Our 2011 New Year's Resolution Quitting Message

Joined: December 18th, 2008, 11:57 pm

December 16th, 2007, 7:35 am #91

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
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Joined: June 17th, 2006, 7:00 am

December 16th, 2007, 11:41 am #92

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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Joined: March 31st, 2006, 8:00 am

December 16th, 2007, 11:35 pm #93

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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Joined: December 19th, 2008, 12:04 am

December 17th, 2007, 1:26 am #94

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!!

HAVE A HEALTHY AND HAPPY 2008!!

Heidi
11+ months
California
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Joined: December 18th, 2008, 11:57 pm

December 18th, 2007, 6:11 am #95

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
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Joined: December 19th, 2008, 12:07 am

December 19th, 2007, 4:25 pm #96

I was a smoker for 32 years until late July 2007. I never thought I could quit, but I did. How was that possible?

From my own experience I know that education is the key. I made sure I was in the right state of readiness before I smoked my last cigarette - I didn't feel any regret as I stubbed it out it was just 'Ok, now I'm gonna get on with being an ex-smoker'. That was after, I think, 11 days of reading and cleansing myself of all the brainwashing, ridding myself of all the illusions I had been enthralled by for 32 years:

a)That smoking relaxed me

b)That it helped me to concentrate

and worst of all...

c)That I enjoyed it

All these 'reasons' were lies and, once I had understood that and once I had understood the Law of Addiction and knew to 'Never Take Another Puff', my quit was under way.

Because I knew I was not giving anything up, the withdrawal symptoms were much milder than any I had experienced before.

It felt a bit like cutting off a 'lifeline' and I was a bit 'wobbly'for a few days, but reading on this site and re-inforcing my education kept me strong.

The simple truth was that I needed to smoke - I wasn't choosing to do so, I was a slave to nicotine, an addict.

Now at last I am free and can choose whether to smoke or not and, of course, I choose not to.

There is masses of educational material on this site which will open your eyes, there are hundreds of ex-smokers on this board who are willing to lend their support. You too can do it!

The more educated you are about nicotine addiction, the greater are your chances of quitting and, you will stay nicotine free as long as you remember to never take another puff!!

Sean - completely free of nicotine for Four months, two weeks, six days, 55 minutes and 8 seconds. 4291 cigarettes not smoked, saving £221.77. Life saved: 2 weeks, 21 hours, 35 minutes.
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Joined: December 19th, 2008, 12:08 am

December 19th, 2007, 11:36 pm #97

Is 2008 the year you make the best decision of your life?

Most smokers want to quit! In all honesty who really wants to be a slave to a 'friend' like nicotine? My Cigarette, My Friend?
This can be the year that you do quit and stay quit!
Everything you need for a successful quit is right here! Please read as much as you can, education is the key to unlock the door that is chemical addiction!
Katy South Australia - Through education I have been Free and Healing for Six Months, Six Days, 4 Hours and 3 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 23 Days and 15 Hours, by avoiding the use of 6810 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $2,594.33.
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Joined: December 19th, 2008, 12:04 am

December 24th, 2007, 12:20 am #98

I often ask myself why did I wait so long to quit this deadly addiction? I had the desire to quit for the past 20 or so years, so that's not the reason. I knew I was a slave to nicotine not even able to utter the lie" I smoke because I enjoy it. So that's not the reason. The reason is quit simple it just took a long time for me to find it. That reason is knowledge and as far as nicotine addiction is concerned knowledge is power. I found this website and was educated beyond any of the junkie lies that I had been telling myself. I found out that quitting nicotine in any form is not a sentance it is a freedom, a freedom that I had all along but was too ignorant to pursue. If your reading this you too are ready to unlock your freedom from nicotine. It really is so doable. I am not stronger than nicotine, but I am way smarter.

Scott 9 months + free from nicotine and loving every minute.
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Joined: December 18th, 2008, 11:57 pm

December 30th, 2007, 9:06 pm #99

 
Welcome to Freedom!
We're glad you found us! This is the Internet's only quitting site where nicotine has no voice - none, zero. By that I mean each new member admitted to the group must be nicotine free, and in order to retain group posting privileges they must remain 100% nicotine free, as any relapse at all, even one puff, permanently forfeits group posting privileges. But why?
Well, drug addiction is about living a lie. It's about the brain's priorities teacher, our dopamine pathways, having been taken hostage by an external chemical. It's about those captive pathways innocently doing their designed function, in falsely teaching us that smoking or chewing nicotine is one of the most important activities in life, akin to accomplishment, eating, drinking water, nurturing, bonding and reproduction.

