As of this very minute, my wife and I have quit smoking "cold turkey" for two weeks. It's been very difficult, trying to divert our attention from the nicotine cravings. For me, yesterday was worse than usual, but I didn't cave, and my wife was very patient with me as I was not. For anyone who is interested in quitting smoking, take a look at these links:
There's also an active quit smoking support group for women on Facebook at:
If you're wanting to quit smoking, please don't try to do it alone. If you know someone who is trying to quit, please offer them support!
A couple of alternatives that have helped me divert my attention away from my nicotine cravings have been sugar-free chewing gum and hard candies. Taking brief walks have helped, also.
I started smoking when I was about 14 or 15 years old, but I dipped at a much younger age. I had quit once for about three and-a-half years, but thought I could maintain enough control to allow myself a cigarette or a cigar occasionally. I did okay for about a month or so, but eventually, my habit was back to the way it was before I had quit. I now know that I'm either "all or nothing", and most people are also the same way. To remain smoke-free, I must completely refrain from smoking ever again. As much as I want to convince myself that I can allow myself a cigarette or a cigar occasionally, I know that I can't.
I hope this blog may be of some help to someone who's trying to kick the habit.