I have quit (misnomer) 2 times before cold turkey once, using patches once. Each lasted about a year.
I spent all day Monday with my lovely doctor and the emergency care nurse.
I'd coughed for years and could often hear wheezing, but I was in denial and so therefore, denial won out.
I currently have 2 days quit, but what came with it was 4 days of hacking cough, a fractured rib, and lung infection.
But also relief, and the knowledge that I have applied from another program, is helping tremendously.
This IS without a doubt the HARDEST drug I've ever walked away from.
I have hope, that one day at a time I can stay quit.
I wish you all a happy, positive journey to recovery.
Not to pontificate, but using NRTs is STILL getting the nicotine into your blood. The crap they say about "yea, but I'm not breathing in smoke" is BS. The reason being is, is that when we inhale, we only exhale 10% of SMOKE!!!!! When we use e-cigs, nicotine patches, we are STILL FEEDING THE ADDICTION for nicotine. Think about it - we do not crave the smoke, we crave the relief nicotine provides.
COLD TURKEY IS THE ONLY WAY!