Quitting isn't easy, but educating yourself about nicotine addiction does make it doable. I may be a "newbie" ( a little over 3 weeks quit) but I plan on making this quit last forever.
I have a history, like most smokers, of trying to quit unsuccessfully. I never knew fully what I was up against. Luckily I found this site, and Joel's library. I never thought about learning all about the addiction as an aid to quitting, but it really does help. If you tried to fly an airplane with no instruction in aviation, you probably wouldn't get very far. I never got far with previous quits, because I didn't know much about the addiction. I thought the cravings would be constant for the rest of my life, but they actually peak after 3 days and are gone after 2 weeks. I thought I could be a part time smoker, having 2-3 a day, but now realize it's the full addiction or no nicotine at all. The more knowledge you can get about the nicotine addiction, the better you are prepared to fight the urges and cravings, as well as know what to expect and how to handle it. Read Joel's library all the way through, and keep the articles handy when you are struggling, it helps to read them. Never take another puff. One day at a time. Congratulate yourself at the end of the day for not smoking, and face tomorrow with confidence. You can do it, and it does get easier!
Jeff - Phoenix, Arizona USA
Jeff - Free and Healing for Twenty Three Days and 16 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 1 Day and 23 Hours, by avoiding the use of 575 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $115.16.
For to long I listened to other people and advertisments informing me how difficult it was to quit. How wrong they were!!!!!!!!!!!! Here at whyquit, you will find that the more you read the easier it gets, you educate yourself and understand just exactly what your mind and body are going through, no gimmicks and no miracle patches prolonging the withdrawal period. I was a smoker of 20 years, 25 death sticks a day and I am not far off bronze (3months). Both my parents have quit by just reading articles from this site, in fact my dad was a smoker for 50+ years and he has just turned green (1 month), my mum will be bronze a week after me!!!!!!!!!!!! If you don't feel like reading there is also the video lessons, my Dad likes these, so truly there is a way for everyone to be educated and you have just found it my friend, so sit back read or watch and enjoy your new found freedom.
Free and Healing for Two Months, Eighteen Days, 8 Hours and 52 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 8 Days and 6 Hours, by avoiding the use of 2381 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me £563.78.
Congratulations!!! You have foune the greatest ssource of education regarding
smoking cessation. After a 2+ pack a day, 44 year deadly addiction I am now
celebrating 3 yerss of freedom. How was this accomplished?? Education!
Education! Education! Read the material offered at this site and educate your-
self. I cannot stress enough the importance of learning and understanding the law
of addiction. Additionally I recomend thant you take it one day at a time. Do not
look to far down the road. When you wake up tell yourself "Today I will not
smoke" and tomorrow will take care of itself. You Can Do This!!! All it takes is
to NTAP ( never take another puff).
Wishing you all a nicotine free 2007.
Tom, 36 months of glorious freedom.
Don't have a real good answer for that one. I guess it's because I hadn't been able to succeed in doing so despite several 'assisted' or 'educated' &/or 'Prescribed' episodes over the last 25 years or so. Because I'd never been fully educated about who held the Key to my Freedom. I didn't understand what it meant to be a nicotine addict nor did I fully comprehend the irrefutable simplicity ofThe Law of Addiction.
I quit smoking loads of times. Sometimes it lasted a day, other times a few days, weeks or even months. In my heart I believed I could never escape my addiction. I knew I was a fool. I knew it would kill me. I hated myself for smoking, but I was afraid, very afraid that I would never get through a day without either smoking or being in a foul temper and wishing I could smoke.
As I write this, I can't actually remember when I last thought about smoking. I found Freedom nearly seven months ago. My fear has gone. I'm still an addict and always will be, but smoking isn't a part of my life any more.
After 16 years of smoking, I have been quit for 6 Months, 4 Weeks, 13 hours and 44 seconds (211 days). I have saved £1,078.86 by not smoking 4,230 cigarettes. I have saved 2 Weeks, 16 hours and 30 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 24/05/2006 21:30
Please come and join us. You will never regret it.
You will find once you reclaim your freedom from nicotine that you won't want to miss an opportunity to talk about it! I'm 48 years old and smoked for 33 years. I reclaimed my freedom on 1/3/2006. I gained 13 pounds and lost 27 . I can breath, I can exercise, and I have money in my pocket. Most of all, I have my self respect back. The education, humor, and support you find here will help you be smart in your quit. I am forever thankful for this website and my favorite posting.....
