Misty: I’m 

ready to quit….

Dr. Strauss: That’s great news! Are you going to join the group starting tomorrow?


: What is that?

Dr. Strauss: It’s the program we offer here to help you quit.


Yes I would like to quit. What do I need to do?

Dr. Strauss: 

It’s free…Follow any of the “Group schedule” links.

Misty: How do I “just quit?”

Dr. Strauss: If it were possible to snap your fingers and stop, no one would still be smoking. It takes help. Smoking is an addiction. We teach you how to quit. It’s much harder to quit on your own.


I agree. It is very difficult.

Dr. Strauss: 

Unfortunately, cigs are a “quick fix” for when we are feeling uncomfortable. Part of the “trick” is getting away from quick fixes.


I will never understand why I started in the 1st place. I hate smoking. My mom smoked, and never thought I would also.

Dr. Strauss: 

You are not alone. Many people wonder why they continue to smoke even when on some level it repulses them. That’s how addictive nicotine is.


I am just so grossed out by it…Do you suggest quitting cold turkey?

Dr. Strauss:

 If by “cold turkey” you mean just “stopping” without any help, it doesn’t usually last. Less than 5% of people are successful quitting smoking that way. That’s why we created QuitGroups.

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5 Responses to Misty Asks: How Do I “Just Quit?”

  1. vicki says:

    If you really want to quit…use every resource that you can think of. You want a wall of support to surround you.

  2. Monica says:

    Misty, I totally agree with Vicki – use everything! I didn’t know you could even do that. I thought you picked one way and that was it. If you used the patch, that was all you used. It wasn’t until I found this site that I learned I could use more than one option! It changed everything for me. I decided if that was the case, I’d load up on options and I’d quit for “just today”. If I changed my mind tomorrow I wasn’t going to beat myself up but just for today, I’d quit. It’s been “just today” since April 1st and I have not smoked even once. I smoked for 30 years and the freedom I feel is almost overwhelming at times! I was amazed with myself and I know you are capable of amazing yourself too, Misty! Just considering a date to stop is a step in the right direction, so you’re on your way. Can you hear Braveheart yelling, “FREEDOM”!! He’s talking to you!

  3. Christina Marie says:

    Monica, Hi, my name is Christina. I am new to this as I have 13 days smoke free. I have been looking for support and found here so many folks just like myself. I have been reading all the tips and comments. I found your comment to Vicki inspiring and your Braveheart comment nearly brought tears to my eyes. I just wanted to say thank you. When ever I get an urge I will hear FREEDOM! and smile big. Being smoke free is freedom and I love it!

  4. Monica says:

    Oh, thank you Christina. It’s so nice of you to say and I appreciate it. It is so worth it and I know you have to feel amazed at yourself for having 13 days smoke free. That is quite an accomplishment and anyone that has ever quit realizes that each day we stay smoke free is a sparkly little miracle!! I’m so happy for you and I wish you continued success and FREEDOM!!

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