Future Self

  On Quitter's Circle, we celebrate every day that quitters show incredible determination to overcome a powerful addiction and kick cigarettes in the "butt"! Since the holiday season is upon us, we’re in the spirit to tell you just how awesome you are. In lieu of holiday gifts, we bring you these holiday GIFs to celebrate the season, a healthy you and a smokefree 2017 – with a few of our favorite happy dances thrown in for good measure. Staying smokefree over the holidays is no easy feat, so you've earned these little digital nuggets of joy! Happy holidays and may your new year be smokefree!           PP-CHM-USA-0637
What can you hope to gain after quitting? There are plenty of health-related benefits you might be able to look forward to. Beyond those, there may be other benefits in your day-to-day life. Here, we breakdown six benefits that you may notice as you journey farther into your quit. 1. Food may taste better Score! Treat your taste buds to a dinner at that new restaurant you’ve been meaning to try. Or, check out recipe websites and get inspired to test-drive a new recipe at home. 2. Your sense of smell may improve If there was ever a time to splurge on a beautiful smelling plant or new scented bodywash, that time is now. And speaking of splurging.... 3. The savings can really add up Based on the average retail price of a pack of cigarettes in the United States ($6.28), a pack-a-day smoker can save more than $2,000 a year if they are able to quit. 4. Your lungs may thank you One to nine months after you’ve quit, chances are that day-to-day activities like climbing stairs or carrying groceries won’t leave you feeling out of breath. Hear that sound? It’s your lungs thanking you. 5. You won’t have to worry if smoking is socially acceptable Whether it’s a wedding, a college reunion or just a night out with friends, you may not have to worry about whether or not your smoking may distance you from the group. To celebrate, plan some fun, smokefree activities. 6. You may save time You may never have thought about it, but quitting smoking can save you a lot of time. Consider that the typical smoker takes about five minutes to smoke one cigarette. If you smoke a pack a day, quitting can save you more than one and a half hours everyday. That’s over 600 hours saved in one year. Now you may finally have time to finish that home improvement project. PP-CHM-USA-1516
It’s plain to see that the Quitter’s Circle community is unlike any other. Our members are quick to congratulate fellow quitters who’ve reached their smokefree goals. They also jump to encourage those who are still struggling to quit smoking by providing tips, positive messages, and reminders of the potential health benefits of quitting. This community knows that while quitting smoking isn’t easy, the destination is well worth the journey. We’ve also noticed that community members are eager to tell their quit smoking stories in order to inspire and educate others. And now, in addition to sharing your story in the comments section, you have the opportunity to spread it even farther. We’re excited to announce that you can submit your story for a chance to be highlighted on the Quitter’s Circle website and Facebook page! After review, we may share the stories of quitters just like you; stories full of perseverance, inspiration, reflection and quitting success. Though you might have had setbacks along the way, you ultimately achieved your quitting goals and began a healthier, smokefree life. From writing down your reasons to quit, to determining how to use your quit smoking savings, this is your chance to tell the Quitter’s Circle community about your quit smoking story. We know you’re proud of yourself – we are proud of you too! If you’re a supporter, we want to hear from you as well! Tell us about what type of supporter you are for your quitter, and what you’ve done along the way to help them stay confident and focused. Give us your best supporter tips and others may learn from your expertise. Everyone has a story – whether inspirational or educational, and this is your chance to tell it. Give us a call or shoot us an email. Join quitters across the country contributing to the Quitter’s Circle community. To share your story: Call us at 1-844-890-5266 Email us at QuittersCircle@ogilvy.com PP-CHM-USA-1509  
You already know that the savings from not buying cigarettes can really add up. In fact, a pack-a-day smoker who quits on Thanksgiving could save about $188 in the month leading up to the December holidays. What will you do with all that extra cash?   Luckily for you, we have some great ways to spend those savings on yourself, your friends, and your family this holiday season. Check out some of our gift ideas, and enjoy coming up with creative ones of your own!   PP-CHM-USA-1464
You may already know about some health benefits of quitting smoking. But what about some of the lesser-known advantages of saying goodbye to cigarettes? Here are four possible benefits of quitting smoking that you may not know: 1. You may sleep more. In one study based on 4,500 adults in the United States, former smokers reported taking less time to fall asleep compared to current smokers. So when quitting smoking, you may be able to get more sleep. 2. Your dating life may improve. A 2013 online poll about dating smokers found that out of 1,020 respondents, who were comprised of non-smokers, former smokers, and current smokers, nearly 89 percent of respondents said they prefer not to date someone who smokes. And 51 percent said that taking a smoke break when out on a first date is unacceptable. Break up with cigarettes, and you may improve your chances of connecting with that special someone. 3. You may be happier after quitting. While some smokers worry that quitting means giving up a source of stress relief and enjoyment, one study found that quitting smoking can potentially lead to feeling happier. In a 2009 UK survey of 879 former smokers*, nearly 70 percent reported feeling happier after quitting smoking.  