While much of this thread contains brilliant pieces of logic, deduction and solid information, there is quite a lot of misinformation mixed in as well.
i have been an IV heroin user, a casual social opiate taker, a social smoker, a non smoker, and a 2.5 pack-a-day smoker. Not only this, but i have been to rehab three times, (totalling many months at $550 a day) and have done unsupervised detoxes from nicotine and opiates more than a dozen times each. to top it all off, I have done two years of a professional nursing degree and have taken my umat test, which enabled me to start studying medicine at the begginning of this yeah. (so next year i will begin my second year of medicine with 2 years nursing already under my belt)
in order to mentally constrain myself from going off my dial, i will simply make a few points which hopefully may let the moronic posters in this thread see a bit more clearly.
quitting nicotine is nowhere even close to being as hard as quitting a serious opiate habit. As a previous poster mentioned, it can seem harder because cigarettes are much more proliferant, as well as being socially more acceptable. somebody who is quitting smoking has to walk past shops selling their substance of addiction every day, not to mention seeing other people smoking cigarettes.
this does not mean that
Nicotine and Caffiene have been proven to be the most addictive substances by far
kicking cigarettes is as hard or harder than kicking heroin.
etc etc etc etc.
again, i will not go into the neurology of it, but opiate addiction hijacks the midbrain and makes it just like daveh98 said. it becomes a primal, natural instinct to want the substance. there is little element of conscious choice. plus obvious the issue of withdrawals is literally comical, i have been through opiate withdrawals that smokers couldn't even try to imagine in their darkest nightmares.
to re-iterate what others have said also, nicotine withdrawals versus opiate withdrawals is almost laughabe.
to sum up, imagine if the roles were reversed, and a large percentage of the population smoked heroin regularly, including on their lunchbreaks, at parties etc, and it was not illegal nor heavily frowned upon. not only this, but nearly every single shop, whether it be for groceries or alcohol etc, sold the heroin and the foil to smoke it off - for only the cost of a Subway roll.
however, then imagine that cigarettes are illegal, hardly anybody smokes them, they have one of the largest social stigmas of any substance, and the only way to find them is to sneakily get them through a friend of a friend, and even then, you are paying ridiculous prices for them.
then factor in the withdrawals, the psychological needle addiction, and everything else that i havent mentioned.
trust me, nicotine the chemical is not more addictive then dihydromorphine. (heroin) - nor any other opiate; all the way down to weak little codeine.
if anybody on this forum still thinks that nicotine is more chemically addictive, factoring out all of the other social, economical and multiple other factors, please post in this thread. I need to know if anybody exists that could really be that ignorant.
otherwise, i wish karo the very best; i just wish that he had not waited until the very last minute to actually cancel.
thats all for now, Moo.
*edit for spelling, and to confirm that daveh98 is correct in that modern medicine views chemical addiction as a disease which can be managed and treated etc, and (if you're very lucky,) cured. The similie that my rehab psychologists and more recently my uni lecturers are using is that it's not unlike diabetes.