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

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#480 - 05/04/13

Thank MyCourses for maintaining such a wonderful site. The information I gathered here helped me finally break free of nicotine. Coming up on two years soon. I don't remember the date because as far as I'm concerned it's not important. Marking time isn't significant for me. I'm a non smoker now!

I thank you, my wife thanks you, and my two year old son thanks you. God Bless.


#479 - 04/26/13

One year free from smoking. Smoked for 35 years. So you all can do it! Thanks Whyquit.

Andy Coleman

#478 - 04/24/13

It's been 4 years today that I took my last puff. This message is for those that either recently quit or are thinking about it.

I smoked for some 28 years, up to 2 packs a day. This site was the inspiration to quit, but more importantly it was the support I needed during the hard first stages. Quitting is a personal journey that each takes alone. Reading this site on a daily basis and watching the videos made all the difference.

There is so much information on this site, but a few points stuck with me and helped me overcome.

  1. You forgot the real you, the one before smoking ... get that person back.
  2. A craving is another word for withdrawal. I smoked 30 cigs a day and decided I didn't want to go through 30 withdrawals everyday for the rest of my life.
  3. Knowing once I quit that it was just a matter of time before I would never miss them again.

A smoker will always delude themselves to believe they cannot quit. The information on this site will eliminate these delusions. Read and read and read until you find the information that gives you the initial strength you need. You will reach the time where you don't miss it, don't need it, and never want to touch it again ... and it will come faster than you think. Just remember to never take another puff. Anyone can quit, but a winner doesn't take it up again.

Charles Attias

#477 - 04/20/13

I found your web site 3 years ago as I started my search for online aids to help me quit smoking. It's funny I saved your site on my favorites back then and visited it again tonight. I started smoking when I was real young, maybe 14. I smoked my last cigarette on 6-5-2010 (my 42nd birthday) and I will never smoke again. I just wanted to let you know that your site helped me quit,so keep up the great work.



#476 - 04/19/13

There is something about Joel's message. I have been cig free since his first audio to me. I tell everyone that smokes just listen to Joel. He is a miracle. Five years yay!!


#475 - 04/16/13

{taken from a forgotten notepad of smoking memories from about 6 months into my quit}

Dear Joel, John & Whyquit.com,

I have waited exactly one year to write you this letter. At first it was a "pipe dream" (hah!), as I was certain I'd never make it a whole year. Then slowly, it became possible, and I began to look forward to it like a kid before Christmas. And now, I don't quite know what to say. So I will try to only say what is most important, but I will probably end up rambling a bit. Sorry.

I couldn't join here because by the time I knew the rules it was too late for me. I was mad about that at first, but anyone reading this in the same shoes needs to know - it doesn't matter. Everything you need to understand your addiction and keep your quit is all here whether you join or not, for free. And you need to read as much of it as you can. Because you need to understand. You are an addict. Your brain has physically adapted to nicotine, and you need to rewire it, and it's going to hurt. And because of that, your brain has become your own worst enemy, and is not to be trusted.

And yet, somehow knowing "why" makes all the difference. I found I could step back from myself, and be objective in the most literal sense of the word. I not only was ready for the pain when it hit, as it must, but I could see it for what it was, and know that if I could just stand my ground and hold on, it would subside. And if I could KEEP hanging on, and hanging in, bit by bit it would start to weaken.

Folks, this is called "rope-a-dope", and it's how you win. At first, when it hits you, it will chop you to your knees. And then it will keep on hitting, and you will despair. But then you dig even deeper, and it hits you and you keep your feet, and you wipe the blood off your lip. And you smile. Because you just realized that you're starting to win.

And after a year, at least for me, it's hard to even remember what it was ever like to be a smoker - like waking from a nightmare that you can feel yourself forgetting. In fact, that's the real danger now. Yes it'll take you lurkers and newbies a whole year to get where I am now - but it will only take me about 30 seconds to get back where you are. As this is my one and only quit, I just have to take that fact on faith. And so do you.

