Today is Smoke-free Day 143, and I'm thrilled about it.
Most of the time I just share my own experience and try not to tell people what to do, but today I have to make a little plea to anyone still smoking and still just in the stage of considering quitting (which I was in for many years...). You have the perfect reason to just give quitting a try right around the corner, and you'd even have a week starting today to mentally prepare. If you already have a prescription for Chantix and started taking it tomorrow, your quit date would coincide with The Great American Smokeout Challenge on November 15, 2007, and you would be one of many giving it a go, even just for that one day. There is strength in numbers, and if you make it one day, you know that it's possible to stay quit as long as you choose to, one day at a time. Stop thinking about it, and just do this.
Even if you are not going the Chantix route, there are tons and tons of excellent resources over on the Smokeout page linked above (and you all just *know* that I will be adding it to my list of Linky Loos). There is an actual Quitline set up to give you a call, there are computer desktop goodies and toys that include a craving stopper button (includes a little distraction game, too - how cool is that?) and tips and fact sheets about what happens when you quit (you all know that I love these). (note: the little craving stopper button doesn't seem to work, so not sure it's worth the download unless they fix it)
There is life after quitting smoking. In fact, there is probably even more life. Stop thinking about it and just give it a go. Jump in, the water is fine.