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Messages from cold turkey ex-smokers who have quit smoking for at least 1 year

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300 - 09/11/09

A year ago tonight (9-11-2009), I hit the 72 hour mark of my cold turkey quit. I don't really remember how bad it was because I was pretty much in a daze but I do remember that it was bad enough that I would never want to go through it again.

I downloaded the "Never Take Another Puff" book from whyquit.com and that book basically functioned as my ?Holy Bible? of nicotine addiction and my survival manual for nicotine withdrawal symptoms. During the earliest stages of my quit, I read the book cover to cover several dozen times until all the concepts became second nature to me. "Never Take Another Puff" started off as a mantra and eventually evolved into a lifestyle.

I cannot overemphasize the importance of understanding the nature of nicotine addiction when it comes to quitting. I lost a 6 week quit 15 years ago because I didn?t know the law of addiction and I thought I could smoke recreationally. Not anymore. Knowledge is power and now I have the tools to continue winning the battle.

I have a great deal of respect for this website and have recommended it more times than I can remember. I offer my sincerest thanks for providing the tools that enabled me to break free.

Never Take Another Puff!!!

Southern California

299 - 09/07/09

I have had my quit counter going since I had my last cigarette and today it kicked over into 6 years.

Thanks to the WhyQit web site I managed to stop and 6 years on am still "quit".

Unfortunately both my parents died in 2007 from their smoking. Mum @76 from emphysema and Dad at 77 from lung cancer.

Neither saw my son get into medical school (both had hoped for it but never saw it happen) nor are they here now to count the days/hours until their oldest granddaughter has twins - the first twins in our family!

There was an anti smoking advertisement in Australia many years ago that showed pictures of older non-smokers at significant life points of their family lives watching their children, grand-children, great-grand-children and being there and then they were contrasted with the smokers who were "dead... dead ....and still dead" at these same times. This year I have fully appreciated this message - they have missed so much and we all miss them too.

However - I'm still celebrating as I am so very glad to be quit. My brother who smoked 50 a day quit 2.5 years ago after watching our mum die of emphysema.

Take care of yourselves and don't smoke any more of that horrible poison!

Perth Western Australia

298 - 09/03/09

Hello everybody, it's been 2 years now since I quit smoking, and I really have nothing to say about me, how it is to be free of smoking etc. It's just normal, the way normal should be.

Anyway, this site is the proof that the best things in life are for free.

The recipe is Education + Preparation = Success. Determination and resolve are required, but they are overrated. For me the make or break was the Education & Preparation part.

Thanks for everything, see you next year.


297 - 08/24/09

Yes-Move over Oscar-there is a new Golden Boy-boxing fans will get that one. I think Bronze was when I knew I had this thing licked. I truly can't remember my last crave but it was over 6 months ago at least. Keep climbing-or swimming-towards your own comfort zone. Its really nice to have beaten this deadly foe that I couldn't look in the eye for many many years. He's just not that tough.



I have been quit for 1 Year, 3 hours, 31 minutes and 32 seconds (365 days). I have saved $2,190.87 by not smoking 14,605 cigarettes. I have saved 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 17 hours and 5 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 8/4/2008 10:00 AM

296 - 08/19/09

I cannot remember my password or how to get back into the sight to update my status, but I used your website in May 2004 to quit! I just wanted you to know that five years later, I still have temptations but have never gone back to nicotine! Every once in a while I will dream that I am trying to get a cigarette?but I will ?never taken another puff!?

I just found out that my Dad who is 73 and smoked over fifty years, has now been diagnosed with lung cancer.

I love what your site has done for me and I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Thanks again,

Kara Sue Hale
Brownfield, TX

295 - 08/05/09

I quit with the aid of your website three years ago. I thought you might like to know I just talked about WhyQuit.com for about 10 minutes on BBC Newcastle here in Northern England. Hope it leads to some new quitters.

