- Start small
I made a deal with myself so I could leave. I could have one cigarette a week if I stopped my pack-a-day routine. Last summer I only smoked 2 cigarettes and during the fall, I didn’t smoke at all. I guess I’m done!
- Bury the evidence
I once wrapped packs of the cig in a plastic bag and buried them in a flower pot on the back portico so that I would have to dig them up, extract a cigarette, and rebury the pack every time I required a smoke. That was 18 years before!
- Eyes on the prize
I leave smoking on a date in February 2002. My companions bet me I couldn’t quit and—the competitive type I am—I took up his bet. The bet was I had to quit for one month and if I prepared it, I got the steak at the famous Peter Luger Steakhouse in Brooklyn. Funny story is, it took so long to get my dinner—nine months!—that I made him take me for a 2 dinner at a different steakhouse!”
- Pay a fine
Two of my very good companions agreed to quit smoking or pay the other person $1,000 if they could not. Being truthful, competitive, and broke, it worked! Neither one of them has had a cig since.
- Make a deal
In exchange for giving up the expensive habit of buying a pack of cigarettes each day, I made an agreement with myself that I would be free, anytime in my life, to purchase a lottery ticket, with no feelings of guilt. I’ve not ever smoked a cigarette since that night over 25 years ago, and it’s safe to say I not ever will do so. I would like to say that one of the lottery permits has won me a million dollars, but that has not occurred—at least not yet!”
- Kick back a baking soda cocktail
I read a newspaper article quoting a physician who said to quit smoking, mix a tablespoon of baking soda in an 8-ounce glass of H2O and drink it, twice a day for the 1 week, then once a day for a 2 week. I had been smoking a carton a week then, or about 30 cigs a day. I drank 2 glasses on Sunday and Monday. It tasted like a flat Alka-Seltzer.