Call Me A Quitter

DubiouslyDos
DubiouslyDos

July 30th, 2002, 11:50 pm #21

I really appreciate seeing this today - my grandfather Charlie started smoking when he was 9 and got up to 3-4 packs daily, as did this gentleman. He passed away at home when he was only 66. What idiots we all were to feel relief that it was his heart, and not cancer that ended his life. We were thankful he ended peacefully because he was coughing so much.

For years I used his death as an example that a smoker does not only die of cancer - what a messed up way to think. When I met rude non-smokers who confronted me with the possiblity of quiting - I called it "slow suicide" with a smile on my face. Sick now to think of how messed up that was or to imagine how horrified the person who confronted me must have been by my response. Too bad cigarette manufactures don't put true life stories on their packs - NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF!

Dos (Dubious)
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Joel
Joel

September 26th, 2002, 9:51 pm #22

I saw a discussion up today about people not seeming to know who they are since they quit smoking. It is true that most smokers do not know what it is like to be an adult without cigarettes--they took up cigarettes in their childhood or adolescents, and had cigarettes incorporated into many of their adult thoughts, rituals, and daily practices. They may never have drove to a job in their life without a cigarette. They may never have gone on a job interview without a cigarette. They may never have gone out on their own to buy a home without a cigarette. Cigarettes became a constant companion.

But once a person quits he or she will quickly learn who he or she is without smoking. The truth be known, the ex-smoker is now the real person that he or she was always meant to be. So many adult decisions and lifestyle adjustments were designed to accommodate smoking. Yes the person may have established a successful existence, but cigarettes still may have held him or her back from reaching his or her maximum potential--not to mention his or her maximum life expectancy.

To find out who you really are and to have more time to spend with that person always remember to never take another puff!

Joel
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MsArmstrongKIS
MsArmstrongKIS

May 6th, 2003, 12:33 am #23

Thanks so much, Joel! I hope I'm still excited and proud about never taking another puff many decades from now! I hope I always see it as a major accomplishment of my life, something still worthy of guarding carefully and smiling about. I hope I never look back on all of this work I did educating myself as just a fad, and I love seeing and hearing about proof that it can be done, and that others have gone the path that I hope for myself.

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Joel
Joel

June 27th, 2003, 6:14 pm #24

This letter illustrates how even people who were once die hard smokers, people who thought they could never quit, can actually quit smoking and stay off over the long haul. It simply comes to a point where a person must recognize that quitting smoking is a fight for ones life and that to win that fight is as simple as just knowing to never take another puff!

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Joel
Joel

September 15th, 2003, 6:21 am #25

Even people who are sure they are "hopelessly addicted" can succeed over the long-term. It takes the realization that they are indeed addicted but taking control over the addiction is not a hopeless venture. Quitting is possible and staying free is doable for any person as long as he or she understands that to stay smoke free is as simple as sticking to his or her commitment to never take another puff! Joel
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Joel
Joel

July 22nd, 2004, 11:50 pm #26

From: Joel. Sent: 9/26/2002 7:51 AM
I saw a discussion up today about people not seeming to know who they are since they quit smoking. It is true that most smokers do not know what it is like to be an adult without cigarettes--they took up cigarettes in their childhood or adolescents, and had cigarettes incorporated into many of their adult thoughts, rituals, and daily practices. They may never have drove to a job in their life without a cigarette. They may never have gone on a job interview without a cigarette. They may never have gone out on their own to buy a home without a cigarette. Cigarettes became a constant companion.

But once a person quits he or she will quickly learn who he or she is without smoking. The truth be known, the ex-smoker is now the real person that he or she was always meant to be. So many adult decisions and lifestyle adjustments were designed to accommodate smoking. Yes the person may have established a successful existence, but cigarettes still may have held him or her back from reaching his or her maximum potential--not to mention his or her maximum life expectancy.

To find out who you really are and to have more time to spend with that person always remember to never take another puff!

Joel
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JoeJFree Gold
JoeJFree Gold

April 14th, 2005, 11:01 am #27

For Carroll / freeforlife46,
Just know that you should substitute compulsive behavior or conditioned response for the word habit. Cause we all know our thinking it was just a "Nasty Little Habit" helped to keep us trapped and not able acknowledge our addiction to nicotine.
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Joel
Joel

June 11th, 2005, 7:02 pm #28

From above: John was in pretty poor health when he joined up. He really felt it was probably too late when he quit. But as you can see 12 years later he is still alive and well.
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JoeJFree Gold
JoeJFree Gold

April 22nd, 2006, 4:27 am #29

But once a person quits he or she will quickly learn who he or she is without smoking. The truth be known, the ex-smoker is now the real person that he or she was always meant to be. So many adult decisions and lifestyle adjustments were designed to accommodate smoking. Yes the person may have established a successful existence, but cigarettes still may have held him or her back from reaching his or her maximum potential--not to mention his or her maximum life expectancy.

To find out who you really are and to have more time to spend with that person always remember to never take another puff!

Joel
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Joel
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November 23rd, 2006, 9:36 pm #30

From above:

I saw a discussion up today about people not seeming to know who they are since they quit smoking. It is true that most smokers do not know what it is like to be an adult without cigarettes--they took up cigarettes in their childhood or adolescents, and had cigarettes incorporated into many of their adult thoughts, rituals, and daily practices. They may never have drove to a job in their life without a cigarette. They may never have gone on a job interview without a cigarette. They may never have gone out on their own to buy a home without a cigarette. Cigarettes became a constant companion.

But once a person quits he or she will quickly learn who he or she is without smoking. The truth be known, the ex-smoker is now the real person that he or she was always meant to be. So many adult decisions and lifestyle adjustments were designed to accommodate smoking. Yes the person may have established a successful existence, but cigarettes still may have held him or her back from reaching his or her maximum potential--not to mention his or her maximum life expectancy.

To find out who you really are and to have more time to spend with that person always remember to never take another puff!

Joel


Also, if you want to get a real sense of the actual program John went through, these indexes will help:

Using these videos to quit smoking
Starting day one of your quit
Starting day two of your quit
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Starting day four of your quit
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August 21st, 2014, 12:54 pm #31

I haven't popped this one up for several years. What made me think of it today is I got an email from another one of my clinic panelists who I have not heard from in probably over 14 years. He was just writing me to tell me that today was his 30th anniversary since having quit smoking. If I remember correctly, Barry was a four pack a day smoker. His entire group was watching him from day one believing that he was going to either crack or experience the worst withdrawal of any one in his group. His experience was quite a bit different though--he simply said to a member of his family that he was quitting smoking and asked him to clear out all of his ashtrays, which I believe he had over 40 strewn throughout the house. He proceeded to quit and experienced minimal side effects. He shocked everyone who knew him. Fits under the concepts covered in the video Amount smoked.

So just taking this opportunity to say congratulations to Barry for being smoke free for 30 years. 


The way for all of our current members and readers to accomplish the same goal is still by a day at a time sticking to your own personal commitment to never take another puff.


Joel


 
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Mommiana
Mommiana

August 21st, 2014, 2:08 pm #32

Way to go, Barry! 

And Joel, having a 30 year quitter from your classes... ??? Just wow! I'm hoping I make it to say Freedom was my key to success 30(!!!) years ago!

~ Christy
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Joined: November 13th, 2008, 2:04 pm

August 22nd, 2014, 5:49 pm #33

I just had a short phone conversation with Barry. I needed to fact check something I had written--about him having over 40 ashtrays throughout the house. The actual count was 52. 

New video discussing Barry: A thirty year success story






Related video: Amount smoked
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