From October 1, Herman Brusselmans stopped smoking. Since the birth of his son in February, Brusselmans has smoked a lot less. “I had already gone from two to one pack a day. Great, but I really wanted to stop. It is better for Roman that he does not see a smoking father,” he says. That is why Herman became the figurehead of the Dutch ‘Stoptober’ campaign. He had to last at least 28 days, but has now already reached the 31-day mark.
Brusselmans wrote 31 daily columns to record his battle against cigarettes in ‘Humo’. He will soon bundle them into “a kind of diary”, which will be for sale from February.
Anyone who has read his last column may be convinced that Herman has relapsed again. “Herman Brusselmans smokes again,” the title reads. “But I still stopped,” he assures in ‘Het Nieuwsblad’. “I wrote that column so that people like you would wonder: Has he started again or not? Not so. My love will kick my ass if I ever light another cigarette.”
But it is still anything but easy to say goodbye to his cigarette, the writer admitted last week. “I still crave my cigarette every moment,” he said. “For me, ‘Stoptober’ is a success, but difficult to maintain. I continue to have enthusiasm.”