Here are 10 crazy and unusual ways to quit smoking that did work.
1. Bury the Evidence
Pat Owens, Valley Stream, New York wrapped her cigarettes in a plastic bag and buried them in a flower pot so she would have dig them up and bury them again each time she wanted a cigarette. She was able to kick her habit 18 years ago because of this.
2. The bribe
Eric Katzman, Queens, New York quit smoking on a dare in 2002. His friend bet him he couldn’t quit for 1 month. Being as competitive as he was, he took on the bet. His prize was a steak at renowned steak house, Peter Luger Steakhouse in Brooklyn.
3. The fine
Mike P of Newport, R.I. had 2 friends who bet each other to quit or pay the other $1,000 if they didn’t. Neither one of them has smoked since.
4. Kill the craving
Chris T, NY, New York, had a friend who smoked for 20 years. Her friend quit by chewing on milk bone dog biscuits to kill her craving.
5. Make a deal
Liz Rubin, North Potomac, Md, made a deal 25 years ago to buy lottery tickets instead of cigarettes; she hasn’t had a big win on the lottery, but has quit smoking.
6. Baking soda
Joanne Fanizza, Farmingdale, N.Y. quit smoking 30 cigarettes a day, 20 years ago. She would mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda in an 8 ounce glass of water. By the second week she had completely quit cigarettes and never drank the concoction again.
7. Hypnotize yourself
Sheila Sidney Bender, PhD, Florham Park, N.J. was a licensed psychologist in 1976. She already had some training in hypnosis so her friend asked her to hypnotize her not to smoke. The next week, she found out her friend was still smoking but astonishingly she wasn’t. She had a few urges to smoke but now doesn’t even think about it, she hasn’t had a single cigarette in 30 years.
8. Start small
Kevin Gerard Kilpatrick, San Diego, California, made a deal with himself that he could have 1 cigarette a day if he quit his pack a day habit. Last summer he only smoked 2 cigarettes and during the fall he didn’t smoke any.
9. Get dirty
Jessica Ward, Kent, Wash had a grandmother who threw all her cigarettes away except one. She left the last cigarette on top of a range hood in the kitchen. When she got the urge, she would take just one puff. Over time, as the cigarette got so dirty, she lost the urge to smoke altogether and just threw the cigarette away and hasn’t smoked since.
10. Say it out loud
Renee Cooper, Santa Barbara, California told her doctor that she smoking a pack of cigarettes a day for 28 years before she was even 40 on realizing this madness from saying out aloud, she stopped.
I hope these stories gave you some ideas to quit smoking, even if you don’t use the exact same methods. We are all different and the “one size fit all” approach can’t work, so it’s best to use what works for you.
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