It is H-A-R-D, and I say this from MYSELF going through it. I tried medicines, I tried the e-cigarettes, I tried the patches, gum, on and on and on. The best thing I did, was cold turkey, and made sure my family understood why I was sooooooooo grumpy for about two weeks. It was NOT easy by any means. I will say this, also. Having also been through drug withdrawals, when I got clean, it is very close as far as difficulty ratings go.....except you won't die from quitting smoking as you can with some other drug withdrawals. Not saying any of this to discourage you by any means. It was well worth it. I am telling you the truth so you can prepare. Don't "taper" off either. You are only fooling yourself. I do know some people who just put them down and had no trouble, but if you are a moderate to heavy smoker, it isn't easy in any sense of the word. GOOD LUCK! Think about the good things that will follow.....saving all that money, saving your health, and that horrible smell is gone.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say, it shouldn't be any worse than breaking any other addiction/bad habit. I just recently quit drinking soda. Caffeine is also an addiction. I did it cold turkey. It's been three weeks since I quit. I was an avid Diet Mountain Dew drinker for almost 20 years. I went through some really bad withdrawals. Every once in awhile I have a head ache so bad I take a couple midol (which have caffeine in them). I'm not a smoker, never has been something that appealed to me. If you can not quit cold turkey, start cutting your smokes down, by two to three cigarettes every week. So if you smoke a pack a day, just smoke 8-9 instead. And then every week, cut it down by another 2-3.
First step is to make ur mind up that u r actually done with cigarettes & ready to quit. It's not easy by any means!!! But the best way is just to put them down or throw them away & never touch them again. The first week is the hardest, the second week is a lil easier. Anybody can do it, but u have to b ready to quit.
-Acute cigarette cravings typically last no more than five minutes. -Nicotine cravings will become more manageable with each passing success of not smoking. -Try exercising or taking a walk when cravings occur. -Avoid other people smoking. -Completely eliminate alcoholic beverages while quitting smoking. -Drink large amounts of water. -Increase the amount of raw fruits, vegetables, and fiber in the diet. -Eliminate saturated fats, processed foods, and refined sugars from the diet. -Consider a colon and/or liver cleanse. -Avoid stress during the quitting process.
After quitting smoking, the lungs must be given adequate time to heal and regenerate. During this time, it is important to be very careful about one's environment and the surrounding conditions.
I found having gum or mints to be a huge help. Also drink plenty of water. I still drink about 6-8 glasses a day. Quit cold turkey 30 years ago. Taste buds will come back to life and you can breathe again and start living. Good luck.