Longest Time For A Smoker To Hold Breath



Edmonton, Alberta, Canada / July 12, 2008

Darryl Learie held his breath for four minutes, 2.71 seconds. He had been a smoker for seven years, seven months and 11 days when performing the feat.

- must show documentation provided by a doctor that proves one is a smoker
- must show old video of one smoking (at least five years ago)
- must show video testimony by a witness over the age of 18
- must provide video evidence of the entire video showing one's face submerged in water


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  • Canada Darryl Learie

    Thank-you, Dan for taking your time today on the phone with me to discuss criteria, and public input. As I mentioned on the phone, and I just say this for those who did not share our phone call - If a doctor decides one requires help with their smoking - than it has been decided at the doctors discretion - that one is a problem smoker.

    The video says 2008 because that was when I broke the record, the beginning of the video was my proofs that even now, smoking continues to be a challenge for me. That is why I also include a witness (my wife) who has resided with me for the last 4 years.

    I may stricten the criteria and achieved a note from my dentist too, who would would obviously be another doctor who has an expertise on smoking and its effects on one's teeth - to testify on the longevity of my habit - so that people don't 'fake the habit' to break the record. ;)

  • Canada Dan Rollman

    How does one define "smoker"? If someone has one cigarette every five months, are they a smoker?

  • England philip robinson

    darryl why the hell dose the date say July 12 2008 when in the video you say that it is 2012

  • Canada Darryl Learie

    It was hugely challenging Simon, I had read somewhere on the internet that a smoker as it where could not hold their breath for any appreciable amount of time; so I was inspired to prove the statement wrong, based on the ideal that true power comes from within from one's human spirit.

    I remember being stuck at the 2 minute mark for a long time, I remembered as a non-smoker I achieved just 3 1/2 minutes, and that inspired me further.

    I did a lot of cycling, a lot of deep breathing exercises in the steam rooms, meditations, bio feed-back training, and even more so a lot of static, and dynamic apnea training.

    I know If I didn't smoke I could had achieved much longer, but I also knew I had to make a statement that whatever one's 'crutch' is - they cannot give-up before the try. ;)

    Like what if I was born with asthma for example - would I just give-up because of the fact?

  • United States Simon Kirk

    Darryl - was this challenging for you? What inspired you?

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