Thanks to all who commented on my blog yesterday! Today is day nine of my deprivation. I still have the cravings, I still want to smoke. I think that I will always want to smoke. But I am not going to do it. I hope some of you who want to quit can take inspiration from the idea that someone who does not want to quit can be successful. I do not want to quit, but can no longer endure the expense of cigarettes and health insurance. So I have quit! Days 7 and 8 were tough. So far day nine is going pretty smoothly. I went "cold turkey". Each of you will make your own choice about that, but I believe that sucess will have to come from determination and mental toughness. I think that using quitting aids gives you an excuse for failure. If you go back to smoking, it is not your fault, the quitting aid failed. If you really want to quit, get rid of excuses for failure. Take responsibility for yourself!!!