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I started smoking as a teenager and I've been doing it ever since, its one of the few things I'm really good at! I've tried to give up in the past with nicotine replacement and cold turkey but never managed more than a few hours. Yep pathetic I know. One of my friends - also dedicated to the smoking cause was dragged kicking and screaming by her boyfriend to one of Allen Carr's clinics and returned 8 hours later vowing never to smoke again. She passed on all of her Allen Carr books to me in the hope that I would "see the light". I have to say I viewed this with the general cynicism I view most things with - she'd be smoking again within a couple of days... But days passed, then weeks and now years and she still hasn't started puffing away. I tried reading the books, they made complete and utter sense yet after a few hours I would find myself searching out my packet of cigarettes. Eventually my friend persuaded me that the only way for it to work as effectively for me was to attend a clinic as she had done. Now, I didn't really want to give up smoking but, having seen how painless it had been for her - I thought well she hadn't wanted to give up and now she's a happy non-smoker so it's worth a shot. I booked up for a course on their website, it cost £220 and they gave very clear instructions to carry on smoking and not try and cut down in any way. I liked these instructions. On the day of the course I chained smoked all the way to the clinic in fear of what was coming. There were about 6 or 7 other people there - all dedicated smokers. The Allen Carr smoking guru basically spends the 8 hours removing all of your reasons for smoking and this is done with logic not in a patronising this is going to kill you way. They understand the psychology behind the addiction and they talk you out of wanting to be a smoker. This is then reinforced with light hypnotherapy at the end. It's not hard to see that it works - by the end of the day everyone in the room had completely changed their attitude. Well almost everyone... They reassured me that it would work and I would leave the clinic and not want to smoke. So I left and walked back to my car, sat down and thought I'd love a smoke right now. I didn't smoke though, purely because I had just paid £220 not to smoke and there was no way on this planet I was going to go and buy a new packet after that. By early evening I was pacing the house getting extremely irritable and by about 9pm I had driven to the garage and bought a pack of ten. I didn't smoke them but that was down to my own stubbornness having paid out for the course. Within a couple of weeks the Allen Carr centre had me back on another course and I have to say I left again still wanting to smoke. A few weeks after that I was back again and for the third time I left still desperately wanting to smoke. It was after the third visit that the Allen Carr centre told me that it was possible I was one of the few people the technique doesn't work on and gave me a full refund. I was back smoking 20 a day by the time the cheque had cleared. Don't get me wrong, Allen Carr didn't work for me and that makes me really sad - but his method works for the majority of people and they become happy non smokers. If you are unlucky like me and it doesn't work - you get a full refund so you have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain - give it a go!
Started reading Allen Carrs Easy way on the recommendation of a friend and began it one evening not that fussed if i quit or not, stayed up till 1am and havnt smoked since, and neither do i even want to smoke!Day 5 now and 20 a day 24 Year old male to 0 and it feels fantastic, however it is done it is very clever.Just wanted to add my tuppence worth :) :)
