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People with a quit date of 9/24/2007 - 10/24/2007, this is your Quit Group.

 

This group opens TODAY (9/24/2007)

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JANUARY 2008 HALL OF FAME

Roll Call Monday, September 24, 2007

A NEW YEAR, A NEW START

 

QUITTERS:

 

 

 

 

SUPPORTERS:

Falcoshane - 90 -- Come on, quit today - live tomorrow

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JANUARY 2008 HALL OF FAME -- Roll Call Monday, September 24, 2007

A NEW YEAR, A NEW START

 

QUITTERS:

 

SUPPORTERS:

Falcoshane - 90 -- Come on, quit today - live tomorrow

Euty ~ 390

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JANUARY 2008 HALL OF FAME -- Roll Call Monday, September 24, 2007

A NEW YEAR, A NEW START

 

QUITTERS:

 

SUPPORTERS:

Falcoshane - 90 -- Come on, quit today - live tomorrow

Euty ~ 390

eddykeller - 213

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JANUARY 2008 HALL OF FAME -- Roll Call Monday, September 24, 2007

A NEW YEAR, A NEW START

 

QUITTERS:

Cubsfan22 - Day 1

 

SUPPORTERS:

Falcoshane - 90 -- Come on, quit today - live tomorrow

Euty ~ 390

eddykeller - 213on, quit today - live tomorrow

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JANUARY 2008 HALL OF FAME -- Roll Call Monday, September 24, 2007

A NEW YEAR, A NEW START

 

QUITTERS:

Cubsfan22 - Day 1

 

SUPPORTERS:

Falcoshane - 90 -- Come on, quit today - live tomorrow

Euty ~ 390

eddykeller - 213on, quit today - live tomorrow

Muddler - 29

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This is my 3rd quit, and I truly believe this will be my last quit.

 

I'll see you all when I get home from work (the site is blocked where I teach)

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Hey Folks, I am from the Jan 07 group. I was a hopeless quitter who caved to many times to count. Well here I am today, looking at the one year mark real soon. All I can say is that it is possible to walk away from tobacco, no matter how addicted you are. Life is much much better without the can. I no longer worry about getting cancer, I no longer worry about embarrassing social situations and I know longer have to plan my day around getting a dip.

 

Kick that shit to the curb for good.

 

Anyone can PM me at anytime for anything

 

SplinterCell

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JANUARY 2008 HALL OF FAME -- Roll Call Monday, September 24, 2007

A NEW YEAR, A NEW START

 

QUITTERS:

Cubsfan22 - Day 1

braindead - Day 1

 

SUPPORTERS:

Falcoshane - 90 -- Come on, quit today - live tomorrow

Euty ~ 390

eddykeller - 213on, quit today - live tomorrow

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This is my 3rd quit, and I truly believe this will be my last quit.

 

I'll see you all when I get home from work (the site is blocked where I teach)

I'm glad to see you back on the horse.

 

I notice something when I look at your profile however, and it's the number of posts you have. I understand that you can't access the site at work, but get some phone numbers to call when you hit a wall and cannot post. The site and the people can't help if you don't use them.

 

It's awesome to see the January 2008 group. It's something I've been looking forward to for a while. Be a leader to the new quitters who join you. Be prepared for the rocky patches at the start of the journey. Look forward to your life without a can. Be strong.

 

-Geo

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JANUARY 2008 HALL OF FAME -- Roll Call Monday, September 24, 2007

A NEW YEAR, A NEW START

 

QUITTERS:

Cubsfan22 - Day 1

braindead - Day 1

 

SUPPORTERS:

Falcoshane - 90 -- Come on, quit today - live tomorrow

Euty ~ 390

eddykeller - 213on, quit today - live tomorrow

TBK - get it done Cubsfan22....Welcome everyone, you made a great decision.

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JANUARY 2008 HALL OF FAME -- Roll Call Monday, September 24, 2007

A NEW YEAR, A NEW START

 

QUITTERS:

Cubsfan22 - Day 1

braindead - Day 1

 

SUPPORTERS:

Falcoshane - 90 -- Come on, quit today - live tomorrow

Euty ~ 390

eddykeller - 213on, quit today - live tomorrow

TBK - get it done Cubsfan22....Welcome everyone, you made a great decision.

