You have everything to be proud of. The hardest thing to do is break the habit of smoking, once you get rid of that, then you can work on getting off the nicotine. Whatever it takes to not smoke, even if it means chewing nicotine. Although not great for you, the gum is so much better than a cigarette. I am about 2 1/2 weeks into my quit using nic gum also. It has worked well for me, anything but cigarettes. The day will soon come when I say goodbye to the gum. Yes nicotine is very addictive, but the habits and lifestyle you built around smoking is even harder to break. So great job!!