I've been a smoker for 8 years. The last 4 years I've been smoking on average 10 cigs a day, and the last 3-4 months I've wittled that down to 5 cigs a day. (on average) I've kept the pressure real low. I've not been expecting myself to stick to a program or to do anything in-human. I'm wearing a patch, but I know a cig. here and there isn't going to kill me. Essentially I've gone from carrying around packs of cigarretts and smoking when bored to not carrying around packs of cigarretts and staying inside when the urge hits. I'm tasting better already (that was nearly an immediate consequence of stopping), and I am feeling better in the mornings. The flem that's always been in my throat at morning time is gone and I no longer cough. My chest doesn't hurt and I feel more relaxed. It's definately a good thing but if I'm around someone smoking my heart rate goes up and my body begins to react as if I'm the one smoking. It's a huge addiction, but the patch helps and keeps me from acting on whims or bouts of weakness (not really a weakness ). Ok, I gotta stop now because the urge to smoke is rising...seriously.