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About MarylandQuitter

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    By endurance we conquer
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  1. MarylandQuitter

    Relapse help

    AWESOME!!! You're now a non-smoker. You quit. You're done. It's time now to be vigilant to prevent another relapse.
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    Wednesday 5 th December 2018

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    Relapse help

    You're doing this the right way; picking a date the following day. Some pick a date after the holidays, after this or that and it's just not necessary. It's like telling a {pick your drug} addict to keep on using until they're more comfortable to stop using. Either way, today is the day. BTW, I had my last cigarette at 7pm the day I quit. You should start a blog today to chronicle your quit. Use it as a journal of sorts because it's another way of keeping yourself accountable to stay nicotine free. The other way of course is one that you've already done; telling the world that you're quitting this evening at 8pm. Trust me, we'll be watching. 😎
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    Relapse help

    Welcome to the board, Sparky. It's actually quite simple and not at all unique. You already figured out the trigger which was a stressful week. There are no triggers which cause you to smoke. Triggers only cause a crave but smoking is a choice; a choice which you likely had been entertaining before you took that first puff to relapse. There are no triggers to smoke NOW because your addiction is back in full-force, regardless of how many cigarettes you're smoking on any given day. In other words, you're smoking because you're being chased by the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. You're not smoking for no reason and instead, your smoking because you're addicted to nicotine. Plain and simple. That's why you smoke. That's why you chose to pick up smoking again after not smoking for over 3 years. We will always be nicotine addicts. Always. This is why it's imperative to to never, ever take another puff OR put nicotine by any means into your body. Don't waste anymore of your time trying to figure out why you only smoke at home and why you don't think about smoking while away from home. Just quit smoking. You don't need to figure out a quit date as you're only giving yourself permission to keep smoking - you're rationalizing smoking until you quit when what you should do is stop smoking this instant and start working on recovery and let your body start purging itself of the toxins so it can work on repairing damage. This group can help you along but first, you have to make a firm choice to stop smoking and accept the fact that your can't ever smoke again because if you do, you may find yourself 10 years from now, still smoking with a new host of problems - problems much more serious than simply wondering why you only smoke at home.
  5. MarylandQuitter

    Monday 3rd December 2018

  6. While filmed on Thanksgiving 2011, video relates to how any holiday or special annual event can result in more smoking thoughts than normal, and the importance of being mentally prepared for the occurrence of such thoughts. https://whyquit.com/joels-videos/holiday-related-resources/
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    Video Index

    New Video: How To Help Kids Stop Vaping
  8. I placed your previous account(s) on post restriction which means a moderator or myself would have to approve any content before it's posted. There never was anything waiting to be approved from any of your accounts as not only did I frequently check, but I also get email alerts if there is any content waiting for approval. You were told more than once about the duplicate accounts. This will be the last account; start another and you'll no longer be allowed to post here. When you post random thoughts they go to the top of the page which causes other members' topics to be pushed down further. Using the free blogging feature for this sort of content is best (I see you've started using it) but you can also create ONE thread to post some of your random thoughts, so long as they're smoking related or relevant to whichever board you're posting it on. This way, there won't be 10 threads all created by you which tend to drown out threads started by other members. If I see this happening, I'll simply delete them because nobody has the time to keep explaining rules and proper posting etiquette in a support group. It's kind of along the same lines of having a dinner and interrupting friends or not letting them talk and taking over the conversation. By all means, keep using the blog you created which can serve as a diary of sorts which can be very useful in your quit journey. Feel free to blog all day/night if you wish. 😎
  9. MarylandQuitter

    MQ has 5 years of freedom!!

    Thank you all for the kind words! 😃
  10. MarylandQuitter

    Can't stand it

    This will pass. You're doing all of the right things and that includes pushing through this. Outsmarting this addiction - apply what you know right now - this is where it counts!
  11. MarylandQuitter

    Thursday 11th October 2018

  12. MarylandQuitter

    How long did it take?

    I don't remember how long I was irritable after I quit smoking but heck, I'm still irritable and it has nothing to do with nicotine. After I accepted that getting to the point where I no longer would think of smoking 24/7, I was going to have to put in "the time". Once I understood that the more time I put between my last cigarette, the less I would think of it. A lot of the cravings after a certain point are mental, but nonetheless are still cravings and IMO, just as powerful and if not more. However, they're very manageable because you have control over how you act or dwell on thoughts when they enter your mind. Trust me, the more time you put in, the less you think about, much less consider smoking. Remember this is going to take some time because for a long time, everything we did revolved around smoking. Everything.
  13. MarylandQuitter

    Sunday. 16th September 2018

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    Kids and e-cigs

    Stanford Medicine Learning Objectives Obtain accurate knowledge about pod-based systems (e.g., JUUL, PHIX, Suorin) and how they are made to work like a cigarette Identify marketing strategies employed by pod-based system manufacturers (e.g., JUUL, PHIX, Suorin) to attract new customers Learn about the effects that nicotine in pod-based systems (e.g., JUUL, PHIX, Suorin) has on the adolescent body and brain Identify specific marketing strategies that the pod-based system manufacturers (e.g., JUUL, PHIX, Suorin) use that may increase use among adolescents Understand the appeal of pod-based systems (e.g., JUUL, PHIX, Suorin) among adolescents in order to counter the appeal Teachers should go through each unit and download the PowerPoint for class presentation. Teachers should also download the accompanying activities for in-class activities. Speakers' notes are embedded in the PowerPoint. Activities are meant to be printed for students before class begins. Each Unit has a Kahoot! Quiz linked below and can be used as a pre and post quiz to see how much students know before and after instruction. Discussion Guides found below can be assigned as take-home assignments. Click on link for all the instructional materials https://med.stanford.edu/tobaccopreventiontoolkit/E-Cigs/ECigUnit6.html

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