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#710 - 06/08//15

First of all, I would like to apologize for my English. It is not my first language. 5 years ago after long night drinking and smoking, I woke up with a massive hang over. I then could smoke for 2 days. I realized that if I couldn’t smoke for two days why shouldn’t try it for one more day. That was when I searched the internet and found your site. You website is my goto source whenever the crave hit me. I have tried almost every method available in order to quit but none of it work for me. I even had the patch on my arm and smoking at the same time.

One sentence that change my life forever is from your site. I couldn’t remember how exactly it is but it is something like, if your car broke down in the rain, smoker will get out of his car and smoke first before doing anything, while other try to fix it as fast as they can. This hit me that smoking doesn’t give me anything. It’s only take away something from me all the time.

Thank you so much for creating this site. You at least save me.

Best regards,
Grasoon (Thailand)

#709 - 05/24/15

Today I reached my one year smoke free. Whyquit is an amazing site and I recommend it to everyone. The testimonials have been a valuable tool in helping me on my journey.

Wanting to be on your cold turkey board of quitters has also motivated me to succeed. I have counted down the days until I could join your 1 year quit board.

I have smoked from the age of 15 and now finally at the age of 47 I am free of this awful 20 a day addiction.

Good luck to everyone on this journey. You can do it.


#708 - 04/17/15

April 23, 2015 will mark 10 years nicotine/tobacco free. A hell of a long time and life regained since my last puff. I owe it all to your site. It was 10 years ago that I decided yet again to quit smoking this time by the patch. I went a few weeks wearing the patch 24/7 and not smoking cigarettes, it felt pretty good and I thought this time I had done it. I peeled off that last patch and went to sleep confident that I had quit smoking. I awoke to a terrible headache and a deep need for nicotine.

I had previously cleansed my place of all nicotine products and paraphernalia so I got dressed and headed out in to the world to find a fix. I didn't have to go far, just into the parking lot to find a half smoked butt. I seized it greedily and went into my truck to use the dash lighter. I smoked that dirty little butt down to the filter and got my buzz and then it hit me that I had yet failed again. I wept bitterly.

I decided it was best to go at it again. I bought more patches, slapped one on and went to the office. It was a Saturday and my normal paperwork day, so while sitting at my desk I thought about the morning events and did a little online research about quitting and the patch. Eventually this brought me to your site.

I spent the next 5 hours reading thru your material devouring all the info I could. I sent you an email with a comment/question fully expecting no response. You sent me a reply within an hour and it absolutely floored me. I peeled that patch off my arm tossed it and the rest of the box in the garbage and have never looked back. Your message resonated so deeply in me that after the 3rd day I never did get another craving, ever. The sight and smell of cigarettes are repulsive, coupled with the cost and known health effects. I know I will never be fooled again.

So in the past 10 years I have reinvented myself and my activities. I ran many short distance races, the longest being a half-marathon, I play in a rec co-ed softball league, I back country hike and camp.

I joined an organized men’s soccer league, (I played in all my youth) and still play to this day, (practice tonight). I began road cycling and ride to this day as well, In Canada we have a cycling fundraising event for cancer research, The ride to conquer cancer, 200km ride, I ve done this 4 times raising over $10000.00 in memory of my dad who died from cancer complications, ( he smoked for 35 years, I stole a drag off one of his smokes for the first time when I was 9).

Keep doing what you're doing and thanks for your efforts,

Best regards,

Steve Hassel

#707 - 04/01/15

I quit smoking 14 months ago after doing a pack a day for 46 years.

The first few days as a non-smoker were awful. Like others who have commented here, I felt like I had lost my best friend. But gradually the desire to smoke got less intense. And I think I gained some self-respect during the process.

Quitting smoking was the hardest thing I've ever done by far. But every day I'm thankful that I finally had the will power to quit.

H.D. Stearman

#706 - 03/24/15

I Quit smoking exactly a year ago on the 24th of March 2014. However I found this site 3 weeks after quitting. The knowledge on this site made me understand the Law of Addiction which has helped me to protect my quit. I've also come to appreciate that most of the information in Joel's library also applies to actual life situations. To make the best of any duty, career, profession, business, assignment etc you have to take it One Step/ Challenge At A Time just as in smoking cessation.

Also, the anxieties associated with most challenges in life generally dissipates with time especially when viewed with knowledge and a positive attitude just as in smoking cessation.

Throughout this year I have had challenges in my business, profession, family, finances etc but have survived without cigarettes. In fact, I've been witnessing gradual but good improvements in my heath, profession and finances as, over the past few months, I've become more focused and productive. Yes I put on some weight, but I have developed a lifestyle of healthy eating and regular exercise which has helped me shed most of the weight and generally improved my health as I have not had any medical condition or gone to the hospital for any ailment in the last year.

