No thank you, I can't have a cigarette

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21 Feb 2004, 12:05 #21

Nothing gets by you, does it Joel

...and I'll thank you for that!

Carla - Free and Healing for One Month, Fourteen Days and 4 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 5 Days and 8 Hours, by avoiding the use of 1540 death sticks that would have set me back $196.72.
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29 Feb 2004, 09:49 #22

I choose not to smoke!
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07 Jun 2004, 19:20 #23

Thanks Joel.
I can't tell you how glad I am to read your articles. They are sure helping me get through. Just when things are happening that might threaten my quit, you come along with something to put it all in perspective.Thanks again for your imput, I don't go one day without having some article or post with me. I love my Freedom, thanks for helping me keep it.


Stormy
3 wks 5 days 1 hr 45 min 15 sec since my quit began.
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24 Jun 2004, 11:30 #24

"I gave up smoking,"
is like a recovered cancer patient saying
"I gave up cancer."
You don't give up cigarette smoking, you get rid of it.
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25 Jun 2004, 10:14 #25

Joel:

What a great article. I made a big banner that is now hanging in my office:

"I GAVE UP SMOKING" is like a recovered cancer patient saying "I GAVE UP CANCER" You don't give up cigarette smoking, you get rid of it.

I love this one too:
NOT ONE STRESSFUL EVENT IN MY LIFE WAS SOLVED BY SMOKING NICOTINE, OTHER THAN RELIEVING THE STRESS CAUSED BY ITS OWN ABSENCE.
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30 Dec 2004, 08:32 #26

I just saw the comment made by an almost one year successful ex-smoker that she "gave up smoking" almost 12 months ago.

It made me think of this comment from this article:

""I gave up smoking," is like a recovered cancer patient saying "I gave up cancer." You don't give up cigarette smoking, you get rid of it. Once you see cigarettes in their true light, and the many advantages of not having to smoke anymore, you begin to understand just what smoking was doing to you and what not smoking does for you.
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28 Jan 2005, 22:14 #27


I'm continually amazed by the depth and directness of this resource. Great article for today & every day. It only takes one bad shot to lose a big tournament and only one puff to ruin the best thing you've ever done for yourself.
NTAP!
Joe - Free and Healing for Seventeen Days, 22 Hours and 59 Minutes, while reallocating $67.39 of disposable income.
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07 Apr 2005, 21:07 #28

"I gave up smoking,"
is like a recovered cancer patient saying
"I gave up cancer."
You don't give up cigarette smoking, you get rid of it.
It isn't easy when just beginning this amazing journey to open our minds after years and years of denial thinking that pretended "control," while deep down knowing that each new puff was further destroying the capacities and abilities of our bodies and minds.
Some will attempt to quit and arrest their dependency upon nicotine while insisting upon retaining romantic thoughts of using it. I suggest that the real quitting took place on the day that you started losing sight of the real you, the day that nicotine began assuming control.
Remember one thing, living that retained fantacy just once will remove all choice from the equation and again put nicotine in control. Once there, you'll be free to create and live all the addiction fantacies you desire for a period of time that is likely to be as long as the gradually building timebomb of 43 carcinogens and 4,000 chemicals in each puff allows.
When offered a cigarette, too stay on this side of the bars is as simple as saying, "No thanks, I don't smoke nicotine. I'm going home to see what it's like to again fully engage life as me."
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04 May 2005, 16:18 #29

Ana One Month, Seventeen Days, 21 Hours and 18 Minutesof nicotine freeedom, while extending my life expectancy 3 Days and 7 Hours, by avoiding the use of 958 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $143.95.
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19 Jul 2005, 10:11 #30

" You don't give up cigarette smoking, you get rid of it."

A 'Building Block' key from Joel.

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06 Nov 2005, 02:25 #31

"You don't give up cigarette smoking, you get rid of it." - Joel S.
Finality of commitment to NTAP really is the key to early comfort.
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04 Jan 2006, 14:08 #32




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31 Jan 2006, 23:34 #33

"You don't give up cigarette smoking, you get rid of it." - Joel S.
I truly believe this single simple thought has had more to do in setting a 'Quit Mind' on the path to success than any other concept.
We are not giving up or letting go or leaving behind or saying good-bye to anything worthwhile. We are actively choosing to get rid of an addictive agent that is proven to Kill & Maim every single person who uses it with every single dose devoured.
Once removed we Don't Need Nicotine to live. Nicotine Was not supposed to be IN Us to begin with!
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18 Jun 2006, 20:30 #34

Smoking IS an Option[font=ARIAL, GEORGIA, 'TIMES NEW ROMAN', TIMES, SERIF] [/font]
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15 Jul 2006, 18:47 #35

" You don't give up cigarette smoking, you get rid of it."

