Maybe this isn't the best time to quit?

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May 6th, 2002, 4:32 pm #11

For Laura and anyone else who is worried about how to overcome the next few days, for what ever reason thinking this may not be the best time to quit or the best time to stay off of smoking. This is as good a time as any not to smoke for a multitude of reasons--longer life and better health being the most important, but by no means the only benefit of not smoking.

One other note--just a few day ago I talked to the 78 year old women who had flown in for the clinic in this post that was postponed because of the September 11 tragedies. She was still doing great, it is almost eight months for her now. Everyone can make it through every thing as long as they stay focused on sticking with their goals to never take another puff!

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August 30th, 2002, 6:21 pm #12

Which excuses are you using?
We were no different!
All of us had great excuses!

If you're just arriving then the title to this thread can seem rather inviting but please notice the question mark at the end. You'd be well advised to spend a couple of minutes reflecting upon the honesty of such an assertion. Whether you just found out that you need surgery, are starting school, having serious problems with a relationship, face a challenging week, have a loved one with failing health, are encountering mounting financial problems, have some traveling coming up, are worried about your weight, you're facing important deadlines, or all of them are happening at once, there is never a better time to reclaim your life than before the very next puff of that enslaving substance called nicotine, those 44 known carcinogens, and the over 4,000+ chemicals, that are present in every burning cigarette.

We've used "life" as an excuse to damage these bodies long enough! The next few minutes can be 100% smoke and nicotine free regardless of life's circumstances. Encountering one of the habit feeding triggers fathered by your chemical dependency upon nicotine may bring a very brief anxiety type attack that we call a crave. Never longer than three minutes - - but be sure and look at a clock as your mind may try and convince you the minutes are really hours -- the anxiety of the moment would be the same regardless of what's happening in the background - life!

There may never be a better moment to start your new life than when life's challenges seem great. The clock is the same, three minutes are still three minutes, and after successfully encountering, reconditioning and breaking all your major smoking habit cues, your mind will never again fear an upcoming challenge, or be able to use the normal challenges of "life" as an excuse to fail, relapse or delay. You'll know it's just another lie!

It takes a maximum of 72 hours to reside inside of a nicotine clean body. How do you face each hour? Just a few minutes at a time and then celebrate! You've under house arrest for a long time. Isn't it time that you traded places and put your dependency upon nicotine under arrest! It's your birthright to be free and the next few minutes are doable!
Breathe deep, hug hard, live long! John
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September 29th, 2002, 8:12 pm #13

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September 29th, 2002, 10:05 pm #14

whoa---------I am convinced. I already was convinced but a little renewal never hurts especially if the person is complaining loud and long.. My husband always told me that my persistence in pointing out to him the detrimental effects of nicotine after his heart attack finally drove him to quit. I have never completely believed him. I think I do now. Lilac
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October 26th, 2002, 10:58 pm #15

There is no better time to begin this temporary journey of adjustment called quitting than before the next puff. If this is a high period of stress in your life that makes it even better because success now will permanently deprive your mind of using stress as an excuse to relapse
Which puff on which cigarette contains the spark that gives birth to that first cancerous lung cell, that kills part or all of your heart, or that blocks bloodflow to a portion of your brain? Which puff of nicotine? Which cigarette?
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December 12th, 2002, 10:59 pm #16

For Marvin
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January 13th, 2003, 6:32 am #17

For Angela
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January 26th, 2003, 7:10 am #18

One more for TrickyKnees
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March 4th, 2003, 8:10 am #19

I may be around a little more this week than I thought I would be. I am supposed to start a clinic tomorrow night. There are 33 people registered to come. Actually the number of people registered to come is not the best predictor to the number of people who will actually show up. Usually we have a few more people who say they are going to come, usually about 40 or so. When the day of the clinic actually arrives--well it is anybody's guess how many people actually show up.

I have had times where if 40 register 25 will show and I also have times where if 40 register 50 will show. There are even times when 40 register and 40 show but it is often a different 40 people than we think, meaning 10-15 people who said they were going to come do not show up and pretty much the exact same number of people walk in. As I said, what normally happens is anybody's guess.

But I just heard the weather forecast for tomorrow afternoon and evening and they are predicting a possible four to eight inches of snow. The last time this happened on an opening day of a clinic in disseminated the numbers. If it happens the second or third day of the clinic things are usually salvageable for people already have the core information they need, have already started the quit and often stick with the quit even if they miss the specific session. But when inclement conditions occur on the first day it can be ominous.

