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Dec 13 02 4:45 PM
Thank you for your web page. I am 24 years old and I have been smoking since I was 17. The price for a pack of smokes is
around 5 bucks, they just raised the prices about .60 last month. I was looking on the internet searching for a place to buy cigarettes online when someone
posted your site in a discussion group. I honestly thought this was a place to buy cigarettes, that's why I clicked on the link. Since that day I
haven't took 1 puff. All I needed was an eye opener and some tactics for quitting, exactly what your web page has. In fact the first week when i quit was
pretty tough, so i printed out portions of your articles and taped it to my dash bored in my car.
I just wanted to let you know your web page is awesome and saved my health and lots of money. Keep up the good
Dec 13 02 5:07 PM
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Oct 30 04 10:06 PM
Every now and then I see a post that has the line line, "I've heard that...," or "I've seen somewhere...", or "I've
read at another site...," or even "My doctor says...,"and then goes on to tell of some of conventional wisdom or folk tale for all to read and
maybe get the impression that there is some validity to the specific quitting advice claim. This kind of post is likely standard fare at many other Internet
Support Sites but we are not set up to be a standard Internet Support Site. We are set up to be an educational forum that also happens to offer support. We
really make a concerted effort at Freedom to make sure that all of the concepts presented have some real value and validity.
It is one thing for a person to write that they have heard or read something and want to know if it is valid, but to just write out the comment as advice
or as a fact because they have heard it that it must be true can pose a problem. This string talks about how important it is for people who post here to be
cautious on what they pass out as advice that is picked up elsewhere.
I'm not saying that there isn't some good advice out there, but it is best to clear ideas though our managers first before putting it out as some
sort of factual statement. At a minimum, if you heard something elsewhere that you may think is of value, post the idea as a question so as to make it clear
that you are just trying to do some fact finding and not trying to give the impression that you are stating a known and valid fact that may impact people
reading here at Freedom.
We want to caution our newest members to read here and learn as much as you can and not to be so quick to throw in quitting advice that you have picked
up elsewhere--either at other sites or in your real world encounters. We want people to come to Freedom to first learn how to quit before they
shift their attentions on how to teach people to quit. Although in truth, the real reason people should be here should always be to enforce his or
her own personal quit even more than influencing others--each and every members quit and life depends on this goal. Any advice that is telling people that
they must somehow shift their way of life in order to start or sustain a quit may not be accurate for most people.
The bottom line of quitting is, the sooner people realize that everything they could do as a smoker they can now do as an ex-smoker--the sooner they
realize that there is life without smoking. They will also find out there may be many things that they can now do better without smoking and that life is
basically better on many fronts from them having quit smoking. The faster people get back to their life--the sooner they will break triggers and habits and
the sooner they will realize that they can do anything as an ex-smoker as long as they always remember to never take another puff!
Nov 12 04 4:10 PM
Jan 1 05 12:57 AM
We don't have our own quitting method here at Freedom.
Instead, we share the method used by all but a tiny
fraction of earth's long-term successful quitters!
But don't take our word for it. Ask them!
Mar 5 05 4:08 PM
I see we have a new event happening happening later this week in what I think is a UK event called "No Smoking Day." I thought it might be a good
idea to bring materials up to address much of the marketing that is going to be aimed at smokers wanting to quit over the next week. The increases in
advertising and media kind of coverage that occurs over the next week may in fact result in more people starting to think about smoking cessation.
Unfortunately, many are going to get side tracked into the marketing blitz of products to buy to quit as opposed to getting any real education or help in
understanding how to quit and how to stay off. Being that we have the potential of having more people finding their way to Freedom this week I will be keeping
many of our educational materials and information supporting cold turkey quitting near the top. For the record, quitting smoking and staying smoke free is as
simple as just stopping smoking and then making and sticking to a personal commitment to never take another puff!
Mar 10 05 11:28 PM
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Jan 28 06 6:39 PM
"We always want to be careful about giving advice that is considered conventional wisdom, sounds great on paper, and is basically wrong for most
people trying to quit smoking.
Things like the idea of feeling you have to wait till a certain day of the week, or prepare for a certain time period gives many people the excuse
to put off a quit that they may be ready to do at the point in time that they show up. Putting off a quit to the "right time" has caused many a
smoker to put it off till death."
Snap Decision to Quit Smoking Called Effective
Some smokers may need a "quit plan" to stop smoking, but researchers say that those
who spontaneously decide to quit may have more success, Reuters reported Jan.
"Contrary to what experts had previously believed, the idea that you have to plan your quit attempts ahead of time isn't necessarily
true," said researcher Robert West of University College London, who along with colleague Taj Sohal queried 1,900 smokers and former smokers
about their attempts to quit.
West and Sohal found that about half of all quit attempts were spontaneous, and that those who chose to quit on the spot were 50-60 percent more
likely to succeed than those who planned their attempt in advance.
The researchers stressed that the findings should not be used to discourage quit plans, but rather reinforce the importance of the smoker being
in the right frame of mind and motivated when they decide to quit.
The study was published in the January 2006 issue of the British Medical Journal.
This article is online at http://www.jointogether.org/y/0,2521,578951,00.html
Again, go talk to as
many long-term successful ex-smokers (people off all forms of nicotine for at least a year or longer)
in your real world that you can find and find out how they quit. I don't believe that
there is a single professional smoking cessation "plan your quit" advocate who
will suggest to their patients that they take a similar survey. For if they did their
credibility would be called into question almost immediately when the patient starting seeing the
results of their real life survey. They will end up having to spend quite a
bit of time trying to explain away the discrepancy, using excuses like the people who
"Planned their quit" didn't do it right or didn't
"plan" long enough or were more addicted smokers.
We don't need to spend
time trying to explain away the results of the surveys that people will do in there real world
settings. All we have to say is the results make it more and more obvious that the way to quit
smoking and to stay successfully free is no more complicated than just making and sticking to a
personal commitment to never take another puff.
Nov 27 06 6:01 PM
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Aug 8 08 4:45 PM
One common phrase used in many drug recovery programs is use of the term or more accurately the acronym of H.A.L.T.
H.A.L.T. stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely and Tired
The way the phrase is generally used is that a person should not let themselves ever become too hungry, angry, lonely and tired or they may very
well risk putting their quit's in jeopardy. We don't generally abide by this philosophy at Freedom, because we feel that there are times when
people cannot avoid encountering one or more of these situations.
The idea that you cannot allow yourself to get too hungry, angry, lonely and tired is an impossibility under certain situations--like at times
of natural disasters, famines, times of war, and a host of other conditions that people may find themselves in throughout their life times.
People need to accept that there will be times because of external circumstances that they may become too hungry, angry, lonely or tired. What
ex-smokers have to realize is just because they find themselves in one or more of these situations, there is no reason that these feelings are going to
automatically put their quits on the line.
We have a few strings that address this issue in different
Life goes on without smoking
There is no legitimate reason to relapse
We understand why you relapsed
Life is going to go on after quitting and there will be times when you may very well find yourself in situations that leave you feeling too
hungry, angry, lonely and tired. You should just be aware that none of these times will leave you having to once again feed an active nicotine addiction
as long as you remember when under these tough times as well as under all good times that you made and are sticking to a personal commitment to never
take another puff.
Dec 23 08 6:56 PM
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