I see this being mentioned but I don't know what it stands for.
Not One Puff Ever
Thank You. I'm new to this and so far it has been just trying to figure out what is available and where it is. My computer skills leave a lot to be desired. Thanks again for your help.
Welcome to EX and Congratulations on making the decision to quit smoking. Education is the key to a successful quit: Suggested readings:https:// Law of Addiction
"Administration of a drug to an addict will cause re-establishment of chemical dependence upon the addictive substance."
read:https://whyquit.com/FFN/chapters/FFN_01_Nicotine.pdfwhyquit.com/FFN/chapters/FFN_01_Nicotine.pdf and https://whyquit.com/FFN/chapters/FFN_00B_TOC.pdf
Also another easy Read Allen Carr's Easy Way to Quit Smoking,
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Welcome to EX. My name is Ellen and thanks to EX, I have a 4 1/2 year PLUS quit. This site is filled with loving support and the most caring people you can imagine. Usually Youngatheart.7.4.12 writes a lovely welcome note but she is out of town and maybe out of commission because of a fall but she gave me permission to copy and paste her welcome so I am going to do that and I believe that you will find it very helpful along with what JACKIE1-25-15 has posted. The following is from Nancy:
Welcome to our community!
The most important thing you can do right now is to educate yourself on what nicotine does to your body and mind. To that end, I highly recommend Allen Carr's “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking.” This is an easy and entertaining read. You can search for it or at your local library. Here's a link to a video here on the site which describes nicotine addiction:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpWMgPHn0Lo&feature=youtu.be. You should also read the posts here and perhaps go to the pages of folks who you think might be helpful. You might visit whyquit.com, quitsmoking.com and livewell.com for the good information contained there. @https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/groups/best-of-exhas lots of blogs written by members of this site with their experiences and guidance. You should also do the tracking and separation exercises recommended here on the site. After you have completed the recommended reading, it will be time to make an informed choice of the quit aid, if any, you will use. If you go that route, I personally recommend the aids that don't let the addict control the dose such as the available prescription drugs or the patch. If used properly, gum, lozenges and inhalers are fine, but they need to be used only as a last resort. I have seen folks become addicted to them if they substitute them for every cigarette they used to smoke - just trading one addiction for another. I do not recommend the e-cigarette for three reasons: 1) the vapor has been compared to the polluted air in Bejing on a bad day, 2) they just provide another nicotine delivery system while continuing the hand to mouth smoking motion, and 3) the batteries can spontaneously catch on fire. . But – any method that you think will work well for you will be best for you. The idea is to change up your routines so the smoking associations are reduced. Drink your coffee with your OTHER hand in a place different from when you smoked. Maybe switch to tea for a bit. If you always had that first smoke with your coffee, try putting your tennies on right out of bed, going for a quick walk, then taking your shower and THEN your coffee! Rearrange the furniture in the areas you used to smoke so the view is different. Buy your gas at a different station. Take a different route to work. Take a quick walk at break time where the smokers AREN'T. You need to distract yourself through any craves. You can take a bite out of a lemon (yup - rind and all), put your head in the freezer and take a deep breath of cold air, do a few jumping jacks, go for a brisk walk or march in place, play a computer game. Keep a cold bottle of water with you from which to sip. Don't let that smoking thought rattle around in your brain unchallenged. Sometimes you need to quit a minute or an hour at a time. You will need to be disciplined in the early days to distract yourself when a crave hits. Get busy! Here is a link to a list of things to do instead of smoke if you need some fresh ideas:
The conversation in your head in response to the "I want a cigarette" thought needs to be, "Well, since I have decided not to do that anymore, what shall I do instead for the three minutes this crave will last?" Then DO it. You will need to put some effort into this in the early days, but it gets easier and easier to do. Stay close to us here and ask questions when you have them and for support when you need it. We will be with you every step of the way!
To really grasp the concept of NOPE I think you have to go back to what happens when we don't practice it. This is the hard reality: THE EX ONE PUFF FILES
I like reading the puff files even when I'm not having those smoking thoughts. I think it should always be on my mind. I know people that can have just one (how are they able to do that!) and I don't want their actions to allow my nicodemon tell me I can have just one because hey your friend can do that so can you. Deerbake learn to live by this saying and when you get into no mans land No Mans Land Days 30 to 130 (approximate) and you're feeling comfortable read the puff files more often because those sneaky thoughts WILL creep up on you. What worries most is that when people do temp fate and go back to smoking a lot of them will say they started smoking even more then they did before their last quit.
Wow on day 3 and this will be frequent reading.
It's the truth Bandguy That one puff will lead us right back to our normal smoking pattern. The One Puff Files kind of can't be denied. Kudos on the 3 days. Tomorrow most of the nicotine will be out of your system. It' all a head game from there on. So put your head in the right place! Take a gander at Quick Quips when you're in need of succor. They'll help keep you on the path. Cheers!
Deerbake Here's a little ditty I wrote about NOPE. The Nope Song
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