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February 2, 2018
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Thinking of Quitting? Recently Quit? Quit for some time.

Wherever you are along the journey of quitting your use of tobacco, you will find support here.

My name is Brian and I am your moderator. Along with our regular members, I am here to provide additional assistance and support. Please follow our simple guidelines to ensure a positive experience for all our participants.

Brian (AlbertaQuits)


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  • J
    Jojoba
    Quit 127 days ago
    3 months ago #

    This is a very helpful site. Just found it yesterday & glad I did. Getting past the 3 Rd week now hooray ! .. I will def keep looking back here for inspiration & motivation. You are all very strong peeps.

    • Brian3
      3 months ago #

      Hi Jojoba,

      Welcome to the the Community Forum and congrats on your decision quit your use of tobacco. As you have found there are a lot of regulars who will offer you some good insight and a lot of support.

      Brian (AlbertaQuits)

  • Dutchess44
    Quit 72 days ago
    3 months ago #

    I ordered my Champix. Planning on taking the first oil on the 12th of March. Quitting day will be 20th. I've tried everything but this. I hear the most common side effect is bad dreams. Are they really that bad. Anyone else had or has other side effects I should watch for? Thx M

    • Dutchess44
      Quit 72 days ago
      3 months ago #

      First pil *

      • m
        m.m.
        Quit 1,388 days ago
        3 months ago #

        Welcome Dutchess44 and congrats on choosing a new path. Freedom road is worth it. Great things are in store for you. What will you do with your first $7000.00 dollars? I bought a tooth implant.

        • Dutchess44
          Quit 72 days ago
          3 months ago #

          I'm getting my parents from Holland over. Haven't seen them in real life in 8 years. I need their hugs and kisses.

    • J
      Jojoba
      Quit 127 days ago
      3 months ago #

      Hi dutchess, I was on champix. Without it I wouldn't have gotten this far .. I did have to stop it because of side effects. But it affects everyone differently.. it definitely gets rid of the crave to smoke !! Good luck with your quit. I have only recently found this site & slot of support & information here ! Keep up the great work. You can do this. One day at a time :)

      • m
        m.m.
        Quit 1,388 days ago
        3 months ago #

        Dutchess44. I LOVE that! What a fantastic goal! Grab on hold tight, we will get you there and them here!

      • Dutchess44
        Quit 72 days ago
        3 months ago #

        Thank for your encouragement!

        • Dutchess44
          Quit 72 days ago
          3 months ago #

          @jojoba ☝️

    • Brian3
      3 months ago #

      Hi Dutchess44,

      Congrats on making the decision to start the journey. Trouble sleeping and unusual dreams is a common side effect. I will let those that have used this product talk about their experiences. Many use Champix with great success. Combine that with the support from this group and you will be on your way.

      Great to you join our community, Brian (AlbertaQuits)

      • Dutchess44
        Quit 72 days ago
        3 months ago #

        Thank you. My other big goal is: if I'm smoke free for 6 months my boyfriend will marry me!

        • hobs
          Quit 2,843 days ago
          2 months ago #

          Wow there are a lot of carrots there and just in time for easter weekend! Good luck you silly wabbit!

  • tman55
    Quit 1,518 days ago
    3 months ago #

    Champix was my saviour. Can’t say I had weird dreams but there was some sleeplessness. Good luck. It ain’t easy but we are all here to tell you it can be done.

    • Dutchess44
      Quit 72 days ago
      3 months ago #

      @tman55 Thank you for your encouragement!

  • jilayne
    Quit 82 days ago
    3 months ago #

    Hello. Quit for two years and now back smoking for a year. I feel really disappointed in myself, but I really want to be free from the slavery of smoking!

    • tman55
      Quit 1,518 days ago
      2 months ago #

      I can relate....we probably all can. I blew a 2.5 yr quit, smoked for about another year and now am closing in on 4 years cig free. You already know what kind of battle your in for. Don't worry about any failed quits....go to work on a new one and start enjoying life the way it was meant to be before addiction.

    • Brian3
      2 months ago #

      Welcome Jilayne,

      Wow 2 years of not smoking is a very good achievement. You know the saying, Pick yourself up, Dust yourself off, and keep moving forward. Over the time you were quit I am sure you made some good coping strategies. What worked in the past will work again. You also know some of the pitfalls. Plan ahead for these.

