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  1. dusty^
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    hello.
     I am on day 2 going cold turkey
       I felt like  I needed some support so I made this account.   I got bad bronchitis that made me not want a cigarette at all. so im going to turn my suffering into something useful and quit smoking.
    Drinking alcohol makes my cravings worse. so I just might have to quit drinking too.
     thank you
  2. sarah, quit coach
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    14 Apr 2023 in reply to dusty^
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    hello dusty^ and welcome to the online community. 
    Congratulations on your cold turkey quit! Sounds like it was really important for you to quit for your health, and you took that big step. Hope you're feeling better soon!
    You are also really aware of alcohol, and how it could trigger you to smoke. Often people making change with their smoking have situations /circumstances where they have a stronger urge to smoke. You noticed that and are making change with it too - congrats!
    Please continue to reach out as needed and give the forums a read through - theres alot of really strong and supportive info on here!
    All the best and have a great weekend.
    Take care
    Sarah
  3. dusty^
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    14 Apr 2023 in reply to sarah, quit coach
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    thank you Sarah!
     I havent had a single craving today and I had major majorrrrrrr family drama at my house today. i thought i was gonna get stabbed or worse (im not kidding) and i never once wanted a cigarette i think im completely out of the woods, i will not let my guard down tho
     i start work again on monday after a winter long lay-off .  I will know by then. work was a big big trigger for me
    thanks for taking the time to message me. i really needed some1 to talk to
  4. Val H
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    Thank you for posting. I’m planning to attempt a cold turkey quit. Your post reminds me that I need to take care of myself in this process and reach out for support. 
  5. emily, quit coach
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    Hi Dusty^,

    Congratulations on getting through what sounds like a very stressful situation without smoking. You're very determined in your quit. 
    Do you recall what was helpful for you this weekend? Maybe there are some strategies you used that you can bring with you on your return to work tomorrow?

    Quitfriend, it's great to have you here with us. Reading through the posts can be such a great reminder of why we're quitting and that we can do it! Please continue to reach out for support. We'll all be here for you.

    Emily
    Last modified on 16 Apr 2023 11:33 by emily, quit coach
  6. dusty^
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    the thing that helped me was playing with my 10 month old daughter.
     i wont have her when im at work so i hope i do okay.  i plan on not buying any smokes.   i found 2 smokes today and destroyed them with my hands and tossed them.
      
       quitfriend only way cold turkey works for me is if im sick.  i couldnt have done it if i was not sick with bronchitis . i wish you luck. maybe buy some sun flower seeds to keep your hands busy. cold turkey is hard
  7. karen, quit coach
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    Hi Dusty, 

    So happy to hear that you have your daughter to keep you busy while you are at home!

    You are thinking ahead and know that you need to strategize for distraction at work. What could you do differently at work during your breaks? Some people have had success going for a short walk at break or having a healthy snack or a bottle of water. What do you think might help you?

    Karen

     
  8. dusty^
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    01 May 2023 in reply to karen, quit coach
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    I"m about to approach day 21 of no smoking
     i used gum to help me forget about cravings. I  found a very good spearmint flavour that helped me . non nicotine gum of course.
     I am able to have a couple of beers and not smoke. so I feel like i am out of the woods . but i will not let my guard down
  9. sarah, quit coach
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    Congrats dusty^! Make it to three weeks is a really significant milestone..way to go! 

    Glad to hear you found something to keep your mouth distracted, and that you're having success with regular activities that you can still enjoy without smoking.

    You are so motivated & determined to stay quit! Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

    Warmly,
    Sarah
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