Did you quit smoking nicotine cold turkey like the scores of successful quitters below? Like them, have you remained 100% nicotine-free for at least 1 full year?
Year after year, more successful long term ex-users quit smoking cold turkey than by all other stop smoking methods combined. Yet, when have any of us ever seen a commercial or advertisement recommending cold turkey quitting or celebrating how the vast majority succeed? Cold turkey is fast, free, safe, science-based, productive and effective.
Cold turkey's champions are the hundreds of millions of worldwide ex-users who have mastered one guiding principle ... no nicotine just one day at a time! Below are the personal messages of hundreds who each quit cold turkey and have remained 100% nicotine-free for at least one full year.
Regardless of the method used to introduce nicotine into your bloodstream, if you quit cold turkey and have remained free for at least one year, we invite you to share your victory message with all dreaming of following in your footsteps! Thanks for becoming part of the team!
Only one rule ... no nicotine today,
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It is 18 months now since my last cigarette (cold turkey) which in my opinion the only way to go as I have tried many different ways and within weeks I was smoking again. I smoked 20 pack per day for 54 years and now I have never felt better in health can now walk miles without struggling for breath.
In January of 2014, I got the flu, and on January 16, 2014, I didn't want to smoke and then just kept going. I searched the internet for information about a recovery timetable and found whyquit.com. From there I informed myself, found the additional resources of FFN http://whyquit.com/ffn/index.html and Turkeyville https://www.facebook.com/groups/whyquit/, and read both Never Take Another Puff http://whyquit.com/joel/#book and Freedom From Nicotine the journey home http://whyquit.com/ffn/index.html and maintained my recovery for a year so far. Knowledge has been and is my recovery method.
Michael Gage Peterson
I can not believe it has been one year today!!! I never thought I could do it. I really want to thank all for the great advice I have received!!! Whoo one year today and to many more years to come!!!
Oh boy... It's been a year already!!! How time flies when you feel good. My husband did it (Stoney Radschweit) along with our friend Scott Baley and my sister Mary Parish Covey. We are all in a better place because of it. NTAP!!!!!!
Pam Parish Radschweit
One year now. Unbelievable. Awesome. A new life style. It is a revolution for me. I feel very good and it was easy.
1 year yesterday. I didn't even notice. The last 11 months have been a breeze.
1 year ago today I chose freedom over addiction! Never take another puff! I feel better, smell rosier and have a longer life expectancy than ever before. Thanks for all the support and encouragement to get me this far!
Wow! My first gold!!! Today, one year ago, I took the step towards freedom. I eventually back then, after reading from Joel’s library for a few weeks, educating myself, reading posts of encouragement from turkeyville members, after many "uneducated attempts," decided the time was perfect, perfect enough to break free from the shackles of self imposed slavery!! And what a journey it has been.
Personally, a year of many happenings in my life, up's and down's, the loss of a beloved son, not even that could make me go back to old ways. The fact that Joel's teachings bring to all quitters, including myself, the reality that "knowledge is power" and "education is key" is FACT!
Never before did NTAP and ODAAT have so much meaning, and it proved to be the key to success. I know there are so many newbie's this time of the year, So, if I could give any newbie a bit of advice, the same advice I was given one year ago, it is to never doubt your decision to take back your life ... to use the tools available, namely the teachings in Joel's library, and to know that quitting is so very doable!!!
Hang in there, it just gets better!!! And yes, it feels great to be free! And now for the next goal? To stay free! Chasing more gold! Let the healing continue ODAAT!
Hermanus Manie Groenewald
I have now stopped smoking for 1 year, 1 day, 4 hours, 13 minutes, 52 seconds. That translates into 7,303 cigarettes NOT smoked, for a savings of Rs. 51,124.68/- At 5 minutes per cigarette I have increased my life expectancy by 3 weeks, 4 days, 8 hours, 37 minutes, 37 seconds. — feeling accomplished.
Chinta Manee Jaipuri
I tried a number of times to quit with various aids and patches. They didn't help much and in fact I found myself smoking while wearing the patch. I'm 74 and have smoked for 60 years, quitting for more than a year twice, doing so cold turkey. Use of smoking aids were of no use.
I've found that:
You must be determined to quit which will help defeat the urge to smoke. You can't let cigarettes win. It's a battle every day and every minute of every day.
