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I miss the time outs too, especially during the workday, and I haven't even made it 2 weeks yet. Getting better though. I'm getting used to not taking those breaks and I just take my coffee outside in the morning and enjoy the peace and quiet.

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10/22/15 4:48 P

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It really helps if you want to quit--really, really want to, but it may not be completely necessary in the beginning. I had to have surgery and the surgeon said I had to quit for 2 weeks before and 3 months after or she wouldn't do the surgery. I didn't think they could blackmail you like that if it was a necessary surgery. I put off quitting until about 5 days before the surgery, then quit. I lied on surgery-day and said I quit 2 weeks ago. They made me use an inhaler because my lungs were still pretty congested.

After the surgery I thought "what she doesn't know won't hurt her. I'll stay quit for a week, then I'm going to smoke again." At the end of that time I decided I should make it 6 weeks, then 8 week, then the full 12 weeks. At the end of the 12 weeks (12 weeks and 5 days without smoking) I decided to see just how long I could hold out.

It will be 9 years at the end of November. Somewhere along the journey I fell in love with the idea of no cigarettes. I think it was probably around the 1-year mark.

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Good Luck! Hang in there! emoticon

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12/4/13 7:37 P

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I just checked out the whyquit.com and it's awesome. Lots of great reads and videos. Thanks!!!!! I've been wearing a patch and I keep craving like crazy. I just read from that site that Im actually not helping myself by wearing it. I'm going to wear it until the end of the night because my boyfriend has band night tonight so its a hard night to not smoke. But I've tried quitting so many times and have failed. This time I have all of you and that website. Thanks and hugs!!! Never take a puff. I love it!

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11/11/13 2:48 P

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I quit smoking 2 months ago. I still have cravings everyday but they are getting fewer and fewer. The biggest thing that has helped me is keeping a smoking journal. I write when I get a craving. I list all the negatives of smoking and all the positives of quitting. I don't have to tell you which list is longer! I am so happy to be free and clean I will never go back to that vile habit. I smoked for 50 years. and if I can quit anyone can. The difference this time is that I WANT to quit. I feel I have a choice and it's my choice to quit. I don't feel like my ciggaretts have been taken away from me. I willingly gave them up. Yes I have a few cravings but I don't think about smoking 24 hours a day the way I used to. I used Chantix and I found it amazingly easy to quit. But as I can see from other posts the trick is to stay quit. That old demon nicotine will chase you if you let him. I know from experience that one cigarette leads to falling back into that trap again so I know as long as I live I'll never touch another cigarette again.
I am enjoying the money I spent on cigarettes. I've bought some new clothes and put the rest in savings. I prayed for help in quitting and my prayer has been answered. Just wanted you to know in spite of a few cravings, I am a happy non-smoker! emoticon

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I have been smoke free for 4 months now, thank God and Chantix. I finished the Chantix program about 2 months ago. I don't really feel any better. I'm actually more tired and sleep a lot more than I ever have. I have gained about 10 lbs. and am trying to at least stop the weight gain if I can't lose any of it right now. I don't have the overwhelming acute cravings anymore but I miss smoking. I never smoked indoors even if it was allowed. I miss going outside, alone, even in freezing weather, I miss just having those time-outs from real life. I don't ever want to start smoking again so I'm hoping that this is just a transition period and that soon I will feel good and have more energy.


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7/30/13 8:46 P

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I can usually do okay at home, I only go outside to smoke now because I am bored or procrastinating. I have cut WAYYY back but I don't ever want to buy another pack of cigarettes. I think I need a phone buddy, because my problem is in the car. I want to smoke on my way to school and on my way back home. I am taking Chantix, and it has helped a lot, but I don't seem to be able to completely quit. Any suggestions?

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7/14/13 8:49 A

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I quit June 9th and using lozenge nrt. The cravings are still bothersome and need major support. I miss my coffee and cigarette in the morning the most. That seems to be my biggest craving time and I cannot function without coffee in the morning. I fight and fight everymorning.

