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Allen Carr's Easy Way To Stop Smoking Paperback – November 17, 2011
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"Allow Allen Carr to help you escape painlessly today." --Observer
"A different approach. A stunning success." --Sun
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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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I bought the book and left it on the coffee table for a week or two. Picked it up after I returned from a vacation. Read most (3/4), but to be honest, I never finished the book. I didn't need to. I smoked my last cigarette on July 14, 2015 and I have not looked back. I smoked for over 20 years and now I have been free for over six months.
I started smoking when I was in high school, 15 or 16. Was a confirmed, moderate to heavy smoker from that point forward (1/2 pack to pack+ a day). I quit once for about a year in 2005-6, cold turkey. I hated it, was miserable, cried a lot and missed smoking all the time. Felt as though I was denying myself the joy and pleasure of smoking.
The last six-plus months have been completely different. I do not miss smoking. I feel relieved of a burden. I am confident I will never smoke again and I am so grateful for that. I wanted to quit. I was ready, but I was intimidated and worried I would again miss it forever, so I just put it off over and over again. Then I remembered someone mentioning this book and I figured for less than $15 and with the volume of positive reviews, it was worth a shot.
I think wanting to quit/being ready is an important piece of why this book worked for me. I was open to the power of suggestion and it helped me shift my perspective on quitting from one of fear and missing out, to one of joy and gratitude. My husband is still a smoker and I can't even get him to turn a few pages, so I know it's a personal decision and one that only the smoker can make... but if YOU are looking for a path to become a non-smoker, I suggest you give this book a try. Good luck!
Buy this book; quit smoking. Simple. Don't be afraid, just buy it.
Edit: as of this review January 11, 2018 I am two months nicotine free.
Allen Carr should be sainted.
I thought it might be helpful it I gave a new update on my success. Well this Friday will be one year since I quit. I am so happy to be a non-smoker. Yay! Thanks again. I have no desire to ever smoke again. I am free.
Okay, now I was gonna have to get Jason and his pals off my back. I had to be careful, however. They make some of the best pizza in town -- not to mention they're all-around good guys -- so I couldn't just blow them off. But I was a 40+-year smoker with no plans to quit. (I did know that I would quit one day, but was pretty sure it would happen only after I died.)
The book was Allen Carr's Easy Way to Stop Smoking. The 1,000+ reviews on Amazon were overwhelmingly positive, bearing out Jason's claims. I ordered the book, read it, and by the time I finished, don'tcha know I was happy to be done with smoking. Smoked my last cigarette 60 days ago, and I can't imagine ever going back.
If you smoke, care about someone who smokes, care about someone who cares about someone who smokes, or know doctors who want to help smokers to quit, this review is for you. The smoking-cessation industry -- and it is a highly profitable industry -- has something like a 95 percent failure rate, meaning that 19 out of 20 smokers who try to quit using conventional methods are back to smoking within one year.
At my last appointment with my own doc, I learned that he was prescribing Chantix to his smoking patients, and telling them it wouldn't work if they didn't really want to quit. He might've been right about that, but whatever your attitude is when you start reading Allen Carr's book, by the time you finish it you'll really want to quit and you won't need any meds to help you do it. I told my doc how I had quit, gave him the title of the book, and urged him to check out the reviews and rethink the advice he gives to smokers. He agreed. It'll be interesting to hear what he has to say at my next appointment.
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