We have always said that only two ingredients are necessary for a successful quit.....a strong determination to quit and a strong knowledge of nicotine addiction. Until each of us understands that we are addicted to the deadliest substance there is and reads and learns everything we can about that addiction, we don't stand a chance. Nicotine is an addiction, not a bad habit and we have to treat it accordingly. Support groups are wonderful for pulling us through difficult times, but we are each responsible for our own quits. Read, read, read.....it is the best tool to learn why we can never take another puff. - Linda
(excerpts from Joel's initial post)
"Success in quitting smoking is not primarily determined by significant others. It is based on the strength of the smoker's own desire to quit."
".........you may have initially blamed others for your failure or erroneously credited others with your success. No one failed or succeeded for you. You did it. While significant others can influence how easy or difficult quitting will be, your own personal resolve is the major determinant of success or failure."
"........if you quit, don't feel that any one else made you do it. You broke free from a powerful addiction. You did it by making up your own mind, throwing out your cigarettes, and refusing to take another one no matter how much temptation you faced. For this you should be proud. And to maintain that pride for the rest of your life - NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF!"