Why can't you starve yourself to death? What part of your brain rewards you with "aaah" sensations when you think about food and even a bigger "aaah" when you eat, and then punishes you with urges and craves when you go too long without eating? The natural insecticide nicotine so resembles the acetylcholine molecule in shape that, by chance, once inside your brain it fits acetylcholine receptor locks that have now forced you to see nicotine as being as important as food.
Those nicotine captive pathways long ago totally buried  nearly all remaining memory of the real you. They've trained you to believe that smoking nicotine defines who you are, gives you your edge, helps you cope and survive and that life without it will be horrible.

Until we are out from under nicotine's immediate influence, our rational, thinking brain has little choice but to invent excuses for complying with the endless stream of urges flowing from our inner limbic brain. We each lived the lies for years. We figure that there needs to be at least one place on planet earth where nicotine has no voice, where the lies actually stop. You've found it. Welcome to Freedom!

Here you'll learn how nicotine dependency makes life more stressful not less, how it's hard work being an actively feeding addict. The lessons are varied and many, including overcoming billions spent by the tobacco industry in brainwashing you to believe that you smoke for flavor and taste. Taste? You'll soon awaken to the realization that there are zero taste buds inside human lungs.

Your greatest recovery weapon of all is your intelligence, your now addicted mind. Although knowledge is a powerful quitting tool, the lies grow so vast and consuming that it is rather rare when the enslaved mind both stumbles upon a meaningful opportunity to learn about nicotine dependency recovery, and is receptive to doing so. Usually more lies get in the way.

We do hope you'll visit us often as knowledge truly is power. One more thing about Freedom. Please note that this forum is run like a real recovery support group, which means that the number of new members admitted to the group each day is limited by our group's ability to support them.
Each January we receive far more applications for membership than we can possibly support. If at capacity and your application isn't accepted don't get discouraged as Freedom's windows are wide open and you have complete access to all posts that members see. If you have questions, don't hesitate to submit them to either Freedom's managers at [url=mailto:managers@whyquit.com]managers@whyquit.com[/url] or to our resident expert and education director Joel Spitzer at [url=mailto:AskJoel@WhyQuit.com]AskJoel@WhyQuit.com[/url]
While here, be sure and explore www.WhyQuit.com, spending quality reading and viewing time inside Joel's Library
Breathe deep, hug hard, live long,

John (Gold x8)
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Joined: December 6th, 2008, 4:58 pm

December 13th, 2008, 4:45 pm #100


A New Year's Invitation to 
Freedom from Nicotine
 
Welcome to Freedom!  We're glad you found us.  As you may know, New Year's Day is by far the biggest quitting day of the entire year.  Each year at this time our members reach out to invite those hooked on nicotine to ponder the possibility that 2010 might just be their year to at last taste freedom.  They know it won't be easy to connect but they give it their best effort.

The past four years we've used  Freedom member submissions to build a "brutal honesty" theme page sharing the slim annual odds of figuring things out on your own, together with the keys to lasting freedom.   
This is the link to the WhyQuit page where New Year's messages have been shared since December 2004 and that will again be used this year:


 
 

Although it is an old page, in that it has a rather high ranking in most search engines  we'd be insane not to update and use it again.   If you are a visitor, we invite you to explore Freedom and WhyQuit (www.WhyQuit.com) and discover the power of knowledge, understanding and highly focused support. 

If a posting member here at Freedom, please consider sharing your message with 2011 New Year's quitters.   Your below message will be added a
nd shared on the above page at
www.WhyQuit.com .    If a non-posting regular you can e-mail us your message at [url=mailto:managers@whyquit.com]managers@whyquit.com[/url] .
 

This really is a great opportunity to attempt to reach out and connect with our brothers and sisters still in bondage.  
Please include the name you'd like used and the city and/or nation in which you reside.  Doing so increases the odds that you'll connect with someone in your nation or region.
 

