I smoked for about 10 years, it started out small, gradually gained traction, and one day I was addicted. I smoked for many years, thinking I chose this, and that smoking made me happy. I liked being in the "in-crowd", having instant friends because we were all smokers... There were downsides, obviously... the coughing. The expense. The smell, the filth of ashtrays... I overlooked it all, because I was so cool and fab with my 'special' imported cigarettes. Every so often I would attempt to quit, for financial or health reasons, usually. It never, ever worked. I was always right back on them a few days later.
Then one day I got a new flatmate. He was into yoga, dance, healthy stuff, and he HATED my smoking, and clogging up his air. I smoked at one end of the house, he did yoga at the other, and he constantly nagged that my smoking was travelling the hallways. I ignored him. My sense of smell was screwed anyway, but I was paying most of the rent, so I could do what I liked. Eventually, I saw this book on a shelf at a shop. I remembered a friend not so long back saying that their dad had quit smoking from reading some book. I assumed it was the same one. I bought it, just to shut my flatmate up. I went home, said "SEE! I'm reading the book, now get off my case, and leave me alone with my happy little smoking habit!!" And I started to read it. Conspicuously. So he would see I was 'trying' to quit. I wasn't. I had no intention of quitting, i "loved" smoking. I just wanted him to shut up for a while.
Let me tell you, by about 3/4 of the way through this book, I was no longer a smoker. I looked at the cigarette in my hand, as it burned down, i stubbed it out. I sat there thinking for a moment. I emptied the ashtray and put it in the outside bin. I threw my tobacco and lighter collection in the rubbish. I brushed my teeth, changed my clothes and opened all the windows, and finished reading the book. I read that book over one weekend. That was in August 2004. I have never, ever looked back. I had so much "spare" money from that day on that I went and bought four more copies of that book and gave them to friends and family. I still do this from time to time. It is amazing. And the difference, the improvement in life, without cigarettes, is brilliant. I am calmer, more reliable, less anxious, have more money, WAY better health, and I don't smell, or cough, or leave the table all the time for a puff, like I used to. I can't even imagine what life would have been like without this book. I know that I will probably live 20 years more because of this fabulous book. I CANNOT praise this book highly enough.
It is the single-most important book I have ever read in my life.