I prepared for 4 weeks with ZERO stress by simply telling myself to wait awhile when i wanted to smoke.
I never counted.
I never denied myself,
In 4 weeks i went from a pack down to 5 a day and i had proven to myself i didn't need to smoke every time i wanted to smoke. The way I knew I was succeeding was the fewer trips to the store to buy them and I had money in my wallet.
I bought my last pack on a Friday and quit the next Tuesday. Monday was New Years. I had not set a quit date prior to buying my last pack..
People can freak themselves out counting each cigarette and cutting down so much each day.
There will probably be days that come along where you want more than your allowance. Then things turn negative. That's called denial.that builds fear and negativity towards quitting.
You can ease yourself into it by simply breaking your smoking patterns, not suffering at all. and learning you have some control before you actually quit.