NEW YEAR - So, You Want To Quit Smoking But Have Questions? Welcome To QuitTrain! Climb Aboard & See Just How Doable Quitting Really Is! 12/31/17As we get ready to put 2017 in the books and prepare for 2018, thousands of people have been putting off smoking until the New Year. In fact, there's a good chance that you may be one of them. Please follow this link to freedom! http://www.quittrain.com/topic/3963-new-year-so-you-want-to-quit-smoking-but-have-questions-welcome-to-quittrain-climb-aboard-see-just-how-doable-quitting-really-is/
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Video explains the full power of the grip that nicotine can take on an individual and the consequences that can be faced if a person does not quit smoking. https://www.quittrain.com/topic/2070-the-power-of-nicotine-addiction-by-joel-video-2014/?p=46136
Video stresses the importance of drawing a clear line in the sand regarding the issue of whether or not to take a puff. Another alternate title for for this video could have been "should I reset my quit meter?" https://www.quittrain.com/topic/4754-videos-addressing-relapse-prevention/?p=129975
New Years Eve is typically a time when many people decide to make a resolution to quit smoking. New Years day or shortly thereafter many of these people question that resolution and usually throw away their quits. This video explains why this often occurs. https://www.quittrain.com/topic/7911-are-you-questioning-your-new-years-resolution-to-quit-smoking/
Like most ex-smokers with long quits will oftentimes say, I rarely... https://www.quittrain.com/topic/7743-am-i-protecting-my-quit-are-you/?p=193268
There are three primary factors associated with relapse: (1) rewriting the law of addiction; (2) an excuse; and (3) a vague memory. It doesn't matter if it happens within two hours, two days, two weeks, two months, two years, or twenty, the factors remain the same and apply to all of us. https://www.quittrain.com/topic/7669-caring-for-our-quit-by-john-r-polito/?p=191537
Recent studies show that some electronic cigarette fluids being marketed as nicotine free actually contain nicotine. Video discusses the real danger for any former smoker who tries one of these products. http://www.quittrain.com/topic/2096-video-introduction-to-joel-misc-educational-videos-by-joel/?p=189291
Many long-term former smokers have a difficult time remembering the date or even the year when they actually stopped. This video explains an important underlying message of their inability to recall what many people would think is an unforgettable date. http://www.quittrain.com/topic/2096-video-introduction-to-joel-misc-educational-videos-by-joel/?p=187101
Video discusses benefits of working on developing a positive attitude about quitting smoking. http://www.quittrain.com/topic/4754-videos-addressing-relapse-prevention/?p=130110
TELLING ALL . ( caps are emphasis only)
OUT OF SIGHT , OUT OF MIND ? I Hid cigarettes in my coat pocket and convinced myself I didn't know how they got there. That was CRAFTY , SLY , UNDERHANDED , INTENTIONAL and I AM GUILTY . It never did help me quit .
The DELIBERATE ACTION : I Kept lighters ... threw away the smokes, and the ashtrays, but convinced myself that the lighter was still a necessity to have in the home. They arebut my thinking was much different . It was a DELIBERATE course of action should I not be able to handle the stress of quitting : Should I find a butt to smoke ..I had the lighter . That never helped me quit . That was : STINKING THINKING , and caused EMOTIONAL TORTURE having that lighter tempt me over and over . I often searched for butts ewwww gross ! Cigs were always just a thought away. That was not taking my quit seriously ; that was setting myself up for failure .
THE SECRECY APPROACH : I tried being a closet smoker : That was a lot of work ! Showering : perfume : hand cream . Repeat , then repeat again . I thought I could smoke and get away with it hiding my addiction . No one would know and I could still pretend with all those I loved that I was quit, and at the same time I could still support and feed my craves . That was SNEAKY AND kinda frightening and it only brought on MORE frequent CRAVINGS because I kept feeding them . I felt GUILTY , and ASHAMED . The secrecy approach sure didn’t help me quit !
Was SMOKING really making me HAPPY? . Smoking CONTROLLED my LIFE !
BOLDNESS: Oh I have to share this one lol was I bold or what and rather silly now I think about it . I Went to a park took my cigarettes , hidden of course with my lighter , and sat at a picnic bench . ANXIOUSLY I kept a LOOK OUT, AFRAID of BEING SPOTTED while taking A FEW puffs ( UNDERCOVER of a COAT ) . Oh my gosh what if I got caught !!!!! Grown woman caught Smoking !! I could see the headlines ! She LIED . She wasn't quit !! That was: OUT OF CONTROL , DESPERATION and that caused more of the same . ANXIETY , FEAR , SHAME AND EMBARRASSMENT, and OH MY GOSH , I WAS an ADDICT! How could smoking be "THAT GOOD" to cause this much pain ?
