Welcome to all new quitters

At this time of year, predictably, the forum sees a lot of new members.

I wanted to create a thread for everyone to put their welcomes and a bit of simple advice for these new quitters.

I wrote this in another thread, in response to a quitter who has been quit 9 months!

Well done! Nine months is pretty awesome! I hope you feel suitably proud of yourself, and you will no doubt inspire many people who are about to start their quits for the New Year.

I hope you don't mind if I add to your post to say that this place is awesome - but the reason it is so good is because it helps with the phsycological issues the smoker goes through when they stop. By far the most difficult part is the "habit" - the phsycological craves. While the Physical craves are normally gone in a week - 10 days, the phsycological ones can last many months and the only way to beat them quickly is to educate yourself. Read everything you can find and then some, read it twice or 3 times. Read about peoples progress on here, read whyquit.com , woofmang.com , and anything else you can find on the subject of smoking or quitting.

Medication such as NRT or Champix can only help with the physical side - I urge you to educate yourself from the start (preferably before the start!) to give you the best possible chance of success.

Lastly, Don't panic if you have failed before - it doesn't matter. This time is a fresh start, and most successful quitters have failed several times before.

Oh, and we are all here to help you - post often, and we will do all we can to advise you :D

My name is Stuart and I have chosen not to feed my nicotine addiction for 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 3 hours, 56 minutes and 49 seconds

That's 107 days, during which time I would have smoked 2,143 fags at a cost of £452.23.

Choosing to not smoke has saved 1 Week, 10 hours and 35 minutes of my life.

Welcome to the forum, I hope we can be of assistance to you as you do one of the most important things you will ever do for yourself. Congratulations on the decision - you CAN do it if you really want to. It's not THAT hard, if I can do it anyone can! Reading is the single most important thing you can do to help yourself.

All the best.

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  • I Second everything stuart said. You will have fab support here so please come and join us. xxxxxxx

  • i will 3rd that.it will be the best place to be :D

  • welcome all

    i quit on nov 17th this is a great site there is always someone ready to hel[ and encourage you over the bad patches and cheer through the good

    love margaret

  • Worked for me

    The support I received here certainly helped me. These days I just drop by every now and then to encourage others to quit--as I'm on month 14 and don't think much about smoking anymore, except when I see--and smell--someone smoking, then it's "ugh! Glad I don't do that anymore!"

    RobW

    Quit Date: 18 October 2007

    Method: Cold Turkey

  • robw,,do you ever crave for just one fag,,or think about them,,just a thought,,tony

  • I'll answer that for him. Yes he does, so do I. I gave up ban day July 07 and have educated myself never to smoke again, although I can't help thinking about smoking now and again. What really helps me is when someone who has just had a smoke comes and talks to me. It nearly makes me reach. The stink is foul. I cannot believe I used to smell like that. Well I don't now and the odd thought is no more than that, a thought, not a craving!

    Good luck, its worth it, well worth it.

  • WELCOME!!

    you have just made one, if not the most, Important decision in your life,feel good about it!!

  • Pleased to meet you all!

    I'm looking for somewhere to hang out as I'm going to be a new year quitter.

    It's great to read everyone's input. None of my friends smoke, so I sort of feel that they won't understand what I'm embarking on. No worries though as I think I just found a whole bunch of folk who will understand!!

    Can't see any other members who will be giving up for new year, but it may be I'm looking in the wrong thread, or they are waiting till the 1st to join in?

    Sign up if you're out there, the more of us the merrier!

    xx

  • Hi Kixit,

    I think there will be plenty, but most will wait until the day or a few after to join.

    We do understand in a way your non smoking mates never can, and are here to help.

    Quitting is a bit of a mind game and its the physiological side of quitting that is the toughest. Trying to get a mind set where quitting is a gaining thing (wealth health control etc) rather than a sacrifice is the key IMHO.

    Check the links in my signature for more info and inspiration, reading about the addiction and what to expect while quitting is probably the most useful thing you can do to strengthen your quit.

    Best wishes and post often

    Nic

  • Welcome Kixit

    Lovely to meet you. this is a great place for quitting lots of support and advice. Are you going ct or some thing else. Anyways look forward to getting to know you. linda xxxxx

  • Welcome to the forum Kixit and all the best with your quit.

    Post often, and everyone will do their level best to make sure you get all the support you need.

    Congratulations on the decision, it really is the best one you will have made for a very long time!

  • Thank you.

    I will be doing the cold turkey thing... although frankly I've had enough of that already this week :p

    See you in 2009

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