Its that time of the year again when people look at making new years resolutions and about now are realising that they haven't stuck to any of them. Sound familiar? If you are still smoking but want to give up then here is a book for you! I started smoking at age 13 and carried on until I was 33. I tried to give up many times, in fact every time I put out a cigarette I was convinced it was my last, yet continued to be thoroughly disappointed in myself every time i lit up. 'What's wrong with me? lack of will power? Why do i fail where so many succeed? I tried hypnotherapy, acupuncture, patches, nicotime inhalors, the lot! Nothing worked.. I took the patches off then i could smoke! Smoking around 20 a day or back in the day when you could smoke in pubs 30 on a night out. i even lit one up when i already had one lit in the ashtray! I would smoke from waking until bed and washed them down with lashings of coffee to disguise the awful taste. At work i was astounded by this book being passed around and one by one my work colleagues were quitting smoking even when drinking in the first week of being abstinant? now thats will power for you. I longed to borrow the book and continued to light up solo at break times. Why i didnt think of buying the book i have no idea, but i waited 6 months for the book to land in my posession. I read it from cover to cover knowing that it worked as it had for so many at work. Then on the evening i finished the book i did as it said. I smoked my final cigarette (it tells you all the way through to keep smoking until you have finished the book) and i savoured every last drag of it as i coinsciously smoked it, detecting the distinctive aroma of burning fires and chemicals. I was so glad that i would finally wake up a non smoker. the day after i woke up, went to the shop and bought 20 fags, took the book back to work and passed it on disgustingly to the next hopeful, but then something strange happened. Maybe my brain processes information more slowly but 2 weeks later the words in the book finally clicked into place and i became a non smoker. Day 1 very low lever cravings nothing to write home about and this continued to day 3. Day 4 i was supposed to be going on a night out but back in the day! when you could smoke in pubs! I knew that if i went out i would buy some cigarettes on the way. its about psychology, making excuses so you can smoke! by day 7 nothing. It apparently takes a couple of weeks for the nicotimne to leave your body so you dont crave any more but day 7 that was it for me a turning point. I knew Iwould never smoke again. 3 and a half years later and still a non smoker and I owe it all to this book. Its a common sense approach. Allen Carr is a genious! He puts things in a way where you agree with everything he is saying and its like....oh yes why didnt i look at it that way? Now it all makes sense and i dont have to smoke any more. The book is very easy to read, very informative and very useful. It costs around £8.99 new but i have recently seen one in a charity shop for 60p. it has been so widely published its easy to pick up a cheap second hand copy. If you are serious about stopping smoking or just inquisitive its a great buy. and it worked for me!
I will start by telling you about my smoking background.I am 33 years old I started smoking when I was around 14,I usually smoke around 15 a day.I have tried stopping smoking many times the longest I managed to stop for was 3 weeks around 2 years ago.My last attempt was 3 months ago and I was in a state I felt as thought I had lost my best friend I felt deprived and after 3 days I thought I would just have a drag!!well 1 drag led to another and another until I was back smoking again. I decided I would try again on the 30th March 2009.I had heard about Allen Carrs easyway book so on Sunday I went and bought it "nothing to lose "I thought,well I had read the whole book in less than 6 hours it is amazing and up to now (3 days later) I have not had or wanted a ciggie.The book makes you think so differently about smoking ,it is really interesting.Just follow Allens easy instructions and believe me it DOES work.
Well done for giving up, I hope your boyfriend has the same success! I am only a 3rd through the book and I must admit I am taking it very slow too, the fear element is pretty strong. However the more I read the more I can see the sense, it is a very clever psychology. I am still smoking (20 a day) but the urge already feels less and for now I think I am working very hard maintaining my addiction, almost defending my right, I mean I worked so hard to get in this position (if you read the book, you'll understand this!) I am convinced that once I finish the book I will be free from it. I think even the most skeptical of people will succeed! Good luck!
