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The Easy Way to Stop Smoking: Join the Millions Who Have Become Non-smokers Using Allen Carr's Easy Way Method Paperback – January 5, 2010
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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!
Was it really easy? Uh... well not necessarily. There is no magic. The book helps to explain your addiction. It breaks it down to simplify it. It is not some huge massive fight that you cannot win. It is simply an addiction, ANYONE can beat it. It is very uncomfortable those early days, yet, just stop smoking and you win. Just don't EVER light another one! No matter how bad you want one – just don’t! Go for a walk, read a book, anything to keep your mind busy. Sometimes it is all you can think of. I am now 8 months in and almost never think of smoking other than being SUPER happy that I never even think of smoking! It does get better! It does become EASY. You have to change your mindset. Every day you succeed is a major win. DO NOT GIVE IN. Keep going! Once you are beyond day 1 there is NO TURNING BACK. You have done it. Soon enough you will be breathing easier, feeling better and happier than ever. It is not overnight. Think of this – the first two days, the first two weeks, the first two months. These are the hardest in progressively easier increments. Then all at once- a couple of months have passed, you will realize you have won! You still have a ways to go but you are 85-95% there at 2 months. I will admit to a slight cheat- herbal cigarettes (non-nicotine) I used these in the beginning at parties, weekends, when drinking etc.. To get beyond those social moments when I would absolutely have to light up. (These are nothing like a real cigarette, don’t get your hopes up!) I still grab an herbal from time to time, maybe once every few weeks or so, usually when drinking or in a social situation- BUT- it is not every time now! I am completely moving on in less than a year. It is more of that old habit, still connected, yet, I am NICOTINE free and HAPPY! You too will soon start to HATE nicotine and everything it has taken from you.
SIDE STORY: Both of my parents have smoked for well over 40+ years. After seeing me stop they were very curious. I GLADLY handed over my Allen Carr’s Easy Way book with a smile. I really didn’t think much of it. After all they had smoked almost all of their lives. I fully expected them to come back with the old “This book didn’t work. We are hopeless at quitting.” I honestly forgot about giving them the book. A few weeks later I spoke with my mom. She had quit! I was shocked!! I could not believe it!! She was struggling but she was WINNING the battle. I helped coach her and support her along the way. She too used the herbal cigarettes in moments of crisis. Within 4 weeks, she was gaining confidence. That was 4 months ago and she is 100% done with cigarettes. My poor dad seeing how we had both quit was up in arms. Per his words “I just can’t do it like the book says. I want to but probably can’t ever do it.” Smoking 2 packs a day for 40 years is not an easy cycle to break. My mom and I both understood. He continued picking his way through the book. Reading here and there. He continued seeing our success. Then, one day, he threw all of his cigarettes in the trash. He was done. It was not EASY in those first days- We coached him along, pushed him, mentored him and now 3 months later he is a NON-SMOKER!!!! Our family with over 100 combined years of smoking is now 100% nicotine free!! Thank you Allen Carr for changing AND SAVING my life!! And more so for SAVING my parents lives!!! Buy this book. Dig your heals in and make it happen in your life too! You will not be disappointed in 6 months I can absolutely assure you! Anyone can quit. Read the book with an open mind. Read it again if you don’t get it. Allow yourself to gain confidence. Slam your fist down- go to battle with this addiction – there is no other option now: WIN. Your life will thank you.