Even after 1 year of being smoke free, 1 cigarette is all that it will take to turn you back into a smoker.
I've quit twice for more than a year and all it took for me to become a smoker is 1 cigarette. I was sure I could buy a pack and just smoke one delightful cigarette each evening (chuckling at my ridiculous assumptions). The pack was gone within 24 hours.
Considering this, never give in and take that one puff even years after quitting. It may give you a great buzz for one or two seconds but then it'll continue destroying your body. Strange huh? That so many of us are willing to pay to destroy our health. Death wish?
It's been two years now and that one puff simply will not happen this time. I've quit for good going cold turkey, determined to WIN!!!!!!
I just wanted to thank you! A client of mine sent me to WhyQuit.com when I was sick of "trying" to quit, and needed help. I read through the information, and for once was excited I could do it. I watched almost every video (some more than once) and it got me through to the next hurdle (and video). I am happy to say I will be nicotine free for 2 years next week! I just forwarded a few links to a client of mine who asked me how I did it. I am thrilled to be able to pay it forward! Thank you again Joel! You turned out to be right about pretty much everything :)
Never take another puff again!!!
Sincerely - Donn
One hour ago I hit my ONE YEAR mark. I quit cold turkey after smoking for forty-five years. Among the hardest things I've ever done. Good luck to all the newbies this year.
Corbin C Carlton
Today I made it to Gold. It was thanks to my daughter Kirstie, who one day made a phone call home and stated emphatically "I never want to get the phone call mum......" This stayed in the back of my mind. Today because of that call, I am celebrating my one year anniversary. She passed away 5 months into my quit but I know in my heart she is saying "I'm proud of you mum." Thank you Kirstie, I know you are my Angel.
Today I am a golden turkey ! Have not taken one single puff for a whole year! I made it!!!!
I've officially got one year in the books. Glad to achieve Gold status. I remember when it seemed so far away. Time actually went kinda fast. #NTAP
I have believed in myself for "One year" today and I'm feeling so proud and free! This has been a very empowering journey and I know that I can do anything I want if I seriously put my mind to it. I've met so many wonderful friends along the way and for that I am truly grateful for all your support. If you're just starting out I hope you'll believe in yourself too and remember knowledge is power! Whyquit.com ... Check it out - NTAP Happy New Year!
Joann Campanaro Rudzinski
I had to look up the year I quit recently as I couldn't believe it's 10 years ago tonight that I escaped Nicotine Addiction by going 'cold turkey.'
The first week was mayhem but the rest was easy and is history as they say.
Time flies and life continues to throw up both good times and challenges, yet I can honestly say I have not missed cigarettes one bit. They are not needed in any way or in any scenario.
Starve the self perpetuating nicotine monkey on your back and you will be free. However, you have to be clear that you are escaping from addiction and are not giving up anything, because the truth is, cigarettes really do nothing for you!
Happy New Year.
James Smith - England
In 5 hours I will be 1 year smoke free. In that year I've also lost weight and started running. I love being able to live without smoking! I never thought I would be able to quit. After 23 years of smoking I'm finally free!
I couldn't let this wonderful day go by without taking the time to thank Joel, John and all the contributors to WhyQuit.com. I am nicotine free for 1 year thanks to your education and testimonies that gave me the strength and encouragement to achieve this mile stone.
Let me take a moment to endorse the "cold turkey" approach to quitting nicotine. It works !!! Let me encourage anyone who is trying to quit to give "cold turkey" a try. The first few weeks present some trying moments. However the education that you learn along with the testimonials of others who have succeeded before you keeps your determination strong during those weak moments. Read, read, read and reread until these moments pass. Embrace the fact that these trying moments are necessary to complete the healing process. Each trying moment becomes a step on the ladder of success.
The process works as long as you "NTAP". The first three days are the most anxious. The next 10 days present trying moments, but each day becomes easier. Each day becomes easier and easier. Somewhere between four weeks and four months, you achieve the blessed CONFORT ---- days go by in which you never think about nicotine withdrawals. Actually with the rare exception, those trying moments are gone forever. When the rare exception does occur it is nothing more than a fleeting thought that is gone in a instant.
May I wish everyone best wishes on your journey.
367 days ago I smoked my last cigarette. I had tried to stop so many times; dug trash out of the bin to light it up so many times; felt the desperation of the addict and the pain of all the negatives of cigarettes (cost, smell, health, short breath, cold winter, etc.)