I am going to start off this review with a little of my smoking background. I'm 27 years old I had smoked since i was 16 years old. I had never been a particually heavy smoker - on a bad day i would never smoke more than 15 cigerettes per day. (That would have to be a very bad day!) I also was not an early morning smoker, the thought of waking up and having a cigerette in those first few minutes would make me gag!! I'd normally have been up and about for at least an hour and half before lighting up. I would say i was more of a routine smoker...2 cigs on my way to work, 1 on my morning break, 1 after dinner, 2 on my way home from work and maybe 5 during the evening. Some may think i was a heavy smoker, i tend to think not. I also have a little boy who is 7 years old, i was very aware of being a mother and a smoker. Smoking never really effected my son as i never smoke in the house (as i don't like the smell and i would not want him breathing in harmful toxins) i also never smoked in front of him. This helped as if i believed it acceptable to smoke in my home i'm sure out of habit i would have smoked much more. Having said that, if you smoke irrelevent of how many, you are putting harmful toxins into your body and causing it harm and you are addicted to Nicotine. I had tried on two occcassions to stop smoking, each time i managed to get to six months, stupidly i would then start again. The only reason i believe, is because i had got passed the stage where i constantly thought what i was depriving myself of?? I believed that i would be able to go out and have just the one cig and i would be fine. After that first cig i would feel sick, it tasted horrible and i would feel dizzy. But without realising what i had done......fed the bug!.....I would light up again. I would think i'll never get addicted to this again as it tastes so bad! Nicotine is so powerful that irrelevant of taste (like the first cig you ever smoked-makes you want to heave) that little monster in your tummy is ignited again!! It was a friend who reccomended Allen Carrs Easy Way book. I had already decided i was going to stop smoking at new year. I went out and bought the book £8.99 from WHSmiths, and began to read. Now i'm not going to go into detail of the books contents as that would not be fair. I wouldn't want to take the intrigue away from those people who want to stop smoking - you must buy it and read it through from start to finish. All i will say is that the book is a very informative read. We all have our vices and our reasons for doing things, but every excuse you can think of Allen has an answer, Its like hes mind reading you through the book as you'll be thinking 'ah but....' and he'll write exactly what your thinking and like a smarty pants will irradicate your fear! It now been approx 39 days since i quit. This time feels different, i'm not using any Nicotine replacement products. I don't feel the need to. I feel liberated - believe it or not!! I don't have any cravings at all, i've even been out to the pub. My partner still smokes, again not in the house! Some people may think hes selfish, hes not, hes just not ready to give up yet. You have to be mentally prepered to give up. Its no good me going on at him as he has to do this for himself. In the past he has always said he has no intentions of giving up, after seeing how easy i have found it he is starting reading the book! I can imagine it will be 1 page per night to prolong that last cigerette!! I am sure that like me he will get there and he will relish in the freedom of being a non smoker!! As a side line a couple who are both friends attended Allen Carrs clinic in Leeds, i obviously can't comment on their experience but they went mid January and are both still not smoking. They said it was a really good day. I think it was around £200 for the day course. I now feel healthier, smell better, eat slower - as i'm not rushing my food so i can have a fag! Hense not suffering indegestion!! I basically feel great. Oh and financially i'm better off! For the price of 2 packs of fags you have absolutely nothing to lose, give it a go! Good luck!!
I have been trying to stop smoking for years. Every year I try to give up for my New Years resolution, but by January the 2nd I am always back on the cigarettes. I managed to give up for 2 days in the summer, but buckled on the third day as I completely went to pieces. I couldn't concentrate, I couldn't sit still and anyone who came near me received an earful. I knew I had to give up, knew the reasons why I shouldn't smoke, but always managed to come up with excuses and reasons why I should continue. Then my boyfriend and I bought our first house, and decided that we really didn't want to smoke when we moved in. I had always been told about Allen Carr but dismissed it - how can a book stop you from smoking? But, I bought the book and started to read. I was not 100% ready to give up but thought that I would have a read and see what happened. I was three chapters in and I realised that I hadn't had a craving. Half way through the book I realised that I hadn't thought about smoking for an entire day. You are supposed to smoke right up until the end of the book, but by the time I had got to 3/4 of the way through I knew that my smoking days were over. Since reading the book I am 100% smoke free, have no cravings and have put on no weight. I can't believe that I didn't do this sooner! I can breathe easier, my teeth are whiter and I have a few more quid rattling round my purse. I don't know how Allen Carr does it, but I would highly recommend this book to anyone.
