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manderson4 Jul 17, 2017 (01:38 PM)  

Joined: Sep 29, 2016
Age: 52
Gender: Male
Country: Canada
Hobbies: Cycling, Computers

Hi Tryagain01 as someone who was a long time smoker 35 years I can say give the site a chance the steps, the people, the coaches have all helped in my quit.  Even on days that I felt I didn't need to or want to continue, coming back and seeing familiar names each and every day helps.  Yes the site can be frustrating and having to log in every day or multiply times a day can be frustrating but that is the way it is designed.  It is called a session cookie and it expires when you close your browser or stay away for a longer period of time.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 4/16/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 92
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 6,900
Amount Saved: $5,059.77
Life Gained:
Days: 15 Hrs: 2 Mins: 37 Seconds: 29

One Down One to Go

Sophia, Quit Coach Jul 16, 2017 (04:12 PM)  

Joined: Jun 19, 2017
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Hello Treepeo and Tryagain01,
Treepeo, thank you for sharing your perspective and encouragement.  Tryagain01 it's understandable that when first engaging in the program the whole process can feel cumbersome.  Hopefully hearing from more members sharing their experiences as Shanbam and Treepeo have done will help to give you a better idea of how well the program and community support really work and can contribute to your success.
Best wishes,

Smokers' Helpline Online Support Team

Treepeo Jul 16, 2017 (02:46 PM)  

Joined: Dec 27, 2016
Age: 57
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Occupation: Legal Assistant
Hobbies: reading, video games

Hi tryagain01, welcome to SHO.
What you find cumbersome, I find impressive.  I think that there is very valuable information on this site, and I also think it is very well organized.  You say you have been smoking for 48 years.  Well, it's going to take some real effort to quit.  You need to have a plan of action, and you will be able to develop a plan that will work for you if you go through the milestones on this site.  Besides taking a bit of time and effort, what do you have to lose? 
Quitting smoking is a process.  You have to go through withdrawal, and physical and emotional cravings.  You have to figure out strategies for how to cope with that.  You have to change your way of doing things, shake up your normal routines.  You have to find ways to walk away from temptations, and ways to distract yourself.  The information on this site is designed to help you with all of that.
I hope you give it a fair shot.  I know that I would not be where I am at today without the information I got here, and without the support of all my friends here at SHO. 

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 199
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 4,975
Amount Saved: $597.00
Life Gained:
Days: 27 Hrs: 12 Mins: 0 Seconds: 33

Marianne, Quit Coach Jul 16, 2017 (02:38 PM)  

Joined: Jul 08, 2006
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Hello Tryagain01,
Great to hear that you are gearing up to quit!  Shanbam shared that they gained great benefit from doing the exercises and activities online.  Thank you for sharing that Shanbam as positive feedback to know for us all. 
I am sure members will share more and contribute to discussions as they tend to do so.  At times, the early mornings and summer weekends can be quieter for dialogue.  And keep in mind not being a live chat, members won't respond right away. 
Quit Coaches are available during designated times, so feel free to leave us a message through "contact us" for technical support and we will get back to you as soon as we can. 
Feel free to share with us your reasons for wanting to quit and any thoughts of how you would like to go about your plan- cutting back to quit, using quit cessation methods, cold turkey.  We are here to help you strategize and be equipped with tips and tools for those cravings and any withdrawal. 
All the best to you and looking forward to talking to you further as you take steps to quit smoking. 
You can do this! 

Smokers' Helpline Online Support Team

tryagain01 Jul 16, 2017 (01:09 PM)  

Joined: Jul 13, 2017

I'm not sure if this will reach you because I don't know what I'm doing. My mailbox said there was nothing there ... but when I looked I saw your message. Thank you. But if this is a support group... why aren't people talking? I need help! Thanks so much for your reply.

Shanbam Jul 16, 2017 (09:54 AM)  

Joined: Jun 24, 2017
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Occupation: Retired
Hobbies: Reading, Pilates

Hi tryagain01, In the week leading up to my quit date I completed all the educational parts and questionnaires. I also read a lot of posts by current members. I found a lot of useful information and tips. Set aside some time each day for this website. It is worth it.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 6/30/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 16
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 192
Amount Saved: $130.56
Life Gained:
Days: 2 Hrs: 4 Mins: 14 Seconds: 17

tryagain01 Jul 16, 2017 (06:44 AM)  

Joined: Jul 13, 2017

Oh and I forgot to mention why the heck do I have to keep logging in when I check the "remember me" box? It's annoying.

tryagain01 Jul 16, 2017 (06:42 AM)  

Joined: Jul 13, 2017

I'm gearing up to quit and need all the help I can get. This site is not east for me. The whole educational part is cumbersome and lengthy. Does this work? I need to hear from an actual person... ? 48 years of smoking ... need to quit desperately! Thanks.

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