HAPPY NEW YEAR! If you are reading this message, it probably means that you are sick and tired of smoking, chewing, dipping, whatever form you are using to get that nicotine into your system. I have been where you are right this minute!! It's scary I know that. I never thought I could quit, not sure I really wanted to quit, but was not happy being a smoker any more. I didn't know how to quit, because all my past attempts failed. I thought just maybe I could quit smoking...but with a nicotine product (ie patch, gum etc) what a joke!! I had tried everything but quitting cold turkey, thought it would be too hard.
I came to Why Quit and Freedom because I was desperate. I needed to know how to quit and stay quit. Well, friends I'm happy to say that after smoking 40 years, I HAVE quit now for almost 5 months. I did it here, with the education that is provided to us all, freely and at no cost what so ever. I did it here, with the support and encouragement of other members of this website and I did it by Never Taking Another Puff, just one day at a time (sometimes, one minute at a time). It is so very, very do-able. When I read Joel's Library in the first 72 hours of my quit, I cried and cried, for I knew that this was it...finally, I found that I would be able to quit, why I smoked and got myself educated on the Law of Addiction. You can too...what have you got to lose? Don't plan it, just do it and do it NOW...all the best!!
VICKI - Free and Healing for Four Months, Nineteen Days, 20 Hours and 30 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 9 Days and 20 Hours, by avoiding the use of 2837 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $642.08. Arizona
Hi there, I'm glad your taking the time to come visit. Let me introduce myself, my name is Kelly.
I am Kim's sister and if you haven't read Kim's story, read it now and you will notice that the above line is the opening sentence of her story. Reading her story says it all. http://whyquit.com/whyquit/A_kim.html
Believe me when I say that quitting smoking really is a matter of life or death.
smoke free for over 4 years
broken heart for over 2 years
Once upon a time, there was a young woman by the name of Amy. She was raised in a loving home by one never-smoker and one ex-smoker, surrounded by good, caring friends and family, the majority of them non-smokers.
Alas, our Amy had a bit of a rebellious streak. Sometime in the summer of 1990, she decided to try a cigarette. Jaws dropped, ladies fainted, and young Amy was pleased, for now she had broken out of her eternal nerddom--or so she thought.
Fast forward to January 2005. After two kids, one marriage, one long-term relationship, a brief college career, and a long string of miserable factory jobs, she was still smoking. "It's hopeless!" she cried out. "I was just meant to be a smoker! I mean, if I didn't enjoy it, I wouldn't do it, would I?"
She had been "trying" to quit since at least 1998, using various pharmaceutical methods that were SUPPOSED to make quitting so much EASIER. Every attempt had spelled out failure, simply because she just didn't get it. On January 3rd, 2005, it finally clicked. "This is IT. I'm DONE." she declared as she put out that final cigarette.
There were moments of struggle as the nicotine left her body. At first, it seemed like the whole world was a trigger. But this time she had education on her side. Thanks in part to the readings here and at Why Quit, she knew that this too would pass, that she would come through, and those triggers would eventually fade away to nothing.
Okay, you all guessed it. I'm Amy, and this is my story of finding freedom after nearly 15 years of active addiction. I'm proud to say that I have passed all my regular triggers (and a few oddball ones) with flying colors. I've said it before, but it bears repeating--quitting is as easy or as hard as you choose to make it. Not only will you survive withdrawal, you will THRIVE. No matter what else I do in this life, I am proudest of my freedom from nicotine. I consider that my crowning achievement.
1 Year, 11 Months of SWEET freedom!
I quit mainly for health reasons - after 37 years of smoking I knew it was way past time to stop doing damage to my body. I do feel better - sleep better - think better - work better - and for the first time in many years I can breathe deeply - all the way to the bottom of my lungs. But on the way to here I discovered an unexpected bonus - I have become more "aware". I live in the moment more often - I experience a range of emotions "naturally". I just feel "more me" - the person I was supposed to be -the one who got hijacked by nicotine 37 years ago. The path back to the real me was "simple" (not always easy but always simple) - just NTAP (never take another puff) one day at a time. Libby - liberated on Nov. 16th, 2005 free for 1 year, 1 month, 10 days
I have been quit for 2 Years, 7 Months, 2 Weeks, 22 hours, 27 minutes and 51 seconds (958 days). I have saved $4,794.66 by not smoking 38,357 cigarettes. I have saved 4 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 4 hours and 25 minutes of my life.