Kind regards

Damian O'Neil

294 - 07/22/09

I discovered the website more than a year ago while I was going through nicotine withdrawal, I must say I have been in many worse situations, boot camp, deployment, combat, wherever but I have never faced the absolute deprivation and desire I felt when I was going through nicotine withdrawal . I have been clean and nicotine free for a year and a half and I could never have done it without your websites resources and I have shown them to others and I intend to lead by example and show people what you have shown me, thank you! so much! you saved my life.

JM LaLicata

293 - 07/21/09

First I must apologize if this post is too long.

After 15.5 years of lying, cheating, stealing, begging, and digging through gutters and public ashtrays for any salvagable nicotine, I took my final hit of nicotine on July 21, 2008 at 9:24PM.

I had tried quitting before - cold turkey then deciding to be social smoker a week later in 2001; the patch in 2002, which lasted about 2 months (smoked through the first four weeks of the patch) until I decided to see if I'd still enjoy just one. Then about a half a dozen or so weak attempts from 2004 onward that never got me past three days.

I armed myself with the best excuses I could - I watched too many Guns N' Roses videos as a kid so I was tainted and could never change. It helps me think, I need some vice. Or my favorite - I lost 106 pounds in 2000/2001 so I'm excused from making any more healthy choices for the next ten years.

My 10 cigarette a day "habit" in high school was now a 30 cigarette a day deadly addiction at age 29. I smoked fast so I had 2 cigarettes at each sitting every hour. I puffed hard, held it in long, and loved the feeling of my throat burning. I was starting to pick up a wheeze that I'd try to hide from my wife, the never-smoker who'd occassionally give me a "you need to quit that" line. But she didn't know how I needed it to survive. All she knew about smoking is that it killed her grandfather shortly before we met. Anyway, my wheeze was getting worse and worse and obviously I never planned on smoking forever so I figured I might as well try to stop now.

Something told me on 7/21/08 that this was a good time to quit nicotine. My wife was now pregnant with our second, I had just gotten my masters which took away my "I need it to think" excuse, and there was that wheeze. So the plan was that I'd finish my current supply that day and wake up on 7/22/08 with a few hours already behind me. That's what I did. I don't know I ever made it past that first day, but one day turned into two, and halfway through the third day I was having a really tough time. I googled "Quitting smoking" and clicked a few links and suddenly was staring at this emaciated figure lying in a bed, mouth wide open, with a woman and child next to him. I'd met a man who would change my life forever that day. I met Bryan Lee Curtis.

There it was, this is what I needed to see. My struggles of "I want one" and waiting around for my usual relapsed suddenly vanished. Here I was five years younger than he was at his death and my comfort that I'm too young for lung cancer was taken from me. I was now never the same. I could never play dumb again and actually believe my defenses. I decided within five minutes of reading "He wanted you to know" that I would never relapse to chronic nicotine use ever again.

I came back to Whyquit.com many times over the next two weeks to read Bryan's story over and over. I also found Noni's, Kim's, and Deb's stories and realized that Bryan wasn't a one-time freak nicotine accident. This was a fate that I had a 50% chance of experiencing unless I got myself under control. I soon began to explore other parts of Whyquit.com and once I truly understood why I smoked and the concept of the Law of Addiction, the struggle became easier. I could now acknowledge that yes, I do want one hit of nicotine, but I understand that addiction doesn't work that way. I can have no nicotine or be back to my old level, but nothing in between. Once I truly believed that, I started to develop a real peaceful feeling about it.

By my one month anniversary, I'd tell anyone who would listen about how great my new life is. I still had plenty of tough times, but by the third month I believe I had my last positive thought about smoking and nicotine use. Somewhere around that time, my wife and I were driving in the rain and I caught of whiff of some amazing smell. I said to her "What is that smell?!?" She looked at me inquisitively, as I pressed my face against the A/C vent in the car. "Nope that's not it", then I rolled down the window and WOW..there that smell was. I looked at her in a "HA! I GOT YOU" kind of look and said "There, that's it. Don't you smell that?" She said very casually "I smell rain". I said "Wait..rain has a smell?!?". "Duh...yes" was her reply. I spent the next week asking anyone I saw if they knew rain had a smell...they all answered similar to her "Duh" answer.