Please note that although readership here at Freedom is historically low during mid-December, it is tremendously high on New Year's Day.  By January 3rd or 4th it isn't unusual for us not to have room for all who will apply for posting privileges.  Experience has taught us that when too many new quitters are admitted that meaningful learning ceases and chaos develops, as the number of new arrivals seeking support out-strip the forum's ability to provide it.  Believe me, there's no worse feeling than seeing scores of new member posts with almost no replies, as the nearly dead fingers of the forum's golden givers can no longer keep pace.  
 

The flood of applications usually begin arriving at 72 hours - Jan. 3 & 4th.  In sharing your message please try not to focus too much on elevating the need or fostering a desire to post at Freedom's messageboards as being central to successful recovery.  Instead picture Freedom's classroom windows thrown wide open with hundreds or even thousands of new arrivals looking in.   Together we can and are making a difference!

  
Breathe deep, hug hard, live long Freedom! 

 
John (Gold x11)
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Joined: April 4th, 2005, 7:00 am

December 28th, 2008, 11:13 pm #101

If you read the posts of new members on the on-line forum Freedom From Tobacco you will begin to notice something. Believing previously that they were incapable of ending nicotine use, there are those who can't believe what they have accomplished. Some can not believe how easy it was and look back in wonder at what a fuss they made of stopping before they did it. Others, become reflective, some angry at the damage they have done to their bodies having been duped for so long into believing that they could not stop.
However, amongst the myriad of emotional reactions, I don't ever recall anyone writing, "I wish I were still smoking, chewing, or dipping tobacco." While some may be having a difficult time with withdrawal and describe what they believe is a pull that is impossible to ignore, none of them describe a longing to smoke again, dip or chew again. What they are describing is a longing for relief. They want relief from withdrawal, and know only one way to provide that relief, more nicotine.
Such is the circle of addiction that keeps so many trapped. However, there is a way out; We can use our frontal lobe to break free. Each of us has within us the ability to endure whatever discomfort withdrawal may cause. We don't need pills, patches, gums, nasal mists or hypnosis. What we need is knowledge. We need knowledge of what addiction is so we can learn to live with it, and knowledge of what withdrawal is so that we know how to minimize its side effects.
We become trapped in the circle of addiction by our ignorance but knowledge will set us free. Take the first step towards freedom knowing that we all walked the walk and survived unscathed. We are not super-human or somehow stronger than others. What separates us from those who use nicotine replacement or those who quit and relapse is that we took the time to learn how to Never Take Another Puff.
I had a conversation with someone recently who told me that he believed that not everyone is capable of quitting without using nicotine replacement. He, himself, being a cold turkey quitter I could not understand his adamant defense of such a position. I want to empower all of you who want to break free of your addiction with the knowledge that indeed you can without having to pay for it or having to drag withdrawal out over a period of 90 days.
You have within you all that it takes. Learn to live nicotine free.
Life begins again here...

Joseph
4 years nicotine free.
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Joined: January 12th, 2009, 8:48 pm

December 31st, 2008, 1:35 pm #102

Welcome to freedom. I am a fairly new member here. I have been quit now for 33 days after a 31 year addiction to nicotine. My life used to revolve around when and how I was going to manage fitting smoking into my each and every day. I spent many years lying to myself, my family an my friends about my addiction. I was a master of denial and minimization. I was a closet smoker. It was quite stressful managing such a facade. I spent may years wondering what it was like living inside the brain of a non-smoker. What did it feel like to go out for dinner with friends without going into nicotine withdrawal. I thought these thoughts all of the time and never believed that I would be them. NEVER. Well I am here to tell you never has arrived. I am happy to tell you that I can go out to dinner, go to the movies, drive in a car with a non smoker (the list is endless) without nicotine in the equation. I have fought hard for my freedom but have found that it is much better on this side. I will keep this quit for life. MY ONLY REGRET Is that i did not find this site many years ago and truly understood this terrible addiction. . I will not take another puff...not today...not ever. It is doable.
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Joined: December 18th, 2008, 11:57 pm

January 1st, 2009, 3:26 am #103

I smoked for 38 years. My last serious attempt to quit smoking was in 1973, which lasted less than a day. On February 11th (Ten Months, Twenty Days, 13 Hours and 10 Minutes ago), I went to the store just after midnight and bought two packs. I lit a cigarette from the first pack, took one puff, and decided it hurt my scratchy throat from a flu bug my wife had passed along. So I put it out to save it for the next day and went to bed. Turned out that was the last puff of a cigarette I ever took and will ever take, although I didn't decide to quit forever until two days later.

