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Share your tips for National Non-Smoking Week!

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  1. marianne, quit coach
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    Happy New Year 2019 to you all!  

    National Non-Smoking Week is soon approaching (Jan 20th- 26th).  This event has taken place yearly in Canada since 1988.  This initiative involves educating others so they don't begin to smoke while supporting others to quit and remain smoke-free.  Weedless Wednesday (Jan 23rd) was created to encourage people to begin their smoke-free journey.  

    As a community, we want to acknowledge this time by uniting together to achieve our goals of living tobacco free!  Let's start the ball rolling now by reflecting on our personal experiences.  Can you share with us:  

    What are your tips to stay smoke-free?  


    Best Wishes All!  
    The Smokers' Helpline Team


     



  2. live2019
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    Hi I’ve been smoke free for one month
    the tips that I would suggest is change your routine, find new ways to keep busy like going to the gym or start a new hobby.
  3. amymf
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    5 days and 6 hours ago in reply to live2019
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    I am glad you are winning the battle .... i have failed once again and I find it soooo hard ... I last 2-3 days and the craving gets so bad that I cave .... been smoking for 55 yrs. quit once for one year wish I had never started up again .... life is a daily struggle and I find relief in that cig. .... unable to do many things have back problems so I spend most of my time at home & alone .... I will keep trying .... set a new date for Feb.1st. .... keep it up ....
  4. atp
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    5 days and 4 hours ago in reply to amymf
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    Amymf - Great news that you are committed to quitting. I quit on Jan.01 - so am on 10 days smoke free. I've tried to quit many times before and like you always ran into trouble on day 2 or 3. This time I was just more determined. The amazing thing is that by day 4 I actually started to feel better and that motivated me to keep going. 

    As for tips to staying smoke free - set a plan and stick to it. Get a support team in place (friends, spouse, this site, etc.) and speak about what you're going through. 
  5. efram, quit coach
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    Thank you, live2019, amymf, and atp for helping us to get the ball rolling!

    Live2019, that word "change" is really what it's all about, eh? Changing things for the better.

    Amymf, even though you've struggled, I'm glad you're moving forward. Setting a quit date is a sign of strength and determination! Though you haven't succeeded in the long-term yet, we consider any smoke-free day a success to build on, and I'll bet that you've learned a few tips of your own along the way to bring you that much closer to reaching your goal. The tip I'm hearing from you is "keep trying"!

    Atp, thanks for sharing some of the secrets of your success. Yes, support helps so much, and that's why I'm glad we're all here together helping each other! And definitely having a plan in place can make for much smoother sailing. I spoke with someone yesterday who not only had a "plan A," but also a backup plan in place, just in case!

    Please keep those tips coming,
    Efram

    Last modified on 10 Jan 2019 15:39 by efram, quit coach
  6. treepeo
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    Hi Marianne,

    I think preparation is the key to becoming smoke free.  I had no idea how to even attempt to quit, until I came onto this site.  It was here that I learned about delay, distraction, drinking lots of water, etc.  I found all of that information invaluable.

    As to staying smoke free, I always try to remember where I started from, and where I am today.  I had a whole bunch of really good reasons why I wanted to quit.  It was a real struggle in the beginning, but I persevered and look at me now.  A non-smoker for two years!  Never thought I would see the day.  I still get the odd craving, and probably will all my life, because I smoked for so much of my life.  But I know I don't want to give up the incredible freedom that comes with being a non-smoker, along with all of the health benefits.  I also don't want to be a social outcast any more.  So time and again I say, Not One Puff Ever.  And if I stick to that, I will be fine.
  7. marianne, quit coach
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    Hello Treepeo,

    Thank you for sharing your valuable experience for National Non-Smoking Week.  "Preparation" & "Motivation" are important.  Being more equipped for the unknown instills confidence to endure those challenging moments.  And like you shared, gave you the ability to persevere to achieve your success today- congratulations on your 2 years!  

    Appreciate you giving hope to others who are beginning their journey.  Looking forward to celebrating NNSW with you all!  

    Marianne
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