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.
Turkey English-language news outlet, the Hürriyet Daily News, published a story on 1 July 2013 about 42-year-old İbrahim Yücel’s desperate attempt to quit smoking. According to the article, Yücel designed his own cage after smoking two packs of cigarettes a day for more than two decades.
Ibrahim said he is trying to shake off the habit of smoking two packs of cigarettes a day, which he has been doing for 26 years
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.
It’s unclear how long Yücel ended up wearing the device or if he was ultimately successful in kicking his smoking habit. The Hürriyet Daily News report was published just two days after Yücel started wearing the anti-smoking cage. And although the cage successfully prevented him from smoking during this time, we have not been able to find any updates since on Yücel’s smoking habits.