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Day 1’ner   Introductions/Newcomers Nook

Started 10/31/19 by cbeel5; 2702 views.

You've got the QUIT MINDSET!! Nice job. It takes that kind of thinking to get free. Now just keep it. Say NOT ONE PUFF EVER AGAIN!!!! Refuse to lose! Don't let anything or anyone sabotage your quit. Stay stubborn in your resolve to stay quit for life.

You don't need them anymore! Just Don't Smoke! One leads to thousands more. Persist resist exist! Chose freedom! Don't fall for it ever again because it's a trap! Tell that nicotine monster voice to shut up every time he screams at you or tries his pleading seductive voice to snare you back to the addiction. No More No Way I'm So Done with smoking! All these slogans ran through my thoughts while I was quitting and I'm so glad I stuck out the battle and you will too. Keep on NOPING!!

"Quitting isn't for Sissies!" I quit poisoning myself Sept. 27, 2013


From: ermmre



I am a returning member. I quit in September 2018 and was smoke-free for 9 months, but last summer I began to play with cigarettes here and there. I was able to quit for a few weeks every time after I had a relapse but after my last relapse this weekend, I decided to start again from point zero here and come back to the forums, joining the November quitters. I have bought lozenges this time, but I am not sure I will use them (the box says I should use them at least nine times a day but I just wanted to have them handy in case the cravings during the first days become unbearable. FYI, last time I quit I did it cold turkey. I had a few rough days and a lot of crying-- I should have written about it in a journal to have it handy now).

In any case, have realized, for me, the most important issue to control is the psychological dependence and the fact that I fool myself into thinking that I am a happier person when I smoke. These forums helped me a lot when quitting in 2018, so I am determined to use them again on a regular basis for many months to come.

Thanks for being there. This a wonderful community!


Brenda (1sept19)

From: Brenda (1sept19)


Welcome back, Maria !  There are a lot of us who have been here before and we just keep trying.  I am determined that this is the final quit and I won't fall for the junkie thinking again.  You know the drill and what to do, so I will just say welcome and wishing you all the best.


From: ermmre


Thank you so much. And nice to meet you online!

This time is going much smoother than back in September 2018. So far, I haven´t used any of those lozenges that I bought, and I do not feel particularly moody or tired. For me, it is the long run what it seems to be a huge problem. After a couple of weeks or even months of not smoking, I can´t hold it any longer. I go back for a few cigarettes or one pack. Then, a few weeks "sober", and back to one pack. But now, I am determined not to do it again. This forum is going to help a lot. I know.

Have a wonderful smoke-free day!


From: 48yrsmokin


Sounds like your going thru the same things I'm going thru since Oct 16th. But I'm determined this time to keep the NO SMOKIN------Nope to smoke--- smoke free life for me.. How about YOU????????  Keep the faith in your self. You can do 1 endless craving at a time.


From: alexisfree


Excellent work!  Nicotine addiction is no joke, but we can overcome it together!  Kiss those sweet babies with your fresh breath and be grateful that you smell so good today. Sending lots of love to you and your children and for peace and joy for you for today. Take it moment by moment and take lots of deep breaths, drink ice water through a straw, drink tea, eat the chocolate, go for walks, and take lots of warm bubble baths, and just take care of yourself because you deserve it.


From: Belinda2019


Hi - you’re similar to me, I quit on 17th of October after about 38 years smoking. How are you coping with it all? Most of the time I’m ok, but then a crave will come at me from left field!

Yesterday was a bit tough, I went to visit a (smoking) friend, she had 3 whilst I was there and offered the pack, but I refused to let myself feel deprived. I was there for about an hour, and we had a lovely visit. Then last night my son and his gf came for a visit (both smokers, they didn’t even notice I wasn’t smoking!) and I managed that well, even though my partner had an attack of the grumps at me (he’s quitting too, with patches, and is struggling a bit I think), I still held firm. Let’s keep on keeping on!!


From: Quitalicious


Great to hear you are so strong to resist all that smoking around you. But I must tell you that you shouldn't want to subject yourself to that. You are just a human, getting off a really bad addictive drug - you should minimize triggers around you as much as you can. Although you are almost at one month (congrats!), and you should feel better. But you shouldn't overestimate smoking's ability to trigger your cravings big time. I don't know if you read about this but nicotine craving is almost identical to hunger cravings. So if you make sure you are never hungry these first few months of your quit, you will be much less likely to have a craving. Easy as that!


From: SusanK1960


Wow!  I am impressed!  I went to get groceries today and smelled cigarette smoke.  (Still smells good to me!) I went into the store rather than sniff out the smoker, which I guess is good.  

You stuck it out twice, with no other destination available and had a nice time.  You are Amazing!  Good job.

I was with my sister for 5 hours before she noticed I hadn’t gone out for a smoke.


From: Belinda2019


Lol, I didn’t say it didn’t smell good - it just didn’t give me that craving response. It smelled good in the way going to my grandparents (both smokers) did when I was a child, and I decided to be ok with that :) And then I spoke to myself internally and reminded myself of how I’d feel if I did go there. So feeling good about it. 

My craves generally happen quite randomly. I saw a post here that says it takes about a year to fully go through most experiences where you used to smoke in order to overcome the craving that would ordinarily accompany it, and I seriously can’t hide away forever! 

Small steps, little and often, and

NOPE blush