I started smoking at 15 and smoked for 37 years. I quit and tried quitting numerous times for varying periods, including a one-year quit when I was 20 using the SmokeEnders program. Cautionary tale alert: I blew that quit thinking I could smoke "just one!" NOPE!
I always tried to quit on my birthday. Fail.
I sometimes tried to quit with Welbutrin. Fail.
I sometimes tried to quit with Welbutrin & the patch. Fail.
I got a 1 week, once. Fail.
Three weeks, once. Fail.
Three months, once. Fail.
One year, once. Fail.
Now I have 3 years (7years now) and counting.... Success!!!!
This time, I was armed with the patch & the Q!
Thirty-three years after that "one cigarette," and for six months prior to my quit, I worked on the "idea" of quitting-- tapering, using the patch here and there, sometimes using the patch AND smoking, etc...
I set several moving-target sort-of quit dates. My birthday came and went. I was sick and tired of smoking, but failing at everything I tried. I was about to give up quitting, but found the Q and set an actual written-down, public sort-of-quit date.
As the day neared, I was racked with guilt and insecurity. I wasn't sure I could handle more failure. Did I dare to try again? On the morning of the quit, despite my absolute certainty that I would fail and would never be able to quit, I decided to set a humble goal of "just one day"--without cigarettes-- using the patch and no cheating!
That's how, on Feb 4, 2013-- a day of no particular meaning to me-- I slapped on the patch, armed with nothing resembling courage or will power and only a few hard candies, I made it through my first day as a quitter! I was surprised and slightly bemused. I went for two days and made it. After that, I never looked back.
The "Q" was a lifesaver. I returned to it day after day for at least a month. I read lots of profiles, went to "bonfires," listened to "rambles" and some rants. I supported people and was supported. I pledged when I could, printed my certificates and practiced N.O.P.E. (Not One Puff Ever). I came to believe that cigarettes don't fix a thing, so "NOTHING is BETTER WITH a CIGARETTE!" That was my mantra.
The patch (which I used for the entire recommended time) got me started. My two mantras kept me focused and everyone at the Q kept me encouraged and inspired!
DON'T GIVE UP! If I can do it, anyone can.
Don't Quit Quitting!
Will power is NOT necessary.
Really. It gets easier. It gets better.
For advice, I have compiled some things that were helpful to me during my quit and things that seem useful now. Come back to the Q often.
Read profiles and posts. If you have a bad crave, post it and WAIT for 3 people to respond.
Lynn (talleyho) at the "Q" gave me a "Quit Kit". It's posted below along with other ideas I find helpful. Lynn was very organized and had all sorts of distractions and ideas for her rough times. She cleaned the rooms she smoked in one at a time to keep herself busy, she looked around for new hobbies, she made plans for her rough times. She blew bubbles, she sang, she pledged every day and went to "bonfires" every night for the first few weeks. It was great to look over someone's plan and I have shared it with others.
I came to the Quitnet site all the time in the first few weeks. I treasured my milestones and certificates. One of the hardest things about my quit was realizing that emotionally, I was really a teenager, because even though I was in my 50s, I had been managing my negative emotions with cigarettes, since I was 15. I really had to forgive myself during those early days of quitting. I think a few tears were shed.
I hope something in here is helpful. Wish you the best! You can do it!
Here's a great overview of quitting from a doctor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z16vhtjWKL0
P.S. You can cut the patch!!! I cut the 14mg in half for the weeks of 7mg and even cut them in quarters to make 3.5mg when I was nervous about being off the patch. __________________________________________________________
Talleyho/Lynn's Quit Plan (An example of a Plan)
1. I made a quit plan with my date.
2. I got together a kit to keep my hands and mouth busy; mine had hard candies, lollipops gum, craisins, straws cut in half and stuffed with cotton, menthol cough drops (I smoked menthol cigs), blow bubbles, and word puzzle books.
3. I drew a picture of what I thought my Nicodemon looked like and for each day of success, I eliminated a part of him in exchange for something I was gaining...example, after one day I crossed out one of his feet in exchange for better circulation I wrote it out on the same sheet.
