and yes i have quit :D it was so hard the first day, and now i get little thoughts and triggers but i just talk myself out of it and it goes away once i start distracting myself thanks for asking :)

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Hi my name is Samantha, I have been smoking on and off for about 8 years. I decided to quit yesterday but broke down and had a ciggarette, but only 1 is a huge accomplishment from half a pack a day, and so far today i havent had any :)

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Hello

My name is Davis and I've been smoking for 18 years. I will quit tomorrow.

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My name is Autumn, I have been smoking a pack a day for 6 years now, I am now 21 and getting married next year and will be wanting to have a baby and I just want to deal with quitting and the withdrawals now before I actually get pregnant. It's not just that, it's also about my lungs hurting, wanting to lose weight n exercise without them hurting and me out of breath coughing, being there for my family, etc. I thought it was "cool" when I started but when I realized soon after I started it wasn't something I could just drop without any withdrawals I knew it'd be a struggle to quit. I have attempted it and gotten to 5 months (dec 2011-may 2012) but stupidly gave up thinking, I can quit again when i want I just did it for 5 months" but now its turning out harder than expected. So if anyone has tips, lemme know :)

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Hi Everyone,

I'm Clare and I'm six months smoke free now. I quit cold turkey and was determined not to gain weight so also cut out sugar for the first two weeks of my quit. You can stop smoking and not gain a tonne of weight. I'm the proof! If you want to ask anything you are more than welcome to PM me or add me as a friend.

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8/27/12 4:47 P

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Cleanseme - how did your weekend go??? Were you able to quit?

~Rebecca

"The difference between a jogger and a runner is a race-entry blank." -- Dr. George Sheehan


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8/26/12 1:47 A

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hello everyone! I'm Jemma!
iam new to this website, and i love it!! it is such a grouce opportunity to lead a wonderful life. iam very grateful! i have been wanting to quit smoking for ages now, also to do something about my weight, and become happy and at peace with myself, i do small things and then i seem to just let myself fall back down. i seem to lose all ambition once i start doing good for myself! but i keep coming back to this website, so i have hope in myself that iam going to get somewhere!! i have decided that iam going to quit tomorrow, iam going to run out of tobacco tomorrow, so why buy another pouch!! any ideas that you might have to keep strong once i have stopped and so i dont lose the sight of what i wanted will be much appreciated!! thankyou :)

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8/23/12 12:36 A

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Hi Everyone! I'm Danielle.
I quit smoking on July 30th, and am doing pretty good! I recommend reading Allen Carr's Easy Way To Quit Smoking. I was a smoker for 9 years, and since reading that book I have been smoke free with no nicotine patch/gum.
I know it sounds crazy, reading a book that will get you to stop smoking, but it seriously works!
Hope you're all doing well!!!

Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels.


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8/20/12 12:18 P

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I have been saying almost daily (sometimes while I was lighting my next cigarette) that I need to quit smoking. I am concerned about my children's health and my own. I am always winded and recently discovered that after a long walk without smoking I come home and literally start hacking up a lung. I started smoking when I was 15 and friends told me if was an excellent stress reliever.I am now 26 and have been using cigarettes as a daily, hourly, stress reliever and you know what, they are expensive!!
Well, today is my first day being smoke free. I can no longer afford to buy cigarettes, especially since my paycheck still has not arrived in the mail. I guess I have forced myself into quitting. I will need all the support I can get.

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7/30/12 4:18 P

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Today I am 91 days smoke/nicotine free. My husband smokes so I am reminded at night that I have quit. Other than that I really don't think about it anymore. Didn't really want to quit but coming up on my 51st birthday and blessed with high cholesterol, my doctor strongly suggested I quit, so I did. But now that I have done it I really don't want to go back.

Good luck to everyone.

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7/28/12 2:57 P

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Hi I'm Divya. I've been smoking for about 10 years. My husband and I recently purchased e-cigs and so far they are working well for me. I still smoke at least one real cig a day. I think its mostly for the lighting, and flicking part that has me still hooked. The e-cig satisfies my nicotine urges, I use 18mg and really like the different flavors available.
Why do I want to quit real cigs? well, they stink and they make ME stinky and my teeth have yellowed. So far, my reasons for quitting are cosmetic but those reasons are working for me so far. I just went to the doc yest and was told that all my numbers are good. My bp is healthy and my lungs are clear (amazingly).
This is the first time I have ever even considered stopping smoking.
Check out my Spark Page and friend me, I need lots of encouragement.

