Hi to everyone who wants to quit
To give you hope - I tried to stop smoking five times before I was finally successful. The first four times I stopped but found that after a few weeks I was tempted and then went right back to where I'd been before. Then my husband developed ill health and I had a couple of bouts of pleurisy which really is incredibly painful. I decided to give up fod good.
First I halved the number I smoked per day but didn't beat myself up if I went over, just corrected it again the next day. After 3 months my body was used to less nicotine and I smoked in less places simply because of the numbers.
Then I restricted where I could smoke but allowed myself the same number of siggies, so that in time I was just smoking in the evening watching TV and maybe a couple in the garden during the summer daytimes. I stayed at that level for 3 months.
Then I cut the number by half again and allowed myself to smoke while watching TV for another couple of months.
Then I substituted smoking for sweets and had just a couple of ciggies as a treat each evening.
Finally I cut out the siggies and used sweets which did make me put on weight, so then I substituted the sweets for fruit which is what I snack on now during the evening. I do sometimes eat the odd packet of maltesers in an evening, but mostly am much healthier and never crave cigarettes.
I gave up smoking 8 years ago and lliks so many ex-smokers I can't stant the smell or taste (I've tried occasionally out of interest) although I do occasionally fancy the idea of smoking, and holding a ciggie, etc.
I just found that within a year I had not only beaten the habit but I am healthier and feel myself to be a non-smoker rather than an ex-smoker which is what I actually am.
It can be done!
Good luck to you all.