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manchild
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Posted in Getting started 11 May 2016
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I like this forum because there is no need to be shy. I registered using gmail and made up a nickname for myself just like many of you. I can post here and don't have to worry about privacy. So far, I've not seen anyone judge anyone else here and I guess if that happens then the community itself will expel those kind of things. I believe there is something powerful about these kind of communities, especially if you are someone who needs to tell something to others but you don't want to be judged for saying something. Even if you tell something thats not correct, I don't think it matters. Maybe for some of us its important that we simply share and make ourselves known. I think that we are all "trying" to find our way and maybe what we believe in the beginning might change later on as more experience is gained. That means that what you honestly share now is truth for you now at this moment. Maybe its a dim light compared to shining brilliance but its still light and maybe some people can't take too much light all at once, so your dim light might help them follow the light without the fear of being consumed by it all at once. Point is, everyone can share something useful if they put their minds to it, no matter what stage we are at.

I've seen here that some people try to cut down, some take NRT products, others with Champix/Zyban etc .. but the most important thing I guess is what works for you individually.

As for me, I can only share my own experience which is quitting cold turkey and staying away from any kind of nicotine in any form. That might seem harsh to some while understandable to others. Whatever works for you, then good for you! This is a quit smoking forum so I guess that at the end of the day if you managed to quit smoking, no matter how you did it, then you've achieved a goal!

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  • IC May 11, 2016 | 9:48
    reading that reminded me of what someone said I heard once , you cant be a little bit pregnant.

    its all or nothing for me also, but I am not the judge and thank God for that hey :)

    what ever works and that's a saying I take through life what works for me might kill you we are all individuals and no one has walked my exact path.

    what we have in common here is stopping smoking.

    and thank you all for posting and yeah I just post on the back of what others have to say that's just me.

    not sure I have anything to insightful to ad other than stopping is possible and if I can do it so can you.

    IC
  • Anne55, Southern NSW May 12, 2016 | 18:49
    You are right, this community is so important. Everyone sharing their different journey. Every post is important as they can be read by anyone who is thinking of quitting. That is great.
    I guess my message is that this community is the only place I could go to that understood the struggle of deleting the addiction.
    No -tobacco days don't work, TV ads don't work.
    What works is this community
  • Sharon40, Western Sydney May 12, 2016 | 19:06
    Hi
    I am new to this community
    I have decided to quit smoking for a variety of reasons
    What I need to know is how other people handled the first few days of quitting
    I have tried a few times but obviously have failed
    Anh advice would be greatly appreciated
  • manchild May 12, 2016 | 20:14
    Hi Sharon 40,

    First few days were like a blur to me. I hate to white knuckle it. However it gets better after that and then I had to come here to learn about the mind addiction. I'm still coming here to learn from everyone.
  • Roseanne, Northern NSW May 13, 2016 | 6:58
    I find reading and posting therapeutic. Sort of like self help with a dash of info.
  • Lemur , Northern NSW May 13, 2016 | 10:05
    Hi, im new to here.Im 45 and have been a light to heavier smoker over the years depending on head space and circumstances over the years.Im so over my smoking story, yet am still leaning on the smoke screen and want to empower myself by ditching it for good.
  • manchild May 13, 2016 | 10:49
    Hi Lemur,

    I'm sure you have it in you to do it! Good Luck!
  • Richard F May 16, 2016 | 8:58
    I just turned 63 and that's when Mom & Dad quit. I dislike being a slave to running to the store but I LOVED my cigarettes. I am a cancer survivor, I had pancreatic cancer from the military radar systems I worked on. I thought it best that I not increase the chance of lung cancer through actions of my own doing. Day 1 hs been rough. Somebody tell me it gets better soon!
    Thanks,
    Rick
  • 41andcounting, Hunter New England May 16, 2016 | 22:26
    Hey quitters.
    First time here. 60th attempt (or so) at giving up:) It's a real struggle for me - my wife is a FT smoker so it's around me always. Absolutely determined for my own health and longevity PLUS I have two beatifiul daughters. An eight year old and a 4 year old. Neither know I smoke - I don't smoke in front of them.
    I've been smoking on and off since I was 15...Back then there were no laws. You could buy cigarettes without ID, without question so I was hooked at a tender age.
    I've tried Nicorette, hypnosis, Champix. I've had moderate success on all of these giving up for 9 months or more again time. It's always when I'm drinking that I crack.
    I read today that if you give up by 40 you have a 90% better chance of avoiding early retirement due to smoking related illness. I like those odds!!
    So tomorrow I try again. This time with the support of you guys. I'm done with ciggs. I'm done worrying that every chest pain is cancer or a heart attack.... or emphaziemer. Screw that. I'm done. So wish me luck

