Hi, I'd been trying to stop smoking for years, I've most likely done what all of us do and thats go through stages where we say we're give up tomorrow and going through the stage of just being a casual smoker and then gradually buying packs everyday. A couple of years ago I read Allen Carr's book and I stopped for sometime but ended up stupidy starting again by just having 1 when I'm nervous about something or at a pub round other smokers. I've skimmed through the book a few times since but hadn't really given it my full attention. Anyway now I sat back down and read it word for word and wrote it out so I could understand it better. I'm happy to say I've stopped smoking now and I thought I'd post what I wrote out hoping it may help someone else out.
First off he uses the comparison that smoking cigarettes is the same as a insects getting killed by a pitcher plant. This is actually a great comparison as the pitcher plant gives of a scent that is addictive to the insect. The insect tastes the plant but he never decided to become hooked - the plant trapped him.
This is the same with cigarettes... We all decided to smoke for whatever reason usually to look cool at school but we never decided to become addicted to them and when we want to stop we can't. The addiction is what traps a person.
all the reasons we give for smoking are all illusions the only reason we smoke is because it contains nicotine which is addictive.
I Like the taste?
Really? If you like the taste of cigarettes then you wouldn't be smoking them - you would be eating them.
I like the smell
Really? So if they sold a air freshener In the supermarket which smelt of cigarette smoke would you buy that and spray it around your house?
I like Cigarettes
Compare this to something else you like! I like almonds but I don't carry them around with me all day long and when I don't have them on me I don't start getting stressful or paniky about when will I get some next.
It's a social prop
It kills social occasions! Especially nowaday where your not allowed to smoke In pubs, you have to leave your group of mates to go smoke outside.
The worse thing I found was doing things like going to the cinema even if it was my favorite film I couldn't relax long enough and enjoy it because I was thinking in my head "hurry up and finish because I want a cigarette now".
I found going on dates also suck when your a smoker because you don't want to smoke in front of them but you end up doing so after awhile and then you worry about them kissing you as your mouth must taste like licking a ashtray. Thankfully I haven't got to worry about that anymore haha.
It's stylish and Cool
I never really thought that myself but I guess I must of been a little influenced by watching movies... for instance if I watched a James Dean film when I was younger I would after want to smoke all for instance if you watch Basic Instinct I gaurantee you that you think smoking is hot lol
It's not the cigarette that stylish and cool - It's the person doing it!
Imagine someone you find attractive smoking and then picture someone you find unattractive smoking.
- It's not the cigarette it's the person.
Don't fall for market strategies!
I like Inhaling
If you like inhaling then go put your mouth over an exhaust pipe I'm sure that isn't a pleasent feeling. It just shows that we don't like inhaling it's the addiction that makes us think we like it.
It helps me concentration
Smoking is what stops you being able to concentrate because your thinking always about relieving the craving.
I like the Ritual
This was a hard one to swallow when I read this part. Nicotine is the most addictive drug in mankind. If you think about a herion addict injecting themselfs... If your like me that grosses you out but we are exactly the same. Smoking cigarettes you are a drug addict we inhale it they inject it.
Those are only some of the illusions that he talks about which made the most sense to me. I realised that all the reasons I gave for smoking were all illusions and some more.
This part of the book was most helpful, he explains the addiction in better detail and uses some imaginary ways of explaining his point.
So when you start smoking you plant a seed in your body which is nicotine he calls it the nicotine monster lol. What he goes on to say is that now you have this monster in your body you have to feed it otherwise you become uptight stressed and angry. The reality is that the nicotine has started to leave your body which is the withdrawl feeling - the only way to stop that feeling is to smoke so you plant fresh nicotine in your body which relieves the feeling.
Your ok for sometime after but the longer you smoke the shorter the craving will be and thats how you end up a chain smoker.
It only takes 3 weeks for the nicotine to leave your body so the cravings shouldn't last much longer than that. I found personally its the first 3 days and then it's easier. I suppose it depends what mind frame your in and thats why I think this book is good because It sets you up and puts you in the right mind frame. Even when you have a craving you just think "ah this my body craving nicotine but it will all be out of my system soon".
I'm sorry for my bad spelling and grammer but I hope this could possibly help someone.
Stopping smoking has been one of the best decisions I've made so far, I feel so much better and running has become easier lol plus what I spent on cigarettes I can now afford the healthy diet and lifestyle I wanted todo for such a long time.