I recommend a cessation aid. Worked for me. Regardless you have to A. Be committed to it mentally, emotionally, spiritually. Every which way you can.
B. Find a way to outlast the cravings, don't let them win no matter what.
In time they will diminish.
Good luck. It's a cliche but I still say if I can do it anyone can I was that addicted. 17 years later I'm still amazed I did it.
Good job man.
OP, It all depends how long you've been smoking for..the longer the harder it is. Their are prescription meds out there your doc can prescribe if you're a heavy smoker..It certainly helped my friend who was a smoker for 15 years..talk to your doc about it, get help any way you can.
Try to reduce the amount you smoke, instead of smoking the whole cigarette, maybe smoke a quarter of it and toss it, gradually cut down. Every time you crave a cigarette smoke as little as possible.
Get one of those electronic cigarettes for a "healthier" alternative as you begin to gradually cut down.
Keep yourself distracted, go to the gym..find things you to do that you are interested in..get involved in sports you love. If you have kid(s) think about them and the effects you will suffer from in the long run.
Find out what triggers it, drinking? stop drinking, stop being around people who smoke...instead eat some fresh fruits every time you have a craving. You'll start feeling better about yourself.
As you begin to cut down, put the money you were to spend on cigarettes in to a jar each time..see it build up, that should be motivation enough....take that cash and go but yourself something nice.