Your 2005 New Year's Quitting Message

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29 Dec 2004, 03:33 #26

I wanted to add one more thing to my message that might be helpful!

this worked for me:
remember the 3 minute crave rule, read and freedom, do yoga, go biking, avoid trigger areas (bars) for the first week, eat sunflower seeds, drink cranberry juice, eat celery sticks, chew on straws and cinnamon toothpicks, ask for support from family and friends, announce your quit so everyone knows.

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29 Dec 2004, 04:08 #27

If a knucklehead like me can do it, so can you. It's not always easy but it's very simple if you Never Take Another Puff (NTAP). Steve

I have been quit for 7 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 15 hours, 57 minutes and 54 seconds (229 days). I have saved $1,148.31 by not smoking 9,186 cigarettes. I have saved 1 Month, 21 hours and 30 minutes of my life.
The Myth

The Reality

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29 Dec 2004, 04:16 #28

I am a nicotine addict. I was a smoker for 21 years. I never thought I had the capacity to quit smoking. Everything I did in my adult life was somehow connected to smoking. I did not have the best of attitudes, I was depressed when I quit; I didn't really believe that I could quit.
How did I do it? I believed in the testimony of persons at Freedom who were addicts like myself. After all, what did I have to loose?
What do you have to loose?
You can always go back to smoking...but how about giving your life a chance?

Come meet our stories, read Joel's library, the boards, commit to stop just for ONE DAY. Everyday...
I did. It's the best I have done for myself; here I am, FREE AND HEALING...
- Free and Healing for One Year, Three Months, Ten Days, 15 Hours and 10 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 48 Days and 14 Hours, by avoiding the use of 13999 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $2,675.79.

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29 Dec 2004, 04:57 #29

I spent two weeks doing what you're doing right now- reading the information on this website. At some point, I couldn't stand it anymore. I force-fed myself all the negative statistics, all the sad stories, all the death, all the lost lives, all the pain and suffering. I cried a LOT.

And then I quit- and I cried even more. But I saw clean air flowing into my lungs- healing them. I swore that I would never again stand at that convenience store altar and ask for death, and hand the guy a $5 for it.

And then I made it through the 72 hours, and got accepted to join this wonderful community of support- and I cried again. This time, happy tears. Happy that I'm free. So little to worry about now. I don't carry hand lotion, perfume, and gum, to cover up bad smells. I don't change clothes before a date because of the smell. I don't have to stand outside while my family is sharing memories. I've gotten so much out of life already.

And it's only been 7 days. A hard-fought for 7 days. But 7 days of learning a new way to live every minute of it.


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29 Dec 2004, 05:01 #30

Congratulations on both your interest and efforts to quit using nicotine. Stopping the use of nicotine for me has been the start of the best parts of my life. It is wonderful not to have to think about when I can/can't smoke, where I can/can't smoke, or how many I will get to smoke. How do I smell? How's my breath? Do I need to wash my hands? And do I have any gum? Are questions I no longer give a thought to because of a smoking habit. Wheezing at night, shortness of breath and low energy are health problem alarms I no longer have. For me I have answered those alarms by quitting.
I was a pack a day user for 26 yrs. My quit is extremely valuable to me. It is both the goal and the prize. It is worth my every effort. I realized nicotine use is a choice. I choose to only not use it.
I have been quit 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 22 hours, 20 minutes and 48 seconds. I have not smoked 2,118 cigarettes (that's allot a smoke!). I have saved 1 Week, 8 hours and 30 minutes of my life. I WILL N.T.A.P. THERE CAN NEVER BE ONLY ONE!

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29 Dec 2004, 05:25 #31

You've come here for a reason. To entertain thoughts of quitting nicotine. Everyone wants the easy way out. This isn't easy:it is very simple. EDUCATE yourself about the addiction and something in your mind will convince you that this is the right thing to do. As a famous company's logo says..."Just do it!"

I have chosen not to give in to my junkie thoughts and inhale 4000+ chemical compounds and 43 known carcinogens into my lungs for 1 Year 5 Months 3 Weeks 20 Hours 21 Minutes 37 Seconds. Cigarettes not smoked: 10816. Money saved: $2,704.24.
Life gained back to share with future grandchildren 2 Mos 2 Wks 2 Hrs 49 Mins 40 Secs

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29 Dec 2004, 09:17 #32

Read this if you're under 25

and you've got the thought that it's way too early to quit. You just started a few years ago. People don't get cancer til they're like 60. You are still in your prime. You have years to smoke away and be in your prime and still quit in plenty of time to be sensible and safe.