  • temo mid July 19, 2018 | 12:22
    what we have in common here is stopping smoking.
  • harne78 September 26, 2018 | 17:49
    I used to smoke 2 packets daily, i tried very hard to get rid of smoking. But did not achieve a lot. Now its been more than 3 months i have not smoked a single one. I hope this will continue for ever and ever.
  • SonicYoshi November 09, 2018 | 18:42
    Hello, follows-quitters! I hope you all had only one and successful attempt. I tried sprays, patches, vaping, gum. It all works fine when you are combining it all at the first time and it costs a lot of money (Why have I ever started?). The only thing I'm using now is vaping. There's a lot of tasty liquids I found at https://www.mygadget.us/ because even Vaping is popular there are no vape shops in my small town.
  • SonicYoshi November 09, 2018 | 18:42
    Hello, follows-quitters! I hope you all had only one and successful attempt. I tried sprays, patches, vaping, gum. It all works fine when you are combining it all at the first time and it costs a lot of money (Why have I ever started?). The only thing I'm using now is vaping. There's a lot of tasty liquids I found at https://www.mygadget.us/ because even Vaping is popular there are no vape shops in my small town.
  • Happiness November 21, 2018 | 17:51
    Hello Everyone,

    This site is so much better than the one i was using sponsored by the Canadian Cancer Society where they wanted to muzzle me on some of my views. (or at least it seemed) They seemed to support NRT's more than cold turkey. You couldn't discuss a point of view , about retraining the brain after being totally rewired by the nicotine. It was just stick to the topic and support fellow non-smokers. It was like walking on egg shells. Manchild says he had to come here to learn about the mind addiction. He is so right. ... the other forum was pretty much oblivious to it. And beating smoking is 80% mind set. Getting over the nicotine crave of 3.5 days is a piece of cake in comparison. Not that any is difficult or even painful..just mostly trying.

    I love how if you ask a question , people will respond and you get an e-mail. Cool. You make a point of view, others can state their point of view. An e-mail will notify you and take you to the link. You can actually follow some stories, and feel like you get to know some one here. Not so on the other quitline forum. I am looking forward to getting to know a lot of you. Good luck to all on their journey to freedom.
  • willbur July 22, 2019 | 11:07
    well. . . . what can I say? I've had 3 maybe 4 attempts to stop smoking in the past and all never got past the 3-day mark (that's the initial goal I set for myself) but this time I have no option I have to quit to make sure this surgery is successful and improve recovery

    I started off on the Champix bout a month before having the op and it was going steady for a couple of weeks I could still smoke till I lost interest. but I found I still wanted them so decided to go on to ecig (healthier right?)

    but! after I did that ( i had one slip up smoking a full pack took me 2 days to get through it though lol) I looked at the ecig a thought no f**k it and didn't touch it. I even stopped the Champix. I figured that was creating a false positive and i wanted to see if my will power was working or was it the little blue pills. and from that point found it so easy to stop. sure I get the i'd sell my own mum for a cig moment but i spend each day gliding though

    its been almost 2 months with no nicotine at all and I couldn't be bothered at all. I guess my point is if you are struggling maybe its not your time to quit yet? your brain may say yes but your heart just isn't in it.
    I firmly believe then you reach your f**k it moment you'll find the journey becomes smooth
    don't feel guilty with a failed attempt, after all, its experience for the next attempt

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