First of all allen carr has some very interesting views about smoking. One thing for sure about this book is the fact that it will get you thinking about smoking (and the sort of guy he is) in great depth. Some people think hes a gift from heaven and some people think he needs to be taught more about nicotine and the effect it has on the brain. I believe that nicotine does indeed make you feel better and science backs me up! Did you know that 50% of Tobacco consumers suffer from mental disorders? Schizophrenics for example are often hard-core smokers. This may be becuase they are trying to self medicate themself with nicotine. nicotine interfears with the neurotransmitters in the brain (the chemical messengers) and nicotine also causes a secretion of dopamine which is the feel good chemical. already this conflicts with carrs theory which is there is nothing to gain from smoking. Nicotine patches have been tested on individuals who suffer from a horrendous condition called Turrets Syndrome. Turrets sufferers blurt out swear words and they often suffer from sudden involuntary jolts. When the doctors tested the nicotine patches on a group of Turrets sufferers the results for some were life changing. Some of them were able to cut there potent tranquilliser medication (haldol) in half! Some of them could drive again! As we know the main ingredient in cigarettes is nicotine and its also the main ingredient in nicotine patches. These results confirm that nicotine does have a good side! So did this book brainwash me into quiting nicotine? For the first few days yes it did. However I soon found that nicotine was the focus of my intention. I really missed using it. I debated whether to go back to nicotine or stick with Carrs theory (which didnt feel right to me). I am smoking and using NRT at the moment and I admit Im a nicotine junky! Not good for your health but neither is too much cake. Allen Carr states in his book that he feels sorry for smoker s and he encourages you to feel the same. Its blatent hypocrisy considering the fact that he smoked like a chimney! I want to be able to enjoy my ciggerette without allen carr and his followers looking down there noses at me.
Being medically trained, I have always believed that the best way to beat the smoking habit was to use nicotine replacement therapy (patches, tabs, gum, inhalators...) How wrong I have been proved to be. Allen Carr is a normal everyday guy (not a doctor as this category erroneously states), who managed to stop smoking. Previously he had been on a 60-80/day habit, and then, one day, he stopped. No help, no patches, nothing. Just stopped. And he was so surprised about this, he thought he'd write a book. And this is where the story takes a slightly less enjoyable twist, because he didn't stop there. He now writes books about "The Easy Way to Diet", "The Easy Way to Love Again, "The Easy Way to Steal a Car"... OK, they're made up, but the point's been made - he's been turned into a commercial empire! But back to smoking. Why is this book so good? First, lets get one thing straight. I still smoke. I know, I know! But I gave up for 3 months, and I honestly don't know why I restarted, but I know I'm not enjoying smoking again, and I'll stop soon. And that's all down to this book. Without giving the game away too much, Allen concentrates on the psychological aspect of smoking. Forget nicotine addiction, he says - you can beat that in a couple of days - it's the thought of giving up that stops you. In fact, no, he doesn't say that at all. Because not once does he mention "giving up" or "quitting". Because apparently that indicates stopping something pleasurable. Interesting, eh?! At the beginning of the book, he requests, no, demands, that you continue smoking until you've finished reading. He then says you shouldn't use any other form of "stop smoking" aid, including nicotine replacement. I confess this was difficult for me to swallow (of course... it was a book!), but I accepted the advice, and read on. And I was completely engrossed. Chapter by chapter, page by page, Allen Carr tore apart every excuse imaginable that smokers give for smoking. It relaxes me. Nope. People who smoke are more social. Nope. It helps me concentrate. Nope. You get the picture. By the end, I was convinced I was a spineless creep for even thinking about fags, and, sure enough, I stopped as I reached the last page. Of course, the book also goes into the health risks, the cost, the smelliness... but really, that's not the issue, because we know that already. What we haven't stopped to consider, what we're too afraid to consider, is that we are poisoning our bodies for NO GOOD REASON AT ALL! So why am I smoking again? As I said, I don't know. I've had a few nasty life events in the last couple of months, and people around me were still smoking, and I think it was a feeling of "oh, sod it", rather than "I need a fag". I don't enjoy it, it's not relaxing me, I'm not enjoying life more, and I'm going to stop again. And to be honest, I'll do it by reading the book again. According to Allen Carr, many people need to read the book 2 or 3 times to actually "get the message". I thought I'd got it, but something obviously went wrong. So let's start from scratch. Allen Carr also runs conferences, and there is a computer programme for sale which follows the book closely, but I have had no experience of either of those. The only drawback I can see is for the approximately 10% of adults in the UK who cannot read well. This book is targeted at people with a reasonable literacy level (no pretty pictures!!!), so may exclude some people, but, all in all, it's cheaper, and, in my experience, more effective, than Nicotine Replacement. In fact, as a GP, I'm currently devising a clinical trial comparing Nicotine Replacem ent Therapy with the book - I'll let you know how it turns out.