Wrong. This sort of thinking is very, very beguiling. It seems unanswerable. So why are you here? You have come to this website and now you are reading this, so you must be having different thoughts, too. Thoughts like: I should quit now, while I still have time to. It's only going to get harder as the years go by. I feel gross and sick a lot, I smell like ****, I'd rather buy a pack of smokes than lunch if it came to that. I avoid hanging out with my family because I can't smoke around them and I feel guilty.

I'm 23 years old. I started smoking when I was 14 and smoked a pack a day from then until a year ago. Let me give you a few possible answers to some of these "unanswerable" thoughts:

I still have time. People don't get cancer until they're like 60.
This is simply not true. Read about Gruen's Missing Jaw - age 17 and about Sean Marsee - age 19. These are extreme cases. But they're not that rare. Cigarettes are filled with huge quantities of unbelievably deadly substances.

I can afford to smoke. I'm still in my prime.
I used to think this all the time. Now I think it sounds sort of like saying, "I'm full of energy today! It makes sense for me to drink a can of paint. If I were old and tired, it wouldn't make sense to drink the can of paint. But I can afford it now." The prime of your life is a wonderful time that will not last forever and, once it's gone, will never come again. Since I have quit I have felt young. I have energy. I am calm and relaxed. When I was a smoker I was always freaking out because I needed to smoke whenever anything happened. Now I'm enjoying myself.

You've come to a wonderful place. You're thinking about things that are true and real. And though I don't wish to sound melodramatic, time is not really so long as you might imagine.

I am here to testify that I am 23 years old and that quitting smoking has been the most wonderful thing I have ever done. It has made my life 25 times more enjoyable. It can do it for you, too.

One more thought..the world is busting at the seams with people in their 40's, 50's, and 60's who would give almost anything to have quit when they were our age. They thought they had time, too.

Happy New Year!
1 Year and 1 Day free from Cigarettes and Nicotine.

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29 Dec 2004, 09:32 #33

I am almost there... On January 11, 2005 I will have quit smoking for one whole year! Once upon a time I NEVER would have thought I would be here. That was before I found and FREEDOM. I have learned that it is as simple as "Never Take Another Puff." That true comfort does come for everyone given enough time and enough success. I do not crave cigarettes any more. I only think about them if I see someone smoking or a butt on the ground and I am disgusted by both of those images. I do not feel better than anyone else but I do feel proud of myself. I feel strong and healthy. Since quitting smoking I have taken better care of myself in every way. I walk everyday and lift weights. I have completely changed my eating habits and I get so much more sleep than I used to. To date I have lost 60 pounds and have another 20 left to go. I know I will do it. Just like I know I will never be a smoker again. I LOVE the new me and the example I am setting for my children. Don't ever let anyone tell you have to gain weight if you quit smoking. I may have picked up a pound or two in the beginning but as a smoker I could never exercise the way I can as an ex-smoker. And, as a result, the pounds just melted away. I can do this and so can you. Go for it! You are worth it!


Time Saved: 11 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 3 hours and 26 minutes (352 days) Money Saved: $1,232.49 Cigs Saved: 7,042 Life Saved: 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 10 hours and 50 minutes

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29 Dec 2004, 12:03 #34


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31 Dec 2004, 01:58 #35

I must say, it's not New Year's day you're going to quit smoking. You just quit smoking and it's a new day!!! I've tried to quit for 34 years on a New Year's day, and never succeded- then I just quit - and I got it!!! I'm nearly double green now-I quit on October, 30th . I'm so proud, I haven't smoked a single cigarette since then . I don't want to smoke cigarettes anymore! I'm feeling so much better and I'm so happy that I don't even feel the urge to smoke. Of course I've had and I'm still having bad days, but I'm going better every day feeling I really don't want to be a smoker again. My advice is: just spend a few minutes reading on this site every day and NTAP-but seriously, NTAP-that's the very thing that counts. Happy New Year to all of you!

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01 Jan 2005, 07:50 #36

You Can Do This.

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01 Jan 2005, 08:54 #37

My story is much the same as everyone elses. Except that I've continued to smoke for 49 years! Hopefully most folks are not this slow, and will see the light a little sooner!

Oh, I've quit before. A few times I've even quit for over a year. But I lost all those quits due to one simple fact. I didn't understand the nature of addiction!