4. I made a list of things I wanted to do to keep busy...I cleaned glassware in the curio cabinets and stuff like that and really thought about all that sticky brown I was cleaning off not going into my lungs anymore.
5. I cut back all caffeine to at least half
6. I had my close family members to come on Friday and Saturday night to play cards, etc. and told them what I was doing and that I needed their help.
7. I made plans for the worst times of the day like after meals and in the evenings.
8. I watched my gadget stats several times $@!#% day and let that information reinforce my accomplishments
9. I read posts and profiles. I posted. Reaching out helps. I stayed away from the negative and took what I could use with me.
10. I pledged at least twice daily and attended the nightly Bonfire (still do this).
11. I blew bubbles and imagined ole Nicodemon floating away in them into oblivion.
12. I talked out loud to him and laughed at him...things like, "Oh no, not this time." Or I'd drag on a stuffed straw and tell him to blow that.
13. I sang "I'm a Nonsmoker" to the turne of "I'm a Girl Watcher."
14. I was grateful for every tiny success.
15. I used Quitsmokingonline.com and it really helped me in addition to the Q.
16. Lots of water and deep breaths. I also drank hi acid juices over crushed ice and chomped on the ice. The hi acid juices help move the nicotine out faster.
17. I used the This 'N That forum for distraction
18. I gave mine over to God and thanked him for each tiny success.
19. I believed in and owned my quit...making that choice many times a day to not smoke.
20. I stopped smoking in one room at a time eliminating them and then went to the porch and I cleaned those rooms.
21. I washed any clothing I had smoked. I cleaned out my car and aired it out. I put one of those straws in the car too.
22. I used Chantix for a month before I quit
23. I qmailed another Q-ster (a veteran) everyday for the first 50 days, relating feelings problems or concerns. Somedays it made me angry but it helped me not smoke.
24. I increased hi dopamine foods such as bananas and cottage cheese. I just know you can do this. There are so many people who want to help you here. Let me know if I can do anything. Hope I gave you an idea or two. Peace, Lynn
----Quitnet Milestones---- .....
(Day 1-7 is Hell Week)....
Day 3: Design a Bracelet & post it.....
Day 7: Ask for a Cyber Trout .... <o))))))< ><((())))°> ><))))))))o> \___________/------o .....
(Day 8-14 is Heck Week).....
Day 10: Design Socks ........................
Day 14: Design Quippers ................... .....
(Day 15-21 is Weak Week).....
Day 1-24: You're a Newbie Day
25: You're a Toddler--Design BGP (Big Girl Pants) or BBP( Big Boy Pants)
Day 30: Wearin' your Spurs
Day 50: You're a Tweener--Throw a Weiner Roast
Day 60: Design a T-shirt
Day 75: Design your Virtual Pet
Day 100: You're an Elder and are inducted into the lodge--Silly hat w/kite-flying and optional ramble
Day 200: (optional Nekked) kite-flying
8 Mths: Ash Tray Toss
9 Mths: Full Term
10 Mths: Perfect Ten
Day 365: You're a PhD/Doctor of Quitology
Day 500: Knighthood/Lady
2 Years: The Golden Boot Award (The Moppet)
1,000 Days: Ascending The Grand Staircase
3 Years: Keys To The City And Honorary Mayor
4 Years: Star On The Walk Of Fame
5 Years: Quitnet Hall-Of-Fame
10 Years: Go to Retirement Village and live off your 401Q quit-smoking savings; sit back, relax, enjoy life and good health.
( These were really important to me at the Old Q and I treasured each victory. I also printed out my certificates. Here is the link to certificates at the new Q: https://quitnet.meyouhealth.com/#/certificates )
From @Michele P.'s profile page--2015
Hope this helps you to get started here on the Q,
There is a lot of information at the bottom of the page under Quit Q &A. This won't show on the IPhone App, but you can open Q in a browser, it might say helpful links on phones and tablets. Also, it is important to find all articles relating to nicotine addiction to get a better understanding of what you are facing.
3 Post Rule....
If you are craving a smoke post here and check the box I'm craving and need some help.
Remember to do this BEFORE you smoke. Wait for 3 people to respond. And members we need to remember to respond.By then the craving will lessen and keep reading it will pass.
