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Giving up smoking

Giving up smoking for good

I am now into my thirteenth year of not having smoked a cigarette and have not looked back. So how did I do it? My secret was I came up with a plan.

After numerous failed attempts and reading about supposed miracle cures, I decided when my last cigarette would be – the 31st December 2003. The following plan and tactics would help me get through the next few months and years. You may have noticed I use the word ‘I’ a lot. This is intentional. It was up to me.

The Dylan Lees-Jones – ‘giving up smoking’ action plan

  • At 29 years old, I decided smoking was now my biggest challenge. I had to face up to it, focus and act
  • I told myself I was dying and had six months to live. I didn’t need a doctor to tell me this
  • I decided smoking was easy and giving up was hard. Now there’s a challenge! If there was ever an urge to smoke, I would think about how sick I felt after having had a cigarette
  • I would go out drinking with friends, who smoked, to test my plan
  • I told myself smoking the occasional cigarette would eventually lead to smoking a full packet and I would have failed again
  • I always wanted a family and to be a great dad (my daughter is seven years old and my son is four years old!)
  • I knew running the London Marathon would never be achieved if my training had to work alongside a 40-a-day habit. I ran it in 2008!
  • Becoming a black belt in Wu Shu Kwan Chinese Boxing would never be fulfilled within the next four years. I passed my black belt grading in 2007!
  • I drew up a list of things I wanted. Making savings from not smoking has helped me save over a £1,000 a year.

The key to it all was I wanted to give up. Having a plan and occupying myself were essential. I needed to replace smoking with something else. Something much cheaper and healthier! Without a plan I would still be smoking, a heart attack waiting to happen or worse I may even be dead.