Have you ever had a cigarette? Did you like it the first time you tried it? Did the sweet taste of the tobacco and the flowing feeling of the smoke in your lungs cause your brain’s pleasure sensors to go off wildly in your head? If so, you know that those feelings are the very reason people like you and me got addicted to the act in the first place. I consider smoking in of itself to be a very strange if not to say “unusual” act. If you take a second to think about it, the very way we participate in the ritual of smoking is a strange thing indeed. You go to the store or your favorite smoke shop, pick up a pack of smokes, pack it, take a cigarette out, light it and begin inhaling dried plant material (as well as over 500 toxic chemicals) into your lungs and you begin to feel good. I never truly understood why I enjoyed it so much! But this article is about the method of quitting not the science of addiction. So lets go into what I did to stop my habit.
I was a pack a day smoker by the time I reached my smoking prime. I was beginning to get sick of the whole smoking thing by then, but I could NOT quit! I knew that If I wanted to truly let go of my vice I would have to take very intense measures. I had learned all about the whole “association” form of training that many dog trainers use to get the dog to either do something the trainer wanted, or to prevent the canine from doing undesired behavior. I also learned (after a quick check on Google) that many child psychiatrists do this in some form for young children who have behavioral issues. So what I found out was basically if you have a habit you wish to stop, get your mind to associate a negative feeling or memory with that habit! So I began to dig into my own mind on what things I really don’t like that could serve as my training device. After some thought I found it! I hate eggs. Yes I really hate the smell, the texture, the very idea of eggs! It Makes me feel sick to my stomach to even write about them. Anyways, I began to do small trials with my associative training idea. I went out and bought some eggs from my local store, brought them home and took to eggs out of the carton. I then decided to get the best results I needed to cook the eggs to really get the smell out in the air. So I did just that. Now my next step was to begin to associate the smell of eggs with my smoking habit. I waited until I had a craving for a smoke. When I got one, I went and grabbed a cigarette, took my smelly plate of eggs and went outside for a quick one.I tell you now I could hardly even light my cigarette before I began to gag. Now, this is the important part. I had to FORCE myself to finish my smoke with the smell of eggs in my nose. I was already feeling like being sick but I finished my smoke and went back inside.
Over the course of 2 months I slowly but surly began to get sick at the thought of smoking. I had made the act so unpleasant for myself that by the end I didn’t even want to touch my favorite lighter anymore. Every time I began to get a craving, I grabbed the eggs I had cooked either the night before or that morning from the fridge and took them with me. I lessened my intake of cigarettes by half by the first 2 weeks. After 2 months of this I finally dropped my habit completely. It has been 3 1/2 years since I last had a cigarette.
In conclusion, If you want a weird and good way to try and quit your smoking habit, try some negative association training on yourself!