The Five D's are techniques for dealing with cravings to smoke. They are:
@Valerie purplkoala W. has maintained a Library of great posts from the Old Q. http://purplkoala.coolpage.biz/library/thelibrarydirectory.html Either click or copy and paste. Great reading. Some Long Timers Profiles that are also great reading. I just have a few down, for sake of space. @Teach C. @SlipKnot Slim .. @techy-girl z.
The acronym H.A.L.T stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired. Ask yourself when craving if any of these apply to you.
KTQ... Keep the Quit
KYQ....Keep your Quit (New one)
DFS....Don't (fill in the blank) Smoke
NOPE...Not One Puff Ever
Be sure to check all of the FAQ's. Remember quitting is a journey one day at a time.
Original post from @David B. on 6/16/15 David B. mtn_man 2385 Days Quit
As insurmountable as it might seem, you can quit smoking forever in exactly 5 minutes. I smoked for over 30 years. Here's the method that worked for me.
1) First, commit to quit. Replace the word "try" with "will". You aren't "trying" to quit. You "will" quit.
2) Choose your quit date. Make it something memorable. I set mine for the anniversary date of my first heart attack. That was definitely memorable!
3) Smoke your last cigarette - enjoy it. Bid it farewell and tell yourself you will NEVER smoke again. Not once, not ever.
4) Let the cravings begin! They're inevitable. They won't go away. Meet them head-on. Realize that you are in control not them.
5) Now here's the secret. Endure the cravings for 5 minutes. Repeat.Then endure them 5 more minutes. Repeat. Win each 5 minute battle no matter what excuse your brain conjures up. Keep doing this until you go to sleep on your first night.
6) When you wake up the next day, repeat step number 5. The key is to win each 5 minute battle - no matter what.
Don't ever give in - no matter what. Soon the 5 minute battles turn into 10 minute battles. Minutes into hours and hours into days. Whenever the urge to smoke resurfaces (and it will), curb the craving for just 5 minutes.
Win the battle. Never give in or it's back to square one. Place a high value on the days and weeks you've overcome the temptation to smoke.
Don't throw it all away for the sake of one cigarette. I recently completed my sixth year of being smoke free.
I've saved $21,300 and added nearly two years to my life. You can do it too - 5 minutes at a time.
To plan your quit: "QuitNet blog" and "Quit FAQs" (links are at the bottom of each Q page)
For inspiration: "The Old Q Library" (maintained by Valerie Purplkoala W.) http://purplkoala.coolpage.biz/library/thelibrarydirectory.html
If you plan to go "cold turkey" lots of people recommend Allen Carr's "The Easy Way to Quit Smoking."
Here's the link to book. Its free Or get a copy from the library.
Here is the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVMyWN54x-U
Things to do when not smoking My post to @Tiffanie on 6/18/15
Good thing you are thinking ahead.
Life is full of unexplored wonders.
Read, dream, write a letter to someone, color, paint, call a friend, clean, sing, shower, dance, meditate, take an online class, build something, learn a foreign language, play with your kids toys, play with the dog/cat/turtle/virtual pet, watch a movie... The list goes on and on... It's just a matter of letting YOUR thoughts and ideas/dreams enter your mind and run with them. Cigarettes really do limit what you can do and even think of, now and in the future. They waste all your time and steal your life.
Keep your Quit!
That quit is your TREASURE and your reward!
Posted to Jodean H. on 12-5-15 Hi @Jodean H.
There really should be a "Guide for Newcomers" on the site! I will post a few quick tips for you in the hopes you are still looking around. When you use the @ symbol, that is a way to link to someone's profile page or to notify them that you made a comment about or to them in the comment section. When you go to their profile you may click "follow" to add them as "quit friends". That way when you read the daily feed you can click on "friends" to see how your "peeps" are doing without reading all posts. People can also click on you to follow you! Notifications that someone is responding to you will show up in the bell icon on the top green bar of the site. Private messages show up in the envelope icon there. Tools and resources are on the little "gear icon," and you can find lots of useful stuff there, including the possibility of getting free quit smoking counseling and nicotine replacement therapies or medication. To plan your quit, click the links to the Quitnet Blog and Quit Q&A at the bottom of each page on the Q. When you make a post, there are 3 dots below it. You may delete or bookmark your post if you look there. You may also bookmark other posts that way. (There is no way to organize these saved posts or edit posts, at present.) You may smile at any comment and people will be notified that you did that. Lastly, come to the site often to look at posts, read profiles and pledge each day. If you are craving a smoke/chew after you quit, click the box that says craving and post. Wait for 3 people to respond! Good luck and keep quitting!
