Jeff Moden (4/18/2010)
I'm asking because I'd really like to quit.
And, you're correct. I quit twice for a year each and once for 3 months and not sure why I went back to it other than I like it and just wanted "one". The old saying holds true... "You're a puff away from a pack a day."
It took me about a dozen tries to quit. Here is what worked for me:
First and foremost, I cut out caffeine. Think about it, a nicotine fit looks just like being over-caffeinated.
Second, after the taper down phase, on my quit date, I intentionally changed my self image to a non-smoker. Post signs on the bathroom mirror, the refrigerator, in your car, in your cubicle, etc. As you go to sleep at night create a mental image of yourself as a non-smoker. Maybe on a tropical beach, maybe wearing white at a party with beautiful women all wearing white, whatever works for you.
Then when I felt a craving for a cigarette I would laugh at myself "don't be silly, you are a non-smoker." Nicotine is like the alien being in “Day of the Dove” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_Dove feeding on your negative emotions. Laughing at it drives it away, stressing over it feeds it.
Good luck. As others have said you are a very special person and a major resource to many of us. It would be a shame to lose you before your time.
Anyway, back to the topic, I am trying to remember if anyone tested PARSENAME vs using a Tally Table. In this instance the tally table would only need to be 15 rows.