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Allen Carr's Easy Way To Stop Smoking

4.25  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,973 Ratings  ·  497 Reviews
‘If you follow my instructions you will be a happy non-smoker for the rest of your life.’ That’s a strong claim from Allen Carr, but as the world’s leading quit smoking expert, Allen was right to boast!

This classic guide to the world’s most successful stop smoking method is all you need to give up smoking. You can even smoke while you read. There are no scare tactics, you
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Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published (first published 1985)
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Jessica
Aug 18, 2009 Jessica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jessica by: people who actually stopped smoking when they read it
Training for the New York City marathon last fall didn't magically stop me from smoking, but maybe watching a beloved client die abruptly and excruciatingly of lung cancer last week will do the trick? In case that's not enough, I've got Allen Carr's annoying self-help book to back me up!

I love fucking smoking. I love, love, love, LOVE it. Except, Allen Carr's going to tell me, I actually don't. I can't possibly love smoking because smoking's disgusting! All the loving I think I'm doing is actual
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jack
Jan 20, 2008 jack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who is tired of smoking, anyone who wants to quit anything
so, i've quite smoking like, i don't know, four times or something.

there was the first time: the halfass try that lasted for about three days (although i didn't admit to myself that i was smoking again for another six months or something, even though i steadily bummed cigarettes off of my coworkers everyday).

then the big time, back in 2002 when i went from being a pack and a half a day smoker to totally over and done using the patch (which i will recommend to each and everyone of you). and i d
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Erin
Aug 14, 2015 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cannot give this book enough stars. I started smoking when I was 19 and was a pack a day smoker when I made the decision to quit and began to read this book. It really is the BEST way to quit smoking - I finished reading this book, threw out my cigarettes and never smoked again. I have suffered no withdrawal or pangs of desire ... I tried quitting several times before reading this book, either using the patch, the gum or cold turkey, and every time I tried, I was so miserable that I always sta ...more
Rebekah Small
Mar 20, 2008 Rebekah Small rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you change your mind, it will change your life. This book can help you change your mind.
Carrie
Sep 20, 2013 Carrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is really, truly a terrible book that uses very transparent psychological trickery to convince you to stop smoking. But, it totally worked on me so it gets 5 stars.
David
May 03, 2013 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I actually didn't finish the book, but I did smoke the last cigarette of my life while reading it, and extinguished it in utter disgust.

The book is written at a third grader's level of reading comprehension, and at times, the arguments seem positively infantile. The text is repetitive, and the author's personal history is repellant and dull. The money argument doesn't really work on me. And yet, and yet. There is some very clever rhetoric in play here, utterly simplistic in its logic, but ultim
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Roxanne
Jul 26, 2012 Roxanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, it changed my life.

Understanding why you smoke and know what you have to do to quit just made sense to me. My husband (who I thought was a lifer) have been smoke free for 3 years, best thing I ever did was read this book.

This book opened my eyes to the reality why I smoked and the reasons why I should stop making excuses and just quit.

Thank you Allen Carr for saving mine and my husbands life :)
Janis Ian
Nov 27, 2010 Janis Ian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Didn't think it would work. I started smoking at 13. Didn't think it would work. A friend told me it was magic. Still didn't think it would work. Bought a used copy (it was out of print, can you believe it?!) in 2005 and managed to keep losing it, never read it. Finally sat down with it two years later. Read it, didn't think it would work. Followed the instructions.
Quit painlessly. No craziness, no weight gain. Never looked back, never missed it. Believe me, I'd tried everything before, and non
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Chris
Jul 24, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Day 0: 40+ cigarettes/day

Day 1: Well, that wasn't so hard: 0 cigarettes/day

Day 2: Still smoke free, this is going to work!!! A guarded 5 star rating for now.

Day 3: Well I'm a weak willed sucker (not that I needed further proof). It was 2am on Day 3/4, and it ended like all my previous attempts with a delicious Gauloises. Not the books fault though and there is still hope.

After a week, I think it's time for a mini résumé on Allan Carr's quitting method.