And if you're not sure you can do it, try it anyway. I know people say you have to want it more than anything, and be completely committed - I think sometimes that scares people into giving up before they try. I had no intention of ever quitting, and when I did I didn't even really believe it. And now here I am, waiting for you. Like some other person said here before me (paraphrasing): "Try it for a year. If you don't like it, I hear it's a cinch going back." Yup. Fat chance.

Most of all, to everyone involved with this website, thank you. It's difficult to really express how grateful I am. I know beyond a doubt that the only way I've kept this quit is by understanding and internalizing the lessons and stories on these pages, and that above all else, 1=all. And so I find that maybe I owe you all my life, along with a lot of others. And I just don't really know how to say thanks for something like that.

Your friend,

Vancouver, Canada

#474 - 04/10/13

You've never heard of me. I'm Loni Barrett, a former smoker. In 2002 I was a two to three pack-a-day smoker. I was one of those people who believed I could never quit. I tried quitting about 20 times over a 3 year period. The longest was 8 months and there I was puffing away one day. The problem was that I was falling for the smoking cessation products in an attempt to ease my pain. In actuality, I was prolonging my pain but I didn't know any better.

I went online in search of a solution and found your site with the amazing smoking cessations articles and resources. I decided to give it a go and follow the plan that was presented at WhyQuit.com. Over 11 years later, I'm still an ex-smoker and I owe you a huge debt that I can never repay. I'm happy to say I'm in good health and enjoy time with my grandchildren and a variety of activities. Thank you so very much for making a difference in my life.

I am convinced that I would simply need 1 puff of a cigarette to be right back where I left off. Fortunately, the addiction is rather easy to manage now. :) By the way. I have referred several people to your site and let them know this is how I quit. I was referring someone today when I stopped by to review the site a little bit, and decided to write to you.


#473 - 04/04/13

I started smoking at the young age of 15. My whole family from my mother's side are smokers, and I was raised to be a smoker. They smoked in the same room even when I was a baby. Many relatives have died of small cell lung cancer. I'm 30 now I have been quit for 1 year. I exercise, run and feel that I have my life back. I'm living life to the fullest. I want thank Joel and his whyquit.com lessons as they were the fundamental tool for my success. I will never take another puff!!!

Cruz Lara

#472 - 03/19/13

Quit date 10th March 2007, 50,000+ not smoked, huge amounts spent on other things and lots of new experiences!

It's been 6 years now!! It really seems an extraordinary long time, although (now I'm here writing about it) no time at all. I continue to keep in mind Joel's teaching with the hope I won't get complacent, which so far has worked a treat.

Life is very sweet as an ex smoker and I really appreciate this site, which I found one night in a desperate moment having quit for 2 weeks, cold turkey, but then, having asked a friend in a bar, taken that one puff, (not knowing any better) and then, rushed home looking for help. And I found what I was looking for! A no nonsense, cold turkey, quit smoking information site. And i have never taken another puff since! Wow you are all life savers!

For anyone in the early days, stick with it, come what may, you CAN do it :-) NTAP. All the very best to you all.


#471 - 03/11/13

Feb 17 was one year free of cigarettes. This forum was instrumental in getting me though it. I just wanted to thank everyone here for the support and encouragement. And let people know this can be done!

Christine DiPietro

#470 - 03/08/13

Hi my name is Kara. I emailed you way back in 2007 when I went cold turkey. I pretty much stalked your website for a week straight during withdrawals. I began smoking when I was 13 and quit at 24. I can never thank you enough. I also share your url with anyone who asks me how I quit. No patches. No cutting down. Cold Turkey! You are a blessing and I can never thank you enough.

Kara Drake

#469 - 03/02/13

March 5, 2009 at 5:52 AM, That was when I smoked my last cigarette, and the day I started Thanking all of these people.

THANKS! to my Coworkers, who keep saying you do not look good, are you sick?
THANKS! to the Nurse at work who called the Ambulance.
THANKS! to the ORMC Ambulance driver and EMTs that arrived on the scene.