Bill - 323 - Love the new guys!

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JANUARY 2008 HALL OF FAME -- Roll Call Monday, September 24, 2007

A NEW YEAR, A NEW START

 

QUITTERS:

Cubsfan22 - Day 1

braindead - Day 1

 

SUPPORTERS:

Falcoshane - 90 -- Come on, quit today - live tomorrow

Euty ~ 390

eddykeller - 213on, quit today - live tomorrow

TBK - get it done Cubsfan22....Welcome everyone, you made a great decision.

Bill - 323 - Love the new guys!

pjsmitty - 90- A new group already!!!

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JANUARY 2008 HALL OF FAME -- Roll Call Monday, September 24, 2007

A NEW YEAR, A NEW START

 

QUITTERS:

Cubsfan22 - Day 1

braindead - Day 1

 

SUPPORTERS:

Falcoshane - 90 -- Come on, quit today - live tomorrow

Euty ~ 390

eddykeller - 213on, quit today - live tomorrow

TBK - get it done Cubsfan22....Welcome everyone, you made a great decision.

Bill - 323 - Love the new guys!

pjsmitty - 90- A new group already!!!

Killerattorney - 359 Here to support my January brothers and perhaps sisters

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JANUARY 2008 HALL OF FAME -- Roll Call Monday, September 24, 2007

A NEW YEAR, A NEW START

 

QUITTERS:

Cubsfan22 - Day 1

braindead - Day 1

 

SUPPORTERS:

Falcoshane - 90 -- Come on, quit today - live tomorrow

Euty ~ 390

eddykeller - 213on, quit today - live tomorrow

TBK - get it done Cubsfan22....Welcome everyone, you made a great decision.

Bill - 323 - Love the new guys!

pjsmitty - 90- A new group already!!!

Albania - 82

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JANUARY 2008 HALL OF FAME -- Roll Call Monday, September 24, 2007

A NEW YEAR, A NEW START

 

QUITTERS:

Cubsfan22 - Day 1

braindead - Day 1

 

SUPPORTERS:

Falcoshane - 90 -- Come on, quit today - live tomorrow

Euty ~ 390

eddykeller - 213on, quit today - live tomorrow

TBK - get it done Cubsfan22....Welcome everyone, you made a great decision.

Bill - 323 - Love the new guys!

pjsmitty - 90- A new group already!!!

Dip Defenestrator- 148

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Cubsfan22 - Day 1

braindead - Day 1

Welcome back, Cubsfan22 and braindead....you both probably know the procedure by now, but don't hesitate to contact us if you need help. That's what we mean by SUPPORT. For whatever reason, what you did last time didn't work, so try being more active on the site this time around. And toughen it out...you know these first 3 days especially are going to be tough, so be prepared.

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JANUARY 2008 HALL OF FAME -- Roll Call Monday, September 24, 2007

A NEW YEAR, A NEW START

 

QUITTERS:

Cubsfan22 - Day 1

braindead - Day 1

 

SUPPORTERS:

Falcoshane - 90 -- Come on, quit today - live tomorrow

Euty ~ 390

eddykeller - 213on, quit today - live tomorrow

TBK - get it done Cubsfan22....Welcome everyone, you made a great decision.

Bill - 323 - Love the new guys!

pjsmitty - 90- A new group already!!!

Dip Defenestrator- 148

imskratty - 229 - welcome new quitters!

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I truly believe this will be my last quit.

Why?

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JANUARY 2008 HALL OF FAME -- Roll Call Monday, September 24, 2007

A NEW YEAR, A NEW START

 

QUITTERS:

Cubsfan22 - Day 1

braindead - Day 1

 

SUPPORTERS:

Falcoshane - 90 -- Come on, quit today - live tomorrow

Euty ~ 390

eddykeller - 213on, quit today - live tomorrow

TBK - get it done Cubsfan22....Welcome everyone, you made a great decision.

Bill - 323 - Love the new guys!

pjsmitty - 90- A new group already!!!

Dip Defenestrator- 148

imskratty - 229 - welcome new quitters!

Wranglerman - 267 Welcome Cubsfan22, and braindead!