Reading WhyQuit.com led me to have many epiphanies, awakening me to what was really going on in my life and that I must stop, that smoking like this was not an option any longer. Smokers and ex-smokers don't believe me when I tell them that knowledge really can be all you need to get you going, but we here at WhyQuit know better. After 13 years, a year ago I stopped smoking, one of the best things I did in my life. Anyone still smoking absolutely can do it too.
I quit on December 13, 2004. Today is my 10 year anniversary. I quit cigarettes in November of 1998 after being discharge from the hospital after having a prostatectomy. Unfortunately I started smoking cigars sometime after that. It started with an occasional cigar, but quickly escalated to way too many every day. I finally got the courage to quit them in December of 2004 after finding WhyQuit.com on line and reading your material there. I am 68 years old now and I am so grateful to be free of the nicotine addition that once owned me.
Today, December 9th, I have successfully concluded 10 years without smoking. I wouldn't have bet a nickel against a million dollars that I could last 10 hours then, let alone 10 years. But here I am and it's largely because of your website. Thank you. Here's the story:
Threatened with heart surgery at age 52 after smoking almost 40 years, it finally got my attention. I knew from past attempts that replacement therapy was a hoax and the only way I was going to make it was cold-turkey. In those days, chat rooms existed on the internet and I found one for smoking cessation and it was there that I was directed to WhyQuit.com. It was the best advice I could have gotten.
For some reason, I couldn't register properly (probably a sudden rush of oxygen to the brain!) and was never a sharing member of the website. Rather, I was a lurker and there was a participant at the time whose name was Gitte who evidently had quit just days before I did and she was posting my thoughts exactly every time I visited the website, which was several times each day. So unbeknownst to her, I hooked my wagon to hers and off we went on this amazing voyage.
The first few days were very difficult, but it wasn't long before I knew I could make it rationally through the nicotine withdrawal process. The best advice I got on WhyQuit.com was that life is going to come at you good or bad whether you smoke or not, so what does smoking do for you? Obviously, nothing, so there's no logical reason to do it. It just takes time for the emotional part to catch up. Well I put one foot in front of the other scared to death without my drug and days became weeks, became months, became years, and here I am at 10 years in as much disbelief that I (1.) was able to quit (2.) ever smoked in the first place and (3.) it's been so long since I stopped. Life without nicotine is amazingly wonderful. It's a bit amusing that even now there is the rare brief urge to smoke that flits by for no apparent reason and I can honestly answer inwardly "not in this lifetime." That's not a bad reminder that the receptors are very much alive even now and to be on guard.
If you can use this to encourage others, please do. The stories and experiences of others on Whyquit.com certainly helped me in the beginning and for several years afterward. By the way, I calculated how much I have not spent on cigarettes each year and thus far it's been $12,775 at 2004 prices. I'm not sure what it is at today's prices because blessedly I don't have to buy them anymore.
I quit smoking since 10/09/10, the day my dad died so suddenly by heart attack at age 61. I was 26. He left this world without any notice and somehow I felt angry and abandoned because he could have quit, he could have done something to stop from smoking two packs of cigarettes per day. The doctor said that his lungs were black and useless and that basically he committed suicide. I quit smoking since then because I don't want smoking to be my cause of death!
I will always remember the day that my dad died as the day that saved my life.
Thank you dad, I am thinking of you every second.
I wanted to write to you to thank you for your amazing website. Let me start off by telling you I haven't had a milligram of nicotine in any form since Father's Day, 2013 – almost 18 months now. I can honestly say I've beaten this addiction, with the help and support of your website and Joel's videos. I don't check in with your website too often any more, but for those first few weeks, I lived on the website. I quit cold turkey. I truly believe your website and the notion that cold turkey is the only way to go.
So, in this holiday season. I say thank you to you and your team at WhyQuit.com. A life saving website.
To all involved in your website: it will be almost 2 years since I have quit smoking. For 20+ years I smoked with many failed attempts at quitting.
Your information and help from your web site gave me the strength and knowledge to stay vigilant. I kept the mantra in my head "there is no good reason, there is no good reason", and it got me through.
During the first week or so I would pretend to smoke fake cigarettes (even flick the imaginary ash out of my car window, and light the imaginary smoke with a lighter) which seemed to help... but reminding myself of everything from your site really got me through. Sometimes I would just pull up the site and read it when I would get the urge.
