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  1. Welcome aboard the train, Shezi! Good for you for quitting smoking! Six weeks is huge, and you've already done the head-shrinking part. This is an excellent place to get support through the long haul, and a wealthy resource for information and distractions. I too highly recommend Joel Spitzer videos for counseling and reinforcement. Once you get off nicotine altogether, just remember that the reward for not smoking is not a cigarette. Plan for that. We are here to support you on days 45 onward! Enjoy your happier lungs forever and welcome!
    7 points
  2. So far you've had replies from a Bunny, an angry, defiant baby and now, a Pig. That should tell you something. People on the train are a little odd but, we're all quitters like you! We all went through the whole deal, like you are doing now. Yeah, we "get it"! And because we all do, there's a wealth of information here. Read as much as you can. There's a lot of support here too if/when you need it. It can be fun to quit with other quitters and it helps to keep you accountable (to yourself)! Knowledge is Power; power to quit! Congrats on a great start. 6 weeks is awesome. A lot of t
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  3. Hello and Welcome ... Take your seat on the Magical Train ,that takes you to the land of Freedom .... Congratulations on your fabulous Quit ....You have been given some great advice to keep you on the track ... We have a daily pledge....a great tool....it's a promise to yourself you don't smoke that day ... you'll be surprised at the power that has ... Get your self a ticker ...watch the days smoke free clock up....as well as the money .. My advice is ..Just enjoy being here amongst fellow quitters....supporting them ..helps you ...it makes you stronger.. Read an
    6 points
  4. There's a lot of people both ex smokers and never smokers who hate when I suggest this clue but I tell you what, it really did work for me and a lot of others. And I got the clue from another member of the forum I was on. I really missed the hand to mouth thing too and this did a great job until I was strong enough to let it go as well. And fyi, my husband is a never smoker too and he also asked me all the time that shouldn't I be "over it" already. And this was only after a couple months quit. My point being that people who have never smoked can never really understand what we go throug
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  5. Welcome Shezi, You have come to the right place for support. Everyone here is a former smoker and we are all in different stages of our quits. I personally quit cold turkey but they're many who quit with the patches and some who are still in the process of using them. I am closing in on 6 months quit after being a smoker for over 35 years. So, grab a seat and enjoy the ride to an happier and healthier life as a non smoker.
    6 points
  6. It's funny you should say that, I'd never heard of an air cigarette but right before I joined this forum today, after looking up nicotine mints and rejecting them (I'd never heard of those either), I read about this air thing on Amazon and ordered one! It'll come next week, one of the reviews said the size and weight felt right. I really miss the 'hand to mouth' action. Crazy right? So here's the thing, I showed it to my husband, who promptly said 'do you not think it's a step in the wrong direction?' Well clearly not, since I just ordered one, duh! But now I feel a bit stupid, I'm embarrassed
    6 points
  7. So glad you found us Shezi! This is such a wonderful place for friendship and support in quitting. You are doing great. The first month is the toughest. I would not bother with the nicotine mints. It is best to get the nicotine out of your system. Stay focused on your life of freedom. I promise you will get stronger and more powerful as you travel this journey. I smoked for 42 years and tried every quit method. I wasn't successful until I found this forum. Stay close to the forum, educate yourself and have some fun playing the games. You can do this!
    6 points
  8. Welcome aboard, Shezi! You have the right mindset, so you will be successful with your quit...but do lots of reading here and watching the Joel videos to educate yourself about the nicotine addiction. Congrats on the 6 week mark! Reward yourself and KTQ! PS I quit using NRT - patches and gum
    6 points
  9. Hi everyone, I've spent ages looking for a support forum and you guys look the best fit for me, so here I am. I quit smoking about 6 weeks ago, the psychology of the decision took more than 2 years, the decision took 2 weeks, smoking the last cigarette took 6 minutes... it's a work in progress. I bought nicotine patches before I quit, took a short vacation (can't go on vacation and not smoke, I'll be stressed and miserable, yada yada yada), so made every effort to cut down until we got back. Thought about it some more when we returned home, and began to realise why the psychology t
    5 points
  10. Welcome aboard, @Shezi and congratulations on 6 weeks smoke free. You are doing a truly great thing. I can't give you any advice on the patch as I did not quit that way but there are many people here who can and I am sure you will hear some great advice about it. I do think it is great that you are noticing positive changes in your overall health and life since quitting. This is very important. Having the mindset and desire to "not be a smoker anymore" is also very important. Quitting is very doable. I smoked for 20 years and towards the end
    5 points
  11. Hi Shezi welcome to our train full of quitters and congratulations on six weeks quit already We have quite a few members who have successfully quit by using the patch so you're in good company. I agree with you that reintroducing nicotine after you're done with the patches is a step in the wrong direction. I quit cold turkey but what I would do when I got a bad crave was use my air cigarette. I just pretended I was holding an actual cigarette in my fingers and then went through the motions of "smoking" it. I can't believe how well it worked at tricking my mind into thinking it was getti
    5 points
  12. Hi Shezi, welcome to the Quit Train and congratulations on your decision to quit smoking! Like you, I used nicotine patches to help me quit. They were a godsend and made quitting so much easier (I had one other quit that was cold turkey). Personally, I don't think I would continue with nicotine (mints) after finishing the patches. I was very nervous at each step down in the patches. I had a little brain fog when I stepped down from 21 mg to 14 mg. I didn't notice any physical withdrawal symptoms when I stepped down from 14 mg to 7 mg and same thing when I went from 7 mg to no nicotine.