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JANUARY 2008 HALL OF FAME -- Roll Call Monday, September 24, 2007

A NEW YEAR, A NEW START

 

QUITTERS:

Cubsfan22 - Day 1

braindead - Day 1

 

SUPPORTERS:

Falcoshane - 90 -- Come on, quit today - live tomorrow

Euty ~ 390

eddykeller - 213on, quit today - live tomorrow

TBK - get it done Cubsfan22....Welcome everyone, you made a great decision.

Bill - 323 - Love the new guys!

pjsmitty - 90- A new group already!!!

Dip Defenestrator- 148

imskratty - 229 - welcome new quitters!

Wranglerman - 267 Welcome Cubsfan22, and braindead!

Copehater 183 - it all starts on day 1!

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Hello Newcomers! Welcome to the site that just may save your life. One of the things we face as quitters is the transition from being chewers to ex-chewers. Early in your quit, you're a chewer in withdrawal. Eventually, you're a chewer who's not using. At some point, you do actually become an EX-chewer.

 

It's a scary transition for anyone to undergo mentally. Years upon years of memories are associated with chewing. A mountain of stressful situations that we dulled (and in doing so, partially avoided dealing with) by administering nicotine. The belief that we NEED that drug to get through these situations in the future.

 

In a sense, we're newborns, facing a new world, and not sure what to expect. We're children, and children are often frightened by the unknown. As our conscious decision to reach out to this new world and embrace it becomes more and more real and tangible, the fear within us makes us want to run back, grab the security blanket, and hide under the covers. It's like the monster under the bed.

 

And, like the monster under the bed when we're small, the best way to deal with the unknown is to face it, to understand it. As long as we hide under the blankets, the monster under the bed grows bigger, scarier, more menacing. Once we finally get the courage to lean over the matress, and stare under the boxspring... only then do we understand there's nothing to be frightened of. If we avoid looking under the bed, seeing the "monster" for what it is, we risk letting that "monster" dominate our conscience, and drive our actions.

 

Right now, you're dealing with your monster. There's the fear of failure (you've been down this road before). There's the fear of success (oh my God, what am I going to do now that I won't have dip to help me?). And there is the voice in your ear telling you things: You want a chew, you can handle JUST one, you NEED just this one, this crave is going to last forever, this crave is unbearable, quitting is just TOO DAMN HARD, I wasn't meant to quit, I'm not strong enough.

 

It's time to look the monster in the eye. It's time to confront the voice. There are non-scary answers to the things it's telling you.

 

Fear of failure: Yes, I've been down this road before, but I didn't understand that I'm an addict, and that for the addict, one dip is the same as a million. I will never be able to take another dip without recommitting to a life of dependancy. I've learned this the hard way in the past, even though I might not have understood the lesson at the time. Now that I know, I know that I won't take that chew.

 

Fear of success: Millions of people have moved from chewing to a life without chewing. Some have had more difficult situations to deal with than I have. All have discovered that the nicotine fix doesn't really help; it just masks. I belong to a group of hundreds of people who have travelled this road, and the fact that they're making it through family tragedy, poor health, good health, work stress, celebrations, raising kids, divorces, day-to-day life of all sorts, good times and bad times, without nicotine tells me that I can too. I'm an individual, and as such, I'm not 100% like anybody else, but I share little bits in common with many of these people, and from these similarities comes my understanding that I too can live my life in the absence of nicotine.

 

You want a chew: Do I? What do I want? Specifically? What about the chew do I crave? Okay, fine. Maybe I want the "ahhh" feeling. But, wait, I'm through withdrawal. The first chew won't even give me the "ahhh" feeling anymore, because the "ahhh" feeling came from nicotine's ability to stave off the early withdrawal I felt after not chewing for 30 minutes or an hour. Now that I'm no longer in withdrawal, I'll only get dizzy and sickly from the first one, and that first one will be followed by the next one and the next one as I search for the "ahhh" feeling, and long before I ever get the "ahh" feeling, I'll realize I'm hooked again. Heck, I'll realize it after the first one.

