I stopped on 7/6 this year so into my 5th day, i know that is me stopped completely now. I had stopped for 5 months before and thought i could have one at a party....big mistake.. I started at 11 years old and i just turned 30 two weeks ago.
Anyway these are my tips followed by the different things that can help
1. NEVER ever think "i will never smoke again" this is a horrible thought when you first try to stop. Always say to yourself "its just one day" and do the same the next day and on and on
2.Change everything you do, change your morning routine, drink different drinks etc. This will help break the habit.
3.Staying away from people and things that smoke or make you want to, is great if you can....just for the first few days as they are the hardest.
4.Get exercising....it releases endorphins in the brain which smoking does to, thus minimizing the cravings.
5.Write a list of all the reasons its good to stop for, and a list for why you shouldnt. You will be very lucky to find a reason not to stop. Look at this often.
6.Take deep breaths if you get a craving and remind yourself it wont last long, take nicotine chewing gum,lozenges or a puff on your inhalator to ease it away.
7.Get a quit buddy or join a smoking cessation clinic, much easier and more encouraging if you arent alone.
You can use patches, inhalators,gum,lozenges,herbal ciggies and medication in the form of tablets to help you stop.
Patches can itch at first and they can keep you awake and give you vivid dreams. This wears off, so persevere.
I tried the herbal cigs, they stink and only replace the habit of holding and breathing in the smoke. An inhalator is just as good for that and is far better for your health.
The gum is good for an instant hit, but dont chew it too fast or you will end up with a horrible trapped wind feeling.
Lozenges are good aswell but i am having to run to the loo alot, not for a number1 anyway lol. I also have a cough, but they really work better than anything else i would say. I dont care about the side affects as it is better for me in the long run.
The inhalator is much like the herbal cigs but far better.
The tablets are the only one i havent tried, i have heard some bad side affects from them but some folk stopped no probs.
Just find a way or two that suits you.
Always stop when you want, not because you have run out of cigs, if your heart aint in it, it wont work. Set a date and get rid of ashtrays, cigs, lighters etc.
The craving feeling you feel without a cig is the same way a non smoker feels when they get stressed, so do something to relax. If they can get through it without smoking, so can you.
P.S Quitting requires willpower and the desire to stop must be higher than the desire to smoke. Willpower is something that needs to be built up, so the first few days will be the hardest, after that, it only gets easier. I'd say 4 days then your on the road to complete freedom but continue to use the NRT. Dont give in to the cravings, you need to break the habit, dont feed it by 'just having one more'. Keep a diary so you can check your progress or download the wee stop smoking program from nhs choices. It tells you how long you have stopped, how much money saved and gives you tips.(I might be able to email it to you if you cant find it).
Dont give up, it will only get easier and easier