As I wrote in the comments, after my lapse o
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Sara
Aug 20, 2015 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un libro da solo non può fare miracoli: occorre affrontarlo con la predisposizione giusta. Io l'ho letto. Ho smesso di fumare nel 2009. E non ho più ricominciato. Neppure una tentazione piccina picciò. Ora il mondo attorno a me è molto più bello. Profumato. E io non ho più il fiatone dopo mezzo minuto di corsa. Anzi, sono al livello avanzato di krav maga e faccio lotta da strada. Forse anche questo mi ha aiutato.
Sarah
Mar 28, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do not enjoy smoking. I hate smoking and the cigarette itself is what's making me miserable. I'm tired of feeding the monster. If I were a non-smoker I wouldn't feel cravings and would enjoy moments in life more. These are the things I've learned so far. I can understand why this book makes people want to quit smoking. It's not shock therapy which scares you into quitting. It explains all the good things that will happen to you when you quit, and while you think you like smoking or that it hel ...more
Matt
Nov 20, 2008 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This may be the only book that I have read 4 times, but for times the charm.
My sister spoke wonders of this book and how it helped her quit. A few years back I borrowed it from her, read it, and was able to quit for about a month and a half. Then, in stupidity, on a drinking night out I bummed one,and then was quickly about a pack a day. Earlier this year I felt ready to try again. In April I checked it out of the library, read it, and quit for about four days. I night out did me in a agian. I r
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Craig
May 13, 2013 Craig rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Third edit: Five years. Still smoke free with very few cravings ever. Give this a shot if you have any desire to quit no matter how small.

Second edit: still smoke free more than three years later. As annoying as the book can be at points, it really worked for me.

Edit: I said I would change it to 5 stars if I quit. I'm entering day 9 without a cigarette. I can't say that it was/is as easy as he says, but it is definitely easier than it ever was before. I definitely highly recommend this book to
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Daniel
Feb 14, 2013 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very practical advice about how to quit smoking.

Focuses on removing the reasons you smoke (which is the same for all smokers- to alleviate that slightly panicky feeling you experience created by the nicotine from your previous cigarette leaving your body.)

Carr does not use scare tactics. The REASONS that people smoke are not the same as the reasons they ought not to smoke.

In fact, I say reasons, but ultimately, all smokers smoke for the same one reason: to relieve the symptoms of nicotine withd
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Sibel Hodge
Nov 09, 2012 Sibel Hodge rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to wait until a decent amount of time had passed before I wrote a review of this book, just to prove that it does work! And it does. Yep, that’s right, I’ve been cigarette free for 6 whole months now and feel great!

I stopped smoking for 5 years once, then I went back to smoking the thin cigars every now and then at a party. Over the months, my addiction went up to the level it was before when I was smoking, and pretty soon I was on about 20 a day! In the past when I stopped smoking I us
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Michael Hogan
Jul 03, 2013 Michael Hogan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had been a smoker for over fifty years. I smoked two packs a day. I tried to quit many times, paying for hypnosis sessions, using Nicorette gum, using nicotine patches of various dosages, and even being active in exercise and recovery programs. Nothing worked. I would quit for a few days, once even for a month or two but then would start up again smoking more than ever.

Four years ago my wife gave me this book. She said, "Don't start reading it until you are ready to quit. It really works!" Nee
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Oz Barton
Mar 27, 2012 Oz Barton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is badly written in the way that only a self-help book can be, and I wanted to dislike it based purely on that principle.

I also wanted to dislike it because of the author's horrifying habit, throughout most of the book, of classifying smokers as poor pathetic creatures to be pitied, only to throw in a very brief chapter at the end begging readers not to become those condescending, self-righteous ex-smokers. (Perhaps he doesn't feel that pity is, by definition, condescending?)