A 'Building Block' key from Joel.
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17 Sep 2006, 22:21 #36

I kicked nicotine out of my life and my family's lives. Thanks to all of you, but especially thanks to myself for deciding to never take another puff. It sure feels good.

I have been quit for 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 20 hours, 16 minutes and 56 seconds (50 days). I have saved $2,543.89 by not smoking 1,779 cigarettes. I have saved 6 Days, 4 hours and 15 minutes of my life.
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17 Sep 2006, 22:27 #37

No, Thank you, I no longer need a ciggarette!

NTAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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17 Sep 2006, 22:28 #38

Day 25 free and healing!
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21 Nov 2006, 22:40 #39

"You don't give up cigarette smoking,
you get rid of it." - Joel Spitzer
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06 Dec 2006, 02:21 #40

It is indeed a matter or personal choice. This forum and WhyQuit.com help many to finally make an educated and informed choice.

The fact is, any ex-smoker can have a cigarette any time they want. They have the freedom of choice to smoke or not to smoke. Whenever they want one they can have it. But there is a catch. If they take one, they must accept the consequences of reinforcing the full addiction and going back to their old level of consumption. Very few ex-smokers ever want to smoke at their old level again. Even fewer wish to go through the withdrawals experienced when initially quitting. So, what ex-smokers really mean when they say they can't have a cigarette is that they choose not to go back to smoking. Isn't it nicer to choose not to smoke than to feel deprived of cigarettes? When you choose not to smoke you feel as if you had won a major battle--you broke away from a deadly, dirty and expensive addiction. One clinic participant made the analogy that saying "I gave up smoking," is like a recovered cancer patient saying "I gave up cancer." You don't give up cigarette smoking, you get rid of it.
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26 Jan 2007, 20:37 #41

" You don't give up cigarette smoking, you get rid of it."

A 'Building Block' key from Joel.
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14 Nov 2007, 00:52 #42

Message 3 of 96 in Discussion
From: Joel. Sent: 4/2/2001 7:28 AM
Keep focused, by quitting smoking you are depriving yourself of nothing. Nicotine was depriving yourself of choice. You had to smoke, and smoking was leading to all sorts of consequences, economical, social, and medical. Again, by quitting you are not depriving yourself of a cigarette, you are ridding yourself from nicotine. Because nicotine had the potential of depriving you of choice. It would lead you back to smoking and that would eventually deprive you of your health and your life. Stay in charge of your quit, never take another puff!

Joel
From: John (Gold) Sent: 9/30/2003 10:01 AM
"I gave up smoking,"
is like a recovered cancer patient saying
"I gave up cancer."
You don't give up cigarette smoking, you get rid of it.
It isn't easy for us to open our minds after years and years of denial thinking that allowed each of us to pretend that we were in "control" while deep down knowing that each new puff was further destroying the capacities and abilities of these amazing bodies and minds. If you want to quit while permanently retaining some romantic dependency denial image of chemical bondage that is your choice.
Remember one thing, living that retained fantacy just once will remove choice from the equation and again put nicotine in control. Once there you'll be free to create and live all the addiction fantacies you desire for a period of time that is likely to be as long as the 43 carcinogens and 4,000 chemicals in each puff allow.
When offered a cigarette, too stay on this side of the bars is as simple as saying, "No thanks, I don't smoke nicotine, I like being me."
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31 Mar 2008, 21:49 #43

Message 3 of 96 in Discussion
From: Joel. Sent: 4/2/2001 7:28 AM
Keep focused, by quitting smoking you are depriving yourself of nothing. Nicotine was depriving yourself of choice. You had to smoke, and smoking was leading to all sorts of consequences, economical, social, and medical. Again, by quitting you are not depriving yourself of a cigarette, you are ridding yourself from nicotine. Because nicotine had the potential of depriving you of choice. It would lead you back to smoking and that would eventually deprive you of your health and your life. Stay in charge of your quit, never take another puff!

Joel
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24 Apr 2008, 06:34 #44

I have been quit for 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 22 hours, 1 minute and 17 seconds (58 days). I have saved £341.71 by not smoking 1,178 cigarettes. I have saved 4 Days, 2 hours and 10 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 25/02/2008 01:33
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08 Dec 2008, 20:32 #45

" You don't give up cigarette smoking, you get rid of it."
A 'Building Block' key from Joel.
Keep focused, by quitting smoking you are depriving yourself of nothing. Nicotine was depriving yourself of choice. You had to smoke, and smoking was leading to all sorts of consequences, economical, social, and medical. Again, by quitting you are not depriving yourself of a cigarette, you are ridding yourself from nicotine. Because nicotine had the potential of depriving you of choice. It would lead you back to smoking and that would eventually deprive you of your health and your life. Stay in charge of your quit, never take another puff!
Joel
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