 

You can handle just one: Can I? Why is it that in the past when I said that to myself, it didn't work out like I planned? If I could get by on just one, why didn't I chew just one every now and again when I dipped, instead of chewing all of those other dips I didn't want? No. There is no such thing as just one for me, or the other greater than 90% of the chewers out there who chew whenever their addiction demands that they chew.

 

You NEED just this one: Do I really believe that I NEED to ingest hundreds of toxic chemicals into my gums to get through this given situation? Do I really believe that I need to recommit to my addiction so that I can dull the feelings associated with this situation.

 

This crave is going to last forever, this crave is unbearable, quitting is just TOO DAMN HARD: Okay, what does this crave really feel like? How long is it lasting? Is it really lasting all day long? Or, is my fear of the crave, and my fear of failure, or my fear of success, making me THINK about it all day long? For how many seconds have I actually WANTED to put a chew in my mouth, as opposed to just being anxious about my lifestyle change, and all of the things associated with it. Am I feeling anxiety? Or am I really wanting a chew? Will chewing make me feel better or worse than I do? Furthermore, I KNOW from talking to all the former chewers around me that this isn't what being an ex-chewer feels like! I'm in the latter stages of withdrawal, and the early stages of reconditioning my life to NOT revolve around my addiction. Soon, I will be feeling a lot better, and I'll have a hard time remembering how hard this has been. It's only hard for a while.

 

You weren't meant to quit, You're not strong enough: I wasn't meant to CHEW. Chewing is not a natural thing. Ingesting deadly chemicals to satisfy a never-ending cycle of withdrawal and replenishing of nicotine supplies is NOT the way I was meant to live. I was MEANT to breathe freely. I was meant to taste my food. I was meant to have good breath. I was meant to be free. And I'm strong enough to realize that nicotine is stronger than me; that if I try just one, nicotine will win, and I'll be trapped. I'm strong enough to make it through this temporary difficulty, in order to live the life I was meant to live on the other side.

 

Confront the fear, and confront the voice. Our junky side doesn't fight fair, and uses confusing logic. It plays upon the parts of us that feel most vulnerable. The parts of us that want to hide and wish things away. You can eliminate the fear, and silence the voice by always looking it in the eye, seeing it for what it is, and never letting it get away without shedding the light of truth upon it.

 

Keep taking it one day at a time. One minute at a time if you need.... You'll get there. This is eminantly doable

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JANUARY 2008 HALL OF FAME -- Roll Call Monday, September 24, 2007

A NEW YEAR, A NEW START

 

QUITTERS:

Cubsfan22 - Day 1

braindead - Day 1

 

SUPPORTERS:

Falcoshane - 90 -- Come on, quit today - live tomorrow

Euty ~ 390

eddykeller - 213on, quit today - live tomorrow

TBK - get it done Cubsfan22....Welcome everyone, you made a great decision.

Bill - 323 - Love the new guys!

pjsmitty - 90- A new group already!!!

Dip Defenestrator- 148

imskratty - 229 - welcome new quitters!

Wranglerman - 267 Welcome Cubsfan22, and braindead!

Copehater 183 - it all starts on day 1!

Rob aka Indy - Day 678 - Glad you are here. Welcome

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This week I will be posting some great Recovery Tips from Whyquit.com. Over 50 in total so look for them each morning and use them to help you through your day. Good luck and remember – BE A NIC-WHORE NO MORE!!

 

Rob aka Indy

 

Recovery Tips Summary

 

 

1. Canada’s addiction warning label reads: “Warning: chewing tobacco is highly addictive. Studies have shown that tobacco can be harder to quit than heroin or cocaine.” There is no U.S. addiction-warning label. Respect nicotine’s amazing power and treat nicotine dependency as the true chemical dependency it is.

 

2. The law of addition states “administration of a drug to an addict will cause reestablishment of chemical dependence upon the addictive substance at the old level of use or greater.” Just one powerful chew of nicotine and you’ll have to endure nicotine detox all over again. We’re not that strong. Adherence to one rule guarantees success to all. Just one day at a time Never Take Another Chew!

 

 

3. Nicotine physically alters and desensitizes the human mind. It causes eleven different brain regions to grow millions of extra acetylcholine receptors. Successful quitting is allowing time for re-sensitization, time for reconditioning subconscious nicotine feeding cues, and time to move beyond years of conscious chewing rationalizations.

