Easy Way to Stop Smoking
Hopefully today has been the first day of the rest of my non smoking life….
I have always been a smoker really, off and on… stop for a period of time then start again. It was the conference scene that got me heavily back on the cigarettes from all the late nights in the bar talking search. Now that the smoking ban has arrived in England, as of July 1st, I really felt it was time to do something about it… plus Becky (wife) wanted to pack in and the kids were hassling us.
For the last couple of weeks we have been trying using the normal willpower method of giving up but it is so easy to start again, blaming stress at work, the fact it helps me concentrate and relaxes me. It just wasn’t working but it was just so hard to give up… but is it really?
Ages ago (the previous time we packed in) Becky bought Allen Carr’s book “Easy Way to Stop Smoking”, but bought it after we had stopped and we never needed it. So we dug it out last night and Becky read it – I just got the important sections to read – and today I am a non smoker. I haven’t given up smoking ( as that would mean I was making a sacrifice which instantly makes it harder to stop ) but I have freed myself from cigarettes and the nicotine.
Allen Carr used to smoke 100 a day for thirty odd years, and stopped 23 years ago. He did die last year of lung cancer which had been caused by his smoking but if he hadn’t of stopped he would have died much sooner. The way he explains why it isn’t difficult to stop smoking blows away all the myths about the withdrawl symtoms and the breaking of the habit. You just have to think of yourself as being free from having to smoke cigarettes, and that really it’s all a matter of breaking the addition that you have to nicotine.
You look back and think why didn’t I do this sooner and how stupid I was to start smoking again after I had given up previously. So word of advice, don’t do patches or gum or any other costly treatment.. just get the book.
Oh one good thing is that you can smoke while you read it!