I went the first day without smoking in 35 years because I was curled up in bed with the flu. Make no mistake, I was pretty excited at not smoking, so I decided to go for a second day. Not forever, just one more day without smoking. On the third day, I knew I could do it and was so pumped that I made the decision that enough was enough. I knew, at that moment, that I would never smoke another cigarette. I haven't and I won't.

I'm not Superman. If I can quit, you can to. Here are three things that helped me:

1) I started day by day, not thinking forever. Once I had two days under my belt, I had the confidence of knowing that I could and would quit. That was the moment I became an ex-smoker. So my advice is: jump in and start swimming. Once you find out for yourself that you can float, you'll gain strength. Use that strength to go another hour, day, or week.

2) Focus on all the great things that will happen to you as an ex-smoker. Do not allow yourself to fixate on some romaticized, imaginary Hollywood movie cigarette. The thing that got me thru a lot of craves was marching out to my deck (where I smoked) with a cup of coffee to enjoy an ex-smokers break. I acknowledged that, of course, I "wanted" a cigarette but that I didn't do that anymore. Then I took five or six cool deep breaths of winter air. That calmed the craving and allowed me to focus on my goal -- being able to take those breaths without wheezing or coughing. As we say on www.whyquit.com, you aren't "giving up" cigarettes, you are "getting rid" of them.

3) Spend as much time as you possibly can watching the videos and reading the articles here on www.whyquit.com As a practical matter, each video will get you thru at least one crave, which is a good thing. More importantly, understanding your nicotine drug addiction and the trap it holds over you is the key to quitting. It is very hard to fantasize about puppies and unicorns and rainbows and a perfect imaginary cigarette while you are learning about the way nicotine addiction controls your life like a prisoner 24/7.

And, when you become an ex-smoker over the next few days, make a daily committment to yourself to never take another puff. That's 100% guaranteed insurance that you will never relapse.

Enjoy. I can't begin to describe how wonderful it is to no longer be slave to nicotine addiction.
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Joined: January 20th, 2009, 2:28 am

December 11th, 2010, 8:47 pm #104

I thought that I could not live without "them".....
..... With my morning coffee.....On the way to work.....To get something done.....
..... After lunch.....On the way home.....After dinner.....With a drink.....
..... After a show.....During a movie.....Before going to bed.....
.....
With my morning coffee....and on and on and on......
To have them.....
.....I chose not to go where I could have gone.....I chose not to ride with people.....
.....I chose to leave others and be
alone.....I chose where I wouldn't go..... 
.....I chose to spend money on them rather than what it was meant for....
.....but really.....




.....I didn't choose at all.....
.....they chose for me..... 
Then.....someone told me I could choose.....so..... 
....after 32 years with them.....



.....I chose to let them be.....



.....I chose to be free.....
.....it was
easier than I imagined..... 

You can do it to.....




....join me..... 
.....for the next moment/hour/day.... 
.....don't take that puff....
....and before you know it... 
.....you'll soon be on the road to.... 

Never Take Another Puff! 

John  (JohnnyNoNic GOLD)



Michigan, USA
Nicotine free for over 5 years 




Saved $9,100 by choosing to live without 37,600 cigarettes.
Spent 2 Weeks of my life doing better things.



You can do this :-)

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Joined: January 18th, 2009, 6:57 am

December 12th, 2010, 5:33 am #105

As one of many who read and was reached by the 2005 message & the great personal testimony shared by the members of Freedom I am honored and blessed to be able to contribute to this effort for 2006. WhyQuit and Freedom helped me to change my life in January of 2005.
I hope I can do the same for somone else in search of an answer to ridding themselves of their 'smoking problem'.

This message is written with the hope that somebody desperate to quit smoking is reading this New Year's Message - just like I was 1-year ago. If you happen to be researching or reading at this revolutionary resource - WhyQuit.com & FreedomFromTobaccoQuitSmokingNOW just let me assure you - You need to look no further for the truth, you have found the answer to every question you ever had about why you smoke and why you THINK you can't quit.
I found WhyQuit and subsequently 'Freedom' when I literally had my coat on and a script for Wellbutrin from my doctor in my hand. I kid you not, script in hand I was on the way to the Pharmacy to get it filled cause I knew it was time for me to quit smoking. Matter of fact - I'd known it had been time for me to quit smoking every New Year's for about 20 years. Wellbutrin was the last 'magic bullet' I had not tried. A neighbor friend had quit smoking using the twin drug Zyban. She had also subsequently relapsed to cigarette smoking in less than three months. I must admit that fact , her failure to quit for good, did disturb me. Awful expensive way to test a seemingly better but not fool proof method. But I had to use SOMETHING I thought at the time! I'd tried everything else!!

