What I didn't realise then was that I was addicted to nicotine - I just called it a habit, one that I felt I could just give up. I did not understand then that there was a big difference. Wanting to give up wasn't enough. I think that was why I failed so many times. When I tried with patches and gum I felt I was just replacing one form of taking in nicotine into my body with another - a recipe for disaster.
Well, I did I give up in the end, with the help of NicoBloc I found it on a website one day . It seemed so simple. You just put a drop on the filter of the cigarette before you smoke it and it traps the nicotine in the filter - well some of it - after a few weeks you put two drops on the filter and it then traps more nicotine. I think why it worked for me was that I slowly weaned myself off nicotine without any of the panic of the sudden stop you have when you use NRT patches or gum. I feel it treated my addiction the same way addicts come off drugs - slowly.
Anyway, after about six weeks I was only smoking a few fags a day and then I would forget to smoke. I know its sounds silly but I found a new confidence in myself, I slowly felt that this was going to be the last time I gave up the fags.
Don't get me wrong it took effort but I beat the addiction! I can now play with my grandchildren without them saying "Grandad please don’t smoke" - like my kids did.
I wish you every success
A very happy ex-smoker