took a couple of days - first day only had 3 cigarettes, following day 2 and then 1. thereafter 1/2 a cigarette, 1/4 and then one last drag for ever! think doing it this way helped a bit with the addiction. was hard for a couple of days, but just kept on telling myself that I will have to give up sooner or later, so rather do it now and save myself the hassle later on. probably most important thing is to NEVER HAVE ANOTHER DRAG EVER AGAIN! it is actaully easier than you think. i also went to so a hypnotherapist about a year before the actual giving up & he said that I will eventually give up when I am ready for it - this of course also helped a lot.