Oh! Allen Carr’s Easy Way To Stop Smoking! This book has a special place in my heart, as I had a lot of emotional attachments to smoking. I was a pack-a-day ritualistic smoker and for many reasons.
I would bond with my Grandparents, who I lived with, over smokes on the patio. I instantly made new friends from different groups in the smoking section at my high school. I’d strike up conversations outside the club just by asking for a lighter. I learned that I could take more breaks from my job because I smoked. I fucking loved smoking.
Then my grandpa died of lung cancer. We set up a hospice for his final days with us in our home, and that changed everything.
After experiencing the trauma of losing my Poppa to lung cancer, a friend recommended a book to me called Allen Carr’s Easy Way To Stop Smoking.
Win or break even, I thought.
Carr challenges you to reconsider the way you think about cigarettes. He doesn’t rehash the health detriments or use fear tactics. He even states that IF that worked- you would have quit long ago.
He treats smoking as an addiction, based on rituals and triggers, and helps you to identify them. You can separate the physical addiction (nicotine and withdrawals) from the mental one (addiction, which can last a lifetime). Carr isn’t as philosophical as he is factual and practical in his methods. He encourages you not to quit smoking until you’ve finished the book. People have breakthroughs in certain chapters and then try to quit without all of the information necessary to avoid relapsing.
It took me a year to finish it front to back. I smoked reading the last page and fell asleep. I woke up and HAVEN’T SMOKED FOR 9 YEARS NOW. It’s unbelievable that I’ve never even wanted one either. I liken it to being hypnotized. It’s like I’ve been rewired.
I am forever grateful for this resource and in my opinion, it’s truly a “quitting smoking” tool.
Allen Carr’s Easy Way To Stop Smoking has some practical and yet magical wording that helped me snap out of it and acknowledge my rituals so that I could change them. Learning about triggers and the biology of addiction was the key to understanding why I was addicted, and that helped me pivot on my perception of smoking. This is a fantastic book that I would 10/10 recommend to literally ANYONE. Even for the “I-Only-Smoke-When-I-Drink” people.
The key to long-term quitting for me is that I constantly replay this quote in my head: “If I ever smoke again, I will smoke for the rest of my life.” I won’t even smoke a cigar at a party because I take this quote so seriously. Yes, I loved a good cigar… I say it’s an allergy so that I can honor my tobacco sobriety without the banter of other people’s opinions.
Protect your health and the health of your loved ones with this book. Live longer, save money, and feel healthier.
It’s truly an investment in yourself.
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