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İbrahim Yücel wears a helmet-like wire cage on his head, locked on two sides, in an unusual bid to kick the habit. DHA photo

İbrahim Yücel wears a helmet-like wire cage on his head, locked on two sides, in an unusual bid to kick the habit. DHA photo

In an unusual bid to quit smoking, a 42-year-old man in the western province of Kütahya has begun wearing a helmet-like wire cage on his head, locked on two sides.

İbrahim Yücel, who is trying to kick a 26-year habit of smoking two packets of cigarettes per day, gives the keys of his head cage to his wife and daughter when he leaves home every day. In this way, he is unable to open the cage to smoke during the day, even if he craves a smoke.

He says he was inspired to create the helmet-like head cage by observing motorcycle helmets, after trying without success to quit smoking several times in the past. His father died of lung cancer caused by smoking some years ago.

Since donning the head cage two days ago, Yücel has not smoked a single cigarette.

At first shocked by the extraordinary contraption, his family now supports Yücel's determined bid to stop smoking.

July/01/2013

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Murat

7/9/2013 9:15:57 PM

Whatever works... life is worth it. Good for him to get the public support.

Fred Doyle

7/9/2013 4:36:14 PM

Where can I buy one?

american american

7/9/2013 12:46:41 AM

it is a secret way to be protected from teargas canisters

Brian Irlanda

7/7/2013 11:53:59 AM

I gave up five months ago successfully after many attempts. I had the flu and couldn't smoke for 2 weeks, and I decided not to start again. Forget nicotine gum, patches, books and cages.You need to decide in your own mind that you will stop. Your determination needs to be stronger than a bird cage on your head

sexandthecity sexandthecity

7/6/2013 6:09:59 PM

No cunnilingus either...

STONE OWL

7/2/2013 11:31:14 PM

I wanna know who broke his arm??? Is that part of the 'cure'?

mara mcglothin

7/2/2013 3:08:33 PM

CILGIN Perfect idea!

Brit in Turkey

7/2/2013 1:09:10 PM

He must be a basket case! But seriously, I hope it works for him.

Falk Bernard

7/2/2013 4:44:08 AM

He should read Allen Carr's book "The Easy Way to Stop Smoking".

Çılgın Kanarya

7/2/2013 1:06:24 AM

Great idea, as long as he doesn't mind being gawped at all day & regarded as 'the local nutter', lol. As a non-smoker, I wish him success in kicking this dirty & unhealthy habit, which harms those around you just as much as yourself. I drink, but it only affects my own liver, not anyone else's, & that's the difference. Talking of dirty habits, perhaps Erdoǧan can make these helmets compulsory on the Ankara underground to prevent young people from engaging in the 'immoral' pastime of kissing? :)
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