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#1 sslip


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 07:55 PM

It's been a couple of days since I joined, so a belated hello to everyone out there.


The sheer number of posts out there have been so important in helping me get my head straight in what I am looking to achieve. The sense of community spirit here is great and thanks to all of you for being so welcoming.


A little introduction. I've been smoking 35 years now and I'm in my early fifties. To be honest quitting has caught me somewhat by surprise and I'm still working things out. I'm going to be a little hypocritical having given others the advice not to use NRT, in that gum is going to be my crutch for now.


Hope to get to know you all better and will get a few more posts on here in the coming days.




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Posted 12 January 2018 - 08:06 PM

Welcome, Shane!  So glad you have joined us...look around and make yourself at home.







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Posted 12 January 2018 - 08:08 PM

Welcome to the board Shane.

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 08:13 PM

​Hi Shane, congrats on deciding to take your life back :) If NRT's enable you to get your sticky quit then by all means use whatever works for you. There is no one size fits all here so we do what we need to do to keep our quit :)





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Posted 12 January 2018 - 08:35 PM

Hi Shane, welcome to the board! It's great that you're quitting, that's the best possible decision. Here every quit is different and there's only one common rule, that is NOPE.






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Posted 12 January 2018 - 08:43 PM

Welcome to QSMB Shane, NRT is Ok as long as your ultimate goal is to be free from it.  


Nov 6, 2011 I decided " I had enough with this sh*t "

I quit because I just got tired of the life under a rock, dark and with not enough air to breathe waiting for the day to get crushed!

Alcohol to a quit is like Kryptonite to Superman

Stop, Think and then React. Not React,Stop and then Think

Practice does not make it perfect, makes it permanent. Practice the right things!

Quitting is by far the best decision for the rest of your life.

If a Doctor gives you 6 months to live, would you start living after the first three? Quit now!

" I am a puff away form a pack a day"

Once you stop puffing or having Nicotine in any form, then and only then your symptoms will stop.

I quit with a frozen turkey. Once I felt comfortable with my quit,  I ate it.

Life is such a good teacher, that if you don't learn the lesson it will repeat it to you.




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Posted 12 January 2018 - 09:32 PM

It think NRTs are a tool when used to quit, but only a crutch when abused. Do YOUR quit YOUR way! Congratulations on taking your life back!
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Posted 12 January 2018 - 09:37 PM

Hi Shane. Education is key in overcoming this insidious addiction, and there is a wealth of information and education to be found here on QSMB, not to mention the support and community. This place is half the reason I have been successful in quitting (sheer determination and discipline was the other half :smile:), so I know it can help you too. Welcome.

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I want my life back. I WANT MY LIFE BACK!

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 10:00 PM

Hello Shane and welcome to the board !
Smoke Free Forever !!!

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 10:28 PM

Hi Shane & welcome! We're all on, or have been on, the same slippery path!

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 10:46 PM

Hi Shane,

Welcome aboard! If you've decided to do it, you can! I am a bit younger than you but had approximately the same number of smoking years ( including my whole adult life). It is a challenge to make this big a change in your life, but it really can be done. The road is at times bumpy but being able to spend some time in here visiting and reading is really helpful. Check out the newbie package and post as much as you need to.

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 11:01 PM

Welcome to QSMB, Shane!

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 11:21 PM

Hi Shane!   Welcome! 

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 12:23 AM



All roads lead to Rome. Just don't stop along the way to have a puff - NOPE!

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 12:36 AM

Welcome. I found NRT necessary also against my wanting to use it. I pretty much got told I needed it. :(.

It’s ok at least I could quit. You can do it.
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Quit date Thursday 24th October. 2017, 10.10am AEDT.


It is a relief to not be killing myself slowly. Every day I don't smoke I am getting stronger.

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 12:39 AM

Hi and welcome. Stay the course and hang here. It sure has helped me.

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 07:14 AM

Hi,  Stick with this site Im new to it too but everyone is so helpful and give you the help to succeed.  Im over 10 years your senior so have been smoking that much longer but this site really helps me.

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 01:06 PM

Hullow Shane,

Glad to see you here. Remember: in case of emergency send out an SOS.
I also smoked for 35 years and we have about the same age. This group helped me a lot, this I can tell you. :-)

Good luck and hope to see you around!



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Posted 13 January 2018 - 03:43 PM

Hi and welcome, Shane!  :grin:  I also did not plan my quit and I am thankful I found this forum 3 months into it. I think there are 3 key factors to a successful quit:


1. Admit to being an addict

2. Having a support group (either online or in person) and participating in it!

3. N.O.P.E. every day


Together we can do this!  :wink:



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