I am 47, I started smoking when I was 21, smoked between 1-2 packs per day over that course of time. (Mostly a pack per day) In 1998 I stopped for about 9 months, cold turkey, gained about 40 pounds because I was eating more only to give myself something to do. Started smoking again. Last September (2004) I stopped again cold turkey, haven't gained any added weight, have maybe one cigarette every other month (yes ONE lone cigarette). Maybe I'll make it all the way this time. Of course it does not help that my sinuses really act up sometimes and smoking nor drinking beer which I do not do often does not help. I really dislike sitting up in a chair at night sleeping. So thats my story. I always say if you quit and go back, try again, but whatever a person does, DO NOT beat yourself up about smoking or any other "bad" habits you may have. Life is too short.