Just in to day 32 - and struggling.
I'd been thinking of quitting for a while (because of health risks/felt guilty/warning from my dentist/wasted cash/appearance) and then suddenly I got up one morning, had last cigarette in packet and managed to buy milk without also buying more cigs. Did buy sweets, though!
I'd tried to kid myself that I never smoked more than 10 - but who did I think I was fooling!
The best things, for me: not panicking if I was somewhere and wanting to get home for a cigarette (I only ever smoked in garage), not stinking of smoke (clothes/hair/breath). Boy, do I miss that first one of the morning, with a mug of coffee. Only that first one became two, three .. until finally I was having three or four before breakfast. Each time I have to get petrol or drive past garage, or buy milk from local shop, it is a struggle not to give in. However, I get huge satisfaction that my bill doesn't have an extra Â£9 odd added to it. I've treated myself (lovely new boots) and have to remind myself of how much I've saved. 'But you could just have one' says the little voice. Oh yeah!
I think one of my worst days was when I went out for lunch last Friday - and found that as I drove home I was having to fight the urge to buy a packet.
I've tried patches many times - did nothing for me - and the last one brought me out in a rash. Also bought elec cigarette - but that didn't help me get rid of the habit of smoking - I just substituted the odd cig for a few puffs on the elec one.
So, this time the only help I've had is from an odd nic gum (sometimes none, sometimes one a day).
When people at work go outside for a cig and I then walk past them, oh do they stink!
My garage no longer stinks of stale cigarettes and I can open the door to visitors without thinking I smell of fags (which sometimes caused me not to open the door at all).
At least I've now (I hope) got through the no sleeping stage. Still get panicky shortness of breath cravings, but they are getting fewer.
Seeing the hygienist tomorrow. Last saw her and dentist four months ago - which is when they gave me the news that smoking had caused the start of gum disease. Don't want to lose my teeth.