On October 25, 2010, after chain-smoking 4 cigarettes I was fed up, pissed off and I slammed this pack of cigarettes against the wall—I knew at that very moment, that was it. Something was different this time, a revelation happened, I started to enjoy being a non-smoker.
At the age of 14 I started to experiment with smoking, like most, I choked on it and told myself that I would never be a smoker—what is all the hype about? By 15 I was hooked. Not knowing that the next cigarette would last 11 years, I felt that I could quit anytime I wanted, I knew what I was doing, I was completely in control. I was dead wrong.
It consumed my life
On a good day I would smoke nothing less than a pack a day and during social occasions, it was more like a pack every couple of hours. It’s funny to look back now and see how every task was revolved around smoking. It becomes more of a habit to take time away from a task to smoke than it does to focus on the actual task. I tried most traditional ways to quit, commit lozenges (my personal favorite), cold turkey, cigars, one-a-day, dip—the works. And the longest I’ve ever gone without a cigarette was 1 week, and it KILLED ME.
The Easy Way Method
One day, Scott (my brother-in-law) and I where talking about another failed effort to quit smoking when he brought up The Easy Way To Quit Smoking by Allen Carr. Yeah the title sound like a hoax, “The EASY way, huh”, but after doing a bit of research, his method seems to work for a lot of people and he has an almost-perfect rating on Amazon. Even celebrities like Aston Kutcher, Britney Spears, Ellen DeGeneres, Anthony Hopkins and David Blaine have all successfully quit from his method. I know what your thinking… Hell, if Britney can do it…
It’s not magic and it won’t work for anyone who doesn’t want to quit smoking for good. Think of it as teaching your subconscious mind that instead of thinking: “Damn, I have to give up smoking—I enjoy it, I like to smoke”, to “I really enjoy being a non-smoker, I can get use to this.” Once you can change your attitude towards smoking, you can change your life. It only took me 6 times listening to his audiobook to get that, but my mind eventually got the message. And another good thing about the audiobook is that it’s something to listen to while your still smoking and it’s long—about 5 hours.
If you really want to quit smoking, this book can help reinforce positive messages during the negative periods prior to quitting.
Here is a video from the author, sadly after quitting for 23 years and being a successful author, he died of lung cancer at the age of 72.
Aston Kutcher on Jay Leno
Ellen DeGeneres on her show
Here are a few references
- Allen Carr [Wiki]
- The Easy Way To Quit Smoking by Allen Carr [audiobook]
- The Easy Way To Quit Smoking by Allen Carr [paperback]
- Allen Carr’s website
Here is a poster that I took a picture of at a doctor’s office a while back. I printed it out and stuck it somewhere where I could see it to keep me motivated.
I would love to hear from anyone else who has quit smoking, when and how? Let’s hear it in the comments.