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9/14/12 4:37 P

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I too drink, or eat, to get the rotten taste out of my mouth. I smoke about two packs a day, so you can imagine how that has contributed to the weight I've gained since starting smoking 5 years ago. Your insight was great. Now that you've opened my eyes, I'm going to hold myslef to your 15 minute rule. Best of luck quitting for good. Karin

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7/17/12 12:48 P

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There don't seem to be any recent posts to this topic, but I need to make a public statement about my smoking and my attempts to quit. I've used local stop smoking forums, the American Lung Association and Spark People, which gives me the most satisfaction and is the most personal. I feel more closely associated with the friends I make through Spark People. I've never been a heavy smoker and I didn't begin smoking again until 2007. I stopped often too. I smoke about 7 cigarettes a day, maximum. I don't smoke in the morning and I don't smoke at night. Currently, if I were smoking, and I haven't in 5 days~WooHoo~I'd smoke outside and only in the privacy of my home, my backyard. Which leads me to my next and most concerted effort to stop smoking for good. I have finally addressed my behaviors that keep me smoking: I have to drink to smoke. No, not alcohol necessarily, just something flavored to consume with my cigarette. I can drink coffee, tea, flavored water, soda, juice, ANYTHING that masks the cigarette taste in my mouth. And I will not smoke if I don't have a drink. So, if I were to relapse, this is rule one: I can smoke, sure. But I don't get to drink with the cigarette. Nothing. No water, even plain water. Next rule: I am ashamed of my smoking. My father died of lung cancer. I hate to have others know I smoke. Most people don't know I smoke. If, g-d forbid, I do not quit for good my sister is going to know I am a smoker. Heaven help me should she find out! I also don't get to hide in the backyard anymore if I take up smoking again. I can smoke on the side porch, but I can't keep hiding this behavior that I am ashamed of and wish I didn't do. My husband is smoker, and he plans to quit shortly, which I believe will happen. But I still have to quit on my own no matter what he does or does not do. Finally, after smoking I am not going to permit myself to brush my teeth or wash my hands for at least 15 minutes after smoking. If I am going to smoke, the stench stays with me. I don't know why it has taken me so long to recognize that those activities are things that have prevented me from quitting for life, but NOW that I finally realize they are, they are essential toward my quitting for good. I'm struggling with this and I hope I can at last be free of cigarettes. It's hard. I'm certain, it's worth it.

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5/30/12 4:17 A

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I love whyquit i have printed page after page of there and i have learnt so much...the first thing i did was pick up butts around my house the day before i quit, and i mean every single one then i threw away the ashtray in my car then i took my stash of rolling tobacco that i keep in case i dont have money for reg cigs and dumped it outta the bag into the outside trash and threw away all the suplies in the trash to and just to make sure i couldnt even smoke a butt if i got despret i poured water on them! I bought juice for the first three days to keep my blood sugar going and all i do is read what i printed out on that site! thanks to that site iv been smoke free for around four day!

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Thank you all for the comments on this thread. I'm currently exploring www.whyquit.com and it's really helpful.

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I quit many, many times. I changed my quit date but I kept setting one. It has now been 22 days. This is what has been and what is helping me the most right now: 1. list (a long, long very detailed list) of reasons to quit to look at 2. Quit tea and a variety of herbal teas 3. going outside but taking a walk around the block instead of having a cigarette 4. going to albertaquit.ca, sparkpeople.com, whyquit.com on the computer.
"no more puffs" "no more puffs"

I maintain a healthy lifestyle. I make one change at a time and that change becomes a habit.


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I have second week, 9th day without smoking, I hope I will do it this time. My partner smokes, so I asked him to go to smoke in another room, because I get cravings when he smokes. Cravings are not awful, but still I have to be aware all the time, to not to smoke. I have been eating a lot more than usually, but haven`t gained weight yet, I hope I don`t. I drink lot more coffee and dietcoke and eating candies, what I didnt do before, but its temporary.

