I don't know if I have another quit in me.

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28 Sep 2003, 10:40 #31

I sure don't know if I have another quit in me

I just know how to stay off nicotine:

Never take another puff!

Vito
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08 Jan 2004, 21:03 #32

Why would next time be any different?
Will you be less addicted next time?
Will you be healthier then?
Is there any guarantee that you'll ever come this far again?
The next few minutes are all that matter and each is doable!
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07 Feb 2004, 23:54 #33

I don't know if I have another quit in me. Doesn't matter! I certainly don't want to find out!
I'm not sure how many times I have quit over these 38..39 years. Way too many times to remember them all. Some only lasted an hour or two. Some lasted a day. Some lasted a couple of days. Some lasted a week. Some lasted a couple of weeks.
A few lasted a month or two. The longest quit I ever had was 11 months. That was about 14 or 15 years ago. I remember saying that if I ever put a cigarette in my mouth again it would be INSANITY! That one was a good quit. I didn't gain weight, I became a health food nut and walked a lot! I wish that I could have had access to Joel's Library and Freedoms Board! Things might have been different. I would have known better. I would have really understood that that one little Puff is really thousands and thousands more! If I enjoyed smoking so much why was I always trying to quit!
The quit before this one lasted long enough for me to gain 35 pounds before I threw in the towel.That quit was never a very solid quit. I also remember saying after I relapsed that I was never going to quit again. It was just too hard and I just did not have what it takes to go through that again. Do I have another quit. I don't know!
This is my True Quit! This one is different. This quit was just as hard as the others. I went through all the withdrawal agony. But this time I understood what was happening. This time I had tons of things to read about this addiction and nicotine. This time I had hundreds of post to read from people going through the same pain and frustrations I was going through. This time I was reading posts about tragic things that were happening to people and they did not resort back to their drug to get them through it. This time there were people who had quit smoking that understood what I was going through and said that it had been that way for them too but they stayed quit. I know a lot of people who have quit smoking and most of them are kind of ho hum about it. When asked they just say they just stopped no big deal! I just always thought something was wrong with my willpower! I wonder now if they have just forgotten. I always thought my withdrawal was harder than others until I read the posts here. I am not alone. I always thought I would never be "normal" even in that 11 month quit I would get these craves caused by triggers. I just did not know what was happening ... I thought I would have them for the rest of my life. I thought I was different! I now know that things will get better because all of the golden oldies tell me it will. I choose to believe them. It is already getting much better for me!
This quit is my last quit because all I have to do is Never Take Another Puff! It's that simple.Today I can choose the path toward a healthy life or I can choose the path toward a painful death. My choice is Life!
Laurie
One month, six days, 9 hours, 6 minutes and 53 seconds. 1121 cigarettes not smoked, saving $154.19. Life saved: 3 days, 21 hours, 25 minutes.
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27 Feb 2004, 00:36 #34

Nurture your quit. It is a great gift to you! Parker
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27 Feb 2004, 01:23 #35

Do I have another quit in me?
I have no real reason to find out.
Rick
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03 Sep 2004, 01:08 #36

From: Joel. (Original Message) Sent: 3/3/2002 4:50 AM
"Its funny, you will hear many people say and feel sentiments like this the first few weeks into a quit. But over time many lose this feeling and start to think that quitting was no big deal. If ever asked how it was to quit they may even say that it was no big deal and begin to think that if they were ever to go back, they would just quit again. This is a form of complacency and complacency has killed many a quits".

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09 Jan 2005, 09:01 #37

"For anyone who ever feels that they are not sure that they have another quit in them, they should be aware that they may be absolutely correct, they don't know that they have another quit in them. But for every member of this group today we know for a fact that you have this one going right now and I suspect you are all pretty sure you can make this one last through the rest of the day. This is the one you want to cultivate now for it is likely the one that has the best chance to work and it is definitely the one that has the best chance of avoiding the potentially lethal consequences of smoking. ~Joel~
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01 Feb 2005, 04:43 #38

I don't know if I have another quit in me. As long as I never take another puff, I don't have to worry about it. It's not a risk I am willing to take.
No nicotine today. Not one puff. No matter what.
Parker - 31 months
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10 Jun 2005, 19:37 #39

For anyone who ever feels that they are not sure that they have another quit in them, they should be aware that they may be absolutely correct, they don't know that they have another quit in them. But for every member of this group today we know for a fact that you have this one going right now and I suspect you are all pretty sure you can make this one last through the rest of the day. This is the one you want to cultivate now for it is likely the one that has the best chance to work and it is definitely the one that has the best chance of avoiding the potentially lethal consequences of smoking.

For if this quit didn't take but maybe a few months from now or a few years from now the next one would, you still don't know that one of the cigarettes you smoked in that intervening time period didn't start up some deadly irreversible process. This factor again is another reason that you should do everything in your power to make this quit stick. To make this quit the quit that sticks and saves your health and your life always remember to never take another puff!