You know when you wake up in the morning after a heavy night – your eyes feel like they’ve been poked with something red hot and pokey, your chest is tight as a duck’s rear end and your mouth feels like a hippie set up a commune in there. Chances are, if you recognise this description, you are a smoker. A month ago I was a 20-a-day girl – watch it! – or to be truthful, closer to 30. Like many people, I couldn’t function without a fag. I would avoid travel, because you can’t smoke on planes, trains or buses any more. I hated going to the theatre or cinema because it was so long to intermission. I wouldn’t go to a restaurant unless I was sure they had a smoking section and then I would rush through the food so that I could get to the fags! Smoking ruled my life. All I could think about was my next cigarette. Then one day, something changed. I woke up - coughing up half a lung as usual, reaching for a cigarette even as I struggled for my breath - and wanted things to be different. Corny as it sounds, I looked at my sleeping child and realised I wanted to be around for her graduation, her wedding, her children. I wanted to be able to run and play with her without gasping like a goldfish on the carpet. I wanted to live. It has now been nearly five weeks since my last cigarette and I feel wonderful. Life is great. The sky is bluer, the air sweeter, everything smells so much better, tastes so much better. I don’t crave cigarettes. I find it hard to believe I ever smoked. And I found it surprisingly easy to kick the habit. So, how did I do it? Well, it’s a bit of a tale, but if you’re interested, read on…. A friend told me about a quit smoking program being run by my local doctor’s surgery, so I decided to sign up. I made an appointment, popped along to see the nurse, and took my first scary step towards a normal life. A lot of GPs are providing a smoking clinic these days, as part of a trial government initiative. Aids for stopping smoking are available on prescription, provided you make regular visits to your surgery for check ups, and allow your progress to be monitored, so that the scheme can be properly audited at the end. I was so nervous as I sat in the waiting room – I could have murdered a cigarette! That’s a definition of irony, if ever I heard one! As it turned out, it wasn’t that bad. Some forms to fill in, a chat with the very pleasant practice nurse, a test to show the amount of carbon monoxide in my breath (a very scary amount, I can tell you), and a sheaf of useful information to read through at my leisure. So, the nurse said, what help do you think you need….gum, patches, inhalators? I don’t want anything to put in my mouth, I said (hey, behave!). That’s what got me into this mess. So we agreed on patches, and I was given a prescription for two weeks worth. She also suggested some books, breathing exercises and told me I could always call if I needed help. It was decided that my day for quitting should be the following Friday. You should always decide on a quitting day and work up to it. As a kind of aversion therapy, over the next few days I smoked myself silly. If I was awake, I was smoking. God, how I hated smoking. I couldn’t breathe, my chest hurt, my mouth tasted vile, I stank. I couldn’t wait for Friday. I made my pilgrimage to the chemist to buy my little miracle plasters - £6.20 for two weeks worth on prescription, when they normally cost £17.25 per week. When Friday came I smoked my final cigarette with pleasure, slapped on my little beige patch and dreamed happy dreams of a smoke-free life. Within an hour I was climbing the walls. I was screaming at my daughter, ready to smack my husband in the mouth and the chances of getting through the day without throwing a chair th rough the front window were looking slim. I felt like hell. I kept feeling faint. My