Original post from Lady__Belle (Belle650 on 9/27/2004 1:25:57 PM) When will..... from: Lady__Belle
I keep seeing folks asking WHEN will thus and such symptom of quitting be over. WHEN will I feel better? WHEN will I stop craving a smoke? WHEN will I stop relapsing and get quit for good? When, when, when.....
OK, OK.... I'll let you in on the big secret.... (Gawd! I hope I don't get drummed out of the Lodge for telling!) Get over here! You don't expect me to say this out LOUD do you? Gimme your ear.... this has to be whispered... and don't you DARE tell another soul!!
Tuesday!!!!!!!!! It will ALL happen on Tuesday!
What? You wanna know WHICH Tuesday? (Sheesh do I have to tell you EVERYTHING???)
It will happen the Tuesday AFTER you stop feeling sorry for yourself about stopping smoking!
The minute that you really and truly believe that you have given yourself a GIFT by stopping smoking, AND that you deserve that gift, your quitlife gets better.
NO, the cravings don 't go away, but you suddenly can see them as a temporary thing, kind of like gas, that will pass... sometimes with a bit of a stink just to remind you that it really is a process of elimination of the toxic thoughts of an addict. You may experience a twinge of a craving for decades.. so what? It is a FEELING... you don't have to ACT on it! (You don't act on every feeling that you'd like to strangle that so-and-so who cut you off in traffic do you?)
MUCH of how we experience our individual quit is a matter of our ATTITUDE!
How are you approaching your new day? Yes, it is YOUR day!
Are you looking at it in a hopeful, positive light? Or are you grumbling and bemoaning the fact that it is another day of fighting the punishment of quitting?
If your day is one of a negative attitude, a day of grumbling and grousing about what is happening as if you are a victim of your life, you can stop the negativity and begin your day over.
Go ahead... do it!
You can as easily choose to see the light as the dark. You can choose to see the small discomforts as growing pains or death throes. You can whine and moan about your martyrdom, or celebrate your freedom.
I posted this originally during the first year of my quit. It still holds true. The majority of your quit depends on your attitude.
OH MY GOD (aka the Quipper post) : From SuzanneClaire on 7/27/2007 11:17:59 AM
I'm WEARING SLIPPERS.
I am ****ing wearing SLIPPERS?!?!?!?!
I'm at work and I'M WEARING ****ING SLIPPERS?!?!?!?!?!?!?
I left my apartment, walked to the train, got on the train, rode the train, got off the train, WALKED INTO A ****ING STARBUCKS, walked down the street to my office WEARING ****ING SLIPPERS WHAT THE H*LL IS WRONG WITH ME! And I just realize it NOW?!?!?!?!?!NOW!?!?!?!?!
THE MORNING IS OVER AND I JUST REALIZE THAT I'M WEARING ****ING SLIPPERS NOW!!!!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!
WHAT AM I STONED?!?!?!
I'M WEARING SLIPPERS PEOPLE! SLIPPERS!
FUZZY ****ING TERRY CLOTH FLIP FLOP SLIPPERS!
What the h*ll am I going to do? I really don't believe this. I'm wearing slippers. I got dressed and put on slippers?!?!?!? SLIPPERS!!!!!!!
Oh my ****ing God this is so embarrassing.
Slippers. ****ing slippers. Me. Wearing Them. Slippers. Right now. At work. Slippers.
What the hell am I gonna do? SLIPPERS PEOPLE!
I was sitting at my desk and I said to myself, "Wow, these shoes are really comfortable, which ones did I put on?"
Yeah, none. No shoes. Slippers!
