|Yep, that's me|
This wasn't a planned assault on my disgusting addiction. It was an intervention by forces beyond my conscious control. In short, I got so sick, I had a lung infection so severe that I was given a view into what my future would be like if I didn't quit smoking. It was terrifying. For once in my life I made a rational choice; I put away the tobacco and stopped smoking. I got nicotine patches. That part of the process, the nicotine withdrawal, is seldom a great problem. Patches work. Gum works. A person can get off nicotine without too much difficulty.