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The Easy Way to Stop Smoking Audio CD – December 18, 2005

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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Sterling Pub Co Inc; Rev Upd edition (December 18, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402736592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402736599
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 5.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,045 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #522,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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.'

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384 of 396 people found the following review helpful By Sharon R. on December 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
No need for a long review here. About the first three quarters of the book is spent exploding various myths and delusions about smoking (such as smoking relaxing you or getting rid of stress), which sets you up and gets you into the right frame of mind for actually quitting. At this point, the book wants you to continue smoking while you read it. In a nutshell, the easy way to stop smoking involves two things: one, deciding you are never going to smoke again, and two, don't mope about it anymore, rejoice. Sounds too simple, but after reading the first part of the book, this strategy will make more sense to you.

Lastly, the book cites two main reasons why you will fail: the influence of other smokers, and having a bad day. Having been around for 20 some years and being able to refine it with twenty years of feedback, I feel like this is one of the better books out there on non-smoking.

Also helpful: The Sixty-Second Motivator -short, to the point, and practical.
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195 of 205 people found the following review helpful By FKC on April 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I read this cover to cover right out of the box -- pack a day for 10 years, plus 6 years before that with a 3 year "break" in the middle. Believe me, I went into this thinking no way is this book going to do it. I didn't even want to quit! I really just wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Well, wow, fuss away!

First off, it is not a scare tactic book. In fact it addresses why scare tactics only make people smoke more. It's more about talking about the reasons why people THINK they smoke, why those reasons are illusions, the reasons people REALLY smoke, and how those things are easily overcome. The book terms it a sort of de-brainwashing.

By half-way through the book I never wanted another cigarette again, but it tells you to keep on smoking until you finish the book. There was a point in the book where it specifically said to light up, so I did. Finished the little experiment and didn't even want to smoke the whole thing. I ate dinner directly after finishing the book, realized that I had the "need" for a cigarette as usual after dinner, and then I realized I didn't NEED anything at all but to do the dishes.

All I can say is that I feel free after just one day. The book works, the ideas are simple and easy. You cannot spend a better $15 for your health.
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167 of 181 people found the following review helpful By JeffreyS on October 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My wife tried every technique including the LungUSA program (Freedom from Smoking), counselors, the gum, willpower, etc. I came across this book in the mall, she read it, and quit. And she did it decisively. Don't buy this for someone you want to quit -- reserve it for when they are committed and struggling and need something to help them. The psychology is subtle but highly effective. I even bought a copy to put in the public library. It begs the question -- why hasn't it become popular here already?
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93 of 101 people found the following review helpful By p on July 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
UPDATE: May 18, 2008--Almost two years now. Happier than ever. My small circle of fellow-quitters-by-this-book: still a 100% success rate, most of them for almost as long as me.

Read my long, rambling review if you like, but I'd rather you'd spend as much time reading as many DIFFERENT reviews here as possible, then...BELIEVE IT.

Trust me, I know that as a smoker, it seems absolutely unbelievable. I was exactly the same way. Just do it, give it a shot. 359 out of 406 said FIVE STARS. That's no accident. You'll see some patterns in these reviews...believe what you're reading. Do it now.

Ten bucks for this book? That's two packs of smokes! So worth it. So easy. Don't waste another day. Don't even wait for it from to the store and get it NOW. You can read it in two or three'll be free.

UPDATE: September 22, 2006--it's now been three months since I quit, I haven't stumbled once, and the thought of smoking doesn't even enter my mind. I can happily and easily be around smokers without wanting a cigarette. For example: a friend of mine forgot I'd quit and asked me to HOLD HER BURNING CIGARETTE while she went inside the house...I did so with no desire to puff on kidding...I never would have believed it if I hadn't experienced it myself.

A couple of reviews above contend that you will still have cravings. I'm of the opinion that those people weren't mentally in the right place when they read this book. Here's how I explain it: you can't crave or miss something that you truly don't want, right? (Case in point: non-smokers don't crave cigarettes.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Sion James on June 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As a reader with an analytical mind, I knew that it would be harder for me to receive someone elses "knowledge" and accept a perception shift without it first passing through my own process. As I read the book, cover to cover, I wasn't feeling any magical inclination to put the cigarette out halfway through and never go back. But as the hours passed, I thought about the book's contents more and more, and realised that it really is the best way to quit smoking.

There are some things that I really love about this book. Firstly, there is no pressure. You can smoke all the way through it (in fact, you are asked to). The last sentence doesn't pressure you to put out the cigarette because you are now "cured"; it simply ends with a checklist, a summary of the ideas contained in the book. What really makes this approach unique is that you actually quit cigarettes *while you are still smoking them*.

The author seperates your nicotine addiction from the act of smoking a cigarette. With those elements seperated, you shift your perceptions of smoking (with step-by-step assistance), blowing away those "excuses" that allowed you to justify the negative effects of smoking, and empowering your decision to quit for good. And the author definitely knows his topic. He goes through every excuse you give yourself for continuing to smoke (concentration/boredom/stress/relaxation) and busts them with logic.

He then gives you back your perceptions on smoking that you had before you were hooked. He takes you back to your first cigarette, and walks you through it as you begin to notice all of the things you chose not to confront. He arms you with knowledge so that when you do quit, you won't want to go back.
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