Smoking is crap. It stinks, you stink when you do it, it increases your chance of heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer. I have no idea why I smoked for 10+ years but quitting was the BEST thing I ever did for myself. Sure initially it was a struggle to quit. But I'm positive if I can do it so can anyone else. Ohhhh, I get it. "You love it." "It relieves your stress." "People who don't smoke die of lung cancer anyway." and so on, but these are just garbage excuses that's standing between you and your goal to be healthy. Here's a few tips that helped me along the way.
1st- I changed my routine. Instead of smoking in my house, I started going outside.
2nd - I quit smoking in my car.
3rd- At work, instead of inhaling 2 cigarettes in 15 minutes, I cut back to 1.
4th- I drank a lot of water (not sure if it scientifically helped, but mentally I imagined it flushing out the nicotine )
5th- I kept my hands dirty. I did gardening, landscaping, and painting. The point was that I would not put dirty hands near my mouth.
6th- I avoided danger zones, like friends that smoked, drinking alcohol, or boredom.
The first few days were rough. Almost all my thoughts were about smoking. I negotiated with myself saying just drag wouldn't make a difference. I even developed a pneumonia (the doctor's say it's not related but I call bologna). In the end, I went cold turkey and May 11th 2013 will be 2 years smoke free.
So if your quitting smoking, kudos to you and best of luck!!
**please note, I am not a doctor, nor am I trying to be. I'm simply stating my unprofessional opinions on what worked for me.