I want to use the patch to help with the smoking but it’s exp. last year. Can I still use them
I researched it a bit and they may not be as potent since they are expired. They may not work. How old are they? What is the expiration date? contact your state's quitline (800-QUIT-NOW), your county health department or your medical professional for suggestions on obtaining quit aides at a reduced cost if you are in need. In some cases they are cheaper than the cigarettes you would have purchased. Have you read any of the suggested material?
03/18 and 11/18
Personally, if it were me I would still use the 11/18. That's just me however it is just as important that you educate yourself about the addiction to nicotine. If you are not here on a regular basis you are not getting the full support that is needed to quit smoking. I am a firm believer that education and preparation is the key to a successful quit. Sounds like you are just jumping in and that is okay too. Start first by educating yourself on addiction to nicotine. Foundation For A Successful Quit this blog will give you a jump start. Also, it is advisable to read Allen Carr's Easyway to Quit Smoking which can be found on pdf on the web. Another good site to get info is www.whyquit.com. If you are having problems come here first before you smoke. Have a plan My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX . There is more to quitting than what any aid can help. No matter what you use it still boils down to NOPE, not one puff no matter what. Review why you "slipped" and use it as a learning experience that it does not happen again.
I did read what a lot of people wrote on here. I had one cigarette. I know it was not good so now I’m starting over again.
NOPE is the way to freedom. Just one can cause you to smoke more than one and not get back on track. It is better that you do not take the risk.
Sorry to hear you slipped. To get your quit date updated, follow steps here: Re: How do I get my quit date to show on the community?
I did already. I think I have a plan to not pick up another cigarette. I know I can do it.
mykids I'm guessing you updated it your My Quit Plan but it hasn't synced over to the community(I still see Feb 1st) yet because you need to logout(click the link) and then back in. Once you log back in it will be synced.
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Yes you will - TOGETHER WE WILL NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF EVER! Yahoooooo
CONGRATS AND GOOD JOB!!!
Welcome to our community!
The 1-800-Quit-Now will give you at least a beginning set of patches for free. You might ask them, also., about your expired ones.
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 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. 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!
Thanks, lots of good stuff mentioned.
Yes you can do it!!
You said you smoked 1....did you drown the rest of the pack??
Commit to the quit.
It was not a whole one. I took 2 puffs
You are NOT alone and you are doing good CHOOSING to come right back! WAY TO GO!!!!
Welcome back...you can do this. Stay close to the site and remember that smoking never did anything FOR you but it could do a lot TO you. DO drown those cigarettes and tear them to pieces, it is very cathartic. Remember that we all want to support you.
Welcome back to the Quit Journey. First, Do Not beat yourself up, it’s ok. Second, be proud you came here and told us, which couldn’t have been easy. Next, learn from it and ask what could you do differently next time. Lastly, big hug from me, you are not giving up on quitting. Sending good vibes to you ~ Colleen
Have you done the reading I recommended? If not, do it NOW! At the very least, please do the one by Allen Carr. Understanding this addiction is an important step is winning the battle over it. His explanation of how nicotine affects our body and mind made all the difference in my quit - and I credit it with my success on my very first attempt. I can't emphasize its importance enough!
Education about the ADDICTION, support from the site...come here every morning and every evening and whenever you think you might smoke...and your commitment...tell yourself NOPE, Not One Puff Ever...say it over and over again...it sinks in eventually.
Welcome. We've all had multiple attempts, so don't feel bad. Just know that this is the last quit. Stay close to the site and reach out BEFORE you smoke. We're here for you and want to be a part of your success.
Thank you. I will and this will be my only time I slip
I'm so glad you're back at it, and reclaiming your life!! Two puffs, two cigarettes, two cartons...
"If I have one puff I'll be back where I started. Where I started was desperately wishing to be where I am right now."
Best to get right back on board while you still haven't totally re-addicted yourself to the whole process of smoking, I say.
The expired patches should be ok. They don't "go bad" or sour or rotten like old milk or fruits. They may lose some effectiveness, but face it, you don't REQUIRE patches to quit. So whatever help they can give you is still there even if in lesser dosage. Just my opinion, I'm not a doctor....but I HAVE used expired patches and not died from it. They helped me thru the early part of one of my defunct quits.
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