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  1. fiona7
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    Hi everyone!
    New member: I’m on here trying again to quit.  I really need the support.  I’ve tried several times over the past year to quit, I’m sick of trying and hate myself for not being able to quit.  I currently live with a smoker and it drives me bananas!!!  I am planning to move but this will take time.  But I am motivated to successfully quit forever and want it.  Hoping that with support I can finally make that jump to being a non-smoker!
  2. sarah, quit coach
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    15 Apr
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    Hello fiona7, and welcome to Smokers Helpline Online!

    Congratulations on taking steps towards quitting smoking. This sounds very important to you, and you are ready to quit.
    Living with others who smoke can be a common trigger, but by making change with your living situation, you are setting up what you need to be successful!
    There are many inspirational and supportive posts her on SHL.ca from others who have been through similar situations. You've come to the right place! 
    Please reach out again as you need to...we are here for you.

    Keep up that motivation!
    The Smokers Helpline Team
  3. beitou
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    Hi Fiona, I just joined the forum yesterday. I know what you feel like. I have tried a few times over the last year to quit as well. Sometimes I could do it for up to 6 weeks but would relapse, driven by work stress. I think joining this forum will help us for sure. Hope you can quit successfully. I keep on telling myself that the body does not need nicotine at all so cravings are the result of an addiction and not your body needing it. Keep up the good work!
  4. treepeo1
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    18 Apr in reply to fiona7
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    Hi fiona7,

    Welcome.  It's nice to hear from you.

    Most of us have made numerous attempts to quit before it finally stuck, so don't beat yourself up about any past unsuccessful quits.  If quitting were easy, no one would smoke.  Tobacco companies purposely make their products as addictive as possible.  It takes a lot to beat this addiction.

    What I found helpful was to distract myself.  When those cravings hit, I would go for a walk, immerse myself in a good book, or play an awesome video game.  Anything to keep myself occupied.  Or I would have a nap, because you don't crave when you sleep.

    Another thing I did was to wait in 10 minute increments, because anyone can wait for 10 minutes.  The thought of not smoking for an hour was too daunting, but if you break it down, it makes it a bit easier.

    Make sure you drink lots of water to help flush the toxins out of your body.  And try to eat healthy foods, because good nutrition will give you the stamina you need to keep fighting.

    Quitting is hard, but it is not impossible.  Remember, you are stronger than your addiction.  Believe in yourself, fiona7.  You can do this, and you are worth it!
  5. jeyan
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    19 Apr in reply to fiona7
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    Hi Fiona,
    Never be ashamed of yourself for relapsing. No one will give you a trophy if you did not. We all relapsed, and finally did it. Quitting smoking is about unlearning a bad habit, and relearning and retraining your mind and body to a new habit. It's like learning to skate, you will fall many times, but one day you will skate.  Never ever give up, and be ashamed of relapses, it happens, just get back to your quit. Learn to say NOPE.
  6. fiona7
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    Thank you all for the support, kind words and wonderful ideas!!! I will definitely take it all to heart as I go forward on my journey.
  7. wandam
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    23 Apr in reply to fiona7
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    Hi fiona7,

    Welcome to our little community! I agree with a lot of what has already been shared by others on here about this awful addiction! Quitting is super hard & relapse has happened for many of us too! I’m on my fourth quit, just past 6 months & still struggle at times in wanting to smoke! Definitely much harder when you first quit, those first 3 days, weeks & months, so hang in there & keep rocking your quit! 
    Last modified on 23 Apr 2021 21:35 by wandam
  8. sue_c
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    Good morning All, I am embarking on my quit today for the last time.  That is the plan :-)  I am kind of confused about where in this forum I post a message to be welcomed and perhaps find a few people sharing my journey?
  9. efram, quit coach
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    Hi sue_c! I think this is the perfect spot to post such a message, so -- welcome! It's wonderful to have you join us here, and there are plenty of people here to share your journey with you. 
  10. wandam
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    26 Apr in reply to sue_c
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    Hi sue_c,

    Welcome to our little community, it’s great to have new people join us! The support & wisdom of others is so helpful in aiding us with our quits. I have learned so much from other’s postings, commenting on the struggles one goes through with quitting, as well as the beautiful benefits that accompany quitting! So coming on here is definitely beneficial in helping us with our quit journeys!
    Last modified on 26 Apr 2021 18:36 by wandam
  11. sue_c
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    27 Apr in reply to efram, quit coach
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    Thank you Efram....it's nice to know someone is here just in case :-)
    Sue...stilling hanging in at day 1.5 :-)
  12. sue_c
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    27 Apr in reply to wandam
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    Thank you Wandam :-)  I have quit many times.  I want to make this my last time, so I'm lining up all the support I can find.
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