Thought I'd check in again on this thread..
still goin strong on cold turkey 5+ months.. have not touched a cigarette since dec 27 2011.. Continued drinking, drinking with smokers at bars, standing near them but not in their clouds as they smoked outside, etc. oddly enough, I lost 20 lbs too which I think is unheard of!
I will say again, you just have to want to quit. that's all I had to do. I never tried once, until this time. first time tried, success. 100%. I had a good quitting buddy, and since I was interested in her, we would sit inside while everyone else went out to smoke. This was a good thing, and probably made it easier to quit.
#1 don't buy cigarettes. it takes a decision to go buy cigarettes. You will not die if you don't have any cigarettes. quit buying them. I ran out on dec 27, and that was my last cigarette.
#2 it's a habit, because I'd be able to sleep 8-12 hours without having one, but why would I need 4 per hour when I was awake?, except when I only smoked 1 an hour?.. or when I flew on an airplane for 3 hours without one.. or flew for 7 hours without one. why would a 10 hour withdrawal feel the same as a 20 minute withdrawal?
which meant to me, the drug effect was weak. the worst withdrawal symptom was a bit of insomnia in the few weeks following complete cessation.
all of which made it:
#3 just stop fucking smoking.