So I may be around a little more this week than I thought, or if the weather works to the clinic's favor, meaning the snow holds off till the second day of the clinic I am going to be doing a lot of one on one telephone mini-lectures and not around Freedom a whole lot. Just for the record, when I am doing clinics I often do not get time to read the whole board. If people want me to address certain issues drop me an email at [url=mailto:quitsmoking@joelspitzer.com]quitsmoking@joelspitzer.com[/url] and let me know that there is an issue at the board you would like me to address. I'll be sure to catch the post then.

Hope everyone has a healthy and safe week. Just know that every week will be healthier and safer than it would be if you were still a smoker and will stay that way as long as you always remember to never take another puff!

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March 12th, 2003, 5:15 am #20

For CF and anyone else who is worried about how to overcome the thoughts for a cigarette they are having today and for what ever reason thinking this may not be the best time to stay off of smoking. This is as good a time as any not to smoke for a multitude of reasons--longer life and better health being the most important, but by no means the only benefit of not smoking.

I guess the question that a person thinking that maybe this isn't the best time to stay quit needs to as himself or herself is, "Is this the right time to relapse to a full-fledged nicotine addiction that if I am really lucky will lead to another full-blown withdrawal process one day soon, or, if I am not lucky is going to end up costing me tens of thousands of dollars, cost me my health and one day cost me my life."

If the answer to that questions is no, that today is not a good day to relapse, then remember for today that to stay smoke free is going to require a one hundred percent commitment to never take another puff!

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March 21st, 2003, 8:12 am #21

I thought this string fit rather well in here.
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From: Millie (Original Message) Sent: 3/20/2003 12:21 PM
As we are now at war with Iraq a thought did cross my mind that "If we are going to get attacked by terorists I might as well have a cigarette!"
But I have decided to think of my nicotine addiction as Sadam and I will beat him.
Good luck to all of you that has family in the Gulf, hope they return safely.
Millie

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From: smokefreeJD (Bronze) Sent: 3/20/2003 12:27 PM
I live in the Washington DC area, so you can imagine the tremendous stress we've been under from 9/11 to anthrax to the DC sniper. Now we're on "not quite red" alert here and all area folks are being asked to have an evacuation plan ready.

But... like allllllllllllllllll the posts on this board remind us... life goes on without smoking. Losing my quit will not affect world events nor will it help me cope better with everything that's going on. In fact I'm much calmer smoke-free.

And if the sirens do go off and I have to evacuate then I have much more room in my bags for essentials and I wouldn't have to spend a minute worrying about cigs.

Jill
5 Months 2 Weeks 1 Day - Despite what's happening in the rest of the world!
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From: John (Gold) Sent: 3/20/2003 1:18 PM
Let's Stay Focused on Our Odds of Staying Alive !

As I'm sure you realize, Millie, as upsetting as they can be, world affairs have absolutely nothing to do with any of us remaining nicotine free today. The junkie mind is amazing. Imagine being worred about dying in a car accident when the risk of dying 14 to 15 years early from smoking is roughly 40 times greater.

Millie all the deaths in all the wars around the world during the past decade do not come close to approaching the numbers killed by tobacco. Even in the horrors of 9/11 and the 3,000 who perished in New York, the state of New York alone lost over 30,741 lives to tobacco during 2002, who, according to the U.S. CDC, collectively lost 417,206 years of life!

One day at a time
There is no legitimate reason to relapse
"I have to smoke because of all my stress"
How would you deal with the following situations?
Bad days
Caring for our recovery
Anger - new reactions to anger as an ex-smoker

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From: improud (golder) Sent: 3/20/2003 2:57 PM
Thanks for those stats John makes you wonder why people aren't out on the streets demonstrating against tobacco and the tobacco companies huh? I'll join one of those demonstrations while I listen to what's going on in the world and never taking another puff Cathy ~ GOLD
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March 21st, 2003, 10:43 am #22

You know, if you think about it, if we had to wait until their was nothing going on in our lives to give up smoking, then we would all have to wait until we were dead!!! Because we use cigarettes for so many excuses - as "rewards", to celebrate, to calm our nerves, as our buddy, etc, etc, would there ever be a time when we are alive that would be the perfect time to quit? You just have to want to quit, that is all it comes down to, desire, and education, and of course all the great support from Freedom never hurt no one either.....lolol.
So, isn't while you are alive the best time ever to quit??? Hmmmm...

