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June 2019 Ex-Smokers    Quit Buddies Unite

Started 1/28/19 by Terry (abquitsmking); 57972 views.
slowblumer

From: slowblumer

6/11/19

Hi Azriel.

Welcome.  This is a great place to get support and tips on your quit.  Like Mark says we are all different in our quits but one thing that binds us all is the desire to quit smoking and stay quit.  Hope you will check out all the articles from the beginning of this thread.  The more you know about nicotine addiction the better.

Deciphering the Urge to Smoke

Every Hurt is a Heal: Understanding and Working with Your Cravings.

ModAndrea

From: ModAndrea

6/11/19

Welcome to the forum, Azriel! I quit smoking with Chantix, too. That was after smoking for 40 years. I'll have been quit six years this summer.

No, you will not go through physical withdrawal when you stop Chantix because there is no nicotine in Chantix. I was on it for two months and did not experience any problems. Of course, there were still be the mental withdrawal to work through. I found that I had to change my attitude towards smoking. My biggest challenge was to no longer see smoking as a reward. That's why I love it when I see forum members come to the realization that the reward is in no longer smokingblush

Take this one day at a time, stick close to the forum, read all you can, and keep posting.

Have a wonderful smoke free day, Azriel!

Hugs,

Andrea

  • Edited June 11, 2019 12:11 pm  by  ModAndrea
Frank (Azriel57)

From: Frank (Azriel57)

6/11/19

I have been fortunate, after I got over the physical it was changing the mental which I have been working on and am very proud of myself. I will stand with smokers while outside and no urge so I think the mental thing is just about broken. Even when I am fighting the urge I can stand with a smoker without asking to bum one. I am hoping it continues to be "easy".

ModAndrea

From: ModAndrea

6/11/19

I'm glad things have been going well for you, Azriel. It's incredible that you can be around smokers and not experience an urge. That is usually a powerful trigger.

A word of caution though. Quitting smoking is a process, and it does take time. Here's an article that explains how important this first year is.

This is indeed a journey. There will be ups and downs, but it is absolutely worth it. blush

Hugs,

Andrea

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ModDee

From: ModDee

6/11/19

Greetings June 2019 Winners!

Nice to meet all of you.  You've found the right place!  You'll have lots of company here as you and your buddies make your way through this first smoke-free month, so settle in and make yourself comfortable. There is a wealth of support and education available here and it will inspire you to succeed for the long term. Take your quit one day at a time for now - you can do this!

I'm glad you found us.  Best wishes as you continue your cessation journey.

(((Hugs)))

Rassister

From: Rassister

6/11/19

This is great news!    Now you just need to conquer the mental part and never ever decide that you need to smoke again.   I am truly happy for you.   It is amazing to see how everybody’s quits are so different.   As long as we do not smoke we are winners however we are also addicts.    Smoking can no longer be an option.  

All the best. 

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theboi123

From: theboi123

6/12/19

Hi everyone, how's everybody doing,

My name is Ben, I am 23 years old this year and I'm from Singapore. I have been smoking for 5 years now, until I fell ill with a 40-degree fever just two days ago. Now I'm currently on the road to recovery and I have not touched a single cigarette since 10/6/19. I'm really serious about this, serious to the point where I threw away 2 full packs of cigarettes just now. I plan to keep myself smoke-free as this will be a good opportunity for me to quit for good, and not to take my health for granted, and also to save lots and lots of money ( a pack here costs $13 bucks) 

If anyone has any tips on how to survive the first few weeks of withdrawals, do let me know. Thanks, guys! 

  • Edited June 12, 2019 6:35 am  by  theboi123
Frank (Azriel57)

From: Frank (Azriel57)

6/12/19

Welcome Ben,

Congrats on taking the first step in your quit. It will be a long hard road but well worth it. I am on day 5, so I am right there with you. When the urge hits and hits hard try to find something, anything to take your mind off your brain crying out for a smoke, I know easier said then done, but you just have to make it through those intense 5 - 10 minutes. Meditation might be a good distraction or yoga if you do that sort of thing. I enjoy video games so I sit down and get into a game which allows me to ignore the urge and take the aggression out on the on screen baddies.

Know we are here supporting and rooting for you. If you need some support during those urges come in and post or check out the many articles to help you through your journey (I believe the ones posted at the start of this thread are a great starting point).

slowblumer

From: slowblumer

6/12/19

Hi Ben,

Welcome,

Here's a wonderful list ModJenn put together that should come in handy.

Also, if you can start at the beginning of this thread and read through.  Knowledge about nicotine addiction is power.

Quit Toolbox

  • Drink ice water through a straw. Repeat. Drink ice water through a straw. Repeat...
  • Knowledge is power. Read everything you can get your hands on about this addiction. The more you understand about your own addiction to nicotine, the better equipped you become to get through the cessation process.
  • Post on the Forum until your fingers are sore. Post, post, post. 
  • Closely related: Go to the NOPE pledge daily and hold yourself accountable.
  • When you come across posts that inspire and/or strengthen you ~ copy and paste them into a Word document. In this way, you can reread them when you feel wibbly wobbly and are climbing the walls.
  • Distract, distract, distract. (Shhhh.....I would do jumping jacks and by the time I got to about 10-12 I was distracted -- that's for sure. Try puzzles, reading a book, anything that shifts the focus of your thoughts.) More generally, stop whatever you are doing, move, and do something else. The craving will pass.
  • Remind yourself this is a journey and the more time you put between now and that last cigarette, the stronger your quit muscles become and the more you have in your quit toolbox. Take it one minute and hour at at time, if necessary, and the days will keep adding up.
  • Every day you go to bed smoke-free is a good day. Be kind to yourself along the way.
  • What you are experiencing is normal - "this too shall pass".
  • Take a shower. Brush your teeth. Put on lotion.
  • Read your quit reasons.
  • Create a list of all the benefits you are experiencing now that you no longer smoke. Practice gratitude at least once a day for these benefits and life changes.
  • Cinnamon flavored sugar-free gum (even cinnamon sticks).
  • Chai tea (I had to avoid coffee for a while but can drink it now without a problem).
  • Eat healthy snacks, such as carrots or frozen grapes (Some honesty here: I didn't always do so well with this one due to this pesky sweet tooth I developed once I could taste my food again. The good news is that as my quit felt more secure my eating wasn't as erratic.)
  • Protect your quit at all costs by avoiding situations that are high-risk for you, especially in the early part of the quit (e.g., other smokers, alcohol, etc.).
  • Make a plan for handling cravings when around temptation. Do not enter potentially difficult situations without a plan.
  • Remind yourself that it's going to be okay - time is your friend as you relearn every aspect of daily life.
  • Keep a journal to record your journey and it's easier to see how far you have come (It gave me perspective at times when I
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Thanks Marge for the list  that will keep me busy, I'll also have to go back and familiarise myself with the June posts and Introduce myself as the serial quitter who for the last four years has failed to make one quit stick, maybe this time, I  am using Zyban this time and only have a short supply, the chemist told my wife that they have stopped making it and supplies are limited. I have ten days supply left.

Quit date Tuesday 11th June 2019

Kind regards

Anthony

One day, 5 hours, 30 minutes and 4 seconds. 18 cigarettes not smoked, saving $18.39. Life saved: 1 hour, 30 minutes.

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