I'd suggest the route I took, which is (and this was some helpful advice from the quit meetings at the VA) switch to a lower level nicotine brand of cig first to start weaning ur body down to having a lower amount of it in your system and go from there. I switched from lights to ultra lights but kept the pack a day habit and slowly got my body used to having less nicotine in it. When quit day came I used the nicotine gum ( VA wouldn't give me chantix) for about a day, then next day I felt good enough in the morning to just go cold turkey the rest of the time, and here I am smoke free! Was drinking with my sister good last night and here in TX you can smoke in bars so the temptation was hitting hard but I resisted :) I'd been on chantix before and aside from weird dreams never had any bad side effects. Only thing I was on that had bad side effects was some anti-depressant that they gave me cause they found it also helped in quitting smoking. My mood swings were like a roller coaster, I stopped that shit fast! Never have or will be a fan of mood stabilizers for any reason what so ever! Glad this helped inspire you Deathy! We're all here for ya!