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|73||11/16/05|| Hello. My name is Rachel Meyers and I quit smoking with the WhyQuit.com 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!
|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.
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)
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.
|85||01/19/06|| In December 2004, after two heart attacks and two stents at the age of 61, I was strongly encouraged to quit smoking. I started at the age of 15. I had fooled around with quitting over the years, trying hypnosis, acupuncture, smoking cessation classes, nicotine gum; all of which helped but none of which lasted longer than six weeks. |
When my cardiologist told me that he could continue to patch me up for awhile if I continued smoking but that sooner rather than later there would be nothing he could do, I made a decision to try to live awhile longer. Let's just say that was an opportunity for learning.
In trying to find a way to quit, I turned to the internet and luckily found my way to WhyQuit, and even though at that time because of a slow dial-up I wasn't able to register, I took it to heart that in order to quit you had to forego nicotine and its substitutes in order to be successful and part of this website.
I set a quit date of Jan. 1, 2005 and proceeded to spend the next two weeks sitting on the couch with clenched jaws reading the testimonials of others who had already been down this road. Slowly, my quit started to feel better, not easy, but better. I found that whether I smoked or not, the urge to smoke went away; not forever but for awhile. Respite. Now, over a year later, and still not smoking, but still vigilant, I'm still grateful for the encouragement found in the stories of smokers who had quit by not using.
I urge anyone wanting to quit to simply and profoundly try it, one minute at a time. Eventually those minutes turn into larger blocks of time, hours, even a whole day where you hardly even think about smoking. Truly amazing after smoking a pack and a half for a whole lot of years. I still, on occaision, dream that I've smoked and wake up angry that I have to go through that quitting struggle again, only to realize with gratitude that it was only a dream (nightmare). Smoking still intervenes, unbidden, in my thoughts but no longer in my life. I will always be aware that I'm one puff away from a pack, and one pack away from a semi load. Be strong and do the best you can, I'm pullin' for ya.
Australian Pharmacist Celebrates1 Year of Freedom from Nicotine
Nicotine… A drug that has caused more grief to mankind than any of its rivals. It has been classed "the most addictive drug" on earth due to its malicious affect on receptors found on our nerve endings. No other drug will cause your body to reject its very own neurotransmitters like nicotine will. Nicotine will turn your body against you!!!
As a pharmacist, I see many people come into the pharmacy for an answer to their smoking addiction. I can sympathize with them as I too was a smoker and repeatedly tried to kick the habit (instead of arrest a true chemical dependency). The reality is, people don't know how to go about quitting. Giving up smoking is like staring down the barrel of a gun. On one hand, you are waging war against your own cravings, smoking related habits, your own body!! On the other hand, you are overwhelmed by pharmaceutical giants preaching that their nicotine products are your one-stop answer.
I see people come back after completing their 8 week course of patches asking for another answer. Others have been buying nicotine gum, on a weekly basis, for the past 3 years - and some are still smoking! The only answer these products provide is less dollars in the piggy banks of tobacco companies, other than that, there are only broken promises.
Sadly there is no quick fix to quitting smoking and there is no real answer in their products. In actual fact, nicotine replacement products prolong the suffering as your body will STILL experience nicotine withdrawal when you stop using them.
I am constantly bombarded, by pharmaceutical reps, as to the benefits of nicotine replacement therapy… "It's your best chance at quitting" and "You will relapse if you don't use it." In my personal battle against smoking I have tried every brand of patches, gum, inhaler and microtabs. I have also tried the Zyban (bupropion hydrochloride) course on 4 separate occasions over 4 years and all I experienced was a state of psychosis (this is one of Zybans most frequent side effects due to its high dose anti-depressant nature).
After 5 years of active quitting and sampling everything on the market, I was still a smoker. I tested every stop smoking method I was taught at university, put all my medical knowledge into practice and still failed to quit. The only person I knew who had successfully quit for over 20 years was my father and he did it "cold turkey."
In my desperation, I started my research and came across WhyQuit.com. Now I have been a non smoker for over 1 year and it is all thanks to the team at WhyQuit. The most valuable tool to quitting smoking is understanding. By understanding what nicotine is, how it can affect your body and recognising when it takes hold of you, is the best weapon and greatest hope a smoker can have of quitting. You must realise how serious your addiction is and just how easy it is for your body to fall back into a nicotine dependent state. Already there is a serious, potentially fatal, physical addiction taking place inside your body and your mind and willpower WILL be swayed by this addiction.
Frankly, your ONLY chance is to never take another puff. It has been and will be for the rest of my life, my only chance. If you are serious about quitting smoking for your self or your families' sake, another cigarette (lit or unlit) can never touch your lips. If you can do this, you will beat nicotine and reclaim your mind. Until you accept this you will remain a smoker. I can make that statement with the utmost of confidence as I have seen thousands of smokers relapse. I now give out WhyQuit's URL to every Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) patient that comes into my pharmacy. There simply is no other answer.
