I'm not a smoker, but I wanted to encourage you. I think it's great you're making a healthy decision for yourself.
My grandpa quit when he was 60 or so, but it took him his first open heart surgery to do it. He then quit cold turkey with no problems whatsoever. My other grandfather always tried to quit because everyone was telling him to. It never worked. I think in order to quit you have to want it yourself. No one can make you quit unless it's something you really want.
From what I've heard the patch/gum don't work very well, but I can't attest to that personally. I have really bad allergies to cigarette smoke (and everything else practically) so smoking was never really an option lol.