THANKS! to the Emergency room Staff and Doctor that kept me stable till the Life Flight helicopter got there.
THANKS! to the Helicopter Pilot and the Paramedics on the Life Flight ride to Des Moines.
THANKS! to the Mercy Hospital Cardiac Cath Lab Doctors and Nurses.
THANKS! to the ICU Nurses.
THANKS! to the regular floor Nurses.
THANKS! to my friends and family who came to visit.
THANKS! to every one that sent Get well Cards and gifts.
THANKS! to my friends who got my car out of the parking lot at work.
THANKS! to the discharge Doctor that let me go home and told me to NEVER SMOKE AGAIN!!!!!!!!.
THANKS! to my friends that brought me home.
THANKS! to the ORMC Cardiac Rehab Staff.

THANKS! to WhyQuit.com for giving me knowledge to realize it can happen without warning!!!! and it did!!!!!!!

Now when people offer me a cigarette, I say "No thanks, I am allergic, apparently they make my heart stop beating."

Thanks for sharing your information. Four Years Quit and Happy, very very Happy to "Never Take another Puff."


#468 - 02/23/13

Woot woot!! Free and Healing for 1 Year, 5 Hours and 45 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 15 Days and 6 Hours, by avoiding the use of 4395 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $1,528.13.

Thank you WhyQuit and Turkeyville, the education and support I've received has been invaluable. Thank you Joel, John, Joy, Sallie, Joe J and Sara, you all are awesome and amazing people, you give so freely of your time and knowledge!!

This Freedom article really changed my whole mindset regarding smoking: "If you are giving up smoking ..." Thank you Eric!

Catherine Ryan

#467 - 02/14/13

I wanted to be rid of cigarettes forever, but fear of letting go stood in my way. Knowing exactly how nicotine was affecting my mind and body, and having a complete understanding why I became addicted, ultimately gave me the inside information I needed. Reading how this drug chemically lies to the mind and body, fooling me into wanting more, boosted my courage to begin walking through the withdrawals and stay quit.

I didn't want to think of myself as a "drug addict", but the truth is: I am. The only reason I would light up a cigarette, and inhale that toxic smoke into my precious lungs and body, was to get the drug nicotine. I have made the choice to never be a slave to my addiction again. Whenever someone asks me how I quit, I send them to this website, and tell them my story. You can free yourself from the grip of nicotine addiction!

Thank you. I have read and shared your web site many times. It helped me stop smoking, and stay quit. Today, I celebrate 5 Years Without Smoking! That's 1,825 Days Tobacco Free.

Brian Hamilton

#466 - 02/12/13

Mr Polito, thanks so much for your article. One year ago March 1st, I removed the patch on my shoulder, thanks to your article. Most of all I also become an Ex-smoker.

I had smoked for some 45+ years and at the end was smoking 2 to 3 packs a day. I was using the patch as a crutch during the day to not smoke only to pull it off when my wife arrived home so I could smoke with her (she had the cig's). I would awake in the a.m. and smoke 3, 4, 5 or 6 cigarettes, before she would leave for work then put the patch on to repeat the same procedure over and over, day after day.

She still smokes and even works for one of the major cigarette companies. I try not to hassle her but I must admit she stinks just after finishing one. I try and refrain from being the typical ex-smoker. I was and am still amazed, how in hind sight, it seems easy to have quit, I know it wasn't. Yes, I have put weight on but am now walking briskly some 20 +/- miles a week with my dog, and my doctor is quite impressed with my resolve some 12 months ago. I have referred your article to numerous friends and associates and hopefully they have learned what I learned.

Thanks again

Jim Carpenter

#465 - 01/27/13

Dear Friends,

Please allow me to express my sincere appreciation for your efforts in helping the nicotine afflicted free themselves. I count myself among them. Today marks 4 and a half years of being nicotine-free. My most recent trip to the dentist brought the memory of it all back. All of the tell tale signs of the damage that smokeless tobacco had on the inside of my mouth are gone. Still, I understand that I remain at an increased risk of various cancers of the mouth and throat, although that risk is steadily decreasing.

