@pandabear: What an incredibly shitty thing to say.
@indieslaw - Well done dude, quitting smoking takes incredible amounts of self control. You've already got the hardest part beat, the physical withdrawals. Now it's on to beating the process of rituals that you;ve built up around smoking. You need to find other outlets for your energy when you encounter a situation where you would normally go out for a smoke. EG. maybe you could put a boxing bag on your patio so during renders you go and and punch it for a while. You're still going to want to smoke afterwards, but it'll give you something to take your mind off it for a few minutes, as well as channelling your energy into something positive. Exercise is a really great way to burn off stress, and it's good for you too. Playing games is also a great way to occupy your mind, I imagine that you've got a few options there. I took up learning a musical instrument, which turned out to be excellent at taking my mind off my stresses and problems. With a little bit of work, you can turn those negative feelings into something positive and productive.
Good luck, and stay strong, it's easy to not smoke when you're in a good mood, but when you're really down and out is when you need to be the strongest. You can do it!
Shitty how exactly? You shouldn't be praised for giving up something. This is not a secret. I mean if someone says "hey I'm going to take up smoking" you'd tell them it's a bad idea (I'd call them an idiot), but when they quit they've done some amazing thing that we should all praise? Fuck that, don't smoke. We all make choices in life and having a crutch like smoking and playing the victim 'because it's soooo hard to quit' is weak.
You sound like you used to smoke so you're taking this personally, and hey I'm sure it's hard. I have family members who smoke and I have wayyy more who have died of cancer. I know heaps of people who die well before their time ... and some of them didn't smoke a day in their life. The point is smoking is selfish and pointless and when you know someone who has got cancer at no fault of their own you wonder why the fuck anyone would openly choose to increase their risk of getting it. It's moronic.