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a Rx for Xanax. emoticon

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9/22/11 1:50 A

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Reading everyones post gives me more motivation then I had today :)
Tomorrow is my quit day on Sept 22, 2011
I have already tried to quit in the past but did not succeed, now I'm going to actually do this :)
It's going to be hard but I have to remeber that my health is at risk and for only being 23 and having problems already I know its time for me to be done with smoking for good
So wish me luck and motivation :)

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4/29/11 6:33 A

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i'll be making a list of why i'm quitting on the smoking and keeping it with me as well as one one the fridge. i just know is i have to do this otherwise, it may be to late. i so far have the buncities and asthma as a result of the COPD and i'm thankful that i don't have the emphysema at this point. i know that the first of may is my quit date and yes i have also been to why quit. com and it was something to watch some of the videos and read on some of the things that people posted there. i thank one of my worst fears is that i may gain weight and i don't want that to happen again.

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Reading this thread has been very enlightening. My step dad was just diagnosed with tongue, throat and lung cancer. He has been a smoker and drinker for years. Every year I choose "stop smoking" as my resolution. This year I decided I would quit smoking before the new year and choose a new resolution. Thanks to SP I am now 7 days smoke free and have lost 15 pounds! Thank you!

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10/25/10 7:56 A

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thanks for your post. Now i know what i need to quit.

What others think of me is really not my business!!

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8/14/10 6:46 A

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I just wanted to add to this thread that social support is key to successful quit. I took a course in health psychology, and I remember that research on smoking showed that social support (talking to your doctor, going to group meetings or even requesting support online or by telephone) increased the chances of making a quit attempt and sticking to it, more so than nicotine replacement or other individual strategies.

Having said that, it's often hard to find support from people closest to us, because they are smokers, too. For me, even if they do encourage me to stay smoke free, just seeing them with cigarettes wipes out the effect. So now I found a friend who quit this spring and I call on him in difficult moments, knowning that his words come from personal experience.

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I was a smoker for about 7 years and recently quit smoking this spring. While I've had my ups and downs, I've been cigerette free for 3 weeks!

As a research scientist, one of my specialties is substance abuse - Here's the trick to nicotine:
- Nicotine is one of the only drugs that has 2 DIFFERENT kinds of withdrawal associated with it: Acute and Chronic withdrawl.

- Acute withdrawl happens within 8-12 hours after having had your last cigerette, it's why smokers crave cigerettes in the morning and why taking those first few steps is so hard.

- Chronic withdrawl occurs over time, as your body metabolizes all the nicotine buy-products that are stored in your body, your body craves more nicotine. This is why people do so well with quitting at first and then relapse about 4 weeks later.

If you pay attention to the biological changes going on in your body, it can make it easier to deal with the stress of quitting smoking. If you know what stage of withdrawl you're going through, it makes it easier to overcome oral fixations, substituting food for cigs, and other mal-adaptive behaviors. If you have good resolve and knowledge of what happens during the physical withdrawal process, you have freed up your resources to combat the addictive habits and social pressures associated with smoking. Remember, it takes 14 days to establish a new habit and twice as long to break an old habit!

Hang in there! While the 1st month is the hardest, after that 1st month your body will start repairing itself and your sense of smell/taste/lungs/endurance/etc. will all increase! You can do it!

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5/1/10 11:55 A

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I have a love,hate relationship with smoking. Don't we all!! If it didn't effect my or anyone else's health. I would keep smoking. I admit it. But that is not the way it is so I have/want to quit. I have quit before. I know that for a couple of months I will feel like I have lost my best friend (who would kill me) and I will crave but I also know that this will pass and I will think less and less about smoking each day I am quit. I will be absolutely healthy. I will be able to breath, no coughing, hopefully no serious damage to my lungs I pray I pray I pray. We can do it!! Mind over matter, who is the boss, the cigs or me emoticon

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When I feel like I just can't go on
I will remember how far I have come along
And one disgrace will not stop me
From being beautiful, loved and absolutely healthy LH


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The only thing that kept me smoking was a general disinterest in living. About two months ago I starting coughing up blood. YUCK. Could you believe I still tried to sneak a ciggie every now and then. I would cough and choke. I am only 29! Well my body just wouldn't let me smoke anymore. Thank goodness. Within the last month I have found the spark and have been running with it. Not looking back.

