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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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Temporary Fixes

babs609 Quit Date: 07/13/2012   Posted April 23, 2014    That's what a lot of frustrated quitters feel when they are still young and fresh in their quit......water, deep breaths, walking, distracting, cleaning, exercising, posting, talking to a friend....the list is endless...but each and every one of those things are temporary...and as a new quitter...you get frustrated ya know?  Yes...I tried all those things..and it never lasts...I tried the water 20 minutes ago...hel

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***NO MORE EXCUSES***

babs609 Quit Date: 07/13/2012   Posted April 6, 2014    I'm 16....right now I'm a teen, i'm having fun. I enjoy smoking. I can quit at any time. So, I'll quit when......   I'm 20.. but life is a little stressful right now...I have 2 babies, working full time..saving to buy a house....I'm still young and won't be affected long term by this smoking...no big deal...right? I'll quit definitely by the time...   I'm 25.....still a lot of my family and frien

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Over and over again

Abby Quit Date: June 30 2011   Posted July 2, 2016    Having to push the restart button over and over was so exhausting , so discouraging and so defeating . I felt hopeless that "I" may one day be quit. I learned that to keep a quit I had to make a firm committment to MYSELF that I could not continue to do what I had always done. Some craves can be really tough but everyone we get through has less power the next time. I remember how exhausting it was, battling craves and

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Why is it so hard to quit smoking?

Nancy Quit Date:¬†07/07/2013 ¬† Posted¬†March 25, 2016¬† From the American Cancer Society... ¬† Why is it so hard to quit smoking? Mark Twain said, ‚ÄúQuitting smoking is easy. I‚Äôve done it a thousand times.‚ÄĚ Maybe you‚Äôve tried to quit, too. Why is quitting and staying quit hard for so many people? The answer is mainly nicotine. Nicotine Nicotine is a drug found naturally in tobacco, which is as addictive as heroin or cocaine. Over time, a person becomes phy

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Are you scared to quit smoking?

Colleen Quit Date: 6/2/13   Posted June 13, 2015    I was scared too.  Thought I had this super addictive personality and all those who had successfully quit before me weren't really addicted to smoking.  Shortly after you quit, you are going to figure it out, but I'll let you in on the secret now...it's a bunch of baloney.  Nobody is more addicted to smoking than anyone else.  It's the monster otherwise known as nicotine playing tricks on you, kick his ass to the curb b

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Quitting Changed My Life

c9jane29   Posted May 14  Thank you guys so much!! 5 years already?! I love it!! I look back on the last 5 years with so much joy in my heart... I'm glad I saw my quit as a celebration, it has always felt that way...never negative.  It changed my life, my kids lives. I volunteer as a Girl Scout Troop Leader...before I would have never done anything like that. I had convinced myself I had too much anxiety or too introverted but all of that was my addiction getting me to fall o

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The Comfort Zone

Tink Posted¬†June 6, 2014¬†¬∑¬†IP¬† ¬† The Comfort Zone By Unknown I used to have a comfort zone where I knew I wouldn‚Äôt fail. The same four walls and busywork were really more like jail. I longed so much to do the things I‚Äôd never done before, But stayed inside my comfort zone and paced the same old floor. I said it didn‚Äėt matter that I wasn‚Äôt doing much. I said I didn‚Äôt care for things like commission checks and such. I claimed to be so busy with the things in

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It's your choice

On 8/4/2015 at 10:57 AM, Tiffany said:   Read this. Line by line. Think about it. Feel it.     Picture yourself a second or two after you stub out that quit-breaking cigarette. The one that you just had to have because the craving was so strong you couldn't hold out any longer, when that voice inside you was saying.. "Go on, life sucks, you may as well smoke a cig.. y'know for your nerves.." or the other one.. "you've got this beat now.. you are in control.. you can have

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Are You a Believer?

babs609 Quit Date: 07/13/2012 Posted September 20, 2016 · IP    Life is really so simple...WE are the ones who make it complicated   Because the truth is....if you BELIEVE the cigarette will give you any kind of comfort or joy...then you will suffer a great deal.  Not just in the early part of your quit, but for YEARS after...if you can stay quit that long.   This is where the education part comes in.   If there is something you want that you believe will

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Disabilities and depression associated with smoking

Tink Quit Date: 22/11/2013   Posted November 10, 2015    It's a sad fact that they are related to each other I can only speak from what I see or I know maybe others can relate a story?   My story is my mum she is a heavy smoker and absolutely convinced she will not quit as its her only comfort!! Which is ironic as her discomfort, disability and depression is all born by smoking!!   She has blocked arteries from smoking, this has been medically confirm

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No Matter What, Right?

