when i first started the patch, i never had a plan for when i would stop using them. at that time i didn't know one thing about quitting or the attitude required to be successful. I was just like any new quitter.
i quit on a Tuesday. I forgot to wear one on that Friday.
When I woke on Sat, i had to ask myself how i was feeling and make a decision. i listened to my body and decided i wasn't ready to get off.
the following week i forgot again. and the next day, again.
I had that conversation with my body again. If I felt ok, why would i keep using them?
Here's the trick I used after I stopped using them..
I put one in my wallet and promised myself if i was seriously considering smoking, i would put one on and wait an hour.
I kept that patch in my wallet my whole first year.
I was tricking myself into keeping my quit no matter what. It was a trick I knew would work.
it was then i joined my first quit smoking site.
now, i am not suggesting everyone stop using them in two weeks, but i am saying, talk to yourself. be honest, not clouded by fear if you do that, and when you are comfortable, you will know.