I'm 22 years old, i was a smoker for 5 years.
I was a pack a day smoker + smoked weed ( a lot, I had money to spend and lots ). I quit smoking last april, its now december so about 8 months ago.
How did I quit? Cold Turkey. I had started to get very sick from smoking so much, all the time. My GPA had suffered and I was lonely. So one day i quit. The first 3 days to a week where hell. But it gradually got better . I picked up riding a bike to help me out. The first day i rode 2 miles. it took me probally 30minutes and I hurt so bad when i was done. I weighed about 140 lbs at the time. within 2 or 3 months i could ride 15 miles in a little over an hour ( in the mountains with some flats and downhills ) I was constantly hacking up stuff. It was pretty bad. Now 8 months later. I can ride a bike about 25 miles through the mountains in a hour and a half maybe a bit longer. I can climb hills very fast. My lungs still feel sore some mornings but nothing like they used to. ( mind you I worked out about every other day and did serious work out, no BS). I'm up to 180 lbs. I have no fat on me though and am actually pretty skinny. The easiest thing i ever did in my life was to make the choice to begin smoking. The hardest thing i ever did in my life was the past 8 months and giving up smoking ( cigs and weed ).
Just so people know. I still hack up stuff; I was a very heavy smoker for five years a pack a day - sometimes a eight to a quarter of weed a day.
Just so people know. If you give up smoking remember this - most people dont care. When your having a bad day - most people will probably try to make it worse. They will do anything to get to smoke again. People are like that - not all but i'd say most. It is harder to beat cigarettes then heroin. I have a friend who beat heroin but couldnt beat cigarettes ( and hes not on methadone ). The poorer you are; probably the easier to quit.
the reason I say the poorer you are; easier to quit is cause when you have money sometimes its easy to just blow it on crap; but when your poor and im poor right now financially you can't afford those bad habbits if you wanna pick yourself up out of the hole.