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QuitNet Members' Quit-Smoking Stories



Welcome to the first installment of Member Stories at the QBlog. This week features tinacsu, a new member who quit smoking just in time for April Fool's Day, telling her story in her own words...

"I smoked for 18 years, about half pack a day. If stressed I smoke a little more each day. I tried to quit smoking many years ago...the first time I quit for 2 months. 5 years ago a quit lasted maybe 2 weeks. My heart really wasn't in it, to completely let it go.

"When I smoked I was ashamed of my addiction. I hated thinking that I am trying to make sure my body looks tight on the outside, but am ingesting poison that is ruining my insides. What truly made me decide to quit is my co-worker died of bone cancer 2 months ago. That really made me get serious about quitting.

"On Easter Sunday, 3/31/13, at 11pm, I had my last cigarette. I told myself that on April 1st I would not smoke anymore, and I talked to my Dr. and got a script for the patch. What's different this time is IT IS TIME. I am tired of being a slave to something that is killing me. Cigarettes are so expensive now and people are paying that money to something they think will provide comfort--but they don't. Cigs do not make problems go away or make them better. Ex-smokers have have to learn new coping skills.

"I just googled about quitting smoking and joined QuitNet on 4/3 or 4/4. So far I've been reading the testimonials, factoids, comics, and I joined a few clubs.  Seeing my quit status and updates of the days, minutes, hours, seconds, money saved and life saved is inspiring.

"It's one step at a time. I am currently using the patch, but I just read Allen Carr's book, Easy Way to Quit, and he basically says that the willpower method is best, and following his advice. If I was alone on an island that might work! But I enjoyed his book and recommend people read it.

"What inspires me to stay quit is the fact that I sleep better at night, and knowing that I am improving my health. I have more energy in the gym, too. I like to run...I feel confident now that I can start running. When smoking crosses my mind I think of not being able to run for a long period of time.

"My most valuable advice for to others is: Pray. Ask God for guidance and help and strength. Take it one day, one hour, one minute, one second at a time. Don't worry about tomorrow, just get though today. Sometimes if I am having a strong craving I will tell myself, "Maybe tomorrow I will have a smoke, but not today." And the next day I say the same thing (I got that from another quitter on the site)."



QuitNet member since April, 2013




Tina, you are doing such a great job! I thank God with you that you are touching all the bases, right down to getting a new attitude and developing new coping skills. Allen Carr's book was a big help to me too in understanding the addiction and the big lies, thus equipping me to finally quit after trying for over 40 years. I smoked for 57 years. You also went about quitting in a serious way. Congratulations! 
Posted @ Tuesday, May 07, 2013 7:33 PM by Bob Martin
Loved reading this. I have been smoking for 30 years and today thanks to the patch have not had a smoke all day. Loved the part about praying, I became a Christian 2 years ago which is one of many reasons why I am quitting....Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring others.
Posted @ Wednesday, May 08, 2013 3:51 PM by Richard Theobald
Good job. Keep it up, and thanks for sharing.
Posted @ Thursday, May 09, 2013 12:11 PM by Mike
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