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onceandforallMar 20, 2017 @ 2:27 PM
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Thank you for taking the lead and inspiring me to give up the gum, too. It has served its purpose, but enough is enough of anything. It is time to move on and take the next step for me, and I wish you the best of luck breaking dependency on NRT. Take care.
wimporswimFeb 24, 2017 @ 1:25 PM
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Leafs67 - You're a good man.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 1/3/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 52
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 1,560
Amount Saved: $636.48
Life Gained:
Days: 10 Hrs: 14 Mins: 56 Seconds: 2

leafs67Feb 24, 2017 @ 7:39 AM
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 Yes I have read his book , there is no easy way to quit smoking For me after 45 years. everyone's quit is similar but it also can be very different.I am content with how things are going. Thanks for the post. Leaf 

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 1/2/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 419
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 14,665
Amount Saved: $8,212.40
Life Gained:
Days: 79 Hrs: 19 Mins: 58 Seconds: 55

SlissyFeb 22, 2017 @ 2:52 PM
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Hi leafs! Have you read Allen Carr's easy to quit book? I would highly recommend it. I think it will do wonders for you getting off the gum if that's what you want. You're doing great! Keep up the good work!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 2/21/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 1
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 12
Amount Saved: $7.80
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 3 Mins: 43 Seconds: 58

Slissy

leafs67Feb 22, 2017 @ 1:47 PM
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Hello non smokers and leaf fans!! using Dentyne ice to off set 2mg gum pieces still using four a day. not sweating it things are well.stay strong in your quit. Leaf 

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 1/2/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 417
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 14,595
Amount Saved: $8,173.20
Life Gained:
Days: 79 Hrs: 12 Mins: 0 Seconds: 49

leafs67Feb 17, 2017 @ 2:49 PM
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Thank you everyone, I'm cruising along. working towards 2 to 3 pieces a day.stay strong. Leaf.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 1/2/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 412
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 14,420
Amount Saved: $8,075.20
Life Gained:
Days: 78 Hrs: 13 Mins: 22 Seconds: 37

Patricia, ModeratorFeb 15, 2017 @ 8:11 PM
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Hi fireball, We are deeply saddened to hear about the loss of your cousin please accept our deepest sympathies. In regards to the nrt gum for all our other members, it's best to consult with a medical health professional on which product is best suited for you. Wishing you all the best, Patricia

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fireballFeb 15, 2017 @ 7:05 PM
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Sorry I should not be so quick to judge but my cousin got hooked on the gum and just passed from liver cancer.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 1/2/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 45
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 900
Amount Saved: $324.00
Life Gained:
Days: 8 Hrs: 1 Mins: 51 Seconds: 36

fireballFeb 15, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
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Don't ever put that **** in your mouth. It is addictive and causes liver cancer.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 1/2/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 44
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 880
Amount Saved: $316.80
Life Gained:
Days: 8 Hrs: 1 Mins: 50 Seconds: 45

TreepeoFeb 14, 2017 @ 11:05 PM
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Hi leafs67,
 
The one thing I have learned from talking to people who have quit smoking is that we are never truly free.  One moment we are fine, and the next we want a smoke real bad, even after having quit for years. I have had my moments.  When that happens, I tell myself that I don't really want to smoke.  That is just my addiction talking.  This addiction is a really bugger.  We can never get complacent.
 
Please stay on the gum if it comes down to it, and maybe cut down much more gradually.  You have come too far, leafs67, and we are all rooting for you to succeed.  You are an inspiration to me. 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 48
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 1,200
Amount Saved: $144.00
Life Gained:
Days: 6 Hrs: 15 Mins: 8 Seconds: 14

Efram, ModeratorFeb 14, 2017 @ 8:33 PM
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Hi leafs67,

You may not be entirely out of the woods yet, but I'll bet the trees are starting to thin out nicely. Congratulations on taking the next step forward in becoming nicotine-free -- another milestone! 

That said, it may help to talk with your healthcare provider about a structured plan to cut down on nicotine gum. To go from 8-9 pieces of gum to none in a handful of days is not easy, and a more gradual adjustment could make for smoother sailing. 