So just after lunch on 1/9/2005 I sat down at the computer and typed in 'quitting smoking with wellbutrin' in a google seach bar. I was curious about side effects. I was curious about effectiveness. On that day (it no longer does) whyquit came up as a top choice with this article Quit smoking aids - do they work?. So I stopped to read what was said about the drug.
The Law of Addiction was linked in that article. Then I read some more about the drug nicotine. Then I read about getting rid of nicotine and getting back control of me.
And then a little later on I saw John's graphic of 'The Cycle of Addiction' and a LIGHT went on. The light of understanding. The light of truth. I had found what proved to be the KEY for me - disconnect the cycle by ceasing ingestion of nicotine and I would never NEED to smoke again. NTAP!

An hour or so had passed. My coat was now off, the script was in the garbage can under the desk in the study. After about 40 years of constant nicotine use I quit that day and after a session with Just one little puff I inhaled my last nicotine hit at 10:15 the next morning and QUIT.(that story is in my quit journey journal -@ [url=http://Message 29]Message 29[/url])

You don't need anything to 'help' you quit smoking. You need No 'Program', No Pills, No Patches, No Pieces of Gum, No Potions, No Powders in capsules.

To quit smoking you just need to - QUIT SMOKING!

All you need is Motivation, Determination and Education to Never take another puff, No Matter What. The relatively short period of adjustment to Dealing With Life Without Nicotine that is the quitting part can be challenging. Challenging but oh so Do-Able. The rewards on the other end of that period of adjustment are immeasurable.

Don't believe it? Spend an hour or two reading the TRUTH from THOUSANDS of Successful Quitters whose stories are shared in the archives of the FreedomFromTobacco forum who have quit for good, quit for Life - by simply sticking to an unbroken committment to NTAP!

My name is JoeJ Free, and I am a nicotine addict.
I have stopped nicotine for 5 years, 11 months, 1 day, 14 hours, 18 minutes and 11 seconds (2161 days).
I've not smoked 51878 death sticks, and saved $17,031.68.
I've saved 360 days, 6 hours and 23 minutes of my life time.
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Joined: October 24th, 2010, 1:47 am

January 1st, 2011, 2:54 am #106

I posted this in the "Where were you" Parade.  I want to share it here in case you are reading and wondering.  I hope my experience will touch someone with inspiration.  As you can see, I CHERISH MY FREEDOM FROM NICOTINE! 

It was Sunday, October 17, 2004, 7:00 AM EST.  My alarm went off for church.  When I "woke", I sat up on my elbow as was my habit so I would not go back to sleep - well, my eyes "could" (and did) stay closed for a few minutes
  I remembered a dream in complete detail, and I never remember my dreams.  A doctor was telling me I had lung cancer.  I was not hysterical or emotional, but flat....a kind of creepy, peaceful knowing that "I" was responsible....it was quite a big impact.  I kind of spent a few minutes contemplating.  See, I had been flirting with freeing myself from the prison of addiction since 1998 when my beloved Dad passed away at 77 years young from Lung cancer.  Yes, he smoked his whole life.  He was my very, very best friend.  I had tried different methods....but, mind you, I NEVER really intended to follow through.  So, at 7:00 AM on Sunday, October 17, 2004, I felt like God was telling me "OK, it's time.  You have had 41 years of "fun".  Now, it's time""  I got up and have NEVER TAKEN ANOTHER PUFF!  I have gone through many, many experiences.  Each day for 365 days after October 17, 2004, was a first. Each and every day was a day I had not experienced without nicotine since I was 12.   Please remember this and be gentle with yourself as you embark on your own journey to FREEDOM.  Now, I so, so cherish my FREEDOM.  I am so proud of myself.  And , I guess, judging from my stats below, I could completely renovate my kitchen!  Please remember, you will never, never be more proud than the day you declare your FREEDOM.  I LOVE mine

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Katie - Free and Healing for Six Years, Two Months, Fourteen Days, 14 Hours and 7 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 196 Days and 18 Hours, by avoiding the use of 56665 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $9,342.98.
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January 2nd, 2011, 4:37 am #107

Withdrawal does not last forever! If it did, I would not be here.
I'd be smoking but wishing I could quit. Are you ready to reclaim
your life from this addiction???



