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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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Reclaiming Our Comfort

DenaliBlues Quit Date:¬†2/10/2022 ¬† Posted¬†16 hours ago¬† ¬† So sorry you are ill and feeling skunky,¬†@Linda. ¬†I‚Äôve felt the same way. This wily addiction sure likes to try and strike when we are feeling low or unawares. Stay strong! ¬† Bear with me as I try to express something for you, for me, for all of us who suffer‚Ķ there is something important about ‚Äúcomfort‚ÄĚ that quitting requires us to reclaim. I think smoking hijacked our ability to feel comfort. Instead o

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5 Secrets for quitting smoking

Jenny Quit Date: 05/24/2012   Posted December 26, 2014    1. It’s never too late to quit. While it’s best to quit smoking as early as possible, quitting smoking at any age will enhance the length and quality of your life. You’ll also save money and avoid the hassle of going outside in the cold to smoke. You can even inspire those around you to quit smoking! 2. Learn from past experiences. Most smokers have tried to quit before and sometimes people get discouraged th

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Junkie Thinking

MarylandQuitter Quit Date:¬†10/07/2013 ¬† Posted¬†April 2, 2014¬†¬∑¬† ¬† Excuses to smoke JUNKIE THINKING: ‚ÄúOne Puff won‚Äôt hurt‚ÄĚ RESPONSE: ‚ÄúOne puff will always hurt me, and it always will because I‚Äôm not a social smoker. One puff and I‚Äôll be smoking compulsively again.‚ÄĚ ¬† JUNKIE THINKING: ‚ÄúI only want one.‚ÄĚ RESPONSE: ‚ÄúI have never wanted only one. In fact, I want 20-30 a day every day. I want them all.‚ÄĚ ¬† JUNKIE THINKING: ‚ÄúI‚Äôll just be a soci

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Breaking Free of this Bondage

DenaliBlues 2977 Quit Date: February 10, 2022   Posted December 26, 2022   For years I thought that I was making a free choice to smoke. But my dependence was much deeper than that - chemical, emotional, ritual. I cannot be a casual smoker because I, too, am an addict. I know this because I exhibited many of the classic signs of addiction: I kept smoking even though it made me feel terrible and was harming my health.  Whenever nicotine ran low in my system

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More Thoughts on Triggers

d2e8b8 3579 Quit Date: Oct 17, 2016   Posted December 15    I recall a post explaining triggers which I'll try to paraphrase in case it helps someone as much as it helped me.   There are 3 kinds of triggers -    - Daily triggers.  These happen daily e.g. coffee, lunch, in the car driving to work, returning from work, etc.  When we quit smoking, these are the triggers that we tackle first and overcome within the first few days.  Having overcome these,

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Nobody Understands What I'm Going Through (while quitting smoking)

MarylandQuitter Quit Date: 10/07/2013   Posted October 17, 2014    I know for me, my family truly had not a clue about the addiction much less what it was like to quit.  This is why I suppose my doctor told me to get involved in a support group.    Nobody Understands What I'm Going Through Video discusses what family members can and cannot do to help their loved ones to quit smoking.       Link to original post: https://www.q

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HALT

babs609 Quit Date: 07/13/2012   Posted March 29, 2014    Quitting tobacco is a process. It doesn't happen overnight, but compared to the amount of time most of us spent smoking, recovery from nicotine addiction is relatively short. Years of smoking taught us to react to literally everything by lighting a cigarette. When we were happy, we'd celebrate by lighting up. When we got angry, smoking would calm us down, or so we thought. Tired? Smoke a cigarette to stay awake.

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Take smoking off your table!

REZ   Posted April 30, 2015        Everyone has a lot of stuff on their table and in their life. You might have job stress, lots of bills, some medical issues and a host of other things going on that makes the thought of quitting seem impossible but it's not! All those things have nothing to do with smoking. You might reach for a cigarette when your dealing with them but if you think about it, smoking doesn't help resolve any of your other problems. All it does is makes the b

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Give it a try

SueBeDoo Quit Date: 29th september 2013     Posted October 24, 2014 · IP  I was one of those people that quit smoking more times than i care to remember and i always gave in at the first sign of a crave.  But this time when i quit, i got through each crave and do you know what, i felt euphoric for making it, it is the best feeling ever, you have the strongest urge to smoke but you hang tight and do not give in and the high you feel is just amazing. Cant beat a free

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Why Did I Join A Quit Smoking Forum?

Tink Quit Date: 22/11/2013 Posted April 13, 2014    I am not a social media buff, I only have facebook where its my family and friends, people I have known most my life or who I trust and feel comfortable around (I only have about 150 friends added)    I was not good on computers, I can be a bit of a technology phobic -   so why did I join a quit smoking forum?   I really wanted to quit smoking is the answer and I did not feel that I could do it

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Tips for Gaining Freedom from Nicotine Addiction

babs609 Posted March 28, 2014 · IP  (edited)   1. It's not as hard as you think. Once you begin to be honest with yourself and to look at the facts about smoking, it will become a pleasure to remove this addiction from your life.   2. Square off with your smoking habit. Look at it and size it up.  Ask yourself exactly what it is doing for you; then ask yourself what it is not doing for you. You can begin with your hair and work your way down to the tips of your toes. It

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FREE To All New Members Who Register...

jillar Posted November 30      *A lifetime of freedom from nicotine. *Worldwide support from members in all phases of quitting and who know and can relate to what you may go through at any given time in your quit. *Tons of educational material about our addiction to nicotine. Be it by reading, watching videos or asking other members. We have it all    So what do you have to lose by becoming a member?                                            Lin

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We can not be casual smokers

Jonny5 Quit Date: 2011-12-21   Posted April 14, 2014    If you could, you already would be.  There are some who can really genuinely take it or leave it.  I read once that 90% of nicotine users become addicted. the others don't persue a smoking career so to speak, or smoke occasionally with no withdrawals.   That is not you.   You are a nicotine addict, that is why you are reading this, and that is why you can't just have the occasional smoke.  

