"I quit smoking 8 months ago, and I used nicotine gum to help me do it. I still chew the gum - I think I may be addicted to it! I only chew a couple of pieces of gum a day though...isn't that a lot better than smoking a pack of cigarettes every day?"
If used responsibly, nicotine replacement therapy has the potential to help you wean yourself off of tobacco products in a way that minimizes nicotine withdrawal.
Once you've quit smoking, it's a boost to celebrate your progress as you reach significant milestones. Use the milestone certificate galleries here at About.com Smoking Cessation to commemorate your quit date, one or two year anniversary of the day you quit smoking.
Follow the instructions on the certificate page of your choice, and we'll mail you a customized .jpg image with your name and quit date - all free.
All forms of tobacco have risks associated with them, and cigars are no different. Don't be fooled. There is no such thing as a risk-free tobacco product!
- Tears from Heaven at One Year - Jen's Quit Story
Congratulations, Jenn! Thanks for sharing your story.
More Quit Stories:
- How I Finally Quit Smoking - Joe's Story
- A List of Benefits at One Year Smoke-Free - Larry's Story
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Remember that nicotine withdrawal, while intense, does not last forever. Better days are ahead, and they're not far off.
More Reading: 8 Common Symptoms of Nicotine Withdrawal
When we quit smoking, our minds begin rationalizing almost immediately about why we should have waited to quit....or why we should buy a pack and start again tomorrow....or why we should have just one cigarette. This is called junkie thinking, or rationalizing smoking. It is something that virtually all ex-smokers experience early on in smoking cessation, because it is a side effect of nicotine addiction.
Let's take a look at some of the more common excuses our minds conjure up and what we can do to overcome this phase of quitting tobacco so that we can move on to the freedom from addiction we're all looking for.
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Locking onto a strong personal motivator is key to changing the relationship we have with smoking. Once we have that, the path toward lasting freedom from nicotine addiction is much easier to follow.
I'd like to introduce you to Alicia, who at 10 months smoke-free has found what motivates her most.
Thanks for sharing your story Alicia, and congratulations on all of that smoke-free time you're logging.
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When I met Cheryl in December of 2003, she'd been diagnosed with stage IV small cell lung cancer a month before. Inoperable and advanced, the prognosis was not good.
- Diagnosed with Small Cell Lung Cancer - Cheryl's Story
It was Cheryl's fervent wish to bring something good out of something so bad that drove her to open the door to her personal life and write about her struggle with the cancer that would eventually kill her. She wanted to help you, dear reader, avoid the pain and heart ache she and her loved ones were forced to endure by sharing the horrible reality that years of smoking had brought her to. Read More...
Early cessation is a mine field of cravings and triggers to smoke. It can seem like they hit us at every turn, and the voice in the back of our minds works overtime to convince us it would be alright to smoke just one or just for tonight.
Navigating it successfully is a challenge for every newly quit ex-smoker. Regardless of how much we may want to quit, those first few weeks are intense.
You can tip the scales in your favor with some preparation. Learn what to expect from nicotine withdrawal and arm yourself with these four critical tools to manage the ups and downs. You can overcome the early obstacles and move on with confidence in the direction of the long-term freedom you're after.
- Nicotine Withdrawal -- Reader's Tips
Once we quit smoking, positive changes start to happen all around.
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