OK, so I'm quitting smoking. Finally. Day 14 today, and it's been a while since I've done a JE on it. Lessee, where am I to, as my Newf compatriots might put it?
I'm still on the patch, though down to a lower dosage (14 mg/day). No cigs most days; Fridays are still a problem because the other gamers smoke, but day before yesterday was interesting. Mark had quit that day (and maintained yesterday, cold turkey, go Mark!), Chris is only smoking on Fridays, and Rick "really (has) to quit". That just leaves Steve. While I find it within my boundaries to have a couple of smokes on game night if I'm not smoking the rest of the time, it would certainly be easier with less smoking overall... and that seems to be where we're headed.
As an aside, Steve has written a thinly-veiled allegory on the whole anti-smoking thing. It's called "The Healthy Dead", and features a couple of characters that have appeared in the main "Malazan Book Of The Fallen" novels as well as in a short-run collector's edition novelette called "Blood Follows". While it's not enough to keep me smoking out of spite (I can feel that it's harming my body, and that's enough for me), I do agree that the whole "saving people from the consequences of their choices" thing is fucking annoying.
Anyway, aside aside, it's going OK. The last couple of days I haven't put on a patch until going out in the afternoon, and I've had the distinct feeling that I could probably get by just fine without one. That's gotta be a good sign, because when attempting to quit in the past, if I didn't have a patch on, I'd be plotting to buy cigs as soon as possible.
Oh, and my gf is loving it too; she hated me smoking (while doing a remarkable job of remaining understanding), so there's some good motivation right there. So all in all I'm feeling pretty good about all this. Go me!