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Climbing the Rope

Nancy Quit Date: 07/07/2013   Posted April 16, 2014  ORIGINALLY BY OBOB-GOLD FREEDOM MEMBER-WHYQUIT.COM  So, I start reminiscing a bit about the early days of my quit. I remember members popping in to post their celebration threads. Green, Bronze, Silver, Gold and beyond. It felt downright intimidating. Here was I, with my seemingly tiny little insignificant sum of 3 days, 4 days, 5 days and so on... clinging to my quit like a man clinging to a life line thrown over the

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Thoughts on Triggers

Still winning Quit Date: 12th March 2014   Posted October 29, 2015    It's been a while since I did a post as I don't ever want to take away from newer quits but I see a lot of triggers going around and some jumping off's. My way of speaking (writing) is to explain my experience and hopefully people can relate, or not and that's good if they can share their experience instead. Makes it much broader.  I also have no intention of saying in one paragraph what can be said in

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Where does the train go?

Jonny5 Quit Date: 2011-12-21   Posted April 28, 2014    We are all on board the quit train, chugging away to our destination, but where is that destination, when will you have arrived?   the secret for me is that the train is very much like a child's train set, it has elaborate bridges, tunnels, stations etc, but ultimately the train is on a continuous loop.   there are many stations where we pick up passengers, there's Cold Turkey Park, Patch Junctio

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For All Your Tobacco Needs

Paul723 Quit Date: July 23, 2013   Posted June 2, 2017  That was the sign on the shop in the middle of a non-descript strip mall.  My first thought was it is empty for me.  Then I started to think about the word need.   This need is not like air or water or food; this is the need of an addict.  Nicotine only creates the need for more nicotine.  Deny this need and the withdrawal cravings cannot kill the addict (though his brain may try to convince him otherwise).  The need is

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Keep the promise you make to yourself

JimHannoonen Quit Date: Feb. 9 2017   Posted June 9, 2017    You've made a choice to not smoke anymore and that's awesome, but remember this. No matter what you do, no matter how many patches you put on your body, how many pills you take or wads of nicotine gum you shove in your mouth, none of these things are going to be a cigarette and none are going to make you feel ok. You're gong to go through some gnarly sh*t over the next few months and you know what? That's

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Keep It Simple

Boo Quit Date: March 9, 2016   Posted May 11, 2017    I was talking to a friend last night.  He's flirting with the idea of quitting, but is currently doing the ol' procrastination two-step.  He calls it "preparation."  He is nervous and has a lot of questions and is getting himself worked up over hypothetical scenarios, most of which will never come to pass.  "How did you quit" he asked.  My reply: "I stopped putting cigarettes in my mouth and setting them on fire."

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The Happy Smoke?

PixelSketch   Posted May 4, 2017    I've been pretty much craving-free since about the third-ish week. I still get a quick smoking thought once in a blue moon, but I laugh at it, and 'poof', it's gone. Just like that. Which, honestly, still shocks me. I never thought I would ever be able to quit. And if by some miracle I did, I was pretty sure I'd be tortured and miserable. I'm thankful every day for this quit, and for this board.   So things are good. But the other

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Traveling as a smoker

Jenny Quit Date: 05/24/2012   Posted May 7, 2017    I went on a trip to Texas recently for work and brought a co-worker with me.  She smokes.  We agreed to meet at a local mall and then drive together to the airport.  When I got there to pick her up she was pacing back and forth outside the vehicle, in the rain, getting those last puffs in.  At the airport she tried to find a time to smoke but things moved too quickly and she was not able to before we boarded.  Everywher

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Who Is In Charge Of This Quit?

Tink Quit Date: 22/11/2013   Posted April 12, 2014    YOU - thats who!   no one else   no situation you find yourself in however difficult    its all down to YOU   sometimes you just have to bring your big bad ass self to the surface and say "I am in charge here" - "This is my quit, my life"   and nothing and no-one is going to bring me down!       (I am not a creative writer, I say it how it is for me

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I forgot to think about smoking! Yay!

PixelSketch Members Quit Date: March 19, 2017   Posted April 10, 2017    OK, this is the first time this has happened since I quit!! Even those moments where I wasn't craving one, it was constantly on my mind in some way, even if it was just "I'm not smoking, I'm not smoking..."   Today, wrapping up a work project into the wee hours of the night, I suddenly realized that I hadn't thought about smoking for ages!  So, there's hope!! It's exhausting to alway

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You Just Don't

Soberjulie   Posted April 7, 2014  some days are harder than others.   but you don't pick up that first cigarette   you just don't.   it's less about willpower than it is about making a decision not to, in advance of the thought or the desire, no matter how scared, angry, jealous, happy, bored, horny, depressed, anxious, elated, insecure, arrogant, lonely or silly you feel.   some days it seems that although yesterday life looked good, today

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The Great Nicotine Free Mental Fog

Sazerac Quit Date: October 23, 2013, A Good Day to be Free.     Posted May 4, 2018              Surviving The Great NicotineFree Fog    Some people experience a mental fog soon after they quit smoking or using nicotine, others don't. It can last from a few hours to a few weeks or longer.  My fog wasn't consistent, showing  up unannounced and somewhat dismaying. Who am I kidding ?  It was disarming and seemed impenetrable. I couldn'

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