Your beast, you know who I am talking about does not care about you. It just wants the nicotine. Recognize its voice.

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Today is my day one after being smoke free for 30 days and starting up again. The day one post was so helpful to me. It is true that when we first quit we belittle how long we have been smoke free in the early part. But hey, we are smoke free nevertheless. We did what many smokers wish they could do. I remember just wishing I could go 2 hours with out smoking. I have done that and much more. I will never look down on my day 1 or any other day during this process.

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Printed out the 3 keys. This is the first time I truly want to stop smoking, not just know that I have to. I am pretty good at getting my way, and I am determined smoking is not going to win. I am actually looking forward to fighting the cravings, instead of dreading them, like I did before.

Persevere. Even if you fall on your face, you have moved forward.

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3/15/10 12:51 P

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Someone told me that smoking was "so last decade" I found it to be kinda funny but it's soo true.

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I printed the marriage and taped it to my kitchen cabinet so every time I think about a cigerette , its there to remind me , I also printed my Cigerette my freind, and taped it to my bathroom mirror, they are driving my husband who smokes crazy lol. I hope in time with my quit he will try again to quit, but I will not nag him, i refuse to.


Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no ones definition of your life; define yourself.


The present is what slips by us while we're pondering the past and worrying about the future.


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The sentence "this quit is my last quit, thank God". Wow,I want to say that. My husband and I have been tring off and on for the last 2 years. Were both heavy smokers. The last week we started again, Cutting back, watching how many smokes we have per day, smoking outside instead of in the house. We have tried going cold turkey, but I haven't been able to manage that.I want to say: This quit is my last quit....

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1/18/10 8:46 P

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This quit is my last quit, thank God. The key is different for everyone; at least that's what I really believe.

I absolutely LOVE being a non-smoker. I love the way I smell, I love the way I feel and I am so proud I was finally able to break the vicious hold cigs had over me.

I will never go back into the abyss, as I can now see the sun shining, and I have the energy to participate in my life.... I can also look forward to living it for many years to come.

I am thankful for courage, for the wisdom and for the will power I have been given. I'll never go back.

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want to is the key
if you really want ti you can have it

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Both of my grandparents passed away last year to lung cancer.. It was a huge wake up call.. and I've been struggling with quitting and staying quit ever since then. I'm finally 2 days into NO cigarettes at all. I have a 5 year old son and I don't want to leave him any earlier then I have too.. Plus, No smoking equals the more active I can be with my son. :-)

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Wow!!

I think this is the best thread I've ever read!! I want to print out the "marriage" post. Dang!! I never thought of it like that. It really makes you think...

The "friend" one was wild too. You wouldn't let another human treat you like that, yet we let our addictions do that to us. And not just our addictions to cigs... what about our addictions to soda, salt, chocolate?

If I thought of these all interms of addictions and what they are all really doing to my relationships, my health and my life in gerneral... I think it would be a lot wasier to give them all up!!

Thanks for posting these!!



:) Shawn

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Okay, so I'm making my hand-written note about "Why I Want to Quit." So far, this is what I've got:

1. I want to breathe w/o wheezing or struggling.

2. I want to be able to physically exert myself w/o being instantly out of breath.

3. I want to have white teeth again.

4. I don't want to smell like that anymore.

5. I want to spend my money on other things or to save it.

6. I want to lessen my acid reflux.

"The most successful people are the ones with a modest amount of talent and a huge amount of discipline."

"It's okay to put yourself first. 'Selfish' isn't a dirty word. If we were all selfish, it would mean we would take care of ourselves and be able to give back to our loved ones." --Jillian Michaels

"There is no finish line, you have to live this way for the rest of your life!" --Bob Harper


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I just went to the whyquit web site for the first time today. WOW!!!!!! What an amazing site!! I am at work but can't seem to keep away. My brain is just sucking in all the information!!!

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Oh yea this one is really good to read also!!

