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June 18 2019 08:02 AM
HI John! Well I am a Xbox 1 gamer for the most part. Have many friends spread across the world and the States. Yes indeed it is amazing how quickly our bodies begin to snap back once we put the smokes down. Of course the key here is to stay smoke free, so never let that demon fool you into thinking you can have just one. I know from experience that doesn't work. Keep up the good fight, your doing great!
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June 18 2019 02:55 AM
I started smoking since I was 12-year-old and had more than 30 quit-attempts under my belt. 
It was the most challenging and arduous task I have ever undertaken.
Quitting was difficult because I believed that I had given up a real 'pleasure' or 'enjoyment.'
I deprived myself of a thing that I thought would give me 'happiness' it was no wonder why I envied smokers.
But as soon as I understood that smoking wasn't the source of pleasure but the source of all my problems then quitting was relatively easy.
The notorious withdrawal effects of nicotine were not a problem after I understood this (I'm not exaggerating), it was all in my mind.

Getting through the withdrawal was easy. The difficult battle was the one in my mind.  
My advise would be to invest in your mindset before going cold-turkey otherwise, it would be easy to fall into depression and relapse.

Understand that cigarettes and smoking does absolutely nothing for you. There's no true 'enjoyment' whatsoever. 
I hope I have been of service.
Blogging at Quit With Nerd
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June 17 2019 05:46 PM
Hi Mark,
 Welcome to the website. I see that you have went through most of the "my program" program. Finish that up and then read through these forums. Read, read read. The more you understand about what to expect and how to deal with it, the better off you'll be and the better your chances of making this quit a success. There is a lot of great information in here to help you prepare for your quit journey, and a lot of great hints and tips to help you out  too.  Its best if you have a plan in place, all your ducks in a row so to say. The less you have to think about at the start of your journey the better. That's what the plan is for, so you don't really have to think much. Sorry to hear about all your medical issues, and your moms too. We are always going to have difficulties in life, we just need to learn how to deal with them without falling back on the cigarettes. Since you are reaching out for help before your started your journey, hopefully you will be better prepared for it when you start. Have you picked a date to start yet? "I have to quit but don't know where to start." This is a great place to start. There are a lot of friendly people here that have gone through what you are preparing to go through, that understands what's happening to you. It's different for everybody, but the end result of actually quitting is what this is all about. I wish you the best on your journey, and here's hoping good karma is headed your way! 
Stay strong.
Not One Puff Ever
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June 17 2019 09:55 AM
Hey Sparrow, nice to hear from you. Time does go by rather quickly doesn't it. Seems like it was just yesterday when I started this journey and look at me now. 115 days, never imagined it in the beginning.
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June 16 2019 08:23 AM
WOW, nice job Timbo. Isn't it amazing that while you are a smoker you never give it any thought as to just how many cigs you are ingesting. Your body thanks you for the great job.
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June 10 2019 02:20 AM
Hi Pappy
I think about %70 of my time at home I spend on my hobby (our extra room is my Computer room) I don't watch much TV and I don't go to the Pub as I don't drink but very happy fiddling about with Computers or just Gaming, Its my little bit of heaven and smoke free   
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June 09 2019 08:02 AM
Fantastic post Tim. I just copied and sent to my daughter in law how is pregnant and smoking. Hoping to get her to quit this ugly addiction.
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April 25 2019 06:06 PM

I echo Timbo by saying ecigs are not an evidence-based way to help you quit. There is currently no evidence that shows ecigs help people to quit smoking. There is actually more evidence that it prolongs the addiction. Please talk to your doctor about evidence based quit aids. Also, Milestone three of the program goes over other supports that may help.

I am sorry to hear about that scary incident after exercising. Headaches, dizziness, fatigue and mucus could all be related to quitting smoking.  Milestone three goes into detail about common withdrawal symptoms. If you are at all concerned about your breathing or any of your symptoms it is always best to go to your doctor to rule out any other issues. 

How is your quit going now? Have you had any of these symptoms again?

Ashley, Health Educator
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April 04 2019 03:18 PM
That's awesome Timbo!

Thanks for posting and reminding us that the hard work for a healthy lifestyle is worth it!

I am so glad you are enjoying your health - well deserved reward.

Ashley, Health Educator
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February 27 2019 04:38 PM
Hello everyone,
Is there anyone here trying to quit smoking who also has ADHD?
Claire, a MSc Health Psychology student, is carrying out a research project through the University of Derby exploring how smokers who also have ADHD perceive their smoking behaviour in relation to their diagnosis.
Claire believes that if they can find out motivations for smoking in people with ADHD then this can improve smoking cessation programs to this population.
To take part you must meet the following criteria: be 18 years old and over, have ADHD as diagnosed by a health professional, be a smoker for at least 2 years, and be able to understand spoken and written English.
Your participation will remain confidential and anonymous and is completely voluntary. You may also withdraw from the research up to two weeks after participation.

The study has two stages: firstly, you will be sent an Invitation to Participate and a Participant Information Sheet.  When you have read these documents carefully, you can click on the link that will take you to the Informed Consent Form and the Demographics and Participant Questionnaire which is a short questionnaire which will take approximately two minutes to complete. 

When you have completed the Informed Consent Form and the Demographics and Participant Questionnaire, you can contact Claire at to arrange an audio-only Skype interview at a date and time convenient to you.  All your information will be kept anonymous and confidential as per the British Psychological Society's Ethical Principles for Conducting Research with Human Participants (downloadable from

If you are interested in participating in this study, please send an email to for more information. There is no obligation to participate.
Thank you.
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