Excuses are just that: excuses. Mind over matter. I just quit 8 days ago. Even took 4 puffs off my boyfriend's cigarette this morning. The ONLY way to do it is cold turkey. Believe it or not, after the nicotine leaves your system, which for me took 6 days. It's all psychological. You either want to quit. Or you don't. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. I can say that proudly because i just quit and that was the only way. The truth hurts. Always has, always will. Be prepared to freak out and cry a lot and hurt really bad on the inside.