For example, I dare say that nearly everyone who smokes cigarettes knows it is a mistake every time a new one is lit up, but nicotine is so addictive that no matter how much many smokers want to quit, their body simply won't let them. Nicotine gum, nicotine patches, prescription medicines, hypnosis, cold-turkey . . . nothing seems to work for far too many smokers. But I'm proud to announce a new discovery, a method that gets people to quit smoking (or not start at all). It's not a medicine, and it's not therapy. This amazing new technique is . . .
Well, you're reading it.
Yes indeed, SftTB is officially a Smoking Cessation Device. That's right folks, it's Toot My Own Horn Time™ again. After all the self-deprecation and major troll abuse I've endured recently, I think I deserve to pat myself on the back just a bit, though I run the risk of spraining my shoulder while doing so.
I'll start off with Susan (not her real name™) who emailed me some time back to tell me about her mother who had been smoking for 30 years. She had tried several times to . . . hell, I'll just let Susan tell you:
Hey, Doc, me again! I have some news and I wasn't sure who to share it with...My mother has decided to quit smoking. To most people it wouldn't seem like such a big deal, but to me it really is. In the past three years she's had three people she deeply cared about die. I've begged her to quit before. She understood why, but it terrified her. I wanted to tell you this because, and in spite of knowing the risks and how disgusted I find the smell, a combination of peer pressure and depression almost made me try. I made a promise to my mum when I was six that I'd never smoke. She would understand if I did, because people follow their parents examples, but she wanted better for me.
12 years later your blog helped me stand by my promise even when I was tempted. I finally feel like I can breathe again, figuratively and literally. I can also proudly declare that the only thing this girl has ever lit a lighter or a match for was to start a candle, see in the dark, and boredom.
I've never, nor will I ever, stick one of those things in my face.Just like Susan, I've never had a lit cigarette in my mouth either, and I'm sure my lungs (and Susan's and her mother's) are eternally thankful. I only hope Susan continues to keep that promise.
Next up is Lisa (also not her real name™) who had emailed me a question about Jahi McMath back in February. In her follow-up to my response, she sent the following:
Thank you Doc for answering my question. As a side note, I read your article on smoking last week. I have been smoking since I was 16 or so...I have not had a cig since Saturday....(hard as hell). The last time I quit is when I ran track for 2 years in high school. So my thanks on a very hard eye-opening article...more people should read your blog.
4 days clean so far phew!!!!I followed up with her 4 months later to see how she was doing, and she somewhat abashedly admitted to having one cigarette (though not enjoying it) after her mother passed away. The best part was that she had been smoking for 34 years before successfully quitting. All it took was reading a past article I had written to get her to quit smoking for good.
Husband says if I stay off of them for a year I can plan that trip to Rome...but if I don't I can't go, so I have an incentive as well...thanks again...keep us the good work...and write a damn book would ya? (sorry did I just raise my voice to you?) :)
It may seem entirely trite and ridiculous to say, but if I can help just a few people with this blog to stop smoking, put on their seatbelts, get off drugs, or not drink and drive, then I will consider myself a success.
And you can quote me on that.