Joel
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10 May 2006, 10:41 #40

To make this quit the quit that sticks and saves your health and your life always remember to never take another puff!

Joel

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17 May 2006, 16:09 #41

For anyone who ever feels that they are not sure that they have another quit in them, they should be aware that they may be absolutely correct, they don't know that they have another quit in them. But for every member of this group today we know for a fact that you have this one going right now and I suspect you are all pretty sure you can make this one last through the rest of the day. This is the one you want to cultivate now for it is likely the one that has the best chance to work and it is definitely the one that has the best chance of avoiding the potentially lethal consequences of smoking.

For if this quit didn't take but maybe a few months from now or a few years from now the next one would, you still don't know that one of the cigarettes you smoked in that intervening time period didn't start up some deadly irreversible process. This factor again is another reason that you should do everything in your power to make this quit stick. To make this quit the quit that sticks and saves your health and your life always remember to never take another puff!

Joel
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16 Oct 2006, 11:31 #42

Struggling a little! We all did in the begining in our own way. Read this thread and ask yourself the question. Can I be sure I have another quit in me.
Personally, I felt I had run out of quits.
From: Joel Sent: 8/11/2006 4:57 AM
For anyone who ever feels that they are not sure that they have another quit in them, they should be aware that they may be absolutely correct, they don't know that they have another quit in them. But for every member of this group today we know for a fact that you have this one going right now and I suspect you are all pretty sure you can make this one last through the rest of the day. This is the one you want to cultivate now for it is likely the one that has the best chance to work and it is definitely the one that has the best chance of avoiding the potentially lethal consequences of smoking.

For if this quit didn't take but maybe a few months from now or a few years from now the next one would, you still don't know that one of the cigarettes you smoked in that intervening time period didn't start up some deadly irreversible process. This factor again is another reason that you should do everything in your power to make this quit stick. To make this quit the quit that sticks and saves your health and your life always remember to never take another puff!

Joel
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04 Feb 2007, 00:33 #43

Anyway, what I wanted to say is Do Everything You Need To Do to make this quit a keeper. I know I got it right this time. Simply Doing What those folks who got here before me did to get what they got - Ex-Smoker 'Comfortability' I believe it was called. Give it a chance and it'll envelop you too.

Not goin' back .........only forward.


JoeJ Free 754 days gladly choosing to NTAP cause the alternative still stinks.
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08 Apr 2007, 14:06 #44

Thank you! Sometimes I think it will kill me, but I will die a ex smoker!
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09 Apr 2007, 22:11 #45

I honestly think this is the most important thread here. It is the reason I am able to maintain my quit. No matter how bad a day you may be having, remember, YOU HAVE QUIT. You are succeeding. You may not be able to quit ever again. The odds are stacked against you.
I look at it this way. I view my quit as winning the lottery. If I smoke, I have to give all my new found health i.e. the money back. What are the odds I win again?
Care for your quit.
One year, one week, four days, 23 hours, 11 minutes and 27 seconds. 15078 cigarettes not smoked, saving $4,146.63. Life saved: 7 weeks, 3 days, 8 hours, 30 minutes.
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18 Jul 2007, 02:25 #46

For anyone who ever feels that they are not sure that they have another quit in them, they should be aware that they may be absolutely correct, they don't know that they have another quit in them. But for every member of this group today we know for a fact that you have this one going right now and I suspect you are all pretty sure you can make this one last through the rest of the day. This is the one you want to cultivate now for it is likely the one that has the best chance to work and it is definitely the one that has the best chance of avoiding the potentially lethal consequences of smoking.

For if this quit didn't take but maybe a few months from now or a few years from now the next one would, you still don't know that one of the cigarettes you smoked in that intervening time period didn't start up some deadly irreversible process. This factor again is another reason that you should do everything in your power to make this quit stick. To make this quit the quit that sticks and saves your health and your life always remember to never take another puff!

Joel
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02 Aug 2007, 04:18 #47

From: Parker - GOLD! Sent: 1/31/2005 3:43 PM
I don't know if I have another quit in me. As long as I never take another puff, I don't have to worry about it. It's not a risk I am willing to take.
No nicotine today. Not one puff. No matter what.
Parker
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06 Sep 2007, 04:22 #48

This is just what I needed to read today. Have quit several times, the longest one was 3 months using the gum. Am just over 2 weeks into this quit, using this wonderful site for knowledge and support. Spend at least an hour, minimum, on this site every day. Am only 51, have had 2 open heart surgeries and diagnosed with everything from emphysema to severe C.O.P.D. My mind has been "flooded in a sea of smoking related thoughts" most of the afternoon today and the past few days. I'm glad to read that this is part of the temporary period of adjustment and not a permanent state of mind! I truly DON'T believe I have another quit left in me...my body has told me so! NTAP, Suzi
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06 Sep 2007, 05:09 #49

From above post:

"Have quit several times, the longest one was 3 months using the gum. "

From the string NRT and quit meters
From: Joel. (Original Message) Sent: 8/19/2002 1:07 PM
I received an email question from a newer member who asked about how to set a quit meter considering she had started using nicotine patches five days before actually joining up at Freedom. She had not smoked 120 cigarettes in that time period and she did not feel she wanted to reset her quit meter for it would not accurately reflect how many cigarettes she had not smoked nor how much money she had saved. She also seemed to feel that because she had suffered so much those first five days that they must have to count for something, or that her whole quit was invalid because we seemed to act as if we felt tha the first five days somehow did not count.