There's a shoe store next to my office thank God. Holy ****. I can't believe I did this.
AND MY BOYFRIEND SAW ME LEAVE THIS MORNING!
I'm gonna freaking kill him.
My only ramble posted on Day 1,000
Wow. The Comma. 1,000 Days. "Ascending the Grand Staircase." I can’t believe it!
I have been away from the Q for a bit and I would have missed this auspicious day if it weren't for some thoughtful Q-sters who gave me some love on my "Comma" day!
Thank you @Patrick H. and @SisQueenRella Q. It's a little ironic really, because I used to live for each milestone and certificate when I joined the Q and my quit was very new. (See profile for milestones) Back then, I never could have guessed that I would make it this far. I had failed so many times and had pretty much given up on quitting!
Today, at 1,000 days, I am secure in my quit. My secret? Two simple mantras-- "Nothing is better WITH a cigarette" and "Not One Puff Ever!" Both of those ideas have kept me going and led me through craves.
At 1,000 days, I am secure in my quit because of the Q! This community has made all the difference and I credit the Q with my success as a “Quitter.” I come here whenever I need encouragement, support, laughter or even a "kick in the pants!"
At 1,000 days, I am secure in my quit and I'm an example. If I can quit anyone can! I can shine a light and share my journey with those who are just starting their quit. I do this because it’s rewarding and because I am truly grateful for the love and support I received from “complete strangers” as I walked down my “quit path.” The generosity, wisdom and strength of those who came before me was utterly crucial to my quit!
At 1,000 days, I am secure in my quit and would like to give a little shout-out to those who have recently helped me and who have given of themselves. Without the Q I never would have reached this milestone!
Thank you, Talleyho Lynn. (I can’t find you on the new Q, but you were my first "Q buddy" and a great help to me in the early days)
Big shout-out to anchor mates “Captain” @Carol T. and @Joe B.
Thank you @Valerie purplkoala W. for maintaining the library of posts that have been so helpful to me.
Thank you @Troutnut 1. for the “Trout.” That virtual gift was just grand! (I don’t have a way to look up who served it to me, but thank you!)
Thank you @Todd L. for milestones!
Thanks to: @ClearColors Q. @SlipKnot Slim .. @Joshua C. @Bertram A. @1q2 S. @April j. @Jill U. @Andrew M. @Shuddhasattwa D. @Rogelio C. @mimi b. and all the bonfire tenders (those were so terrific on the “old Q”!)
There are so many others here at the Q with big quits and little quits! Everyone plays a part in the community! You have no idea how your struggles and successes have helped me! (apologies to those not listed).
I love, love, love the Q!
11/1/15 Laura E. (lauroge)
For anyone who needs a laugh today, these "Quitticisms" always cheer me up! Posted on my big Day 1,000 and in honor of those who quit before me...
QUITTICISMS: (Quit-terms & phrases of the Q-Community) Ever wonder who an Elder is? Or what it means to fly the kites and wear the silly hat? QuitNet user ToddL wrote the original version of Quitticisms. Over the years, Todd's clever glossary of QuitNet lingo has been added to by the Q-Community.
· 3D-Land: The 'real world' beyond the perimeter of QuitNet and your computer monitor- where you used to smoke. This is where food comes from.
· 401Q: Money that used to go up in smoke saved and invested for Retirement Village
· Ascending the Grand Staircase (1000 Days): The final honor bestowed upon QuitNet members who have stayed smoke-free for 1000 days!
· Ashtray Toss: For those who didn't throw all the ashtrays away on their Quit Date- the ceremonial discarding of the last ashtray in the house, in celebration of 8 months of Quit.
· Big Girl, Big Boy Pants: At the beginning of Toddlerhood, Day 25: Design your Big Girl or Big Boy pants and STRUT them in the forums for all your Quit-buddies to see!
· Bonfire: A Q tradition in which Q members share their thoughts and stories while throwing their unsmoked cigarettes onto a virtual bonfire; often held in memory of Qmembers who have passed on.
· Bracelet: The "I Survived Day 3" bracelet; Q members design it themselves and invite their Q Buddies to see them model it in the forums.
