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Allen Carr's Easy Way to Stop Smoking (1985)

by Allen Carr

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Didn't completely finish (came very close) BUT what I did read help in my quest to stop smoking. I am currently a non smoker and even though it has only been a month and a half, believe I will be for life. I'll keep this e-book handy and perhaps re-read and finish it if I feel the itch. ( )
  yougotamber | Aug 22, 2014 |
I think this book is really helpful, and I think a lot of what Allen Carr has to say to be very valid. However I have to say I ultimately preferred the subtly different book Freedom From Nicotine - The Journey Home. Both books rely on the same exact premises, they're just sort of phrased differently. The premises being (1) to quit you must never use nicotine ever again and (2) you didn't actually enjoy smoking, so you aren't going to miss it. The first point is, of course, simultaneously obvious and the most crucial step to embrace in kicking a nicotine addiction. The second is a nice way to destroy the many rationalizations that many recently-quit smokers come up with to justify indulging in their addiction again. It's really important to address those rationalizations and confront them for what they are: addiction. For me, it has been extraordinarily helpful to rethink smoking and address the things that I think I miss about it head on, because I realize that rationalizations are not based in fact but in fantasy. Honestly I think that Carr could have spent a little bit more time with these here, although he does address most of the big ones in this book (stress, relaxation, boredom, enjoyment, etc as motivations for smoking).

However, I think Carr's book sort of glosses over the point that both physical withdrawal from nicotine and psychological cravings for it can be nontrivial for people who are quitting, regardless of the positive attitude they have about quitting. I think it would have been useful to add some helpful techniques for dealing with quitting when you feel it is overwhelming (which has been my experience through the first week of quitting, and I've been there several times). It can be terrifying, even after having been off nicotine for several weeks, to think about never smoking ever again for as long as you live, which Carr seems to say is possible as if it's no big deal. I find it more helpful to take a day-by-day approach, especially through the first days and weeks of quitting.

That said, there is a ton of valuable information in this book, and every smoker should read it. There are only two kinds of smokers: those who want to quit, and those who don't realize it yet. Both will benefit from this book. It's never too late to quit smoking, and we are all capable of doing it! ( )
1 vote lemontwist | Oct 26, 2013 |
Ho smesso da due mesi!!!Ed è vero!E' come un miracolo;il fumo non mi manca più e sto ogni giorno a contatto di chi fuma e non mi da fastidio!Lo consiglio a tutti!! ( )
1 vote Emanuela.Booklove | Oct 6, 2013 |
Worked for me! ( )
1 vote starkimarki | Jan 12, 2013 |
Non ha funzionato...
  RebeccaVegas | Dec 12, 2011 |
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Now recognised as the world's leading expert on helping smokers to quit, Allen Carr's informative, no scare tactics methods and techniques are a revelation for those desperate to kick the habit.

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