 

4. Nicotine dependency is every bit as real and permanent as alcoholism. Don’t play games with yourself. There is no such thing as just one chew. It’s an all or nothing proposition.

 

 

5. Quitting chewing is not impossible. In fact, we have more ex-Chewers in the U.S. than current Chewers. Knowledge truly is power. Isn’t it time to turn on the lights?

 

6. While 90% of successful quitters quit entirely on their own, the odds of any particular uneducated and unsupported on-your-own attempt succeeding for one full year are roughly 5%. Anyone is fully capable of quitting if they make a 100% commitment to succeed.

 

 

7. Nicotine is an extremely addictive chemical with an I.Q. of zero. Although you’ll never be stronger than nicotine you don’t need to be. Your greatest weapon is, and always was, your vastly superior intelligence but only if put to work.

 

8. Only in a drug addict’s mind would the chemical depriving them of freedom and destroying their body be considered a friend, pal or companion. Chewing tobacco is not your friend. Imagine the sickness afflicting a mind that is willing to trade 5,000 sunrises for 1 chemical because the average long-term chewer will lose 15 years of their life.

 

 

9. Fear of success is the biggest obstacle to getting started. Your dependency-conditioned mind is likely terrified that life without chewing won’t be worth living. Within just two weeks you’ll begin to develop a true sense of both the gradually emerging beauty that is “you” and that life without nicotine is entirely doable.

 

10. Making an uneducated quitting attempt is like trying to land a plane without putting the wheels down. Use this site and WhyQuit.com to help you through your recovery. You don’t have to fight this alone. Listen to the people who have quit for over 100 days and do what they recommend. If you do, success is virtually guaranteed.

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Recognize that by not chewing today you are giving yourself back your life and your freedom – BE A NIC WHORE, NO MORE!!

 

Rob aka Indy

 

11. Forget about quitting “forever.” It is the biggest psychological bite imaginable. Instead, work at adopting a manageable “one day at a time” standard for measuring victory.

 

12. Nicotine dependency recovery is a temporary journey of re-adjustment. It transports you home to the richest sense of mental quiet and calm that you’ve known since nicotine assumed control over the flow of more than 200 of your body’s neurochemicals.

 

 

13. Nicotine’s half-life within your blood serum is roughly two hours. If quitting cold, 100% of nicotine and 90% of its metabolites will be out of your system within 72 hours. It’s then that neuronal re-sensitization (to acetylcholine) can begin in full.

 

14. According to June 2000 U.S. Dept. of Health Guideline, the six-month odds of quitting “on-your-own” are roughly 10%. Education, behavioral training and ongoing support can more than double those odds. It’s important to note that 90% of successful quitters quit cold turkey.

 

 

15. You may want to talk to your physician about Zyban or Wellbutrin (both bupropion). In clinical studies it performed roughly 15 percentage points above placebos at six months. Although its use comes with some risks, they pale in comparison to chewing’s risks.

 

16. A March 2003 study (Hughes) combined and averaged the seven over-the-counter nicotine patch and gum studies. It found that only 7% were still not chewing at six months. Imagine a product with a 93% failure rate. But it gets worse.

 

 

17. Have you already tried quitting with NRT once? If so, it’s important to note that only two studies have focused on repeat or second-time nicotine patch users. A 1993 study (Tonnesen) found that 0% of repeat patch users succeeded in quitting for 6 months and a 1995 study (Gourlay) found that just 1.6% quit. Unlike repeat abrupt nicotine cessation, the odds of success during subsequent NRT attempts generally decline.

 

18. A 1998 Cochrane Review of nine different hypnosis quit chewing studies concluded that “we have not shown that hypnotherapy has a greater effect on six month quit rates than other interventions or no treatment.”

 

 

19. A 2002 Cochrane Review of 22 different acupuncture studies concluded that “there is no clear evidence that acupuncture, acupressure, laser therapy or electrostimulation are effective for chewing cessation.”

 

20. Once in battle, your mind may quickly forget many of the reasons that motivated you to quit chewing. Write yourself a loving reminder letter, carry it with you, and read it often.

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