There is no shortage of promotions, literature, products, and ideas on how to quit smoking. The fact is different things work for different people. It is estimated that nearly 17 million Americans try to quit smoking each year. That is great news! The bad thing is that only about 1.3 million Americans are able to remain smoke free. Only 8 percent or so of smokers that quit smoking are successful in their efforts.
Obviously the physical and psychological effects of smoking have its challenges. Nicotine is addictive and when you quit smoking you will encounter nicotine withdrawal. For years you conditioned your mind to use smoking as a crutch so without it there are times it may seem impossible to cope with stress and other events that present themselves.
There are two main points to keep in mind 1) quitting smoking is possible and 2) you need to prepare yourself for quitting by knowing what to expect and replace things you lost, ie stress management mechanism.