My Cigarette, My Friend?"





by Joel Spitzer






How do you feel about a friend who has to go everywhere with you? Not only does he tag along all the time, but since he is so offensive and vulgar, you become unwelcome when with him. He has a peculiar odor that sticks to you wherever you go. Others think both of you stink.

He controls you totally. When he says jump, you jump. Sometimes in the middle of a blizzard or storm, he wants you to come to the store and pick him up. You would give your spouse hell if he or she did that to you all the time, but you can't argue with your friend. Sometimes, when you are out at a movie or play he says he wants you to go stand in the lobby with him and miss important scenes. Since he calls all the shots in your life, you go. Your friend doesn't like your choice of clothing either. Instead of politely telling you that you have lousy taste, he burns little holes in these items so you will want to throw them out. Sometimes, he tires of the furniture and gets rid of it too. Occasionally, he gets really nasty and decides the whole house must go.

He gets pretty expensive to support. Not only is his knack of property destruction costly, but you must pay to keep him with you. In fact, he will cost you thousands of dollars over your lifetime. And you can count on one thing, he will never pay you a penny in return.

Often at picnics you watch others playing vigorous activities and having lots of fun doing them. But your friend won't let you. He doesn't believe in physical activity. In his opinion, you are too old to have that kind of fun. So he kind of sits on your chest and makes it difficult for you to breathe. Now you don't want to go off and play with other people when you can't breathe, do you?

Your friend does not believe in being healthy. He is really repulsed by the thought of you living a long and productive life. So every chance he gets he makes you sick. He helps you catch colds and flu. Not just by running out in the middle of the lousy weather to pick him up at the store. He is more creative than that. He carries thousands of poisons with him which he constantly blows in your face. When you inhale some of them, they wipe out cilia in your lungs which would have helped you prevent these diseases.

But colds and flu are just his form of child's play. He especially likes diseases that slowly cripple you—like emphysema. He considers this disease great. Once he gets you to have this, you will give up all your other friends, family, career goals, activities—everything. You will just sit home and caress him, telling him what a great friend he is while you desperately gasp for air.

But eventually your friend tires of you. He decides he no longer wishes to have your company. Instead of letting you go your separate ways, he decides to kill you. He has a wonderful arsenal of weapons behind him. In fact, he has been plotting your death since the day you met him. He picked all the top killers in society and did everything in his power to ensure you would get one of them. He overworked your heart and lungs. He clogged up the arteries to your heart, brain, and every other part of your body. In case you were too strong to succumb to this, he constantly exposed you to cancer causing agents. He knew he would get you sooner or later.

Well, this is the story of your "friend," your cigarette. No real friend would do all this to you. Cigarettes are the worst possible enemies you ever had. They are expensive, addictive, socially unacceptable, and deadly. Consider all this and NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF!

Joel


©1984, 2000 Joel Spitzer


My new MANTRA

I might not be someone’s first choice… but I am a great choice!

I may not be rich… but I am valuable!

I don’t pretend to be someone I’m not, because I’m good at being me!

I might not be proud of some of the things I’ve done in the past, but I am proud of who I am today!

I may not be perfect, but I don’t need to be!

Take me as I am,
... or watch me as I walk away!!!


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Hello,

I found this on the internet and kept in in my purse where my smokes used to be for the first two weeks....it really help hold myself accountable...hoping is will help someone else....

Joel's Reinforcement Library







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The Smoker’s Vow

To be said just before taking your first puff after
having quit for any appreciable period of time


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With this puff I enslave myself
to a lifetime of addiction.
While I can’t promise to always love you,
I do promise to obey every craving and
support my addiction to you
no matter how expensive you become.

I will let no husband or wife,
no family member or friend,
no doctor or any other health professional,
no employer or government policy,
no burns or no stench,
no cough or raspy voice,
no cancer or emphysema,
no heart attack or stroke,
no threat of loss of life or limbs,
come between us.

I will smoke you forever
from this day forth,
for better or worse,
whether richer or poorer,
in sickness and in health,
till death do us part!

“You may now light the cigarette.”

“I now pronounce you a full-fledged smoker.”



