Post # 1
Before tonight, I had been a cigarette smoker since I was 17, for 11 years. I thought I smoked for a lot of reasons – to keep my weight down, to relax in stressful situations, to alleviate boredom, and many more. I have recently been diagnosed with a health condition that, if I continued to smoke, could cause me to go blind. Blind! Unbelievable! Obviously, I’ve always known that smoking causes so many terrible health problems and could eventually kill me, but none seemed so real as the very real possibility that if I continued to smoke, I could go blind.
This weekend I decided I really must quit and I really must never, ever start again. I have heard wonderful things about Allen Carr’s Easyway book so I downloaded a free copy and read it this evening. By the end of the book, I not only smoked my last cigarette, but I am so excited about my new life as a non-smoker! I do not think this will be hard. I will not suffer. I am liberated! I am completely convinced that I will never, ever smoke again in my life. Ever.
I am so happy that I had to share it with you all. If any smokers here are interested in reading a book that may possibly change your life, you can download a free copy here: https://sites.google.com/site/nerukom/AllenCarrEN-EasyWayToStopSmoking.pdf?attredirects=1. You may not believe me, which is fine, but I encourage you to read the book. You have nothing to lose by doing so.
Post # 3
go girl! I don’t have any words of advice, as I’ve never been a smoker, but I’m happy you’ve made such a great decision! Good luck!
Post # 4
Yay! Congrats! Think of all the benefits: clearly your health, the money you’ll save, and the knowledge you kicked a hard habit!
Post # 5
Congrats! Heck, I’d get a ‘cigarette money’ jar and “pay yourself” for a month (or however long) of cigarettes you would’ve purchased and then go treat yourself to an awesome gift *almost as awesome as how good you’ll feel ;-). Congratulations again, that’s a big accomplishment!
Post # 7
The thing is, it’s not a hard habit to kick at all! The difficulty lies in one’s mind, not in the actual withdrawal from nicotine. The thing I loved about the book was how it spelled out in such a simple yet profound way how no one likes smoking and the only thing stopping any smoker from quitting is fear. By dispelling the myths behind the fears the author convinced me that quitting smoking is ridiculously easy. I guess I’ll have to update this thread in a few weeks once I prove him right! Which I totally will 🙂
Post # 8
From one ex-smoker to another – congratulations!! One piece of advice I would have for you is, just for a month or so, avoid those social situations where you would usually be tempted to smoke, keep a pen nearby for your fingers to play with and get out there and start enjoying your new-found freedom!
Post # 9
I’m a nonsmoker, 2 months after smoking for I don’t even know, 12 or 13 years.
For me, the key was chantix, and I only did one month of it, not 3 months.
I chew nicorette now and I don’t know what to do when this box of that is gone, but I will not be returning to the clove cigarettes.
I think the key is trying to break the habit. By that, I mean going to buy the cigarettes, getting the lighters, falling back on them after eating, sex, or having to smoke while on the phone. And most importantly, realizing that they are NOT your friends and you don’t need them.
The chantix can make you nauseas and it gives you vivid dreams, but it really does work. On their site was a valuable coupon for anyone thinking of doing it.
Post # 10
Congrats! I totally agree with what you said about the way he talks about smoking in that book. I read it a few weeks ago and a lot of what he said clicked for me.
I haven’t smoked since June 27th and I haven’t felt the desire to and I feel amazing and powerful and free. It sounds so cheesy but it is 100% true.
Get it, girl!
Post # 12
I quit for the second time last Monday. I’m going to give this a read so that there isn’t a 3rd time!
Post # 13
Congrats OP!!! My BIL (and his sister and her SO) have been trying to quit for a while, but they keep pulling each other down. Not to mention he works outside for his family construction company and most of his coworkers smoke all day. Totally going to recommend this book to him! Thanks for the tip!
Post # 14
I just dowloaded it! My SO quite 2 weeks ago and I definitely need to – been smoking for 10 years now.
Post # 15
I’m so happy for you! Especially since it has serious consquences for you beyond the normal ones!
I wish it were so easy for me. Cigarettes help me breathe, didn’t start til I was an adult and recently learned they used to give them to asthma patients years ago because they temporarity open airways if they weren’t a trigger. Heat is a trigger for me… hello 100+ weather for months, I breathe easy at 73 degrees and LOWER if I’m active. The old inhalers worked great and the new “enviromentally friendly ones” are half as effective. I spent thousands of dollars trying to find medicines that worked without horrible side effects (one literally turned me in a non flesh eating zombie, another had me gagging all night). Now I don’t have insurance at all and I’ve come to decide quality of life is better than quantity, cause I know cigarettes will get me in the end. Basically I’m jealous!
Post # 16
I read that book, and whilst I did not quit at the time, it did help.
I have been a non smoker now for four years and it really makes a difference in your overall health. I wish you all the best. Quitting is not easy.