I smoked cigarettes for 18 years before I got pregnant. I almost collapse under the very weight of that sentence. I knew the moment I discovered I was holding life, I had to stop. I cut down drastically at first, then one morning I heard the voice of my mother resonating to my core saying, “I will quit smoking tomorrow.” In that moment I knew I could never utter that sentence to my child. And I quit…for an entire year and 10 months, albeit longer than my usual 5 days. The familiarity of a home visit brought with it the temptation and subsequent succumbing to the dreadful cigarettes. I smoked again for nine more months.
One day my mom, who is still a smoker, says to me, “I have this book that will help you stop smoking.” “Howz that Mom? You gonna hit me over the head with it every time I go to light up?” Then she tells me the title, “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking”. Pffft!! I actually felt insulted by her suggestion. But what if?
So, I read the book from cover to cover, put it down; put cigarettes down. I stopped smoking. And it was easy, very easy actually! I am not exaggerating when I say that in the past, on any of the dozen or so times I tried to quit, you could find me on the third day curled up in the corner of my room crying my heart out like I had lost my best friend. And that is how I thought of those nasty little stink tubes of death. This time was completely different. I had no detectable withdrawals. None. I could hardly believe it as it was, (or wasn’t) happening.
Allen Carr, the author of this incredible book, was right! You don’t have to experience withdrawals and it doesn’t take an ounce of willpower to stop smoking. All you have to do is flip your script. The book walks you through your belief systems surrounding smoking, and then walks you back through without any of the misconceptions. These misconceptions are present throughout our society whether you are a smoker or not. And after you are shown the truth, it is impossible to believe the lie.
The day I put the book down, my husband picked it up and two days later, he stopped smoking. It has now been a year and nine months since I stopped and it feels like I was never a smoker, I cannot even imagine myself as a smoker now. I don’t get cravings at all. I don’t miss it: not with my coffee, not after meals, not after sex. That sneaky thought, “Oh, one cigarette won’t hurt, I’ve been so strong blah blah blah,” never enters my mind. I am actually repulsed by them now. Yes, I am one of those ex-smokers.
The thought of smoking a cigarette now is equivalent to wanting to stand downwind of Monsanto while they are spraying their crops and then jogging to the nearest burning HC&S cane field for some fresh Maui air. Eh hem…. I digress.
If you are thinking that your New Year’s resolution is going to be quitting, especially if you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, please be easy on your precious self and read, The Easy Way to Stop Smoking by Allen Carr, and read it cover to cover. It will not be hard, it will not hurt and you can stop!
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