Hi Everyone and thanks Joel and John and everyone else who works on this site. Everything I have read and found here has been of invaluable help so far..
I have been a heavy smoker for over 35 years. There are a few unsuccessful quit attempts in my past, but previous ones were never cold turkey and I did try patches and gums before. After a routine chest X-ray showed a lot of COPD damage I decided to cut down and stop. I was still smoking 40-50 cigarettes a day. Smoking has been a part of my daily routine and even my personality, throughout my entire adult life!.
This time, initially I was cutting down progressively and went to about 15 sticks a night, consumed after 5pm. This gave a good amount of willpower exercise against daytime cigarettes but I was still addicted, I was thinking of cigarettes the whole day! Then I found this website and I realised everything would be in vain unless I went cold turkey. As of 27 February, I stopped altogether, despite my smoking girlfriend, hard times and stress at work and my very much loved evenings with a few cold beers... Ouch! And was that first week hard!
Today, I have been off them (all kinds of nicotine) for 16 days and I am actually quite surprised with myself that I could have come this far.. I still get pangs of cravings which can sometimes be "overwhelming" but I have managed so far.
Thanks again for all the education and relentless help provided by this site... And best wishes to all others who are on their journey to freedom.