Yes I do Jean – I really relate to that. When I was a smoker, I had to go into hospital for a couple of weeks. I was concerned that I would not be able to smoke, but in fact I never even thought about cigarettes while I was in hospital. I didn’t experience any cravings for cigarettes at all. Years later (when I read Gillian’s book on stopping smoking), I realised that my desire to smoke was always triggered by something I had done before: for example, when I got in my car, I would always light a cigarette, and I would always have a cigarette when I had my coffee break. Being with someone who was smoking always triggered me to smoke as well. None of those applied in hospital, and my brain seemed to ‘forget’ that I had ever been a smoker.
I started smoking again the minute I got out of hospital (on the way home!) but luckily found Gillian’s book and successfully stopped – that was 20 years ago.