Re: stopping the desire
I've been smoke-free since 5/22, off Chantix since 6/22, and I still "want" a smoke. I've chatted with people that have been quit for years, and occasionally they still want to smoke.
Please don't be discouraged by this. I wanted to smoke a lot those first few days, and the desire does seem to change. I might not go away, but it does at least change.
The first week or two, I wanted a smoke, yes (without a doubt!), but I didn't want to screw up my quit more.
As time went on, I still wanted a smoke, yes (albeit with less frequency), but I remembered those first weeks and the desire to NEVER have to go through that again was much stronger than my desire at that time to smoke.
It sort of reminds me of thrill rides at an amusement park. I see that huge roller coaster going, it sounds so awesome rushing by, but I know how sick it will make me. It will ruin my day (or even vacation if that's where I am). I'd sure like to go on it, but my brain kicks in and tells me, "You're going to really screw up if you do that." And I don't <sigh>.
Hope this makes sense.
Congrats to you for making such a wonderful decision. I promise it does get better every day.