Christine I have chosen not to smoke for 5 Days 21 Hours 12 Minutes 30 Seconds. Cigarettes not smoked: 117. Money saved: $23.53.
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March 30th, 2003, 11:14 pm #23

I saw where we has some good examples of members quitting and staying smoke free while facing real adversity. The strength and resolve of these members should serve as an example for all that no matter what traumas life may throw at you staying free is possible as long as you always remember the commitment that you made to yourself to never take another puff! Joel
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April 6th, 2003, 8:05 am #24

I guess the question that a person thinking that maybe this isn't the best time to stay quit needs to as himself or herself is, "Is this the right time to relapse to a full-fledged nicotine addiction that if I am really lucky will lead to another full-blown withdrawal process one day soon, or, if I am not lucky is going to end up costing me tens of thousands of dollars, cost me my health and one day cost me my life."

If the answer to that questions is no, that today is not a good day to relapse, then remember for today that to stay smoke free is going to require a one hundred percent commitment to never take another puff!

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April 11th, 2003, 2:43 pm #25

"Is this the right time to relapse to a full-fledged nicotine addiction that if I am really lucky will lead to another full-blown withdrawal process one day soon, or, if I am not lucky is going to end up costing me tens of thousands of dollars, cost me my health and one day cost me my life."
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April 23rd, 2003, 9:07 pm #26

This post was originally written a few days after the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001. The message is as true today as it was that day. The closing paragraph addresses how a person can stay smoke free even when facing real tragedy... .
"The point is, even under the worst of circumstances, life goes on and smoking cessation is fully possible under any conditions. To survive smoke free and to come through such times stronger than you ever thought possible--stay focused on the fact that you have the strength, desire and resolve to prove that you will never take another puff!"

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May 11th, 2003, 8:45 pm #27

The question that a person thinking that this may not be the best time to stay quit needs to as himself or herself is:

"Is this the right time to relapse to a full-fledged nicotine addiction that if I am really lucky will lead to another full-blown withdrawal process one day soon, or, if I am not lucky is going to end up costing me tens of thousands of dollars, cost me my health and one day cost me my life."

If the answer to that questions is no, that today is not a good day to relapse, then remember for today that to stay smoke free is going to require a one hundred percent commitment to never take another puff!

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May 22nd, 2003, 7:30 am #28

From: Joel Sent: 5/11/2003 5:45 AM
The question that a person thinking that this may not be the best time to stay quit needs to as himself or herself is:



"Is this the right time to relapse to a full-fledged nicotine addiction that if I am really lucky will lead to another full-blown withdrawal process one day soon, or, if I am not lucky is going to end up costing me tens of thousands of dollars, cost me my health and one day cost me my life."




If the answer to that questions is no, that today is not a good day to relapse, then remember for today that to stay smoke free is going to require a one hundred percent commitment to never take another puff!

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January 5th, 2004, 11:46 am #29

This string was first written around the time of the September 2001 terrorism attack in the United States. The message of this string though is applicable for all times. We have a bunch of new quitters who may find themselves thinking that some external circumstance or event will make this particular timing of a quit not seem quite right. No problem a person quitting might encounter warrants or justifies administering nicotine.

The question that a person thinking that this may not be the best time to stay quit needs to as himself or herself is:

"Is this the right time to relapse to a full-fledged nicotine addiction that if I am really lucky will lead to another full-blown withdrawal process one day soon, or, if I am not lucky is going to end up costing me tens of thousands of dollars, cost me my health and one day cost me my life."

If the answer to that questions is no, that today is not a good day to relapse, then remember for today that to stay smoke free is going to require a one hundred percent commitment to

never take another puff! Joel
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February 25th, 2004, 10:58 pm #30

From above:

This string was first written around the time of the September 2001 terrorism attack in the United States. The message of this string though is applicable for all times. We have a bunch of new quitters who may find themselves thinking that some external circumstance or event will make this particular timing of a quit not seem quite right. No problem a person quitting might encounter warrants or justifies administering nicotine.