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I was kinda hoping that your nagging little bell-ringing inner pest of a voice in your head that you repress, perhaps especially around New Year's, is once again reminding you that "some day" you will have to 'cut down' or maybe even ~~shudder~~quit smoking. Maybe you can silence that voice with a little truth .,(please click here)> "Not today, I have an excuse " you say??? I believed my excuses were valid too until I read there, and I am sure more than a few were uttered byBryan Lee Curtis - age 34 ,but sadly, Bryan isn't able to be here to tell you in person. His story is powerful. His message will live on.
Well, that is all I have to say to you today! The choice is always yours.....so are the consequences, good or bad.
The truth of this addiction, the motivation, and support in quitting are available to you right now, free of charge, here at whyquit.com and Freedom from Tobacco ....Why waffle and wait, before it's too late! Hoping you make a wise choice! I know I did...we all did here ...and we sincerely want you to know and experience what we know and feel>>
'm very happy to be posting this message to the New Year's 2007 page, and very glad that you clicked on this link. I have a very important message for you. YOU CAN QUIT SMOKING!
It doesn't cost anything, you don't have to go to any meetings and you don't have to take anything.
Unfortunately, it took me 27 years of a-pack-a-day smoking and the death of both my parents from smoking-related diseases to discover this fact.
Whether you have been smoking (or taking nicotine in any other form) for less or more time than I have doesn't matter at all. Just like every other goal, quitting smoking is reached one day at a time. If you can quit for an hour, you can quit for the rest of your life. The trick is to take it little by little. One day at a time, or one hour, even one minute at a time. Your healing begins as soon as you stop nicotine. My healing is a beautiful gift I give myself every day I stay smoke free.
Don't let your addiction (yes, addiction!) convince you to spend another year abusing your health and risking your life. That next cigarette (or dip, or pipe, or chew) could be the start of a process that ends in your sickness and death, as it has for hundreds of thousands of Americans in just the past year.
You DONT have to be one of them. Use the amazing resource that is this site to get educated about nicotine addiction. Use this information to fuel a quit that you'll be able to maintain for the rest of your life, by following one simple (maybe not easy! but simple) rule, Never Take Another Puff!*
(*Or dip, or pipe, or chew!)
Bernadette, 45, quit 26 months by the time you read this!
If you're reading this, it means it's time to quit smoking. Why else would you be here, at this site, reading posts from people who have chosen to live their lives free of nicotine?
I've been free for 18 days after 27 years of addiction. Is it easy? Not always, but it's definitely doable. What do you have to lose? If you quit and realize you prefer to posion your body daily, smoking is always an option. It's still your choice. But I'll wager once you get a taste of freedom, and learn how to deal effectively with your addiction, you won't want to turn back to that lifestyle that brought you here in the first place.
Freedom from nicotine is incredible. So incredibly free! i've gained more hours to my day and definately more money in my pocket. i can climb stairs & hills without huffing and puffing. i haven't had one cold (!) since i quit. i don't miss out on good conversation any more (because i don't have to run out for a smoke on the back porch in the rain). and i feel back in control. i had no idea how much nicotine was in control until i stopped. education is the key.....i read here for days and days before setting a quit date. and then i kept reading....thru the balmy, wacky first weeks of withdrawal, and then thru the days and weeks and months that have followed. i taped affirmations up all over my apartment....i congratulated myself at the end of each day as a former smoker. it was hard. and i did it. i did with with the support of everyone at Freedom.....those who came before me and those who are coming along behind me. there's a lot of power here....and all you have to remember is NTAP. kris at 7months26days
We live in a cynical world. A world where simple good intent is often see through suspicious eyes. A world of "instant everything". A world where we are conditioned to believe that (a) if someone tells you that something's good for you, that you must suspect their motives, (b) if someone offers you something good for free, then please - there must be a catch somewhere, (c) that nicotine cessation is some mystical impossibly high mountain to climb, (d) that quitting nicotine successfully must involve the use of pharmacological (NRT) support or some new age therapy that involves people sticking needles into your body or hypnotizing you off into la-la land.
But the truth - as they say - is out there. Where is that? Right here - at Why Quit and at these Freedom message boards. No wheels inside wheels. No hidden agendas. No incomprehensible gibberish. Just the pure, unadulterated truth about this insidiuous addiction delivered in a language and format that will have you - like many thousands of others - shaking your head in amazement.
The premise is ridiculously simple. We'll (Why Quit / Freedom) teach you everything there is to know about nicotine addiction. We'll teach you about quitting cold turkey. We'll show you the best way to maximize your chances to stay quit. And along the way, we'll inspire, motivate and support your quit through continuous education, reinforcement and rock solid support from your Freedom quit brothers and sisters. And for all this, we ask not for your money. Nor your time. All we ask is that you use all these awesome resources in order to stay true and committed to your own quit. How's that for an all round great deal?
