I am coming up on the 14th Anniversary of the Day That I Stopped Smoking.
It’s a very important day for me, it’s a day of Joy and Independence, right up there with Christmas and the 4th of July. You can stop smoking any time you want.
I never enjoyed people who badgered me to stop smoking before I was ready and I hope I never act that way to someone that does smoke or uses tobacco in any way shape or form. It’s about you and what you want.
I think I know why people that have never been smokers were able to dodge that bullet. If they tried a cigarette they didn’t like being choked by smoke and didn’t feel the need to override what their body was telling them.
I fought the good fight to become a smoker when I was 14, I wanted to look older and cooler. Did anyone ever really enjoy their first cigarettes? I know I didn’t, it made me sick to my stomach. Long before I could afford them I knew I was addicted and couldn’t quit even if I wanted to. I didn’t feel in control and I certainly didn’t feel cool.
When I was in the Navy once the ship was outside the “three mile limit” cigarettes were Tax Free, $1.10 a cartoon. Whoopee! Cheap cigarettes. I celebrated by smoking a carton every other day, yep 5 packs, 100 cigarettes a day. That’s not easy, I would actually smoke in the shower. I have no idea how I kept breathing. I was thrilled when I cut down to just two packs a day. Whoopee!
I smoked for 40 years, I tried to quit many times over those years. When my father died of lung Cancer in 1980 I actually stopped smoking for 2 whole years, but I got hooked again. All it took was one cigarette just to see if I really had beaten my addiction. As awful as that cigarette tasted it was enough to suck me in again, for another 20 years. Of all the regrets I have in my life this was my biggest.
I hated being a smoker, I hated myself, I didn’t think I could go through quitting again. I quit quitting, have you ever been there? Then twelve years ago I found my way out. It was the easiest thing I’ve ever done, it was also the smartest. The Easy Way to Stop Smoking by Allen Carr.
That’s my story, what’s yours?
I stopped smoking in one day, but it wasn’t cold turkey. I didn’t have any withdrawal pains or irritability or any feeling of loss. I didn’t give up anything. I was a Happy Non-Smoker. Unlike the other times I quit, the last time it was the easiest thing I ever did and also the smartest. It took no will power on my part. All it took was being ready to stop and learning another way of looking at my addiction. I know this will work for anyone who is serious about being back in control of their lives. The Easy Way To Stop Smoking by Allen Carr.
- Quick and Easy.
- No Cold Turkey
- No Withdrawal Pains
- No Regrets and No Sense of Loss
When my father died from Cancer there was a lot of pressure on me to quit smoking. My normal way to deal with pressure was to light a cigarette. But, I felt in my father’s memory I should quit smoking. I couldn’t do it cold turkey. I found I could do it with the help of 6 weeks of classes with the American Cancer Society. I learned some valuable techniques and through their slow withdrawal system I was able to quit before the 6 weeks was up. I didn’t smoke for two years, but I felt like I had given something up, for my Dad.
My wife and I started working out in a gym, running, and even entering races. I was probably in the best shape of my life and I knew I couldn’t have done it as a smoker. Still, I felt I had given something up, something was missing and I wanted a cigarette.
After two long years I played a cruel trick on myself, I decided to see if I really had the beast beaten. I bummed a cigarette, I lit it, I took a puff and then a deep drag. I started to choke on the smoke, a normal bodily reaction. I felt light headed and dizzy, I felt awful. I asked myself, “Why would anyone do this?” and I put that cigarette out. Just a few hours later I found myself smoking another cigarette. I was hooked again. Did I go back to the American Cancer Society? No, I decided I had done the best I could and I was a Smoker For Life, and cursed my weakness.
Over the next 20 years I tried other ways to stop smoking, books, subliminal audios, various techniques. It was a game I was playing with myself and I knew I was a sure lose.
That was my life until I bought and read one more book. The Easy Way To Stop Smoking by Allen Carr. I didn’t know how it was going to do it, but I knew that by the end of that book I was going to be a Non-Smoker. Now, I am.
THE CHECK LIST
If you follow these simple instructions, you cannot fail.
1 Make a solemn vow that you will never, ever, smoke,
2 Get this clear in your mind: there is absolutely nothing to give up. By that I don’t mean simply that you will be better off as a non-smoker (you’ve known that all your life); nor do I mean that although there is no rational reason why you smoke, you must get some form of pleasure or crutch from it or you wouldn’t do it. What I mean is, there is no genuine pleasure or crutch in smoking. It is just an illusion, like banging your head against a wall to make it pleasant when you stop,
3 There is no such thing as a confirmed smoker. You are just one of the millions who have fallen for this subtle trap. Like millions of other ex-smokers who once thought they couldn’t escape, you have escaped,
4 If at any time in your life you were to weigh up the pros and cons of smoking, the conclusion would always be, a do
5 Don’t try not to think about smoking or worry that you are thinking about it constantly. But whenever you do think about it – whether it be today, tomorrow or the rest of your life think, ‘YIPPEE! I’M A NON-SMOKER!’
6 DO NOT use any form of substitute.
DO NOT keep your own cigarettes.
DO NOT avoid other smokers.
DO NOT change your lifestyle in any way purely because you’ve stopped smoking.
If you follow the above instructions, you will soon experience the moment of revelation. But:
7 Don’t wait for that moment to come. Just get on with your life. Enjoy the highs and cope with the lows. You will find that in no time at all the moment will arrive.