March 9th, 2005, 10:02 pm #11

fellow Goldbies, Share your story, you just may save a life.


March 17th, 2005, 10:50 pm #12


John (Gold)
John (Gold)

March 24th, 2005, 9:58 am #13

I've received a few e-mails from excited readers who jumped the gun a bit as they were not yet at the one year mark. Although not quite ripe for WhyQuit's Turkey's Triumphs page I'm letting them know that I'm going to start sharing them here. It just seems like such a waste not to share their excitement and victory. This is the latest. It's from Serena

March 23, 2005

I am an official "lurker." I know it's too late to join but I do get all of the free education that I rely on and love. I am 36 years old and started smoking on my 13th birthday.

I want to share that with the help of all of the information I have received from this website I am almost 6 months quit. I know to NTAP. I have been bragging to everyone I know about this group and my co-worker's husband finally quit 4 months ago using the website. He never joined either. I am certain there are so many you touch and help quit and most importantly, stay quit, that you are never made aware of.

My longest previous quit was one year but I was not educated and pulled the "just while I'm on vacation with the girls" smokes. I did stay on and off for another year before I went back full-time to my 1 & 1.2 - 2 packs a day. That was 8 years ago. Wow.

Well, now I am no longer an "in the closet" smoker and this freedom to be honest in every way is very empowering. I always worked out even when smoking, but now, forgettaboudit! I am doing Japanese sword training, karate, kickboxing and spinning classes and I love, love, love how much I can breath.

Well, thought I'd type a note and share. Oh yeah, I did gain 10lbs for my chocolate indulgences but cut that out a month ago. Now I've lost 14lbs so I weigh less now then when I quit!

Thank you.
Thanks you for giving me back my integrity, my self confidence, my breath, my life. I can't say enough.

Warm regards,
Serena x


John (Gold)
John (Gold)

April 1st, 2005, 10:38 pm #14

02/10/05 I am 74 years old and I quit smoking at 5 PM on June 17, 1964. How do I remember the date? It was the day before my 9th wedding anniversary. I quit almost cold turkey just using four of the old time Bantron tablets. They made the cigarettes taste like horse manure. Now I tell people the only way to quit is like I did. I tell them it is a sure fire way of quitting. A 100% success rate. That is an individual just does not light up another cigarette. If a person does not light up the the end of a cigarette it can't burn nor can they inhale. End of story. I had smoked for 14 years and had tried to quit 3 or 4 times before. By the way, I just finished walking 4 miles today.

Dennis Reuss


John (Gold)
John (Gold)

April 8th, 2005, 2:23 am #15

23 02/25/05 Hello! Today is my one year anniversary of having stopped smoking after just over 20 years. I know it's been said over and over but I never thought I could do it and be this successful. It was just plain exhilarating (and still is) to be free of this heinous addiction. Like many people out there, I too have tried a number of times but now feel down to my very bones this quit is the one that will 'stick'.

I've often read the WhyQuit disclaimer that said: "WhyQuit is staffed and its materials authored by professional cessation counselors who are not medically trained physicians. WhyQuit's information is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a site visitor and his/her physician. Do not rely upon any information at this site to replace individual consultations with your doctor or other qualified health care provider."

I understand why it's there and why you have to post it, but I have to tell you that it's because of and other sites like this that are devoted to helping us stay quit that I attribute my success. Sadly, although my doctor always encouraged me to quit, beyond offering to write prescriptions, I never had the education, tools and resources that sites like offered.

I know I will continue to need to care for my quit and never backslide or become arrogant that I could have another smoke, for the rest of my life. Interesting because it doesn't feel like a battle or something I 'gave up' any more. Now it feels like one of the best gift I've ever received. Thanks for saving my life.



John (Gold)
John (Gold)

May 1st, 2005, 1:58 am #16

35 04/27/05 I started smoking when I was fourteen years old. It was the night they rushed my father to the hospital because he was having a heart attack. His heart stopped three times that night and he was forced to quit smoking. He told me that he wanted to **** the nicotine off the fingers of the nurses who smelled of smoke after their breaks. Somehow I came to reason with God that I would start smoking if he let my father live. How the mind of a fourteen year old works!

My mother died a couple of years after I graduated from college. Diagnosed with liver cancer, she had to have a lung removed earlier due to lung cancer. She quit smoking in her early forties but was now in her late forties. It was during my senior year in high school. I walked into her hospital room just as the doctor told her she probably only had two months to live. We cried with each other for about fifteen minutes. Just before she died I brought home a girl whom I just started dating. She told me later that she did not want to jinx it but that she thought that she just met my future wife and her deepest regret was that she would be there for my children.

I quit once before about four years ago for a year but had to add my name to the one puff files. My father had dementia and his brother who was a priest living in nearby city got cancer. Both died relatively close to each other. After one of the wakes I walked outside and smoked a cigarette with my brother, then believing it would help me through the situation. Back to another 30 plus Merit Longs a day.