· Celery is Under the Left Rear Tire: A secret code which would notify the HTBC (if it existed, which it doesn't) that a Qmember had finally snapped and done in a cow-orker, authority figure, etc. The non-existent HTBC would then dispose of the evidence. Not that it has ever done so. See also: Cow-Orker, HTBC.
· Closet Quitting: Quitting smoking without telling anyone, for fear of ridicule due to past 'failed' attempts.
· Closet Smoking: Smoking in secret. Some QuitNet members have done this for years before joining the Q and 'fessing up.
· Clothing Optional (Nekkid) Kite Flight: Not to be confused with the Elder Kite Flight, a Q member must have 200 days smoke-free to be able to claim and acknowledge their right to THIS particular Kite Flight. Note: Silly Hat may be still be worn even if member is otherwise 'nekkid'.
· Cold Turkey: Quitting Smoking without quit-aids like the patch or Wellbutrin; picture a featherless turkey, shivering in the cold, to understand the origin of the term (applied to opium junkies back in the day).
· Cow-Orker: Evil co-worker who is secretly manipulated by the NicoDemon into doing everything possible to frustrate our Quits! See also: Celery is Under the Left Rear Tire and HTBC (not that it exists).
· CRS 'Can't Remember Stuff' Syndrome: common among those newly involved in the Quit. Caused by influx of new oxygen and the absence of nicotine in the brain. See also: Newbie, Oxymoron.
· Cyber-Trout: Your reward for reaching the end of Hell Week. A Quit-buddy will present the pan-fried trout to you: ><((((o> \_________/----
· D/A-ed: What happens to accounts of members who consistently violate the QuitNet's Acceptable Use Policy, or who attempt to advertise commercial products on QuitNet.
· Doctor of Quitology: The highest Degree in the science of Quitology; conferred upon a QuitNet member who has reached One Year smoke-free.
· Dumpster Dance Ritual: performed while discarding all tobacco and smoking paraphernalia in the neighborhood dumpster, before setting it all ablaze and running like hell.
· Elder: A Qmember who has been smoke-free for 100 days or longer. Elders sit in the Front Row of the Elder Lodge and wear Silly Hats, before or after which they design and fly a kite! Finally, the Elder is required to post a Ramble in the forums, and go on and on about the many and amazing experiences of their Quit!
· Evil Twin: Indestructible character frequently blamed for subverting a Quit.
· Flying The Kite Brand-new Elder Qmembers: celebrate 100 days of Quit by designing and flying their own kites! Not to be confused with Clothing optional (Nekkid) Kite Flying. See: Clothing optional (Nekkid) Kite Flying
· Golden Boot (aka the Moppet): Our version of the Oscars, awarded at the 2-year milestone. Also known as the Moppet, in memory of a Qster who gave the Nicodemon two years of serious butt kicking.
· Hands Across the Q: A daily virtual human chain of QuitNet members who pledge not to smoke today, just for today, and then extend their virtual hands to the next in line. Such chains have stretched hundreds of members long.
· Heck Week: The week that follows Hell Week, usually less physically intense and characterized by a beginning acceptance of one's ex-smoking status. · Heebie Jeebies: Sensation of constant restlessness and irritability common during early nicotine withdrawal.
· Hell Week: The first week of the Quit, often accompanied by severe withdrawal symptoms (especially in cold-turkey quitters).
· HTBC: Hide The Body Committee: -A secretive group whose function would be (if it existed, which it doesn't) to clean up after the mayhem created by frustrated Quitters. Many of our members claim to have not belonged to the HTBC (not that it ever existed). But if it ever DID exist and if Qmembers WERE ever in it, the HTBC would only disappear the messes of other Quitters- never would it initiate destruction on its own. If it ever existed in the first place. Which we're not saying it does. Which, of course, it doesn't. See also: Celery is Under the Left Rear Tire.
· Keys To the Q: At three years quit, you're proclaimed an honorary Mayor of Quitstville, and are presented the Keys to the Q by those who've gone before you. · Kicking Butt: The act of smoking cessation; feeling strong and confident about the Quit.
