My husband asked me how I found EX and I told him I don't really remember.
How did you find BecomeAnEx.org and this life-saving community?
I was on Day 21 and having terrible craves, and feeling sorry for myself because I thought the craves should be over by now. I was going to give up and go buy a pack of cigarettes and on a whim, decided to Google "how to beat cigarette craves" and found this site. I looked at a few sites, but this one resonated with me for some reason and I spent the rest of the day reading and learning. I promised myself I would keep coming here for one week before giving in. I guess I've over shot that promise by 103 weeks now .
That's what I'm thinking happened - Googled sites for help and this one seemed legit and I liked that Mayo and Truth were behind it.
My current GP has a special interest in the quit smoking process, and actually consulted on this site back in its original form. I found him because a friend knew he had expertise in this addiction. My GP at the time gave me the following useless advice: "Get some carrot and celery sticks, slap on a patch and you will be good to go." I never went back to him. My current GP didn't mention the site to me, though, until after I had quit, so I didn't have the educational materials or support it provides. I found it about a week into my quit and read the Allen Carr book recommended by so many. It was such an eye opener for me that I continue to recommend it to ALL.
I brought my coffee to my computer and read, blogged and read some more here. I STILL start my days here most of the time! Good addiction to have!!!!
Very cool. I try to make it out here every day. I know I'm a slacker sometimes, but it's an anchor for my quit. I need EX.
I went on a long web hunt, first typing in "quit smoking" and finding WhyQuit.com then the Alan Carr book and winding my way over to this place.
Their t.v. commercial❤
SAME! I loved those commercials! Still makes me laugh to think about them.
Good to read from YOU MS Brenda - miss ya ❤
I wish I had seen one of those!
This is what you're probably wanting to see...
This is the one I remember most.
MarkEX Community Manager
Holy crap. Those are great! Thanks for taking the time to post them, Mark!
You're welcome. I'm sure there are more. This is what I found though.
I just got the chance to watch some of commercials, although I think they
are great, I have to disagree with the drinking and smoking one. I never
related drinking and smoking. Whenever I went out to a dance club I usually
didn't drink, if I drank, I didn't smoke, if I was smoking I very well
couldn't smoke on the dance floor therefore I didn't smoke whether I
drinking or dancing.
I'm the opposite. I don't drink now for the most part, but when I did drink at bars/clubs, I always took an extra pack of cigarettes because I smoked like a chimney when I drank. The first time I quit (for 8 years!), I stopped drinking but refused to give up coffee, my other trigger beverage. I can drink now, but I'm at that age where I don't want to waste 2-3 days following tying one on to complete the hangover. LOL
I found this site while I was scrolling around looking for any information I could find to try and help make the quit process a little easier.
Great to see you here Basshead!
If I recall correctly, I was searching for smoking cessation classes and luckily stumbled on the Ex.
I also found it through a Google search. I lurked for a while and then finally made it official about 3 days into my quit. I thank God I found it and the wonderful people here!
Congrats to you Donna!
A friend told me about EX after my quit smoking forum vanished into thin air.
I was 3 weeks away from my 1 year anniversary.
I may not post much, but I read alot & appreciate everyone that takes the time to blog.
Google. And the fact that it was backed by Mayo made me feel comfortable checking it out. Best. Decision. Ever.
manofsteele Ray Steele and I were on another site (I think it was SmokeAway - can't remember any more that was 11 years ago now) and it was going down and he found out about EX and suggested we all move over here back in 2008. Said it was a start up company and we could have a big influence with our input. And we sure did! Formed some really potent groups back then. And he probably would still be here too if he hadn't passed away. God bless you, Ray! Thanks for all you did and especially for bringing me here. Glad you asked, Donna. Brings back happy memories.
I wanted help to quit smoking after finding out that I have mild copd so I did a search on line and liked the look of this site and stuck with Ex and my quit.....
I had quit on November 15, 2009 and I was about three weeks in and hanging on just by the tips of my fingernails. I KNOW FOR CERTAIN I would have caved very soon. I was at work. I NEVER used work computers for anything but work.......NEVER.....but I knew I was going to smoke if I didn't find something, somewhere. I searched quitting smoking and found EX as well as whyquit.com. I began to read and read and I made it through another day. My home computer was not working at the time.....so I did not formally join the site.....just lurked around and read every day at work whenever I could. Finally, right after Christmas I replaced my home computer and joined the site shortly after that and began to contribute.
I am as certain as anything that if I had not found this site that day I would be smoking still (or worse).
Good question/blog Donna!!!!!!!
Hi all! I was extremely interested and finally convinced I was going to die a horrible death due to smoking and I Googled "group hypnosis" for quitting smoking and up came a list of sites for quitting. I pushed the becomeanex link saw that it was free, signed up, logged on and began reading the blogs along with the responses. And I read and read and read some more, until I was comfortable enough to jump in and add a comment or two. And the rest is history. Thank you Ex for being there when I needed it most. 8 years and going strong. I'm not here nearly as much as i was for the first 4 or 5 years but i am a serious quitter, so much that I am that ex smoker that we all hated so much as a smoker, telling people that smoking is not good for them. You know that person you love to hate, that's me. Then I catch myself and think of how I was as a smoker and what it took for me to quit.
Ditto what Donna Marie said. I especially like the handshake one and the car drummer.
When I quit in 2001 I used a site called QuitNet. That quit lasted until 2004. But I googled how to quit smoking on January 1, 2014, and found this site and did one blog about quitting that day, and I received a number of comments. Unfortunately, that quit lasted about 2 hours. On January 1, 2015 I was one day into my present quit and remembered that there was a site that seemed good, but I couldn't remember the name. After some stumbling around I found it, and decided I would blog every day for the first 30 days. I actually pretty much blogged every day for the first year! I know this community is why this is my forever quit, because even if I'm not here every day or every week now, this is my maintenance program and I will be here for the rest of my life.
IIn 2012 I was referred by a smoking cessation class at work. Signed up but Never used it.. In 2014 I started getting emails. Logged on and started using site 2 years later.
Google...I read and read and read. I quit with group hypnosis in May of 2013 and that lasted 3 weeks, quit again in October of 2013 and lost that quit at three weeks. When I got critically ill in January of 2014, I remembered this site and how supportive I found it so I came back about a week after I quit. I couldn't sit up that first week, I was too sick to do anything. I was so weak that I could not cough. That scare changed everything, I knew I could not live in denial anymore and EX held my hand and helped me to solidify my quit. I have never regretted it. I had not seen any of those ads either Mark, they are great.
I was quit 18 months and had spent my first year on another site when I first quit. This place was CRAZYTOWN quite a few times in it's early history, I mean CRAZYTOWN!
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