The following was written by a guest writer who successfully quit smoking. Neither of us at FHF are smokers, but we don’t just make this stuff up. This is straight from the horse’s mouth!
After a 12-year relationship with cigarettes, I recently quit–finally.
I have attempted to quit several times throughout this 12 year period but I was never able to quit for more than a few weeks. I always longed for a cigarette and felt like I was missing out on a good time.
To give a better picture of how I started smoking and to what degree I smoked, I’ll give you some background.
My grandmother smoked all throughout my childhood. She made it look so glamorous with her long fingernails, wine glass and Virginia Slims. It was my grandmother who gave me my first taste of a cigarette. Naturally, I hated it. I wondered how she made it look so pleasant.
I started really smoking when I was 13. I regularly stole my aunt’s clove cigarettes and smoked them behind her house. I still hated the taste but the leftover taste of clove on my lips made it a little more bearable. Soon I began smoking actual cigarettes with my best friend in middle school. Once we smoked so much, trying to blow smoke rings, etc., that I actually threw up.
By the age of 18 I was smoking about 5-10 cigarettes a day. This continued increasing and decreasing depending on my mood, the area I was in, if I was at a party, etc. I made a pact with myself to quit smoking when I turned 25.
The Easy Way To Stop Smoking
By the time I turned 25 I wanted to quit but every time I tried I would think, “Okay, after my vacation,” or “After I finish recording this album,” etc. Finally, I decided to read this book, The Easy Way To Stop Smoking by Allen Carr. I’d been hearing about from friends and family for a few years.
I had heard and seen so many success stories from people who read this book, it seemed almost unreal. I started reading it and almost immediately noticed a decrease in my smoking. The book tells you not to stop while you’re reading it, so it wasn’t too scary to start. I did dread the day I would finish reading it and have to stop. But then I realized, “I don’t have to do anything. I’m just reading a book.”
I finished reading it and I quit, cold turkey.
What’s different this time is I don’t desire a cigarette. Ever. I don’t abhor it either. Reading this book completely changed my view on cigarettes, my addiction to them and what to do about it.
Reading this book, I found out actual true information about cigarettes. Not, “Oh, smoking is so bad for you and you’re going to die,” but rather, information that dispels any incorrect info or ideas you have.
If you want to quit smoking, I definitely recommend reading Allen Carr’s The Easy Way To Stop Smoking.