IMPORTANT WEEKEND QUESTION: How Do You Kick A Bad Habit?

Specifically, how have you successfully stopped *insert-destructive-but-gratifying-behavior-here*?
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Specifically, how have you successfully stopped *insert-destructive-but-gratifying-behavior-here*?
This photo was taken outside of Jane's apartment on the way to lunch one afternoon. Although I deserve to be shunned, she stood next to me and surreptitiously sampled the wafting scent of nicotine and death. 

This photo was taken outside of Jane's apartment on the way to lunch one afternoon. Although I deserve to be shunned, she stood next to me and surreptitiously sampled the wafting scent of nicotine and death. 

On the way to Starbucks with Marci and Dan yesterday, I got twitchy and instructed them both not to look at me while I lit a cigarette. Between lung-blackening exhalations, I explained, "this is disgusting and I'm expressing an appropriate amount of shame. Smoking is a filthy habit."

Of all my filthy nasty habits (including, but not limited to, biting my nails, chewing on my lips, eating far too many Altoids every day), smoking is by far the worst. I know what it's doing to my skin. I know what it's doing to my lungs and my teeth and my life expectancy. What I don't know is how to quit.

This is where you guys come in (hooray!). How do you kick bad habits? Specifically, how have you successfully stopped *insert-destructive-but-gratifying-behavior-here*?

I started smoking during my senior year in college. I also wore satin bows in my hair and square-framed sunglasses-- both terrible decisions, though not as bad as smoking (probably). 

I started smoking during my senior year in college. I also wore satin bows in my hair and square-framed sunglasses-- both terrible decisions, though not as bad as smoking (probably). 

I've been a smoker for three years. I refuse to reveal how many cigarettes I smoke a day because, as I already mentioned, I've got a healthy amount of shame tied into this unhealthy habit of mine. I will say: it's too many cigarettes. I will also say: I'm willing to try whatever you guys suggest. I'm even willing to write about my attempts (guaranteed), my (anticipated) failures, and my (eventual) successes.

So, what's worked for you in the past? Is there an app you've used that's turned your phone into a gentle, yet firm, behavior reinforcer? What about a mantra? Meditation? Prescription medication? Positive or negative self talk?

You get the idea. I want your ideas and, also, to quit smoking (right after I have my Saturday afternoon cigarette).