I'm officially a non-smoker - yippee!

Just so you know: this page was imported from my old blog. Some pages were rather mangled in the process; my apologies if things don't quite look right.

Having smoked for more than half my life - about 14 years - I wasn't really seriously expecting giving up smoking to be seriously possible for me, let alone very easy.

Imagine, then, my shock that, just under five weeks ago, I stubbed out my last cigarette on my afternoon trip to the shops from work, and said to myself "I am now a non-smoker. Yippee!".

I may even have put on a squeaky voice for the "yippee!" part, although I said it in my head to avoid strange looks from passers-by.

I haven't used gum or patches, or any other nicotine replacement therapy. I haven't tortured myself with the "willpower method", and I haven't put on a stone.

Instead, I read a book called "The Easyway To Stop Smoking" by a chap called Alan Carr (no, not the Alan Carr, although that would be an interesting twist...).

I have to admit, I was skeptical when I started the book, and it seemed like a lot of repetitive nonsense, but I stuck with it and I have to say I'm glad I did. When I got to the end of the book, I had no trouble putting out my last cigarette.

If you're looking for a way to stop smoking which won't make you crave a cigarette, or pine for a smoke, and which will make you actually feel good about quitting without all the nagging sense of loss, etc, try it. I paid a couple of quid for mine on Amazon, and I've easily saved £150 on cigarettes in the five weeks since I quit (I smoked rollies most of the time).

Anyway, sorry if this sounded like I was preaching - I'm not, but I figured if you're reading this and you're trying to stop smoking (or you know someone who is), this might be helpful to you.

Peas and love :o)

Al

4 comments

Daniel Essex (not verified) wrote 6 years 13 weeks ago

Excellent, that mean you're getting rid of that book then?!?

Alex (not verified) wrote 6 years 13 weeks ago

Yup, but I'm afraid I've already promised it to a friend :( I didn't know you smoked?

Mikey C (not verified) wrote 6 years 13 weeks ago

They say the first ten years are the hardest...

Alex (not verified) wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

Cheers Mike. I hate to sound like a git, but it's not once crossed my mind since I quit that I might want to start again. Brainwashing? Maybe... ;)

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