I’m very pleased to notice that a lot of people are still talking up the “knowledge is power mantra” recently but saddened to note the direction that people are pointing to seek out the knowledge ie pharmaceutical and NHS web data, sorry, there’s nothing there that’s going to help….
Read, learn, re-read, trawl and read again. Someone somewhere has written it in a way that will click and you can then stand outside with the smokers happily chatting and having no wish to smoke. If Allen Carr doesn’t work try Neil Casey then Chris Holmes then Joel Spitzer etc etc. Sure they don't all agree but someone somewhere will have put it in words or ways that instantly focus your will.
There’s even fabulous data on this very forum but it’s nigh on impossible to find it.
Huge Tip 1 - know the enemy
Nicotine is about as addictive as brass-rubbing but less fun. Your dependency on having the stuff in your bloodstream is broken over a weekend, leaves you feeling a little odd and a bit flu like.
If you want to spend months thinking you’re fighting withdrawal from nicotine, well it’s a free country, but I don’t envy your task.
Huge Tip 2 - he's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty habit.
Smoking is a compulsive, horrible, smelly habit. To pretend it’s anything else is giving it the strength to fight back. Accept that your mind will demand that you smoke and be prepared to distract it. Success is far from guaranteed but understanding the battle plan is a huge chunk of the fight.
Huge Tip 3 - Never big it up
Read Eric Clapton’s autobiography and watch as chapter after chapter he battles with his addiction to class A drugs and his failing relationships but then stare in disbelief as he quits smoking in one casual sentence…