I noticed recently that I seem to have developed some renewed energy. So, since January of this year I stepped up my runs from 180km a month to 240km a month, with energy to spare after my run. I like thinking about cigarettes for what they truly are as it helps me to reinforce my resolve to NTAP. It's been an amazing journey of knowledge and self discovery as the knowledge I've gained from the rich library of this site has truly impacted positively in every aspect of my life.

During this year I have spent several sleepless nights in the office working on diverse design projects without smoking, attended several marriages without smoking, did summer holidays in Houston without smoking, changed several flat tires without smoking etc and will be treating myself to Easter holidays in London without smoking with the money saved from not smoking.

I am truly grateful to everyone on this site, as reading the struggles of the newbies reminds me of a situation I don't want to be in again. And reading about the tales of the longtime quitters gives me hope to hang on for a comfort I wish to reside in. Thanks to Joel, John and my special friend Joy for being there for all of us. Am still taking it ODAAT and loving my freedom. NTAP, ODAAT, 1=ALL. I WILL NOT USE TODAY.

Chima Ezekwem

705 - 02/25/15

It's been over 11 years since I discovered your site and quit ... the secret is to "Never Take Another Puff" ...

My quality of life has improved 1000% and I have not felt this good in years.

I did initially put on weight but the new energy I got after I quit helped lose it, and I lost the weight by partaking in sports that I really enjoy (golf, squash, swimming etc).

Over the past 11 years I have been through some really tough times ... a divorce, really tough business conditions etc. I did think about smoking occasionally, but never did and I survived the situations.

Thank you for your site and your good work. I often recommend your site to friends and family who are trying to quit.

The only way to quit is one minute at a time and these become days, weeks and years. My mantra has become NTAP.

Thank you.


704 - 02/24/15

Hi everyone :-) I quit smoking just over 3 years ago. I did so without warning after visiting the dentist and being told my teeth, gums etc were in a poor state of health and he was concerned for me and any oral cancer risks. Anyway that was enough to make me see my life was in danger if i continued to smoke.

As I do not wish to die from a stupid, non-beneficial addiction I never inhailed another discusting smoke and never will again. It is a matter of life or death and only 'your' decision how much you value your life. I hope you have already had your last cigarette!

#703 - 10/20/14

Today, it's been exactly a year that I am totally SMOKE FREE! Not even a small puff since 20 of October of 2013!!! I'm so incredibly proud of myself, I cannot believe that this time I'm writing this myself, after SO MANY that I read and every one of them put me closer to my objective.

I'm 29 years old, I smoked since I was 14. Not even a day passed since that time that I didn't smoke, and during the last years almost 20 cigarettes a day, EVERY DAY!

When I was 25 years old, my Mom died of lung cancer. She was a smoker too and she "loved to smoke." Even after losing my mum to cigarettes I continued smoking the next 3 years. Last year, I finally made the step and I started on of the hardest and most compensatory journey of my life. I was a normal Monday, normal day, I woke up, took a shower and prepared to go to work. I felt that it was the DAY, it was the time, and I haven't smoked since.

I must admit It was one of the hardest things on my life. But I must say, that it IS POSSIBLE!!! And it becomes so much EASIER!!

I must thank WhyQuit.com. I couldn't have made it without all of you, without all the articles, all the support, every little piece of information on this website, as it helped me to get through this.


One word of advice to beginners out there. Educate Yourself!!! Education is freedom!! Everything is a lie, you don't like to smoke, you are an addict. Education and willpower. That's it! Good luck.


#702 - 01/19/15

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.

Andrew Bain

#701 - 01/16/15

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

#700 - 01/13/15

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!!!

Ashley Holcomb

#699 - 01/10/15

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

#698 - 01/09/15

One year now. Unbelievable. Awesome. A new life style. It is a revolution for me. I feel very good and it was easy.

Feray Özen

#697 - 01/08/15

1 year yesterday. I didn't even notice. The last 11 months have been a breeze.

Richard Chance

#696 - 01/07/15

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!

Jeremiah Griffin

#695 - 01/07/15

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
Sandton, South Africa

#694 - 01/06/15

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

#693 - 01/06/15

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!!!!!!

Nick Millner

#692 - 01/03/15

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

#691 - 01/03/15

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

#690 - 01/02/15

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.

Marilyn Rulka

#689 - 01/02/15

Today I am a golden turkey ! Have not taken one single puff for a whole year! I made it!!!!

Marie Silva

#688 - 01/01/15

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

Scott Baley

#687 - 01/01/15

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

#686 - 12/31/14

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

#685 - 12/30/13

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!

Erin Casper

#684 - 12/29/14

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.

Bud Laramore

#683 - 12/17/14

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.


#682 - 12/13/14

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.

Thank you.

Tom Curley
Clifton Park, NY

#681 - 12/09/14

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.

Thank you.

Walton Griffin,
Memphis, Tennessee

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