I promised my kids that I would try again. I did try a few times but could not see myself without smoking. I wanted to quit but after several failed attempts I did not think I could. I thought I was destined to continue my 35 years of smoking until death. I made promises to my kids that I would try after tax season ( I am a CPA). On April 16, 2004, after tax season my boys asked me, "now that tax season is over when are you going to quit?" I quit on April 19th and that quit only lasted two days, maybe two and a half, before I broke down and purchased a pack. I made that pack last three days. My wife smokes and the boys are harder on her then me. They said to her, "at least dad tries to quit," after my last failed attempt. She always said we could not quit together because we would kill each other.

Ashamed that I failed in my last quit attempt, angry that I ever started to smoke, embarrassed to have to leave my son's basketball game at halftime to smoke, disgusted that I coached basketball while smoking, mad that I allowed myself, my government, and the tobacco companies to make me a slave, scared from when I went to the heart doctor for a stress test that he said to me that "chances are that if both you and your wife continue to smoke that something bad is likely to happen to one of you during the next five years." My daughter was only entering the eighth grade and my sons were entering their senior year of high school and the other a sophomore year in college. On April 26, 2004 I smoked my last cigarette. I did so hopefully my kids would not have watch me suffer or worry during their own development.

I am so proud of my quit. I'm thankful to, and the managers and members of Freedom from Tobacco (where I lurked as a non-member) for helping me save my life. Thank you! Thank you! My wife and several people I know have quit or are in the process of quitting because of WhyQuit. When they ask me how I quit I respond with a question do you have a computer. I explain about WhyQuitm and will actually go to the web page on their computer to give them a tour. Before I sign off their computer I add to their Favorites and encourage them to return and explore the site when they have some free time.

Today I'm forty-nine years old, have a wonderful beautiful non-smoking wife and three children ages 13, 18. and 20. It has been one year and one day since I ingested nicotine into my body. I've saved $3,167.14 while not smoking 10,997 cigarettes. For you new quitters, please believe me when I say peace and comfort will come. Breathe deep, live long, love strong, hug long, and be FREE by Never, Never, Taking Another Puff.

You will find peace and freedom just give it chance by NTAP. Repeat after me, I do believe, I do believe, I do believe! You will be there before you even realize that you are there!

[]Walter F. Cain[/url]
Webster, Massachusetts, USA

John (Gold)
John (Gold)

June 1st, 2005, 10:54 am #17

40 05/15/05 Six years ago today - the evening of May 15, 1999 - I said "no more!" Tempered by a dozen prior serious failed attempts and frightened by the prospect of withdrawal, what I most feared was success. Smoking had so infected every aspect of my being that I simply couldn't imagine life without it being worth living. Ohhhhhh, how wonderfully wrong I was.

One thing was different this time. In April 1999, I at last surrendered to the fact that I was a true drug addict, every bit as chemically dependent as any alcoholic. After thirty years of games in attempting to control the uncontrollable, of treating an addiction like a habit, I now, for the first time, willingly admitted that I would never ever be stronger than nicotine. The games were over. But if not stronger, then what?

On May 13, 1999, I discovered the beauty of "can-do" encouragement flowing from online support, on June 16th I read Bryan's story and felt the positive influence of horrible truths, and on January 20, 2000, I was introduced to Joel's Library and almost immediately recognized a vast void in my dependency understanding.

Remember the end of the movie Ghost, where Patrick tells Demi that "the love in your heart, you get to take it with you?" Well recovery is the same. Although it may feel like it during the first two weeks, we leave absolutely nothing behind. Every neurochemical that nicotine released -- more than 200 -- already belonged to you. Recovery is a matter of giving our brain time to re-sensitize itself, and us time to again appreciate engaging every aspect of life without nicotine.

If you have not yet done so, I'd strongly encourage a one time cover to cover read of Joel's Library. Also, I'd find a quality source of ongoing support - a calm and comfortable ex-smoker, a non-smoking loved one or a serious and highly focused online support forum. Just one guiding principle determining the outcome for all, a principle that will always remain our common bond ... no nicotine just one day at a time, Never Take Another Puff, Dip or Chew. As with all who've posted here, if you need help, or have a question, e-mail us. We're each here and we're with you in spirit. The next few minutes are all that matter and each is do-able.

Breathe deep, hug hard, live long!

[]John R. Polito[/url] (a/k/a Zep)(Gold x6)
Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Starshinegrl Gold
Starshinegrl Gold

June 25th, 2005, 5:36 pm #18


John (Gold)
John (Gold)

July 13th, 2005, 7:48 pm #19

45 07/12/05 Hello, my name is Tommy and I quit 1 year ago today (12 July 04).Many thanks to God and I had tried every possible quitting method during the last few years, but never tried the educated cold turkey method as described here at WhyQuit.

The beginning was difficult and I my eyes were glued to this site for the first few weeks - continually educating myself and reaffirming my promise to keep my quit. The real life tragedies, photographs and suffering that I saw posted on this site was a real wake up call for me. I read from people that really opened their hearts and emotions about how this dreadful addiction had affected their lives and their families. Then I read about the success stories, ordinary people beating this addiction and gaining control of their lives again, and I believed that I could be one of this team also!...and it worked!