head was pounding with agony. My heart was racing so hard, I thought it was going to burst out of my chest. My family was at its wits end. I felt so ill; I ripped off the patch and was ready to grab a cigarette. It was then that I noticed the little square of raw, red skin on my arm where the patch had been. Within ten minutes of removing the patch, I felt like a new woman. No headache, no raging temper, no sickness, no fainting fits, no triphammer heartbeat. It was obvious that I had suffered some kind of allergic reaction, and patches would not help me to stop smoking. It was then that I pulled a memory from the dusty, cobwebby part of my brain, about a book a friend had given me on smoking many years ago. The book was duly found and I began to read. That book was “The Easy Way to Give Up Smoking”, by Allen Carr. It is only a small book, with THE EASY WAY TO GIVE UP SMOKING emblazoned on the front in big letters, a bit like the “Don’t Panic” on the Hitchiker’s Guide. It is still in print and costs just £6.39 from Amazon. Pah, I thought, looking at the title. I stopped smoking two hours ago and I’ve already blacked my hubby’s eye, kicked the cat and got my daughter looking at me like I’m Cruella DeVille! There is no easy way. But on I read. The first thing you notice is the Doctor’s easy style. He was a very heavy smoker and can see things from the smoker’s perspective. He knows what you are thinking at the prospect of stopping sticking those little white cancer sticks in your gob. Will I ever enjoy a meal if I can’t have a fag after? Or sex? Or anything? What Allen Carr teaches you is that you will enjoy everything MORE once you are free of your nicotine addiction. Nicotine is the most addictive drug known to man – much more add ictive than Heroin, though the withdrawal symptoms are much easier to deal with. Withdrawing from nicotine is easy, it takes about three weeks and gives you occasional pangs which feel a bit like hunger pains. The rest of your symptoms are purely mental – a form of brainwashing – and once you have dealt with the mental addiction, you are home free. Realising that I had two addictions to break was like a little lightbulb lighting up over my head and going “ping”. Once I realised that stopping smoking was only about 10 per cent physical and 90 per cent mental, it suddenly became a brisk and wheeze-free walk in the park. I never realised the tricks my brain was playing on me to get its nicotine hit, until they were pointed out in this book. The simple truth is that no one needs nicotine, and no one really wants to smoke. The fear of giving up is more frightening than the actual act of stopping. Each time I felt a withdrawal pang, or found myself reaching for a cigarette out of habit, I would take a deep breath and think, “The nicotine is leaving my body and I am withdrawing, otherwise I wouldn’t have this craving”. The craving meant I was being healed from my addiction and I learned to enjoy them the pangs, and welcome them. I know that sounds a bit kinky (but the pangs are not really painful!). The book is full of so many little gems of wisdom, that I have taken a highlighter pen to my copy and picked out lots of parts that I re-read if I am having a difficult time. These little nuggets give me the strength to go on (that and knowing that if I smoked another cigarette and then kept on for the rest of my natural life, it would probably cost me in excess of £60,000!) So, if you are tired of having that terrible “morning after” feeling, or feel that smoking is ruling your life, or get uncomfortable if you should accidentally glance at the health warning on your fag packet, buy this book. It will be the most important tenner that you ever spend (by the time you add on postage!) Believe me, I really think this man saved my life. He could save yours too.