Here's where I was when my quit got started:

July 7th, 2006 - I was reading  (click>>>)  WhyQuit.Com   for the first time at my computer; smokes,
lighter and ashtray in their usual place; beside me.
I had heard about this site on an online social network earlier that day.
I first read about  Bryan Lee Curtis - age, a young 34 ; then  "Nicodemon's" Lies?  Powerful stuff!
Realized I hadn't had a cigarette for a while.
I was inspired to finally take a leap of faith. If others can do this, then maybe I can too!
No mournful and desperate good-bye to  'just one more cigarette' as I had done many times before.
Just never lit up again. What would be the point!
I think I had quit smoking! Yes, I believe I did! Now that's a point that changed my life!
Kept on reading. Fears were subsiding; hopes were arising!
Now there are  Daily stop smoking video lesson guides  to help you navigate the early days!
[I joined the forums later. (optional and free) Only prerequisite is 72 hours nicotine-free!]

It really was that simple!  Uncomplicated would be another way to put it.
If you want to quit, then that's what you need to do. Quit!
No patch, puff, inhale, ****, cut down, press buttons on some gizmo, chew,
inoculate, acupuncture, mesmerize, swallow pills, drink or whatever else is out there to
supposedly 'help' a person to quit.
You are not the most addicted-to-nicotine person on the planet who thinks they can't quit.
(But I will admit that before I quit smoking, I thought that I was!
Bring on the brain surgery to quit for me!)   Seriously, I said this a lot! 
So there is hope for you smokers, tobacco chewers, patch and gum addicts!
Learn what to expect. There is tons of information!

Before I came upon WhyQuit, I expected the worst.
Because I came to WhyQuit, I got a SMILEY >>>>

S -upport
  M -otivation
      I -nspiration
         L -iberty
             E -ducation
                Y -earning for healthy living

Don't wait for next year's New Year's resolutions to rid yourself of this addiction!
Get yourself a  Free quit smoking meter  and start counting your success right NOW!
Mine still runs on my desktop! Just because......I am a proud and happy ex-smoker!
If you think that anything free like WhyQuit and FreedomFromNicotine Forums are too
good to be true, then consider the savings you will amass from quitting as payment/reward to yourself. 
Now, aren't you worth every cent not spent?

And our stats are:

Wendy & RandyUsing our smarts! Healing our parts! for over 4 years; together we've not wasted over 370 days of the act of puffing;  and we have avoided the use of almost 107,000 of those sickarettes that would have cost us about $42,500. (not cheap in Canada)
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Joined: August 17th, 2010, 4:35 pm

January 2nd, 2011, 4:32 pm #108

Joe J free wrote: As one of many who read and was reached by the 2005 message & the great personal testimony shared by the members of Freedom I am honored and blessed to be able to contribute to this effort for 2006. WhyQuit and Freedom helped me to change my life in January of 2005.
I hope I can do the same for somone else in search of an answer to ridding themselves of their 'smoking problem'.

This message is written with the hope that somebody desperate to quit smoking is reading this New Year's Message - just like I was 1-year ago. If you happen to be researching or reading at this revolutionary resource - WhyQuit.com & FreedomFromTobaccoQuitSmokingNOW just let me assure you - You need to look no further for the truth, you have found the answer to every question you ever had about why you smoke and why you THINK you can't quit.
I found WhyQuit and subsequently 'Freedom' when I literally had my coat on and a script for Wellbutrin from my doctor in my hand. I kid you not, script in hand I was on the way to the Pharmacy to get it filled cause I knew it was time for me to quit smoking. Matter of fact - I'd known it had been time for me to quit smoking every New Year's for about 20 years. Wellbutrin was the last 'magic bullet' I had not tried. A neighbor friend had quit smoking using the twin drug Zyban. She had also subsequently relapsed to cigarette smoking in less than three months. I must admit that fact , her failure to quit for good, did disturb me. Awful expensive way to test a seemingly better but not fool proof method. But I had to use SOMETHING I thought at the time! I'd tried everything else!!

