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Welcome December 2017 Ex-Smokers   Introductions/Newcomers Nook

Started 11/29/17 by ModMarge (slowblumer); 57041 views. (Closed)(Closed to new replies)
ModMarge (slowblumer)

From: ModMarge (slowblumer)


Welcome New Ex-Smokers


Congratulations on taking that all important first step with cessation - putting that last cigarette out and getting started.

Chances are you don't feel 'ready' to quit and you're experiencing a mixture of sadness, loss, anger and fear, wondering how on earth you're going to make it through the next few hours, let alone the next few days, smoke-free.


You have found the best quit aid on the planet - this forum community.

The folks here know what you're going through because we've all been through it ourselves. We are committed to supporting you every step of the way, so park yourself in front of your computer and read everything you can on this forum board, and elsewhere on the site and internet.

Below are a few articles to get you started:

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From: MissMo3


Hello Marge,

Today is Quit Day for me. It's been hard to quit and many years of failed attempts to quit. I wanted to do something new and different. To join the support group for community and like minded individuals. 

I'm exciting to see who is joining us this month as well ??

Quit Date Dec 1 2017

ModMarge (slowblumer)

From: ModMarge (slowblumer)


Hi Miss Mo,

Welcome, the education and support this forum offers made that difference for me.  I hope it will for you too. Settle in and check out the articles especially that first one, 'After the last Cigarette".   You are the first quit buddy to join the group.  I am sure you will have company soon.    In the meantime read as much as you can about nicotine addiction.  It is key to beating it.   You can do this!

Triff (breathefree)

From: Triff (breathefree)


Miss Mo You have come to the right place.Congratulations on this being your time to quit.Many many times I stopped and when I started oi pick it up again and joined here.I had been a couple of weeks and then remembered this place.

The forum is your special support place .Everyone here will help f they can and you can come here often and read and post as much as you feel like.Its sort of like entering rehab for smokers but in your own home.The more you immerse yourself in the community of Quitters the more likely you will be .

As you go through the first days but by bit it will be hard but you can make it



From: MissMo3


Thanks Marge


From: MissMo3


Thanks Triff,

It is such a struggle and not able to stay smoke free and relapse everytime. I just recently started quit journaling. 

For me it's more than a nicotine addiction but something I co-depend through my highs and lows. To the habit of smoking everywhere I stop. Doesn't help with Holidays. 

I caved again and bought a pack and lighter while out shopping for Xmas ??.

Grateful for the support and community to keep working on being smoke free. 

  • Edited December 1, 2017 9:48 pm  by  MissMo3
ModMarge (slowblumer)

From: ModMarge (slowblumer)


Hi there Miss Mo,

I hope you are getting more comfortable here.  it can be a little confusing in the beginning, but you will get the hang of it.  The first few weeks can be a challenge.   Check out this list of tips one of our Mods put together.   It helped me a bunch. 

Here's a wonderful list ModJenn put together that should come in handy.

Quit Toolbox

  • Drink ice water through a straw. Repeat. Drink ice water through a straw. Repeat...
  • Knowledge is power. Read everything you can get your hands on about this addiction. The more you understand about your own addiction to nicotine, the better equipped you become to get through the cessation process.
  • Post on the Forum until your fingers are sore. Post, post, post. 
  • Closely related: Go to the NOPE pledge daily and hold yourself accountable.
  • When you come across posts that inspire and/or strengthen you ~ copy and paste them into a Word document. In this way, you can reread them when you feel wibbly wobbly and are climbing the walls.
  • Distract, distract, distract. (Shhhh.....I would do jumping jacks and by the time I got to about 10-12 I was distracted -- that's for sure. Try puzzles, reading a book, anything that shifts the focus of your thoughts.) More generally, stop whatever you are doing, move, and do something else. The craving will pass.
  • Remind yourself this is a journey and the more time you put between now and that last cigarette, the stronger your quit muscles become and the more you have in your quit toolbox. Take it one minute and hour at at time, if necessary, and the days will keep adding up.
  • Every day you go to bed smoke-free is a good day. Be kind to yourself along the way.
  • What you are experiencing is normal - "this too shall pass".
  • Take a shower. Brush your teeth. Put on lotion.
  • Read your quit reasons.
  • Create a list of all the benefits you are experiencing now that you no longer smoke. Practice gratitude at least once a day for these benefits and life changes.
  • Cinnamon flavored sugar-free gum (even cinnamon sticks).
  • Chai tea (I had to avoid coffee for a while but can drink it now without a problem).
  • Eat healthy snacks, such as carrots or frozen grapes (Some honesty here: I didn't always do so well with this one due to this pesky sweet tooth I developed once I could taste my food again. The good news is that as my quit felt more secure my eating wasn't as erratic.)
  • Protect your quit at all costs by avoiding situations that are high-risk for you, especially in the early part of the quit (e.g., other smokers, alcohol, etc.).
  • Make a plan for handling cravings when around temptation. Do not enter potentially difficult situations without a plan.
  • Remind yourself that it's going to be okay - time is your friend as you relearn every aspect of daily life.
  • Keep a journal to record your journey and it's easier to see how far you have come (It gave me perspective at times when I needed to remember that I may not be where I want to be but I'm most certainly not where I used to be.).
  • Reward yourself for the small accomplishments and the larger milestones (this doesn't' have to involve spending money).
  • Exercise - go for walks, join a gym, just keep moving.
  • Accept and tell yourself (that self-talk we have to turn from negative to positive) that the craving is actually a sign of healing and they will occur less frequently and with less intensity as the smoke-free days add up.
  • Deep breathing -- take 4-5 deep breaths -- fill up your diaphragm and and make your tummy stick out.
  • As ModLisa says: "When in doubt go to sleep". 
  • As ModMic says: "SOME DAYS, IT IS ENOUGH THAT YOU JUST DON'T SMOKE. Some days are crappy from beginning to end, and you can kick, scream, cry, punch something, bite someone's head off...if you did not smoke, you win and a little more healing happened".
  • Visualize a craving like a wave washing over you. The tide does leave. 
  • Tell yourself four things: (1) Smoking is no longer an option regardless of what life throws your way; (2) I am worthy of freedom from this addiction; (3) I can. I will. End of story; and (4) I am stronger than this challenge and this challenge is making me stronger.

From: MissMo3


This is perfect and just what I needed! Thank you so much! 

  • Edited December 1, 2017 9:47 pm  by  MissMo3
SueP (josep2001)

From: SueP (josep2001)


Hi MissMo3 and welcome to this wonderful forum.

What is so great is that all the people here from around the world are all going through the same thing you are - overcoming their addiction to nicotine. It is not easy but is really worth the effort. Read as much as you can and post to anyone you wish to. We are all here to support each other.

Hope you have a good smoke free night....sue quit 3/17/2016


From: MissMo3


Thanks Sue for the encouragement and support. Very much needed! 

Such a wonderful community most definitely! Thanks and you too!