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Q & A's from the First Week of Smoking Cessation

Wednesday April 23, 2014

The first week of smoking cessation can seem like a constant struggle between your desire to quit smoking and the voice inside prodding you to go ahead and have just one cigarette.

Members of the support forum here at About.com Smoking Cessation have plenty of practical advice on how to manage unhealthy thoughts of smoking and the physical symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.

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Lean Into It - Jeff's Story

Monday April 21, 2014

Breaking ties with smoking permanently lies in changing the relationship we have with our cigarettes, and at two years smoke-free, Jeff has valuable insight into how to achieve that.

Thanks for sharing Jeff, and congratulations on two smoke-free years!

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The First Six Smoke-Free Months

Monday April 21, 2014

Members of the About.com Smoking Cessation forum have valuable insights to share for new ex-smokers. Their stories are full of practical tips about what works when we quit smoking and the benefits we might expect to enjoy.

While the journey to quit smoking is unique to each one of us, most ex-smokers face  similar challenges early on.  Learn how others have broken the chains of nicotine addiction  so that you might avoid stumbling yourself.

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Addicted to Nicotine Gum

Tuesday April 15, 2014

"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.

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Quit Smoking Certificates at About.com Smoking Cessation

Monday April 14, 2014

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.

What are the Hazards of Cigar Smoking?

Monday April 14, 2014

It's a common misconception that cigar smoking is less dangerous than cigarette smoking. The truth is, the toxins in cigar smoke are every bit as abundant and damaging as those in cigarette smoke.

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!

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Tears from Heaven at One Year Smoke-Free

Wednesday April 9, 2014

At a year smoke-free, About.com Smoking Cessation Support Forum member Jenn (blakwolf013) shares a heartfelt message about how recovery from nicotine addiction has affected her life.

Congratulations, Jenn!  Thanks for sharing your story.

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The 5 D's of Smoking Cessation

Wednesday April 9, 2014

The early days of smoking cessation can feel like a constant battle, but the 5 D's  is a tool that will  help you manage the discomforts more easily.

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

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Common Rationalizations for Smoking

Tuesday April 8, 2014

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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Find Your Personal Motivator - Alicia's Story

Wednesday April 2, 2014

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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