The Easy Way To Stop Smoking by Allen Carr

Book Review

This is a review for the famous book by Allen Carr, The Easy Way To Stop Smoking. If you got here looking for an easy way to stop smoking then I’m afraid I’ve mislead you.

With well over four million copies in print and celebrity endorsements by the likes of Ashton Kutcher, Sir Richard Branson, Ruby Wax, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Angelica Huston and Ellen’s a book that’s bound to stir the curiosity of the average unsuccessful quitter. It has also remained the highest-selling book on quitting smoking worldwide.

The Easy Way to Stop Smoking by Allen Carricon

The book claims to help you kick the smoking habit without feeling anxious and deprived. Allen’s focus is on the psychological side of smoking addiction and helps with handling the withdrawal symptoms especially in those dreaded initial few weeks.

Allen Carr has a unique view to share: Your next cigarette is merely relieving the withdrawal symptoms of the last cigarette. He also claims that withdrawal symptoms can be alleviated by getting rid of doubt and fear in the mind of the person trying to quit.

Many reviewers claim to feel a freedom from the urge to smoke and actually feel sorry for their nicotine addicted friends. They also have no problem carrying on with normal life and being with other smokers without having the urge to light up.

What’s Inside The Easy Way To Stop Smoking?

These are some of the “stopping smoking issues” that are dealt with in their own chapters:

  • Withdrawal Pangs
  • Stress
  • Boredom
  • Concentration
  • Relaxation
  • He explains why the “cutting down” method is not such a good route to follow.
  • Timing - i.e. when to plan the final smoke and then give up.

Another interesting point he makes is that smokers go all night without having a cigarette and the craving doesn’t even wake them up. He uses this to build his argument that the main difficulty of stopping is not the chemical addiction but the fear and doubt in the smoker’s mind.

The chapter on “Incentives” makes for an interesting read. Setting one’s self incentives is a popular method to encourage ex-smokers to stay on track. Like rewarding yourself with a holiday with all the money you’ve save from not buying cigarettes. Allen Carr has his own view on this and gives an alternative way to “staying on track”.

He also discusses the illusion of enjoying the taste of a cigarette and says there’s no point giving up smoking until you’ve realised you do not like the taste of cigarettes.

Knowing You'll Never Smoke Again

The crux comes when he differentiates between trying to stop smoking and knowing that you’ll never smoke again - there’s a huge difference and it makes all the difference. His conclusion is that stopping smoking is easy! It’s the indecision and moping about that makes it hard. It’s when you want a cigarette and you can’t have one that you suffer.

He gives specific points to help stay in the ‘never smoke again’ frame of mind during the withdrawal period. He explains about withdrawal pangs and psychological triggers. He goes through triggers like meals, drinking, speaking on the telephone and social settings. He discusses substitutes for smoking and whether you should avoid temptation situations.

As one reader said, at worst, The Easy Way To Stop Smoking is an interesting read that will set you back a few pounds or dollars but maybe it’ll bring about a change in your attitude and help you to finally stop smoking.

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