"It's a terrible addiction. I was fortunate to kick it but there are so many who don't seem to be able to"
I completely agree. I think quitting for me was probably one of the more difficult things I've done.
The first 2 years I would dream at night about smoking. I would wake up and have to remind myself, "oh..I don't smoke...it was only a dream...I haven't gone back to smoking".
Eventually in my dream I would be dreaming I woke up from the dream only to realize, "oh no...I have gone back to smoking".
A dream within a dream.
Quitting was hard.
I have to wonder at what point in the process you can honestly say "I'm a non-smoker" and not just a "smoker" who simply hasn't had a cigarette in awhile. Weeks and months...but you still want them.
I think it takes a long time to get to that point. Honestly, when I first quit I remember thinking how will I ever feel right not smoking? How will I get used to it? I would remind myself I didn't always smoke but still you just can't imagine a life without cigarettes.
Personally, I believe the only way to do it is cold-turkey.
After just a few days you'll be off the nicotine addiction and from there on out it's just getting over the habit of reaching for a smoke when you have finished eating, wake up, watch a movie, leave a building, make love, drink a beer, and on and on. Everything reminds you to smoke.
Now today I'm a non-smoker and I don't think about them whatsoever.
It does happen if you can have self-control and not light one single cigarette no matter how clever you get talking yourself into having "just one".
I do have one positive memory about quitting.
I remember the first week I quit it rained one day and I stepped outside and noticed something I hadn't noticed in long time.
The smell of wet soil. "ohhhh...yes....very familiar" I hadn't noticed that smell in many years. Apparently smoking messes with your sense of smell.