I'm Emil from the Philippines. I'm 28 years old.
I quit smoking on October 6, 2012 after 12 years of around 10 to 15 sticks per day. I was having some severe neck strains a couple of days prior to my quit (which I don't think were smoking related but due to bad sleeping posture), and I was having quite a miserable time. Somehow, I also did not seem to be enjoying my cigarettes as much. So when my pack ran out, I just decided not to buy another one. I read nonstop on WhyQuit.com the first few days and came out feeling very prepared and ready to take on the challenge.
So far, I have been surprisingly calm. I thought I would be very irritable and would not be able to get cigarettes off my mind, but this is not the case. The only times I really have cravings are after meals. During these times, I try to tide myself over with tea. It does seem to work, but I'm wary not to rely totally on it and use it as a crutch, as Joel warns against. With regards to diet, I have been eating a bit more because I do feel hungrier when mealtimes come.
This is my first quit attempt and I do hope it will be the last. I understand now that I am an addict. I hope I was not one and that I could use and quit cigarettes as I please, but I am not. I understand that one single puff would be enough to send me smoking again until I die from it, and I resolve to never take another puff.
Thanks to Joel and John and all the other wonderful people who are a part of WhyQuit and Freedom. You have saved my life.