When Marty first tried Pavlok he was 25 years old and smoked a pack of cigarettes a day.
“I started smoking in college. I’d be out drinking and I’d have one or two whenever someone had one, and that eventually escalated to me buying my own packs.”
He was an unhealthy, stressed-out smoker who hated his habit.
“I used to have really good cardio — I was on the boxing team — but now I couldn’t even get myself to run a mile. I just wanted to keep up with my active friends. And it wasn’t really helping my mood either, I could see I was really dependent on smoking.”
Marty had tried quitting cold turkey before but failed. He kept smoking because his habit became automatic. As soon as there was a trigger, he would start again.
“When I’d go out with friends I’d drink and I’d go buy a pack. Or when I was stressed that would get me smoking again too.”
Then Marty tried Pavlok for the first time, and in just three weeks he completely quit.
“Initially I was skeptical. If I’m shocking myself will it still work? But it did because it made me conscious every time I smoked and so I’d make an effort to put it down. And I didn’t have to quit cold turkey. If my cravings got really bad I was free to smoke.”
In just three weeks Marty went from smoking 18 cigarettes (a full pack) a day to completely quitting smoking for good. Here’s Marty’s advice for smokers wanting to quit.
“It depends on how willing you are to quit. A lot of smokers say they want to quit, and I’ve been one of them, but actually they aren’t really dedicated to it — it’s a drastic lifestyle change. But if you are really serious about quitting then this works. Before I would feel weird whenever I wasn’t smoking, like I had to have one. But after using the shock I had that same weird feeling when I did smoke. It was a total reversal, my brain actually thought of smoking as a weird thing.”