This site should be on the school education curriculum for teenagers to help them quit/not begin and prevent them having a life of guilt and worry as most of us (former smokers) have had.

Since I quit I now have 3000% more energy. I now enjoy my sports again. I met a beautiful lady and married her. I lived in a European city and my country banned smoking last year in all bars, restaurants, etc, so quitting was relatively easy because the "triggers" were greatly reduced!

This year my employer relocated me to Moscow, Russia - a very interesting and historical city. Everybody smokes here - it is frightening to see how addicted to cigarettes most of the population is. There is cigarette bill-board advertising, magazines etc. This has been outlawed in Europe for many years, so it is a big culture shock. Museums, outdoor events etc list major tobacco companies as their main! The prices of cigarettes are very cheap and as a result everyone smokes, in restaurants, bars, work etc. These are the new markets for the big tobacco companies - Russia,China and Asia.

The amazing thing about all of this is that since I quit and everyone that I work with now in Moscow is smoking all around me.... I have no cravings. I do not want to smoke and I pity these people and their terrible addiction. I actually find it funny because most of the time I cannot remember smoking and cannot imagine myself smoking (and I smoked for over 20+ years!!!)

Indelibly etched in my mind is NTAP...never take another puff. This promise/oath is so important to me and my health. Quitting smoking has been the greatest achievement of my life and I am proud of this. I hope that this short letter will give some encouragement to anyone out there that is worried about quitting or is thinking about resuming their smoking career. Please quit one day at a time... I did ... and it gets really easy later!

Many thanks to Joel, Kim and saved my life.


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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

July 30th, 2005, 1:23 am #20



Free for 2 years, 9 months and counting!

I'm not ashamed to admit that I needed help to quit but like most people I thought that help came in the form of a patch or a pill. Then I found this site. Because of the knowledge provided by John and Joel I was able to break free and most importantly stay free. No gimmicks, no tricks, no hidden agendas. WhyQuit is staffed and frequented by people who genuinely care about saving your life.

If you're still smoking and thinking about quitting or you want to quit but are afraid to fail then picture this: in your mind imagine total comfort, your life free of cigarettes, free of craving, maybe you can imagine your life before you started smoking. If you could achieve that image wouldn't you make the effort? I did, and I'm living my smokefree life every day and loving it.


John (Gold)
John (Gold)

August 3rd, 2005, 10:34 pm #21



During the last ten or so of my 30 years of smoking, I tried to quit literally countless times with patch or gum -- in fact they became almost interchangeable with cigarettes. Of course those devices didn't work because I wasn't quitting the most addictive substance on earth -- nicotine -- I was actually feeding that addiction. There is only one way to quit nicotine and that is to never intake nicotine. All the information and support needed is at It saved my life. I am 100% certain that I will never smoke again.

Nearly 15 months free!

John (Gold)
John (Gold)

August 12th, 2005, 7:01 am #22



John, I never joined Freedom or posted any messages. I lurked and read (and read & read). Regardless of Peter Jennings and what could happen to any of us, I will never smoke again. Sincere thanks to you, Joel and everyone associated with Freedom & WhyQuit. Below is my email to Keith Olbermann, MSNBC - written today.


[Editor's Note: Keith Olbermann, a 27 year pipe smoker, just had a tumor removed from his mouth. Click the above link to read his story.]



I am almost 55 years old and started smoking in my late teens - until I was up to a pack or more a day. I quit May 2, 2004, as required by my doctor prior to cosmetic surgery (FULLY intending to start up again after the surgery). Typical of any nicotine addict, I dreaded the quitting much more than the surgery and did considerable research in an attempt to ease the pain.

The method that worked for me was cold turkey with the help of This is a very educational site with a tough love approach and I believe that, had it not been for the knowledge I gained on WhyQuit, I would be smoking today. In the 15+ months since I threw away my last pack of cigarettes, I have not taken one puff - regardless of stress, cocktails or WHATEVER (excuses addicts come up with). I recommended this site to a friend that wanted to quit (after 35 years of smoking) and remarkably, he has not smoked for almost a year.

Keith, PLEASE check out WhyQuit...........after reading your tumor story, I think you will appreciate the "scared straight" climate of this website and admire the volume of information it contains.

Thanks for your effort on this worthy campaign and good luck (and good health) to us all.


John (Gold)
John (Gold)

August 20th, 2005, 8:59 am #23



Hi there. I have quit for over a year and a half and I am truly happy I made the choice. I smoked for 15 years, a pack a day. First of all we all make mistakes, no shame in it.

I tried everything, patches , gum, pills and it did not work. After my close buddy confronted me and said I should quit because I stink I gave it some thought. I went to ( ... pind1.html) and read every article on the webpage. After each article it said "never take another puff again" and that is exactly what I did and am still doing today. I got rid of all my cigarette stuff like packs, lighters and ashtrays and went from there. The first couple of weeks were hard and now I can do it without thinking about it as much. The worst is when there are people in your life that want to keep you the same way and tempting you to smoke. Now I see these phonys a mile away and stay away from them.