· Knighthood (500 Days): When you have reached the 500-Day mark, you become a Knight of the Q Realm, and are now worthy of membership in the Q500 Clubhouse- plus you get to make other members address you as Lady or Sir such-and-such!
· KTQ: Keep The Quit A greeting used by Q members to remind each other of the high priority of the Quit in their lives. · LOL: Laugh Out Loud; quaint Canadian expression that indicates a good belly-laugh. Melancholia The feeling of nostalgia
· Newbies: often have for their dear-old-friend-who would-never-fail-them, the cigarette- before they discover that their friend has been trying to kill them all along. · Milestones: Milestones mark accumulations of smoke-free-days such as one week, 30 days, 180 days, 365 days, etc. Many have Rewards attached to them. Some Milestones have their own Quitticisms (like Tweener, for the 50-day Milestone).
· N.O.P.E.: Not One Puff, Ever! ("I'm only one puff away from a pack per day!") N/T 'No text', indicating that the Qmember has said all they have to say in the title of their post- no need to read further. Uses of these are generally discouraged in the QuitStop.
· Nate: That's DOCTOR Nate, inventor and Godfather of the QuitNet- quitwiz, wunderkind, mastermind of all QuitNet software, source of all answers, and owner of Vago the dog.
· Newbie: A QuitNet member in their first 24 days of quit, often afflicted with CRS syndrome.
· Nick/Nic: Nickname for Nicodemon and/or Nicotine. Nicodemon Nefarious character frequently blamed for human weakness to nicotine addiction. Also the cloudy looking monster sort, nemesis of the Q-ster, who sometimes cartoons around the QuitNet pages. Nicodemon is always trumped by Q-ster.
· Oxygen: Atmospheric gas that is delivered with great abandon to your brain (shortly after a quit) due to the sudden absence of carbon monoxide in the bloodstream.
· Oxymoron: Individual influenced by the stupor of excessive oxygen early in their quit. See also: Newbie, CRS.
· Perfect Ten: Not quite a Doctor of Quitology, this QuitNet member has achieved ten months' worth of smoke-free life, one day at a time.
· Ph.D. in Quitology: The highest Degree in the science of Quitology; conferred upon a QuitNet member who has reached one year smoke-free.
· Poor Person's Zyban: See: St. John's Wort.
· Practice Quit: Any effort to stop smoking that results in a new Quit Date.
· PUI: Posting Under the Influence: Often discovered by hung-over Qmembers, with great horror, the morning after....
· Q: Short for the QuitNet; also the big yellow thing on many of the QuitNet pages.
· Q-munity: All of us here at the QuitNet, interacting with each other, united in keeping ourselves and each other quit.
· Q-ster: Short for Quitster, a QuitNet member engaged in the Quit. Also the little woody-woodpecker Q cartoon character who consistently foils the NicoDemon.
· Quit: The process of ending the consumption of tobacco products.
· Quit Date: The day you choose to begin smoking cessation, often called the Longest Day.
· Quit-limerick: Silly rhyme composed in honor of a Quit-bud's anniversary.
· Quitbud: A Quit-buddy, someone who works with you behind the scenes and supports you when all others have abandoned you.
· Quitliness: That indefinable quality possessed by people who have quit and stayed quit. It is next to godliness.
· QuitNet: The web site, https://quitnet.meyouhealth.com/
· QuitNet Hall Of Fame: The Q's most prestigious award, granted at 5 years quit. For all your hard work, dedication, and loyalty, you get to deliver an acceptance speech to your peers as they induct you into the Hall of Fame.
· Quitology: The scholarly study of the Quit, ever-furthered by continuing to not smoke.
· Quitster: Q QuitNet member engaged in the Quit who does not wish to be called a 'Quitter'
· Quitstipation: Irregularity in bowel movements associated with smoking cessation, caused by a change in GI tract bacterium. See also: Quitulence QuitStop 1) · Quitulence: Intestinal gas associated with smoking cessation, caused by a change in GI tract bacterium. See also: Quitstipation.
· Quitzits: Acne pimples, sores, etc, that pop up on the faces of those who have recently quit; science can't explain them but we know they exist.
