Dear Joanne--The very best of luck to you! Remember-failing at quitting isn't failing-it's just practice! One day it will "take"!
I feel exactly as Misti does. I feel very liberated from a horrible, unheathful, costly addition. I also feel much,much healthier-I can breathe right down to the bottom of my lungs--what a revelation!
I smoked at least 2 packs a day (more when I went to "light" cigs) for about 40 years! Ugh! Have been off for 6 years now-a newbie compaired to people who have been off for 20 or more years, but...I finally got wise.
I stopped 3 times before finally stopping successfully the 4rth. It was the hardest thing I ever did.
The hints I can give you are not to feel sorry for yourself 'cause you can't smoke. Feel glad for yourself because you don't HAVE TO smoke.
And , the best tool I had-a book-Potatoes Not Prozac, by Kathleen Des Maisons. Kathleen is a psychologist who has made quite a career out of helping people quit their addictions. In Potatoes, she tells us how to produce our own serutanin, the feel-good stuff that cigs give us. It's not a psycho-babble book, it's essentially a way of eating.
And it WORKS!