I finally stopped smoking last weekend! It has been at the top of my self-actualization list for years. It is a tough addiction to quit. Many, many, triggers.
Just last night a friend of mine was feeling low and asked me to go to the local g.bar and have a beer to talk with him: just lost his job, feeling lonely, etc. I went, but I had to leave after about 10 minutes because I could feel the urge to smoke taking over my rational thought to 'just say no'. I asked him to leave the bar with me and we could talk as we took a walk or something; he declined because he wanted to drown his sorrows in beer. I guess he, and the beer, are my next bad influences to give up.
I have so far had good success with Smoke Away. It's a french product that doesn't substitute nicotine for nicotine (like the patch or gum products); and it was relatively cheap. Anyone else had success with this or other methods?
My fear is that my cravings will take over my rational thought and I'll light up again soon. Damn this is hard!
I pln to stay out of bars for now, away from other smokers, and increase my time at the gym...