Since quitting I have dreamed of smoking while sleeping, and have had cravings for cigarettes, but remembering "there is no good reason" keeps me solid.
Prior to quitting, my wife and I had been trying to get pregnant with our first child, with no success. Shortly after quitting we conceived our first child, and now have a beautiful son together. I really believe that it was the smoking preventing us from getting pregnant.
I see him and think to myself that, may be, I've afforded myself more time to be with my son and my wife. I think of my wife not having me around and having to raise my son on her own because of my smoking, and the notion horrifies me. Thank you for helping me get better, and hopefully giving me more time with my family. What you do is truly inspirational. Thank you.
I tell people all the time about WhyQuit.com, if you think you can't quit, you are wrong, you can. It's been three years for me. I failed so many times, and this time I learned to just live through it. Live with the expecting withdrawal once, not a bunch of times. Do it.
It has been my highest triumph. I feel like I have a life I might have missed. I may not have dodged the bullet, but it is in slow motion and I might have avoided a painful death that hurts your loved ones. I have more reason to hope. I hope for all smokers to get this bright chance that I feel now.
Today is 400 days without tobacco and it amazes me I have not had one hard moment where I thought I would fail. Quitting was as easy as defining myself as someone who no longer smoked. During my 38 years of a pack and a half a day for 6 days a week I was never motivated to quit so I never tried. I never smoked on Sundays because Saturday nights were bar nights and included more than usual smoking. Maybe the ability to refrain one day a week made the transition to never smoking easy, I don't know. For the final 28 years my cigarette was Camel non filter. Everyone, no matter how hard your personal battle, just know that the way you will feel is so good and so foreign. Breath is full and throat clearing is a thing if the past.
I just wanted to personally write to you both and thank you both so much for all of the resources you've made available. I'd tried just about every method to quit (patches, gum, champix etc), and since reading FFN/watching Joel's videos, I've been nicotine free for the past 346 days and counting (according to my quit counter).
Thank you so much for giving me my freedom back - it really is a wonderful thing to be free of such a filthy addiction. I share your website with anyone who asks me how I quit, in the hope that someday they too can be free.
I was talking with some smokers today, and it reminded me that I had never thanked you for your site and the wonderful motivation that it provided me when I decided to quit in 2007.
I had been a please forgive how horribly tardy I've been in getting your message shared on WhyQuit's Turkey's Triumphs page. I started substitute teaching full-time in August and am just now catching my breath and getting caught up. Congratulations on getting and staying clean and sincere thanks for caring, sharing and becoming part of the team. Together, just one brother or sister nicotine addict at a time, we can and are making a difference. Still only one rule, even for big quits like us ... none today, to never take another puff, dip, vape or chew! Breathe deep, hug hard, live long, John (Gold x15) John R. Polito Nicotine Cessation Educator Director WhyQuit.com 106 Aldrich Place Goose Creek, SC 29445 (843) 797-3234 email@example.com smoker for about 35 years. I was smoking about a pack and a half a day in December, 2006, when I began to think, again, about quitting smoking. I had quit several times; 9 months being my most successful endeavor. That success had been through cutting my cigarettes smoked by 2 per day, starting from where I was at the time. I had also tried patches, which I found easy, but I didn’t want to wear patches for the rest of my life. I also tried step-filters; unsuccessfully and nicotine gum – nasty. This was before the days of the e-cigarette or I probably would have tried that too. E-cigarettes seem to make the users feel free to use them in times and places where they would not have used regular cigarettes; often leading to more of a nicotine addiction.
Anyway, I knew I was highly addicted to nicotine and any quit method that included nicotine didn't make sense to me. I needed to break that addiction. I was getting ready to turn 50 and did not want to be a 50 year old smoker. In those days, they had recently outlawed smoking just about everywhere and I hated feeling like a criminal relegated to some distant corner of my employers’ parking lot while I got my nicotine fix.
I found your site in December, 2006, and spent some time each evening reading everything posted there. I knew that the key to successfully quitting was getting motivated and your site did that for me in spades. I set my quit date my son's birthday, January 8th, 2007. I planned to drink a lot of fluids to help flush the nicotine out of my system as quickly as possible and I warned my family and friends that things might get ugly for a little while. One major obstacle I knew I would face was the fact that my husband was a 2 pack a day smoker who had no such inclinations about quitting. I had to make sure that I knew, going in, that this was about me and it was not about him or anything he did or didn’t decide to do. I was going to quit. Period.
