I've seen several members through the years here on the board be successful quitting smoking. Gosh I hope I can join those ranks. difficult child took up smoking while he was living with his father, right before his 13th birthday! *GRRRRRRRR* But then how the heck can I judge when he saw me smoke every day of his life??? So I've been gearing up for a while to quit, not only for myself but also to help difficult child stop and be a positive role model for smoke free living. It is extremelly tough for me as I started smoking at age 15 and have been a pack a day smoker since. I did successfully quit for 3 months after my gastric bypass in 2004, but started up again when my mother started spending alot of time at my house and though she'd smoke outside, I could smell it on her and I caved in. Unfortunatly, where I live we can buy cigs super cheap from the nearby native reserve, so even the high cost of cigs hasnt' impacted me to help lend motivation to quit. It is actually cheaper by half to smoke for a week as it is to buy the patch etc for a week. Well I signed up for a stop smoking campaign/program today over the telephone. I set my quit date on the phone with them for April 23rd, and they are mailing me for free 6 weeks worth of the nicotine patches. The patch is what helped me successfully quit for those 3 months, so I know they work for me when I'm motivated to stop. I was so excited to learn of this program that I phoned my cousin and left her a message in case she is interested. I made sure I told easy child right away that I was quitting when this package arrives within the next 14 days. She HATES that I smoke. She gave me the biggest hug and told me she loved me. How is THAT for motivation? So I plan to start altering some behaviours until my patches arrive such as not smoking at typical times, cutting down, not smoking while drinking coffee/tea, waiting at least 45 minutes after a meal, etc. Pretty much goign to try to wean myself off ahead of time of the times that I typically REALLY want a smoke. Thankfully since it's been on my mind for a while now to do this seriously, I have broken the habit of taking smokes with me when I leave the house. So if I'm out shopping etc for several hours, I don't think of smokes anymore because I am now used to only smoking at home. I am concentrating on having a home that doesnt' stink of cigs, having fresh smelling hair and clothes, etc. I am going to make an appointment tomorrow for the 23rd for a company to come steam clean all of my carpets in the house and my sofas etc. I plan to spend that first week washing all bedding, airing pillows, having drapes cleaned etc. I'm even going to stop being cheap and have my entire bedding set in my room dry cleaned, as it needs it anyhow but it is very pricey since it is a king size duvet, shams, skirt, drapes etc that are all dry clean only. I think that will help with keeping me busy and getting the smoke residue on alot of surfaces gone quickly. I guess I'll be washing walls etc too as I'm determined to get my house smoke odor free. Anyhow all, please wish me luck. This is the most motivated I have ever been and I really need for this to stick. Melissa PS. If anyone else is in Ontario Canada and wants the free patches, or knows others in Ontario who might like the offer, please feel free to PM me and I will give you the toll free number. The requirements are that you are over 18 and a resident of Ontario. It only takes about 10 minutes of answering questions in this call, and within 2 weeks you are gauranteed to have 6 weeks worth of the patch Express Posted to you. They also have no problem with more than one person in same household signing up for the offer, it just requires each household member to call seperatly to request them.