You have seen the commercials on TV that tell you "You can't do it alone!"
I am here to tell you that those commercials are true AND false at the same time.
False because they want you to believe that the ONLY way to quit smoking is with the "help" of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) Products, which simply is NOT TRUE. All that NRT products do is to prolong the withdrawal because you are taking in nicotine at lower levels than when you smoked.
True because quitting without a "support group" is difficult. Having a "cheerleader" to remind you of where you have been and where you are headed and/or a shoulder to lean on when things get tough and you just need someone to talk to can truly make all the difference in a succesful quit and a relapse.
Whyquit.com has given me the education I needed to understand exactly WHY I smoked and WHY I should quit and the group Freedom From Tobacco has given me the support and confidence to maintain my quit for over 1 year (which is the longest I have ever gone "Cold Turkey" in over 20 years of smoking and "trying to quit").
Attitude is important. Are you ready to take back control of your life from nicotine? Are you ready to stop burning your money up and your life with it? Are you ready to start REALLY tasting your food and regain your sense of smell?
If you are, then don't light up that next cigarette/cigar/pipe/take that next chew or dip! Keep on doing that, one craving at a time. Don't smoke, don't chew, don't use. In just 72 hours the nicotine will be gone from your system and you will never have a physical "need" for nicotine again. During that time drink fruit juices (Cranberry is excellent) to help your body flush the nicotine out faster and read all you can at whyquit.com and Freedom From Tobacco.
Quitting is doable! I did it and so have MILLIONS of others. Staying quit is also doable. The journey of 1000 miles begins with the first step is what they say. The journey continues one step at a time and so does my quit. When I first quit I took it one minute at a time and eventually hours passed, which became a full day, then a week, then a month, and so on. Now I take my quit one day at a time and often go several days without even THINKING of smoking. I work in a stressful job and have a very stressful family life so I know this can be done.
One day at a time, never take another puff!
David, One year, one month, two weeks, two days, 5 hours, 25 minutes and 4 seconds. 7420 cigarettes not smoked, saving $556.50. Life saved: 3 weeks, 4 days, 18 hours, 20 minutes.