I started smoking when I was 16, peer pressure in high school. I gave it up 8 years ago and it was the HARDEST thing I've done in my life... I had to go through nicotine inhalers, patches and gum before I finally gave that demon up. I had other addictions that were easier to give up when compared to smoking. With smoking you not only have to deal with the physical addiction, but you have to deal with the fact that smoking is socially acceptable and made easy via ashtrays and special smoking sections. You have to deal with the fact that you'll be able to find smokes almost anywhere .... and the worst part of the addiction is the mental aspect; the fact that there are life issues that trigger an intense desire for a smoke; could be after a good meal, or after sex or after an extrication after a car wreck, a good save after a house fire or after any type of celebratory situation. There are times today when I feel that I could light up just as easy as if I quit 5 minutes ago. The saving grace is that it would kill my ability to be as active in the MA as I am.