Just One Puff? Never! (Thanks hwc for pointing this one out.)
The One Puff Files (from Whyquit.com)
Here are our very own One Puff Files from the EX site. (I've condensed them from the original posts.)
Read and heed.
And then click on the following video: "Maybe a puff isn't that big of a deal" - YouTube
April 10, 2019 "Life just got insanely difficult at the end of October, I had a bad day, and bummed a cigarette from my co-worker. Next thing I knew I was back to a pack a day."
April 23, 2019 "I thought I had licked smoking. Little v cravings if any. Then i bummed one. Then another. Next thing you know, I bought a pack. Basically I had a habit all over. The only way to quit is to quit."
June 10, 2019 "Unfortunately I lost my quit during the first week. "Just one" did me in and was back to buying packs in no time."
Jan. 4, 2018 "Quit for 1 1/2 years had just 1. Started smoking again back to a pack a day."
Jan. 23, 2017 "I had a previous quit of 6 1/2 years without support or educating myself on this addiction. When I made the choice to light "just 1"---That relapse led to 10 more years of smoking for a total of 30 years!"
Feb. 11, 2017. I lasted almost a year until I started dating a smoker. Typical addict thinking started sinking in. 'I can take a drag and be fine'. Then, it became 'I'll smoke half a cigarette' because that's better than smoking the whole thing. Then, 'I had a bad day so I'm just going to have a cigarette'... and you know the progression to smoking just like I did before I quit in September. Took less than a week to become a full-time smoker again.
Apil 24, 2017 I quit smoking for 2 years and back to it again
June 13, 2017 "I blew a 2 year quit thinking I could smoke "socially" and blew so many more trying to bargain with the addiction."
June 13, 2017. Here I am again . It's been almost 3 years free of smoking. My quit date was 08/25/14.
May 22, 2016 "I had convinced myself that I could hang out at my favorite smoking corners. I believed that I could chill with my buddies on their smoke breaks. I even said to myself that it helped me stay quit because I didn't have to sacrifice my lifestyle for my Quit. So I spent the boys night out at a friend's house playing cards while they smoked up a storm Of course, there were a few beers with the cards and smokes.... And I just said, "What the heck! I'll smoke just one,,,," One turned into 3 that night and I thought it would be easy to get smober in the morning! N.O.P.E.! I was hooked and other than a few jitter-quits I smoked n for the next 12 Years!"
Nov. 10, 2016 "When I received medical news that shook me to the core, causing me to throw away my 5 year smoke-free record, I was in deep. Hooked. When in a naive state of mind,thought that just a couple of cigarettes wouldn't be a problem. Just to ease my shaken nerves. a couple of cigarettes turned into at least six months worth of smoking cigarettes and at least five or six attempts to quit yet I was hooked. I'd always found a reason to come right back to the pack. Making excuses."
Nov. 12, 2015 "I had, at least, a solid 4 year quit going when I started smoking again. .... Having not smoked for four years, the first few cigarettes were not all that pleasant, (kind of like my first few dates with my now-ex, LOL.) I felt dizzy, slightly nausious and had that foul taste in my mouth. But I smoked the whole pack before half the week was out and had to buy another to finish off the remainder of my time alone."
July 21, 2013 "I chose to flush a thirteen-year quit down the toilet six years ago .... So even those of us who have had a long-term quit can still make a stupid choice. I made mine because I was over a decade quit and thought one wouldn’t hurt me (yes, alcohol was involved – so do yourself a favor and put the hootch on hold for as long as need be, because your inhibitions will be lowered and trust me on this, there is no idiot like a drunk idiot, and there is not a more pathetic drunk idiot than one with his first cigarette in 13 years hanging out of his mouth)."
Dec. 6, 2011 well i have made the biggest mistake. i am very irritable today everything is getting on my nerves. guess its just one of those days where everything sucks! so i thought id go buy a pack of smokes and smoke one. yea it was horrible. i actually coughed, it tasted horrible, and it hurt my lungs. i have let myself down. but at least i know now that smokes are not the answer anymore. there are just a number of things bothering me and for some reason it seems hard to explain how i feel. so needless to say i have a pack of cigarettes i do not want.... i just want all this to go away
Jan. 18, 2010
May 9, 2008. Once upon a time I had a 20 day quit....then fell into the missing smoking trap. So,I had one and here we are how many years later and still smoking.
June 4, 2008. I quite for 6 years, met a man, and he smoked. After a year, I did finally bum "just one". That was 8 years ago. I married and divorced the man, but still have the smokes!
June 7, 2008. The first time I quit was like 6 years ago after about ten years of smoking. It lasted like 6 months...until one day, while driving home from somewhere, I stopped at the old gas station I had bought cigarettes at every day for the past few years and bought a pack. This time, I made it another 6 months, when I slipped up from the stress during exam week. I only had one cigarette that week, but then ....
June 18, 2008. 8 years ago i had quit for two years...After drinking a few, I asked her for a smoke and my husband then asked for one too (he was 2 yrs quit too) and then we became smokers again! I know know that I HAVE to stay away from that ONE cigarrette!!!
June 30, 2008. I had quit for almost 8 years and I ended up slipping, It was a gradual thing, "oh I'll just have one today with this drink", then it turned into 2 and pretty soon I was a full blown smoker
July 5, 2008. Like a little kid,I snuck a cig of my husband and hid in the backyard and only made it through a couple of hits before i felt sick and dizzy.But later that day I did it again,then I just gave in and began smoking AGAIN.
July 27, 2008. I didnt smoke for 5 years until my soon to be husand started talking with me about smoking. It started off as a joke...let's see what it is like to have one cigarette with eachother.. . Right back into the habit.
Aug. 30, 2008. I had quit for 8 years.... I read an article somewhere that said if you were a non-smoker, and had to have a long flight over many times zones, if you smoked just one cigarette when you landed it would help you adjust to the time zone change.... I remember being in the duty free shop in Hamburg on my way to Moscow and remembering that article from 4 years passed----and when I landed I lit up, the just one, and was on my way to becoming a full blown smoker again in a few days.
Sept. 1, 2008. I bummed one from a co-worker and smoked it.... Ten minutes later I asked for a second. Within half an hour of that first puff, I was buying a pack for myself.
Oct. 7, 2008. ....the last quit which was my longest...3 weeks and I did the same mind stuff, saying what would it hurt to just have one and so I bummed one. Then a day or two later, I told myself I would buy a pack and smoke two of them and throw the pack away. Well, then later when I started smoking the whole packs, I told myself that I had quit this time and I could do it again later. That was back in '91
Oct. 19, 2008. I had quit for about 2 weeks short of a year. I gave in; telling myself it was to avoid losing my mind. I have spent the past 10 months trying to quit again.
Oct. 19, 2008. I had quit for about 7 years. Now here I am, on DAY 7
Nov. 8, 2008. Did fine all day yesterday UNTIL driving home from work. That little voice said.. just buy a pack, smoke 1 and throw the rest out. It's just one. Well, I smoked 3 last night and 2 more this morning.