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Quitting Smoking Board FAQ

I. What is the purpose of this board?

Tom Gardner opened this board as a non smoker in hopes of helping at least one person quit smoking. Smokers come here when they want to quit for advice, support, and encouragement. Also to give support, advice, and encouragement to other Fools. Some of us meet here online a few times a week (many of us check in each day).

This FAQ will take you through some of our findings on the board since its launch on August 26, 1999. We will periodically update the FAQ to improve on it. And over the next twenty years, we're going to build a team-based approach for shedding this unhappy and this deadly habit. It takes work. It takes energy. It takes discipline. It takes heart, soul, and an astounding amount of courage. But by matching our wits together. But bringing together our efforts, our energies, our discipline, our heart, soul and our courage, we can quit smoking. You can quit smoking. I hope this FAQ and folder inspires you to get started.

II. What is the Silk Quit Tracker and where can you find it?

The Silk Quit Tracker is an online tool for tracking the benefits of quitting smoking. It scores how long you've quit, how many cigarettes you haven't smoked, how much money you've saved, and how much time you've added to the end of your life. Most of us who have quit are using it. You can check it out at the following web address:

www.silkquit.org

III. What are some ways you can quit smoking?

1. Nicotine replacement
The patch
The gum
The spray

2. Zyban
3. Cold Turkey
4. Gradual reduction in numbers and strength of cigarettes smoked each day

IV. What are some ways to get through the first (read worst) few days?

1. Read and post to this board every day.
2. Print some of the responses to your posts. They'll help you through the tough times.
3. Get your significant other (SO) to quit, too.
4. Avoid places and activities (and even sometimes people) that trigger smoking.
5. Chew gum. Lots of it.
6. Munch on carrots, almonds, and other healthy food.
7. List your personal reasons for quitting and refer to that list when you want a cigarette.
8. Participate in activities where you cannot smoke.
9. Sit in the non-smoking section of restaurants.
10. Reward yourself along the way.
11. Take deep breaths.

V. Helpful Phone Numbers:

American Lung Association 800-586-4872
American Cancer Society 800-227-2345
American Heart Association 800-242-8721


VI. Here are 20 of the greatest posts to our folder (thru post #400):

1. Tom Gardner's Welcome Note:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?id=1380289000003000&sort=postdate

2. Rebecca (Beccapooka) announces she's quitting:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?id=1380289000005000&sort=postdate

3. After 35 years of smoking, Max23 quits:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?id=1380289000006000&sort=postdate

4. Strnr (Steve), a smoker for 33 years, shares how he quit:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?id=1380289000003002&sort=postdate

5. bd2201 (Beth) talks about reducing her reliance on cigarettes:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?id=1380289000010018&sort=postdate

6. Burgshous (Mike) joins the team:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?id=1380289000012000&sort=postdate

7. An inspirational message from Tom Gardner:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?id=1380289000016000&sort=postdate

8. Markoose shares some of the difficulties with quitting:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?id=1380289000018000&sort=postdate

9. Tkent (Tammy) talks about her game plan for quitting:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?id=1380289000018002&sort=postdate

10. Max23 for the first time uses the words “Non-smoking, please”:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?id=1380289000022005&sort=postdate

11. CaDreamer (Gayle) shares her inspiring decision to quit:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?id=1380289000023000&sort=postdate

12. Tkent (Tammy) has decided to rely on the group more than anything else:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?id=1380289000026012&sort=postdate

13. Beccapooka (Rebecca) offers a poem written by Wendy Cope on quitting:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?id=1380289000031000&sort=postdate

14. Jporn (Jim Porn – that is his name!) energizes us all with his decision to quit:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?id=1380289000038000&sort=postdate

15. CaDreamer (Gayle) gets a wake-up call on why not to start smoking again:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?id=1380289000044012&sort=postdate

16. Briz21 (Justin) has quit for a week:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?id=1380289000046000&sort=postdate

17. Dicksie quits because he heard Rebecca on The Motley Fool Radio Show:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?id=1380289000052000&sort=username

18. Max23 welcomes the new quitters who heard Rebecca on the radio:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?id=1380289000051000&sort=postdate


19. Skip5353 announces his 24th attempt at quitting:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?id=1380289000047000&sort=postdate

20. Beccapooka (Rebecca) shares the Zyban coupon site:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?id=1380289000044000&sort=postdate


VII. FAQ Version 1.0 Conclusion

Fools, this is just the beginning! Over the next ten years, as we continue to live smoke-free lives, we're going to end up inspiring tens of thousands of smokers to give up the puffing and the nicotine. By helping ourselves, we're helping others. By helping others, we're helping ourselves. Never forget that if you momentarily fall off the wagon, you should battle your way back to your feet. We're here to help.

As The Fool's Quitting Smoking Team, we are rushing headlong into a world of healthier lungs, more savings money, more enjoyment out of life, and more life to enjoy. If you've read this FAQ and you're wondering if you can pull it off, jump into the folder and start talking. Teamwork is what will get you through. . . and little is so sweet as actually getting through this addiction! Let's get to it, let's win, the future is ours!

Rebecca
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