After unsuccessfully trying to quit via willpower, patches, hypnotherapy etc., I was really starting to despair. Then on a trip to my local Tesco whilst buying a new aid (nicotine chewing gum), the checkout assistant inquired if the gum was for me. "Yep" I informed her, somewhat embarrassed. "Oh, she said I've just quit, four weeks now" - ears pricking up I enquired how, "hypnotherapy?" (That was effective for me - for a while, and I was considering going for another session if the gum did not work). "No" she said, her turn to blush "a book actually". So there is the story of how I heard about this amazing little book. But before you rush off to buy it. Please let me rant a little, because after reading the book and applying the methods I felt somewhat cheated that no doctor or press or TV coverage had alerted me to it's existence (it has sold over a million copies). Why not? Does the government not want us to stop? It does makes you wonder. I mean I have tried everything, even that now banned anti-depressant drug - zyban (which sent me a bit loopy!). Anyhow, I really hope if you decide to buy the book and follow the instructions that you too will succeed. I wanted to go and buy that lady from Tesco some flowers because I really felt she had saved my life (unfortunately, I could not find her!), the book had this effect on me - sort of a revelation really.. Anyway, please if the book works for you too - please, please let, as many people as you know, know about his wonderful little book! They will love you for life???. PS You really have to WANT to give up smoking for it to work though! Allen Carr's Easy Way to Stop Smoking
Ever since I saw pictures of Geri Halliwell (amongst others) looking pensive reading self help books I always swore blind that I never ever read or need one. They couldn?t possibly work and if you actually want to do something then it?s the power of your own mind that will make you do something ? not some supposed Guru who?s writing from his ivory tower on a subject that they have no experience of other from text books. So it was with severe scepticism that I handed over my £7.99 at Waterstones and left with my rather flimsy looking copy of Allen Carr?s Easyway to Quit Smoking. Due to the fact that I shall be shortly moving house, I had anticipated that a new routine would make it easier for me to quit, I figured that I would not commence with my effort to ?give-up? smoking until then. Events dictated otherwise when I found myself in the bathroom with nothing else to read and so I started flicking through the opening pages of this particular ?self help? book. I was instantly hooked (no pun intended), to the point that I couldn?t put it down. Allen Carr himself used to be a 100 per day smoker since before I was born so that took care of one of my concerns. He presents the information in an unpatronising way, using the fact that the smoker knows the health side effects already and doesn?t stick to these. His method draws attention to the facts of why the smoker smokes, what do they get from it and more importantly, how did the smoker deal with things before they thought they needed a cigarette to help them get through the day. I couldn?t wait to finish the book so I could become a non-smoker and I knew that I wasn?t giving anything up. I couldn?t even finish my last cigarette and nearly gagged a few times on a few of the other ones whilst reading the book. On the other occasions that I had quit I had started again after going out to the pub. This time, I actually was l ooking forward to going out and not smoking. I became a non-smoker two months ago and am still finding it really easy. I?ve recommended this book to my friends and two of them have also quit the habit. Thanks Allen Carr
Smoking is very hard to give up but is easy to stop; don't understand then you haven't read Alan Carr's 'The Easy Way to Stop Smoking'. I 'gave up' smoking on several occasions and always found it extremely difficult, in fact it made my life a misery. I would be constantly making decisions involving trying to avoid smoking; shall I go to the pub, if I do will I smoke, if I don't smoke will I enjoy it, If I stay at home I'll miss out but I definitely won't smoke etc. etc. and in the end IU always started smoking again; a few puffs and then a couple of fags in the evening, ten on a night out; you know the story. I even managed to give up for several years but started again when my routine and social life changed. I new all the reasons that I should give up; I'm a PE teacher, I have a family and knew all the statistics on siblings taking up smoking if their parents did; I was constantly jumping through hoops to keep smoking a secret from my children, a close friend had died suddenly of cancer caused by smoking in their early forties. I was painfully aware that after a day at school a cigarette in early evening would actually make me feel tired and nauseous but I would almost force myself to smoke it. Why? Alan Carr explains why, Basically we make all sorts of subconscious and conscious links with smoking a fag, which we 'learn' and assume to be real. We feel that