Many people think Allen Carr's Easyway is simply a series of tips on how to stop smoking to help smokers quit. It isn't. It's as if smokers are lost in a maze. Allen Carr's Easyway has helped 30 million people in over 50 countries to be free from smoking, vaping, drinking, drug, gambling, caffeine & sugar addiction. Allen Carr's Easy Way to Stop Smoking is a self-help classic, with over 20m copies sold This seminal book has enabled millions of smokers to quit easily and.
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Editorial Reviews. Review. "Allow Allen Carr to help you escape painlessly today. " --Observer. The advice Allen Carr gives is pretty darn good, it convinced me (a 5 It has been a couple months now and I'm still going strong. How to Stop Smoking & vaping with Allen Carr's Easyway on Richard & Judy - Duration. The Easy Way to Stop Smoking is a self-help book written by British author and accountant Allen Carr. The book aims to help people quit smoking, offering a.
I've had two friends my own age undergo intensely difficult, painful battles against cancer, and i've spent these past few weeks watching a man I really cared about suffer in agony, knowing he wasn't going to get all the years he deserved, probably because of this addiction he'd had since age nine. When he was diagnosed with lung cancer about a month ago, he told me he couldn't wait to get out of the hospital so he could have a cigarette.
He even laughed about it, and said that he just couldn't imagine his life without cigarettes. He did get discharged, with referrals to radiology, and I'm sure he smoked his face off once he got home He died just a couple brutal weeks later without getting to smoke again or even go outside for fresh air. One of the many very, very sad things about it all is that I'd watched this man successfully fight addictions to other things that are a lot more serious in terms of their immediate effects on a person's life.
But in the final analysis, smoking cigarettes can obviously have a way bigger impact than any of those other substances, because terminal illness makes all the rest of that stuff completely irrelevant. Homeless people can find housing, schizophrenics can manage their psychiatric symptoms, and people who've lost touch their families can reunite with their loved ones -- I saw this guy accomplish all those things recently, after seeing him struggle so much in the past.
But he didn't ever get to enjoy what he worked so hard to regain, because he died of fucking lung cancer right when he'd finally -- and heroically -- gotten his life together.
I guess it's not so shocking that as I get older, I understand all the moralistic hysteria about kids smoking way more than I used to. I'm from a generation for whom there was no mystery or obfuscation about the health risks of smoking, and I was fully aware while choking down my first Marlboro when I was twelve that this was a horrifically unhealthy and addictive substance that almost inevitably caused lethal diseases. I mean, as a little kid I was terrified of cigarettes!
They spent so much time at school screaming at us about lung cancer that I was distraught for days after walking in on a parent smoking at late night, convinced I'd be orphaned by what I, in my innocence, had assumed was a cigarette But I digress.
No, what I was going to say is that -- as we all know -- kids start smoking because they know it's bad, and kids love bad things, and they absolutely don't believe for one second that they'll ever get older, let alone die.
They really just don't. It's documented fact. See, but now I've gotten on a bit in years so I'm starting to get that if I don't figure something out soon, someday I will die. Part of me thinks that's why I love smoking -- there's some adolescent nihilism there that I'm really attached to, some big "fuck you" to the horror of mortality when you light that bitch up and suck in a big drag -- GOD, I love that feeling!
But what Allen Carr would say, and what he's going to remind me, is that that's total bullshit. That feeling's just some half-assed, asinine, transparently juvenile rationalization for a dull and simple addiction I've been senselessly feeding for close to two decades. Allen Carr's annoying self-help book is going to remind me that all that romance and glamour, all the emotional and intellectual pyrotechnics I associate with my smoking, are just more sophisticated versions of a drug addict's most pathetic excuses.
All those reasons aren't true. I don't really love smoking. Anyway, even if some of that stuff is true, it's way past time to stop. I'm too old for nihilism, and that's not how I want to go, in horrible pain and all fucked-up on morphine.
If I want to make some statement, I should jump off a building. This weekend I hung out with a friend of mine who just went through the unbelievably awful experience of breast cancer treatment, and she was talking about how when someone gets sick, everyone wants to blame them for it.
Susan Sontag talks a lot about this in Illness as Metaphor, and one thing I thought was weird but that I also kind of liked was that she shoved "smoking" in with "unresolved grief" and "pent-up rage" as ridiculous factors that people use to blame other people for getting cancer.
It's true that lung cancer is one of the last acceptably stigmatized illnesses -- people can happily pass judgment on smokers who get it in a way that they're just dying to but can't for anyone else who gets sick. When I have a terminal illness -- and unless I have some kind of terrible accident, chances are that at some point in the future I most likely will -- I hope it'll be one people can't blame me for giving myself.
Or, much more importantly, that I can't blame myself for getting. One has to know the mental state of a smoker before you can even think of preaching them to stop. If they have the willpower, then a smoker can do anything, even cold turkey. If not, then nothing is going to help. Coming to the book itself, I think it is atrociously written, and very patronizing and not up to the mark.
One can go for many other books if they want help to quit smoking. Given that, the book is not without its flaws. The biggest weakness of the book is the repetition, which was unnecessary.
If you say it once or twice and then reinforce it once again, that is enough. But in this book, the stuff gets repeated again and again, and again and again; you get the drift.
The second flaw that I found in the book was the futile attempt at reverse brainwashing. I like the mint flavored cigs from Camel.
The last flaw was the insistence of Carr that one has to put in the hard yards to enjoy smoking since it is challenging to start with and is very distasteful not sure what he meant since I was quickly hooked on to cigs, after my first attempt. I tried to quit smoking permanently for at least a dozen times but was never successful.
After a few days of stopping it, I would start getting anxious, have nightmares, indigestion, etc. What finally enabled me to stop smoking completely was the gradual reduction of cigarettes. I started with 30 cigs a day and slowly came to 1 or two and then stopped that also. The book did not work for me, but who knows it might work for you.
Surprisingly effective 3. Truth be told, I was skeptical when I started reading the book, but once I began to understand the content, I felt that the book was becoming assertive.
The book works by slowly demolishing all the excuses that a smoker can think off to continue smoking. One can say, you become brainwashed into quitting cigarettes after reading this book. Was the book successful in making me quit cigs and remain that way? Well, let me tell you a small story.
They tried the whole night, but could not make me take one fag. I came pretty close, but finally, my conscience got better of me and I was able to resist the temptations. Still wondering how was a book able to make me stop smoking. Well for starters, the book makes you feel less depraved about not doing something.
It makes you feel glad that you are finally free from the habit. It also teaches you how to become assertive and how to say NO and stick with it. Even if you fail, you can still learn about the physical symptoms of smoking as well as develop a healthier conscience which would enable you to stop smoking in the long run. That said, I was put off by the way the book was written.
Some of the things were getting repeated which made me feel bored by the time I finished the book. I never had a liking for stuff like nicotine gums and patches and was looking for an out-of-box method to kick the butt, when a colleague mentioned this book. I read this book one or two times and found it to be exciting.
Thanks to Allen, I haven't touched a cigarette for the past three years. All those who are still wondering if it would work, then give the book a chance, and you would start seeing the results soon.