So just after lunch on 1/9/2005 I sat down at the computer and typed in 'quitting smoking with wellbutrin' in a google seach bar. I was curious about side effects. I was curious about effectiveness. On that day (it no longer does) whyquit came up as a top choice with this article Quit smoking aids - do they work?. So I stopped to read what was said about the drug.
The Law of Addiction was linked in that article. Then I read some more about the drug nicotine. Then I read about getting rid of nicotine and getting back control of me.
And then a little later on I saw John's graphic of 'The Cycle of Addiction' and a LIGHT went on. The light of understanding. The light of truth. I had found what proved to be the KEY for me - disconnect the cycle by ceasing ingestion of nicotine and I would never NEED to smoke again. NTAP!

An hour or so had passed. My coat was now off, the script was in the garbage can under the desk in the study. After about 40 years of constant nicotine use I quit that day and after a session with Just one little puff I inhaled my last nicotine hit at 10:15 the next morning and QUIT.(that story is in my quit journey journal -@ [url=http://message%2029/]Message 29[/url])

You don't need anything to 'help' you quit smoking. You need No 'Program', No Pills, No Patches, No Pieces of Gum, No Potions, No Powders in capsules.

To quit smoking you just need to - QUIT SMOKING!

All you need is Motivation, Determination and Education to Never take another puff, No Matter What. The relatively short period of adjustment to Dealing With Life Without Nicotine that is the quitting part can be challenging. Challenging but oh so Do-Able. The rewards on the other end of that period of adjustment are immeasurable.

Don't believe it? Spend an hour or two reading the TRUTH from THOUSANDS of Successful Quitters whose stories are shared in the archives of the FreedomFromTobacco forum who have quit for good, quit for Life - by simply sticking to an unbroken committment to NTAP!

My name is JoeJ Free, and I am a nicotine addict.
I have stopped nicotine for 5 years, 11 months, 1 day, 14 hours, 18 minutes and 11 seconds (2161 days).
I've not smoked 51878 death sticks, and saved $17,031.68.
I've saved 360 days, 6 hours and 23 minutes of my life time.

Joe J, this entire post adds up to one of your finest hours on this site--and you've had many of them.  The beauty of this site, with help from veterans like you, is that it keeps adding more weight and depth to the magic of the phrase NTAP.  Quitting is that simple--and it remains that simple if we take the time to increase our understanding.  Then we'll no longer have to argue when a silver-tongued crave comes along.  A fortified 'NTAP!' will do simply fine.  Many thanks.
Gratefully Gold

I escaped from the prison of smoking on August 14, 2010.  
[font]The best revenge is quitting well![/font] 
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January 2nd, 2011, 7:22 pm #109

  Hi my name is John - and I am a nicotine addict.

I started smoking at the age of 14 around 32 years ago. I tried to quit so many times during those years that I couldn't count them, always ending with the same result. People would tell me, "John your a smart guy, why do you smoke?" I always answered with the same lie - Because I like to. While inside I felt like an idiot for smoking even though I knew it was sucking the life out of me. Last year my wife asked me when I was going to quit, taking the addicts way out I knew that in the back of my mind I wanted to quit but just had to put that date off into the future so told her I'd be quitting on my next birthday (almost a year away at the time). Somewhere I had good intentions of quitting before my birthday arrived and picked several dates/life events, each of which came and went with no success. Always with the same thought well I'll quit after the next thing...

Anyway, my birthday arrived and I stopped smoking, made it through the first day but didn't feel very good. The day after I got the patch and put it on, things seemed easier but man what weird dreams that night. After that I didn't wear the patch at night. During the day I still wanted to smoke though and after only a few days found myself not only wearing the patch but sneaking outside to smoke too, Once again I felt like an idiot...

That's when I got online and found whyquit.com and Freedom, and the light bulb finally switched on. I read and read, so many of the things that seemed impossible to overcome and had doomed my previous quits to failure were explained here. I took the patch off that night and it didn't go back on and it never will. I am a nicotine addict but I am now nicotine free and plan to stay that way. This realization was only possible due to the shared wisdom I found here.

Thanks to all the shared wisdom found on the pages of FREEDOM, I will Never Take Another Puff

John
After over 32 years of addiction now over 5 years free by remembering to.....
 
NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF.

