Hello! I have been trying to quit smoking for a good number of years now. I started when I was 18, and steadily rose to a pack a day habit at 27. I am really serious about this cold turkey quit this time, and I feel like I have a really solid foundation with this community, and viewing the site daily to reinforce my drive. I felt like I wanted to be active in this community because I think the support thing is crucial, and I don't want to feel like I am alone in this since my close freinds still smoke and do not plan to quit anytime soon. I really hated the way I would feel in the morning, the way my mouth tasted, and smoking that first smoke just to feel normal even though I really didn't want it deep down. I felt like a slave to this, and felt that my future was extremely uncertain if I continued down this path. My mentality as a smoker was that I really didn't smoke as much as other people, or that I would quit later.. now wasn't the right time. I woke up last 2 Sundays ago feeling like today would be the day. But I've felt this way before, was probably fooling myself again. Well, I found this site, and I can't believe all the excellent advice and tips I could utilize here! It would be nice to smoke that smoke, but how do I feel about the others that come with it? This became my mantra, and my tool during withdrawal to continue on this path when I felt the icy cold hand of nicotine on my shoulder. I always thought I had to quit when I was off work for awhile, when I had little stress, and had to lock myself in the basement and catch a cold if I wished to enjoy success in quiting. How foolish! I quit at a time when I was working everyday under very stressfull conditions, went out with my freinds who still smoked, and even went to a watering hole or two while in withdrawal. I think this made me stronger and I felt more successfull when I went one more day without giving in.. How Awesome! It wasn't so bad, most the time after the initial thought of wanting to smoke entered my mind, I would find myself getting busy with something and forgetting all about it. Minutes turn into hours, hours in to days, and days into a week. I feel like a new person! I notice how different I feel when I play tennis, or choose to walk the golf course as opposed to riding on the cart, lol. Those temptations of smoking don't occur as very much anymore, and I still go at it one day at a time. I look forward to keeping my resolve strong, and I am glad to be involved in this active community and perhaps sharing something with someone else that may inspire them as your stories have inspired me!