Quit Stories From The First Six Months

Ex-Smokers Share Their Stories

Between nicotine withdrawal and recovering from the many associations we have with smoking, the first six smoke-free months are challenging for most people.

The ups and downs of smoking cessation are poignantly reflected in the following personal accounts that detail the challenges at various points during the first six months smoke-free.

Settle in and do some reading -- there is no shortage of inspiration and motivation to succeed to be found on these pages!

Smoking Made Me Feel Pathetic and Enslaved -- Kerri's Story

From Kerri
"My name is Kerri. I'm 31 years old, and I have been a nicotine addict for more than half of my life. I was 13 when I smoked my first cigarette. My friends turned green; I got good at it. By 15, I was using my lunch money to buy cigarettes."

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An Attitude Adjustment at Two Months -- Brad's Story


As humans, we tend to get wrapped up in our own struggles. We lose perspective on how our troubles compare to those of others.  For people recovering from nicotine addiction, this tendency is almost a given, because nicotine withdrawal can be intense.

Brad had a wake up call that quickly brought him out of his self-absorption and gave him a nudge about the importance of quitting at the same time.

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It's Never Too Late to Quit -- Darlene at 3 Months

From Darlene:
"Please rejoice with me, because I am one of the lucky ones. I quit smoking and have been given a second chance. I am three months smoke-free as of today, September 9, 2008, and have found a peace and freedom that I've never before felt. I believe it is because I quit smoking and have completely changed my life. I abused my body big time in many ways for most of my life, but no more."

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A Long List of Benefits -- Marah at 3 Months

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From Marah:
"I hope to encourage new quitters by listing some of the benefits I’ve derived from not smoking these past 3 months. I smoked for 27 years, 20 of those years a pack a day or more. For the last 3 or 4 years, I’d been chewing 5-6 pieces of nicotine gum a day on top of 20 cigarettes, so I had ungodly amounts of nicotine coursing through my bloodstream."

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Feeling Good at Five Months Smoke-Free - Mary's Story


 From Mary:
It has taken me four and a half months to really start to feel at ease and to really know in my heart that what I’ve said all along “Smoking is not an option anymore” is an absolute truth."

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Choosing to Breathe -- Larry at 4 Months

From Larry:
"Here it is Christmas Eve day 2006, and tomorrow morning around 9 am PST it will be 4 months since I put out that ONE cigarette I had been in search of for the better part of 50 years (the last ONE). How in the world could ONE stinking cigarette be so elusive, so hard to find?"

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We are Stronger Than We Think - Sally at 5 Months


From Sally:
"This journey, as we all know, is about so much more than quitting smoking. It is a rebirth of our true being. We are finally becoming who we were meant to be in so many ways, no longer hiding behind a shroud of smoke."

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When I Think of a Cigarette -- Angela at 6 Months

From Angela:
"When I think of a cigarette, I think of the four thousand chemicals that would rush into my mouth and burn their way into my once healthy lungs. I think about that nasty taste, that nasty ring of polluted air I would create in the space around my body."

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Things I've Learned Along The Way - Dee at 6 Months

From Dee:
"This does not have to be a 24/7 battle. Fact: there is a price to pay(urges, cravings, etc)for freedom. Relax, accept that fact. Keep it simple, take it one day at a time, and move the heck on and enjoy your life being smoke free"

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Cigarettes are a Deadly Lie -- Lesly at 6 Months


From Lesly:
"I'd like to take a minute and give my thoughts to people coming up behind me, or people who might be struggling. To get free of this addiction, it is my belief that you have to educate yourself to the "lie" of the cigarette."

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