Originally posted by Ghost of a Duke
You quit by eating cold turkey? 😲
The method i used was to identify the 5 key cigarettes of the day (after evening meal etc) and to cut out all the others. Over the next few weeks i gradually reduced this number until i was only having the one in the morning, and then knocked that on the head too. Worked for me.
Attempts at phasing out just never worked for me. I probably tried and failed 2-3 times between 1985-1991.
In the end I took a spur of the moment decision ~ in Ambon airport in Maluku, while waiting in transit for our plane to be refuelled, when a packet of Kansas Red ran out [odd moment to choose, in retrospect, when you consider Indonesian airports only have two reason to exist:  for arriving/departing on planes, and  for smoking cigarettes while you're waiting for that to happen], but I just stuck with it.
Having been a heavy smoker prior to that, the suffering was considerable - I would compare it to a week long bout of dengue fever - and ever since that (but particularly in the subsequent 6-12 months) the very threat or possibility of having to endure that cold-turkey-method situation again was what motivated me not to allow myself to relapse.