Simply said, the "WhyQuit" website was invaluable in helping my break free from an addiction that I am not certain I would have been able to overcome without.


Stephen J Browne
Chadwicks NY

#464 - 01/26/13

Dear Mr. John, here it is my victory from Italy. I've now quit smoking (after almost 20 years and circa 20 cigarettes a day) for more than one year! It has been very hard but I made it. Maybe it has been one of the few self love acts I have had in my life. I want to thank you because when I was suffering I could always get a good reason to go on by reading your words (even if I don't know very well English language ;).

Your method is great and I hope you can help more and more people to make themselves free from death. During these months I was telling myself that when I quit for one year I'd write you about my real shining amazing victory!!! Thank you Mr John, with all my senses still alive, and healthy!!!! I'll breathe well and strongly for sure.


#463 - 01/22/13

I was on facebook today congratulating a friend on her successful quit of two years!!! And I told her how I've kept my quit since June 29th, 2007!!! And how your website helped me tremendously.

So I thought I would come over to your site and just say thank you! When I discovered your website back in the latter part of 2006 I was currently working at a hospital. I understood a lot about smoking, but I understood a lot MORE about how much I DIDN'T want to do it!! Ha!

But the knowledge I found out when I read and re-read your online materials over and over, I REALLY understood THEN that I DIDN'T understand how I could not have even have just one single puff or I would start my addiction all over again.

How terribly ADDICTIVE the cigarettes were was something else that was made so much more clear to me through reading. And then lastly, really understanding the whole dynamic of what my withdrawals were going to be like was another amazingly insightful and helpful couple of web pages.

I have to tell you thank you!!! It was because of your website that I truly came to the knowledge that set me free from this viscious viscious waste of health and money addiction!!!

With the knowledge always there in my head, I truly walked so much more effortlessly through my withdrawal symptoms, PLUS the later (even years later!!) sudden temptations!!

When I understood, REALLY TRULY UNDERSTOOD WHY I couldn't have not one puff something deeply clicked in my brain and my heart. For that I thank you sincerely, because I've kept my quit!

There is so much more I can say about the website and the accountability it caused me to respect enough to take the whole thing seriously. The lists of why we think we like smoking, why we smoke (the excuses we make up!!!), why we should quit, the website just rocked!!!!

But I want to make sure I send this because for some reason I never have written you before, but yet ive literally told hundreds of people about your site! So gentlemen, thank you for your efforts, for your hard work, for everything you do. From my heart I thank you.

Very Sincerely,

Michele Colaner

#462 - 1/21/13

After 40 years of smoking i finally quit and I've got 1 year smoke-free thanks to WhyQuit. It worked for me!!!

Mark Reed

#461 - 01/18/13

In one month, I will be smoke free for three years. I smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for forty years, and I was a slave to nicotine. I could afford to smoke, I didn't cough or wheeze, and nicotine had somehow convinced me that I actually enjoyed smoking. In reality, what I was enjoying was the lessening of the anxiety, irritability, and restlessness, that the nicotine had caused in the first place.

This site, and others like it, provided a "quit" blueprint so that I knew just what to expect. I eagerly awaited the challenge because I was ready to regain control of my life. I chose a day and pulled the cold-turkey trigger even though I knew it would be hell or worse for the next three days. As each wave of mind-numbing desire for nicotine washed over me, I rated each of them from one to ten. The highest-rated wave hit me late on the second day - it was about a twelve, but I didn't flinch - I embraced it. As I staggered to my feet, I might have even said "Is that all you've got"? Trust me, knowing exactly what to expect when you quit will be the key to your success. You can do it!

My sincerest thanks to Why Quit and the "victory sharers" for all of their amazing help,

Dave Freeatlast

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