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  1. silme
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    Greetings,
        Quick post to say hello.  I'm currently working on quitting smoking and finally recognise that I'm not going to do this alone.  Part of my issues with previous attempts was not looking for support for many reasons.  That said, I'm ready to give up smoking for good.  Smoking is a serious source of conflict in my relationship.  I'm currently undergoing Chemo-therapy having a tumour removed from my lung this past spring. 
         I believe the reality check of my situation and the role cigarettes plays in my life has become crystal clear to me over the last few months.  I truly believe that knowing a cigarette will seriously hurt the woman I love and end my relationship is enough for me to quit.  That said, I know quitting is going to be a challenge and for once I'm looking to put supports in place for myself.  This site being one such support. 
       
    Cheers,
    Silme
    Last modified on 14 Jul 2019 14:57 by silme
  2. efram, quit coach
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    14 Jul in reply to silme
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    Welcome, silme, and congratulations on taking this step in reaching for support.

    It's great to hear that you've been putting so much thought into this and have newfound clarity as a result. Your mind is made up! 

    There's a lot of hard-won wisdom available from the members here. Please keep reaching out for support, and we'll all do our best to back you up!

    Regards,
    Efram
    Last modified on 14 Jul 2019 20:16 by efram, quit coach
  3. atp
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    Hey silme congrats on making a decision to quit smoking. It is a hard thing to do. 

    One thing I did different on my current quit was I educated myself on smoking, the process of quitting, I joined this site (and did the quit plan which really helped). 

    For me my motivation finally was a bet to help get my 19 year old to quit smoking (it worked), but once i started my quit i realized I was doing it for my myself. 

    Good luck with your quit plan and here is a phrase to remember - NOPE (not one puff ever). 
  4. treepeo
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    Hi Silme,

    Are you planning to quit cold turkey, or are you going to use NRTs?  There's lots of info from people here using both methods.  Also, if you are going to use NRTs, you may be able to get some free of charge  You can also get information about that here as well.

    I am so glad you joined this forum.  Remember that you can always call the quit coaches if you have any questions or just need a boost.  They are there to help.
  5. silme
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    Appreciate the supportive responses. 

    Hard to believe I made that post 2 weeks ago. Still struggling to fully give up smoking. Still committed though. Unlike other attempts I’m not giving up on giving this up. 

    I’ve used NRT medication and found they work well however, its the behaviour side I struggle with. Maybe the gum would be a good option. 

    Again, thanks for feedback. I’m going try to use this site more as I continue this journey

    Cheers
    Silme. 
  6. nadia b, quit coach
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    Hi Silme - look how far you have come!! From 2 weeks ago to now, you have kept up that strong determination!!
    Behaviour change is a huge part of the quitting process.  We have spoken with people who have been smoking for 50+ years, so it is very second nature to them.
    Keeping your hands and mouth busy is something we focus on. Some say they feel like they are on 'auto-pilot' and just reach for a cigarette when they aren't actually craving it. I would strongly suggest checking out the "Distractions" section of the forum if you haven't done so already. They have some great posts with strategies to help. For example: Quit Kit, 50 ways to take a break, The 4Ds, brushing your teeth, having straws of toothpicks to play with.

    Keep up the amazing work!!!!

    Nadia B.

  7. silme
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    Appreciate the suggestions,

    I'll be looking into the Nico-Gum as I'm on the tipping point and believe once I get going I'll do better.  Being able to look back on smoke free time will be a good motivator.  I'm on the tipping point.  Too much stress to keep hiding it.  More importantly, I don't like how smoking feels anymore, especially that 'buzz' after going a longer period without.

    Thanks again for the support,
    Silme
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