This is now my seventh attempt to quit, and I'm trying something new. Nicotine patches! Previously, I went cold turkey or used the gum, but my brain always found some reason to reach for the cancer straws in less than a month (longest quit was two weeks). I'm feeling optimistic this time, though, because my sister and I are both using the patches and going through the process together. I have felt pretty decent all day today instead of bouncing around between craving a smoke at my desk and finally feeling relief when I take a smoke break. I'm hoping that the steady supply of nicotine from the patch will break the up-down cycle that causes addiction in the first place.