Ramona Quit Date: 1/29/2017   Posted September 1, 2015    In 4 days I will celebrate my 10 month mark.  I've not had a single puff in these 10 months.  I did not sacrifice a single inhale to death sticks.  Astounding!!!   To quit smoking has been my number one, most important goal.  Nothing has come before it.  I've made it this far because I've made this quit my top priority.  If the choice is between smoking a cigarette OR:   punching myself in the

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I Tried to Climb the Mountain Today

beacon   Posted May 12, 2016    I TRIED TO CLIMB THE MOUNTAIN TODAY.   I tried to climb the mountain today. As I inched my way up the path, I felt overwhelmed, so I had to turn back. I tried to climb the mountain today. On my journey, darkness started to fall, and I was full of fear, so I had to return to a safe place.  I was ready to climb the mountain today. But it was so hot outside, I thought I better stay in my nice air-conditioned house and rest up f

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Lies

Nixter Quit Date: 6/7/15   Posted June 27, 2015    So basically what I'm figuring out is that cigarettes and nicotine are big fat liars. For all those years they kept me at their beck and call by making me afraid. I was afraid to quit because I thought I wouldn't be able to have fun without a cig. LIE. I was afraid to quit because I thought it would be too hard. LIE. I was afraid to quit because I thought every day would be like day 1. LIE. I was afraid to quit because I

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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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10 Steps to Relapse

beacon   Posted June 11, 2014    Saw this some where else, not sure if it has bern posted here or who wrote it...   Ten Steps to Relapse 1. "Try" to quit.   2. Idealize life without smoking.   3. Associate your daily problems and disappointments with the fact that you're not smoking.   4. Begin to buy into the idea that you are more miserable now than before you quit.   5. Start responding to your problems with, "If this

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No Man's Land

Nancy Quit Date: 07/07/2013 Posted March 23, 2018 ·    By tahoehal  on May 13 2008    I seldom start a post, unless it is to honor someone's anniversary. But I feel compelled to share something that I seem to be sharing a lot of lately... and that is my thoughts on 'No Man's Land'. No Man's Land is a dangerous and scary place... and it is a lonely time during a quit. I call No Man's Land that period of time between about 1 month and 3 or 4 months into your quit

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Old Dogs and New Tricks

Boo Quit Date: March 9, 2016   Posted August 26, 2017 ·    "You can't teach an old dog new tricks."  I'm not one to nitpick over semantics, but I've heard that old cliche twice today.  How many phrases do we mindlessly repeat without ever really thinking about them.  Maybe I'm overthinking the phrase.  Or perhaps when you begin making a conscious effort to make positive changes, you're a bit more sensitive to the kind of self-defeating limitations we place on ourselves.

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To all of you quitters... new, and not-so-new:

ChristaC Quit Date: June 18, 2013   Posted May 30, 2014    First of all, congratulations to all of you.   As I'm sitting here reading some of the posts of some of the struggles quitters go through, especially those with fairly recent quits, I remember my own battles in the early days, and I get the chills....   How did I ever get to this point of being wonderfully free from this nasty, deadly addiction? I smoked for over 50 years... I did EVERYTHING w

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World Health Organization Tobacco Facts

Key facts ¬† ¬† ¬†‚ÄĘTobacco kills up to half of its users. ¬† ¬† ¬†‚ÄĘTobacco kills more than 8 million people each year. More than 7 million of those deaths are the result of direct¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†tobacco use while around 1.2 million are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke. ¬† ¬† ¬†‚ÄĘOver 80% of the world's 1.3 billion tobacco users live in low- and middle-income countries. ¬† Leading cause of death, illness and impoverishment ¬† The tobacco epi

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Hey my fellow newbies, hold your ground!

Soberjulie   Posted April 23, 2014    Sometimes it takes every last bit of you to keep your balance and not do something self destructive. I'm not talking about willpower, I'm talking about something else. I'm not sure how to describe it. It's like the part of you that wants to live, the part of you that is committed to not smoking, is connected by only the most slender of threads to the part of you driving the car, making the

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Filling the Voids

Posted 30 March 2015 - 09:14 AM by hermine (qsmb)   Quitting smoking leaves us with a terrible emptiness that, for a while, we don't know exactly how to handle. And we may even ask ourselves if we will ever be able to fill these voids with anything. What helped me to get over this was eventually understanding that the source of the problem wasn't the absence of cigarettes, but the mere existence of those terrible feelings I was dealing with.    They were there all along, but

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One Year Commitment Completed - and now...

Sirius Quit Date: May 27, 2014   Posted May 23, 2017    ...and now you don't get rid of me that easily.   :rtfm:     When I started my quit I found that time was my enemy.        I fought for each moment to stay nicotine free.   :hunter:   The moments became day-to-day issues.   Then just occasional cravings.  :unsure:   Eventually time becomes your friend again.     More time in the day to do things other then

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Expect, Detect, Reject

MarylandQuitter Quit Date: 10/07/2013   Posted March 14, 2017    When I first quit I found that I could obsess about wanting to smoke, if I let myself.  You'll drive yourself loony if you fixate on this.  I expected to have craves.  Expect, Detect, Reject.  Turn your thoughts to something else and by that I mean do something physical.  I would get up and start doing something because it would force me to focus on what I was doing, instead of what I wasn't (smoking).  I c

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Too Late to Quit

El Bandito Quit Date: 27/01/2014   Posted April 5, 2014     I have smoked for 30 years, Man and Boy.    I started at 13 years old. Usual stuff - I wanted to be cool, grown up.   I quickly got into my stride - comfortably putting away 2, 3 packs a day throughout my twenties and thirties. I had a couple of goes at quitting - the usual stuff - girlfriends nagging, a health scare or two. A couple of times I was quit for months at a time.   Then,

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So you want to stop smoking ..

sherry Quit Date: 2-28-2014   Posted November 28, 2014 · IP    Good for you!   After 9 months smoke free, I can tell you it will be the best decision you ever make - Hands down.   Will I tell you it will be easy? No. Will I tell you it can be easy? Yes. My dad put down his cigs about 20yrs ago and never looked back, for him it was easy, maybe you will be one of those who can just walk away, .... if you're like me, some days will be better than others.

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