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  1. joe mazzone
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    12 Oct 2020
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    I'm finding it so hard to quit. I have it in my head knowing its bad for me but the cravings and habit are so hard to break
  2. efram, quit coach
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    13 Oct 2020
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    Hi Joe,

    Welcome. By joining us you have taken a step towards building a community of support from people who have a wealth of hard-won knowledge on how to handle cravings and how to build new and healthier habits. So congratulations on a step in the right direction! 

    You also have access to the "My Quit Plan" planning tool, and I encourage you to spend some time on the exercises that can be found there. Having a plan and support will help you to succeed in your goal. 

    Please keep us posted on how you're doing! 

    Regards,
    Efram
    Last modified on 13 Oct 2020 15:44 by efram, quit coach
  3. treepeo1
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    13 Oct 2020
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    Hi Joe,

    I know the thought of quitting can be overwhelming, especially because you know how bad cravings can get.  That is why I agree with Efram about developing a quit plan.

    Joe, I smoked for over 43 years.  I had no idea how to go about quitting.  Then I found this site.  I did the questionnaires and gave some thought to how I wanted to handle my quit.  Ultimately, I decided to go cold turkey.  It wasn't easy, that's for sure.  But it WAS doable.  I did things to distract myself when the cravings hit.  I read books, played video games, went out for walks, tried a new recipe.  Anything to get my mind off of it.  I also slept a lot, because you don't crave when you sleep.  I drank lots of water, and changed up my routine.  For example, I slept in a bit later each day, because I no longer needed extra time in the mornings to smoke before going to work (score!!!).  And I logged into this forum numerous times a day to get support from my fellow quitters.  This forum was a lifeline for me, and I know it was for others, too.

    You can quit too, Joe.  Just take it one step at a time.  And if you have any questions or need some extra support, try talking to one of the quit coaches here.  They know what it's like to go through the quitting process, and they can help guide you through the process.  The important thing is to try.  As long as you want to quit, it is possible to do it.  Believe in yourself.  You are stronger than your addiction.
  4. riri woods
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    14 Oct 2020
    14 Oct 2020 in reply to joe mazzone
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    You and me both Joe.  My quit day is this Friday.  I have quit so many times before.  I am so disappointed in myself.  It’s frustrating as hell.  But I will not give up! And I hope you don’t either.  
  5. brieffree
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    Hi Riri, Joe

    Welcome to helpline

    I know is hard, but harder is not even try to be Free!
    Be prepare, be nice, make a plan what to do instead, distract yourself.

    Some easy tips, I QUIT time ago, I feel the same fear as you do. But everything change as soon I stop hearting myself, Life is so much better without inhaling smoke, we have only 1 body, there is no replace......

    Enjoy to be free!

    One day at the time!
  6. quitfriend
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    Hi joe and riri. 
    Quitting is difficult but it is something that you can accomplish. I tried to quit numerous times and persistence paid off. I now have 6 months smoke free. I used the patch and nicorette gum to help with cravings and I didn’t rush to give up the gum entirely. I got proactive with my feelings and cravings, meeting each of them with an action to ease them. I told myself often that the cravings were a normal part of the healing process, my chances and experiences were not so different than any other quitter, and “I got this”. I still have an occasional craving but it is tolerable and fleeting. 
    Best of luck on your journey. You got this!
    quitfriend
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