I quit smoking May 1, 2014 - that is my quit date and will be forever. Even though I used the patch for 6 weeks - May 1, 2014 is MY quit date and no one will ever convince me otherwise. You quit begins when you put your last cigarette out - and has nothing to do with using a prescription drug or NRT as an aid.
Do not let anyone make you feel that your quit is diminished in any way because you did not go cold turkey. I admire folks that are able to quit going cold turkey, and I will never get on this site and push NRT on anyone. Cold turkey is good - but it is NOT the only way.
If NRT is in your plan - include in that that plan a step down schedule.
Wishing you all a happy smoke-free day!