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A weekly blog featuring well written posts from members of our community. Each week I'll pick a post and add it to this blog along with the link to the whole thread for anyone wanting to read more. Hope you like it ūüėä

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One less thing to worry about

Lust4Life Quit Date:¬†Sept 26 2016 ¬† Posted¬†October 9, 2018¬† ¬† Those of you that know me from QSMB know that I was a secret smoker.¬† Closet smoker.¬† Na√Įve smoker.¬† Pick a label any label.¬† I lived in constant fear.¬† Constant worry. ¬† Fear of being outed.¬† ¬†So much worry. Which cracks me up now because smokers stink no matter what is done to mask it.¬†¬† Pretty sure my smoking was the pink elephant in the room no one talked about.¬† Yay! ¬† I had an ongoing

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The Pattern of the Journey

beacon   Posted March 5, 2015   I was thinking about the first few months of my quit and how I posted on the boards quite alot. I posted about dizziness, stomach aches, craves and anger and and clear lungs and weight gain and feelings of sheer joy. The first month, the first drink, the first vacation, the first taste, the first drs appointment, Each of these were special, unique, important to me, my experience. The old phartes commented, comforted, celebrated, and laughed.

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Wise words.....'Embrace The Suck'

Soberjulie   Posted November 7, 2015    I dunno if Sarge still posts here but some of his no nonsense, shoot from the hip, tell it like it is words helped me immensely in my first days...weeks...months. The best: Embrace The Suck.   You'll have moments, many moments, where quitting just plain sucks. If you're anything like me, you'll think of throwing the towel in....because...."the way I feel sucks!"   Embrace the suck. Accept it.

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Why N.O.P.E is a must!

Jenny   Quit Date: 05/24/2012   Posted March 30, 2014    I love this article on why you can't have just one.   It Takes Just One Cigarette to Relapse. January 14, 2013 by Cameron Kellett   You will never smoke again. Accepting this is perhaps the most daunting aspect of quitting smoking and nicotine addiction recovery.   The thought of never having another cigarette can be so overwhelming, that smokers will willingly go to the grave an addic

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Are you thinking of quitting?

Soberjulie   Posted April 16, 2014      In other words, begin where you are. But begin. Please stop waiting. Sometimes delay can have very serious consequences.  As an addict I wanted the parade, the grand announcement, the regal launch, the ceremonial countdown, the press conference, the complete preparation with the guarantee of success before I thought I could start......before I could visualize what starting even looked like. Working through these thi

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Restless

babs609 Quit Date: 07/13/2012   Posted February 6, 2015    That's the word I used during the acute phase of my quit.  If I called it a "craving" I felt like it had power over me......as if the only thing that will ease that craving is the very thing that caused it and nothing will ever feel normal again..I will never feel relaxed or content again.  To me..the word "craving" went parrallel with "feed the craving"   But when I changed the wording to "restless", i

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So Amazing

NOPEster Quit Date: February 4, 2017   Posted July 30, 2018    Here I am visiting my sister in Norway for the first time as a non smoker. FYI my quit date was 2/5/17. I’ve never had such an easy time being a guest. My overseas flight over was enjoyable and stress free. I no longer constantly sneak off from the family for a cig. I can hike with the best of them. And I do not reek of smoke nor cough persistently.    I love my new independent life free from the ni

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JWG Post - THANK GOODNESS FOR CIGARETTES (22 January 2013)

Crist√≥bal Quit Date: 14 October 2012 ¬† Posted¬†July 14, 2018¬† ¬† Posted on QSMB 22 Jan 2013 by JWG ÔĽŅ ¬† THANK GOODNESS FOR CIGARETTES ¬† Those were the words written across the back of the mans T-shirt "really" I though, what and odd thing to have printed on to a shirt but to each there own , I suppose I did my best just to blow it off and go about morning,reading the news paper while having a cup of coffee . I dont stop in the cafe every mornin

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You Need A Smoke ?

Sazerac Quit Date: October 23, 2013, A Good Day to be Free.   Posted July 31, 2016    All you quitters will remember this scenario, all you smokers don't have to live it anymore.   "Man, gimme a smoke.  I just need a smoke.   Everything is just too much.  I need a smoke." "ahhh.  thanks, that's better."   Really ?  What's better ?  The situation is still the same situation.  Nothing is better, things are just what they were.  The only th

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Isolation Of A Widowed Smoker

MarylandQuitter Quit Date: 10/07/2013   Posted August 2, 2014  This is sad, but it hit home for me.  Different circumstances and a generation gap, this was me.  How lonely I really was and smoking was never the friend I had thought it was.  This could be any one of us should we ever take another puff from one of those death sticks.   Life had become a boring routine. She had just been going through the motions of maintaining a normal semblance of existence. Waking u

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Why a Quit Sticks.