My best friend of 50 years is a true "social smoker". Together, we learned to smoke all those years ago. She's always been able to take them, or leave them. Somehow she never got addicted. I wanted to be a sometimes smoker like she was! And I would decide I would be one, every time I had a substantial amount of time not smoking under my belt. I would tell myself I would only smoke "when"..........(fill in the blank. "when" I drink, "when" I'm with other smokers, "when" I'm stressed, etc. etc.)

It was not until I became educated at Freedom and, that I understood that I can NEVER be a social smoker. For me and the other nicotine addicts here, it is impossible, because we can never have "just one" cigarette. Those "just one" cigarettes always became thousands. Those "just one" cigarettes are the reason I've always relapsed in past quit attempts.

The "Law of Addiction" is very simple. The law addiction states that administration of a drug to an addict will cause reestablishment of the dependence on that substance. I'm so happy to finally understand the truth of this, as it applies to me and my nicotine addiction! And this knowledge is reinforced in many different ways by reading the articles and posts. I wish I had this understanding long, long ago.

To anyone thinking of quitting, I urge you to quit now! I don't think you'll ever find anywhere, the quantity and quality of information that you have access to here at Freedom and You do not have to post, or even to join, as all of the information is freely accessable to everyone! Some of us think it is helpful to post, others choose not to. The important thing is to read a lot.

Make a committment to yourself to get educated about your addiction. Once you really start learning, I think it dramatically ups your chances of succeeding in your quit. You literally become too educated to smoke!

Three months, two weeks, 16 hours, 41 minutes and 39 seconds. 2113 cigarettes not smoked, saving $475.82. Life saved: 1 week, 8 hours, 5 minutes.

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01 Jan 2005, 10:38 #38

Twenty six years ago I told myself that it was okay to smoke because I could quit anytime that I wanted to...
I just didn't expect that I would want to smoke for twenty six years.

In fact I wanted to quit a long time ago. I just did not understand my addiction and how to deal with it. I learned all I needed to know by reading Joel's library at
I printed out Joel's booklet and read it cover to cover over and over again.

It worked for me. I knew what I would face during the most difficult days of withdrawl and that made the difference. Anyone who is successful at anything is prepared or very lucky. I did not want to take a chance on the rest of my life - I chose education over luck. I am an ex-smoker and you can be too. Why go it alone when you can have the collective wisdom of so many who have come before you to tell you what you will face and approximately how long it will last.

You don't need to sign any contracts, send any money or proclaim your belief in any God. You only need do one thing.
Get your notebook ready... Never take another puff.

I have chosen not to smoke one day at a time for the past 79 days.

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02 Jan 2005, 01:13 #39

Happy New Year, John and the rest of you wonderful Freedomites!

If you are thinking about quitting smoking, believe us when we tell you that you can do it! We understand that you are frightened by the prospect of quitting. We understand that you don't think that you can quit, that somehow you are different from the rest of us.

Lots of people who come to this site quit smoking forever. Lots of us were hard-core smokers. I for one never ever ran out of cigs.

If you are thinking of quitting, here is my challenge to you. Give it 72 hours and then give it a month, One Day at a Time! It takes a mere 72 hours to get the nicotine out of your system, that's three days. In the meantime, read as much as possible at this wonderful site and learn about our addiction. Learn how to take care of yourself to ease the impact of withdrawal. For me, withdrawal was uncomfortable but the physical discomfort only lasted several weeks.

Remember when you first started smoking? Didn't you feel a little like a rebel? How do you feel now? Probably more like a slave. Give it 72 hours and then give it a month, and see how you feel then. Rebel against your addiction. I am so glad that I did just that.

Janet -- Free for Three Years and One Month and I don't miss anything about Smoking at All!!!

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02 Jan 2005, 03:17 #40

If you are here, then you're considering quitting and that is part of the battle! I'm over eight months into my quit, and I decided to read what was going through my head when I was just starting this journey. I wrote this on day 7 of my quit:

i think the breaking of the rituals has been the hardest for me in this quit, but i have learned something about my own behaviors.
like pavlov and his dogs, i "rewarded" (warped way of putting this) myself for living my life by smoking myself to death.
for waking up in the morning i "gotta smoke" 1
for driving to work in the morning, i "gotta smoke " 2
for surviving work, i "gotta smoke" 3
for making it home to drink that coffee, i "gotta smoke" 1
for waiting a full hour before the next one, i "gotta smoke" 5 - 7
for getting ready for bed, i "gotta smoke" 1

that "gotta" is where i found my revelation: instead of rewarding myself by giving myself a cigarette, i "hadta" have it.

i thought that i was controlling my habit, but looking at my ritual behaviors, i realize that my addiction not only had me controlled, but was pulling me around by the hair.

something else that i need to point out: i don't miss those 112 cigarettes that i have not smoked, (the thought of all of those cigarettes is staggering,) and i might miss the "one" but with that "one" comes "all" so i choose none.

i made it through glory week, and i never want to repeat it. i'm baby stepping it to green.