I think I've read every word on Whyquit.com dozens of times; I've read Joel's book cover to cover enough to have most of it memorized. I've downloaded, printed, and bound about 5 copies of "Never take another puff" and given them to various people whom I think may be interested. I know that two people quit after reading it - one on my five month anniversary, the other on my eleventh - I'm not sure if it was directly because of it, but I'd like to think that if all users read the book and understood why they used nicotine that there would certainly be less smokers, dippers, and chewers in the world.

Gene Short, ex-smoker,completing a 5k runAround the sixth month, I decided to do something to show myself how different life is. I began training to run a 5K. I ran the 5K on the day that I would have had my 10,000 mandatory nicotine feeding if not for finding Whyquit.com. Around kilometer 4, my legs were hurting and breathing was getting hard. How did I get myself through it? Apparently I have Joel's article "So I can't run Marathons" memorized and started repeating to myself. I thought about how Bryan would have loved a second chance to quit and do what I'm doing right at that second. I placed 103rd out of 110 runners, but I knew that I had come a million kilometers from where I had been. I'm no athlete; just an addict.

So now at a full year later I'm writing to thank you for all of the hours spent on maintaining the site and thanking Joel for all of the wonderful and right-on articles about addiction. For all of you contemplating a quit, it's worth it, it's hard for a couple weeks, but it does get better. All you need to do is to never take another puff. For all of you new quitters, my advice is to stay with the site and read anything that you can. Always remember the law of addiction. And before you decide to slip, read the "Smokers Vow" to yourself. While my 366th day may be easier than your 1st, we're both one puff away from full relapse. It's true what they say though, life really does go on. I've survived a stock market crash, bad weather, bad traffic, and the birth of a child, and I didn't need to ingest new nicotine to celebrate or survive through them. The best advice that you could ever receive is just as Joel's articles say - Never Take Another Puff.

Gene Short

292 - 06/18/09

I would like to remark that the support I recieved from the WhyQuit was fundamental to my success to get rid of nicotine. I began smoking at 13 years old, and I used to smoke 20 to 40 cigarretes by day during 35 years - I was a heavy user, indeed. I thought (and so my wife, my sons and my friends) that quit smoking would be impossible for me.... but WhyQuit gave me all the information and incentive I needed to be succeed.

I admirate you very much. You do a wonderful work! I think few persons contribute so much for the well-being of others around all the world as you do.

Thank you very much !


Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

291 - 06/16/09

I've tried to quit smoking for over 2 yrs with no success. After searching the web, I found Joels Library and could not stop reading. I was amazed at what I didnt know about smoking and I promised to quit the next day. Well, 6 months later, I finally did it, please dont give up if your first try doesnt work, keep trying until you finally do it. Its worth it.

My husband was diagnosed with cancer and the holidays were around the corner, but I knew I had to do it to live a long and healthy life for my family, especially if something would happen to my husband. When I had my withdrawl moments, I would throw little fits, like yelling and hitting a pillow to get my aggression out, or I would go into another room and just pray for God to comfort me. It was only hard for me the first month or so, then you start to get used to life without cigarettes. I loved how great I started to feel, no more headaches, and my sense of smell came back in full bloom. My husband fully recovered and I got pregnant soon after!!

I always wondered what people who don't smoke do with their time, for example, what do non smokers do after dinner to relax, or what do they do if they're stressed. I've learned that they don't depend on cigarettes for anything and you actually have less stress when you quit. No more worrying about your next cig break at work or making sure you dont run out of cigarettes. Not to mention the money you save when you quit.

Just please try and keep trying, because its so much better living without that addiction. It will be hard the first week, but trust me, it does get easier with every day that goes by!!

Thank you so much Joel, God bless you for how many people you've helped.

Windy Shirley

290 - 06/15/09

I quit on June 6th, 2007 after 15 years of smoking. I found your site and your ebook and decided to go cold turkey. For almost 3 weeks everything was blurry but then it started getting clearer again. It's been over two years that I have not had a single cigarette and I count that among the top achievements of my life. It gives me so much pride.

