Hi everyone, and best wishes to those who are trying to quit, and congratulations to those who have. I gave up in 2005 - I had to! I had a dreadful headache, which persisted for several days. Finally went to the "vet", who couldn't find out the problem, but said my blood pressure was so high, his instrument couldn't measure it. He admitted me to hospital immediately. To make a long story painful, I had suffered a burst brain aneurysm (aneurysms are hereditary, I'm told). I also had high blood pressure of which I was unaware (they call it the "silent killer"). Hospitalised, brain surgery - no chance of a smoke! My husband had quit smoking six months before, by using the cutting down method. He got down from about 30 to 2, and then just stopped. When he brought me home from hospital a week after surgery, I wanted a cig but somewhere in my anaesthic-befuddled brain, I found the common sense to not do it. I succeeded and was still off the dreaded weed 3 years later, when my mother was hospitalised with stomach pains. Days later, they told us she had bowel cancer, and had no more than 6 months. Stunned and shocked, my brother (who smokes), my sister and our other halves, went to the local pub. Ireland was, I think, the first country to ban smoking in all public places, and the ban was well in force by then. So, when my brother wanted a cigarette, I went outside with him. Without thinking, he offered me one, and without thinking, I took one. Aside from all the other aspects of smoking, I think smokers (reformed or otherwise) always think a cigarette helps in times of stress. So I've been back on them for 2 years now, and desperately want to quit. I don't particularly want to go through brain surgery again though! So I'm really glad Joe started this discussion, as it has really made me think long and hard, not only about quitting, but how and when.