Smoking was my hardest I was a 3 packer and had smoked since high school. I had smoked for over 10 years and was a chain smoker.
I tried the usual cold turkey, only buying brands I hated, just cold turkey. Part of the problem was that my heart wasn't into quitting even though I knew very well I should.
A co-worker, who was just as heavy a smoker, quit with the help of acupuncture and stared pestering me to go. I had many friends who had been to the Schick Center and half a dozen other stop smoking clinics and every one of them had failed to quit for more than a month.
But he just wouldn't shut up about the acupuncture miracle cure. After a couple of weeks of his constant talking about it I told him "OK, if you still aren't smoking in 8 weeks I'll go, Until then shut the F*** up about it!"
Exactly 8 weeks later to the hour he walked up and handed me an appointment card for that afternoon. All he said was "Trust me you will be amazed."
I went to the Kendal Clinic that afternoon and sat in the parking lot smoking what I didn't know at the time would be my last cigarette. I didn't believe in acupuncture and thought it was just psychological BS. I put it on the same shelf with all the other junk science and folk lore.
But when the clock hit 4 I went and signed in to wait for the quack who would no doubt give me an extended lecture on the evils of smoking and the mystic Zen behind acupuncture and its ancient history. I half expected some guy in bellbottoms or a tunic with flower print.
Dr. Kendal came in wearing the usual medical attire and asked me why I was there.
"Well smoking is a bad habit and I'm glad you want to quit. I think I can help you with that." so much for any lecture.
"Through acupuncture we can short circuit the addictive circuit you have formed and end your physical desire / need to smoke. But the mental side is completely up to you and all I can do is tell you a few steps to take, like breaking habit formed associations."
The actual treatment was interesting in its seemingly abstract nature. He inserted 20 needles in the upper 1/2 of my body & head then attached wires to them. He started a pulsing shock and turned up the power telling me to tell him when I could feel it. I let him turn it up until I felt a strong pulse. He then left the room for 40 minutes telling me only to try not to move too much (fat chance with 20 needles stuck in me).
I never smoked another cigarette nor had the slightest desire to smoke again. That was 32 years ago.