I've tried to quit literally 100 times. I smoked since I was about 14, I'm 26 now. I tried the patches, the gum, just about everything.
I even read "The Easy Way To Quit Smoking", and although it'd been months since I've read it, I think that's what finally did it for me.
Anyway, I woke up on December 22, lit up a smoke first thing like I always do, coughed like a maniac, said to myself "I'm so done with these things", broke my pack, threw them in the trash, and that was that.
The first few days where kind of tough. Christmas was a little stressful. Since then I've felt great, no crutches, and I can already breathe easier, focus better, and I feel a lot less stressed out by minor things that used to really get to me.
I just wanted to share that with you guys. It's only been 16 days, but I know I'm done. I still get minor cravings but it's nothing I can't handle.
I think the secret is to convince yourself that you really, really hate them. They aren't fun to smoke, they don't relieve stress, they're just bad for you. Sounds simple but it's the only thing that's worked for me.
Anyway, for all you smokers, if I can do it you can definitely do it.
Good luck! Thanks for reading.