If this is your first time quitting

Joanne Gold
Joanne Gold

January 21st, 2004, 2:39 pm #31

For new readers just looking in who for the first time in their lives are seriosuly considering quitting .
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Joel
Joel

August 28th, 2004, 1:52 am #32

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GrumpyOMrsS (Gold)
GrumpyOMrsS (Gold)

October 27th, 2004, 11:08 am #33

You can quit your first time. You will hear lots of material to the contrary; that you have to quit over and over until it finally takes. It is a common misconception being perpetrated by many sites and even professional clinics and organization basically explaining why people quitting using such programs or approaches don't often seem to succeed.

The idea that you "can't" quit the first time is absolutely wrong. The only reason it takes most people multiple attempts to quit is that they don't understand the addiction to nicotine. How could they, no one really teaches it. People had to learn by screwing up one attempt after another until it finally dawns on them how each time they lost it, it happened by taking a puff. If you understand this concept from the get go, you don't have to go through chronic quitting and smoking.

So learn from other people's mistakes, not your own. Going through a quit once is bad enough, going through it over and over again is horrible and should be avoided at all costs. The way to avoid it is to always remember to never take another puff!.
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Joel
Joel

November 5th, 2004, 10:22 pm #34

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AllyBC
AllyBC

November 7th, 2004, 1:22 am #35

One of my main reasons for being so strong in this quit is that withdrawal was so bad for me this time that I never want to have to do it again! This is only my second quit, but I know it will be my last because I will never take another puff!

Allyson - Free and Healing for Twelve Days, 15 Hours and 20 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 10 Hours, by avoiding the use of 126 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $51.53.
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Jamie
Jamie

November 14th, 2004, 12:36 pm #36

I am also on my first (and last) quit. I guess the big reason it works for me right now is reminding myself that my urge to smoke is going to go away whether I light up or not and I want to watch my sons and grandchildren grow up far more than I want that cigarette.
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GrumpyOMrsS (Gold)
GrumpyOMrsS (Gold)

December 27th, 2004, 4:51 am #37

You can quit your first time. You will hear lots of material to the contrary; that you have to quit over and over until it finally takes. It is a common misconception being perpetrated by many sites and even professional clinics and organization basically explaining why people quitting using such programs or approaches don't often seem to succeed.

The idea that you "can't" quit the first time is absolutely wrong. The only reason it takes most people multiple attempts to quit is that they don't understand the addiction to nicotine. How could they, no one really teaches it. People had to learn by screwing up one attempt after another until it finally dawns on them how each time they lost it, it happened by taking a puff. If you understand this concept from the get go, you don't have to go through chronic quitting and smoking.

So learn from other people's mistakes, not your own. Going through a quit once is bad enough, going through it over and over again is horrible and should be avoided at all costs. The way to avoid it is to always remember to never take another puff!.

Joel
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ElevenPinkFlowers
ElevenPinkFlowers

July 26th, 2005, 11:06 pm #38

For my lurker:
This is my first and last quit. And I just love it.
PinkFlowers
Loving it since 2 March 2005
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Joel
Joel

November 13th, 2005, 12:44 am #39

From: John (Gold) Sent: 11/12/2005 8:39 AM
School of Hard-Quitting-Knocks vs. One Simple Lesson

I located the below quitting attempt quotes at various Internet sites during the last few minutes. What all of these sites have in common is that they all wrongly suggest that a quitter cannot quit during their very first attempt and not one of them tell readers the magic secret that is eventually learned through the school of hard-quitting-knocks that if known and applied would 100% guarantee success the first time!
  • "It is common for smokers to make more than one quit attempt before succeeding for good"
  • "most smokers who try to quit make at least three attempts before succeeding"
  • "It generally takes three to four attempts at quitting before a smoker is successful long-term"
  • "Most tobacco users attempt to quit three to five times before succeeding"
  • "On average, ex-smokers try 4 times to quit before they actually quit for good"
  • "most long term abstainers fail 4 to 5 times before succeeding"
  • "Most smokers try to quit at least 4-6 times before succeeding"
  • "Most smokers make 4-11 quit attempts before finally succeeding"
  • "On average, smokers attempt to quit five times before succeeding"
  • "it takes an average of 5-6 attempts before finally succeeding"
  • "Most smokers/chewers attempt to quit 5-7 times before quitting for good"
  • "Research has shown that the average smoker makes six attempts to quit before succeeding"
  • "the average tobacco user makes 7 attempts to quit before succeeding"
  • "The average number of tries before succeeding is 7 to 8"
  • "They say it takes an average of 8 attempts before one quits smoking"
  • "On average, former smokers made 8-11 quit attempts before succeeding"
  • "the average smoker tries to quit 9 times before succeeding"
  • "The average American attempts to quit 10 to 15 times before succeeding"
  • "On average, former smokers made 11 quit attempts before succeeding"
  • "Most patients require several attempts before succeeding in quitting permanently"
I find it utterly amazing that so many cessation authorities would want to give quitters relapse expecations without telling them the secret to avoiding relapse. It's called obedience to the The Law of Addiction and around here it is presented in simplified form -- just four little words -- Never Take Another Puff!

