Easyway To Stop Smoking by Allen Carr

Hi,

I just quit about 2 weeks ago after reading Easyway To Stop Smoking by Allen Carr.

Ive was a heavy smoker working in a very smokey bar in Tokyo (smoking is allowed everywhere), smoking up to 2 packs a day on some nights, chain smoking big time.

I've wanted to quit since I started smoking.

I hated every bit of it.

I bought this book about 5 years ago and read it and quit but I wasnt in the right mind set so I started smoking again quite soon after.

Then I reread it again and my mind is totally different now as since stopping Ive not had any cravings for tobacco at all.

Ive not even thought about wanting to smoke.

In fact these last 2 weeks have flown by and I was having a hard time trying to remember what day I had quit.

I think this book works very well if you actually read it and not skim through it.

Soak each page up in your mind.

Change your brainwashed mind into thinking about what your doing.

Your not 'GIVING UP" anything. Your STOPPING.

I have noticed my face is a lot better for colour, Ive lost that pale looking shade.

Ive noticed a huge difference in my sense of smell.

My mouth doesn't have a gungy feeling in the morning.

The only negative effects is Ive noticed Im a little bit more argumentative now, but thats probably cos my coworker is a pain in the f===ing arse and I didnt notice it before cos I was high on nicotine. ;)

Anyway

Read the book.

Forget Patches, gum, space age vapour metal cigarettes, drugs and all that crap.

With my lifestyle (Tokyo bar manager, DJ)

If i can go from 40 a day to zero without any bother Im sure you can too.

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  • I haven't followed Alan Carr's method because I'm using NRT but I do enjoy reading his book. I have a small collection of stop smoking books I read again and again to help keep my motivation strong. I also watch Celebrity Quitters on youtube over and over again. I have a lot of respect for Alan Carr and consider him a true hero. He died of lung cancer after being quit for a long time possibly because he exposed himself to so much secondhand smoke whilst running his quit smoking courses.

    Sue

  • Well done 2 weeks smoke free is great keep going

    Below is my standard welcome and advice post which I try and give all new members

    Welcome to the forum and well done on the decision to quit possibly one of the most important you will ever make and you will be losing nothing but you will regain control of your life and that has to be good

    You will find all the help and support you need on here as we all help each other just like a family we are here for you every step of the way cheering the good days and sympathising with the bad but the good far outweigh the bad

    Read the posts on here you will find a lot of tips and advice and in the signatures of a lot you will find links to other sites just click on them Here are 2 I find very good to start you off whyquit.com and woofmang.com Read, read and then read some more as the more you read and learn about why you smoked and about your addiction the easier your quit will be

    This link is good for the psychological part of quitting whyquit.com/whyquit/A_Sympt...

    Post often to let us know how you're doing, to rant, rave have a moan whatever you like pretty much anything goes on here OK

    Marg

  • I had read his book in the past. This time I stopped and watched the DVD to reinforce my quit. I got my husband to watch hit on Monday because he was struggling with his quit. Now he is much more positive and had a late night out last night with more than a few beers and never smoked.

    I like the way it dispels all the 'reasons' we use for smoking. I had tried NRT patches in the past and didn't like them. This time I was in the right mindset and I wanted rid of the nicotine as soon as possible. However, each to their own, what works for me does not work for everyone. One thing I find puzzling is why The Easyway isn't mentioned on the NHS site. They have no problems advertising medication and NRT but do not provide information on Easyway. Then again, I find the NHS site makes it seem that it is too difficault to stop without the methods they tout.

  • I think you really have to be in a good state of mind when you decide to quit and read his book.

    After you have read the book you realise how your mind has been playing tricks on you and stopping is so easy its ridiculous.

    I really cant believe Ive stopped so easily.

    Its been so easy I'm waiting for the catch.....

    I'm very interested to know if anyone else on this forum has managed to quit using his books.

    Ive never really understood NRT.

