Allen Carr was an accountant and smoked 100 cigarettes a day until he gave up and wrote this bestselling book. He has built a hugely successful network of stop-smoking clinics across the world and is the author of "The Only Way to Stop Smoking," "How to Stop Your Child Smoking," "The Easy Way to Enjoy Flying" and "The Easyweigh to Lose Weight." In 2004 Allen published his bestselling autobiography "Packing It In" (Michael Joseph). He was diagnosed with lung cancer in the summer of 2006 and died in November of the same year. It seems likely that the years he spent curing smokers in smoke-filled sessions at his clinics must have contributed to this illness, but Allen Carr remained positive; 'Given that I am informed that I have cured at least 10 million smokers on a conservative estimation, it's a price worth paying.'
I didn't want to quit. I needed to quit. I bought the book and because I didn't want to quit I put it away until the cough was, quite simply, embarrassing. Then I thought, with this huge tug-of-war going on (I don't want to quit but I must quit for my health!), let's see if it's as easy as he says it is.He deals first with the fear. I NEVER even tried to quit using 'willpower' before because of the fear. I was just too terrified of losing my friend, my companion, and all my coffee/cigarette rituals. He immediately acknowledged that we all think like that. But in fact we have invented these rituals as ceremonies for our next "hit". He points out that we don't feel normal any more unless we're smoking because we are drug addicts and in a constant state of withdrawal that makes us feel empty and insecure and which can only be cured by another 'hit'. That nicotine, far from relaxing us in reality, actually makes us anxious because of what it does to the nervous system over time. But the 'hit' creates the illusion of relaxation because it's so much better than the feelings during withdrawal! He points out a lot more and does it gently, rationally, entertainingly and never ONCE tries to scare us. And by the time I had finished the book I really was ready to jump to the other side of that proverbial line and say, "Yippee! I'm a non-smoker!"This is key: you're supposed to smoke the whole time you read the book. So I'm sure a lot of people read really slooooowly. That's not a bad thing, that's a good thing. This is a book you want to literally live with for a few days, focus on it, re-read it again if you need to, and let it really sink in so it can change your thinking.Read more ›
Unbelievable. I was a skeptical, heavy smoker for more than 20 years, and I've been quit now for more than two months. I tried and did not quit with many other methods.
Allen's way WAS EASY. I swear. I've NEVER written a book review before, but felt compelled to share with others. In fact, I've even bought four other copies for friends.
I had no withdrawals, no regrets and no cravings. I kept the ideas he said to keep in mind, and like magic, I quit and loved every moment of it. He tought me how to be and think like a non-smoker again (as we all are born). It does feel more natural.
The key? Knowing, feeling and believing (which I found out was true) that being and feeling like a non-smoker, is waaaaaaaaaaay better than how I 'though' smoking made me feel (good). I can't explain any more than that, but it did change my thinking dramatically.
He takes the way we all as smokers 'think' about ourselves and our smoking, and turns quitting into a positive. Not the negative that most smokers who want to quit, think of it as. By the time you're half way through the book, you are joyful at the excitement you have at how great you're going to feel when you quit. And it just continues!
AND I DO FEEL GREAT.
HE HELPS YOU TO THINK DIFFERENTLY ABOUT QUITTING AND TAKES AWAY THE FEAR.
Go ahead, buy it. You will be elated that you did!
I had tried to quit smoking 5 times, in the 38 years I was an addict. My sister bought me this book, which I let sit on a shelf in my house for six months...I was afraid that if I read it, I would actually quit, and I just couldn't imagine life without cigarettes...
This book did it for me. It was easy to read, and I can tell you that it will work for anyone who reads it, follows the instructions, and understands what is being taught.
I do not crave cigarettes at all. Every time I had quit in the past, I would drink alcohol, and just HAVE to have a cigarette!
Not this time...I had three drinks the night I quit, and have had several more since then...the feeling of power and confidence is exhilarating, at the very least.
I will never smoke again, and I am loving every minute of it. If you get this book, and read it, as a smoker, you will be able to do the same thing...easily.
I was one of these smokers that began socially smoking only to find myself hooked and not being able to quit which left me feeling extremely frustrated and angry. I tried lots of different methods (nicotine replacement therapy, cutting down, willpower) but everytime I would go back to smoking, feeling deflated and a failure.
A friend of mine then suggested this book. At first I thought "reading a book is going to be useless" but I was proved wrong. The book makes you see cigarettes in a different way so that you no longer feel dependent on them. It's like having a map to a maze so you can escape and I've not looked back.
I would highly recommend this book to anybody who wants to stop smoking.