Hallo Tina, welcome to our great site. I have osteoarthritis, hips, knees , neck, thumbs and places that I did't even kow existed. A devout smoker for maybe 50 years, the amount of cigarettes gradually increased according to my purse. I stood on a balcony in my in-laws house, Switerland, in the night, in a blizzard to have a fag and was saved one morning from utter despair by next door's milkman who kindly gave me roll up befor it was light even. Shows how much I was desperate. Do not despair though, I was diagnosed 12 months ago with COPD and gave up immediately.
I NEVER EVER dreamed it would be possible! Apart from a couple of times since then, deaths, worries etc. I have not even wanted one. I don't say it works for everyone but I do believe it is habit and not addiction, so keep on trying. E cigarettes, patches and gum might even prolong the the giving up process . Why not give it another go? you have nothing to lose and you might surpise yourself,the way I did. I ask myself what hurts me most? Arthritis wins hands down! Every good wish to you, Polly4acre.