One week, 12 hours, 27 minutes and 11 seconds. 112 cigarettes not smoked, saving $29.61. Life saved: 9 hours, 20 minutes.

I'm still here and I'm more than comfortable in this quit. You can do this! Don't take another puff.

Eight months, three weeks, 14 hours, 56 minutes and 4 seconds. 3984 cigarettes not smoked, saving $1,085.90. Life saved: 1 week, 6 days, 20 hours, 0 minutes.

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03 Jan 2005, 04:07 #41


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03 Jan 2005, 07:26 #42

From: don't smoke (Original Message) Sent: 1/2/2005 5:16 PM
Hi Everybody!
I wanted to thank you, thank you for the first rate information, thoughtful posts and support that has helped me get to where I am right now. As some of you know this quitting thing for me seemed really difficult for me in the beginning and later even though the craves got to be so few, I stayed thinking how difficult it is. I am sometimes hard on things that are good--just to check for holes so to speak. Well--I am super happy that I am quit--almost 7 months now!!! I made it through the holidays--holiday travel---family stressful and happy times without a puff or real want of one. I feel happy and proud and I thank you so much for this invaluable service.
Lots of good wishes and happiness, love, good health and peace to all of you.

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05 Jan 2005, 08:28 #44

They say a picture is worth a 1000 words. This certainly hits home!

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05 Jan 2005, 08:45 #45

Happy new year Freedom family and new quitters everywhere!

Celebrating the joys of life on this side of the nicotine bars.

Anyone can join us.


Everything you need for your successful educated cold turkey quit is right here. Settle in and read your way out of the smoking chains.

Living footloose and nicotine-free for 2 years 6 months +

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19 Jan 2005, 00:17 #46

I don't know how many times I beat myself up around the new year over quitting. I desperately wanted someone to tell me their secret! Well, there really is a secret to a successful quit. Actually more than one, they can all be found here at Why Quit. The best part is that it's free! Knowledge is power after all!

I was a chainsmoker with an addiction closing in on 2 packs per day... and I was under 30 at the time! At that rate I couldn't imagine how many I'd be smoking per day now not to mention all the money I would've wasted. My life is completely my own now. I'm not super human, I am still an addict, but I'm free because I now understand how everything works.

A few months of discomfort is more than worth the years of freedom... and the years ahead of me. I know I'll never go back because I understand the law of addiction.

Kicking Butt for 2 years, 3 months +

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14 Dec 2005, 22:26 #47

Happy New Year Freedom!!
This year I will be celibrating 4yrs of Non-smoking Freedom.
I quit with the help of this site and knowing its just never taking another
puff one day at a time. I thought of other people in my life trying to quit
using nicotine replacement theropy. There were almost 5 different people
that tried it and failed. I didn't want that for me so I found Freedom.
It has been a raving success! It cost me nothing but alittle time and reading.
Please if you want to stop this addiction once and for all this is the
only real way that works. My daughter just quit after 10ys of smoking and owes it all to freedom and the teaching of its founders to "Never Take Another Puff."
Spokane Wa
Three years, seven months, one week, three days, 1 hour, 10 minutes and 55 seconds. 105603 cigarettes not smoked, saving $26,349.00. Life saved: 1 year, 2 days, 16 hours, 15 minutes.

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15 Dec 2005, 13:16 #48

How nice not to have to deal with the thought of having to quit ever again. New Years brings back many memories of "uh-oh" feelings of anticipation as I stonily marched towards uneducated cold-turkey quits. Stonily because the anxiety and fear of failure loomed next to me like a shadow.

The answer to all fears -

I've been quit now for over 10 months and have many whyquit pearls of wisdom in my "napsack" to defeat the odd urges and occassional delusions that smoking would be a good idea.

Please, please, listen to everyone here and believe that we were no different than yourselves before our quit. And now, we enjoy freedom, taste buds, a far clearer conscience and pockets lines with $'s. Freedom is the biggest benefit of quitting for me. Not carrying around that ball and chain any longer.

Welcome aboard those of you who wish to join .. we're here for ya ...

And thank you to those of you here who have helped keep my quit on the straight and narrow.


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04 Jan 2006, 11:15 #49