Quitting nicotine cold turkey is possible. It is do-able. It is simple. The many thousands of Members at these Freedom boards is all the proof that this pudding will ever require. Whether a member of Freedom or not, know that all of WhyQuit.Com , each of Freedom's 22 Message Boards , all of Joel's Library and Joel's Videos, and the ability to ask questions at are available to you to aid and assist your recovery.
Good health back in your body. Money back in your pocket. A revitalized "can do" spirit back into your soul. The loss of your smoker pariah status. Self esteem and self respect off the charts. A substantially improved quantity and quality of life. Still thinking? C'mon, it's a no brainer. Isn't it high time that you made the cyber acquaintance of Joel Spitzer and John Polito? Nicotine addiction stories always end badly. You now have the power to positively affect how your story will end.
Robin - I saw the light 1 year and 6 months ago.
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The New Year is fast approaching and of course you are once again thinking this WILL be the year. You are going to quit smoking!
It does not matter that you have had this same thought year after year for how long now? This year you have mustered the strength of will to finally quit!! Stronger or Smarter?
Actually, my guess is that unless you do something different, you will probably fail again. After all the odds are heavily stacked against you. Only one in twenty of you will succeed if you quit cold turkey and the chance of success using nicotine replacements or miracle drugs is even worse. Please make a note to yourself that 93% of all sucessful quitters have done so by going cold turkey and that there are millions of us.
Just in case you might be interested I just happen to know of a method with an astonishing success rate of approximately 40% on the first try!!!
Educated Cold Turkey abrupt cessation of nicotine ingestion. That is right I said Educated Cold Turkey and you will find everything you need to know at www.whyquit.com.
Give it a try. It will not cost you a thing! You just might find yourself nicotine Free in a very short period of time and if you do I am certain you will like it.
Denny B - Albany NY - After 38 years - Free and Healing for One Year, Eight Months, Twenty One Days, 630 days, 76 Days and 15 Hours of my time has not been wasted (based on 5 minutes per cigarette), 22078 nicotine death sticks not choked down and $5,665.18 not donated to the manufacturers of this poison.
Attitude is everything, keep it positive, move forward and live life to its fullest. NTAP!
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In just a little over two weeks, I will have been nicotine-free for ONE YEAR! Over these past 11+ months, smokers I know have said, "Oh, I wish I could quit! How did you do it?" I always say the same thing: "The way to quit smoking is to simply quit smoking." In other words, don't put any more cigarettes in your mouth and light them.
It's actually a pretty simple strategy. As long as you NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF (NTAP), you will remain nicotine-free!! Is simple the same as easy? No. Some moments are more challenging than others but that's where the support from this site comes in. There are recovering nicotine addicts from all over the world on this board 24 hours a day, seven days a week and help and support are always only moments away if you need it! Other times, simply reading others' messages can be enough to curb a craving or get you through a rough patch.
I am 43 years old and smoked since age 13. This is not my first quit but it is by far my longest and I honestly believe that it is my last! I simply do not identify as a smoker any longer! Imagine yourself saying that next year? Wouldn't that be great?
If I can do it, you can do it! It's hard to believe that at this time last year, I was dreading January 1 because I promised my husband that we'd quit on that day! Well, I honored that promise (okay it took me until January 2nd) and now here I am almost a year later already, eagerly waiting to celebrate my first year of freedom!
Remember, NTAP your way into the New Year and into a brand new life! Use the education and support available here and you WILL succeed and be writing your own New Year's Message in 2009!!
Question: What is so high you cannot go over it, so wide you cannot go around it, so low you cannot go under it?
Answer: a door
If you are reading these messages, you are either an active addict who wants to stop, or a non active addict who is seeking assistance in maintaining your quit.
My advise: Read this site for the education it will provide concerning our addiction.
Heed the advise freely given at freedom.com and Succeed in never taking another puff.
I know it may seem simple, it is. The only thing necessary to join the thousands of non smokers here is to never take another puff.
Understand the Law of Addiction, there is no way over it, around it or under it.
Make the acknowledgement of addiction and commitment to yourself, you can't stay clean for another person.
Follow the advise, it works. All of the articles and tapes by Joel and others here are from experience.
Regards and Best Wishes for your Quit
Randy, from Texas
Free At Last, after 32+years of feeding the addiction 40+times a day