Hope this helps,
Efram

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wimporswimFeb 14, 2017 @ 4:33 PM
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leafs67 - I have read many of your current and earlier posts and I second MotherJoe's motion: You are a Hero!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 1/3/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 42
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 1,260
Amount Saved: $514.08
Life Gained:
Days: 8 Hrs: 15 Mins: 15 Seconds: 0

HaveFaithFeb 14, 2017 @ 10:29 AM
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Way to go Leafs67.  Nothing with this journey seems to be easy, but we have to do what we can to keep fighting this demon!!!! Even if that means having the gum when you need it.  It has to be so much better than starting smoking again.  Do what works for you, when it works for you.  We all still have a long road ahead but together and support from SHO we can do this!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 1/3/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 42
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 756
Amount Saved: $514.08
Life Gained:
Days: 3 Hrs: 22 Mins: 42 Seconds: 27

leafs67Feb 14, 2017 @ 9:46 AM
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Doing ok ,Had no gum on the 9th,but needed it on the 10th. still watching how much I use. One surprising thing is that I started thinking about smoking . After a year quit I am not out of the woods yet and may never be. But got lots of exercise on the weekend . 65 cm of snow and 90 km per hour winds.Leaf.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 1/2/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 409
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 14,315
Amount Saved: $8,016.40
Life Gained:
Days: 77 Hrs: 22 Mins: 42 Seconds: 54

Got ToFeb 07, 2017 @ 1:10 PM
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Hey Leafs67.....I think the routine with that toxic friend was the hardest to break.  I would have some silly daily routine with that smoke and when I did not have that smoke with what ever I was doing....then I wanted that smoke so badly...... then the craving would hit big time in a matter of seconds...To this day it is hard for me to get my head wrapped around the fact that I needed nicotine to beat the nicotine and allow time while I was getting the nicotine for my routine to change......breaking that seductive draw to that smoke.  Everything has to change when you Quit smoking from the moment you start your day...Got to remember you and I smoked for many many many years.....we are never out of the woods, you are so right on that....so what if you are on the gum a little longer....your whole routine has changed you have kicked that toxic friend to the curb....now the gum wants to go too!!!   Rockin my Quit........GOT To 

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 2/7/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 366
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 9,150
Amount Saved: $4,575.00
Life Gained:
Days: 51 Hrs: 2 Mins: 7 Seconds: 35

Just Let it Go

leafs67Feb 07, 2017 @ 10:19 AM
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Thanks Mother, that means a lot. I'm not gonna dwell on this too much. I've learned enough in the last year to deal with this. thanks everyone. Leaf

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 1/2/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 402
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 14,070
Amount Saved: $7,879.20
Life Gained:
Days: 76 Hrs: 14 Mins: 50 Seconds: 58

MotherJoeFeb 07, 2017 @ 9:40 AM
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Good morning leaf, i'm glad to hear that you made it thru yesterday.. it may not be  as bad as you  think it will be... ya know, I remember our conversations very well last spring,  when I was having cravings coming out my ying yang after I was done with the patch and I totally refused to use the gum to get me thru... I still have the gum for a just in case moment but still I know I won't use it... it is addicting... but just want to say, I've looked up to you leafs, anyone who can quit this damn demon Is a hero whether you use gum, inhaler, or whatever... you do what you have to do, we are all here to support you and cheer you on!! Mother

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 1/22/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 382
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 9,550
Amount Saved: $2,292.00
Life Gained:
Days: 52 Hrs: 16 Mins: 0 Seconds: 37

Run to Quit

TreepeoFeb 07, 2017 @ 9:07 AM
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Hey leafs67,
 
Please don't feel down, and don't feel you need to rush cutting down.  Do what you feel will be comfortable for you, and if it's too much, keep chewing.  Who cares?  We are not purists here.  The really important thing is that you are not smoking.  You have been a non-smoker for well over a year.  You should be really proud of yourself.  You are an inspiration to me. 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 40
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 1,000
Amount Saved: $120.00
Life Gained:
Days: 5 Hrs: 14 Mins: 5 Seconds: 19

leafs67Feb 07, 2017 @ 8:02 AM
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ok so yesterday I started lowering my 2mg NRT. I was averaging 8-9 pieces a day ,yesterday I cut back to 4 and added regular gum to my day. it went ok. What got me into this re addiction is after using the patch last January for 13 weeks I felt I needed a little something to calm my nerves and O.C.D.Hence enter the gum. This does not feel like quitting all over again ,for me its time to take the next step. I do feel a little down that I have let this go on too long and their are so many strong members on this site. Newbees beware! Quiting is not a game even after you think you have it beat.stay strong and thanks everyone for walking up and down this road with me.  Leaf.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 1/2/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 402
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 14,070
Amount Saved: $7,879.20
Life Gained:
Days: 76 Hrs: 14 Mins: 25 Seconds: 0

HaveFaithFeb 06, 2017 @ 8:26 PM
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Hey leafs67.  I am no doctor, but in my opinion you have nothing to be ashamed of.  At least you have remained smoke free, and that is incredible. 