      Great to see that you are determined to quit again. Brian (AlbertaQuits)

  • m
    m.m.
    Quit 1,388 days ago
    3 months ago #

    Welcome and congratulations on choosing to come back! You have proven to yourself that it is doable. That is good! It is bumpy at first but remember that it is smoking that did this to you. What is your plan?

  • c
    cherriot
    Quit 85 days ago
    2 months ago #

    Quit on Mar 26, 2018. I'm actually doing ok with it so far! Going on day 3. :)

    • tman55
      Quit 1,518 days ago
      2 months ago #

      Welcome cherriot! Come pledge each day with the rest of us. We can't make your quit any easier but we will support you any way we can. Good luck! Best decision ever!

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        cherriot
        Quit 85 days ago
        2 months ago #

        Thanks! Almost through day 4 and staying strong! I'll have to keep myself busy this weekend as it's a long weekend. Usually a couple rums would be involved but that will make me want to smoke so best to just avoid that too.

        • tman55
          Quit 1,518 days ago
          2 months ago #

          Keep fighting the good fight and it won't be long before you can enjoy those rums without worrying!!! Happy Easter.

    • Brian3
      2 months ago #

      The days can add up quickly.

      Welcome Cherriot and congratulations on making the decision to quit smoking. Lots of great people here who can offer support and advice on how they did it. You can do this.

      Brian (AlbertaQuits)

  • m
    m.m.
    Quit 1,388 days ago
    2 months ago #

    It is doable! We all know the why but knowing how is another thing. There are many layers of support and it really helps! Welcome!

  • c
    cherriot
    Quit 85 days ago
    2 months ago #

    One week down! Had some wine on the weekend and was tempted. Gave in to one drag of a smoke and it tasted disgusting so I put it out. I will remember that the next time I have a couple of drinks and not even entertain having one drag. It's not worth it. I need to stay quit this time. I feel this is my time now.

    • Brian3
      2 months ago #

      Way to go. Good for you to stop after the first drag.

      Really important to look ahead for those type of High Risks and make plans for how you will deal with them. Also make sure you have support to make sure your plans work.

      Brian (AlbertaQuits)

  • m
    m.m.
    Quit 1,388 days ago
    2 months ago #

    Congratulations Cherriot on one week down. The early days are full of traps to try and knock your quit down. The first one being the whisper that just one drag can't hurt. I think that for me it was not that quitting was so hard so much as falling back was so easy. Now that you have hit back at the nico demon it will come back harder next time. You are in a fight and we are on your side. To the victor goes the spoils. Health and wealth.

    • c
      cherriot
      Quit 85 days ago
      2 months ago #

      I'll be ready when the nico demon strikes again! That nagging whisper here and there is annoying and can't wait for it to just shut up. I will acknowledge it, tell myself "having a cigarette is a punishment, not a treat. Why would I willingly want to poison myself", and then move on. A bit of a short term uncomfortable feeling, which will pass, in turn for a long term gain. The more I do that the less the little whisper will bother me.

  • m
    m.m.
    Quit 1,388 days ago
    2 months ago #

    Great attitude. The thing to learn is that as a smoker we craved twenty five times a day. (I did) It is just that we satisfied it with the drug of our choice. The smoking habit piggybacks on many of the systems that enhance survival. Your brain is conditioned to react to that chemical. So a big part of this is changing your brain chemistry. That is why the pharmaceuticals can help. Even the patch is about providing your system with that chemistry. This is fundamental for every human past, present or future. There is a lot to learn. Keep posting. It is doable.

  • c
    cherriot
    Quit 85 days ago
    2 months ago #

    I find I'm thinking about the cigarette I would have when I got home from work. I would go all day with out one and not miss it. But then find myself looking forward to that relaxing moment when I got home and would light one up. I do other things now when I get home, changing my habit. Seems to be working and I'm hoping I'll think less and less about this. The post work smoke seems to pop into my mind a few times throughout the day.

    • Brian3
      2 months ago #

      Hey Cherriot,

      This is a typical High Risk for a lot of people. Sounds like your plans to deal with this situation are working. It might help to have a plan for what you will do at work when the thoughts pop into your head. The good thing is that you see the High Risk and are successfully dealing with it.

