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Avy
Quit 126 days ago
I am trying to quit even though i started a few months ago. I started smoking with friends ocationally then i started smoking alone sometimes in the night because of stress. Then i started smoking regularly. Now my loved ones wants me to promise that i would never smoke again and i do not have the courage to promise. I have no idea how am i going to make that promise? What should i do?
  • Lucille Brown
    Quit 1,232 days ago
    March 14 @ 7:01 am
    Avy, welcome to the forum.  Please pay a visit to your doctor to discuss prescriptions that are available to you or talk to your pharmacist about nicotine replacement products. If you sign a declaration that you will try and quit some of the products are free.   Drink plenty of water and eat nutritious fruit and veggies.  For snacks when you're hungry, try nuts of any kind, sunflower or pumpkin seeds or even a bit of dark chocolate.  Try joining a yoga or meditation class to rid yourself of the stress. For distractions try crossword puzzles, jigsaws, crafts of any kind or read books on cigarette addiction such as Allen Carr's "Easy Way To Quit Smoking".  Take deep breaths when a craving hits, count to five and exhale.  Go for a long walk every day to get fresh air into your lungs.  Pick a mantra such as Nope (Not One Puff Ever) and repeat it to yourself everyday.  Keep a log of your quit so that you don't repeat the same mistakes twice and remember to give the quit coaches a call if you find yourself faltering.  They can be reached at 1-877-455-2233. The call and the service is completely free and they will work with you one on one  without judging or shaming you.  We will also be here to help in any way we can, just post us.  You've already taken the first step by joining our quit now family and you are stronger than you think.  Take it one day and one step at a time and you'll succeed in achieving your goal.  Much love, Lucille.
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    judythebeauty
    Quit 515 days ago
    March 14 @ 3:37 pm
    Welcome Avy, I know it sounds overwhelming but you can do it.  One step at a time, and we will be here to guide you through the process.   Lucille gave you some great advice to get started.  Good luck, keep us posted!
  • QuitCoach Melissa
    March 15 @ 6:46 am
    Hi Avy, we're glad that you've reached out for extra support.  This is not an easy process.  You may benefit from setting up a plan for coping with stress and also to discuss with your loved ones about specific things they can do to help you.   If you are feeling pressured to promise not to smoke, you can let them know you will do your best and put a plan in place.  However, smoking is an addiction and we know that  slips and relapse are often part of that process for many people.  Please reach out if you would like to speak more with a quit coach about plan at 1-877-455-2233.  All the best.
  • Green Meenie
    Quit 905 days ago
    March 16 @ 12:05 pm
    Hope you are still watching this space for information Avy. Learning all you can about this addiction and how it works to try and keep us enslaved to it is key in breaking free from it's hold on you.
    You have some great advice already from those responding. I would suggest you take advantage of connecting with a quit coach who can help you set up a quit plan that you are comfortable with. Involving your family in helping you during the early days is a great idea. All the help we can get in those early quit days is a good thing!
    Let us know how you're doing.