Not discovering or being taught the law of addiction in time to save your life is a horrible horrible reason to die. If we only have time to share one quick piece of info with smokers within our sphere of influence then this is it -- just one hour, challenge and day at a time, Never Take Another Puff!

John (Gold x6)
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anhef
anhef

February 22nd, 2006, 11:07 am #40

You said that "no one really teaches it." but someone does...you do...and so does everyone else here.
It's the knowledge that can be gained here that makes it possible to succeed on the first try.
It's the warnings, and encouragements, and tips that make it possible to get through those first few days, knowing that it will get better, and soon.
This place and everyone here is awesome! Here's a link to remind you just how awesome.

Relapse Prevention

Annie
So glad to have found freedom.
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SallyGL
SallyGL

March 18th, 2006, 7:36 pm #41

I came across a statement that puzzled me in the little booklet produced by the Welsh Assembly and given out to would be quitters. At the end of a paragraph about NRT it says ''So it is much safer than tobacco and much less addictive'' Isn't nicotine just as addictive however it's administered? And to make matters worse when I took the short test under the heading '' Do I need NRT or Zyban'' the result indicated that I was very addicted and should try one of these 'medications' (my quotes). So according to this not only was I stopping smoking by a method nearly garanteed to fail, I was told that when I did fail not to feel guilty about it, just to try again and again.

I'm so glad I found this website.

I used to say to my children ''If at first you don't succeed, try, try and try again'' in the case of quitting smoking perhaps it should be ''If at first you don't succeed, die, die and die again''.

Sally
- Free and Healing for Eleven Days, 17 Hours and 31 Minutes after 40+ years of smoking.
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SallyGL
SallyGL

March 18th, 2006, 7:53 pm #42

I've just realised that I might have implied in my last post that Zyban isn't a medication, which of course it is and I gather used successfully by some of my fellow Freedom quitters. Sorry if I upset anyone.

Sally
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Joel
Joel

March 18th, 2006, 9:33 pm #43

Reading at other quit smoking sites
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Joel
Joel

March 18th, 2006, 9:44 pm #44

Another string addressing Sally's concerns above: A Quitter's Dilemma: Hooked on the Cure
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thinkwild
thinkwild

May 26th, 2006, 3:21 pm #45

"I must say: the urge for a smoke is pitifully feeble compared with the force of my new knowledge."
Erica
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Joel
Joel

September 15th, 2006, 10:31 am #46

From John:

School of Hard-Quitting-Knocks vs. One Simple Lesson

I located the below quitting attempt quotes at various Internet sites during the last few minutes. What all of these sites have in common is that they all wrongly suggest that a quitter cannot quit during their very first attempt and not one of them tell readers the magic secret that is eventually learned through the school of hard-quitting-knocks that if known and applied would 100% guarantee success the first time!


* "It is common for smokers to make more than one quit attempt before succeeding for good"
* "most smokers who try to quit make at least three attempts before succeeding"
* "It generally takes three to four attempts at quitting before a smoker is successful long-term"
* "Most tobacco users attempt to quit three to five times before succeeding"
* "On average, ex-smokers try 4 times to quit before they actually quit for good"
* "most long term abstainers fail 4 to 5 times before succeeding"
* "Most smokers try to quit at least 4-6 times before succeeding"
* "Most smokers make 4-11 quit attempts before finally succeeding"
* "On average, smokers attempt to quit five times before succeeding"
* "it takes an average of 5-6 attempts before finally succeeding"
* "Most smokers/chewers attempt to quit 5-7 times before quitting for good"
* "Research has shown that the average smoker makes six attempts to quit before succeeding"
* "the average tobacco user makes 7 attempts to quit before succeeding"
* "The average number of tries before succeeding is 7 to 8"
* "They say it takes an average of 8 attempts before one quits smoking"
* "On average, former smokers made 8-11 quit attempts before succeeding"
* "the average smoker tries to quit 9 times before succeeding"
* "The average American attempts to quit 10 to 15 times before succeeding"
* "On average, former smokers made 11 quit attempts before succeeding"
* "Most patients require several attempts before succeeding in quitting permanently"

I find it utterly amazing that so many cessation authorities would want to give quitters relapse expecations without telling them the secret to avoiding relapse. It's called obedience to the The Law of Addiction and around here it is presented in simplified form -- just four little words -- Never Take Another Puff!

Not discovering or being taught the law of addiction in time to save your life is a horrible horrible reason to die. If we only have time to share one quick piece of info with smokers within our sphere of influence then this is it -- just one hour, challenge and day at a time, Never Take Another Puff!

John (Gold x6)
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JoeJFree Gold
JoeJFree Gold

October 23rd, 2006, 9:52 am #47

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JoeJFree Gold
JoeJFree Gold

March 1st, 2007, 11:44 am #48

So learn from other people's mistakes*, not your own. Going through a quit once is bad enough, going through it over and over again is horrible and should be avoided at all costs. The way to avoid it is to always remember to never take another puff!.

Joel

*The one puff files
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Joel
Joel

September 14th, 2008, 10:11 pm #49

I saw a post yesterday referring to the concept that many of our members and readers have had past quits and thus past relapses.
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