Depends on the individual. For some it's just like you describe while for others, like myself, it simply took some resolve never again to smoke and pass that initial month stage - and I've never touched another cig since. I think the harder people make it out to be the harder it will turn out to be because for the most part, it's all a psychological issue. It's self-suggestion to say it's too hard to quit, IMO.
I know...it is the hardest thing to quit smoking. Been trying to forever myself. It's especially hard when you have a job like mine & work w/ the public eight hours a day.
Non-smokers always say "Why don't you just QUIT?" But they don't realize how powerful a drug Nicotine is...as powerful & addictive as heroin. And the withdrawals of quitting smoking are just AWEFUL. Not just a "nick fit" here & there, but so bad to where you just want to freakin' CRY or break $hit. You get these really bad, frustrating pulling pains in the pit of your stomach. That is one vice I REALLY need to kick & have the hardest time doing. Good luck to anyone who can. That is one habit I wish I would have NEVER picked up.
Geez... I don't know why anyone smokes -- especially me!
I'm trying to quit and not doing so freakin' well...
And, it does affect one's voice ... I have to work so much harder to hit Lita's "Kiss me Deadly", and others...
Anyone out there who has quit who can offer some help/advice/encouragment?