SELFISHNESS: I Smoked while babysitting my sons dog. It was nice to have the company while I was out taking him for a walk or sitting on the balcony petting him . : He died of cancer at 6 years old and broke my sons heart . I miss him too . I wish I hadn't smoked . He gave us unconditional love , I gave him second hand smoke .Tears and sorrow are still shed over that . I blew smoke in the faces of all those I loved, FOR AN ADDICTION !!! MY KIDS SHOULD HAVE COME FIRST / MY GRANDKIDS , MY SIBLINGS , and my FRIENDS. My kids PETS SHOULD HAVE COME FIRST , but I chose cigarettes as my friends ,and MY right over everything else. THAT brought me nothing but GRIEF, SORROW , and SHAME , ANGER and GUILT and the most EMOTIONAL PAIN ever . Smoking was not fun . It didn't make me happy . I began to see smoking for what it was , understanding and seeing the truth . I decided to face my denial, get real with my addiction and stop the insanity .
What has cigarettes done for us .The answer is simply nothing good . It is one of the worst forms of torture ever, and it was slowly killing us . The sad part: we willingly made the choice to do it everyday . We are of so much more worth, and value than that . “
THE ENDING : Quitting got easier once I decided to STOP THE INSANITY, and quit playing games with my quit . I was wasting valuable time .
What did I truly want ?
I wanted to quit .
I surrendered .
Cigarettes had that much control in my life , but not anymore .
I took my power back :)
I am glad all of you as well are claiming your power and your freedom from this addiction :) _ Sherri L.
"Your problem was never being addicted to cigarettes. Your problem was being addicted to nicotine. Ever find yourself curious about exciting new technologies that allow you to smoke without actually smoking real cigarettes?" http://www.quittrain.com/topic/4754-videos-addressing-relapse-prevention/?p=178279
There is proven power in a community of positive support. http://www.quittrain.com/topic/318-the-one-year-commitment/?p=5686
Video discusses how smoking cannot solve stress, and in actuality usually results in making people more nervous in general than if they were former smokers or had never smoked in their lives. http://www.quittrain.com/topic/4754-videos-addressing-relapse-prevention/?p=130102
Most people expressing this sentiment are simply rationalizing their smoking in order to protect their nicotine addiction--a process that if not reversed can end up costing the smoker his or her health and life. http://www.quittrain.com/topic/4753-videos-addressing-issues-early-in-your-quit/?p=172661
A very, very good video for everybody. Please take a few minutes to watch. :) https://www.quittrain.com/topic/4754-videos-addressing-relapse-prevention/?p=171920
Every day is a major milestone! http://www.quittrain.com/topic/4754-videos-addressing-relapse-prevention/?p=171919
Why users of electronic cigarettes may be having a harder time emotionally with their quits over the longer-term. http://www.quittrain.com/topic/4753-videos-addressing-issues-early-in-your-quit/?p=171247
I'll quit tomorrow. More times than not, those "tomorrows" turn into months and years which is one of the reasons why so many of us quit with years and or decades of smoking under our belts. I quit at 7:00 pm back in 2013. The best time to quit is right now, today! http://www.quittrain.com/topic/4753-videos-addressing-issues-early-in-your-quit/
I honestly don't know what to say. I just found out about this and talked to her daughter-in-law on the phone just a few minutes ago. She passed last night and was found this morning. For those of us who've gotten to know Beth over the years, this is a heartbreaking day for everyone, especially her family. Please keep her family in prayers and for those of us who knew her through our smoking support group, please reach out to one another and this is devastating news. She was such a tough lady who inside, was sweet, loving and would do anything for anybody.
This video discusses how it is natural to blame all bad feelings, whether or emotional or physical on the fact that you may have recently quit smoking when other factors may very well be at play. http://www.quittrain.com/topic/4753-videos-addressing-issues-early-in-your-quit/?p=168113
Complacency is any addicts worst enemy. Nobody, and I mean nobody is immune to relapse. http://www.quittrain.com/topic/4754-videos-addressing-relapse-prevention/?p=166975
Death in the West” is considered to be one of the finest documentaries ever made. It was originally produced for British television and vigorously suppressed by tobacco interests....revealing interviews with the stark reality of six smoking cowboys, all dying of smoking-induced illnesses. http://quittrainblog.com/video/the-marlboro-story/
Video produced by Kuch Khaas, a group of young artists in Pakistan.