I used the SmokeAway system (www.smokeaway.com) Premium kit over one weekend and kicked the habit entirely. It was mostly in my head though because I was very ready to quit. I just realized I had so many wonderful things in my life, I didn't want cigarretts to cut my life short.
If you have anything to live for, or want to, then kicking the habit suddenly becomes very easy when you realize it WILL kill you and cut your life short if you don't stop.
After I quit, there were a few months where extremely stressful situations had me craving slightly... however, it was easily controlled. I started exercising more, nibbling throughout the day on more vegetables (especially broccolli), and trying to keep myself busy. The one thing that hit me kind of hard after I quit smoking was how much time I had on my hands. I didn't realize how much time I actually spent outside sitting and smoking, doing nothing.
Situations where I typically would have a smoke were:
1. Sitting and doing nothing, so why not go outside and smoke.
2. Talking on the phone.
3. Having a drink
4. After dinner.
5. During or after stressful situations.
6. At the airport before and after flights. Double whammy: I would typically sit outside the airport on the phone with a ciggy.
7. In the car.
1. Instead of sitting and doing nothing, i would go for a walk or play with my dog, or work in the yard, or find an interesting program on TV
that I normally wouldn't have watched before.
2. Talk on the phone was a tough one. I found myself on the phone alot less because smoking had become such a social crutch for me. I still to this day don't talk on the phone very long because I find myself either wanting a cigarrette, or becoming incredibly bored.
3. Now while I have a drink, I don't crave a cigarrette at all. However, I do enjoy being in a bar and smelling smoke from somebody else. I enjoy the fact that it's somebody else killing themselves and not me, and that I won't smell like a cigarrette butt when I get home.
4. After dinner, now have more time to clean help clean the kitchen, walk or exercise a little bit, or I just come up and get online and go through the discussion boards, or learn about something I normally wouldn't have.
5. You'll definitely have to find a way to deal with stressful situation in a positive way. It was very difficult for me since I'm a hot headed and stubborn person. I know it sounds corny, but read some self help books on stress management... I promise they will help you out.
6. Now that I don't smoke at the airport, I have so much more pleasant and available time before and after flights, and easier connections. It was hard at first, but after a couple flights without smoking, I got used to it.
7. Since I quit smoking in the car, I decided to focus my energy on better driving. Slowing down, enjoying the music and the scenery, and paying more attention to the road. Much safer now.
You can do it, I promise! I wish everybody in the world would quit smoking. It's such a disgusting and time wasting habit, and in a year you'll look back and be so glad and so proud of yourself for quitting.