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346 days quit (cold turkey)

Posted in Staying quit 03 Jun 2019

Stay strong and fight the fight. We the addicted smokers can and will always beat the addiction, we just need to maintain focus and ignore the side effects which are always very short lived in the scheme of things. On the 22nd June I will have met my biggest milestone yet and that is my one year anniversary of being quit (cold turkey). I want to offer each and everyone on this wonderful community to keep up your fight, you will get through. Think of the big nicotine companies and shareholders who want to keep you addicted, who don't give a damn about your health or even death. They just want to fill their pockets with your blood money. Your lives are so more important than the individuals who sell these disgusting nicotine drugs. Good luck to you all and i will be back in a couple of weeks to mark my 1 year milestone.

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  • Geo June 03, 2019 | 23:35
    Congratulations ! your soon to be a member of the 6% club. Good job on your quit and being true to yourself and those around you !
  • Happiness June 04, 2019 | 0:23
    I am looking forward to celebrating your first year marker with you and many more to follow. Great job Dabs! Yes, We are worth it, and proof it can be done.

    I don't know the statistics on quitting smoking, but what i have seen, all of them praise sites like this for doubling the success rate. It is people who make a difference. The knowledge that gives you belief and the support to help get you through.
    I gather the 6% club Geo refers to is making it to one year. Again, is that from stats of anyone who had a whim to quit or serious attempts? Stats are slanted.
    Anyone can quit smoking if they have the desire to quit more than the desire to smoke. That is the truest equation. Once quit , staying quit is easy if you think like a non-smoker and accept that you are. Learning this mindset will keep you free.
    Have a great day everyone!
  • Red-67 June 04, 2019 | 5:59
    That's GREAT !
    By now, you should know you are free, but that one year thing will still feel good :) I prefer to say, I WAS addicted to smoking, but no more.. We can be free, and we don't have to STAY quit, just quit for good :)
    I think, of those who try to quit, 6 % are successful. Meaning they do not go back to smoking.. Then, like you say, it would really depend on your definition of trying. I would assume, serious enough to show up on some statistic somewhere ? ?
  • Happiness June 04, 2019 | 10:24
    You mean like serious enough to show up , sign up here and never be seen after abstaining for 1 hour. Has anyone ever surveyed you as to how you quit and how serious you were? I haven't been. Has anybody? Maybe NRT manufacturers will, but then even they admit they have better results with a quit group.(knowledge and support) Cold turkey quits would not be funded for results, as there is no product to sell. Some say it is the best way, but too many are afraid of it.
  • Nuts June 04, 2019 | 15:15
    I am going to join the 6% club. 7 months to go LOL.
  • FreshAirOK, Hunter New England June 04, 2019 | 17:21
    I want to join the 6% club too. A bit of a way to go but here's to another 10 and 1/2 months smoke free!! Can't wait.
  • HolyCow June 04, 2019 | 18:52
    Just a huge congratulations xx
  • PuffNoMore, Southern NSW June 04, 2019 | 21:11
    I found this from 2015 from our predecessors from a post on this site to Lia.
    I wonder if 6% is worldwide?

    in Canada the same study was done and it was found that if 100 smokers were to quit today, only 5 would still be non smokers 1 year from today. Another interesting fact that was found in the study was that of the 5 that remained as non smokers, 16% did so by going cold turkey, 9% by NRT, 10% by Champix, 10% by eCigarettes, 10% by hypnosis and the remaining 45% by varied numerous ways. It is certainly not great odds for us smokers to quit forever.
  • Happiness June 05, 2019 | 1:11
    Well if only 10% that came here and actually gave it their best shot... they would fall into the 45% varied numerous ways of quitting, meaning mixing it up or in this case using a support line. Councelling (this) doubles the success rate.
    So if we took a survey of those who learned, wanted to quit and really applied themselves or committed to the quit, what would the success rate be?
    It is not all doom and gloom PuffNoMore. We have the power to be more than just a statistic, we are in control of ourselves. We know about the mindset, and that changes everything.
    An addict is an addict, the temptation if fed will take you back to square one. We don't have to try it to know it, we hear the stories and believe them.

    We also don't have to count our success by days. The better count would be the number of cigarettes not smoked. You know in your heart when you become a non-smoker. It is the day that you are so grateful and happy to have taken the journey and feel no need to ever look back.

    Bottom line is don't worry about the days, or the numbers but what is in your heart.
    Anyone can change their minds with facts. You can also have a change of heart. When you can get them in sync...

    Knowing you should quit and wanting to quit are not the same thing.
    How good do you feel about something when your heart is not in it?
    Finding the motivation to become a non-smoker is important. Fear and doubt hold us back from believing we can.
    You can be free if you believe.....
  • jenno211058 June 06, 2019 | 23:32
    Well done DABS7 ... looking forward to your follow up comments on the 22nd..
  • Rafiki June 07, 2019 | 13:50
    DAB hit my yr anniversery Jun 5. Feels good soon it will be yourswell done mate.
  • Rafiki June 07, 2019 | 13:54
    Stats, Stats, Stats and Stats they are fudged anyway. Bet it was someone who never touched a cigarette who was respnsible for 6% pfffffffffffffffffff

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