VONR FAQs


1 – How do I find out when meetings are?
2 – How do I get to a meeting?
3 – I’m still smoking. Can I participate?
4 – What are the rules for meetings?
5 – How come people make comments when others are sharing?
6 – Where can I get a microphone? Do I have to have one?
7 – What is the format for chairing a meeting?
8 – How do I volunteer to chair a meeting?
9 – Do I have to be quit to chair a meeting?
10 – Where to find a Quitmeter?
11 – How come I’m getting so much email?
12 – Are there rules to what I can post and what I can’t?
13 – What do LOL, YFIR, etc. mean?
14 – What do you think about nicotine replacement therapy?


1 – How do I find out when meetings are?
Go to our Newcomers website Meetings page at: http://www.voicesofnicotinerecovery.com/calendar

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2 – How do I get to a meeting?
PC users can go to http://www.paltalk.com You will need to download Paltalk software and install on your PC computer. Then create an account with a username and password on your own computer.  It automagically connects you to Paltalk.

Mac users go to the Paltalk Express website at: http://express.paltalk.com, create an account with a username and password and logon to their account online.

How to attend meetings on Paltalk

  1. Download PalTalk Messenger; or go to Paltalk Express
  2. 15 minutes before the meeting is scheduled to begin, log into Paltalk and select Chat Rooms > Health > Overcoming Addiction > Voices of Nicotine Recovery.  YOU ARE NOW IN THE MEETING!
  3. Be sure to “Add to Favorites” so you can find us again.

NOTE: The room is only visible when a chairperson opens it.

We have a workshop every Sunday at 7:00 PM, EST before the 9:00 meeting. This workshop is to help people get set up with Paltalk and answer questions, trouble shoot problems, etc. If you are a newcomer and need help with computer stuff, this workshop is a good opportunity to get help with the mechanics of Paltalk.

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3 – I’m still smoking. Can I participate?
Absolutely!!   The only requirement for Nicotine Anonymous membership is a DESIRE to stop using nicotine (Tradition 3). You will find that we have participation in our meetings from people who are still smoking, people just beginning quits, on up through people who have years off of nicotine. ALL are welcome to come and participate!

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4 – What are the rules for meetings?
We don’t really have any “rules,” per se.We do ask that people try to be courteous and help make our meetings a safe place to be and share. We have what we call “rules of quiet and courtesy” which are basically guidelines for sharing. The following is read at the start of each meeting:

“We observe the rules of quiet and courtesy so as not to interrupt whomever is sharing at the time. Please “raise your hand” (there is a hand button at the bottom right under the Paltalk user list) when wanting to share and wait until chairperson calls on you. Press the “talk” button to share. When you are finished commenting, please type or say GA (for go ahead).”

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5 – How come people make comments when others are sharing?
In a face-to-face (aka F2F) meeting, you can see others’ expressions as you share. When you are speaking at an Internet meeting, you can’t see the other people in the chat room. People therefore like to give support and encouragement by typing really simple things that let the speaker know they are being heard and understood. We discourage cross talk, or talking while another is sharing, but you may type basic comments or phrases (such as “agree” or “relate” or you can use “emoticons” as you feel is appropriate.

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6 – Where can I get a microphone? Do I have to have one?
You don’t have to have a microphone, type sharing is welcome. But after you attend a voice meeting, you’ll probably want a mic! All you need for voice meetings is speakers so that you can hear what others are sharing, and if you want to share, you can type your comments or “share” your text into the computer at the appropriate time.

Check your computer to see if you have an input for a headphone and a microphone. If so, you can purchase a headset with an attached microphone, which allows for hands-free speaking, as well as allowing better acoustics and privacy. These are widely available and can be found at Amazon.com; ebay.com; BestBuy, etc. for around $10.

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7 – What is the format for chairing a meeting?
Along with a LOT of other helpful and informative articles, The format for chairing a meeting is posted under the “Files” link at the group website on Yahoo:  http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/voicesofnicotinerecovery/

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8 – How do I volunteer to chair a meeting?
To volunteer to chair a meeting, simply pick a meeting in need of a co-chairperson and contact the current chairperson that you would like to co-chair at that time. VONR requires that chairs and co-chairs have 30 days nicotine free.

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9 – Do I have to be quit to chair a meeting?
Yes. VONR requires that chairs and co-chairs have 30 days nicotine free.

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10 – Where to find a Quitmeter?
Go to http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/voicesofnicotinerecovery/ and look under “Files” on the top for links to quit meters and all kinds of other helpful information.

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11 – How come I’m getting so much email?
Chances are when you first joined you chose “individual emails” as your email option. When you first sign up for our group you will have 4 email options:

Individual Emails
Daily Digest
Special Notices
No Email

Individual emails: Many people get individual emails to make sure they are keeping up with the group and what’s going on with everyone and their quits. HOWEVER, we can be a very chatty group and some people become overwhelmed with this amount of email. You may want to try it set on individual emails, but if this becomes too much for you be aware that at any time  you can go back to our Yahoo group homepage and edit your membership.

Daily Digest: Many choose this option and really like it. It provides all discussion board posts in one convenient email per day. When folks don’t have time to go to the site and read and respond to posts, they can scan the digest and feel fairly sure they are at least not missing anything too important or falling too far out of the loop.

Special Notices: This choice provides only whole group email messages from one of the moderators.

No Emails: This means you go to the site and read the message board.

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12 – Are there rules to what I can post and what I can’t?
No not really. We do not allow commercial posts and ask that you try to keep your subject matter to the topic of nicotine use and recovery.

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13 – What do LOL, YFIR, etc. mean?
When it comes to typing, we use a lot of shortcuts in chats and messages. Here are a few abbreviations you might come across:

BRB: Be Right Back
ESH: Experience, Strength and Hope
EST: Eastern Standard Time
F2F: Face to Face (real, live meetings)
GA: Go Ahead
GTSY: Good To See You
HOW: Honesty, Openness and Willingness
HP: Higher Power
K: OK
LOL: Laughing Out Loud
NP: No Problem (It’s ok)
NRT: Nicotine Replacement Therapies (Nicotine Gum, Patches, Etc.)
OMG: Oh My Goodness
ROFL: Rolling On The Floor Laughing
TTYL: Talk To You Later
TY: Thank You
VONR: Voices of Nicotine Recovery
WB: Welcome Back
WTG: Way To Go!
YFIR: Your Friend In Recovery
YW: You’re Welcome
5Ds: Delay, Distract, Discuss, Drink water, Deep breathe

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14 – What do you think about nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)?
Nicotine Anonymous officially has no position on NRT, nor do the moderators of this board. We welcome you whether you are using nicotine or not, and we support you in your quit whether you use NRT or not. We can not give you any advice as to the helpfulness of using NRT, all we can do is share our experience, strength and hope which is that it works for some and doesn’t work for others.

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