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As I pulled onto the highway to begin the 4 hour drive to my parents, a strange thought occurred to me, and I had what felt like a physical craving for the first time in months. it was the first time I've driven to my parents house without being a smoker. I was surprised at the intensity of the "crave", but I was prepared for it. Thankfully I have read enough to know that certain times of the year, especially holiday get-togethers can bring out smoking thoughts that you forgot could even be there. It was not a small feeling, this sudden desire for a cigarette, but it was manageable. I reminded myself of the many teachings, remembered that the crave will not last more than 3 mins (in fact, within 1 minute it was completely gone). But once again, the importance of staying vigilant, of keeping that daily commitment and being proud of each victory was demonstrated. I had a great thanksgiving, and talked with my cousin who still smokes about quitting and what it takes. He had a very unusual excuse for his relapse. Basically he said if he didn't start smoking when he did, he would have killed someone (literally). It's amazing what we will convince ourselves of in order to "justify" the relapse to this addiction.JasonThankful this year especially for the gift of smoke-free living!Free and Healing for Three Months, Twenty Nine Days, 8 Hours and 57 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 8 Days and 8 Hours, by avoiding the use of 2407 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $665.34.
Jan 14 11 11:23 AM
Made it through Christmas and New Year's without a puff! Congratulations to me! It has been relatively easy this year so far. I did have one instance when my roomate was talking about smoking a cigar, as we were drinking some single barrel whiskey. I was tempted for a second to say - "yeah let's have a cigar!". I'm not sure if I would have felt obligated to go through with it if I had made the statement, but thankfully, my brain kicked into gear first, and I said, "You can have one if you want, but none for me." It's really becoming a habit now to immediately think of all the reasons I quit and how much better I have felt as soon as a glamorous thought of smoking comes around. I've tried to "spread the gospel" of quitting to others around me, but I haven't had any real succesful converts, other than my other roomate who was addicted to NRT gums, and quit at the same time as me. She is still doing well, although she still has a gum habit, but it's regular chewing gum. I haven't looked at my stats for a while, but it appears I'm finally closing in on Silver, which matches the longest quit I've ever had. I think that is going to call for some celebration! One other story that happened recently - I played in a pool tournament (which I haven't done in a long time) and was in a smoky pool hall for 8 hours, playing pool and drinking beer. When we got there, I was concerned that I might be tempted to light up as the night wore on, but honestly the thought never even really crossed my mind. That was a refreshingly easy victory.Jason - Free and Healing for Five Months, Five Days, 9 Hours and 19 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 10 Days and 23 Hours, by avoiding the use of 3168 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $876.83.
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"I quit then because I needed the money. I was spending about $100 per month on smokes and I knew I needed that cash for the house. Unfortunately, I started smoking a pipe about six years later. My friends were all smoking cigars and I didn't much like the smell of those, so I thought a pipe would be a good idea. I was wrong - it was a bad idea. It didn't take long before I was hooked again. I smoked the pipe until mid 2000. "
"The law of addiction is precise, there is no room for deviation. It's all or nothing. I ruined a six year quit many years ago with the idea that I was cured from my so called habit of smoking. It started with a few trendy cigars and a puff of a cigarette here and there. I was quickly back to smoking and wasn't sure I'd ever find my way. I kept trying to quit, my spirit grew weaker with every failed attempt. The more I fought, the stronger it held me. I am not fearful of repeating that same fatal mistake because I stand armored with knowledge. It has nothing to do with how strong we are or what may or may not be going on in our lives. Four days quit or four years, we are guaranteed freedom as long we commit to never taking another puff!"
Joel's Reinforcement Library
NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF! Even though this sentence consists of four simple words, some ex-smokers have a hard time understanding the true meaning of this most important concept. These are the unfortunate smokers who make the tragic experiment of trying a cigarette to see how they will react. There are two possible outcomes to taking a puff. First, and most likely, the ex-smoker will become hooked and return to his old level of consumption, usually within a matter of days. The other possible reaction is that he does not get hooked. In the long run, he will truly be the greatest loser.
The ex-smoker who gets hooked from the first puff will have learned a valuable lesson. If he ever quits again, he will have a good chance of long term success, for he knows from his own experience that he cannot ever take one puff without going right back to his old level. He knows that he is not depriving himself of one drag, but rather doing himself a great favor by not smoking the amount that he used to when addicted to nicotine.
On the other hand, the ex-smoker who takes a drag and doesn't get hooked gets a false sense of confidence. He thinks he can take one any time he wants and not get hooked. Usually, within a short period of time sneaking a drag here and there, he will become hooked. One day he too may try to quit and actually succeed. He may quit for a week, month, or even years. But always back in his mind he feels, "I know I can have one if I really want to. After all, I did it last time and didn't get hooked right away." One day, at a party or under stress or just out of boredom he will try one again. Maybe this time he will get hooked, maybe not. But you can be sure that there will be a next time. Eventually he will become hooked again.
This poor person will go through a life of perpetual relapses. On cigarettes and off, on and off. Each time he goes back, he will have to quit once again. And you know what that means - going through the two week withdrawal process over and over again. You hated going through it once. Think what it would be like to go through it three, four or even more times. One participant did it thirteen times, others eight and nine times each. If they had just become hooked the first time they took a puff, it might never have happened again.
Taking the first drag is a no win situation. There is little doubt that it will result in your returning to a powerful and deadly addiction. Consider the full ramifications of once again becoming addicted to cigarettes. The health consequences, the expense, the social stigma, the sense of failure and the prospects of once again having to go through the withdrawal process when you once again try to quit. Keep all this in mind and remember - NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF!
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