Summer Holidays and Quitting Smoking
Written by: John Dicey | Last updated: 27 May 2021
Reviewed by: Paul Baker
People often dismiss an attempt to quit smoking until after their holiday. Just the prospect of having to suffer without cigarettes by attempting to quit smoking while on their annual vacation is enough to scare most smokers away from even trying.
The belief that it has to be hard to quit smoking is so firmly ingrained on smokers minds that just the thought of attempting to do so is likely to be banished from any holiday plans smokers might otherwise have.
Should you try to quit smoking before you go on holiday?
On holiday (or just before going) is actually a great time to quit smoking.
I spent one Easter family vacation in Cyprus and was intrigued to notice a lady staying in the same complex as ourselves reading and smoking her way through the book (Allen Carr’s Easyway To Stop Smoking) during our stay. It felt very strange seeing our book “in action”.
It’s something, of course, which is normally impossible for us to see. Naturally, I didn’t make it known to the woman that I was involved in the worldwide publication of the book. I just noticed how each day she relaxed at the poolside reading the book, smoking whilst doing so, hoping to find out how to quit smoking easily.
About half way through the holiday I noticed that she had quit reading the book, having moved on to a Michael Connelly novel instead. I was thrilled to notice that she had indeed quit smoking. She seemed very happy and, if anything, even more relaxed than before.
It was wonderful to see the easyway to quit smoking book in full action and although I am certain that she didn’t notice it, I hope that lady would forgive my understandable curiosity and interest in her holiday reading.
Stopping smoking is easy as long as you don’t try to ‘give up’ smoking. Once you understand the smoking trap you realise there really is nothing to give up.
Quitting smoking on holiday, or just before, is a great idea and with the online video programme, online seminars as well as the book why put it off until another time?