Not everyone is the same, so I copied Individual's list and edited it to match my experience. Thanks for doing all that typing, individual
I smoked for about 40 years, then quit about 12 years ago. Yup, I started at age 8 and quit around age 50. from age 16 or so, I was smoking over a pack a day, then two packs from the 20s on. Never got to three packs.
"1. Sincerity is the most important thing, not methodology. People that want to quit quit. People that don't want to quit don't or they quit temporarily.
2. You will quit temporarily at least several times before you quit permanently."
(Pretty true for me, though I never achieved a "pure motivation" that I'd call sincerity.)
"3. Cold turkey was the only thing that worked for me; with gum and patches, I still felt like smoking. It's easier to endure 3 days of extreme agony than 6 weeks of prolonged misery." (Didn't work for me. I used the patches. I also used the gum for that emergency craving - the kind where I'd swing into the nearest gas station and buy a pack. I only used the gum for crisis, but it kept me from buying a whole pack and got me through it. Over time the crises disappeared. Over more time, I quit the patches, too.)
"4. Avoiding people and stress while quitting helped." (I was working, among clients, many of whom smoked)
"5. Hard candy (like Jolly Ranchers) while quitting helped, as did yogurt and soda." (Mine was mints)
"6. It's best (but not always possible) to avoid people who smoke. People whose friends are all smokers often can't quit because cigarettes are so easily available." (See #4)
"7. When you quit, learn to recognize "junkie thinking," all the ways in which your mind comes up with excuses to start smoking, like, "...Just this one!"" (Did that, and used the gum as a support)
"8. It's vital to no longer identify yourself as a smoker mentally. Being an "ex-smoker who gave up smoking," is a pain. It's much better to be, "A person who doesn't enjoy smoking and never should've started smoking in the first place."
9. Recognize the fact that smoking brings no joy or benefit: you only enjoy it because you're addicted. That first cigarette (if you've never smoked before) or after a long period of abstinence is not enjoyable." (Was somewhat different for me - we're all different, right?)
"10. Consider the costs, both financial and health-wise, and what it does to your teeth and breath. Consider the benefits of qutting -- more energy, better sleep, and better sense of smell." (True. It was health-related when I made the final successful attempt.)
Smoking was integrated into every part of my life. It went beyond physical and psychological addiction and habituation, though those were certainly keys. Some breathing and sleeping problems began to appear, and that discomfort got my mind over from quitting to "I've quit. The lapses are returns to smoking that I don't need anymore." So my mind shift was a different one than individual gives, but a mind shift just the same, and probably necessary for my eventual success.
I only am sharing the way it worked for me, at a time when I had an incentive to see it through....your mileage may vary. My intent is not to convince anyone of anything, simply to show another path that worked, one time for me. It's not even a method I would have taught, back in my working days
Hoo....used to be a smoker...quit as a wordling...has no experience smoking or quitting as a Buddhist...plans to keep it that way.