How to Quit Smoking: Wear a Metal Cage on Your Head

Forget nicotine patches and gum -- a man in Turkey has found a foolproof way to control his cigarette cravings

A man in Turkey struggling to give up smoking has fashioned himself a cage out of copper wire that locks around his head so he can't give into his cravings and light up.

Ibrahim Yucel, 42, has smoked two packs a day since he was 16. In a YouTube video he explains that every time he stopped smoking in the past he would start again. But after his father died from lung cancer, he got serious about quitting for good.

Yucel says the cage was inspired by motorcycle helmets, and even has a built-in failsafe -- two locks for which only his wife or daughter have the key. Strapping a cage to one's head may sound crazy, but isn't smoking two packs a day knowing it could kill you even crazier?

I know what he's going through. I smoked for years and quitting was hands down the hardest thing I've ever done. I tried more than once, but I was always lured back into the worst health habit a person could have. (The irony of being a health editor is not lost on me). And I, too, quit because I lost someone I love: My grandmother was diagnosed with lung cancer and died two months later (albeit from other causes), but her diagnosis was the thing that made me want to stop for good. Thankfully I never had to strap a cage to my head that only allowed me to eat some crackers and sip through a straw -- mainly because cupcakes were my salvation at the time -- but I quit cold turkey and it was hard. I mean grueling. So I say whatever gets you through. Here's hoping that this time Yucel really quits -- and quits for good.

Watch Yucel's YouTube video:

Heather M. Graham is iVillage’s Health Editor. Follow her on Google+ and Twitter

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