Having smoked for more than half my life - about 14 years - I wasn't really seriously expecting giving up smoking to be seriously possible for me, let alone very easy.
Imagine, then, my shock that, just under five weeks ago, I stubbed out my last cigarette on my afternoon trip to the shops from work, and said to myself "I am now a non-smoker. Yippee!".
I may even have put on a squeaky voice for the "yippee!" part, although I said it in my head to avoid strange looks from passers-by.
I haven't used gum or patches, or any other nicotine replacement therapy. I haven't tortured myself with the "willpower method", and I haven't put on a stone.
Instead, I read a book called "The Easyway To Stop Smoking" by a chap called Alan Carr (no, not the Alan Carr, although that would be an interesting twist...).
I have to admit, I was skeptical when I started the book, and it seemed like a lot of repetitive nonsense, but I stuck with it and I have to say I'm glad I did. When I got to the end of the book, I had no trouble putting out my last cigarette.
If you're looking for a way to stop smoking which won't make you crave a cigarette, or pine for a smoke, and which will make you actually feel good about quitting without all the nagging sense of loss, etc, try it. I paid a couple of quid for mine on Amazon, and I've easily saved £150 on cigarettes in the five weeks since I quit (I smoked rollies most of the time).
Anyway, sorry if this sounded like I was preaching - I'm not, but I figured if you're reading this and you're trying to stop smoking (or you know someone who is), this might be helpful to you.
Peas and love :o)