I think quitting smoking is the hardest thing a person will ever encounter in their lives. Unless you have been a smoker, you will never know how hard it is to quit. I have smoked for 31 years (since age 16). I enjoyed smoking. It became such a habit I did it in the car, after meals, after sex, etc... certain events triggered a cigarette. I now have 2 failed fusions and am going on 7-2 for a 5 level fusion with hardware. This is a new younger surgeon than the one who did my first 2 surgeries. He told me his success rate is 90-95% in non smokers and that the numbers drop to 35% in smokers. I about fell out of my chair. The first surgeon encouraged me to stop smoking but never gave me these kind of numbers. So because I already had the prescription for Chantix on my refrigerator (given to me by my cardiologist after having 3 stents in my right coronary artery last July), I decided it was now or never for me. I started taking it in May and stopped smoking for good on June 1st. I have had no withdrawal effects at all. I still think about cigarettes, but I do not crave them at all. People still smoke around me but that doesn't bother me either. I hope it stays this easy. Now I look back and am astounded at how smoking a cigarette dictated my life. It told me where I could sit in the restaurant, when I could take a break at work, it interrupted intimacy with my husband after making love, it told me I had to go outside to partake in the habit, it disallowed my entrance in certain public buildings, it made me smell like a dirty ashtray and gave me bad breath. I will NEVER be one to put down those who smoke since I believe it is a personal choice, but I feel freer than I have in years.
Stick with your decision. It is the right one. You are doing yourself a great service by giving up this costly habit. Pick up some hobby to keep your hands occupied. I am constantly doing something even while watching T.V. Don't worry about the weight gain right now. I weigh the most I have ever weighed in my life, but I feel most of it is attributed 5 years of back problems. Before I began having back problems & surgeries, I was much more active and able to do many activities that I'll probably never do again.
You have made the right decision. Hang in there. It will get easier every day. Signed: Another non smoker! Syndee