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Started Dec-5 by mamamia624; 362 views.

Hi mamamia,

Welcome to the forum.  Education on nicotine addiction and support are both a very important park of the process of quitting.  This place was a lifeline to me and can be for you.  As a former closet smoker I feel for you.  It's an exhausting life style keeping the addiction under wraps.  Anyway, keep your chair pulled up and read and post.  You may like to join a few others who quit in November, just click on the NOPEembers `17 link below.   Also check out all the links in the Welcome December 2017 Ex-Smokers thread.  There are wonderful articles and tips.

mamamia624

From: mamamia624

Dec-6

Thank you for the links to these articles and for your support. Some of the things that were said in the closet smoker articles really hit home for me. So much so that I cried... I really thought I was alone in my secret habit. I will keep reading and learning. Feeling confident today. Thanks. (And I will check out the November group for posting). 

mamamia624

From: mamamia624

Dec-6

Thank you so much for your understanding and support. I am feeling good today. So happy to have found this site. I will check out the NOPEember group for posting. I will "rock on!" (Reference to my talisman rock. Lol). 

Hi mamamia,

You are not alone in having been a closet smoker.  I dug up this thread you might like to read through.  Getting the nicodemon off  our backs once and for all is truly liberating.

  Help! Any Former Closet Smokers???

2tandingtall

From: 2tandingtall

Dec-6

Mamamia

I was a closet smoker - I found refuge behind grocery stores, in far away parking lots, back alleys; any place where judgmental eyes would be minimized.

Funny but many smokers cite the social aspect as being a reason they started smoking - I found it isolating.

I am glad I don't need to live a life of shame - one big reason why not smoking is so great

steve

mamamia624

From: mamamia624

Dec-6

Thank you for that thread. I see myself in ALL of them! The paranoid driving afraid I'd see someone in the car next to me I knew... Windows open and heat blasting in the dead of winter... I even had a towel handy in my car to put over the controls on the door so I could open my window in the rain without getting the electronics wet... I would even be so paranoid about seeing someone I knew while smoking in my car that I'd only take a drag when the car coming toward me was a safe distance away. I could write a book on how to be a deceitful, lying, selfish person in order to get a nicotine fix. I am/was the master of it. It is truly exhausting. I am just so tired. 

Morning mamamia,

Listening to you and Steve talk about it brings back the same kind of memories(nightmares really).  Whenever I went out to dinner or away for the weekend, I would always end up smoking by the service entrance with the cooks and maintenance workers or hiding behind a trash bin in the back of a restaurant so not to be seen.  I even turned down invitations because  I didn't think I would be able to go smoke.

Nicotine addiction makes us think less of ourselves and powerless to change. Check out ex-smoker Many's story of transformation.

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