I tried to email her back a reply but her email box was full and the message got kicked back to me. So I am posting the response here for in fact the message is important for other people who may have had a similar experience of finding Freedom after they had already had an NRT quit going.

Here is the response I had written:

A high percentage of people I run through clinics have actually tried NRT products in the past-actually over 85% of people who went through my clinics last year had tried NRT products and have now basically written off the experience as a waste of time. They don't try to hang on to past failures but rather now are focused on maintaining current and future success.

I think most people at Freedom are here now too because they are also of the mindset that the day they quit using nicotine is the day they stopped using nicotine. As far as you thinking now that the first few days of using patches is now making your whole quit invalid-your ten-day quit is perfectly valid. The first five days though you just transferred how you delivered nicotine. I think you are somehow working with the idea that the first five days have to be valid and important to your quit because you suffered so much during them. Suffering is not the benchmark that makes a quit valid-getting off nicotine is what makes breaking the addiction valid. People suffocating with emphysema are suffering plenty from cigarettes but if they are still smoking I don't think you would say that the suffering is a good thing or some kind of great accomplishment.

The money saved issue is pretty much a moot point too-you likely spent more on the patches than cigarettes would have cost you-especially considering you probably spent close to $50 for the box of patches and only used a few. So to say you saved money by that purchase is really misleading too.

As far as cigarettes not smoked in the meters, I think our group mindset is not really cigarettes not smoked as much as it is nicotine not used. Cigarettes are just the unit of measure for nicotine. To most of our members counting the time that a patch was used would be like an alcoholic who used to drink whisky exclusively now saying they successfully gave up drinking because all they have daily now is scotch. Alcohol is alcohol and nicotine is nicotine.

Our board is unique. Almost no other site on the Internet would agree with this stand and will gladly welcome you in and allow you to use whatever numbers you want. But people are here because they are done playing games like trying to make themselves feel better about their past ways of maintaining nicotine addiction and are now trying to make themselves actually get healthier by actually taking control of their addiction. I hope you do the same.

If you can come to grip with the concept of measuring from the day you stopped the patch you will likely be happy and successful here, but if this concept is too much of a stumbling block you will likely find yourself happier elsewhere. While you may be happier elsewhere, I am not so sure you are going to be as successful elsewhere-but the choice of what groups fits you best has got to be yours.

One last point, the 120 cigarettes difference is not going to seem important when the number of cigarettes not smoked read 10,000 or 50,000 or 100,000, and maybe more. Those numbers will be real one day if you always remember from now on that to stay smoke free simply requires always staying committed to never take another puff!

Joel

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24 Sep 2007, 11:17 #50

You will never have to wonder about this as long as you never violate the Law of Addiction..........Never Take Another Puff is the best insurance policy available.
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14 Oct 2007, 02:56 #51

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15 Oct 2007, 23:26 #52

I realize my posting in this thread again may seem redundant, but I feel it bears repeating. After spending the weekend with a bunch of smokers, I realized I probably could never quit again. Everyone of them harped to me about how smoking is an addiction and how they couldn't quit, and I thought, I might not be able to either.
Thank God I won't have to feel that way. NTAP forever.
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06 Nov 2007, 02:38 #53

For anyone who ever feels that they are not sure that they have another quit in them, they should be aware that they may be absolutely correct, they don't know that they have another quit in them.
- Joel

(Reposting and updating an older post from 300 days ago)
Wanted to get this observation down. I read alot about "not wanting to repeat that 'terrible' First 72 Hours" or something similar to that effect. Well as Joel's quote above mentions there's no guarantee you WILL ever go back thru withdrawal again. Heck, when I got here I was absolutely convinced that I was gonna die as a tobacco smoker - probably sooner rather than later...... (now the probability is better that it's WAY later).
Anyway, what I wanted to say is Do Everything You Need To Do (Which is NTAP No Matter What) to make this quit a keeper.
I know I got it right this time. Simply Doing What those folks who got here before me did to get what they got - ExSmoker 'Comfortability' I believe it was called. Give it a chance and it'll envelop you too.
Not goin' back, .........only forward.
JoeJ Free 1025 days gladly choosing to NTAP cause the alternative still stinks!
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03 Jan 2008, 18:16 #54

What cigarette in which packet will start the process of irreversible cell division that will lead to cancer? As an alternative, why not quit now, stay quit and stop playing Russian Roulette with your life and the happiness of your loved ones.
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11 Jan 2008, 05:06 #55

Today, I don't think I have another quit in me, so right now I'm stiffening my resolve to have this one last the distance.
Russ, 7d
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