You have one life to live. Forget about the past and begin a smoke-free future where it will not only benefit you but all the people in your life as well.

Breathing easier,

Mike Ross
Ontario, Canada

John (Gold)
John (Gold)

August 20th, 2005, 7:50 pm #24



Hi Folks! I quit smoking cold turkey on March 7th, 2002, the same day as my sister was diagnosed with lung cancer.

My sister also quit cold turkey on March 7th, 2002 and remained nicotine free until she passed away on June 23rd, 2004.

Quitting smoking isn't as hard as you think it is. Educate yourself and understand the Law of Addiction. Education is the key to success and don't wait until something horrible happens to you or your family. It really is a matter of life and death.

3 years, 5 months, 12 days

John (Gold)
John (Gold)

August 22nd, 2005, 1:26 am #25



I started smoking when I was 17 years YOUNG. I knew better because my mother DIED as a result of smoking - she was 35 years YOUNG and had advanced heart disease. She was a 3 pack a day smoker.

Because of my mother's medical history I had been ADMONISHED by every single doctor I ever had to see to stop smoking. Even my gynecologist told me I had to quit.

What did they know? I "enjoyed" smoking, it kept me calm, took the edge off. But really, what did I know? I had no clue that active smoking was the result of nicotine addiction - prior to that I believed it was a "habit". A cardiologist actually told me that I was addicted. I did not believe him. I was 32 at the time, and I knew that all these people were right - I needed to quit smoking. I didn't want to die young. But I didn't know how. Any doctor I ever had to see told me I NEEDED the patch or something to "help". NO ONE ever said "cold turkey." No one in the medical profession ever said "you can do it cold turkey."

I did a Google search for quit smoking. That was how I found WhyQuit. The very first story I read was Noni Glykos' story. I could NOT believe that she was my age and had been died with lung cancer. I kept reading. I could not get enough of this website. Furthermore, I could not believe that REAL PEOPLE WERE QUITTING COLD TURKEY - no pill, no patch, no gum, just QUITTING ON THEIR OWN!!

But I wasn't ready to just quit, to just quit cold turkey? I believed in my mind that I could not do it. I was very envious of their magical powers.

In July of 2003 I quit for 8 days. I had set up myself for failure. I was not believing that I could do it, I could survive. I sold out at day 9 and went back to smoking. I quit again in November 2003 when I had to have major surgery. I lasted for 5 days. I needed my cigarettes!!

In 2004 I came back to WhyQuit, and then I started reading the threads at Freedom from Tobacco. I poured over the long-term quitters threads. I would just sit and cry 'cause I felt like they were special and I was a loser and I just couldn't do it.

But I had decided that no matter what, I was going to do this, and make it. I was going to do what I needed to do. And I was going to survive. I didn't know when, all I knew was that it was going to have to be on my own.

Then on August 17 I felt a wheeze in my back. Not the regular asthma type wheeze but a deep in your lungs wheeze. It scared me so much (think Noni) that I smoked my last cigarette on August 19, 2004 @ 7:42 p.m. I did it cold turkey. I wasn't scared, or nervous or anxious anymore. I just knew that it had to be done. And I was going to make it. I changed my self messages from "I can't" to "I am." From "I won't make it" to "I am healing." The list goes on and on. It's hard to be defeated when you're armed with facts.

I lived at Freedom from Tobacco for the first couple of months. I stayed focused on the messages. Other people who had succeeded were not more special than me, and I was not a loser. We had that one thing in common. We wanted our freedom from nicotine.

It's that simple. I wanted to be free from the fear, the worry, and the cost! I am on the "other side" now. I have been living in comfort for quite a while-and I'm only "1". I do not spend time thinking about smoking, I do not miss it, I do not need it. I never did. Last night was my official birthday and this time when I cried I cried tears of pride.

If you are thinking about quitting, quit wasting your time and just do it. Get educated. Visit WhyQuit. It also helps if you send yourself KIND, LOVING messages about how much you deserve to be free. You will survive. You will not "lose" anything, not even your mind.

Chevet' Mondragon

John (Gold)
John (Gold)

September 9th, 2005, 9:48 pm #26



I tried to join the Freedom group about 6 weeks after my quit date. I was told it was for new quitters. As you can see, not being able to post was no biggie.

My brother was diagnosed with emphysema on 9/8/04. My father died of lung cancer at 67(4 packs a day). I come from a family of 8 kids. Both my parents smoked. My mother still does. Seven out of eight of us smoked. Five still do, even the one with emphysema.

I quit once at age 34 for 4.5 years. I got divorced and wanted to die so of course I started smoking again. Well, to tell the truth, I was at a bar feeling sorry for myself and took one puff. Ten years later at age 47 and over 120,000 smokes, I decided that I wanted to live to corrupt my grandchildren. Thanks to my brother who was in tears one year ago and who quit with me and lasted 4 days. What do I mean about corrupting my grandchildren? You know, tell them lies like: if you eat your veggies you get muscles in your spit, if you lie your tongue turns green...........

