Quitting isn't easy, but educating yourself about nicotine addiction does make it doable. I may be a "newbie" ( a little over 3 weeks quit) but I plan on making this quit last forever.
I have a history, like most smokers, of trying to quit unsuccessfully. I never knew fully what I was up against. Luckily I found this site, and Joel's library. I never thought about learning all about the addiction as an aid to quitting, but it really does help. If you tried to fly an airplane with no instruction in aviation, you probably wouldn't get very far. I never got far with previous quits, because I didn't know much about the addiction. I thought the cravings would be constant for the rest of my life, but they actually peak after 3 days and are gone after 2 weeks. I thought I could be a part time smoker, having 2-3 a day, but now realize it's the full addiction or no nicotine at all. The more knowledge you can get about the nicotine addiction, the better you are prepared to fight the urges and cravings, as well as know what to expect and how to handle it. Read Joel's library all the way through, and keep the articles handy when you are struggling, it helps to read them. Never take another puff. One day at a time. Congratulate yourself at the end of the day for not smoking, and face tomorrow with confidence. You can do it, and it does get easier!
Jeff - Phoenix, Arizona USA
Jeff - Free and Healing for Twenty Three Days and 16 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 1 Day and 23 Hours, by avoiding the use of 575 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $115.16.