I smoked for 15 years and quit cold turkey. It took a few tries to kick them completely though. It helped that my wife quit smoking at the same time and we moved to a new apartment that we refused to smoke in. I used baby carrots as my crutch. Every time I wanted to smoke I would eat the carrots instead. That worked. Its been about 5 years since I quit and I have had a few going out with friends over the past few years and each time the cigarettes tasted worse and worse. I was at a wedding in December and had one drag and it was disgusting! I think I have quit for good now. Just don't take away my cigars. Nothing beats a fine cigar and a nice single malt scotch on a warm spring or fall evening.