I've been down this road a few times. Once I quit for six months, the next time for a year and a half. Both times I used a stressful situation to say "ahhhh 1 cigarette won't hurt". Needless to say, it does.
Anyhow... Don't know quite why I decided to do this. I've been smoking for about 8 years since my last non-smoking bout. I'm 47, have smoked since 15 and taking the 2 years off for my non-smoking time, that means I've smoked for 30 years. Enough is enough.
I'm all of 8 hours into this - don't really count the previous night's sleep.
Last time I quit I did it with a combination of willpower, some nicotine gum and help from folks in a great forum like this (maybe it was this very one?). So that's what I'm doing again. I tried the patch but it didn't work for me. Tried Zyban but it just gave me terrible nightmares. Gum gives me the control I want I guess. And it doesn't taste as disgusting as it used to.
Oddly what I miss most about smoking is not being able to have a few beers with my buds on Friday night. I know I can't drink alcohol and not smoke. I can barely have coffee in the morning, that is a tough one.
So this is my 3rd serious attempt at quitting. And this time I am determined to make it stick. I know there's a bumpy road ahead of me but the rewards of freedom from this awful addiction are too good to pass up.