Ok I've done this a few times before with varying degrees of success. The first time I became nico-free was using a forum like this and found it really helpful knowing that we were doing it together. Managed 11 months that time but then got complacent thinking I could just have the occassional cig .. then a packet and .. well the rest is history.
With each quit it maybe becomes harder to stay off as I know I can get off without too much trouble once the decision has been made.
But with my 50th birthday on the horizon I think it's ridiculous that I'm still going round in circles so this is it. For my own sake this time .. not for my young children who are now grown and all but flown the nest.
So .. equipped with patches, nico tabs (not keen on them for a long period as they're not kind on the mouth), chewing gum (yuch!) and my new electronic cigs (which did the job this morning taking the place of a cig I found lying there looking very innocent but which met it's unusual death of crushing instead of fading with an amber glow).. I'm en route to a new, healthier life.
Good luck to all you newbies and thanks for being there to share this crazy time.