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May 2020 Ex-Smokers    Quit Buddies Unite

Started 12/3/19 by ModDee; 17384 views.

From: JerseyDee


Hello Eugene.  Yes, smoking is a real financial drain.  I have saved over $600 already in 2 months time of quit.  That is rather substantial in my book.  They were $8 a pack when I was buying them but a week after I quit NJ had a price increase in them and they went up to $10 a pack .. I literally would not have been able to afford to smoke at that point.

As motivation to your quit think of all the money you will save and what you can do with it instead!

A friend of mine from high school's father was Filipino and mother caucasion/American .. i believe parents may have met in college.  Father a Dr/MD and mother a nurse.  They were a well respected family in the town.  I have no idea if the Phillipines was in a such a financial shape when the father was a youth there as it is now.  The father, if he is still a alive, don't know -- lost track of old friend, would be in late 70's, early 80's by now.

Have you ever been to US?


From: Nope62


HI!, Glad you are here! If you are trying to quit smoking, or you have already quit, and trying to maintain your quit, this Forum is a helpful place to be. Lots of Great People with good advice. You can come here and get advice form people who are going though what your going through, or have already been through it. Lots of information on all aspects of quitting.

Are you already quit? If so, how is it going?

I'm on the 19th day of my quit and have gotten much help here! I'm thankful!

Guard Your Quit!


No, I haven't been to the US, Deana. My brother works in Long Island New York as a nurse though. He is married to a beautiful doctor, and they have already three kids. 

If you covert cigarette price here in the Philippines to USD, it will be around 2USD. It's still a  big chunk in my monthly earnings.

Hi Jeff! Im already on my 6th day of quit (almost done with hell week :)) I'm having a lot of vivid dreams, and sleep is awful. This maybe is is the reason I'm still awake at 145AM (Philippine time). 

It's more difficult for me to maintain quit because my mother likewise smokes. Especially with the present quarantine situation, I always see her smoke, and this adds to my craving!

Thank you for the kind words! Hope I can be of help to you too.




From: ModDee


Hey there Rich,

Good to see you too.  9 Years!

Love ya back!



From: ModDee


Hello Eugene!

Welcome to the forum and welcome to May 2020 Ex-Smokers group. This discussion is a buddy group for those who quit smoking this month. You'll find lots of information and tips. The more you know about this addiction and how to remain smoke free the better your chances of success.

If you haven't done so yet I'd also like to invite you to join in our Daily NOPE Pledge. NOPE stands for Not One Puff Ever. Every day members get together from around the world at all stages of quitting to pledge a commitment to remaining smoke free. One member starts the thread and the rest join in. You can find it in the DISCUSSIONS column on the left under General Chit-Chat.

Best wishes as you contine your cessation journey.


  • Edited May 2, 2020 2:12 pm  by  ModDee

Thank you so much Dee! Its 228AM here in the Philippines, so I started the May 3 NOPE pledge already :)

Im finding many links and threads here inspiring.

Thank you for taking time to welcome us!

- Eugene 4/28/2020


From: JerseyDee


Oh your brother is an American now and you have never been?  You have to put that on your list when this corona situation is done.  Parts of Long Island are very nice and you could also see New York City while there.

$20 a pack is absolutely outrageous.  What an incentive to quit.  That alone would be enough for me.

Hope your newly started quit is going well today Eugene.  You can do it!  Stick close to this forum .. we will all catch you if you feel you are going to fall.  This board has been instrumental in my quit.

- Deana

3/5/20 - Found my path to freedom

Thanks much Deana! Its 804am here in the Philippines. Just had a big craving after breakfast! But was able to fight it. Keep safe!

- Eugene 4/28/2020


From: JerseyDee


Good Morning! (evening here) .. yes, cravings after meals can be rough for certain.  I am usually good in the mornings now but do have craving still after lunch & dinner .. I am using gum though to combat that.   Are you doing this quit cold turkey? .. no NRT use? .. if so that is really fantastic.

Read up on some tips people try look cold water through straw.

I have found working out and lots of walks help to get my mind off smoking.   I take one usually twice a day during lock down but will be going back into the office to work starting on Monday so my walking will be limited until after work only going forward .. but working out *is* a big distraction for me and I highly recommend it. 

I also do yoga and meditation and find that helpful.  When you have a little free time review the threads on this board for good tips in getting through cravings.  And just yell out to us when you need to.  I found the first week to be the hardest .. it does get easier after that .. promise.  Hang tough.