The question that a person thinking that this may not be the best time to stay quit needs to as himself or herself is:

"Is this the right time to relapse to a full-fledged nicotine addiction that if I am really lucky will lead to another full-blown withdrawal process one day soon, or, if I am not lucky is going to end up costing me tens of thousands of dollars, cost me my health and one day cost me my life."

If the answer to that questions is no, that today is not a good day to relapse, then remember for today that to stay smoke free is going to require a one hundred percent commitment to

never take another puff! Joel




I thought this would be a good one to bring up in lieu of comments being written in today's parade. Other good posts talking about how people must be aware that they can get through all of life's up and downs after quitting are "I will quit when ..." ,Life goes on without smoking and"I have to smoke because of all my stress".

I am glad to see people recognizing how while their lives can still get to be tumultuous at times after quitting that their ability to cope with life is as good as it ever was when they were smoking and likely even better. To be better able to cope with the physical and mental demands that life presents to you just always remember the importance of the commitment that you have made to yourself to never take another puff!

Joel
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July 3rd, 2004, 11:20 am #31

This string was first written around the time of the September 2001 terrorism attack in the United States. The message of this string though is applicable for all times. We have a bunch of new quitters who may find themselves thinking that some external circumstance or event will make this particular timing of a quit not seem quite right. No problem a person quitting might encounter warrants or justifies administering nicotine.

The question that a person thinking that this may not be the best time to stay quit needs to as himself or herself is:

"Is this the right time to relapse to a full-fledged nicotine addiction that if I am really lucky will lead to another full-blown withdrawal process one day soon, or, if I am not lucky is going to end up costing me tens of thousands of dollars, cost me my health and one day cost me my life."

If the answer to that questions is no, that today is not a good day to relapse, then remember for today that to stay smoke free is going to require a one hundred percent commitment to

never take another puff! Joel
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July 24th, 2004, 11:31 am #32

This string was first written around the time of the September 2001 terrorism attack in the United States. The message of this string though is applicable for all times. We have a bunch of new quitters who may find themselves thinking that some external circumstance or event will make this particular timing of a quit not seem quite right. No problem a person quitting might encounter warrants or justifies administering nicotine.

The question that a person thinking that this may not be the best time to stay quit needs to as himself or herself is:

"Is this the right time to relapse to a full-fledged nicotine addiction that if I am really lucky will lead to another full-blown withdrawal process one day soon, or, if I am not lucky is going to end up costing me tens of thousands of dollars, cost me my health and one day cost me my life."

If the answer to that questions is no, that today is not a good day to relapse, then remember for today that to stay smoke free is going to require a one hundred percent commitment to

never take another puff! Joel
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January 7th, 2005, 1:41 pm #33

For Mary

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February 3rd, 2005, 9:23 am #34

This string was first written around the time of the September 2001 terrorism attack in the United States. The message of this string though is applicable for all times. We have a bunch of new quitters who may find themselves thinking that some external circumstance or event will make this particular timing of a quit not seem quite right. No problem a person quitting might encounter warrants or justifies administering nicotine. The question that a person thinking that this may not be the best time to stay quit needs to as himself or herself is: "Is this the right time to relapse to a full-fledged nicotine addiction that if I am really lucky will lead to another full-blown withdrawal process one day soon, or, if I am not lucky is going to end up costing me tens of thousands of dollars, cost me my health and one day cost me my life."

If the answer to that questions is no, that today is not a good day to relapse, then remember for today that to stay smoke free is going to require a one hundred percent commitment to

never take another puff! Joel




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March 23rd, 2005, 6:03 am #35

This string was first written around the time of the September 2001 terrorism attack in the United States. The message of this string though is applicable for all times. We have a bunch of new quitters who may find themselves thinking that some external circumstance or event will make this particular timing of a quit not seem quite right. No problem a person quitting might encounter warrants or justifies administering nicotine. The question that a person thinking that this may not be the best time to stay quit needs to as himself or herself is: "Is this the right time to relapse to a full-fledged nicotine addiction that if I am really lucky will lead to another full-blown withdrawal process one day soon, or, if I am not lucky is going to end up costing me tens of thousands of dollars, cost me my health and one day cost me my life."

If the answer to that questions is no, that today is not a good day to relapse, then remember for today that to stay smoke free is going to require a one hundred percent commitment to

never take another puff! Joel




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