You may have been tired of reading tips on how to quit smoking. You had already browsed all suggestion styles and approaches but still none interests you and you think it will not work for you.
So now, we will have a break on long discussions of how to do it and its benefits instead will now look into some amazing and funny ways some smokers had tried in order to kick off the habit. You might call it crazy but it was done in a creative manner and it worked for them. Here are some:
John Mellencamp, A 58-year-old rocker, was challenged by his son Speck to quit smoking. He suggested that he create a FACEBOOK PAGE, if it attracted 1 million people, Mellencamp swore he’d kick the habit once and for all.
Another story is shared by Pat Owens of Valley Stream, New York. He tried to bury the evidence so it will be an extra effort for him to smoke. He said, “I once wrapped packs of cigarettes in a plastic bag and buried them in a flower pot on the back porch so that I would have to dig them up, extract a cigarette, and rebury the pack every time I wanted a smoke. That was 18 years ago!”
Sometimes if a prize is at stake for something, you feel motivated to do it and that’s what moved Eric Katzman of Queens, New York to work hard to quit smoking. He shared, “I quit smoking on a dare in February 2002. My friend bet me I couldn’t quit and—the competitive type I am—I took up his bet. The bet was I had to quit for one month and if I made it, I got steak at [the renowned] Peter Luger Steakhouse in Brooklyn. Funny story is, it took so long to get my dinner—nine months!—that I made him take me for a second dinner at a different steakhouse!”
Who wants to pay a fine, definitely no one does. You can try this deal that was told by Mike P. of Newport, Rhode Islands. “Two of my very good friends agreed to quit smoking or pay the other person $1,000 if they could not. Being honest, competitive, and broke, it worked! Neither one of them has had a cigarette since.”
Chris T. of New York, N.Y., on the other hand, shared how her cousin killed her smoking cravings. “She quit in an interesting way—she started eating Milkbone dog biscuits! She chewed on them to kill the craving and she quit.”
Our next story made a deal with her selg to do replace his smoking spending with something that’s of equal worth. And Liz Rubin of North Potomac, Md. shared, “In exchange for giving up the costly habit of buying a pack of cigarettes each day, I made a deal with myself that I would be free, anytime in my life, to buy a lottery ticket, with no feelings of guilt. I’ve never smoked a cigarette since that night over 25 years ago, and it’s safe to say I never will do so. I would like to say that one of the lottery tickets has won me a million dollars, but that has not happened—at least not yet!”
Take it from the expert and what our next story had tried to follow is a doctor’s advice. Joanne Fanizza of Farmingdale, N.Y. told “I read a newspaper article quoting a doctor who said to quit smoking, mix a tablespoon of baking soda in an 8-ounce glass of water and drink it, twice a day for the first week, then once a day for a second week. I had been smoking a carton a week then, or about 30 cigarettes a day. I drank two glasses on Sunday and Monday. It tasted like a flat Alka-Seltzer. On Sunday and Monday I smoked two cigarettes. On Tuesday I think I smoked one cigarette and then quit altogether. I continued to drink the baking soda concoction for the rest of that week. I don’t think I even needed it the second week. I have not had a cigarette in 20 years.”
After a doctor’s advice, our next story is about an expert herself, who was able to apply her own treatment to in her advantage. According to Sheila Sidney Bender, PhD, Florham Park, N.J., “I am a licensed psychologist in New Jersey. Back in 1976, I already had my doctorate, had some training in hypnosis, and smoked about a pack of cigarettes a day. At a New Year’s Eve party, a friend asked how my hypnosis skills were coming along and if I could stop her from smoking. We spent about an hour with her in a trance. The next week, my friend and I spoke on the phone, and she was smoking. In that moment I realized I had not had one cigarette the entire week. I had hypnotized myself! Once or twice I had the urge, but now I can’t even think of it; I have not had one cigarette in more than 30 years.”
We hate things when it gets dirty and doesn’t interests us anymore and that how the late grandmother of Jessica Ward, Kent, Washington, takes off cigarette smoking. She shared “My late grandmother tossed all her smokes except one single, solitary cigarette, which she tucked up on top of the range hood unit in her kitchen. When it came down to it and she had to have a puff, she’d grab that cigarette, light it up, take one puff, and then extinguish it and put it back. Over time, as things on one’s range hood do, it became greasy, dusty, and foul. That ‘emergency’ puff looked less and less appealing over time, and finally, she tossed it. I never saw her smoke again after that.”
You can try your own creative way to quit smoking and you end up with positive results like they did. There are no standards to follow in smoking cessation. Explore ways that fits you and be amazed until one day, you are totally over smoking.