When I quit smoking we had just moved here. I didn't really know anyone and when I started working at a day care center, I didn't get a lot of time for breaks, so I left my cigarettes in my car. I didn't smoke at all during the day and it never really bothered me. When I stopped smoking I wanted a cigarette every waking moment of the day except when I was at work. I was used to not smoking then, and it didn't seem to bother me. But, when I left work and got in my car, the urge for a cigarette would hit me like an actual physical force. I got a different job a few months later and I made friends and hung out with the non-smokers, so I think that really helped me.
I don't hassle smokers when they are obeying the rules. And most do. I do have a problem with people who think they have the right to smoke wherever and whenever they want. My son's girlfriend for example. When we work the same shift I will pick her up and give her a ride to work. Because she can't smoke at work, she's trying to get every last puff in before work starts. It never fails that she comes out to the car with a lit cigarette. I DO NOT allow smoking in my car. I despise the smell. And I constantly have to remind her that she has to put it out. I know she thinks I'm just being a b***h about it, but I don't care. She will also sneak into the bathroom at my house and smoke. I guess she thinks that if the door is shut, the window open and the exhaust fan on, that makes it okay. My house, my rules! I don't like the smell or the mess and my granddaughter has respiratory issues. She's not really as bad a person as I make it sound. I just don't think she sees the issue from the other side. She honestly doesn't think it should be that big of a deal.
Where I work, I am in the minority. There are only a couple of us who don't smoke. And the smokers are constantly asking to go out for a cigarette. One night I needed a minute, so I sat down in one of the booths. My boss right away asked me what I was doing. I told her to pretend that I was having a smoke break. She just looked at me and walked away.
I wish all of you who are trying to quit all the luck in the world and I'm sorry some people make you feel less than you should. But remember, some people boost their own egos by putting others down. I try not to do that, and being unemployed, or under-employed in my case, has certainly brought that "there but for the grace of God go I" saying to life for me. The world could use a bit more empathy.