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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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    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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    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

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  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
  8. marianne, quit coach
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    Happy Weedless Wednesday!

    Hoping your day is going well!  A day to be happy to be smoke free or initiating the planning process for your quit journey.  

    Any thoughts you want to share with others? 

    Best Wishes to all!
  9. mari_m
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    Hi All, I’ve been smoke free for 59 days, Yeah!!  Lately I havent been feeling like a smoker anymore, but not sure what a non-smoker feels like, so I seem to be somewhere in between. But when i realized today is Weedless Wednesday, I am so happy that I chose to quit, and not give up on my quit matter how hard it seemed at times. Im feeling proud to celebrate this day as a non smoker!  Having joined this helpline has really kept me going forward just reading what others have to share on their journey, so a big thanks to everyone. Please keep sharing. Happy Weedless Wednesday! -M
  10. treepeo
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    Hi mari_m,

    Congratulations on your 59 smoke free days!  I can't believe it has been that long already.  Way to go!  I'm so happy for you!
  11. tiny2018
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    I have been struggling off and on with my start quit but in my couple attempts that have slipped I have found some things for distractions that I thought may help. I tried as having something sitting there like veggies or something healthy near by I kind of put my own spin on it with making me focus on doing that when am grabbing something instead of thinking about a cigarette. I keep a bowl of honey nut cheerios on hand like coffee table but when I go to snack and grab a few I use my left hand, I am right handed, but use your non dominant hand so as you go to and grab the cheerios or whatever you have you kind of really need to think about it so stops you from thinking about a cigarette when doing it. it always helped me in both ways and thought would like to pass along so maybe can help someone else too.
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