Good morning fellow quitters!! :). Another beautiful day of not polluting your lungs with assorted unpleasant substances for short-term reward but paid for with long-term misery.
Smoking has nothing to offer. At best it makes us stink and quite frankly look rather ridiculous :o, at worst it kills us :(!! It tricks us into believing what we're doing is pleasurable. That's not the case!! All we're doing is temporarily satisfying the body's now acquired need for nicotine. By doing so we renew the body's reliance on this foreign substance and so the cycle continues.
The good news is that this cycle can be broken!! It takes determination and a reassessment of how we think but it's not an impossible task if you want it badly enough.
My view is that there are two major aspects to smoking. There's the addictive qualities of nicotine, and there's the physical acts of lighting up, dragging, inhaling, exhaling, de-ashing, extinguishing etc.
My chosen method of quitting is to deal with each of these two aspects separately. I'm using patches so currently I'm breaking the physical part although I'm still using nicotine albeit in a much reduced dose. The addictive part will be dealt with as I drop down to lower strength patches and ultimately dispense with them altogether (that should be on December 19th :p).
A lot of people have had success with going cold turkey. That's by far and away the quickest method but it's also the toughest and I don't think it's for me. Everyone has their own preferred way of quitting and none is better than any other. Whatever works *FOR YOU*!!! This isn't a race. The ultimate objective is to become smoke-free no matter how long it takes.
I've mentioned this several times in my relatively short time here but this forum is at the very heart of my quit. The support and encouragement has been and continues to be absolutely invaluable. If you find yourself in difficulty, please read past threads here and post too if you want to. I find the experiences of others help shape my mindset towards that of a non-smoker. It takes time, of course it does. Most of us have been smoking for many, many years and you can't expect that behaviour to be undone in minutes!! But undone it certainly can be! Just believe in yourself and you will achieve it.
So good luck to everyone. Stay strong and focussed and you *can* do it!!!