Quote from elizabells
I've never made it more than a few hours cold turkey. I tried Wellbutrin - hey, turns out if you're bipolar, you probably shouldn't take it. Sent me into the worst manic episode I've ever had. I've been hearing that Chantix works well but can potentiate suicidality - also not a good plan for me. Patches have worked for a while, but something ALWAYS comes up and I fail. I get a rash. I get palpitations. I get... whatever, and I rip off that patch, wait as long as I can stand it so I don't have an MI, and suck one down.
May I suggest tapering? It helped me. An extra benefit is that research correlates success in quitting with the degree of delay between wakening and having the first cigarette. So if you can arrange a tapering plan to include adding 5-15 minutes a day to the time you delay that first morning smoke, it might help as well.
It's unlikely to be a painless, effortless process. Prepare yourself for discomfort now, while you are in the planning stage. Prepare a schedule for your cigarettes today and a daily goal for the total number smoked.
You may not be ready to quit today, but you can begin dissociating yourself from the concept of smoking as a freewheeling and relaxed habit. Turn it into a firmly scheduled regime, like a med routine, and gradually begin widening the clean time between smokes. When you pass under ten cigarettes a day, you may begin to wonder why you bother...