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 1/3/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 35
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 630
Amount Saved: $428.40
Life Gained:
Days: 3 Hrs: 5 Mins: 51 Seconds: 40

Got ToFeb 06, 2017 @ 2:59 PM
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Hey Leafs67....Yes there are so many twists and turns with this addiction to nicotine.....It was really scary for me to go down levels on the patch...I was so worried that I would smoke...and I didn't...I was stronger than I thought cause I know I had great people who were behind me rooting me on!    Rockin my Quit......GOT To 

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 2/7/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 365
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 9,125
Amount Saved: $4,562.50
Life Gained:
Days: 50 Hrs: 23 Mins: 2 Seconds: 14

Just Let it Go

TreepeoFeb 06, 2017 @ 2:12 PM
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Hi leafs67,
 
For sure, you have nothing at all to be ashamed of.  The really important thing is that you have stayed smoke free.  What a huge accomplishment!  To me, I don't care if you stay on that gum for the rest of your life if it keeps you from smoking again, because nothing could be worse than that.  I don't know much about NRTs because I quit cold turkey.  But it seems to me that 2 mg is nothing, relatively speaking.  I don't know how much you are using daily, but if you think you should, I would recommend that you cut down really slowly to make sure you stay on track.  I know how you feel, because I smoked for the past 42 years myself, so this being smoke free is all new to me.  In fact, as I write this, I am having a craving, but I am choosing to say no.  That is one thing that seems to help me.  That is, it has to be my choice to say no.
 
Let us know how much you are using and how much you are cutting down, and how you are feeling.  I am sure that info will be put to good use by other people on this site.  And remember, you can do this, and we are all rooting for you! 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 39
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 975
Amount Saved: $117.00
Life Gained:
Days: 5 Hrs: 11 Mins: 29 Seconds: 6

leafs67Feb 06, 2017 @ 11:35 AM
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Thank you everyone

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 1/2/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 401
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 14,035
Amount Saved: $7,859.60
Life Gained:
Days: 76 Hrs: 10 Mins: 31 Seconds: 28

leafs67Feb 06, 2017 @ 11:35 AM
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Thank you everyone

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 1/2/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 401
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 14,035
Amount Saved: $7,859.60
Life Gained:
Days: 76 Hrs: 10 Mins: 31 Seconds: 24

MotherJoeFeb 06, 2017 @ 10:48 AM
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Good morning Leaf, you can do it, no doubt... just stay strong ... rooting for ya!! Go Leafs Go!!!  Mother

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 1/22/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 381
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 9,525
Amount Saved: $2,286.00
Life Gained:
Days: 52 Hrs: 12 Mins: 51 Seconds: 51

Run to Quit

Jennifer, Quit CoachFeb 06, 2017 @ 10:14 AM
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Good Morning leafs67,

Thanks for posting your experience with quitting and NRT gum. Like you others may find it helpful in staying smoke-free to use the NRT gum or other method outside of the usually recommended time. Checking with your own doctor or pharmacist is always a good idea.

What awesome stats you have this morning! Over 14,000 cigarettes not smoked is just amazing really! Keep up the good work and as always, come by and let us know how you are doing - we love your updates!


Jennifer, Moderator

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JeyanFeb 06, 2017 @ 9:40 AM
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Great decision Leaf!! Good luck!!! You can do this!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/16/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 113
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 1,130
Amount Saved: $678.00
Life Gained:
Days: 16 Hrs: 16 Mins: 31 Seconds: 35

leafs67Feb 06, 2017 @ 8:00 AM
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  Good morning All, Its been 401 days and 14,000 cigarettes not smoked today.I have been reading about NRT addictions and find that it is very common. I have been on the 2mg gum for too long and today is the day I start cutting it back .This road that we are on is very complex with many twists and turns. It is not easy and after smoking for 45 years I am not ashamed that I used the gum this long.I will post my progress and I hope this post helps others. Do what you got to do to quit the over 4000 chemicals in cigarettes. LEAF.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 1/2/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 401
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 14,035
Amount Saved: $7,859.60
Life Gained:
Days: 76 Hrs: 9 Mins: 50 Seconds: 35