Trouts Mom you have a deal. I know the nicotine is addictive, but some people are more addicted to the habit than the nicotine (supposedly) so for them its the same thing.
I'm doing pretty well... not perfect. I know this isn't the best way to do it, but here's the approach I've decided on. My first step is going to be to stop thinking of myself as a smoker. I'm not going to make sure I have the pack with me every time I leave, I'm not going to plan out how I'm going to go buy the next pack, etc. I'm going to be a non-smoker who sometimes has a cigarette (only step one!). Then I'm going to delay the first one by two hours every day. So today was at noon, tommorow will be 2:00, then 4:00, etc. And keep going until its after dark. Then it'll be one a day, and then none.
I know it's better to stop altogether but I really don't think I can. I just get so sick...
Also, I'm only smoking outside so that I actually have to make it a pain in the butt (third floor walkup) and so that its not the familiar places.
So far, Troutsmom, you can bite five of your fingernails.
It already smells gross to me if I'm not smoking too. Thats how they get you. If one person lights up, everyone else does too!
The bottle of water idea is really cool, as is hypnosis. I've been meditating every night before bed telling myself that I don't smoke, I don't smoke, I don't smoke. I think my major problem is the way it becomes part of your personality, and who your friends are, etc. If it weren't for that I never would have started, or kept doing it.