if we stop smoking we are missing out on something that we will not be able to function, to look good, to be grown up, to concentrate, to relax etc. the nicotine draining out of the system reminds of all of this and as we put the nicotine goes back in we link this with the return of a feeling of well being. Allan Carr explains how cigarettes, the smoking industry and even some of the misguided approaches to 'giving-up' combine to trap us in a terrible lie and he, through a sort of drip-drip argument turns the whole myth (which has bee n building in our minds since our formative years) upside down. Every time someone uses the phrase 'Giving up' they are helping keeping people smoking; You 'give up' something nice, something that you enjoy, that in someway gives you pleasure (but might be not too good for you) you give up clubbing in mid week, you give up chocolate, you give up sugar in your tea. You 'stop' doing nasty habits; you stop picking your nose, stop biting your nose, stop swearing etc. A smoker reading this might find holes in this argument but if it's got you thinking then read the book because there are several hundred pages of reversing the lie. It is the only approach that I have personal experience of true success, in that smokers truly stop and are happy to not smoke. As a last thought I'll draw my one example of a contradiction from the book; smokers often suggest that enjoying the taste of a cigarette is a primary reason for smoking; Think of three brands that you really enjoy. Now think of three brands that you really detest (young smokers often mention Marlboro, Camel, french cigarettes etc.) Describe how they taste. Now put yourself in a situation where you would normally smoke; down the pub, after a meal, with your mates after work/school etc. and you've run out and the only cigarette available is one of the hated brands………..you know what you'd do; you'd smoke it anyway. What does that tell you? Read the book
I had smoked from the age of 10. By the time I was 30 I smoked around 40 cigarrettes a day, no problem! I would rather have gone without a meal than without a fag. My last penny would be spent on cigarrettes. I went out with a non-smoker for a while and told him I would give up. But I didn't, although I tried to decieve him in many pathetic ways. Whilst walking along the road I would light up (secretly) and hold the cigarette in my hand tucked into my sleeve, at the risk of burning my wrist, turn my head as though to look in a shop window and take puffs of the cigarette. As if he wouldnt know! My breath must have stunk all the time. Anyway, I had wanted to quit smoking for years and had tried all sorts. I was becoming more and more frustrated with myself, feeling bad and guilty that I did not have the will-power, feeling weak and pathetic. Every single night I would say 'I will not light up tomorrow'. Of course the very first thing I did was light up. Someone lent me Allen Carrs book. I told myself that if this book did not work I would give up giving up and quit giving myself a hard time about it. I was so scared to read the last chapter, so scared that it was not going to work...But it did. It is now 7 years since I have smoked. ============================================= It is 7 years since I read the book. It is plain and easy to read, and very logically written. Basically, Mr Carr appeals to your intelligence. He reminds you continually of why you would want to be a non-smoker. He points out that all the reasons why you think you smoke can't possibly be true. To give a small example, he says that one thing you may say to yourself is that you like smoking. He points out (this is how I remember it, so it is possible that I am mis-quoting very badly here!) that your body is part of you and it does NOT like being poisoned at all. He reminds you th at everytime you take a puff that immediately after it was not as satisfying as you thought it would be. He points out that we smoke to relax but then in the next breath we smoke to help us concentrate. Well, either it is a stimulant or a repressant. It can't be both. He just blows one justification and excuse after the other out of the water and tells you how it really is. You can't, in the end, argue with him. He is right. You are a non-smoker.
Allen Carr must be made Sir Allen in next years New Years Honours, this man is a genius - and no relation to me !! His series of books of advice on quitting smoking are the most life change thing you can read if you are a smoker who wants to give up the addiction. His technique is unique, no scare stories, no nicotine replacement (eg gum or patches)and no lectures, instead he helps you to think about what you are doing each time you light a cigarette and why you are doing it. As a committed 20 a day man for many years I though I was a smoker for life, I've quit for one week know and can honestly say there have been no cravings and no temptation to smoke at all. If you love a smoker or are a smoker who loves life, and wants it to last longer, buy this book - it won't scare you but it will change your view of your little "friends" you light everyday.