    4 points
  13. G’day NOPE .....Not One Puff Ever.... (replace Ever with Min Hour Day as required!)
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  14. Gosh guys... I'm really sorry to hear the price you paid. I guess I got off lightly, it didn't feel so. In 2004, I randomly developed asthma. My then doc said he thought the damage had been done - he was as surprised as I was when the chest X-rays came back clear. Did I stop smoking? No, I didn't. In July this year, after a routine physical, my doc called to tell me blood pressure was up and I scored 121 on my bad cholesterol (good being 0-99). So please stop smoking. She's been saying this for 6 years now and I've learned to filter. I bought a blood pressure monitor so I could pre
    3 points
  15. Hi Shezi Welcome and congratulations on your six week quit. Sounds like you're doing well and keeping a positive attitude. Of course there will still be some bumps along the way and you'll just need to address them as they arise. Come here and vent, chat, or just browse. Others may start to think you should be "over it" by this point, but you have a new group who know better and will support you all the way. Keep up the good work. I seem to remember that Amazon eliminated their Return Department years ago because no one had ever made a mistaken purchase and a
    3 points
  16. G’day NOPE .....Not One Puff Ever.... (replace Ever with Min Hour Day as required!)
    2 points
  17. Ok, I'm sorry - that was a mis-direct. I actually live in TN, the 'stuck' part refers to the fact that there is nowhere really to go and I can't go 'home' just now. Hopefully soon.
    2 points
  18. Welcome Shezi. I think I know what you're referring to, when I started my quit I saw an ad for 1 of those "air cigarette" too, so I showed my wife and she immediately asked "If you really want to quit, why would you still want to pretend smoking?" I didn't order it, and I'm so glad I didn't because I now have true FREEDOM! If I have 1 of those air cig, I would still be mentally addicted. Take a seat and enjoy this wonderful train ride to Freedom Shezi.
    2 points
  19. What a truly great post!
    2 points
  20. Way to go Mona. You;ve got this. Keep that quit going!
    2 points
  21. Smoking has lost me the life I should have had ...instead of the life it gave me .... My Hubby and me both smoked ..so the cost was unthinkable...we both smoked over Fifty years ... The amount of money would be enormous..... Paying for the privilege to ruin our health .... Watching someone suffer for approx 15 years fighting for every breath with Emphysema....watching them slowly lose the ability to even go the bathroom unaided ... wash...needing 24hour care ... In and out of hospitals ...phumonia never too far away .. While this was happening I was warned by my d
    2 points
  22. I sure did Sweetheart.... Just having fun
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  23. Oh my goodness! Thank you for pointing that out Doreen!!! I'm sure you knew what I meant...
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  24. Spinach and Artichoke Chicken Casserole
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  25. awesome thanks you bunch of window lickers...remember nope
    1 point
  26. Way to go Mona. 5 months is a major feat.
    1 point
  27. Thank you @Doreensfree . I'm so sorry about your husband. Luckily you at least saved yourself in the end. Unbelievable, how high the cost of this addiction is, to individuals, entire families, communities and societies. It's too bad we can't recognize that truth as a society and make it much more difficult for anyone to profit from the sale of tobacco and nicotine products.
    1 point
  28. Giving in mentally to a craving, loosing your focus happens Steven but the reason the SOS is so important is that it means you have to type out what you are experiencing then wait just a little while until you start getting replies. It's that delay time that could save your quit! It's not necessarily what any of us might say to you but more that the craving will have subsided at least a little and you have time to really think about what you are contemplating doing by lighting up again. If you haven't already, write an SOS message to yourself in advance. There's a thread in on the
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  29. 3 years 1 month
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  30. There are songs that it is physically impossible for me not to sing-a-long with. For example...
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