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Advice To Smokers Trying Quitting For the First Time

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  1. steven, quit coach
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    40 posts
    12 Sep 2018
    13 Mar 2019
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    What do you feel is the most important piece of advice to give to someone just starting their quit?

    -Steven (Quit Coach)
  2. jeyan
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    177 posts
    28 Nov 2017
    13 Mar 2019 in reply to steven, quit coach
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    Quitting is process of unlearning bad habits and learning good habits, requires patience and persistence.  Be prepared for many relapses and pitfalls, and get back on your track the following day after you relapse to restart you quit again until you learn fully how to better prepare yourself to quit forever.  Key is never a puff ever again.
  3. brieffree
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    28 Nov 2017
    13 Mar 2019
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    If you try to quit, you will win the Lottery with out having a ticket!

  4. treepeo
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    832 posts
    29 Nov 2017
    13 Mar 2019
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    Do whatever you have to do to keep your quit.  Yell, punch a pillow, have a good cry, go for a long walk, talk to a friend.  It doesn't matter what you do, so long as you do not give in to the cravings.  Make quitting smoking your #1 goal above everything else.  We are all entitled to be selfish once in a while.  Put yourself first on this journey and get the job done.
  5. marianne, quit coach
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    278 posts
    30 Nov 2017
    16 Mar 2019
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    Hello Everyone,

    Great support!  To sum up- quitting is a process, requires patience and persistence.  Being prepared is important.  Have some outlets to express your feelings/emotions.  Any attempt to quit, is winning!  

    Any other thoughts?  
  6. atp
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    501 posts
    31 Dec 2018
    23 Mar 2019 in reply to marianne, quit coach
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    Educate yourself. Learn all you can about the process of quitting, what to expect, the benefits, the ill effects of continuing to smoke, smoking cessation aids (whether its snacks, NRT's, Champix, whatever). I spent a lot of time reading up about quitting, reading stories such as on this site and I really discovered how it isn't just a physical/chemical addiction, so much of it is a mental addiction. I never stopped to think about it that way. 

    Over many quits attempts my biggest failure was not educating myself on the whole process. 4 or 5 days in and I give in and start smoking again. I was so close so many times to doing it, nicotine was clearing my system and I just needed willpower but didn't understand the stages of quitting. 

    Even after all my reading up on the whole thing, I was still amazed at some of the truly transformative health improvements of quitting. 

  7. dublinguy
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    377 posts
    09 Dec 2021
    12 Jan 2022 in reply to atp
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    Prepare yourself and accept that it is a challenge no matter what way you go about quitting and whatever method of NRT you use. The cravings will hit hard for a while and trying to break the habit is a tough thing to do.
    Read this forum loads and see how other people experienced what you are going through and got through it. Tell people you have quit; their support will help encourage you to stay quit.. and of course... NOPE.

    Im into my 6th week now and there is no way Id have gotten this far along without this forum. Its a 'fun' way of documenting the process and getting feedback and comments and encouragement helps you stay on track. You feel as you move along through the days that you dont want to disappoint anyone by slipping. And if you do slip and smoke... dont see it as a failure... see it as you need to prepare for a fight to grab this addiction by the neck
    and win. It is possible... you just need to believe in yourself and never give up giving up. NOPE NOPE NOPE. Those cigarette companies can keep their smelly smokes. I dont want them anymore. 
  8. me_n_freedom
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    43 posts
    14 Sep 2018
    12 Jan 2022
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    Oh yea, they can keep their smelly smokes, how good it feels to not smell bad anymore :)
    Last modified on 27 Feb 2022 15:51 by me_n_freedom
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