Most survey participants (88%) had quit smoking for more than one year. So don’t let the short term challenges of quitting smoking deter you. Take a moment to envision the ways your life may be positively impacted. If you need some inspiration, visit our Facebook page, to see the Quitter’s Circle community discuss life after quitting. 4. By you quitting, your child may be less likely to smoke as a teenager. One study of 3,000 third graders found that kids whose parents had quit smoking were 39 percent less likely to become smokers at 17-18 years old compared to children whose parents continued to smoke. If you’re a parent, sibling, or close relative of a child, you can help set a good example for the next generation. Now that you’ve learned some of the potential additional gains you may receive from quitting smoking, take a moment to reflect on which benefits might mean the most to you. Write them down and keep this list handy as a reminder if you need extra motivation to stay focused on your quit journey. *Pfizer provided some funding for this survey. PP-CHM-USA-1175
Amazing occurrences happen every day, and yet they are often moments that are easily taken for granted. But with just a little more free time to observe the world around us, we can transform these experiences into quality memories. Luckily, time is one of the things you may gain after quitting smoking. On average, it takes about five minutes to smoke a cigarette. When you’re not using that time to smoke, it adds up – potentially up to over an hour and a half each day. Use that extra time to savor the little things in life, minutes you can be fully present for – without smoking breaks pulling you away. Read on for some reminders of little moments you may experience on any given day. [SLIDESHOW] Get started on your quit journey and notice the minutes you used to spend smoking add up. With all of your newfound time to spend with family and friends, be sure to savor every moment.     PP-CHM-USA-1393 
Some smokers worry that quitting smoking may mean changing up their social activities and losing their “smoking buddies.”  But not to fear, people who quit smoking may actually expand their social networks and make new friends! While those who quit smoking may have less contact with smokers, they may also have the opportunity to try new activities and make new friends with other non-smokers. The Social Side of Quitting For many people, smoking is a social activity, so quitting smoking may mean a shift in your relationships with people with whom you once smoked. Let these smoking buddies know that you’re quitting, and that you’d rather hang out with them in smokefree places. Going bowling or mini golfing can unite many for an enjoyable evening. Make sure to share your reasons for quitting with them – maybe they’ll be inspired to quit with you! Then, you can be each other’s supporters throughout the journey. Wondering how to make new friends as you begin your quit journey? Read on for some tips on expanding your social circle that may compliment your quit. Say Sayonara to Smoking Stigmas Do you ever avoid social situations because you’re worried about what people will think about your smoking? Some smokers may feel judged, which can lead them to hide their smoking status from friends and family. This in turn may prevent smokers from reaching out to find support and help when they quit smoking. When you quit, those stigmas may be a thing of the past. Additionally, you can enjoy spending time with family and friends without having to step out for a cigarette. Here are some things you might be able to look forward to doing with others without having to take a smoke break: Watching a movie in the theatre Going on a road trip Eating dinner at a favorite restaurant The possibilities are endless – and so are the numbers of people you could meet. New Hobbies With New Friends Once you’re smokefree, there will be plenty of new things that you may want to try. Your health benefits may start the first day you’re smokefree, and can continue to increase the longer you keep it up. Celebrate your wellness by taking up a new hobby. Your community likely has plenty of options for having fun and meeting new people. Sports Leagues and Fitness Groups Once your shortness of breath decreases and you are able to breathe better, why not look into fitness classes, or join a walking group or sports league? Exercising can help reduce urges to smoke, and may also help your mind, lungs, and heart function better. Plus, you’ll get to meet like-minded people who are also looking to keep fit! Cooking Classes and Gardening One yummy benefit of quitting smoking is that your taste buds start to repair, and food can taste better. Celebrate by asking friends new and old to check out new restaurants with you. Additionally, your sense of smell starts to improve. Join a gardening club, and once you harvest your veggies, invite the club over to make a homemade meal and savor the smells that come with it. Cooking can help us feel more in control of our environment, and it connects us to the people we’re cooking with. Book Clubs and More There are so many options for meeting new people in smokefree settings. Whatever your hobby is, be it movie watching, comic book reading, stamp collecting, or going to sporting events in smokefree stadiums, it’s likely that there are people who would jump at the opportunity to enjoy it with you. Look into groups forming at the library, rec center or music store. Be in Good Company As of 2002, there are more former smokers than current smokers in the U.S. People embark on quit journeys each day, and it’s very possible that your new friends might have quit smoking stories or tips of their own. Once you quit, you’ll get to join the ranks of millions of non-smokers and former smokers, all potential new friends who can inspire your quit journey every day.   PP-CHM-USA-1391