Old habits die hard, and one of the most difficult habits to break for good is smoking.
In spite of the fact that, for the past couple of generations, we have been taught that smoking is one of the most disastrous things we can do to our health, about a seventh of the planet engage in this destructive habit.
The thing is, many smokers, even the most hardcore of smokers, will at some point attempt to kick their addiction, but many will experience pitiful results. Nicotine is just way too addictive for the average person to be able to give up with ease.
That’s why smokers will try various methods in order to kick the habit. If quitting cold turkey doesn’t do the trick, the most dedicated people will try nicotine patches or other forms of nicotine replacement, like e-cigarettes.
Some will even go as far as to take part in behavioral therapy sessions – which makes total sense considering addiction is very much about the mental processes that occurs in the brain.
Now, the aforementioned methods are pretty ordinary techniques that most people probably wouldn’t bat an eyelid at, however, some smokers will go to very extreme lengths in order to give up cigarettes, once and for all.
One man from Kütahya in Turkey, Ibrahim Yücel, is so desperate to stop himself from smoking that he has decided to lock his head in a cage, which prevents him from fitting a cigarette through the bars and into his mouth.
In the past, Yücel had made numerous attempts to give up smoking but had always returned to the harmful habit sooner or later.
Now instead of relying on some good, old-fashioned willpower, Yücel basically imprisons his head, entrusting the keys to his family so that there is no temptation of opening the cage himself.
Forty-two-year-old Yücel has been smoking two cigarettes a day since the age of 16, according to the Turkish newspaper, Hürriyet.
Tragically, however, Yücel’s father died of lung cancer and since then, Yücel has been longing desperately to overcome his own addiction to cigarettes, for his family if not for himself.
The cage, which bizarrely resembles both a helmet and a birdcage, was designed by the man himself. It allows Yücel to breathe, eat crackers and drink through a straw, but not much else.
Yücel says he gathered inspiration to create the extraordinary invention, after many failed attempts at quitting smoking, by observing motorcycle helmets.
Every morning, Yücel, who is from the western province of Kütahya, goes to work donning the ambitious device.
Initially, Yücel’s family was skeptical about this very unconventional anti-smoking technique. But after some time, they decided that if it helped him to give up a habit as destructive as smoking, it might just be worth it.
However, several of Yücel’s neighbors are still pretty disturbed, to say the least, at the sight of him wearing the unusual contraption.
The thing is though, Yücel has been compelled by an oath he swore to his family, his god and the Qur’an, to quit smoking, and believes this is the only way he can follow through with his plan.
If that’s the case, then we wish Yücel the best of luck with his endeavors. I’m guessing the majority of people, even those who desperately want to give up tobacco, wouldn’t go to such extreme lengths, but to each their own!
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