This is Day 1 for me, actually 2 hours into my first attempt in several years to stop.
The last serious attempt i made i used Nicotine chewing gum to try and help me. I chewed the gum for about 6 months, gradually cutting down my intake of it until i quit the gum completely for around 5 months. Stupidly i started smoking again when an old friend of mine showed up... that was a long time ago, years i forget exactly how many.
This time i'm not going to use the gum. To tell you the truth, i used to chew it a lot when flying on business, then it progressed to chewing it at work, then sometimes i would smoke a cigarette or other times i would chew some gum. Basically i ended up chewing it between cigarettes. So no, i don't think Nicotine gum can help me.
I'm trying the cold turkey method. No nictotine substitutes, i get the feeling this will be the best way for me to break free of addiction. I've smoked since i was 15 years old and i'm 37 now... so 22 years. What i have done - is recently finished Allen Carr's audiobook on quitting. Actually i finished listening to it on my Ipod last night and finished my last pack of cigarettes this morning. When i smoked the last one i said that's going to be it. But hey, it's only been 2 hours but i'll try my best.
I liked Allen Carr's audio book, although i've read some negative things said about it on the web. It is really quite theraputic to listen to and i'll be listening to some of it again everyday from now on. The subjects in the book are all common sense really but when it comes to smoking we all lose our grip on common sense. There is nothing sensible about smoking. The book helps you get in the right frame of mind before you quit and i'm optimistic that i'm there and i'll be able to do it right this time.
Anyway, this is day one. Wish me luck.