And I did. And things did get a little ugly for a little while. But I made it through the first week. And every day after that got a little easier.
And then the unthinkable happened.
My little sister, my best friend, who I talked with everyday, had a massive heart attack and died at the age of 43, on February 2, 2007.
And I wanted a cigarette. I remembered something I read on your site, about how that cigarette wasn't going to change anything. It wouldn't bring her back. And it wasn't a fitting tribute to her. Everyone in my family was watching me, hoping I wouldn’t, but halfway expecting I would. But I didn't.
It has now been over 7 and a half years. I don't miss it anymore. I rarely even think about it. But I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the motivation that your site provided for me.
I was able to quit smoking over 6 years ago because of your site whyquit.com. I used the 5 minute method.
Thanks for your book and lessons. I am one year today! Gold! And only 1 beer for the entire year as well! $7000 saved on cigs, 20445 cigs not smoked and 71 days of life saved. Not to mention I have cycled 5oookm this year and lost 43 pounds! I was smoking over 50 butts a day and 3 to 4 tall boys a day as well.
I was clearing out the old bookmarks on my web-browser when I came across "Turkey's Triumphs." Curious as to why I had developed an interest in Turkish History, I clicked through and it all came flooding back. I used to be a smoker! That is, until 458 days ago when I went cold turkey and finally quit.
I was a 20-a-day man for 10 years till I was 34. Before finding WhyQuit.com, I had tried at least 7 times using patches or gums. Everytime, I was clear for a while before I would cave in again and go back smoking. After a particular 3 week stint on patches, I realised I was only changing my nicotine supply from tobacco to patches.
I found WhyQuit. I read all the material on the website and picked a stop date in July 2013. Now, in October 2014, I call myself an ex-smoker. The first week, I think I read Never Take Another Puff every day. I think I needed to read it once through a month later - mostly for reassurance when I got a really bad craving one day after arriving in a strange city.
Since giving up, my skin is much brighter and younger. I had my medical two weeks ago and my lung capacity is of someone in their early 20’s. My fingers are no longer stained green, my taste and smell is much improved and I don't stink of tobacco.
Your website was the last piece of the puzzle to help me give up smoking. My only advise to smokers is to understand what truly triggers your need for a smoke (in my case procrastination and stress at work) and go cold turkey. Why replace one source of nicotine with another?
Thank you very much for NTAP. It got me through those difficult first weeks and, 458 days later, I really won't take another puff.
Well I can't say the web site made me quit (I had to do that on my own), but it didn't hurt. I was 46 years old and I was a 2 packs a day "no matter what" smoker. I was getting to the point where I could hardly make it up a flight of steps without having to stop to catch my breath. Well from the time that I got up until the time I fell asleep I had a cigarette in my hand, or it sure seemed that way.
A couple of days before Valentine's day I starting researching (not that I really thought I could do it) when I came across you web site. After reading the stories, I made the decision this time was for real. So on Valentine's day 2011 (I picked this day to make it easy to remember), well, without telling anyone (in case I failed) I did it. As I come up on the 4 year mark I try to look back and figure out why this time it worked. I really can't answer my own question. I can only say (and I do), if I can do it anyone can.
I stumbled on Whyquit.com when I was wasting time on the Internet at work. Shhh ;)
I was instantly engrossed - I couldn't get enough of the stories & information! After a couple hours or so of reading I realized I was a couple hours into my QUIT! When I finally peeled myself away from the computer, I went out to my car and threw away all my smokes (most of a brand new carton!!!) and all my lighters. Thankfully it was a Friday, so I sequestered myself in my house over the weekend to get my 72hr withdrawal over with. Over the next few weeks I learned how to do everything without a cig. Then, I realized I wasn't having cravings anymore and EVERYTHING was better: food, breaks at work, time with friends & family, sex, sleep... everything!!!
I don't even remember how many years ago that was. Before that day, cigs completed me; I didn't see how people could live without smoking. After that day, I realized the ONLY way to live is without smoking!
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!
The last time I wrote on this page was at number 416 on the 12/18/11. I predicted, then, that I, although not being able to 'look into the future', was quite sure that I would never take another puff again.
So here we are 5 years and one day after my initial last puff, and boy am I glad to be able to tell you all that I am still free of nicotine and foes.
