Since his father died of lung cancer, he has been desperate to quit for the good of his health and his family.
The Turkish man was inspired by another successful health campaign – the safety helmets worn by motorbike riders.
However, since his father died of lung cancer, he has been desperate to quit for the good of his health and his family.
He has made several attempts to give up, but has always returned to the habit despite his efforts.
So Mr Yücel, from the western province of Kütahya, designed the helmet, similar to a birdcage, which prevents him from smoking a cigarette at all.
Every morning he heads off to work wearing the elaborate device – and he takes extra measures to stop himself from opening it and sneaking a smoke.
He leaves the keys to the cage with his wife and his children, meaning there is no way he can break his vow to himself.
The family was initially doubtful about his slightly ridiculous set-up, but after a few days they realised that the plan might just be the thing to help him give up at last.
However, not all Mr Yücel’s neighbours have got used to the sight of his head encased in metal.