Anyway, thanks to WhyQuit tomorrow I am gold at 7:00 a.m. pacific time. Oh yeah. Feeling good and not like a slave. I smoked 2 packs a day and went cold turkey. Rock on!!!!!!

Thank you

Mike Hunton
Elko, Nevada, USA




A month into my quit I tried to become a member of Freedom from Tobacco and despite my disappointment at being too late to join I've made it!

On the eleventh of September it will be one year since I quit. I stayed quit thanks to this website and, to be truthful, also because in my country -- the Netherlands -- you are fast becoming a social disaster if you still smoke.

You made me a firm believer in the cold turkey method!

Thank you,


John (Gold)
John (Gold)

September 17th, 2005, 8:31 am #27


It's been 5 years and five months today. I was 44 at the time. I smoked two packs a day but was thin and very active. Anyway I always had a bit of a cough, you know the kind. I really didn't feel sick but the cough got worse and I knew I should see a doctor, but I knew he would tell me to quit smoking and lecture me etc.

Well that night I just didn't feel good and my lower right back hurt terribly. My husband had already gone to bed and I was going to have one more cigarette and then try to lay down and sleep and hopefully feel better. I don't know if it was my guardian angel or what but something made me know I had to get to the hospital and now. I practically crawled up the stairs and got my husband up and my daughter who was 7 at the time. We got to the hospital and I just knew I had pneumonia. They took a chest x-ray and it was worse. With pneumonia your lung fills with fluid, well somehow the fluid had perforated my lung and was fillling my chest cavity.

I had to have a thorencotomy where they opened me up from my back to ribs beneath my armpit and then they sucked a gallon of thick horrible fluid out and taped my right lung to my chest cavity. I was in the hospital for twelve days and in lots of pain. The lung doctor, an older man, said he had never seen a worse lung infection and that I was very lucky to be alive. My right lung will never be 100%. The doctor also told me now would be a good time to quit smoking and that if he ever saw me again he would not treat me if I smoked.

I quit. My husband still smokes and it makes me mad off but I still love him. I took up running again and have run 5 half marathons and next week will be my fourth marathon. If I can quit anyone can, but it's not easy.




I had tried quitting several times in the past using the patches and cutting back. The patches worked but they where so expensive I couldnt afford them and when I ran out of patches I would start back again.

Donald's lung cancer surgery scarI was diagnosed with lung cancer in June of 2001. On August 9th of the same year they removed my right lung - the upper and middle lobes. I had cancer in two places right on top of each other. I was told that I had to quit smoking for 30 days prior to surgery. This time I decided that the only way to quit was to do it cold turkey. I'll bet I ate a ton of candy.

Seriously people, if you want to continue breathing you have got to quit smoking. It has been four years since my surgery. I go back in December for a CT scan. Hopefully I will be free of cancer. To quit cold turkey sounds like it would be awful but I promise you that awful is what likely awaits you if you don't.

Imagine not being able to walk five feet after surgery without tiring. Imagine having extreme difficulty breathing for the rest of your life. Imagine your remaining lung capacity not being able to handle getting upset, lifting, and curtailing romance. Physically I'm shot to heck. I just wish I'd never picked up that first smoke.

You can do it. It's easy to quit smoking. What's hard is what happens when you don't quit. Good luck and I do hope you decide to quit.

Donald Spence



I didn't think I would ever be able to stop smoking. I had heard how horribly hard it would be for a woman my age, in fact, not a snow ball's chance in Hades. But I was a chain smoker, my dad died of lung cancer, a favorite aunt is dying from emphazema, I was waking at night with dread running through my veins. In the middle of the night I got on line and after going here and there I found WhyQuit. It's like an awakening...Oh! I get it now. I set my date, I quit.

It's of course the best thing I'll ever do for me and I am proud. So to all the women over 50 I want to say YES YOU CAN. Pick your date, read at WhyQuit and get ready for quite a fun adventure. Laughter helps.

I've been quit for 1 year, 9 months, 14 days, 11 hours, 12 minutes and 57 seconds (653 days). I've not smoked 19604 death sticks, and saved $3,121.71. I've saved 68 day(s), 2 hour(s) of my life.

Good luck to all,

Debra Flower



1 year, 9 months and 22 days ago I took my life back. I feel emotional writing this, more emotional than I have felt about my quit in a long time. It makes me sad to think that people feel trapped and that NRT will help free them. NRT's are just another trap. You have the power to free yourself and all the to

ols you need are with you everywhere, they are your mind and body and soul. Those are the tools that give you logic, motivation, ability to reach out for help, ability to make it through day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute when necessary. Freedom can be yours starting right now!

Jane Crimmins, MS
Early Childhood Education Field Coordinator
Teachers College, Columbia University

John (Gold)
John (Gold)

September 26th, 2005, 9:36 pm #28



My first foray into the world of tobacco was in junior high. I found them nauseating, and like anyone with good sense I never tried them again until college. I would eventually become a pack a day smoker for twenty years. I knew from very early that it was one of the worst addicitions.

