May 3 2020
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4 months - still miss it

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It has been 4 months and 1 week that I quit. I smoked for 31 years with 2 previous times of quitting, the first for 3 years, the second time for 3 months. Was smoking 1 pouch of 50g rolling tobacco a week upuntil 26th Dec 2019.
First few weeks were the hardest. Have been using 4mg gum as a alternative and it has helped.
From month 3 to 4 has been the easiset part with most days not even thinking about a smoke.
This last week however has been tough and have thought about smoking everyday.
I'm sure it will pass but its just crazy how strong the ties are with smokes.
It is not easy to quit and there will be many people who experience withdrawals long after they have stopped. For others it will be less of a struggle.
For those of us that find it challenging even after months of quitting, hang in there - and keep up the fight.

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Apr 9 2020
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13 days smokefree

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Feeling really good. I have recently started using lozenges.. one pack a day.

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Mar 20 2020
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Mentally preparing

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I realize how long I have been lying to myself, telling myself that this habit is not affecting my health. I am 50 and feeling unhealthy, unfit, sounding like a chesty smoker. I am desperate to be free

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Mar 7 2020
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Day 2

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Hi all! I’ve finally decided (and actively trying) to quit smoking. Im wearing patches which are really helping!

I must say that im finding today ultra hard! I dont feel like socialising or being around people (avoiding triggers) and my mood is so foul. I still dont want a cigarette though because i cant let 2 days go to waste!

Im avoiding a family gathering tonight because im serious about quitting and avoiding temptation.

Please tell me it gets easier! Please tell me its worth it!

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Feb 13 2020
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patches and lozenges

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Picked up my patches and lozenges today. will start them tomorrow and try do a smoke free day.

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Feb 5 2020
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How To Make This Easier..

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Hi People,
I have written blogs on how to make quitting easier over the past 9yrs I’ve been quit, using different analogies and viewpoints and so today I thought I’d write a brief cover plan.

The hardest part to quitting for most folks is in the first month with cravings in the first week hitting hard and the habit of smoking constantly showing through our subconscious, (smoking & not knowing why) a little knowledge in this area will help arm you in preparation to succeed in this quest for freedom.
Whilst there are several means available to adopt to help one quit, the most successful methods for most are printed right here in these quit blogs, provided means & path by Quitline show the same proven & agreeable methods to succeed in quitting tobacco bringing the rewards & putting control back in our hands.
As we know the more effort we put into something the better the results that come from it, so below I will list what works very well, it’s what I did going cold turkey and has been very successful for many people.
If this isn’t for you then feel free to use your own method, (what works for you) as there are several ways to quit but in the end you’ll have to stop putting cigarettes in your mouth in order to actually quit smoking.

What is the best way to stop smoking?
1. Make a plan approx. 30 days in advance of your quit day – Call Quitline on 0800 778-778 to discuss this, order a quit pack,
Digital Plan is here.. https://quit.org.nz/your-page/your-quit-plan
2. Start using affirmations daily – I will quit smoking on XXXX date, I will not smoke anymore after the XXXX date. Etc
3. On the day Before you quit - Clean up all smoking paraphernalia, have no signs showing.
4. Stock bottled water in the fridge to keep cool.

On your quit day:
✔ Do not smoke at all… Ever (Remember the 4 D’s)
✔ Stay busy – a busy mind has no time to smoke
✔ Begin use of your NRT if you have chosen to use one.
✔ Participate in these blogs by giving & receiving support. –
Works like magic
✔ Drink more water – Sip water when cravings come on.
✔ Drink less or no alcohol for a while – approx. 30 days.
✔ Avoid being next to individuals who are smoking.- join
them after
✔ Avoid situations where you’d have a strong urge to smoke.
✔ Change your daily routine.

Feel free to Blog here if you need support or call Quitline 0800 778-778
I could break each point into an essay of info sheet here however I’m saving that for my book. It doesn’t really matter which method you use or how you quit successfully, so long as you quit. There are several ways to cook a meal & so long as it’s cooked you will enjoy and benefit from it.
Good Luck Everyone.

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Jan 30 2020
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Starting today

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Started smoking at 13, almost two decades of a pointless, filthy, money pit of a habit. Really noticed the effects as of late, singing used to be effortless and now I struggle to stay in key. I was asked to sing my brother and fiancee down the aisle, so I'm going to use this an added incentive to finally quit! Looking forward to being Auahi kore. Really appreciate your tautoko.

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Jan 30 2020
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Self pressure makes me smoke more

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The thought of quitting, and knowing I need to quit for so many reasons is making me want to smoke more! It’s like I’m so disappointed in myself that when I have the ‘I need to quit smoking’ battle in my head, I go light a smoke.

I sit there, I think about people who have achieved goals and I think to myself, I can’t even achieve 1 goal - quitting smoking. Right there is when the disappointment sinks in, and I have a smoke. I think about the mother I could be without smoking and I wonder who I even am without smoking. Sounds crazy?! There are people who wake up one day and just quit. Then here’s me.

I think about loved ones I have lost with cancer battles who were young, healthy, smoke and alcohol free and I wonder what’s the point? My grandmother died of lung cancer and never touched a cigarette or alcohol in her life. She’s just 1 of 3 people I know. But I know smoking is wrong! And I need to stop, and it’s horrible expensive and could kill me. Although it may not cause ME cancer it does affect many things e.g my teeth, my heart yet I still battle with myself everyday.

I getting tired of nagging myself and I am getting tired of the anxious person I am in general without a cigarette. I want to achieve smoking and I want to achieve a goal for once.



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Jan 27 2020
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Quitting is a MUST this time

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Hi all, here I am again trying to quit AGAIN. I am determined this time as I am pregnant (early stages) with my second child and I feel so guilty every time I light a cigarette! I know it’s wrong, and it’s harmful, and I feel very selfish but I am finding it hard to quit. I smoked with my first pregnancy but cut down, and still I feel bad for that. I don’t want to be the mother of 2 who is a smoker and my kids will be watching me. No judgement please. I’d appreciate words of motivation! Also I’m scared of going back to smoking once baby is born (due to stress of 2 kids) and I really really hope I am strong enough for the sake of my children to not let smoking over take me! Thank you.

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Jan 27 2020
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Trying again

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I'm ready to quit smoking again. I quit back in 2015 for 6 months but then picked it up again. Now it's 2020 and I am done with it. I know it will be hard as most of my friends smoke.
I know I can do this!

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