Well, I've finally decided to do it this Friday. I've been smoking off and on since I was 15 (I'm turning 29 next month), and it is time to get rid of all this crap that's been building in my lungs. I seem to get bronchitis every year, and boy, does the smoking not help!
This is the first time I'm going to do it for ME, and not for a boyfriend who says he'll give me more kisses if I quit (that works for the duration of the relationship, and no longer). I've quit for a time up to a year before, using a) the patch, b) the gum, and c) cold turkey.
Cold turkey seems to work best since it gets rid of the physical craving as quickly as possible (3-5 days of pure and utter irritability, headaches, dry mouth and stomach problems). Unfortunately, I don't have 3-5 days to just wait it out since I have a very busy schedule. Places to go, things to see, people to do, that sort of thing.
So I'm gonna go with one package (approx 12 days) of the gum, just to take the edge off.
The main problem, of course, is the psychological aspect of it. I wanted to see what your experience was with quitting smoking, and what worked for you as far as getting rid of the psychological addiction.
They say to avoid activities in which you normally smoke, but not going to work or driving is NOT an option. It is so difficult since smoking is such a relaxation system, a reward system, and a way to break up the day into sizeable chunks (i.e. if I get X and Y done, then I can have a cigarette).
By quitting I realized I will save $75 a month, too, so that may help in quitting.
Any tips, hints or advice in this thread would be greatly apprectiated. What do you do to up your willpower in not reaching for a cigarette? Thanks guys!!