Dear Smokers, This One’s For You

My name is Ed Phillips, and this is my story.

I smoked my first cigarette, secretly, quietly, and in fear, while I was in high school.

"I smoked my first cigarette, secretly, quietly, and in fear, while I was in high school"

I was 16 at the time, and known around school as the handsome basketball player with a promising future in the big leagues and a passion for flying model planes.

Sean, who was the typical high school “cool kid” and king of our class, also happened to be my best friend. He could often be spotted walking around our neighborhood wearing the hippest of ripped jeans, with a cigarette dangling coyly out of the corner of his mouth. As most teens are, I was impressionable, and so much desired to be as cool as Sean.

One day, everything changed for me, and the entire course of my future with a simple shrug of my shoulders, and the word ‘sure’. That was the day I decided to give into peer pressure, and took my very first cigarette from Sean. Not even two months passed before I quickly found myself with my very own pack of cigarettes constantly tucked into my new pair of ripped jeans.

Many years have passed since my ripped jeans phase, and I have gone through a lot of changes in my life. I am no longer a basketball player (at any level), and have long quit my hobby of flying model planes. And as for Sean? Sadly, I will never be seeing him again.

Six months ago, Sean passed away from lung cancer, leaving behind a pregnant wife, and a four-year-old child. He was 33- years- old.

That’s when I knew I wanted, no, needed, to free myself from that empty and fatal addiction.

As it usually is, the world is a funny place, and ironically, the person who was the one who caused me to begin smoking, was also the reason behind me quitting.

The moment I returned from Sean’s funeral, I slipped off my shoes and went to wash my face. As I peered into the mirror, I saw my 16-year-old self again. Me and Sean were hanging out in the neighborhood. He offered me a cigarette, and not only did I decline, but I threw his pack away as well.

As I came back to reality, I frantically embarked on the quest to kick the addiction that took not only my high school friend, but so many others.

The “Cognitive Method”

I first read about the “Cognitive Method”, or as it’s better known “The Easy Way To Stop Smoking”, from an article online detailing it as the chosen method for celebs like Ellen DeGeneres, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Lou Reed, and Anjelica Huston to quit smoking.

Everyone in the article swore by the method, vouching that it really was the easiest way to kick the addiction to nicotine without any suffering.

Believe it or not, I was so desperate to stop smoking that I almost booked a plane ticket to London, where seminars on the “Cognitive Method” were held.

And then something strange happened. That same night, while browsing the internet, much to my astonishment, I came across an article about the “Cognitive Method” and its wild success in getting smokers to quit.

Besides highlighting its effectiveness, the article praised the program for it’s newest online courses. Those wanting to quit could now participate at their own pace, wherever, and whenever they wanted. People could kick the habit at their own speed, and in the place that is most comfortable and convenient for them! There is no deadline for quitting, and participants are able to smoke until the moment they finally decide to extinguish the addiction. 

"Ironically, the person who was the one who caused me to begin smoking, was also the reason behind me quitting".

I immediately began to do more research into the program, and quickly discovered that it was the top rated method in the world, mobilizing more than 30 million people worldwide to kick the addiction.

But the truly surprising part of this all? The first half of the online program was completely free.

Obviously, I immediately enrolled with the program, and believe it or not, after watching 12 short videos, not only did I stop smoking, but I had zero desire to light up!

In hindsight, the combination of the program letting me continue smoking until I chose to stop, with letting me begin taking classes, totally commitment free, really mobilized me to quit.

It’s hard to put into words, but for the first time in my life, I was bigger and stronger than the addiction. I was able to overcome it. I was more than a pack of cigarettes, and they no longer held the same allure and appealed to me in the overwhelming way they once did.

Sure, I was worried I would continue to crave that morning cigarette with my coffee, and after meals, and while out with friends at the bar. But for the first time, it didn’t matter. It felt as if I was taking my life by the reigns again, and steering it in the direction wanted it to go. Not where my addiction wanted.

A few weeks ago, I wrote a Facebook post of thanks to those responsible for the method that changed my life. I not only wanted to publicly acknowledge them, but I wanted to know what I could do to thank them for the tremendous gift of a smoke-free life that they gave me.

Their answer was extremely powerful: “Don’t help us, help other smokers! Tell them that it is possible to quit, and that every smoker has the power to take their fate into their hands, and save their own lives”.

So here we are. Because of this amazing organization, I am here today, telling you my story, in the hopes that all the smokers out there reading this will also give this program a chance, and take advantage of all the wonderful things the future has in store for you.

I know that quitting smoking is an extremely, extremely, difficult road to embark on, but don’t get anxious, because you don’t need to go cold turkey. That method is a thing of the past. “The Cognitive” method the future.

Just like I started the process, take the first step and click on the link to begin the first half of the classes—totally free!

No credit card information will be required, and there are no guarantees or signatures required! It is totally obligation free.

 Please don’t wait for disaster to hit to understand that cigarettes really do kill. Register now. It might just be the thing that saves your life.

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