Shortly after law school I was defending Big Tobacco, and as a result read all the literature in the mid-eighties. I learned how 20 years was the incubation period for lung cancer and many other diseases, so I vowed to myself I would quit long before then. Nevertheless, I had two children and kept on puffing.

I contracted a rare form of bone cancer in my thirties, convinced my wife to stop, only to relapse myself in nine short months. I never paid heed to all the warnings from loved ones. Instead, I would smoke late into the night. As I spent much of my time at work in office buildings in which smoking had been banned, I was downstairs in the street, writing or reading legal papers. Needless to say, I recognized how addicted I was. I didn't like it one bit.

Anyway, it was the constant encouragement of a law partner, who did his prodding in the nicest of ways, and this website that were the combined catalyst for my giving up smoking just after Thanksgiving 2001. Thus, I'm nearly four years finished with this dependency, and there's been no relapse this time. I gained fifteen pounds initially, but now I've lost that and another fifteen. I've never felt better.

Paul Aiello

John (Gold)
John (Gold)

September 28th, 2005, 8:41 pm #29



Five years ago today I threw away my last cigarettes and quit for the upmteenth time. However, this time became different because within a week I stumbled across and read everything on the site. Knowledge is power and at Freedom there is plenty of knowledge to be gained.

I started sneaking a few cigarettes before the Russians put up Sputnik. As time progressed my addiction became full blown and of course when you are young and dumb nothing can harm you. The first time I seriously tried to quit was in the early '70's and after a few months I was back at it. As a pilot in Vietnam I remember shutting off the oxygen and pulling the mask off my face and lighting up...not only hard to light but when you did get it lit you had to **** like crazy and then in the thin air would almost pull the fire right into your mouth....what a dummy! But I was an addict and addicts are not known to do well thought out actions.

For those of you who are still smoking....STOP. Not tomorrow but right now and NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF. You can do it because I did after being stupid for 40+ years. We were just like you a few short years can do it.....

You have taken the first step or you wouldn't be reading this. Now be brutally honest with yourself and admit you are an addict and then get involved with Freedom. Oh, I know that real men handle their problems without outside help. All my life I thought that way, fancying myself as macho as they come. Then 5 years ago I swallowed my pride and found FREEDOM and the wonderful folks there. Joel, John and crew are world class and I owe them my life. Be like me and owe your life to them as well. Good Quitting and Best Regards,

Stan King
Forever smokeless in Dallas, TX


October 1st, 2005, 3:53 am #30

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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

October 3rd, 2005, 9:13 pm #31



I'm very happy to be posting this message to the Turkey's Triumphs page for being smokefree for a whole year (!) NOT ONE PUFF.

Thanks to the education I've received at Whyquit, I've come to understand how insidious an ADDICTION nicotine really is. I never understood this before and I lost many quits due to my lack of understanding. I now understand that my lack of education could cost me an appreciable percentage of the years God gave me. I'll never be able to return to the ignorance and denial that helped keep me addicted to cigarettes for 27 years. I know too much now. This is a good thing.

However, even after a year quit, I still need to remind myself daily how precious my freedom is and how easily it could be lost. I'm still challenged to remain smokefree: my mother passed away two weeks ago (from heart problems caused by smoking and diabetes) and my husband, who quit with me, relapsed a month ago. He continues to smoke.

I tell of these challenges to say: they have not and will not be allowed to affect my quit. I quit for me and no one else except myself can make me lose this quit. I've been quit for a year because I nurtured my quit and put it at the forefront of my mind. I've read and re-read all the materials available on the Whyquit site several times and I read on the Freedom boards often. I will continue to do whatever it takes to keep this quit because I truly believe my life depends on it.

People who have never smoked sometimes say "You're still talking/thinking about quitting? Aren't you 'over it' by now?" They don't really understand that I will never be 'over it' in the sense that I could ever be a 'casual' or any other kind of smoker or user of nicotine. We say Never Take Another Puff because we know that one puff means relapse. Staying quit means I can never be complacent and I can never drop my guard.

This quit has NOT been particularly easy for me (and this is a good thing too), but it also has not been as hard as I had built it up to be. I HAVE achieved a measure of comfort. I'm so grateful for it; it's an incredible improvement on the stress and worry I had every day as a smoker. I used smoking as a way of dealing with my emotions for so long, I had to relearn how to deal with my own feelings. But what I feel now, more than any other emotion, is CALM. My mind and emotions had been hijacked by smoking. I'm so glad I took them back! My whole body thanks me everyday for quitting; my lungs say they are especially grateful :-) For anyone who may be lurking and wondering whether the time is right for them to take the plunge, it is. In fact, the time doesn't get any better than right now J

Thanks so much Whyquit and Freedom for all you do...


I have been quit for 1 Year, 23 hours, 23 minutes and 57 seconds (365 days). I have saved $1,829.87 by not smoking 7,319 cigarettes. I have saved 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 9 hours and 55 minutes of my life.




