I've been a smoker on and off for many many years. As with many other smokers, I have always started again at some point. I would always find some reason to start again.
Last year a friend gave me a book called "Allen Carr's - Easy way to stop smoking". I wanted to stop, but I didn't want to go through the effort of reading the book and then end up not quitting. With great hesitation I started reading the book, and eventually stopped reading after 10 pages. Not exactly what you expected me to say was it?
The only reason why I admit that I didn't finish the book is because a month ago I found the book again, and finished it. It took me about 2 evening to finish reading it. What I read in there changed my life forever. The first thing that comes to mind is a long list of reasons not to smoke. Instead the book focuses on reasons to continue smoking.
In the entire book there's about 2 or 3 pages of medical facts, but before you get to them the author encourages you to skip ahead if you are not yet convinced you will stop smoking. You will never read anything to shock you into quitting. The author encourages you to continue smoking until you have finished reading the entire book. He also tells you to light up several times during the book. Quitting has never been this much fun!
I don't exactly know how, but the closer I got to the end of the book...the less I felt like smoking. Sure as hell, when I got to the end, I got up and threw my almost-full packet of cigarettes with my lighter into the garbage. I have not yet had any mood swings, overeating, cravings etc. I'm living a normal life, almost like I've never smoked before...ever.
I celebrate my 4 weeks of not smoking this Thursday (3 July). If you are a smoker, or your partner is a smoker, please try and get this book. It will change your life forever.