· Ramble: Celebratory musings, posted in the public forums, normally delivered on or near Anniversaries, but especially at the start of Elderhood.
· Recovery: Euphemism for the path from tobacco addiction hell to non-smoking freedom. \
· Relapse: Resumption of previous levels of tobacco consumption; requires Q member to set a new Quit Date.
· Retirement Village: Where you go when you hit 10 years smokefree. Live off your 401Q quit-smoking savings; sit back, relax, enjoy life and good health.
· ROFL: Rolling On the Floor Laughing. Many members claim to do this, but do you REALLY think so? Canadian spelling: ROTFL ROFLMAO Rolling On the Floor Laughing My $@!#% Off. Many people claim to do this, but you never know for sure.
· Sidewalk Of Stars: Show up with four years smokefree, and we'll cast your handprints (or butt-prints!) in the QuitNet Sidewalk of Stars. Join a long line of Q celebrities so honored in virtual cement.
· Silly Hat: What a brand-new Elder (Day 100) gets to wear on the first and every subsequent day of Elderhood. When the Elder member enters the Elder Lodge for the first time, (s)he will wear the funny hat and sit in the front row.
· Skittles: Fruit of the skittletree; homeopathic folk remedy for sudden cravings.
· Slip: Moment of temporary weakness in which tobacco products are ignited and inhaled.
· Slip City: Where you go to have a smoke during a quit, just across the tracks from Quitsville
· Smoking Dreams: Dreams in which Q members believe they have slipped or relapsed, usually followed by great feelings of guilt and relief upon awakening.
· Social Smoker: Person capable of smoking only occasionally without fear of addiction. A defective liver enzyme is the likely culprit. Syn: Casual Smoker.
· Socks: On smoke-free Day 10, Newbie members get to design and model 'Day 10 Socks' for their Quit buddies in the forums.
· Spurs: At Day 30, five smoke-free days into Toddlerhood, get some spurs to go with your new Socks and Big Girl, Big Boy pants!
· St. John's Wort (SJW): An herb that is shown to reduce mild post-quit depression in many Qsters; also known as Poor-Person's Zyban Suffering $@!#% A newbie in withdrawal or the spouse or spousal equivalent of said newbie.
· Swat: The act of putting an undesirable character on your 'Swat List' Swat List The list of people you've barred from sending you Qmail messages or communicating with you in chat.
· T-Shirt Day: Design your own T-shirt at 2 months quit, and show it off to all your Q buddies!
· Thank Q!: Word heard more often at Quitnet than any other place on earth, and rightly so.
· The Old Q: A place where we all would reside and support each other, sadly no longer exists
· The New Q: That dreadful place that tries to be The Old Q but just isn’t cutting the mustard
· Three Post Rule: If you think you're going to relapse, post a Help! message in the QS forum. Wait until you have at least three responses. If you still want to suck on a death stick after that... wait for three more. ·
Toddler: A Toddler is a QuitNet member in her/his second 25 days of Quit. At Day 25, Newbies become Toddlers; at Day 50, Toddlers become Tweeners! See also: Big Girl, Big Boy Pants. Tweener The end of Toddlerhood- 50 days smoke-free...halfway to Elderhood! Post your Anniversary in the forums and attend a Wiener Roast in your honor.
· Unquit: Poor souls trapped in the neverland between smoking and quitting- seen wandering aimlessly, suffering guilt and withdrawal symptoms at the same time. · Virtual Pet: On Day 75, 3/4 of the way to Elderhood, QuitNet members may design and animate their own (imaginary) Virtual Pet.
· Weak Week: The last full week of Newbie-hood. QuitNet members are often dazed and confused after the two preceding weeks of Hell and Heck.
· Wearing the Silly Hat: The initiation of Elderhood, celebrating 100 days of quit.
· Welcome Home Week: Annual reunion of QuitNet friends and veterans; 3rd Thursday in November through the 4th Thursday in November
· Wiener Roast: This is a big bash held in the forums, in your honor, on the day you leave Toddlerhood for Tweenerhood. See: Tweener. (According to ~~SweetPea~~ you are a topless tweener with a wiener)
· XOXO: Hugs and kisses. Spellings vary, but always include X and O.