I am 22 years old, and have been smoking for 3 & a half years (about a pack a day) I have quit 2/3 times but it is never succesful. As of now, I am trying to quit again. I had been succesful for five days and I just took 3 puffs of a cigarette (which I feel guilty for.) I am trying to mainly stick to cold turkey and if I'm really craving the Nicotine, I have been chewing the Nicorette 4G gum. I feel very depressed without smoking, and I know this is a common symptom. I also have been craving the cigarettes like crazy. I literally think about it all day, no matter what I'm doing. I've tried mints, chewing mint gum, used tooth-picks, deep breathing, etc. Is this common to constantly crave while you are trying to quit? I know that smoking is bad for you and I am at a young age where being addicted is NOT OK, and I want to have a bright future. I feel that cigarettes are controlling my life, and I hate not smoking. I find that the psychological aspect for myself is probably the hardest considering I am still getting nicotine intake with the Nicorette. Did anyone else have these problems? Is it OK to take a few puffs every few days in the quitting process to prevent a complete relapse? I've read multiple forums, and articles as well. I just feel very defeated and I'm ready to just give up but I want to stay strong. This is such a psychological warfare. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!