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  1. andrewoliver1
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    Hey y'all my name's Andrew and I just quit smoking today after smoking over a 25 pack day habit that started when I was 11. I am now 34 so that makes it 23 years. I am having some pretty hard cravings over the last 24 hours but my resolve is still there 
  2. buttingout2014
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    Welcome Andrew!

    The first 24hrs can often be difficult, but it's the first WEEK that will get even harder, unless you have a good list of healthy distractions to pull from...
    For example: It's a good idea to drink a LOT of water - way more than you'd usually drink.  Always have plenty of cold water bottles in the fridge, ready for you!

    Also: Mr. Freeze are one of those things that you can stick in your mouth whenever you feel a tough craving coming on.  It'll satisfy the hand-to-mouth need, and you'll have a nice little sweet treat in the meantime.

    A lot of people have suggested chewing up some small ice cubes.  There are tons of suggestions that I've heard of over the years...Some will work for you - others will need something different for their specific QUIT.

    Also, keep your hands busy...Doesn't matter if it's one of those fidget spinners, or petting a cat / dog. Whatever it takes to keep occupied.

    Are you using any kind of 'stop-smoking aid' to help in your QUIT? (gum / lozenge / patches)
    Some people find it much more difficult to quit cold turkey without some form of aid.
    I'd love to hear more about your particular system for success...!


    Your QUIT buddy, Jim.


    My Milage:

    My Quit Date: 1/27/2014
    Smoke-Free Days: 1402
    Cigarettes Not Smoked: 35,050
    Amount Saved: $15,422.00
    Life Gained:
    Days: 218 Hrs: 8 Mins: 54 Seconds: 38

  3. andrewoliver1
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    Hey Jim Thanks for the tips yes I am using the patch and untill a few hours ago the gum as well. But being a diabetic I cannot chew the gum anymore. 
  4. brieffree
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    Andrwoliver1

    Welcome to the site

    You really need to quit, is great that you use the patch,
    Try to drink a lot water when the crave comes it really helps.

    Good luck

    You can do this!
  5. emily, quit coach
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    Hi andrewoliver1,

    Welcome to Smokers' Helpline website. Congratulations on making the decision to quit!

    Please come to website as often as you need to get support and tips. I think you'll find it a helpful tool in your quit.

    Let us know how things go for you.
    Emily
  6. petermac
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     Welcome Andrew    the help is here ,   great support , All the Best  You can , we all can  together
  7. quitfriend
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    Hi Andrew. The first day certainly has its challenges. I wish you good luck and an excellent quit plan. 😀
  8. andrewoliver1
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    Thanks for all the support folks I'm happy that I've quit. It's been over 24 hours since my last smoke and I feel fantastic for it. My quit plan was simple or so I thought. Just quit cold turkey and deal with the symptoms as they come. But I read a fantastic book on quitting smoking by a gentleman named Allan Carr. His book called easy way to stop smoking was immensely helpful I would recommend it to anyone 
  9. buttingout2014
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    Couldn't agree more Andrew...
    I likely wouldn't have been able to quit without Alan Carr's EASYWAY book.
    As a matter of fact, I have made every single version of it available on my ONLINE RESOURCES page:
    [ONLINE RESOURCES]

    (I have the Audiobook / eBook / PDF / etc. etc.)
    A MUST-READ for everyone looking to quit ...Enjoy!!!


    "If I have just ONE, I'll be right back where I started...Desperately wishing I was where I am today."


    - Your QUIT buddy, Jim.



    My Mileage:

    My Quit Date: 1/27/2014
    Smoke-Free Days: 1403
    Cigarettes Not Smoked: 35,075
    Amount Saved: $15,433.00

  10. lillian, quit coach
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    Hi Andrewoliver1!

    Good for you in getting through the first 24 hours! As you can see, you've got some solid advice, support and experience here to rely on. Buttingout, Brieffree,petermac ...they've got it...

     Thanks members for being here and welcome again andrewoliver1!
  11. petermac
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    G`day  Andrew  you posted 1 day and 2 hours ago  New member ,  then  1 hour ago    So just on that ,   Well Done that Quit Mileage: is  over the last 24 hours & 1 day 2 hrs   
  12. lithan44
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    Hi Andrew.  Your post about going cold turkey and reading the book was almost an echo of one of my very first post over 7 years ago!  That book was absolutely key in my success.  Welcome to being a non-smoker!  You've got this!
  13. brieffree
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    Hi andrew

    Welcome to the train of freedom and congrats on your 1 smoke free day
  14. brieffree
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    Hi Andrew

    Remember is very important to get rid off of all that ashtrays, lighters etc. Everything that remain to smoke!
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