Hello! I started smoking at 20 years stupid, as I knew that nicotine was addictive, and I hear that if people do smoke, they usually start in their teens. But of course, I was "different"....I started smoking after my daughter was born to "lose weight"... yes, I did lose the weight, and gained an addiction. Cigarette smoking slowly but surely worked its way into every aspect of my life - I would sneak cigarettes carrying my second and third child, just terrible. Fast forward 12 years of nicotine bondage...I stumbled across the website and began reading. I probably lurked at WhyQuit for about 4 months, educating myself on my addiction. Finally, on January 1st, at 3 o'clock in the morning, I smoked my last cigarette. And that was it.

I visited everyday at WhyQuit and educated myself and applied its teachings to my own recovery. Every day as I awoke I said to myself, "I will be free from nicotine, just for today"...and at first, it was very challenging. Sometimes I would have to stop myself and say, "I will be free from nicotine, just for 5 minutes" and before the five minutes were up, the craving for nicotine was gone.

Nicotine was losing the battle with my will, and my mind. Every day got a little bit easier, as my body was ridding itself of nicotine, nicotine was physically losing its grip over me. The only grip left was in my own mind. That is where education and support here at Freedom is really key. Its great to have a no nonsense place to come to that doesn't cater to caters to truth. And the truth is that one puff from a cigarette has me quickly on the road to active nicotine addiction once again. Its that powerful single puff. NRT's do NOT work. Would you give an alcoholic whiskey? I don't think so.

It's been 2 years and 9 months...and not one single puff. It's ironic, I started smoking at 20 to lose weight and look good, but now I have 3 kids and am 35 years old and look better than I ever have in my entire adult life. This is because now that I am no longer chained in bondage to my addiction to nicotine, I have the lung power to enjoy inline skating (which I love!!!). I can skate for two hours and feel great! Plus, I work out with weights 4 mornings a week. I actually am in a gym at 6 o'clock in the morning 4 days a week...something I NEVER HAD THE STRENGTH OR ENERGY TO DO WHEN I WAS SMOKING!!!!

My advice to you - look into yourself, find that little special something (its in there, don't tell me it isn't!) inside of yourself and believe. See yourself free. See yourself waking up in the morning, eyes bright, lungs clear, and not even thinking about smoking.....and GO FOR IT! You are one-of-a-kind, with all your own gifts unique to you. Come, leap off the cliff and soar with us in Freedom!

Valerie Sorensen
I chose to be free from nicotine for 2 years and 9 months

John (Gold)
John (Gold)

October 12th, 2005, 11:42 pm #32



Truth be told, I had long since given up on being able to quit smoking when I ran out of money and found myself forced to quit until payday. To me, it seemed ridiculous to go back to smoking after getting the nicotine out of my system for a day or so, but on the other hand, I had tried and failed to quit so many times before, it seemed hopeless.

Well, common sense won out and I decided to give quitting one more try. Since my heart wasn't really in it at the start, I figured I should search the internet to find some support. Luckily for me, I found this site. I read every article WhyQuit had to offer in the first 72 hours. Joel's Library was a sanctuary for me, a safe place to go whenever a craving hit. Every excuse I could think of could be countered with cold, hard facts there.

I wrote this to tell those of you who have been fed the lie that you can't quit cold turkey that the coping skills I've gained from this site have served me far better than any NRT ever has. I've tried cutting back in every form you can think of. Nothing short of eliminating nicotine from your system and addressing the behaviour responses addiction has ingrained in your consciousness will end your suffering.

It's so hard for me to believe it's been more than one year already. I quit cold turkey on August 20, 2004. Back then, I couldn't imagine myself still being smoke free on August 23, 2004. It is now Oct. 12, 2005, and I watch months fly by without so much as a thought given to smoking. There is a light at the end of the tunnel when you quit cold turkey. When you quit with NRT, that light you see is another train coming to derail your quit.

Julie Whitby

John (Gold)
John (Gold)

October 14th, 2005, 12:15 am #33



I stopped smoking on August 22nd 2004. I had been smoking for almost 20 years by the time that I succeeded in quitting, and like many others on this site, I had tried several other methods in the past without success including patches. In the past I had found that within 24 hours I was at fever pitch and the longest that I'd ever lasted was 3 days. I have to say that the main difference this time was that I really wanted to quit, where as in the past I'd been trying to do it because other people wanted me to.

During the early days I searched for sites about quitting smoking and came across this one, and I've lurked in the background regularly since.The thing that has really helped me stay stopped is the true stories, I was particularly touched by Noni's story as I at the time was also 33 and that really hit home. That could be me!

I have to say that the actual quit was much easier than previous attempts with NRT. I can't say that to start with I was supremely confident that I'd never smoke again, and I didn't tell my parents that I'd stopped for a few days, in case I fell at the first hurdle. But after the first few days it did get easier. I found that taking it day by day was easier to handle than thinking about the implications of never smoking again. In a strange way I did feel like I'd lost some part of my identity for a while, after all I had been smoking since I was 14 and every major event in my adult life had involved me trying to work out when I could have my next cigarette. But now I'm free and you can be too!

