Hello me name is Julio I m a ligth smoker and i want fo star quit tomorrow I want help and support
Hi Julio and Welcome to Ex’s
Congratulations on your decision to Quit smoking. Keep it here for any and all help. If you didn’t already, go to the home page and on the top click on “Getting started”. This will help you in your quit and making a plan. Drink lots of water today and keep busy. Again welcome to the journey Colleen aka sweetp
Hello Julio and congrats on deciding to quit! Welcome to EX! You are in the right place for support! I highly recommend the book by Allen Carr - “The Easy Way to stop Smoking”. Please write another blog and let us know how today went....
Welcome to EX, sorry I missed this post, sweetplt has given you some great direction. We usually try to emphasize the importance of education about nicotine addiction in a successful quit, support is available in abundance here, and you have to commit to your quit to be successful. There are many great tips on the home page...My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX Making a plan is a great help, figuring out what, if anything, you want to use to help you get through the first days and weeks. I strongly suggest that you stay close to the site and read blogs, comment, pay attention to what is or has worked for others. We are all in this together. Quitting is not an event, it is a journey. I used the mantra NOPE, Not One Puff Ever when I found it here. I think it was incredibly helpful for me. Remember that we are here and that we all want you to succeed.
Youngatheart.7.4.12 usually welcomes new people and she has great advice, you might also read some blogs written by jonescarp.aka.dale.Jan_2007 that I found particularly helpful...What To Expect In The First Four Months and My Welcome To New Members (12+ Years Of Watching)
Welcome to EX, Staying quit is doable but it takes a lot of work. You have come to the right place for support in quitting smoking.. Start, by educating yourself about nicotine addiction because education is the key to a successful quit. Go to my My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX to view the videos and learn about your triggers and tracking your smokes. If you have already quit. Make sure you have gotten rid of all the smoking paraphernalia and got to @Community Help to learn how to navigate around the site. Plus 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." That it is very importaht to commii9t to Nope.
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/ Foundation For A Successful Quit
Also Read Allen Carr’s book, “Easy Easier Way to Quit Smoking”. Which can be purchased of found pdf format on the internet.
Welcome to our community!
Sorry to have been so late in responding. At least some of this information will not pertain if you have already quit, but please do the recommended reading as you can.
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. 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!
Welcome to Ex! Stay invested in your quit--and of course Ex is here 365. Yes you can, one day at a time.
Come on Azarot1965 Julio. We're all rooting for you here. Talk to us. Tell us how it's going or not going for you. We want that better life for you. We're here to help. Talk to us.
How are you doing? Azarot1965 We all want you to succeed but we need to hear from you in order to support you.
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