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September 24 2018 06:29 PM
Hi Lindsey, Remember we are the ones changing our behavior and he will never REALLY understand what we are going thru unless he's been through it too. He can only educate himself and Ashley has done a good job of describing what I am feeling right now on day 2. But I know it will pass and get easier with time and support from the people who care on this site.
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September 24 2018 04:46 PM

Thank you for posting and sharing your thoughts with us. The search function only goes back two years but you can manually go back in time to check out your posts from years ago. If you find anything you want to reshare please bump the thread :) 

Ashley, Health Educator
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September 18 2018 06:05 PM
Bump up for Lindsay2108.
 Maybe this is a start for your partner to try and understand what you will be going through. 
Not One Puff Ever
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September 14 2018 07:17 PM
Great Post Timbo!!! Ashley, Health Educator
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September 13 2018 09:20 AM
This thread was just what I needed to read this morning :)
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September 09 2018 03:56 AM
Hey Gorilla Quitter :) Good post!   From Eyja 
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August 27 2018 09:39 AM
1761 days of freedom and counting!
How long have you been a quitter? Even 24 hours is something to be proud of. 
Not One Puff Ever
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August 20 2018 02:41 AM
Answer From J. Taylor Hays, M.D.

Hookah smoking is not safer than cigarette smoking.

Also known as a narghile, shisha or goza, a hookah is a water pipe with a smoke chamber, a bowl, a pipe and a hose. Specially made tobacco is heated, and the smoke passes through water and is then drawn through a rubber hose to a mouthpiece.

The tobacco is no less toxic in a hookah pipe than in a cigarette, and the water in the hookah does not filter out the toxic ingredients in the tobacco smoke. Hookah smokers may actually inhale more tobacco smoke than cigarette smokers do because of the large volume of smoke they inhale in one smoking session, which can last as long as 60 minutes.

While research about hookah smoking is still emerging, evidence shows that it poses many dangers:

  • Hookah smoke contains high levels of toxic compounds, including tar, carbon monoxide, heavy metals and cancer-causing chemicals (carcinogens). In fact, hookah smokers are exposed to more carbon monoxide and smoke than are cigarette smokers.
  • As with cigarette smoking, hookah smoking is linked to lung and oral cancers, heart disease, and other serious illnesses.
  • Hookah smoking delivers about the same amount of nicotine as cigarette smoking, possibly leading to tobacco dependence.
  • Hookah smoke poses dangers associated with secondhand smoke.
  • Hookah smoking by pregnant women can result in low birth weight babies.
  • Hookah pipes used in hookah bars and cafes may not be cleaned properly, risking the spread of infectious diseases.


J. Taylor Hays, M.D.
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August 14 2018 05:08 PM
Original Post by: nonic
Good day fellow travelers:
It breaks my heart to read through many of the posts here.  That is so because I hear the anguish and understand the pain that cessation's path requires.  For so long, as addicts, we played a game of hide and seek. When trouble came our way, when people's actions and unforeseen events sent daggers through our very souls and anger, rage and sadness cut us like a knife, we ran and hid behind that ever present thin blue veil. We metaphorically put our hands to our eyes, inhaled the vapors and swore no one could see us there.  And in many ways that was true. No one could see us there, because we internalized the pain we felt and eased its sting by bathing our wounds in a good old nicotine bath.  And we did in that way become invisible. 
However our invisibility also stripped us of our opportunity to confront the source of our indignation, our hurt, our sorrow our grief.  By rendering ourselves invisible, we lost a million chances to grow stronger in our own hearts. We let go our opportunity to forge a stronger bond between our internal world and the external world. We fell victim to the ageless fear of the forest.  We wrapped ourselves in the soft folds of addiction. We did not stand up for ourselves, we failed to practice gratitude for the life we have been given, we did not speak calmly to our aggressor, we did not reason with our partner, we did not address that which brought us so much pain.  And the world heard no more from us.
But where does the heart go when there is nowhere to hide?  The truth is that the heart needs no place to hide.  The heart (self), that which you know yourself to be requires no excuse for existing. You are the product of a gardener of vast skills.  You have a right to grow stronger, you have a right to seek the sun, to stand tall and be proud of who you are.  You are a living breathing creative being who has something to add to the cosmic conversation.  Do not silence yourself through self inflicted addiction.  When the heart has nowhere to hide it must grow stronger, it must gain the confidence that comes from accomplishing difficult tasks, it must grow in compassion because it already knows the sting of rejection.
Remaining addicted is tantamount to destroying the vessel (body) in an effort not to experience the soul (self).  Cessation is a chance to engage yourself, find new ways to deal with old problems.  It is a second chance.  Take hold of it today, tomorrow and on all your remaining trips around the sun. 
stay well

My Mileage:

My Quit Date: 12/25/2006
Smoke-Free Days: 1294
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 38,820
Amount Saved: $13,587.00
Life Gained:
Days: 253 Hrs: 6 Mins: 43 Seconds: 32

That is so beautifully written. Thankyou. I am reading to prepare for quit day tomorrow.
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August 07 2018 09:38 AM
I love this list, especially the HALT stuff.  I have found that little acronym to be very useful and very practical in my quit (especially the "H" section).  My body knows when it needs *something* but is still frequently confused about what that something is, and will send up a smoke craving.  I envision it like my brain throwing a bunch of stuff at the wall and seeing what sticks, lol.
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