    Always been a bit scared of having nicotine entering my blood stream with out me smoking.

    Seems like it could be more addictive than smoking.

    Get the poison out of your body as quickly as possible and then you are free.

    Good luck

    Im only 2 weeks so its early days for me but so far its been great.

  • One thing I find puzzling is why The Easyway isn't mentioned on the NHS site. They have no problems advertising medication and NRT but do not provide information on Easyway. Then again, I find the NHS site makes it seem that it is too difficault to stop without the methods they tout.

    Thats cos they make a nice tidy sum of cash selling those patches to people. or are they available free of charge these days?, been a long time since I was back home in Blighty.

    Im amazed how the NHS havent mentioned Easyway too. Surely the thousands of people who have done it through that system should be proof enough?

    (scratches head)

  • ...One thing I find puzzling is why The Easyway isn't mentioned on the NHS site....

    ..and despite the public apology from ASH to Mr Carr on 27.11.2007 you'll find no reference there either.

    Don't make the awful mistake of assuming these people have the best interests of smokers in mind.

    $$$$$$$$

    :(

  • Thank you for the info on the book.

    I love reading but just never got around to getting Allen Carrs book.

    Just rang hubby to tell him about it, maybe this is right for him.

    Hubby is not allowed to use "aids" to help him quit, because some of them contain things that are banned at his work... stupid isnt it.

    Coz he works on the railway he is drug tested weekly, he has taken in numerous info into work about nrt etc etc and his works told him he couldnt use them :eek: makes me so angry!!

    He is popping into the bookshop on way home from footie training and having a look for it

    xx

  • easyway

    Elbow,

    Well done, 2 weeks is great keep it going,i stopped for 10 weeks using the book a couple of years ago but thinking back got really quite complacent.

    One important thing to remember is to keep picking up the book and revisiting certain chapters to keep your motivation strong or just read the whole thing again every so often,i think thats where i went wrong.What i found amazing about the book was the euphoric positive feeling i got for the first few weeks and dont seem to remember even thinking once about wanting a smoke.Your dead right though your mind certainly needs to be in the right place at the time for it to work.Im in the middle of re-reading it and should be finished by tomorrow night.This time im going to get it right though!!

  • :mad:I stopped after reading the Alan Carrs Easyways book. I read it the first time and quit for 1 week. Not sure what it was that got me started again, probably just not in the right frame of mind, but I cut down when I started again, and used to dock them out half way through.

    I did this for 1 year, then decided to try the book again, and this time something clicked and I'm glad to say it will be 1 YEAR on 23rd that I have been stopped!!! the best thing I have ever done.

    I too, don't undertsand the whole NRT stuff!! and it wasn't for me... I can't see the point of prolonging the suffering, just STOP, go through the shit feelings, get it out of your system in a week or so and move on!! (( and before anyone shouts, this is purely my opinion, each to their own and all that ))

    When I stopped, 2 of my friends stopped at the same time using NRT, and I was shocked and a little bit gutted that after 2 weeks they were still climbing the bloody walls and feeling it big time!! Yet, I was past the Moody, crappy, sulking feelings... my sleep pattern had started returning and I was feeling almost human again. They stayed quit for 1 month with NRT and then both started again, while on holiday because they said they didn't want the crap moody feeling to interfere with their holiday :confused::confused: ... and they are still smoking now. I cannot understand why the NHS would make people believe that it's just too hard to stop on your own, because in my opinion, it is much harder to stop on NRT. ;)

    Big Up to Alan Carrs Easy Ways - you saved my life and made the last year and many more the best I have had since I became sucked in when I was 13 years old.

    Good Luck everyone xxx

  • I'm curious to read this book now. :p Sounds really good.

  • easyway finished!

    Finished the book last night, had my last smoke at 10pm,havent smoked at all today and dont want to though ive thought about it.From previous experience something from the book hasnt stuck in my mind though or maybe it doesnt have the same effect after reading it for a third time!! still confident about quitting though

  • I agree that it is disappointing the NHS does not promote Carr's methods.

