Quitting smoking isn't easy. I have now officially quit after a month or so of cutting down. When I was down to three a day, it was time. It's taken me a while. They say one can't quit by cutting down but that's what I did. I've been cutting down since my surgery last Spring. I think that breaking a habit is different for everyone. My biggest fear is gaining weight which I think is equally as bad as smoking so I'm fighting two battles at the same time. . . and it's no fun.
I found that the Internet is a great help on one hand and my worst enemy on the other as smoking and blogging seem to go hand in hand -- as you muse, compose and research your latest 'masterpiece.' The 'Net provides a lot help with quitting strategies. My favorite is the 5 minute rule, i.e., if you get the urge for a cig, wait five minutes -- it usually passes. Sometimes five minutes feels longer than others but it works for me -- so far. And if it doesn't, there are lots of other strategies to try. I'm committed to no drugs or pills or gum and not gaining a ton of weight.
Can I do it? Yes, I can.