Just remember, "NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF"! Believe me, you will think about it. You will tell yourself that just one won't do any harm, but do you really want to go back there again? I know that I don't! I deserve better than that and so do you!

I really thought that I was one of those smokers who would never quit because it was too hard. Even some of my friends have said that they didn't think I'd do it. But over twelve months later I can say with pride, that although I will always be a Nicotine Addict, I am no longer a smoker.

So please, if you are in the process of quitting, stick with it, it really is worth it. And if you're just thinking about quitting, read all the good stuff here and go for it! What have you got to lose????

Southampton, England

John (Gold)
John (Gold)

November 17th, 2005, 6:52 am #34

Have you completed at least one nicotine free lap around the sun?
Do you have a message to share with smokers and new quitters?

73 11/16/05 Hello. My name is Rachel Meyers and I quit smoking with the website. I am 24 years old and started smoking at the age of 15. I smoked a pack a day and never would have thought I could have quit so easy or made it this far as easily as I have done it.

My sister Sarah and her husband Eric have also quit for over a year and have been smoking for years longer than I. So, I was shocked when Sarah told me about the site and how it helped them and they had quit for a month. So, I thought there is no way I'm quitting. I'll humor her and check it out.

Then when I was looking around something had hit me before the 72 hours and the nicotine was out and the rest was mental. I thought I'm not that weak I can do this and it turned my life around. I started saving money and using that money for a gym membership and buying new perfumes and feeling great. It even motivated a friend at work who will hit her year in January. I felt it was time to let you know. Anytime a friend asks me about quitting I recommend this site. Thanks!

[]Rachel Meyers[/url]
72 11/16/05 I must tell you I have not touched any nicotine product since October 2004! I am so proud of myself. I had smoked since I was 13 years old and am now 31. My husband and I both decided to quit "cold turkey" after "pretending" to quit for a couple of years. We'd quit for a day or two, decide we just weren't ready and start all over again. What got us through it this final time? Well, during our first day nicotine free my husband found this wonderful website. He told me how it said that if we could survive the first 72 hours that it was all mental after that. Well, I certainly didn't like that fact, but it really hit home. He told me I should peruse this website while I thought, "I don't need a goofy website to tell me what I can and can't do".

Silly me, I forgot that quitting tobacco is really, really hard. My first day back at work without a cigarette break almost killed me so I thought, "why not," I'll look at the website during my break. I started reading and couldn't stop. It was so inspiring and gave me hope. I found that I wasn't alone out there and even though my pride didn't want to admit it, I needed that extra boost. From then on if I ever felt the urge, I logged on to WhyQuit and read a few articles. The urge passed quickly after that!

Now over a year later my husband and I are completely nicotine free. We are healthier and happier. We were actually trying to have a child with the thought that we would both quit smoking as soon as the test was positive. We had no luck other than a miscarriage during a two-year time frame. Now our baby is due in May and I am so happy that I was not smoking during those first few critical weeks of the unknown! I also know that quitting nicotine also greatly increased our ability to conceive. To all those women out there who are trying to become a mother, the best thing you can do is to quit. Quit for you, quit for your family and quit for your unborn baby! If I did it, so can you!

I want to thank you personally with all my heart for trying to make this world a better place. Its people like you that truly make a difference.


[]Sarah Gaden[/url]
Houston, TX

John (Gold)
John (Gold)

January 17th, 2006, 7:39 pm #35

It is amazing how many quitters eventually master the law of addiction through the school of hard-quitting-knocks. The beauty of Freedom is that knowing exactly what it takes the first time can mean lasting success with your very first attempt.

Oh how this body and mind wish they'd discovered a resource such as Joel when I was struggling extremely hard at 19 and 20 to kick this thing. Unlike the roughly half of adult smokers who fail to see, understand and arrest their dependency before it costs an average of 13 years of life (15.3 here in SC, USA, home of the state with the cheapest cigarettes in America - Eagle, $1.39 a pack) I shouldn't feel too badly remaining captive for 30 years as I've now been free for healing for over 6 years.

I received the below letter from Helene whose self-taught lessons helped her appreciate and come to terms with the the power of the contents of a cigarette 9 years before WhyQuit and Freedom were born. But each time I read a letter such as this I can't help but wonder how much sooner the write could have tasted lasting victory if those with insight had only been able to remember and share what they'd learned.

Still just one rule for for Helene, you and me, no nicotine today, Never Take Another Puff!

John (Gold x6)

Hi John,

It's been about 15 years since I quit smoking cold turkey. Have to say It was the most difficult thing I've done in my life. Think it helps to have, or develop, a stubborn streak about the situation--when cravings struck, I reminded myself the tobacco companies were literally banking on the addiction's hold.

No "tricks", other than putting a few butts and some water into a baby food jar. (Cutting back hadn't worked--found myself rooting through my garbage for old cigarettes.) Wore clothing with pockets so I could carry it everywhere. Can't tell you how many times a day I needed to look at it!

One last thing--I would never have succeeded if I'd thought of quitting in terms of weeks or months. I could only handle the withdrawal hour by hour.

Good luck to everyone.