Formerly known as the About.com Smoking Cessation support forum, this community is open to all who are recovering from nicotine addiction.
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Welcome New Ex-Smokers
Congratulations on taking that all-important first step with cessation - stubbing out the last cigarette and getting started.
Chances are you don't feel 'ready' to quit, and are experiencing a mixture of difficult emotions about it.
Try to relax. You've found the best place for help.
Getting Started with Cessation
Park yourself in front of your computer and read everything you can on this forum board. We encourage you to take the initiative to introduce yourself and post often. Sharing your journey with your new quit buddies and offering support to each other really helps.
This thread will serve as the meeting place for those of you who are quitting now, and when the month ends, we will move your 'home base' thread over to the Quit Buddies Unite folder, where you can continue to support each other.
You can also return to the Introductions folder where you'll find the new Monthly Ex-Smoker thread for those coming along behind you. Share the tips and encouragement that helped you during month one. Not only will this help others, it will strengthen your resolve as well.
Start your reading here: Homework for New Ex-Smokers
Additionally, the folder headings in gray on the left of the page under DISCUSSIONS house different topics. Click on the gray heading to view the conversations held within. When you finish with a folder, click on the drop down menu under DISCUSSIONS and select ALL to see all of the folders again.
A good place to start with numerous threads from new ex-smokers.
This is where you will find the daily NOPE thread. NOPE stands for Not One Puff Ever, and members pledge NOPE on a daily basis. Give it a try - you will probably find it helpful and empowering.
This is a good place to post for help when you need it ASAP.
Dots(Weeks) and Stars (Months) Milestones and One Year and Beyond Milestones
Read the accounts of people who are winning with cessation in these folders.
Quit Buddies Unite
This folder is the home base for the groups who quit together. This thread will move to that folder at the end of the first month.
Quit Smoking Library
Here you'll find member stories and links to important articles that will inform you about what to expect from smoking cessation.
The next 4 posts will give you additional info on how to navigate/post here. Please read them and let us know if you have any questions.
An Educated Quit is a Successful Quit
When you know the challenges that may be coming, you can develop a plan to manage them and move forward smoke-free.
Healing from this addiction is a process of gradual release that happens one day at a time. Be patient with yourself and allow recovery to unfold for you as it will.
Enjoy the journey and settle in here. The light is on 24/7 in this virtual haven for quitters and someone is always available to help you when you need it.
Forum Navigation Basics
1. Take a look to the left at the DISCUSSIONS section to the left of this page
Unread to me (messages to you waiting to be read).
2. Click on the drop down menu on your profile picture/avatar at the top right of the page. Review the content of each one.
3. Please familiarize your self with the Help button contents
This is where you can browse Delphi FAQs for general information, or post a question in one of the Support Forums, where Delphi staff, volunteers, and knowledgeable members are happy to lend a hand. You will also find "How To" guides that are fully illustrated tutorials that show you exactly how things work on Delphi forums
4. When you click on a folder heading like "Quit Buddies Unite' to read or post, the gray drop down menu under the DISCUSSIONS section changes to "Single folder". Once you've finish what you're doing in that folder to see all the folder headings again, click on the gray drop down menu under DISCUSSIONS and click on ALL which will bring up all the folder titles.
5. Education about our addiction and the cessation process is a major component of a successful permanent quit. Take a look at the articles in the link below they were written especially for new ex-smokers.
Homework For New Ex-Smokers
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You can take a look at a comparison chart of the plans here:
Please feel free ask any question and to join in any discussion on the forum that interests you.
6. Familiarize yourself with the other folders in the Forum Navigation and Rules Category. They will help you with more information on finding your way around the forum.
How to Post a Message:
There are two ways to post messages: Replying to a message in an existing discussion or starting a new discussion.
Replying to a Message
You can reply to a message someone else has posted by clicking the reply button on the post you are reading. It contains a white left facing arrow and the word Reply located at the bottom right of the post. You can also reply using all or selected text from the post. To do this:
Addressing Your Reply:
Your message will automatically be addressed to the person who wrote the post you're replying to. If you want your message to go to someone else instead, or to ALL members in the thread, click in the field next to the "TO" at the top left of your edit screen. You can choose ALL or a member from the drop down list by typing in the member's ID. Their name should pop up on the list.
Starting a New Discussion:
You can start a new thread by:
How to Send a SOS Request for HELP!
If you at anytime need cessation support you can start a new discussion in either the "Introductions/Newcomers Nook" or "Quit Support" folders. See instructions above for Starting a Discussion.
Note: You can find the new topic area from any place on the forum by scrolling all the way to the top of the page.
How to Bookmark a Thread
To to bookmark a message:
To find your bookmarked messages
How to Follow a Discussion
Want to know if someone posted in your buddy group? Get email notifications on any specific discussion you wish to follow.
Here's a wonderful list of tips for the first weeks of cessation that one of our mods, ModJenn put together. Print it out for handy reference!
Mod Marge also made a terrific list of tips for when it gets tough............................................ Thanks Marge!
O.K, so I guess this is officially day 1. 19 years of smoking in some form or another and 8 years of numerous quits. It's time to get this done and put this behind me once and for all. Whose with me?
Good for you on your decision to quit, that is fantastic. Be ready with hard candy to suck on, a straw to suck through, ice water to drink. Post for help, there are many that will jump in to help you. Just do whatever you need to do except to smoke! I know I have quit numerous times and decided 2021 would be the year I did not smoke so, I have 1 month in now.
Good luck to you.