Please be all encouraged to do the right thing.
Being scared is fine, being anxious is okay, being worried is not a problem. IT WILL STOP! Just do not let your brain trick you, remind yourself why you want to be free and DO it! All the best folks, from sunny Scotland
My name is Sheila, and I am a nicotine addict. I have stopped nicotine for 11 months 30 days 36 minutes and 51 seconds or 364 days. I have not smoked 7281 death sticks and saved $2032.63. I have saved 25 days 6 hours and 46 minutes of my life.
Yesterday was 1 year!! Thank you WhyQuit forum I couldn't have done it without your help!!
Marilyn Owsley Allen
Yeaaaaaa I did it and I am a lovely gold colour today!!! I can't believe I have done this after all those post, crying etc lol but I made it. This quit was it, after all those decades of smoking and now 2500 pounds better off . Whoop whoop, I did it!!!!!
I have been quit for 1 Year, 7 hours, 7 minutes and 39 seconds (365 days). I have saved $2,465.74 by not smoking 10,958 cigarettes. I have saved 1 Month, 1 Week, 1 hour and 10 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 9/25/2013 4:10 PM
One year ago today, I smoked my last cigarette! Never take another puff and one day (hour) at a time works!!! It was not always easy, but whenever I hit a rough patch, I would come here to read and watch the videos. Thank you all for being here.
I have now been one year stop smoking cold turkey. I had stopped smoking before for a year and a half, cold turkey but one stressful day I went back to smoking again for a few years.
One day I was rushed into hospital where I stayed for a week. I was too ill to smoke. However as I was ready to be discharged I could easily leave and light up. I walk out of the hospital and saw a man, mid thirties, skinny, looking very ill with a hospital gown on with blood down it. He was holding on to his portable drip with one hand and puffing a cigarette in the other. I thought how pathetic, I was controlled by the cigarette.
I spent £50 a week on fags, for what? Bad breathe, yellow teeth, a constant cough? Then, I decided I would not smoke today. Every Friday I would take the fifty pound I would have spent on fags and buy myself something. My advice to anyone stopping smoking cold turkey is take one day at a time. Remember after a few days there is no nicotine in your body, but your brain wants that feeling and will try to manipulate to into smoking. Think of the money you have gained. If you have a really bad craving it won't last, distract yourself. I don't know why but liquorice really helps.
I know if I have 1 ciggy I will be a smoker again. Now 1 year on, I don't really think about smoking. I don't crave it. At the beginning it feel like it is a battle to end the day without giving in. I have won the war and so can you. I smoked for 20 years. I've wasted so much money. This website really help me when I nearly gave in. Thanks.
Just wanted to share with you my deepest thanks for your ongoing commitment to freedom from nicotine. 13 years ago I quit smoking and the information and support found on WhyQuit.com was instrumental to my success. In the past 13 years I've referred many to this site and hope they have found the freedom I have. Thank you for all you do!
Venita Spacht aka GumGal
Thanks so much for this wonderful site. I quit chewing tobacco 7/17/2010. I think that for the first few months I would come to the site daily to remind and encourage me why I was quitting.
Each year I like to thank Whyquit.com for being the driving motivation behind my quit. The education, Joel Spitzer’s videos and the graphic pictures all made me make that choice. Thank you for having this site available to people. I am four years free.
With continued thanks,
My name is Pierre. I am a 47 year old male from Canada who successfully quit smoking cold turkey on July 21st 2008. It took 20 years before I decided to quit. It has been 6 years this summer since I quit and I can sincerely say this is one of my life's biggest achievement and the one I am most proud of. Beating nicotine addiction is a true gift of freedom and anyone can achieve it. It took commitment and faith but Joel's advice helped me tremendously. The WhyQuit.com site was my tool to succeed and I am grateful for stumbling upon the site. Cold turkey is the best and shortest route to victory!
Cheers to all, you can do it!
After a 24 year addiction on July 6th, 2014 I achieved five years of not smoking – FIVE Years! I never imagined that was possible. I was so conflicted when I smoked, because I knew I was harming my body, I had begun having physical symptoms, shortness of breath, wheezing terribly at night, and back pain. I was a constant quitter – quitting each Monday only to reward myself with relapse by Tuesday or Wednesday.
