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  1. MarylandQuitter
    From now on, when you log in, you'll be doing so through SSL encryption to further protect your information. The next time you login, you'll have to enter your username and password and just click to remember just as before. SSL will not be used on the forum because it's public and videos and images won't work unless they're from a site which uses SSL. The store is also SSL.
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    For the next four days, we'll be giving away four copies of Allen Carr's "Easy Way To Stop Smoking". Your book will be sent directly from Amazon.com as a gift to you, from us. All you have to do is register on this quit smoking support forum, introduce yourself and send me a private message that you'd like to receive a free copy of this book. Becoming a member is completely free and you don't even have to be a non-smoker to join!
    If you're thinking about quitting smoking and are apprehensive, are struggling to quit or simply just want to learn how to be a content and happy non-smoker, this book may help change your mindset and give you a fresh outlook on quitting smoking. This book concentrates on why we smoke instead of why we should quit. We all know the dangers of smoking and why we should quit, but did you know that the smoker is in a constant state of mild withdrawal and must continually feed the addiction which is why we think we enjoy smoking? Once you expose the lies about smoking and nicotine addiction, quitting can be a rewarding and even an enjoyable process.
    Take your freedom back and rid your life of this deadly addiction once and for all.

  3. MarylandQuitter
    There are three primary factors associated with relapse: (1) rewriting the law of addiction; (2) an excuse; and (3) a vague memory. It doesn't matter if it happens within two hours, two days, two weeks, two months, two years, or twenty, the factors remain the same and apply to all of us. https://www.quittrain.com/topic/7669-caring-for-our-quit-by-john-r-polito/?p=191537
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    Many long-term former smokers have a difficult time remembering the date or even the year when they actually stopped. This video explains an important underlying message of their inability to recall what many people would think is an unforgettable date. http://www.quittrain.com/topic/2096-video-introduction-to-joel-misc-educational-videos-by-joel/?p=187101
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    New Years Eve is typically a time when many people decide to make a resolution to quit smoking. New Years day or shortly thereafter many of these people question that resolution and usually throw away their quits. This video explains why this often occurs. https://www.quittrain.com/topic/7911-are-you-questioning-your-new-years-resolution-to-quit-smoking/
  6. MarylandQuitter
    TELLING ALL . ( caps are emphasis only)
    OUT OF SIGHT , OUT OF MIND ? I Hid cigarettes in my coat pocket and convinced myself I didn't know how they got there. That was CRAFTY , SLY , UNDERHANDED , INTENTIONAL and I AM GUILTY . It never did help me quit .
    The DELIBERATE ACTION : I Kept lighters ... threw away the smokes, and the ashtrays, but convinced myself that the lighter was still a necessity to have in the home. They arebut my thinking was much different . It was a DELIBERATE course of action should I not be able to handle the stress of quitting : Should I find a butt to smoke ..I had the lighter . That never helped me quit . That was : STINKING THINKING , and caused EMOTIONAL TORTURE having that lighter tempt me over and over . I often searched for butts ewwww gross ! Cigs were always just a thought away. That was not taking my quit seriously ; that was setting myself up for failure .
    THE SECRECY APPROACH : I tried being a closet smoker : That was a lot of work ! Showering : perfume : hand cream . Repeat , then repeat again . I thought I could smoke and get away with it hiding my addiction . No one would know and I could still pretend with all those I loved that I was quit, and at the same time I could still support and feed my craves . That was SNEAKY AND kinda frightening and it only brought on MORE frequent CRAVINGS because I kept feeding them . I felt GUILTY , and ASHAMED . The secrecy approach sure didn’t help me quit !
    Was SMOKING really making me HAPPY? . Smoking CONTROLLED my LIFE !
    BOLDNESS: Oh I have to share this one lol was I bold or what and rather silly now I think about it . I Went to a park took my cigarettes , hidden of course with my lighter , and sat at a picnic bench . ANXIOUSLY I kept a LOOK OUT, AFRAID of BEING SPOTTED while taking A FEW puffs ( UNDERCOVER of a COAT ) . Oh my gosh what if I got caught !!!!! Grown woman caught Smoking !! I could see the headlines ! She LIED . She wasn't quit !! That was: OUT OF CONTROL , DESPERATION and that caused more of the same . ANXIETY , FEAR , SHAME AND EMBARRASSMENT, and OH MY GOSH , I WAS an ADDICT! How could smoking be "THAT GOOD" to cause this much pain ?
    SELFISHNESS: I Smoked while babysitting my sons dog. It was nice to have the company while I was out taking him for a walk or sitting on the balcony petting him . : He died of cancer at 6 years old and broke my sons heart . I miss him too . I wish I hadn't smoked . He gave us unconditional love , I gave him second hand smoke .Tears and sorrow are still shed over that . I blew smoke in the faces of all those I loved, FOR AN ADDICTION !!! MY KIDS SHOULD HAVE COME FIRST / MY GRANDKIDS , MY SIBLINGS , and my FRIENDS. My kids PETS SHOULD HAVE COME FIRST , but I chose cigarettes as my friends ,and MY right over everything else. THAT brought me nothing but GRIEF, SORROW , and SHAME , ANGER and GUILT and the most EMOTIONAL PAIN ever . Smoking was not fun . It didn't make me happy . I began to see smoking for what it was , understanding and seeing the truth . I decided to face my denial, get real with my addiction and stop the insanity .
    What has cigarettes done for us .The answer is simply nothing good . It is one of the worst forms of torture ever, and it was slowly killing us . The sad part: we willingly made the choice to do it everyday . We are of so much more worth, and value than that . “
    THE ENDING : Quitting got easier once I decided to STOP THE INSANITY, and quit playing games with my quit . I was wasting valuable time .
    What did I truly want ?
    I wanted to quit .
    I surrendered .
    Cigarettes had that much control in my life , but not anymore .
    I took my power back :)
    I am glad all of you as well are claiming your power and your freedom from this addiction :) _ Sherri L.
  7. MarylandQuitter
    "Your problem was never being addicted to cigarettes. Your problem was being addicted to nicotine. Ever find yourself curious about exciting new technologies that allow you to smoke without actually smoking real cigarettes?" http://www.quittrain.com/topic/4754-videos-addressing-relapse-prevention/?p=178279
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    Most people expressing this sentiment are simply rationalizing their smoking in order to protect their nicotine addiction--a process that if not reversed can end up costing the smoker his or her health and life. http://www.quittrain.com/topic/4753-videos-addressing-issues-early-in-your-quit/?p=172661
  9. MarylandQuitter
    This video discusses how it is natural to blame all bad feelings, whether or emotional or physical on the fact that you may have recently quit smoking when other factors may very well be at play. http://www.quittrain.com/topic/4753-videos-addressing-issues-early-in-your-quit/?p=168113
  10. MarylandQuitter
    ...TOBACCO WARS vividly portrays what the companies really knew about the link between smoking and disease, explains how mankind became seduced by such a dangerous product, provides a status report on Big Tobacco today, and looks towards the future of this most controversial of industries. http://www.quittrain.com/topic/4812-tobacco-wars-documentary-episodes-1-2-3/

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