I quit over and over with nicotine patches, gum and lozenges. Only short term solutions. I smoked about a pack a day for more than 20 years I finally quit for ten years with a combo of antidepressant. nicotine lozenges and hypnosis. the patch was too passive. The gum and lozenges for emergency only because they sting and taste awful. I started again when my husband died in 2009. I was in extreme distressEvery time I tried to quit, I was extremely depressed and heavily dosed xanax. Thank God I found e cigs. I vape as needed. It is pleasant and cleaner. It handles my nicotine addiction and the habit of the motions and sensations of smoking. I am smoke free for 9 months, happy, no smoker’s cough, no weight gain. I believe it is a healthier alternative. So much better that NRT.