My son was born three months after I'd quit. There are days when we would be lying in bed and I would ask myself what would it be like if I had not quit. My little boy would suffer from the cigarette smoke and my wife would not kiss me as much as she now does. Everything smells so good now, like a floral garden. It's heavenly to be a non-smoker.

These days I can sit on long bus rides or flights without the jittery feeling I used to have. I am so much calmer than I ever was. I have no desire for a cigarette at all but of course I still keep my guard up against those moments of weakness. In fact on June 6th, I asked a friend for a puff to celebrate two years of quitting and I was lucky she reminded me that it was not worth it. I realize I was a big fool and will never do that again.

I am indebted to your advice and support to achieve such great results. Cold turkey is the way to go and you will have to bite it for the first few weeks then the benefits will come. You will then develop this love for yourself that grows everyday once you have quit successfully.

Anh Pham
Bethesda, MD

289 - 06/06/09

My name is Erick and I came here about a year ago. Honestly, I don?t remember how I got here or why I was even searching for quit smoking material. I enjoyed smoking, but here I was at Whyquit reading as much as I could on Nicotine addiction.

That was it. I am quitting in a week I told myself. I did my upfront work. I was prepared. On June 3rd, 2008 I quit smoking for good.

I downloaded all of Joel's videos and let each day run throughout the night while I slept and when I woke in morning, there was Joel telling me I could be an ex-smoker if I just kept my promise to ?Never Take Another Puff?. Well, I kept that promise and I continue to keep it close to my heart today and for the rest of my life.

Thank you for being here Whyquit. This truly has been the most powerful tool in aiding me in my sticky quit. I joyfully and humbly tell you that with the help of everyone at Whyquit???

I have been quit for 1 Year, 3 Days, 1 hour, 11 minutes and 27 seconds (368 days). I have saved $1,955.25 by not smoking 9,201 cigarettes. I have saved 1 Month, 1 Day, 22 hours and 45 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 6/3/2008 7:00 AM

Erick Borgard

288 - 06/06/09

Three years ago I was able to quit cold turkey ending forty-five years of smoking.

I owe my success to the information presented on this site, and am so very thankful to Joel and John, and all those contributing and supporting this effort.

?I know that I am a nicotine addict, and that I can never take another puff as long as I live.?

That's the whole thing, that simple.

Thanks again guys!

Tom Morford

287 - 05/26/09

After several failed attempts, i was finally able to stop the damage i was doing to my body for the last 23 years .I stopped using nicotine on December 07, 2007. I feel so much better about myself both mentally and physically. It was by far the hardest thing I have ever done in my life, but also the smartest. In the beginning I used this website many times to help me stay off cigarettes. I would read, educate and brainwash myself of the nasty effects of cigarettes. I was ready to stop, I was so tired of it.

I have read about other peoples stories about a dad, mom, aunt, uncle or friend who has died from this horrible addiction. I lost my uncle to lung cancer and copd in 1998 he was only 56. Before he passed, he told me to quit, but only after 9 more years of stupidity did I listen. To all of you trying to stop, you really can break free of nicotine with hope, willpower,determination and the info on this web site. Good Luck to all and stay healthy !!!

Scott 44
Seminole. FL

286 - 05/23/09

Cold turkey over three years ago. And I've not relapsed one time.

I have several people to thank. My children for giving me the reason. My husband, for helping me through withdrawals. And YOU and everyone who has contributed and maintains this site.

Like most smokers, I grew up in a smoking household. I started smoking myself at about 15. i smoked daily since, about a pack a day. Even during my pregnancies. I was an addict.

I talked about quitting a lot. One day I found your site. The story that haunted me most was Brian Curtis. I put my cigarettes in the trash that day. I decided I was done. I made up my mind that I would go through withdrawls. That smoking one more cigarette when it "got too bad" would only prolong the agony. I had always wanted to quit, so now was that time.

With that mindframe I barreled through the first week nearly effortlessly. I avoided coffee for the first two days, as that's when I smoked my first cigarette of the day. I would tap my husband on the shoulder and sit, breathing, through the worst withdrawl fits. But I always got back up and forced myself to cope with my new life as a non-smoker.

