A friend suggested it would be good for me to quit and might encourage his brother.
I spent a month getting my head around quitting. I didn't stress about it. i just let it happen.
First, I considered it and then began telling myself to wait a little longer between cigarettes. It was very empowering to realize i didn't have to smoke every time i wanted to.
pretty soon I was down to a half pack a day. I was never freaking out. if i wanted a smoke, I had one.
the friday of the 4th week, i went to my "smoke store" and bought what I knew was my last pack. I quit the next tuesday morning. I saved one for that last morning so I didn't freak out when I woke up and decide to not follow through.
I hadn't yet heard of or been to a quit smoking site until after I was two weeks into it.
I used the patch for 10 of the first 14 days I laughed each time i would have smoked and that took my focus off smoking and into learning what triggered me to smoke.