      Way to go. Brian (AlbertaQuits)

      • c
        cherriot
        Quit 85 days ago
        2 months ago #

        When I'm at work and the thought pops into my mind, I open up the Quit Tracker app on my phone and see how and where my health is improving, how much I've saved, and read some inspirational quotes. I'm treating myself with a nice reward once I've reach $100 saved.

    • m
      m.m.
      Quit 1,388 days ago
      2 months ago #

      Cheers Cherriot. I read you on this one. Three specific cigarettes had the strongest hold on me. The first one in the morning, the last one at night and the one when I got home from work. On a scale of one to ten with ten being the highest that one after work was a nine. Part of that is routine. The fact is a lot of smoking is automatic. When a person quits it disrupts the habits. Early in my quit I found it helpful to change things up as much as you can for a while. Stop and have a coffee as a reward for making it another day. Or something else that would work for you. My morning coffee and TV became tea and music and dancing.

      • c
        cherriot
        Quit 85 days ago
        2 months ago #

        I like your morning routine! Tea and dancing is awesome! The last couple of days I've been putting my cat on his leash and taking him out for a "walk" as soon as I get home from work. Other than that, I've been doing other things to distract myself from my previous habit. So far so good. :)

  • c
    cherriot
    Quit 85 days ago
    2 months ago #

    Feeling a little irritable lately. Smoking has been a part of my life on and off for almost 30 years. I'm happy I have been free of it for 10 days now though! The little whisper is trying to trick me into telling me I miss my relax time with smokes. I can't wait to hear less and less of that little voice. God knows I can relax without the aid of a cigarette! I guess I don't really like change but this is a change for my life. Breaking a bad habit and feeling a bit of annoyance with having to change can be done in order to live the healthier lifestyle I want. The annoyance will pass.

    • Brian3
      2 months ago #

      Good Morning Cherriot.

      I copied you message and created a thread for you so that more people can see it. This message is getting so long new responses sometimes get missed.

      It is tough making changes after doing something for 30 years. Patterns can be difficult to break and new ones are slow to develop. The natural instinct is to go back to what is comfortable. Being uncomfortable at this time is a good thing. It means you are on the right track.

      Hang in there, Brian (AlbertaQuits)

  • a
    andreamd121
    Quit 68 days ago
    1 month ago #

    Today is day 15 and its been pretty good, moderate cravings. I feel better already! Today my stress level is high and the cravings are stronger! One day at a time! :)

    • Saara
      Quit 57 days ago
      1 month ago #

      I am treading a stressful situation. But you know what, the cigarette is not going to fix that situation, whatever it is! So stay strong!

      • Brian3
        1 month ago #

        Welcome to the community Saara. Great start, the days will add up quickly. As you have shown, support is key in dealing with the cravings. You will find a lot of great people here who will provide you with that.

        Brian (AlbertaQuits)

    • Brian3
      1 month ago #

      Welcome to the community Andreamd121. A great start. Cravings can be a good thing, if you use them as a learning opportunity. Notice what is happening around the cravings, time, location, feelings etc. This will give you and idea of the plans you will have to make to deal with the cravings. You are right one day, one craving at a time.

      Brian (AlbertaQuits)

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    Emmjae
    Quit 8 days ago
    6 days ago #

    Day 2 for me. Bought some lozenges just in case and have had 3 lozenges in 2 days. Wanted to do cold turkey but read that success results are higher with help so I am using them but only when the cravings are really bad. Sometimes feeling good, other times very angry or feeling like crying. Feel like I'm going crazy sometimes. I know it will be worth it. Proud of my self for taking the step.

    • Brian3
      3 days ago #

      Welcome to the group Emmjae. Congratulations on starting your Quit Journey. Absolutely be proud. As you have found lots of support here, which is the key to success. Brian (AlbertaQuits)

  • m
    m.m.
    Quit 1,388 days ago
    6 days ago #

    Welcome Emmjae and congrats on your brave and fantastic choice. Feel free to post the ups and downs because it helps. There is a lot of links and information on this site because information and education can help. It is bumpy at first so buckle up and hang on. My brother told m for years that life without having to smoke is better. Now I know it is true. Fight for it.

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      Emmjae
      Quit 8 days ago
      5 days ago #

      Thank you M.M.

