I was in the drug store the other day and noticed a man looking at all the nicotine patches. He had been standing there for awhile when I just came out and asked him if he was thinking about quitting. I went on to tell him that it could be done. I was voted least likely to quit smoking by ALL my family members and friends and I was fast approaching my 5th year smoke free. I told him about this site and also going cold turkey seemed like the best way for me. I too had collected every patch, gum, essential oils, and even an e-cig. the plan was to only use them in the event I was getting ready to lite up. He looked at me and simply stated that he had quit.... for 8 years. I knew then what had happened. He thought he could take a puff.. perhaps smoke just one, but the reality of the situation and the only reason I have five years behind me is I know I am addicted to nicotine (in any form) and I can't take a puff or smoke just one.
I don't crave smoking nor do I need to smoke. Even when I smoked two packs a day I did not "want" to smoke. I was addicted. I don't think about smoking these days and I enjoy life without smoking. I know that I will never be able to take one puff...ever!