Motivational Writings from Forum Members
Then vs. Now
The road to recovery from nicotine addiction is a winding path for most ex-smokers. Old associations to smoking that trigger junkie thinking are bound to pop up now and again.
My Reasons to Quit Smoking
Our reasons to quit smoking are powerful motivators, as you'll see in Russell's quit story.
This Too Shall Pass
Perspective is everything. Recovery from nicotine addiction involves how we think about smoking much more than the physical ties we have to nicotine.
The Junkie Within
Junkie thinking is a facet of nicotine addiction that all smokers are familiar with, and when we quit, is something we have to come to grips with.
Mind Tools to Stay Positive When We Quit Smoking
When we quit smoking, much of the work lies in the attitude we have about smoking cessation, as Leslie explains in this motivational account.
Milestones on the Road to Recovery from Nicotine Addiction
The milestones we experience when we quit smoking and start the process of recovering from nicotine addiction are inspirational. Read the quit smoking milestones offered by others, and share yours also.
An Attitude Adjustment at Two Months Smoke-Free
At two months smoke-free, Brad got a powerful message about the value of smoking cessation.
Three Months Without Nicotine
Kay recently celebrated three months smoke free and has been good enough to share her perspectives on early smoking cessation with readers.
Confessions of a Closet Smoker
"I realize now that my reasons for smoking at that age have twisted themselves into reasons why I was still smoking 16 years later. It is as if my entire life was deliberately built around cigarettes. Perhaps it was."
Quit Smoking Cartoon Gallery
These cartoons were created for the About.com Smoking Cessation site by David Stuart, a professional cartoonist in Australia.
Dawg's One Month Milestone
One month ago, Junkyarddawg quit smoking cigarettes. Read his milestone post and get some inspiration, as well as a good laugh!
Dawg Quit Smoking Two Months Ago
Dawg has reached two months smoke free, and shares his feelings about how it feels in a way that is uniquely dawg.
ForMyCody's Quit Smoking Poem
Linda shares with us just how much the forum has meant to her. "Ever so often, when we are all alone, and the demons just seem to stay..."
From Loss Comes Strength
Written in celebration of her 4th smoke free month, Gail says goodbye to nicotine addiction through her poetry.
Gail Quit Smoking 11 months ago
"It is absolutely amazing how your whole outlook on life changes when you quit smoking. Your self-esteem gets so much better and you want to take those feelings and do other healthier things for yourself."
Good Things to be Missing
Gail reflects on all of the things she misses since she kicked nicotine out of her life nine months ago.
Kerri Quit Smoking 5 Months Ago
Kerri knows the value of the freedom she's gained by booting cigarettes out of her life. Her 5 month milestone post shares just how precious a gift quitting tobacco has been for her.
LadyZolt's Quit Smoking Song
LadyZolt, a smoking cessation forum member, wrote these lyrics, sung to the tune of Helen Reddy's I am Woman. Her words describe the realities of smoking and the sentiments ring true.
Mary Quit Smoking 5 Months Ago
"I can truly hardly believe that at 8:00 AM on this momentous 23rd day of the month I have been 5 whole months without holding a cigarette between my fingers, putting it to my lips, puffing and inhaling the hot, burning, toxic fumes into my throat, esophagus, nasal passages, sinuses and lungs."
No Substitute for Time
From About.com Smoking Cessation Forum Moderator, Michelle: "We have become a society that demands instant gratification, and patience has gone by the wayside. I believe some things are still worth waiting for, and I KNOW that smoke-freedom is one of them."
Outside of Forever
Gail Berreitter shares her feelings about the journey to freedom from nicotine addiction through poetry.
Striking and Pretty from Badly Vile
Junkie thinking - thoughts of having "just one" cigarette are common. Gail shares her thoughts on the subject in beautiful poetic form.
Two Months on the Road Without a Smoke
About.com Smoking Cessation Forum member Marlady expresses her feelings about life at two months smoke free through poetry.
My Smoke Free Garden
"What makes you feel fortunate, alive, happy...what makes you smile at the sky? For me it is many things, but mostly it is the contrast between the last few summers of my life and this summer."