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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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How to do nothing without smoking

beacon   Posted November 22, 2014    Good video. This is what I struggled with. Still if I get a thought about smoking it is when I am relaxed and doing nothing and not when I am stressed.     Link to original post: https://www.quittrain.com/topic/3552-how-to-do-nothing-without-smoking/  

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Think you need just one?

Nancy Quit Date: 07/07/2013   Posted September 18, 2014    I have to have a cigarette, RIGHT NOW   By tahoehal  on November 26 2008      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.. "y

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The choices we make

Sunnyside Quit Date: 02/01/22   Posted December 2, 2016    We all chose to smoke and stick to it. When you first started it never became easy to you.   You had to work to make it feel natural. You had to work to become a full time smoker.   All the discomfort of coughing, head spinning, feeling sick didn't stop you from carrying on. Going around and around with the constant cravings never stop you.   Now years of conditioning later you have

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Why being part of a Forum helps

JackiMac Quit Date: 1st November 2018   Posted February 9, 2015    I was sitting thinking today, that over the last year I have had two relapses, and this is my 3rd attempt in a year to quit, now I am seriously beginning to realise that way back last year I would not have even attempted to quit if it had not been for finding, joining and taking part in this Forum, being able to see that I am not alone, that there are different ways to quit, that not everyone's quit is th

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A Relapse Prevention Plan: The Tools of Recovery

sharonsiff Quit Date: 12 June 2013   Posted January 12, 2015    I have added this video I found to Chyrs relapse post but I'll put it out here too. Explains the 3 stages of a relapse Emotional, Mental and Physical. This would have been a fabulous video for me during my first months and hopefully will be of use to others who may need it now.         Link to original post: https://www.quittrain.com/topic/4154-a-relapse-prevention-plan-the

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Emphysema... Explained...

Doreensfree Quit Date: 7 /8/2013   Posted October 14, 2018          This is a crippling illness.... Slowly getting worse.... My hubby has suffered for years....needs oxygen regularly for 16 hrs a day....   Link to original post: https://www.quittrain.com/topic/11235-emphysema-explained/  

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Fearing the Crave

Jenny Quit Date: 05/24/2012   Posted November 9, 2014    Cravings are the most feared in a quit and we all know they can be uncomfortable. It's this fear that keeps many of us from even attempting to quit smoking. The fear of being uncomfortable.  We feel this way even though we know that smoking related disease is probably not terribly comfortable either.....addiction is so not rational....   The addiction wants to manipulate you into believing that there is n

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The thing about relapse, or considering it...

MarylandQuitter   Quit Date: 10/07/2013   Posted October 4, 2014    is that you may not ever quit again.  This is a very realistic outcome if you choose to smoke again.  We've all heard that smoking doesn't make anything better when in fact it makes it worse.  It's doesn't calm you down, solve your problems and instead costs a small fortune and kills you.   If you've started again, quit and right the ship.  If you're thinking about smoking again, quickly g

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Scared to Quit?? ... Face Your Fears, I Did and Lived to Tell.

notsmokinjo Quit Date: 28/11/2017   Posted October 9, 2018    Are you afraid to QUIT? ... I was.   Are you scared that you will fail or fail again? ... Yep, me too.   Is your fear that it will be too hard? .... kinda   Is your fear you just can't do it? ... that too   Is your fear quitting will make you sick? ... yep   Is your fear quitting will hasten you death? ... Absolutely petrified this would be the case and as irra

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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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