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October 2019 Ex-Smokers    Quit Buddies Unite

Started 1/28/19 by Terry (abquitsmking); 85067 views.

From: PrepsEtc


Yes, I just today found his method through  friend on Facebook. Thanks


From: lindnog


Good luck & happy reading 


From: FairyCake369



i just quit 30 minutes ago. So I am a bit nervous but I know I can do it. Good luck Julian - hopefully we can support each other


From: ModAndrea


Welcome to the forum, Fairy Cake! Congratulations on your decision to quit smoking!I 

My best advice is to read everything you can on this addiction and the quitting process. The more you know, the greater your chances are for success. A great resource is our Quit Smoking Library. Scroll down to this folder in the column on the left under DISCUSSIONS.

You'll find two additional folders, Dots and Stars Milestones and One Year and Beyond Milestones. These are posts from forum members celebrating reaching milestones in their quits. They offer tremendous inspiration.

Take this one day at a time and post often.



You can do this Fairy Cake! I'm glad you're here. blush


From: juliannsc63


Hi FairyCake,

Yes you can do it!  It has been really hard but I have been using 2 mg nicotine cinnamon gum to get me through the moments that I am really craving.  I keep thinking of the day when I won't think about it at all and will be free of it - and be healthy and happier.  I almost can't remember when I didn't smoke... but I want to make new memories of being free and clean and smell nice all the time. I don't want to need a ventilator someday, and suffer with breathing... The hardest is when I get frustrated with my son when helping with his homework or get stressed with work!  Then I stomp around a bit, chew gum, and breathe deeply 5 times.  We can do this - we can do it together.  I am done with being a closet smoker, killing myself!   heartpulse


From: Wayne1957


Hello fellow addicts.  I guess I'm on the October train.  I've been smoking for more than 50 years.  And I've been a stone cold chain smoker, whenever circumstances would permit, for most of those 50 years.  Four packs a day was my usual dosage.

I started lurking here about 3 days ago, with no particular quit date in mind, using a chef's timer to try to insert 12 minutes of no-smoke time in between cigarettes, with the intention of adding another minute between smokes each day.

A post on the WhyQuit.com site convinced me that cutting down, rather than quitting cold-turkey, was doomed to fail eventually, and was nothing more than a program of self torture for however long it takes me to fail.

That realization was yesterday, about noon time, after about 4 morning smokes.  So I've been smoke-free for about 34 hours now.  

This all seems doable, so far.  But, correct me if I'm wrong, the "withdrawal fun" doesn't really start until after detox (about 72 hours).  So I'm kind of terrified about hitting that milestone.  At any rate, I'm on the train now; more terrified of letting go of the train than to keep hanging on, so I'm hanging on tight.

Best regards to all of you.

  • Edited October 9, 2019 1:22 am  by  Wayne1957

From: slowblumer


Hi Wayne,

Welcome.  Quitting smoking is very difficult but also doable, especially with the right information and support.  All of that is right here, so stay with us.  After the physical withdraw from nicotine the brain has to heal  and it will create many mind games to get you to smoke.  Being aware of what is happening can help you deal  with the urges to smoke. 

Tips to Beat the Mind Games When You Quit Smoking

If you haven't yet read the information at the beginning of this thread, check it out, especially the Homework for Ex-Smokers link:

 Homework for New Ex-Smokers

Brenda (1sept19)

From: Brenda (1sept19)


Welcome Wayne and Fairycake,

Congratulations to both of you on your quits, this is the best gift you will ever give yourselves.  As you have read from others, read, read, read and post til your fingers hurt.  This will educate you about this horrible addiction and keep you in the right mindset to quit.  Take it one step, moment and day at a time and just don't smoke.  You both can do this.


From: alexisfree


Welcome to the best place ever.  If you’re ready, this place helps a lot.  Drink ice water thru a straw, get gum or candy or cinnamon sticks.  Walk.  Pray.  Journal.  Meditate.  Distract distract distract.  Come here often.  Post post post and read read read.  I’ll echo the others - an educated quit is a successful quit.  It helps break thru the noise of the nicodemon - he’s a big fat jerk.  Don’t listen to him.  We’re rooting for you!  I also downloaded the smoke free app.  And when in doubt, take a nap.  Can’t smoke while ur sleeping!  Haha!  The cravings DO pass.  The nicotine receptors DO shut down.  You CAN have complete freedom.  heart


From: lindnog


Hi Wayne & Fairy cakes

yes stopping smoking can be hard, but it is the beginning of a brand new you! Try to stay positive and be happy that you have made the best decision ever!! 

My quit method is reading Allen Carr’s Easyway to stop smoking book and I recommend it to everyone who is stopping smoking. He definitely gets me into the correct mindset. 

Read and post but do not smoke. Cravings will pass and each hour/day that goes by and you are smokefree is another step closer to the freedom we all deserve. Be a Slavs to Old Nic no more!