Positive perspectives and practices for personal growth.

Giving Up Cigarettes: It’s All about Mindset

As I wrote about a few weeks ago, I chain-smoked 15 years of my life away. Drinkers and illicit drug users often remark how their recollection of the years spent consumed by their addictions is often hazy; for me the haze wasn’t metaphorical. Wherever I went a heavy haze reminiscent of London’s Great Smog of ’52 hung in the air. Sat too long in one place I could have blocked out the sun. How did I give up? Well, it wasn’t willpower…for me that is in short supply at the best of times.

How To Quit Smoking: Embrace the Fear

If you’ve watched the news in the last week or so, you’ve probably seen reports of Australia’s new hard line approach to cigarettes. Out have gone the nicely branded cigarette packets with their alluring logos and luxurious gold trim; in has come the near unbranded ‘new face’ of smoking: unappealing dark green packets graphically plastered with images of the various grizzly consequences of partaking in the demon habit. The message is as clear as when a plague riddled Sean Bean announces to a bunch of hapless 14th Century villagers in the aptly named film, ‘Black Death, “I bring death!”.