Reading the stories of Deborah, Noni, Kim, and Bryan had a profound effect on my smoking experience. Every cigarette I lit up I would think of them, see their faces, and remember their words. I'm extremely grateful they chose to help others by sharing their experiences at their lowest moments.
Since quitting my thought is so harmonious, cravings seldom come to my mind, and when they do they just float in and out. Most of my friends and family still smoke, so I am constantly around smokers. I come to WhyQuit before family events just to reinforce my quit. I'm very grateful that this web site exists! Thank you to all of the quitters and contributors!
It's official, it has been 1 year since I smoked my last cigarette! Thanks everyone for your support.
Today is ONE FULL YEAR of NO smoking ...... oh ya ..... I made it ..... I am so GOLDEN
Janis Orndorff Patera
Exactly 366 days ago I held my cigarette box in my hand, took a smoke out lit it and inhaled the smoke deeply into my lungs, I was so scared, insecure and annoyed that I had made a commitment to myself to quit after smoking this cigarette that I was puffing on. I didn't even know how I was going to get through quitting after smoking for 43 years of my life. When I calculated the years I had been smoking I couldn't believe that I had only spent 13 years of my life smoke free, SCARY!!!!
On month two I was really going through a very dark patch and had terrible cravings. I cried most of the time I was desperate and after praying for guidance, I took my phone and googled for help. That is when I found the WhyQuit.com site!
I read and read until my eyes went squint and saw all these smiling faces of all the hundreds of people on Turkeyville all going through what I was, and some of them were saying, "Hey! don't give up, you can do it, you will get over it!" I joined in and that is what saved my lonely road to nicotine freedom, I had the best people backing me because they had been there and done that! THANK YOU TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU that I have managed to walk along the cessation path for ONE WHOLE YEAR!!! Praise God!!!
I made it finally 1 year!!! NTAP,ODAAT and 1=ALL- I am now officially gold! Thank-you for all for your support. — feeling happy.
I quit smoking for good on July 21st 2013. So if you're going date wise my year mark is tomorrow. If your counting weeks it's today. Whenever the actual mark is.... I AM FREE!!!! I AM GOLD AND I NEVER THOUGHT I COULD DO THIS!! Thank you, thank you, thank you to all you beautiful turkeys for being here for me this whole year. Whether I posted frequently or not, when I did you have been there. I can never repay you for your support but I can be a beacon of example in my life.
Quitting smoking IS possible. I am living proof! And I will be alive a while longer now for quitting! Also, a big congrats a to my handsom husband Who is also a gold turkey today!! We did it!! Seperately, together!
ShaNon Miranda Pruden
Day 365! I did it! NTAP! I got this! Thanks everyone, here is to another trip around the sun nicotine free!
December 31, 2012 maybe around 9pm, was when I made the "DECISION", not to smoke anymore. The first days I would feel what I would call little flutters. I ignored them and proceeded to the next day. One of my motivating factors I mentally used to my advantage was to assess the monetary savings. It all worked for me. Today is July 16, 2014 and sometimes I want to cuddle with those smoking outside the store, but I have resisted thus far. I believe I am good to go.
Today marks one year nicotine free. I'm 35 and smoked about 25 years so if you think you can't.....you can. Thanks to Joel and whyquit.com helpers for helping me outsmart my addiction.
NTAP! Relapse is just one puff away.
One year baby! 7267 cigarettes not smoked. Thanks for the support!
Josemari Bucoy Carag
Today is one year since I quit!! N.T.A.P.!!!!!!!!!!
I had smoked for over 45 years. I quit over a year ago, cold turkey. I am not sure why it worked for me, and I never looked back, but it just did. I did not gain weight - I think I replaced the smoking activity with more constructive things....walking, gardening, music, etc.
I never long for it or miss it, I wish I knew what flipped my switch, I would so be willing to give it to others. I should say, I was not a two pack a day smoker...more a two pack a week smoker. Maybe that was the key, who knows. Best of luck to anyone trying...hang in there.
My name is Eric Ganung. On the Freedom message boards, my nic is Eric-Gold. We've spoken before. I think I brought to your attention that Allen Carr spoke favorably of you in his book Scandal.
Anyways, today I am celebrating 10 years nicotine free and I wanted to thank you for that. I don't think you know my story, but I'd like to quickly share it with you.
