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March 2021 New Ex-Smokers - Start Here   Quit Buddies Unite

Started 2/28/21 by Terry (abquitsmking); 45931 views.

From: oxanquits


Thank you for the beautiful words Lori, and for the tips pray Love the comparison with waves, it is relaxing and helpful way to think about dealing with feelings while quitting dolphin  being in the moment is hard sometimes, but important to practice.

  • Edited March 15, 2021 5:27 pm  by  oxanquits

From: oxanquits


Suzy2018 said:

I think without this forum I would have, and it's a bit of a mystery to me really. 

same for me. I come here when feel that I might smoke soon and so far it helped me a lot - didn't imagine it would make so much difference. Before I was thinking that I can do it myself, but it's easier and fun together punch


From: Anne2020


Mine was quite easy compared to most I have read on this forum.  I count myself very, very lucky.  It's been described to me as 'smoking left me'.  I didn't plan anything, I just woke up one day and didn't smoke.  Did it again and again and, after about a week, I figured, I would quit altogether.  So I have had the odd day or two where it was a bit of a challenge but nothing compared to most of the posts that I read on this forum.  I am very lucky.

I have to say that your mind is your greatest weapon.  If you can convince yourself that you actually like smoking, and most of us have, then you can convince yourself that you hate it too.   It's not long after a quite that you realize how foul they smell and how icky they taste.  How we ever get started on the things is a complete travesty. 

The movies and television glamorized smoking.  When I was young, I thought starting to smoke was a right of passage to adult hood.  You had to smoke or you were just not growing up or cool.  I now have such disdain for the advertising and promotion of just about anything.  Don't trust any of them.  They are out to make a buck and that is all that matters to them.  

Well, the jig is up.  More and more people are removing the veil and seeing smoking for what it is.  A gigantic con job set up to kill off the population, keep them poor, sick and dying while shareholders of tobacco corp rake in the cash year after year after year. 

Now is shareholders of pharma raking in the cash with all the sick and dying.   What a game plan eh.  

Don't be a louse and let those cigarettes take one more minute of your life time.  Find something else to keep you amused, to destress or to socialize with.  Something healthy.  Something that will contribute to your life - not suck the life out of you and your wallet.  

Smoking is a mugs game.  Don't get sucked in.

That's how I'm feeling today.  Rejoice - you have quit and now on the lookout for better things.  Well done.  



From: oxanquits


It is the same, when I was looking for the link for you I found out it's worse than I thought it is, so I am happy to be here. And yeah, sometimes the logic we create to make us do what nicotine wants is crazy.

Wow 10 weeks is huge, congrats! 

Mercy (mercy164)

From: Mercy (mercy164)


Thank you for that awesome email . I am sick today and it was just what I needed to hear.


10 days


From: Sadiebean


Thank you Anne for writing this! This is how I have felt in the past and hope I wake up tomorrow with that same thought process. These little, white sticks are just that- and not needed in life. 


From: Nope62


  I'm very happy for you! Your doing a great Job of sticking to your Quit!

You can call me either name. I'll still answer. My real name is Jeff, the other is just a handle I thought up years back when I first posted on this forum.

I wish you luck on your journey to be free! 

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From: Meg2021


Hello there,

I've smoked for thirteen years and will be quitting tomorrow. Have thrown my packs away and read up on it, and now it's time to get serious. Being in quarantine has increased my smoking, and I have used it as a way to mark time and socialize. A close friend lives across the hall and we typically see each other three or four times a day to light up. I've tried to quit many times, and the longest I went this year was two weeks. My partner is so supportive of me quitting and I want to live a long and happy life with him. I want my health and breathing to improve, as I've been congested and snoring at night. All that being said, tomorrow is the day! I'm excited for my new life and to break free. 


From: oxanquits


Welcome Meg and you can do it! This forum is a huge help.


From: Nope62


Welcome to the forum! I hope that you are still quit today. 

You are right about not needing those little white sticks in your life. The sooner you can get rid of them the better off you will be. They will cause you many problems if you continue to have a relationship with them.  I've smoked for fifty years and they have taken there toll on me.  I have a pacemaker, I have trouble breathing, and they keep my mouth sore. The heart damage is already done.  But after 10 weeks of not smoking I can tell you that I can breath better and my mouth has healed up, pretty much.  If I go back to smoking I'm looking at carrying an oxygen bottle and having part of my teeth and tongue cut out.

I don't mean to sound harsh, but I think it is important for everyone to know where smoking those little white sticks will lead them. It's nothing but a slow form of suicide. If you keep your quit you can avoid all these problems and live a happier, healthier life.

Get your mind around this quit! Make a list of the reasons you are quitting and keep it close, so when you have a craving you can get it out and read it. To succeed you'll need to make a commitment to yourself to never smoke again. Others here will give you good advice on how to deal with the way you are feeling as go through your journey toward freedom from this nasty habit.

Take Care! Be good to yourself!

  • Edited March 16, 2021 11:42 am  by  Nope62