You can do it too! Come on join us. Read, learn and believe.
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Joined: September 24th, 2009, 2:25 pm

January 2nd, 2011, 11:29 pm #110

Hi,
My name is Kim. I am also a nicotine addict, but free from it now.
I have to come back to this site every now and then just to reafirm my commitment and
re-educate myself about why I quit in the first place.
I found Freedom when I was surfing the net looking for the next latest and greatest smoking cessation tool. Whyquit came up and I
checked it out. I thank my lucky stars every day from that day forward. This website classroom made me realize just how strong I was.
I learned why I smoked, why this drug had a hold on me and how to deal with emotions without nicotene. Best of all I learned how to give it up.
Now I know that I can do anything I set my mind to. You see, I always thought I was weak because I could not get myself off of the nicotene,
I am off now, and will never, ever, take another puff, because I know that's all it will take to hook myself again.
I can breath now, I smell like my perfume, not stinky old smoke. I have so much more money, It is a great feeling not having to injest nicotene anymore.
You all can do this. So there you go newbies, you can do this, believe me, take the step, hold on to that rope and start climbing. It will get easier, that I promise.
You always have support here, 24/7 always someone here to help.
Just remember NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF.
Happy New Year 2011.
Kimmie- Free since September 20-2009
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Joined: November 11th, 2008, 7:22 pm

January 3rd, 2011, 1:40 am #111



Thank you Kim, John, Joe, Katie, Wendy & Randy, I have added links to your New Year's message to WhyQuit's "Your 2011 New Year's Quit Smoking Resolutionpage, which is getting significant viewer traffic.  If any other member has message to share with those who dream of being able to join you, please post it to this thread and we'll get it up.

Breathe deep, hug hard, live long,

John (Gold x11)
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January 3rd, 2011, 2:24 am #112

My name is Terri, I am 41 and from NC. I smoked, with the exception of my pregnancies and a brief 9 months, 5 years ago - since I was 14. I believe it is around 24 years total. I quit September 5th 2010.

I quit smoking after I heard my sister was quitting and my other sister and Mother were going to quit in 3 days. I had zero intentions on quitting but got sick and did not smoke for a day. The next day I let go by too. The third I was in my Jeep in the way to work and at the gas station, after 12 miles of internal dabate, I decided to throw them away and call it quits. I threw out 7 packs and decided I was done. A few days later I was calling my doctor for Chantix. The pharmacy told me it would be $130 and I told them to keep them. I went online and found why quit!!!!! Hooray and thank GOD! I am a cold turkey quitter, I am proud to be a member here and I want you to know that there is nothing life can throw at me that I have not been prepared to handle. I still must choose my actions but I am not deceived by the lies of the nicotine industry or the addict's thought processes. I realize I never gave up anything of value but instead broke the chains of addiction, bondage and took control of my life. I find joy in my quit everyday, every week and will continue to do so. I am living in a manner I never thought possible. I am stronger than I ever thought I was and life is better than it has been in so very long.

So, I will name a few benefits I gained when I quit:
I am not hurting myself any longer - that burden is gone.
I have so much more time to get things done.
I am not alone, outside smoking hours a day.
I never miss a thing because I have to go smoke.
I save money.
I never have to be concerned with running out of cigarettes
My teeth are whiter.
My SKIN IS GREAT!
I have more energy.
My Jeep does not smell.
I don't have to do the mint or gum thing all day.
I have learned to deal with upset, anger and other challenges without a crutch.
I smell good - pretty important now that I realize how HORRIBLE I smelled as a smoker.
I have taken on other activities such as cooking since I don't mind being inside for HOURS now.

Was this all easy, heck no! Was it easy after awhile, oh yeah. Everyone is different but the support here is fantastic. You get from it what you put into it. I put a lot of time into my education to secure my quit. I put a lot of value on it so it was worth it.  But you have time when your give up nicotine. :) Read it already? Read it again! I called it the "retraining of my brain". I truly had to re-program my reactions to triggers and life and it was easy with the words of wisdom I found here. Embrace the knowledge and embrace freedom!!!!!!
I hope to see you soon on this side of the bars!
Terri
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Joined: November 11th, 2008, 7:22 pm

December 9th, 2013, 12:49 pm #113



The biggest quitting day of the year is now 22 days away.
You are standing on a stage in front of 1,000 smokers
who plan on quitting smoking this New Year's. 
What advice would you give them?  Add your voice!

http://whyquit.com/NewYears2005.html

Breathe deep, hug hard, live long!

John (Gold x14)
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