In just a few hours I'll reach a very important milestone in my journey of healing and freedom from this gripping addiction. I will never forget where I came from and what brought me here.
I remember my very first cigarette 28 years ago - It was stolen, it was menthol, I inhaled deeply, coughed and then vomited. I was 15.
I remember the exhausting cough when trying to expel dark brown phlegm out of my lungs and worrying that I might have cancer. Sometimes I'd even spit it out into a Kleenex and force myself to look at it to ensure that it wasn't bloody and then sighing with relief when it wasn't.
I remember delaying my annual physical and dentist appointments because I didn't want to be lectured. After all, I was an educated, mature adult and had an awesome career. How dare anyone lecture me about smoking?
I remember a kind old fellow, *a complete stranger*, walking up to me, placing his hand on my shoulder and softly saying "What's a pretty woman like you doing smoking?". God, how I remember him… I hope he realizes what an impact he made on my life. Dear kind Sir…Thank You…from the bottom of my heart; I have carried your words for almost 20 years.
I remember the yellow nicotine stains on my fingers and nails...so much so that I was embarrassed to show my hands. I even remember soaking my hands in bleach on the morning of my wedding day in a vain attempt to get rid of them.
I remember the burning sensation when the smoke got into my eyes and being worried how the smoke would affect my eyes healing after lazic surgery.
I remember the dogs being cooped up in a smoke filled car…how did we dare compromise their health?
I remember being in bed with phenomena in both lungs and STILL smoking....even when I was warned that I'd be hospitalized if I continued to do so.
I remember feeling like a failure, an outcast and a poor role-model to those I mentored and looked up to me. I will never forget the "Oh, you smoke" look and the sparkle in their eye fading when they realized that I can't possibly be who they thought I was. After all, heroes don't smoke - do they?
I remember how short tempered I was as a smoker and then discovering the reason for this behaviour was the short half-life of nicotine and my constant need to suppress nicotine withdrawal. I love the calm new me that emerged when I quit.
I remember the hundreds and hundreds of dollars spend on courses, books, tapes, gums, patches, inhalers, drugs, and hypnotism…each one giving me hope that they will help me to quit smoking. And each one leaving me a little poorer and confirming that I indeed was a failure. Double your chances? Yeah right.
I remember the shear desperation of wanting to be a non smoker, the hundreds of dollars spent and still not quitting. To be completely honest, it brought me to tears more than once…and at my lowest point…I remember…
…stumbling upon www.WhyQuit.com on the week of June 1st, 2005 and finally being able to understand why this addiction had such a powerful grip on me. It was my very own personal "ah ha" moment and it shook me to my core. So on June 6th, 2005 (only a couple of days after discovering the site) I quit. For good. Cold Turkey.
And I remember a fellow giving me a big huge bear hug when I told him I quit...and I will never ever forget the tears welling up in *his* eyes. To this day, I don't even know this mans name...just that he works in my office building. I'm glad to tell you that on the rare occasions that I do bump into him, I am always at the receiving end of a bear hug. And yeah, I still don't know his name…only that my quit touched him deeply.
But on the other hand...
I will *always* remember how proud I feel for making the decision to never have another puff. And I will always remember how my quit has impacted my family, my friends and my life.
So, thank you for your continued efforts at educating, motivating and promoting healing and freedom from nicotine through www.whyquit.com. Education is indeed power.
With best regards,
An Anonymous Successful Quitter
Free and Healing for: Eleven Months, Twenty Nine Days, 18 Hours and 34 Minutes! (365 days). That's 7295 cigarettes not smoked, and $2,786.18 banked!
Yesterday, June 27th, marked one whole year without cigarettes. This site and the knowledge contained in it's library is what made this possible.
I had tried to quit several times before. I tried 3 times with the nicotine patch (crazy dreams!). I tried using the Zyban medication (talk about side effects!). The very first time that I tried just plain cold turkey, was after reading this website. Once I realized the power of the statement, Never Take Another Puff, I realized just how easy this journey was going to be. And it was.
I smoked a pack a day for eleven years, and then was able to quit cold turkey. I came to this site religiously, everyday. I reread the same articles over and over and over again. I began preaching the site to my friends and family, "You need to go and look at this site. I know you know that smoking is bad for you, that's not what this site is about, it's more about why people smoke, not what it does to their bodies". Then these same people would look at the site, and come back to me, "You know, you're right. That is a really great website!"
I would like to personally thank WhyQuit for helping me achieve something that I thought I was never going to able to achieve. I had pretty much accepted the fact that I was going to smoke for life. Either because I was so addicted, or because the thought of a life without cigarettes was too unimaginable. How could I possibly give up something that deep down inside, I felt like I loved?
