So I had my last cigarette on the evening of October 22nd this year. It's been 18 days now of success. My sense of smell has returned (after about 8 days) and my energy levels are slowly rising.
This is the 6th time I've tried to quit smoking. I started smoking about 4 years ago and am 29 years old.
I am currently taking Chantix (a pill) to assist in my smoking cessation. It's helped immensely by eliminating cravings for me. In fact, only three days after starting to take Chantix I cut down from one pack (20 cigs) a day down to 3 to 5 cigarettes a day. When I was getting ready for bed on the 22nd and having my last cigarette, I only took two drags off o it and said "That's enough for me". Haven't had one since then.
So that took care of the chemical addiction side of smoking. For the physical habit side of it, I had a plastic looking cigarette called an ENDit stick. There is no nicotine it it but rather a small, porous packet inside the tube that contains white tea extract and pipe tobacco scent. The bad habit I had was every time I got into my car, I would grab a cigarette and light up (of course not when my child was in the car though). I have since stopped using even the ENDit stick since this Tuesday.
So I'm doing good and things are looking up. Now only if I could get my wife to quit smoking.
Please share your smoking/quitting experiences here as well.