    Someone else (poss Cav?) posted a link to 'Scandal', which Carr wrote just before he died. I don't usually have much time for conspiracy theories, but the poor bloke makes some good arguments in the book - it's definitely worth a read.

    Carr's method is essentially a type of NLP, which is why re-reading the book is so necessary.

    Well done Stu and Elbow, keep up the good work!

    Lottie x

  • I bought the book at christmas even though at the time it was 8 months since I had my last cigarette. I found it to be great reading and a helping hand to keep me on track and to stay off the fags

    I laughed at the section where he listed all the bad points about smoking and said it was only fair to list all the good points in the next chapter .....to which I found myself looking at two blank pages.......very clever !:p

    Regardless of the method that any of us apply to our quit I think it is a great book and well worth buying . The works bookshops were selling this for about £2.99 on offer , it might be worth checking them out if there is one near you .

    Trev

    20 a day for 30 years :eek:

    Quit 28th april 09:cool:

    3 months patches

    8 months CT ( nearly)

  • well done Elbow on ur stop. I too read the book but had already stopped for 2 weeks but read it anyway, very slowly taking it all in and I must say I was impressed. I have had a few rocky times but 4 calender mnths in morn and feeling good apart from weight gain, think I will get his book on that lol

    keep up the good work

    sue xx

  • One thing about the book that stuck in my mind and did bug me a bit was his admission that he stopped smoking by hypnosis,but said he stopped inspite of this and not because of it,as oppose to "the moment of revelation" he talks of.Maybe i'm just an old cynic tho! anyhow theres no doubt the book has been a fantastic help to me and countless others on this quit and previous ones.:)

  • 5 weeks now

    5 weeks now and I haven't had any urge to smoke what so ever, been on a few big parties for birthdays and festivals and still haven't had any urges.

    Cant say I feel any different though,

    but I must say I do take notice of people smoking around me and in the street and feel quite sorry for them. I wonder what on earth I was doing sucking that crap into my system day in day out. :eek:

    GET THAT BOOK AND DROP THE PATCHES AND OTHER TORTURE DEVICES RIGHT NOW (GO ON.......HURRY UP)

    I've actually seen it on a torrent site once in PDF but reading a book is a much better way IMHO

    bestwaytoquitsmoking.co.uk/...

  • a brilliant read I agree ..sadly however i only quit for 2 days on this one (if u can call it a quit) ..did inspire me & deffo worth buying ....I do think your mind needs to be in the right place though too...its not a miracle book dont you think? xxxxx

  • its not a miracle book don't you think? xxxxx

    Its been a miracle for me,

    the amount I used to smoke working in my bar (yes we could smoke at work) I'm very surprised I managed to quit with this amount of ease.

    You definitely have to want to quit before reading the book.

    The book doesn't contain any magic, it just guides you through it all.

    Its not the book making you quit.

    You are the one quitting..

  • Its been a miracle for me,

    the amount I used to smoke working in my bar (yes we could smoke at work) I'm very surprised I managed to quit with this amount of ease.

    You definitely have to want to quit before reading the book.

    The book doesn't contain any magic, it just guides you through it all.

    Its not the book making you quit.

    You are the one quitting..

    brilliant for you xx think i was hoping for the book to make it all happen when i read it & found that I still at to work at it xxxx

    Well done you xxx

  • The book helped me get in the the minds set. I visited one of the Alan Carr sessions which stopped me for 8 months or so; I then took a short break!

    This time around I got the Alan Carr audio book which I keep on my iPod (which I take everywhere). It's a great tool. I find I don't need it, but I do still listen on occasions....hhhmmmm maybe that's why i don't feel I need it.

    Whatever, i think the Alan Carr method is a good common sense approach. We all know the information contained in Alan's method, we just need it in simple terms to give us a kick start.

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