I think the first thing that I really, really noticed was at work, just how much cigarettes affected my behavior. By the end of a 1 1/2 hour long meeting, I'd usually be going crazy, unable to pay attention, staring at the second hand on the clock. Now, I can go the whole day without ever feeling like I need to run outside. It's incredible. I never realized just how much a slave I was to nicotine. Better put, I never realized how nice it is to remain calm for an entire day.
The major reason I quit was because I did not want to get a disease from smoking. I did not want to find out one day that I had lung cancer, and it was because I smoked. I can't imagine the guilt that people must feel once they discover that they could have prevented this. When I smoked, I knew there was a great possibility of getting cancer. Yet somehow I was able to push that fear deep, deep inside me and continue on.
Carrying this inside of me was like walking around with a bowling ball in my stomach. Every time I smoked, I felt guilty, a little ashamed. I now have so much self confidence! I am no longer under the power of anything but myself. One of the articles here said it best when it described cigarettes as objects. They will not jump into your hand and push their smoke into your lungs, you are the one who has to pick them up. They are just mere objects. They contain no powers. You have all the power.
Thanks again for saving my life!
Michael A. Sacco
Webster, New York
I've done it -- I now have a full year between me and the very last time I put nicotine in my body! I think back to that time, when I was so afraid of what I was about to put myself through. That was how I found WhyQuit, actually -- I had bought into all the marketing spiel and thought I needed some nicotine gum to be able to quit, but I didn't have the cash to buy it and was trying to get an idea of how bad it was going to be "goin' it alone". So far, I owe 365 thank you's to John, Joel, and everyone who has shared a story here. I didn't need more of the drug I was so helplessly addicted to -- I needed the courage to believe I was capable of making my own decisions again. I needed to understand that there really isn't any such thing as "just one". I needed to hear the truth, and not just snippets of it, but the whole ugly in-my-face reality-check version.
I went to sleep after staying awake all night in dread, and then I woke up an ex-smoker. Those first few days were tough. Day two was the worst for me, screaming into my pillow just trying to get the cravings out of my mind. Knowing I never have to go through that again makes it easy to say "no" in those very rare moments a temptation strikes. And what I didn't totally realize at the time was that it really *was* just temporary. It doesn't stay like that.
If you're going through it now, just hang on tight, because you *can* get through it! Now I know that my fear was because I thought that I'd continue wanting a cigarette every hour for the rest of my life, like I did as a smoker. And that, of course, simply isn't how it works. Those hourly cravings all go away, as long as you don't give in to them again.
I've been able to stay quit by simply withholding permission from myself to fail. Think about it... In order to fail, you have to put the cigarette in your mouth, and that requires a conscious decision to quit quitting. Don't ever tell yourself it's okay to do that. Never. Because as some people have learned all too painfully, it isn't okay at all to take another puff.
And on a lighter note, I had to temporarily order my hot wings a little less hot because my sense of taste got so much better! I have enough energy left after work to do other things if I want to. The little signs of healing are really incredible when you stop to notice them.
August 15, 2006
Today is one year! I feel so good and I am so proud of myself. This web site has helped me so much. By the time I discovered WhyQuit I had been quit for too long to join or post, but I came to this site at least once a day for about 5 months. I could not have done it alone. The main factor in my quitting success is the education that is available to anyone who seeks it.
I have tried tirelessly to get anyone I know who smokes to come to this site and start their education. But most of the people I talk to are in denial and they have even gotten very mad at me for even suggesting it to them.
My dad has emphysema from 40+ years of smoking 2 or 3 packs a day. He did quit when he couldn't breathe on his own anymore. My mom had a triple bypass when she was 57 but her years of smoking contributed to her heart disease. She quit smoking when that happened to her too. I just didn't want to wait until it was too late to quit and I had something that couldn't be reversed.
So today I am celebrating and telling anyone who will listen to me that I have been smoke free for one year. And a lot of friends and co-workers have congratulated me on my quit. To anyone else who lurks here for awhile You can do it!!!! Just remember to Never Take Another Puff.
I have been quit for 1 Year, 11 hours, 45 minutes and 15 seconds (365 days). I have saved $1,553.32 by not smoking 7,309 cigarettes. I have saved 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 9 hours and 5 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 8/15/2005 12:03 AM
10/29/06I quit smoking on October 10, 2005. I smoked for 30+ years, 1 1/2 to 2 packs per day. I was 45 years old. My daughter was expecting her first child, my first grandchild. I cannot believe it has been a year already. I want to thank everyone here at WhyQuit.com. I could not have done it without this site.When I decided to quit, I decided the best way was to quit cold turkey. I don't really know why, it just made sense. About one week into my quit, I was searching for support and found this site. I have been coming back regularly. I have laughed, cried, studied and learned from this site. I did not ever become a member, but I benefitted just the same. My granddaughter will never know me as a smoker. New people have started working in my office and they cannot believe I ever smoked. I see people smoking now and I just feel very sorry for them (my husband included). Thanks again and I know everyone says this but, if I can do it, anyone can. NTAP!!! It's that easy.Rose