I have been looking at this website almost every day for the last 4 weeks (though not much in the last 7 days) and thought I'd better submit my first post before my first month of freedom was up! I started smoking 30 years ago at the age of 12, was pretty well hooked straight away. I have attempted to quit so many times I have lost count - at least 2 serious quits a year since I had my first child 15 years ago. The thing that all those 30 + failed quits had in common - nicotine replacement products.
I have been nicotine-free for 4 weeks today and I feel FANTASTIC! In the last week, I can't remember having any cravings, or if I did they were so mild they barely registered. In fact a couple of nights ago I was in the emergency ward with my daughter with a suspect broken foot, quite stressed because it was night time, peak hour traffic and I was having difficulty contacting my husband and other kids. On the way home hours later it occurred to me that at no stage did I think about smoking. I was so chuffed, because it was a bit of a test I suppose.
Just over 4 weeks ago I came across a book at a friends house, about cold turkey quitting. I had always thought it would be so unbearably difficult, it hadn't occurred to me to try it. I wanted support though, and being a closet smoker I wasn't going to find it among friends. I came across this website, read John's book, and that was it. I put Joel's talks on my ipod and listened to them while walking off the few extra calories I was consuming (no longer an issue) It has been the easiest withdrawal I have ever experienced, and right now, I know in my heart, that I will never take another puff.
I cannot thank John, Joel, the Whyquit and Freedom team and all the people posting here enough. You have truly changed my life and that of my family.