Quit Stories from Ex-Smokers Who Know How It's Done

Quit Stories with New Ex-Smokers in Mind

The quit stories of those who have walked the path ahead of us provide a road map of how to quit smoking successfully and offer valuable glimpses into the perks we'll enjoy once we do.

Most of us know that smoking contributes to heart disease, numerous forms of cancer and respiratory disease and we hope for health improvements when we quit.  What we might not expect however, are the positive changes to self-esteem and overall well-being that usually follows  smoking cessation.

The quit stories below have been selected with the new quitter in mind. Use them to help you put smoking in your past, just as these authors have.

Two Years Ago, Cigarettes Were My Best Friend

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From Ex-Smoker Lesly:

"Two years ago, I was a smoker. My cigarettes were my best friend and most constant companion. I could not walk from one room to the next without my cigarette pack and lighter firmly gripped in my hand. I could not sleep through the night without getting up and spending time with my "best buddy"."

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The Smoker in Our Heads


Successfully navigating the minefield of unhealthy thoughts of smoking that assail us early on in smoking cessation is much easier when we know what to expect. About Smoking Cessation forum member Kevin shares how he outsmarted the junkie within and how you can too.

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The Pros and Cons of Smoking

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While it may seem obvious that tobacco is bad for us, the exercise of writing out the pros and cons of smoking cuts to the meat of the matter and allows us to see how it affects our lives on a number of levels. Zoe's list of pros and cons is an eye-opener and a favorite with About  Smoking Cessation forum members. I think you'll relate to it too.

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Leo's 10 Tips to Quit Smoking Successfully

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Leo harnessed the challenges that come with smoking cessation early on and made them work for him rather than against. He compiled this list on the second anniversary of his quit date and it contains pearls of wisdom every new quitter should know.

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I Love My Freedom!

Dee is one of those rare people who was able to quit smoking the first time she tried. She has valuable tips to share about how you can shape your attitude and actions to bring the success with cessation that she enjoys to this day, many years after stubbing out that last cigarette.

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Taking Back Control


Most of us quit smoking expecting to fail. Nicotine addiction has a way of stealing our will to try before we've even given it a shot. However, with some determination, education, and a solid support network, this addiction can be overcome. Kevin's story is a great example of that.

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Patience With the Process

When we quit smoking, most of us want the process to be over and done with within a week or two. We think that if we can just get the nicotine out of our systems, we'll be in the clear. The truth of the matter is that healing the habits associated with the physical addiction takes long, as Michelle describes so well here.

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3 Beliefs That Will Help You Quit Smoking for Good


Jenn wanted to quit as much as any ex-smoker I've ever met. That said, her first year was a bear, as she explains below. But she didn't give up. She didn't smoke, not even once. It was painful to see her struggle at times, but she fought through every bump in the road with honesty and determination.

Her story, written at three years smoke-free, offers hope for literally anyone who thinks quitting tobacco is just too hard for them to do.

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18 Benefits I've Noticed Since Quitting

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EB's list of reasons for quitting became a list of benefits by 6 months smoke-free.  I hope it inspires you to create your own list of reasons to boot the butts once and for all. Chances are, those reasons will become benefits for you, too.

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Practical Tricks That Helped Me Quit Smoking

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It's easy to feel overwhelmed when we first quit smoking.  That's why it's important to have some tricks up your sleeve to manage the discomforts that are bound to come up here and there.

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