A Review of Easyway to Stop Smoking by Allen Carr


A member of the About Smoking Cessation support forum, Lesly read Allen Carr's book after she quit smoking, but that doesn't deter from the insights she was able to offer.

From Lesly:

After numerous attempts to quit his 100 cigarette a day habit, Allen Carr came up with a plan to quit smoking that finally worked for him. He wrote The Easyway to Stop Smoking  based on his plan. The book became a best seller and has sold millions world-wide.

I did not use his plan to quit smoking. I purchased this book out of curiosity five months after I smoked my last cigarette.

I found the book to be very reinforcing to my resolve not to smoke.

Carr discusses everything about nicotine addiction - triggers, social pressure, smoking and boredom, etc. He gives practical solutions for overcoming these situations along with great analogies about the misconceptions smokers often have of nicotine addiction.

One analogy I particularly liked was that of wearing shoes that are too tight all evening. By the end of the night, your feet are killing you. You are so relieved to take off those shoes and your feet feel so good. However, if you had not put those shoes on in the first place, you would not have sore feet. In the same manner, smoking does not relax or calm you down – smoking merely relieves the situation that smoking created in the first place – the need for nicotine.

I can’t tell you that Allen Carr has discovered an “easy” way to give up nicotine.

I personally don’t think there is an easy way. I think there are lots of ways that will work, but they all take personal effort . I think what Allen Carr has done is write an extremely readable, well written book chock full of ideas to help you in your mental efforts to quit smoking.

If you buy this book thinking he is going to give you an easy out from addiction, I think you will be disappointed. If you buy this book, however, to use as an additional tool in your efforts at smoke cessation, I think you find it to be valuable.

~Lesly R.~

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