Just thought I would introduce myself. My name is Barry. My quit date is January 15th 2018.
Nice to meet you Barry, I'm Sara! Congratulations on setting a quit date! It's one of the best things you'll ever do for yourself! Hope to see you around!
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Get started by tracking your cigarettes and learn your triggers go to My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX and design a plan for your quit.
Start First, by educating yourself about nicotine addiction. Education is the key to a successful quit.
Understand the law of addiction."
Law of Addiction
Administration of a drug to an addict will cause re-establishment of chemical dependence upon the addictive substance."
Read: Freedom from Nicotine My Journey Home and Nicotine Addiction 101 Here are the links http://whyquit.com/whyquit/LinksAAddiction.html and http://whyquit.com/ffn/
Also Read Allen Carr’s book, “Easy Easier Way to Quit Smoking”. Which can be purchased of found pdf format on the internet. You can start here My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX Help Community to learn how to navigate around the site.
Welcome to the Ex Barry. It's nice to meet you and congratulations on your decision to quit. You've got plenty of time before the 19th to prepare. Education and preparation are the key to success. Stay close to the site and if you need help reach out.
Welcome to our community!
Congratulations on your decision to quit smoking. I am glad you found us!
The important thing you can do right now is to educate yourself on what nicotine does to your body and mind. To that end, I also highly recommend Allen Carr's “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking.” This is an easy and entertaining read. You can search for it online 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-ex has 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: https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/blogs/Youngatheart.7.4.12-blog/2013/02/25/100-things-to-do-instead-of-smoke
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!
Hello and welcome! What's so special about January 19th?
There isn't anything 'special' about the 19th. I decided that that I needed to quit smoking months ago. Then the holidays were here. I figured that stopping as a "New Year's Resolution" would just be to much pressure, so I pushed the date back. I opened my day planner, closed my eyes, and pointed to a day. It fell on the 19th. I've informed my my doctors and one of them actually scheduled an appointment for me in February just to see how I'm coming along with my efforts. He's my favourite doctor! LOL
So Barry-----I am presuming you mean January 19, 2019? Read everything suggested......education is important to a successful quit. Welcome to EX....we are all here for each other!!!!!
Welcome to the site - yes, read, read, and read some more!
Welcome Barry...so glad you found the site and have made a quit date. Colleen aka sweetp
Good luck. Ours is 1-17-2019. I can’t wait. We can do this.
Welcome and congrats to you Barry and to Tinalbowser. Glad you all found the site. Take the days prior to your actual quit dates and arm yourselves with knowledge. Allen Carrs book, THE EASYWAY TO STOP SMOKING was a very fast/informative read I highly recommend
Thank you! I have begun reading The Easyway to Stop Smoking...
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