I wanted
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Yakup
Jan 08, 2013 Yakup rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
İnternetten bir forum sitesine bakınıyordum.gözüme küçük bir yazı ilişti.Aynen şu ''sigarayı bırakmanın kolay yolu'' yorumum aynen şu olmuştu ; yine biri saçmalamıştır.Hani bazı kitaplar vardır ya, mutluluğa, başarıya ulaşmanın kolay yollarını yazarlar, fakat yazarları hem başarısız hem de mutsuzdurlar.
Bir tıklamadan ne çıkar dedim ve bastım linke bir e-book linki imiş.içeriği ilgimi çekti.yöntem ve tutumları çok farklıydı, zaten şiddetle sigarayı bırakmak istiyordum, farklı bir yöntem gerekli i
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Vernice
Nov 22, 2015 Vernice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book when I first found out I was expecting and knew I needed and wanted to quit smoking. All my friends seemed to find it easy to quit smoking while pregnant, but as soon as they came back from maternity leave, they would just light up again. I didn't want that to happen to me, and I knew that when I quit I wanted it to be for good, so I decided to read this book for a little help. It was such a help... I don't know if it subtly hypnotises you or something, but before I even finishe ...more
Elisa
Feb 16, 2013 Elisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Obviously not stellar writing, but the book did the trick--I AM A NON-SMOKER! WOO-HOO!!
Portal in the Pages
I will revisit this rating in 12 months.

You don't get five stars, no matter how convincing you are, when the first three chapters are an ode to your own awesome nature before you even said anything...
Elif
Dec 05, 2014 Elif rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yeah, it works.
Fuchsia Sunbeam
Aug 20, 2012 Fuchsia Sunbeam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It worked! I stopped smoking in December last year because of this book and I have not smoked since. And the best thing about it is that I have not once since then had the desire to smoke.

That's what I always wanted and what I never got in my previous attempts to quit. I felt as though I'd tried everything, so the only solution was to give up on giving up! I didn't want to quit smoking if it meant spending the rest of my life "wanting a cigarette". That would be a torture I wouldn't wish on any
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Catherine
Jun 12, 2009 Catherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book isn't perfect. Carr annoyed me at the beginning of the book by tooting his own horn; he obviously felt the need to prove he has credentials--and that makes sense, but there's too much.

But what makes the book amazing is that it systematically breaks down the myths about smoking (even the ones that I didn't think I subscribed to) and subtly sort of brainwashes you into hating smoking. You smoke as you read, which keeps the pressure off. And Carr's thinking is rational--and friendly. He do
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Ed
Feb 08, 2013 Ed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was a smoker for 10 years and tried to quit smoking over a dozen times with no success. Every method I thought would work was an abject failure and I could never figure out why. After reading this book, I immediately quit smoking and have not looked back. It was the easiest thing I have ever done in my life, once I learned how. I am coming up on the 2 year anniversary since I quit smoking and decided to re-read the book to give myself a refresher. It's amazing how much different my perspective ...more
Zach
Aug 26, 2009 Zach rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After ten years of attempts, Carr's advice in this book helped me put all of the pieces together that I needed to put together to stop smoking for good. It's been more than 8 months now, and I've never felt better.

Nota bene: Carr's assertion that nicotine replacement and other medical aids are counterproductive is only partially correct - while products like nicotine gum and lozenges will reinforce your addiction, slow-release devices like the patch and medications like Wellbutrin and Chantix w
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Andreas Strom
Aug 16, 2011 Andreas Strom rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It might have been the translation to Norwegian, but this book was utter crap. More repetitive than 90's techno, and there are just about NO proper instructions until the very end. I learned nothing new from the constant repetition of old and obvious information.
Yes, I'm quitting smoking, but this book did absolutely nothing to help me I think. I will just quit, and that's that. At least I'm happy I was given this book, and didn't put any money in Carr's pocket.
Pavel
Sep 27, 2009 Pavel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, modern
this book will help you quit if you want to quit, but can't. As easy as that. If you want to smoke and think it's cool and tasty - do it.
But if you're tired of smelly fingers, two dozens of breaks a day and whining of non-smoking people around - read this, it will free you.
Whatsername
Jan 14, 2013 Whatsername rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ho smesso da due mesi!!!Ed è vero!E' come un miracolo;il fumo non mi manca più e sto ogni giorno a contatto di chi fuma e non mi da fastidio!Lo consiglio a tutti!!
Oriana
Nov 12, 2013 Oriana marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I refuse to get the patch, but seeing as how I'm a crazed book person, maybe I will allow myself to be aided by a book.
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Allen Carr was an author of books about quitting smoking and other psychological dependencies including alcohol addiction. He quit smoking after 33 years as a hundred-a-day chain smoker.
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