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September 2022 Ex-Smokers    Quit Buddies Unite

Started 9/2/22 by Denim50; 3069 views.

From: Marjorie1244


Hallo Douglas,  Thank you for your advise and support , im nearly on my 6 weeks now and i must admit its getting much easier now , I still think about cigarettes from time to time during the days , but I just tell myself I dont want one , I have every faith that the longer I go , I won't even think bout them anymore , even though I see people smoking , hopefully in time it won't give me a second thought , and smoking will be a thing of the past.  Marjorie1244


From: Loreficent


Thank you Douglas

Exactly. Just don’t smoke. 
I know everything you say to be true. I had a day that I smoked somewhere around 4 months into this quit. I think I had like 6 or 8 that day, can’t recall exactly how many. I did throw the rest of the pack away before bed that night. Yes, it was a mind game that in hindsight was absolutely not worth playing. I’ve been on the horse since and am keenly aware of that stick of dynamite. I have no intention on playing with it either! It’s reassuring to hear these moments came and went for others at this point. For me, that normalization really helps me keep the addict piece in check. Not sure why, it just does.

It is reassuring to read what you wrote, along with what Annie wrote last night. I do understand that all of the transition going on in my life is likely what is prompting me to have these thoughts. Some part of me that is reaching for something that some piece of my mind is recalling as familiar and equating that with comfort. 
Again, like you said “Don't  over think it, the choice is clear, just don't  smoke.” 

It did help a lot to come write things out and seek some support. It wasn’t easy cause I really want to be at that point where I’m not needing to do that. So, yea, it is a little humbling. But most importantly, articulating those thoughts on here allowed me to gain some sense of control and nip the spiraling feeling in the bud. 
I know with all of my heart that I would not at all be happy to give up this quit to be a smoker again either. Ugh! I think some of that spiraling feeling was also coming from fear of that happening. It won’t. I won’t let it. The choice IS crystal clear. 

Thank you so much. I really appreciate the support. I decided that my energy is better spent on being grateful that you and others are here still lending a hand than it is on being angry at myself for needing to ask for a hand still. 

CC to Anne2020

From: Loreficent


“Not smoking is a conscious choice we have to make everyday to maintain our non-smoking lifestyle, everyday.”


Thank you

modCindi (CindiS319)

From: modCindi (CindiS319)


Hi Anthony,

I sent you a link in a conversation.  See if that is the one you are looking for.


From: tonypfan


Sorry cindi but I don’t have your link.  No worry.  I don’t need to find it.  This website is difficult for me to master.  I have heard similar sentiments from other members.  But we continue to soldier on.  Thank you. 

modCindi (CindiS319)

From: modCindi (CindiS319)


Sorry I couldn't help more.  It was actually from September 8 so I don't know if it was the right one.  I also have challenges navigating the site so don't feel bad.

modCindi (CindiS319)

From: modCindi (CindiS319)


Hi Ben,

Congratulations on starting your journey.  We are all here to support and cheer you on.  Best of luck and check in often!


From: BenNetty


Thanks everyone, its tough. But so far no smoke. Do not worry I  will be reaching out for major suppport. Thanks everyone. I work during day so I will check back in the evening.


From: Carolynlaket


This is Carolyn. Today ,9/22/2022, Is my first day to have had not cigararetts. I praying it stays that way forever. I am 67 and now need angiogram due to blockage in my left leg (Bad HDL). I started at age 14 and started and stopped many times. 


From: Douglas8845


Hi Carolyn

You're doing the right thing.  It's not easy, we've all been smoking for the majority of our adult lives.  For me it was so long that I had never been an adult nonsmoker until i quit when I was 55. 

It was tough at first.  I decided to use the 21mg patch, the strongest one, until I broke the habitual side of smoking. After that i would taper down to break the nicotine addiction aspect.  On the morning of the first day of the 5th week, I had to be at work earlier than usual. In the rush of things i forgot to put the patch and panic set in.  I thought about returning to get the patch but rush hour traffic didn't make this a reasonable option. So I white knuckled it that day and survived, and most importantly learned that I could live without the patch.  Since then I have learned to live without nicotine.  I am now ten years nicotine free.

I did it. You can too. Stick with the group, use the information here, it will help you.