El Bandito Quit Date: 27/01/2014   Posted November 5, 2014    Now then, let's be perfectly clear   My only expertise is a little experience in smoking and quitting smoking. I have watched some videos, read some books and shared with some fellow quitters. I have zero medical experience or expertise, in fact I look away when they show operations on medical dramas. No knowledge whatsoever of brain chemistry.    There is some true expertise knocking aroun

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SHE WAS 16 AND BEAUTIFUL

Cristóbal Quit Date: 14 October 2012     Posted on QSMB Jul 25 2010 by JWG.   She was 17 and thought it was cool She was 18 knew she was in control She was 19 living in the fast lane She was 20 and would quit before hitting 21 She was 21 and thought new years eve was better She was 22 the new job was to much stress right now She was 23 and her fiancée smoked anyways She was 24 the baby would be fine, what’s a little nicotine She was 25 what else is t

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My Friend Nick

NADA Members   Posted October 25, 2017    When I was thirteen years old this new kid, Nick, moved into my neighborhood.  At first I didn’t like him at all.  In fact, you could even say he made me sick.  But after a few weeks he started to grow on me and before you knew it we were hanging out daily.   Nick seemed like the coolest kid on the planet…so much more mature than my childish peers.  And hanging out with him made me feel cool too.  Before long I found th

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Is Smoking Stopping You From Experiencing All That Life Has To Offer?--MarylandQuitter

Many if not all smokers believe that smoking relieves stress.  It doesn't and in fact causes it.  Nicotine causes your heart rate to increase, your blood pressure to rise and sends adrenaline pulsing through your veins.  This happens each time you smoke a cigarette.  It's an illusion that smoking relieves stress because as smokers, we've conditioned ourselves to believe this.    Look at it this way.  After we put out a cigarette, the average smoker starts to experience mild withdrawal

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Summer's Here - Have a Plan

reciprocity   Posted June 30, 2017    Over the next week we have Canada Day on July 1st and Independence Day in the U.S., July 4th. That means lots of parties with friends and relatives. Time to celebrate summer and rightly so!   Just have a plan in advance for how you will handle these get together occasions if they are your first since quitting. You deserve to have a good time but you need to think about what the dangers might be to you so you can avoid them. Ther

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My Cigarette, My friend......

Soberjulie   Posted April 16, 2014    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

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"Just one rule - ‚ÄúNo nicotine today!‚ÄĚ

Aine Quit Date:¬†2-26-2014 ¬† Posted¬†April 17, 2014¬† ¬† I love this bit by John Polito on the nature of a relapse; I need the reiteration of some of these basic ideas of addiction and the dangers of romanticizing the smoke. ¬† "Just one rule - ‚ÄúNo nicotine today!‚ÄĚ There are hundreds of quitting books with millions of words and scores of quick-fix magic cures promising near painless and sure-fire success.¬†¬†¬†There is but one principle that affords a 100% guarant

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For anyone that is struggling

Sunnyside  Quit Date: 02/01/22   Posted August 24, 2015    I thought I would put my thoughts out here today, my pointers that may help someone out there. If it helps at least one person then I will be happy. When I started out on this quit journey I had no confidence at all that I could pull this off. That this quit would probably go the same as all the others did, a DISASTER I always felt that smoking was apart of who I was. That is how people know me! I couldn't c

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How to silence the inner voice....

Ladybug Posted April 9, 2014    I have no idea where I got this from, but it's in my quit diary and I thought I share it with you guys!   As to silencing the inner voice:   The secret is a repeated conscious choice. If you draw a saw across a log one time, you may make a scratch in the bar. If you draw it across the log a few more times you may scratch the surface of the wood.   If you keep drawing the saw across the same place on the log, the scratch

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KNOCK KNOCK

Cristóbal Quit Date: 14 October 2012     Posted on QSMB Dec 17 2013 by JWG   When my son was young he would walk to the end of the drive to wait for the school bus. I would stand at the bay window off the side nook of our home where I could look down the drive and watch until he safely got on board.  Sounding like a good father this may be. But in actuality I found I enjoyed the heat off the glass and watching the life outdoors from the birds to the ever changing le

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Will i always miss smoking?

Sunnyside Quit Date: 02/01/22   Posted July 6, 2016  I found this article on another website and thought it may help someone here. By Terry Martin "I quit smoking seven months ago. I do feel better, and I don't struggle all of the time now, but I still have days when I find myself missing my cigarettes. I sometimes wish I could have just one now and then. At times, the urge to smoke is so intense. I wonder if I'll ever be free of this habit? Will I miss smoking f

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Why do we "Pay it Forward"?

soul Quit Date: 11.29.09   Posted April 8, 2014    I have taken the liberty to borrow a writing from a great man and modify it (may he forgive me) to fit the principle of "Paying it Forward" in the smoking cessation world......................   Here below is what I stand for, in all my affairs.............   "I stand by the door"     I neither go too far in, nor stay too far out. The door is among the most important doors in the w

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If you still need that nudge to quit...read on !!!!

Doreensfree Quit Date: 7 /8/2013   Posted August 14, 2017    I'm here to tell you exactly what it's like to live with C.O.P.D/emphysema.. It starts with a cough..that get alot worse and persistent.. People put it down to a smokers cough..the time scale can differ, as were all different...all of a sudden it gets herder to do the things you could do easy..take the stairs,walk to the local shop,shower,ect... You get help with inhalers,clinic,s ,rehab,but nothing s

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When things get crunchy, remember...

DenaliBlues Quit Date: 2/10/2022   Posted January 21    Reading and re-reading is a great strategy in the early hours and days of your quit. I did that, too. What else will you do to support and distract yourself? You might try making a list of things you can do instead of smoking when the cravings strike. I know it sounds corny to make a list, but it helps to be prepared (things to do with your hands, things to do with your mouth, mindless tasks, exercise snacks, physic

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Quitters Remorse

Jenny Quit Date: 5/24/2012   Overcoming Your Quitter’s Remorse. september 20, 2012 by      cameron kellett      If you have ever attempted to quit smoking, there is a good chance you’re familiar with the notion of quitter’s remorse. You may recognize it as the occasional feeling of regret we have over making the decision to quit smoking and cause ourselves to suffer the healing process.   It is a feeling that leads us to envy those care free smokers,

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