Carrying Cigarettes

hwc5
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

25 Mar 2008, 03:53 #101

I threw out my cigarettes on day three. Up to that point, I had stopped smoking without really planning to quit. Sick with the flu. Felt horrible to smoke, so I went one day. Then, I tried for a second day. Still, I was just testing the waters. After three days without a cigarette, my mindset completely changed...just as Joel describes. After having made it through three days without nicotine (for the first time in 35+ years), I decided to take advantage of the opportunity to become an ex-smoker.

It was then that I committed to never taking another puff. It was also then that I realized I could live without cigarettes on hand and that those cigarettes would be a very dangerous temptation at some point. Better to have to get in the car and go buy a pack to give into an urge. Build in a little hurdle to a careless relapse.

So I took the two packs I had bought the day before I quit, walked out to the garage, and tossed them in the garbage can. Definitely a point of no return.

I totally understand Joel's advice. I found an (empty) cigarette pack in the center console of my car yesterday (six weeks into my quit). I don't want the temptation.
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Gump19690
Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 00:00

02 May 2008, 08:40 #102

Don't ever forget how cigarettes once controlled your behaviors and beliefs. When you quit smoking you admitted cigarettes controlled you. You were literally afraid that one puff could put you back. That was not an irrational fear. One puff today will lead to the same tragic results as it would have the day you quit. Cigarettes were stronger than you before, and, if given the chance, will be stronger than you again. If you want to show you are now in control, do it by admitting you can function without having cigarettes as a worthless and dangerous crutch. To permanently stay free from cigarettes, all that needs to be done is to NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF.

Dont underestimate this one...just do it.
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Scarecrow 9 17
Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 00:00

24 Jun 2008, 02:14 #103

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Joel
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

24 Jun 2008, 02:51 #104

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Joel
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

24 Jun 2008, 02:59 #105

We put out guidelines that enhance an individual's chance of success. Some people may get by with doing things differently, but they often had put themselves at greater risk than should have been necessary. In clinics I sometimes find out people had kept emergency stashes, some for years, yet got away with it and pulled off the quit. But I encounter many more people who lose their quits early on, and when I ask where they got the first cigarette from it turns out that they had kept an emergency stash "just in case." Well just in case kind of events surfaced and the easy availability ended up costing these people their quits. I have been in this field long enough to witness these people later losing their lives from such actions.

So does everyone have to follow everything we say to guarantee success? No, not really. But do people have a better chance following the advice and life lessons of hundreds or thousands of people as opposed to a few exceptions? I will let each and every one of you be the judge of that.

But one rule has no exceptions-the rule that says to stay smoke free and guarantee that this quit the last quit you will ever have to do requires always remembering to never take another puff!

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Sal GOLD.ffn
Joined: 16 Jan 2003, 08:00

18 Jul 2008, 08:00 #106

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Joel
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

22 Jul 2008, 21:14 #107

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Sal GOLD.ffn
Joined: 16 Jan 2003, 08:00

22 Aug 2008, 05:41 #108

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Sal GOLD.ffn
Joined: 16 Jan 2003, 08:00

01 Jan 2009, 00:12 #109

No nicotine today, one day at a time!
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Sal GOLD.ffn
Joined: 16 Jan 2003, 08:00

06 Jan 2009, 08:45 #110

A new quitter keeping cigarettes around just to prove Image they can, is akin to a person on suicide watch carrying a loaded gun. With a triggered crave being less than 3 minutes in duration (be sure and look at a clock as time distortion is a very real symptom during quitting and your mind may try to convince you that it's 3 hours instead) one of your best weapons against relapse is delay one minute, delay two minutes, delay for a third minute, if need be!

Why have a gun handy while waiting on the urge to use it? It makes no sense!

Each crave will end in a very short period of time whether you feed it or not. If you know where "it" or "they" are then you'd be well advised to flush or crush your hidden stash! Baby steps to glory! This is doable! John (Gold)
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