      Almost end of day 3, I will continue to fight. I find myself getting angry more easily, and physical side effects (headache/insomnia/loss of focus) has been challenging. I am going moment by moment and celebrating the small victories right now.

      Thanks for the message!

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    MammaD
    Quit 8 days ago
    5 days ago #

    Just quit smoking on June 11th. Day 3. It's not as bad as I thought it would be but there are moments when it takes everything I have not to run to the store.

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      Emmjae
      Quit 8 days ago
      5 days ago #

      I am also day 3....at times been taking everything to not cry or punch someone. Keep it up!! We’re doing it!!

      • M
        MammaD
        Quit 8 days ago
        4 days ago #

        It is tough. I'm an instant gratification gal and it's just not happening, lol. This is my fourth genuine attempt to quit but this time I think I can do it. After 45 years of smoking I am now starting to feel it in my lungs. It sucks. Are you doing cold turkey or using NRT? I have as much stuff in my arsenal to quit as I could find. Stay strong Emmjae!

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          Emmjae
          Quit 8 days ago
          4 days ago #

          Thanks MammaD! I quit twice in the last 5 years cold turkey. One for a year and then we lost our home and neighborhood to fire and I started again. Then 2 years ago cold turkey for 3 months but restarted as well. This time I’m using NRT after reading it gives you a higher chance of success.

          I will share my “day 4 finest moment”.....I was immensely irritated at the condition of the staff kitchen this morning at 6:30. We have some dishes for employees to use in a user maintained area. The sink was full of dirty dishes and we had visitors coming. I washed the dishes by throwing them all away. I am a manager and I think that my staff might think that I’ve completely lost my marbles!!

    • Brian3
      3 days ago #

      Welcome MammaD. Congratulations on making the decision to quit smoking. One of the key to success is having support. You will find it here for sure.

      Brian (AlbertaQuits)

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        MammaD
        Quit 8 days ago
        3 days ago #

        Thank you Brian. I am so thankful for this site. I think I have read all of the information three times. I am feeling confident even after a very rocky day 5, that I will be successful this time. Cheers

  • m
    m.m.
    Quit 1,388 days ago
    4 days ago #

    Welcome Mamma D. Any quit can be the forever quit and something was learned from every one of the attempts. You and Emmjae could totally tag team. Strategy and having someone on the same page can be useful. It takes a village. It is nice to have new people and we love quitters. It is doable and it really is worth it. Healthier and wealthier.

    • M
      MammaD
      Quit 8 days ago
      3 days ago #

      Thank you m.m. I always said my momma didn't raise any quitters - hopefully I am wrong lol. Day 5 has been the roughest yet but I have no doubt that it will all calm down. Staying strong and am so happy to have joined the forum. It is great getting support from former smokers - it give me faith. Cheers

  • tman55
    Quit 1,518 days ago
    4 days ago #

    Emmjae and MammaD welcome. It's kinda cool you are both on the same day quit. You have both made such a life changing decision. I can't tell you just how good it is to be done with that BS. One day at a time. Take pleasure in kicking your junkie in the guts everyday.

    • M
      MammaD
      Quit 8 days ago
      3 days ago #

      Thanks tman55 - I am very grateful for your support.

  • tman55
    Quit 1,518 days ago
    2 days ago #

    "Hell week" is almost over. That's a major hurdle out of the way. Keep fighting the good fight.

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    Emmjae
    Quit 8 days ago
    2 days ago #

    Thank you tman55!! Day 5 evening was brutal! I was going out of my mind so I put on my running shoes and ran 3 km (never would dream to as a smoker). Today I ran 5 and although I’ll be pretty sore I’m so proud of myself this was impossible even a week ago!

    • tman55
      Quit 1,518 days ago
      2 days ago #

      Awesome.... my go to exercise is pickleball. Exercise is a great way to cope with craves.

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    MammaD
    Quit 8 days ago
    4 hours ago #

    Well here I am at the end of day 8. This has been the worst day so far. Will it keep getting worse before it gets better? I have kept myself locked up at home today to avoid the temptation. I don't think about smoking or cigarettes it's all feelings that come upon me. Is this still withdrawal or is it now mental aspect? I can't find any useful information on line about this so if anyone could please give me feedback, I would be so grateful. Cheers!

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