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7/27/12 2:22 P

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I am Meghan. I have smoked on and off for 17 years. I quit while pregnant with all 3 of my children and then picked it back up. My husband is a smoker too and we both quit for roughly 8 weeks at the beginning of the year. I am tired of smelling like smoke and tasting smoke and more than anything, wasting my money on something I don't want to buy. I am starting my quit officially tomorrow cold turkey. I have done it before and it is a hard three days, but it is worth it. I know at this point that what I need is coping mechanisms for all of the stress that life will eventually throw at me. I don't know anything else to do other than smoking when I am upset or angry.

So short term....I will be smoke free, but long term, I have to work on stress management with out nicotine.

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7/27/12 1:36 P

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Hi, I'm Blane. I smoked for years and managed to quit using the gum. But then I continued to use the gum for years. Now I'm ready to give up nicotine all together.

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7/26/12 1:14 A

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I am Kade, I am 19 I have been smoking for about 7 years back when I couldn't buy cigarettes I stole them from my dad. I grew up around smoking my whole life, I always assumed it was something I had to do to be like parents and they were my role models. Now I am trying to quit. It is harder to then I thought I can go a day or maybe a week then I cave. =[ I smoke about a pack a week. I really want to quit with out becoming reliant on the ecigs or gum or patches. I am trying to figure out the best and healthiest way to do this.

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7/23/12 3:31 P

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Hello for Hot Springs. Smoked in high and college, stopped for years, then picked up a pack, and . . . . Time to stop again - it's hard. As the song says, "if I had a dollar for everytime I quit I'd be a millionaire. Stop smoking is part of several life improvements I am working on - mind, body and spirit.

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7/17/12 8:03 A

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Hello I'm Jen! I've dropped from 2packs to one and am now down to 3 to 5 a day! quitting IS hard but like all things that I am determined to overcome! I hail from Fostoria, Ohio and look forward to reaching this and other goals with others along the way!

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7/8/12 5:52 P

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Hi, I'm a former smoker (2-3 packer per day!) and I've been quit for 5 years. I am an addiction counselor and I work specifically with tobacco & alcohol addiction. I was a member of this group years ago and wanted to join again to help out my fellow Sparklers who want to be healthy, quit smoking, and loose weight!

So you will see me lurking around, posting occasionally, and I'd be happy to respond to in-spark emails if people have questions.

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You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it- Margaret Thatcher


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DRGNFAIRY SparkPoints: (12,454)
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7/1/12 7:20 P

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Hello,

I'm new and today is my first day without a cigarette.

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6/18/12 2:28 P

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Day 29 and doing great without cigarettes! Wheeeeee Now to keep those calories down and exercise up. Good Luck everyone.


Edited by: WALKINGMUSIC at: 6/18/2012 (14:29)
Here's to success!


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LOVE2LAUGHALOT Posts: 29
6/17/12 7:26 A

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Hi there! New to the group. I smoked my first cigarette when I was 15. I am now 32 and ready to quit. (again). My father died of cancer when I was 12 years old. I saw the pain he went through and I know it is no joke. This Fathers Day, my gift to him & to myself is to be the healthiest person I can be. I am tossing in the cigarettes for good. Today. I am looking forward to going through this journey with all of you. Good luck everyone!!

"And I'll find strength in pain
And I will change my ways
I'll know my name as it's called again"
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6/14/12 11:06 P

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Hi everyone. I am brand new here, second day. I am 71 years old and I quit smoking 25 days ago. I really don't know why it was so easy this time. Maybe the fact that I am camped out at the frig all the time is helping. lol Anyway, I hope it continues to be this easy. When I think about having a cigarette, I immediately put my mind elsewhere and the urge passes quickly. One thing I did do before I quit was chew myself out really good, out loud, every time I picked up a cigarette or went to get one. I'm sure it would have made my family laugh if they had heard me, but I live alone and never smoked around them anyway. It was funny but you know what, it really worked.

Which brings me to the second reason for joining a group. Food food food! So I guess I am going to have to resume the pattern of lecturing myself when I want something to eat that isn't on my menu for the day.



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Edited by: WALKINGMUSIC at: 6/14/2012 (23:19)
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