Luckily I broke the chain in my family. My children do not remember a time when Mom smoked. I just celebrated my 31st birthday. I hope I quit soon enough and have many, many more. In January I will be 4 years free.

Sadly, I just got the news my uncle, who smoked for 40 years, died of lung cancer.

Anyone who wants to quit, can. The difference between being a non-smoker and a smoker is simply not smoking. It's tough, but easier than dying of cancer.

Thank you for your site.


285 - 05/14/09

I will be smoke free for 5 years at May 24 '09!

I have not had one cigarette since I quit.

I sometimes look at other smokers and asked myself "Did I really do that?"

Thank you much and congratzs to all of you who have quit yourselves.

Quiting was the best thing I ever did!


284 - 05/07/09

I quit nicotine five years ago today. I could never have done it without your site. I've had some serious health issues which have had nothing to do with my smoking history or cessation. I can say with absolute certainty, however, that I would be in far worse condition, maybe even dead, had I not quit when I did.

The benefits go on an on. I can't even imagine what it would be like staying in hospitals while still addicted, or filling in all the doctors' questionnaires and being embarrassed because I'm smoking while trying to get better. I was a closet smoker who was getting by with leading an otherwise healthy life, but there would be no escaping now, and I'd certainly be having a harder time healing, to say the least.

Despite my other challenges, my lungs are completely clear, my heart beats perfectly, my extremities are warmer, I've saved thousands of dollars, my hair, clothes, and house smell good, and I set a good example for young folks.

I think every smoker knows deep down that there will come a time they have to quit. I remember well that dreaded knowledge I carried with me always in the back of my mind or pit of my stomach. Mine was not an easy quit but it had to be done and, for all those out there who know that they're going to have to do it eventually, my God, do it now, there is no better time, and there is no better resource than WhyQuit. Forget nicotine replacement -- I tried it countless times in my 30 years of smoking. There is no other way than to Never Taking Another Puff.

Thank you again for saving my life.

divegal808 (if I recall), 5 years gold

283 - 04/12/09

Yesterday, 13/04/2009, I celebrated 2 years without nicotine. I used to smoke cigarrettes for 35 years, 20 by day. Quiting is not an easy task, but it is doable. If you are struggling against nicotine, please believe it is doable, you will succeed ! ! ! Life without nicotine is the real life.

I will always recognize the wonderfull help I got from WhyQuit all the knowledge and the cold turkey quiting method. - the most efficient, simple and cheap ! Once more I thanks all the people who manage or participate of whyquit.com: You do a wonderful job ! ! ! Thank you very much ! And NTAP ! ! !

Ismael Nogueira da Gama Orenstein
Rio de Janeiro - RJ - Brazil

282 - 04/07/09

Thank you guys so much for offering your WhyQuit.com website with its wealth of materials and assistance. On April 8, 2009, just four short days, I will celebrate my one year quit anniversary of not even once!!

Your concise explanations of the addiction, the effect on your brain and, more importantly, why even ONE slip was a disaster, starting you over at square one, really helped me stay focused.

At every single turn, your resources (especially the two-week video at a crisis moment) NAILED exactly what I was going through and how to get past it. Ultimately it was the explanation of my choices: quitting or going back to the same level you were smoking or worse (not merely just one cigarette) made the difference between success and failure. It was as if you were reading my mind.

Employing your information, quit meter, videos and board (although I never joined but did a lot of lurking and reading), I MADE IT!!!

Again, thank you, thank you, thank you! It must be so very rewarding helping others in this manner, knowing full well you?re saving lives.

God bless.


281 - 03/30/09

My self, Deepak Kulkarni,age 42 years,India visited whyquit site on internet five & half year back (October 2003). I studied tricks & tips in depth, this helped me to quit.

I Quit smoking on First January 2004 & I am proud that I am nicotene free since then. Enjoying freedom & life.My health improved lot & so as my saving.

I was addict of tobacco for 22 years & used to take dose every half an hour. I first tried to leave tobacco in June 1996 then Feb.98 but were in vain.

I really could break free due to help of Whyquit only. I am really thankful to you. Thanks again.


Deepak Kulkarni

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