I had tried to quit before so many ways and so many times that I lost count. I decided right after the 4th of July 2004 that I was going to quit smoking. So with that, I slapped on a patch and gave it a go. The first day (the 5th) was pretty bad, but I managed to scratch my way through. The 2nd day though was an entirely different beast. I was experiencing high anxiety and panic attacks. I decided that I was just too weak to quit smoking and decided that I would give up.
My plan was that at lunch time I would run across the street to the mini mart and buy a pack of cigarettes, and when lunch came around that's exactly what I was off to do. On my way though, I passed by one of our company computers. Something told to search for something to help me quit smoking. I stopped and decided what the heck. I guess I figured by doing so, I could justify giving up this time and that I might find something to help me try to quit in the future (if I was even going to try again).
I stumbled upon WhyQuit.com and one of the first articles I read was the one you wrote titled, "Have You Ever Embraced a Crave?" As I began to read it, I also began to step back from myself so to speak and take a look to see if I was doing what you were suggesting in the article. I found to my amazement that this is exactly what I was doing! It was at this moment that the penny dropped for me. My anxiety started to disolve immediately and was replaced with hope and excitement. I read the entire lunch time and I never made it to the store that day and never smoked a cigarette again. In fact, by the end of my lunch break, I tore off the patch right then and there and that night after work, I threw all of my patches away and never looked back. July 7th 2004 was the first day of this journey without me ingesting any more nicotine.
While I have read many more articles from WhyQuit both from you and Joel among other people, it was that post that was my "AHA" moment. It was because of that post that for the first time ever, I actually felt that quitting smoking was doable. And while I am so grateful to have not only freed myself from this addiction, but also free my mind from the belief in the cigarette, there is something even better in all of this. You inspiring me has gone beyond just me. I have also helped many people quit smoking and have brought WhyQuit.com to many people.
So with that, I just want to celebrate my first 10 years by saying thank you.
One Year old turkey today!!!!! I did not really believe a year ago today that I would make it this far. It hasn't always been easy and there were days in the beginning where it almost fell apart. Thank you for your support as a community and the articles that I go back and re-read each time when I am at my weakest. I will continue to be on my guard protecting my quit, because I know that one = all and that is all it would take for the addiction to take over again. Thank you once again for the support.
Today is my day. I've never posted on this site, but read it daily. Quit one year ago today & feeling mighty proud. So many unbelievable stressors in my life and I still did it!
Mine is not an ecouraging story. I quit last July, so it is now one year (I can't remember the exact date).
I have severe emphysema, due to a lifelong addiction to smoking. Even after I was diagnosed and was seeing a pulmonologist, I was unable to quit. This continued for almost two years. I bought Chantix at my doctor's recommendation (at $150 for the first go-round) and tried to follow their program wholeheartedly. It had no effect whatsoever, one way or the other. A complete dud.
Finally, I was having great trouble breathing after even minor exertion (one flight of stairs, bending over to do something, walking a slight uphill grade, etc.). That, plus two things my doctor said finally motivated me sufficiently. One thing she said was, "Everybody stops eventually." She meant that even if you don't want to stop, eventually breathing is so difficult and the disease becomes so horrible that you have no choice.
The other thing she said was that if I stopped immediately, some degree of improvement might be possible. I had always though this was a steady downhill slide. (So, it's a little sooner, a little later, what's the difference?) The fact that there might actually be a bit of improvement encouraged me. When I left the doctor's office that day, I decided to have one "farewell" cigarette (which turned into two). But then, I threw away the remaining half-pack, and haven't even been tempted to smoke since. In fact, I rarely think about it. I am on oxygen, and although I still go into the office and work daily, of necessity my life must be completely sedentary.
In my case, it has taken a virtual death sentence to break the addiction of a lifetime (from age 16 to age 74). Of course, I knew that something like this would be the probable result; I was not ignorant of that fact. But the tobacco companies bear some responsibility also. They actually blend certain additives with the tobacco, the only purpose of which is to keep you addicted. In my case, it worked very well. Thanks, R.J. Reynolds and pals. I hope you made a lot of money.
I don't come back to WhyQuit.com much anymore, but ... I stopped smoking 10 years ago today, and spent a lot of time here just before and after doing so. I waded in to all of the articles, read all of the stories and came out successful.
Thank you -- you're a good curator of very useful information. Keep it going,
Below are links to other victory messages arranged in groups of twenty
|"You've always had the power to go back"|
|"You just had to find it out for yourself"|