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Postscript: While 1 in 2 marriages end in divorce, the addiction to smoking will last a lifetime—albeit a shorter lifetime. Once a smoker, annulment of the addiction is impossible. One puff can result in a permanent relapse. Don’t take the chance of relapsing to this marriage of inconvenience.




NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF!



Joel



© Joel Spitzer 1994, 2000
Page last updated by Joel Spitzer on August 23, 2003

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My new MANTRA

I might not be someone’s first choice… but I am a great choice!

I may not be rich… but I am valuable!

I don’t pretend to be someone I’m not, because I’m good at being me!

I might not be proud of some of the things I’ve done in the past, but I am proud of who I am today!

I may not be perfect, but I don’t need to be!

Take me as I am,
... or watch me as I walk away!!!


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My daughter was recently diagnosed with cancer on her vocal cords and the doctors tell me that there is only one thing that causes that kind of cancer , SMOKING. It was a wake up call for the both of us, I quit on Sept 1st but have had a couple of slip ups, but have been smoke free now for 5 days. Her quit day is today.

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no ones definition of your life; define yourself.


The present is what slips by us while we're pondering the past and worrying about the future.


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I can't tell you how important www.whyquit.com was/is to me. I realize I've only been nicotine free for 50 days, but I know that I will never take another puff again.

If you do really want to quit, visit www.whyquit.com and read about Deb and Bryan. Read all the information Joel and John have provided.



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I really want to quit smoking! I am about to turn 21 and I want to quit while I still can, before it gets worse. I use to say that I was only a "casual Smoker" but its getting to be more and more. I have started exercising and I have been out of breath. I feel like I shouldn't feel this way for my age! Thank you for the information on the quit.com I am checking it out right now.

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Great post - the education part is the one that helped me quit. I checked out YouTube and looked for every video I could on the harm tobacco does to a smoker, when I stumbled across this one 'Thanks tobacco you killed my mom'. I must at this point add that it is very heartbreaking and graphic but it is realistic. It looks at a parent's lung cancer from the perspective of the adult child. It is very real, honest and will reinforce why NO-ONE should ever smoke.

Good luck everyone on not smoking - keep away from the nasty things!

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Helpful post.

Thanks!

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Printed that post for the front of my fridge...Thank you for the support, today is my QUIT day. emoticon

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Thank You!!!

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow!!!


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Great post, Pat. You really nailed it.

Thanks for the reminder Tanya!

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I totally agree. When I quit before, I did not really want to, I just knew it was not good. This time I wanted to I have been quit 1 year 9 months. emoticon emoticon

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Repost from teammate EasyAnswer a.k.a. Pat

1) "WANT TO" !!! You have to want to quit MORE than you want to smoke. Which means you will do anything to KEEP your quit. You will cherish and nurture your quit at all times. It is the MOST important thing in your life. You must keep your quit as though your life depended on it, because it does. If you don't have a hand-written list of the reasons why you want to quit, make one BEFORE Monday. Post it everywhere and carry it with you for easy reference at all times. ADD to your quit list as you discover new benefits.

2) EDUCATION !!! Please don't blow this aspect off. It is critical to a successful quit. If you haven't spent hours reading at www.whyquit.com, you should. The articles and videos by Joel Spitzer at whyquit are incredible and very useful. If you don't have hours to read this information, then go there EVERY time you have a craving. Reading will keep you busy until the crave passes and you will learn some great stuff.

3) SUPPORT !!! - Use this Spark Team to your advantage. When you have a question or concern, post it here. Someone will respond. When you have a craving/urge you cannot manage on your own, post it here. WAIT for someone to reply. Don't post your S.O.S. and then 5 minutes later, run to the store for a pack. WAIT IT OUT !!! Go for a walk !!! Take a nap !!! Post how you are feeling.... just type.... keep your hands busy until the crave passes over.

That's it. These 3 aspects work superbly when bundled together !!!
1) Want To !!!
2) Education !!!
3) Support !!!


Tanya
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The greatest beauty often lies on the other side of fear.
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