I planned when I was going to read the book as I wanted to make sure I read it all in a week and I didn’t keep putting it down and not picking it up again for weeks so I took it on holiday when I knew I would have the time.
I was away for 2 weeks and I kept thinking about it but didn’t start reading it until the second week. It was a slow start but after around half way through I couldn’t put it down. I was planning that my last cigarette would also be the last one in the packet.
I had been lying on a sunbed next to my husband as I read the book but as I neared my last cigarette I could feel myself getting emotional and felt that it was a personal experience at I didn’t want interrupted so I moved up onto the balcony to read. When I smoked it I cried, tears of joy and freedom. (I’m crying as I write this as it was such an emotional experience) Then realised that there was still one cigarette left in the packet!! What to do? It went straight in the bin and I haven’t looked back.
I had been a 20 a day plus smoker for well over 30 years. I just wish I had known about the book a long time ago. I’ve been free for almost 2 years now.
To anyone who is unsure, I was sceptical myself but for the few pounds to buy the book (less than the cost of a pack of 20) I thought it was worth a try. Thank goodness I did! Not a lot of my friends smoke now but when I’m out with those who do, it doesn’t bother me at all and I’m glad I’m free from standing outside the pub in the rain, desperate for that ciggie!! Thank you Allen Carr x