Although I was moderate to heavy smoker (20-30 per day) for the past 43 years, my quitting experience was very hassle free and free of withdrawal symptoms.
Smoking started at the age of 18, and now I am 61 retired. Since five years, I am under cardiologist care due to reduced capacity of heart & lungs. I couldn't quit smoking but reduced smoking from 25 to 12 a day. But that reduction didn't help much and my condition remained stable only.
April 19, 2018: Felt breathlessness. Cardiologist diagnosed atrial flutter & pneumonia.
April 21, 2018: At 5am, gave up smoking.
April 24, 2018: Pulse rate reduced from 155 to 145 only and I was hospitalized.
April 25, 2018: Shock administered to control heart rate to below 100.
April 26, 2018: Pulmonologist gave anti-biotics for pneumonia.
April 27, 2018: Everything improved dramatically, and was discharged from hospital.
May 11, 2018: After 3 weeks, smoking stands forgotten. My condition is near excellent.
For unknown reasons, I didn't face any of the withdrawal symptoms. Never I had craving to smoke. My family faced no erratic behavior of mine. Since three weeks has passed without cigarettes, I am confident that my rest of life would be free from cigarettes and of better quality. However I shall keep my fingers crossed for three months i.e. up to end of July 2018.
I had observed that most smokers pass away in their sixties. My father, a heavy smoker, died of lung cancer at the age of 63 after suffering for 6 months. Probably, having entered 60's, some fear psychosis and desire to live longer might have driven me to quit smoking. Desire driven from inside - quitting smoking is easy. Good health doesn't extend happy years (child hood) and productive years (working years) but only extend unhappy years - old age years. Let me now discover what is in store for me in coming years!