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  1. kit
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    Hello-
    Im Kit. Well my quit date has arrived- it is tomorrow. I am new. Trying to find yet another reason to push my date back YET AGAIN !  
  2. linda, quit coach
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    Hi Kit,

    Welcome and congratulations for making this important decision to quit smoking! We are happy to have you here with us! You seem well-prepared and motivated, and you have set a quit date for tomorrow – That’s wonderful!

    As we know, smoking cessation can be difficult and it’s quite normal to feel a little bit anxious and want to push away your quit date. But know that you are not alone in your quit journey and we are here for you. You can call us at 1-877-513-5333 if you have any questions or concerns.

    Sometimes, talking to somebody can be helpful and other times, you are strong enough to persevere and rely on yourself, your strengths and your reasons for quitting. You know yourself best and you have worked very hard to get to this point. We encourage you to go with what works for you. Do you have a plan for tomorrow?

    Many people find helpful to use the 4 D’s:

    Deep breathing will help you relax and focus on something else

    Drink water will help you clean your system and keeps your hands and mouth busy

    Distraction such as go for a walk, play a game, text a friend, go to the gym etc.

    Delay – Cravings don’t last very long, usually about 5 to 10 minutes

    Know that everyone is different, some people prefer to quit cold turkey and others prefer to use some quit aids like the patch, the nicotine gum or inhaler. Each method has its own qualities that appeal to each person. You can try one approach and then switch to another one if needed. If you are interested to use a quit aid, please discuss with a doctor or pharmacist about your options, how to use the aids properly and the right dosage.

    We’re wishing you the best of luck and thank you for being here!

    Last modified on 20 Apr 2019 16:02 by linda, quit coach
  3. lucky
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    Hi Kit,

    Welcome to Smokers Helpline!

    Congratulations of making the decision to quit smoking and having set a quit date, that shows your determination.
     I too was afraid before my quit date, because the cigarette had become a part of my live.
    I missed my best friend, but that friend gave me chronic bronchitis to the point that I was unable to breath anymore!
    I am now smoke free for 2 1/2 month and I cannot describe the benefit of having quit.
    Also, I could not have done it without the support of Smokers Helpline. Come here every day and read through the posts, very helpful.

    Tomorrow is your quit date, so be prepared as how to handle sudden cravings: Change your morning routine, distract yourself, have a water bottle handy and drink lots of water. The cravings only last a few minutes.
    You can do this!

  4. treepeo
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    Hi kit,

    So glad you joined us.  I can relate to how anxious you feel about quitting.  We are all in the same boat.  We are all addicts, and quitting is hard in so many ways.  But it IS possible to quit.  Try to change your routines and avoid triggers.  Drink lots of water, and do things to distract yourself.  Make a list of all of the reasons why you want to quit, and read it often.

    Be prepared for withdrawal symptoms.  They can take many forms.  You might feel spacy, or on edge, or you might have difficulty sleeping.  Withdrawal affects people in different ways, but the symptoms are all normal.  Most of us smoked most of our lives, so to suddenly stop feeding all those chemicals to our bodies takes a toll.  Just know that withdrawal is temporary, and when you get over those symptoms, you will feel better than ever.

    Instead of feeling anxious, try to get excited about your quit.  Quitting smoking is one of the most important things you could ever do for yourself.  Not only will you feel better physically, but you will smell better, and you will be free from the chains of this horrible addiction.  Give quitting a shot.  You may be pleasantly surprised by what you can accomplish.
  5. berndt72
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    My quit date is tomorrow as well. I have already started to cut myself back from pack and a bit a day to only 4-5 smokes a day.For the past 4 days. My question is it normal to feel light headed and dizzy off and on.??
  6. berndt72
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    Sorry I should of read the post fully.My quit date is tomorrow April 22nd/2019
  7. treepeo
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    Hi berndt72,

    Yes, those are normal withdrawal symptoms.  Your body is trying to adjust to getting lower doses of the chemicals it has become used to.  So you might feel lightheaded, dizzy, or spacy.  Try to breathe through it.  I know it's not easy going through withdrawal, but those symptoms will not last forever.  Remember to be kind to yourself.  Do things that will make you happy, because that will help you get through the hard times in your quit.
  8. brieffree
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    All  new Quitters

    Welcome to help line

    And Congrats in your quit! Do not be afraid! Life is so much Better without Smoke!

    Please Post how you feel!

    Everyday is a try, never give up! 
  9. efram, quit coach
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    It's common to procrastinate. Like lucky mentioned, if you have a quit date it shows that you're intent on quitting soon. That's a good thing! Pushing the date back once or twice probably won't make a big difference, and may work in your favor (i.e., more time to prepare). But if it's happening "YET AGAIN!" then it might help to explore why ...

    There's an interesting article about procrastination here:

    https://solvingprocrastination.com/why-people-procrastinate/

    The article includes 27 (!) reasons why people procrastinate. Based on this, it's amazing that anyone ever gets anything done, let alone quitting smoking!

    With quitting, often the procrastination boils down to some combination of anxiety (as kit and treepeo mentioned), fear (of failure), with perhaps a dash of ambivalence (wanting to quit but also, as lucky mentioned, still feeling that cigarettes are "friends," etc.). Also it may be hard to want to want to suffer through cravings and withdrawals in the present for a less tangible benefit (money, health, etc.) that your future self will enjoy (what did that future self ever do for you, anyway?!).

    For those of you who've plucked up your courage, set a quit date and stuck with it, how did you successfully combat the urge to procrastinate?

  10. merline, quit coach
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    Hello Kit,

    It's true that quitting is not easy but I know you can do it with the right support.
    Kit make sure you have a quit plan because creating a quit-smoking plan may improve your chances of quitting for good. Having a plan helps you set expectations, line up the support you need, prepare for cravings, identify and practice coping skills, and stay motivated.

    Please know that you are not alone in your quit journey. We invite you to contact us at 1-877-513-5333 if you have any questions or concerns.

    Did you manage to quit?

    We look forward to hear from you again






    Last modified on 13 May 2019 17:53 by merline, quit coach
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