That is a question I asked myself for many years.
And then in August 2009 I decided enough was enough. I want control back, I have to prove I can do without the smokes. I smoked 20 a day, B&H Gold, for 25 years.
I used patches (strongest ones) and also lozenges for when I was feeling bad.
I am still strong, I haven't had a single ciggie since August 2009. I have had some really tough days, and have had to keep myself motivated by focussing on why I wanted to quit. I have felt high and then low, I have felt happy and depressed. It is tough mentally as well as physically.
What I am trying to say is, it CAN be done. And I feel great. I actually started running and do about 15k a week. I used to see the "nutters" running past my house in the mornings whilst I was standing out the side door having a quick fag before getting ready for work. And now I am one of them!
It is great to be a NUTTER!