How I Quit Smoking (Eventually!)
Maybe my “Stop Smoking Story” will ring true with you?
How I quit smoking – after many failed attempts – is probably fairly typical. I’m sure at least some of this will strike a chord with you.
I started smoking as a teenager – probably because I thought it made me look more grown-up (isn’t that why everybody starts?).
Of course, I knew it was bad for me – but I thought there was plenty of time for me to stop smoking before it did me any real harm. And, I thought, I could easily quit whenever I wanted to!
I noticed even then that I seemed to have a frog in my throat most of the time – and I coughed quite a lot – but I had moved to an industrial city, so I put it down to that.
They were beginning to talk about the tar content of different brands of cigarettes. I often wondered what this “tar” was. Why did it have the same name as the stuff road surfaces were made of?
I found out when I landed a summer job on a tobacco farm in Canada.
What I Learned on a Tobacco Farm
A tobacco plant looks like a glorified rhubarb plant. The leaves are pretty large, and rather rubbery.
If you work out in the fields all day – brushing against the leaves – you get a mass of sticky black stuff gathering on the hairs of your arms.
At the end of the day you can pick it off bit by bit and form it into a ball – about the size of a golf ball.
Believe me, it’s not called tar for nothing! It looks exactly like the stuff they put down on the roads! Thick, black, sticky, gooey and horrible!
And that was what I was coating my lungs with every time I lit a cigarette!
Now, I’d like to be able to say that I never smoked again after that. Sadly, I carried on smoking – on and off – for about another ten years. On two occasions I stopped for a whole year – and on one occasion for two years. And countless times for a couple of weeks.
Why Not Quit Smoking For Good?
Now that is the question. Not even the vivid image of thick, black tar – which I had seen with my own eyes – was enough. At least, not for a long time.
It all comes down to the subconscious mind. If – deep down – you still see yourself as a smoker, then sooner or later you will go back to the smoking habit.
The only way to quit smoking for good is to re-programme the subconscious mind. That took me years of trial and error. And that’s why I compiled The Stop Smoking Programme … so you can do in 3 weeks what took me ten years!
Once you’ve decided that you really want to quit smoking, why not do yourself a huge favour and take action now? There’s no benefit in waiting ten years!
Not ready yet? That’s perfectly understandable; why not just leave your name and email address (if you haven’t already done so) – and I’ll send you a gentle reminder every so often?