The Easy Way to Stop Smoking: Join the Millions Who Have Become Nonsmokers Using the Easyway Method
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The Easy Way to Stop Smoking: Join the Millions Who Have Become Nonsmokers Using the Easyway Method

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A new edition of the revolutionary bestseller, with four million copies in print. Allen Carr’s innovative Easyway method—which he discovered after his own 100-cigarette-a-day habit nearly drove him to despair—has helped millions kick smoking without feeling anxious and deprived. That’s because he helps smokers discover the psychological reasons behind their dependency, exp...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 23rd 2004 by Sterling (first published 2004)
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Jessica
Aug 18, 2009 Jessica rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
jack
Jan 20, 2008 jack rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Rebekah Small
If you change your mind, it will change your life. This book can help you change your mind.
Erin
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
Roxanne
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 :)
Chris
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...more
Matt
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...more
David
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...more
Carrie
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.
Daniel
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...more
Sarah
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
Yakup  Öner
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...more
Janis Ian
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...more
Elisa
Obviously not stellar writing, but the book did the trick--I AM A NON-SMOKER! WOO-HOO!!
Sibel Hodge
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...more
Craig
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...more
Catherine
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...more
Ed
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
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...more
TarasProkopyuk
Книга из тех, которые действительно работают!
Проверено личным опытом.
С огромным сожалением вспоминаю столь длительный строк зависимости от этой гадости, а также огромное удовлетворение и гордость собой (особенно после всех предпринятых неудачных попыток), когда осознал, что наконец избавился от этой чудовищной зависимости.
oriana
Nov 12, 2013 oriana marked it as to-read
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.
Allie
I suppose time will tell about the true effectiveness of this book. Basically, it's a big giant mind fuck. (sorry for the language, but it is) He repeats phrases and points and chooses his words carefully, so the effect is almost like hypnosis. But if this guy could truly go from 100 cigarettes a day (!) to zero without a look back, I'm wiling to hear him out.

His logic is certainly sound. Smokers are essentially brainwashed and sabotaged by the idea that it is next to impossible to quit. That i...more
Enigma
Feb 11, 2008 Enigma rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Enigma by: Barnes and Noble
Well, I have to say that this book is a powerful one. I've read it once and bailed on the end. The author's argument is a strong one, not scare tactics but he says at the end that you should be 100% certain on the program. I decided that I would reread the whole book, to insure that I would quit for good. Big Shock: I have yet to go back and reread the volume.

Scarily enough, even without that 100% certainty, I smoked a cigarette at 8pm on the night I finished the book and didn't have another on...more
Michael Hogan
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...more
Fuchsia Sunbeam
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...more
Arwen56
Mah, più che altro pare un depliant pubblicitario per i centri EASYWAY del signor Carr. Niente di male, per carità. Ognuno cerca di vendere la merce che ha e lui ha questa: un presunto metodo per smettere di fumare, che, a suo avviso, funziona benissimo. Può essere. A me, però, è sembrato solo un’accozzaglia di banalità e di idee trite e ritrite. Non che la maggior parte dei concetti espressi sia falsa, al contrario, solo che, secondo me, difficilmente indurranno un fumatore a smettere, perché l...more
Oz Barton
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...more
Loy Machedo


There are alcohol addicts, drug addicts, smoking addicts, sex addicts, gaming addicts, shopping addicts….and I guess there must be many more.
In my case, I am a book addict.
Yes folks, I admit.
My name is Loy Machedo and I am a bookoholic.
And this was proved even further when I passed by yet another book store to just ‘have a look’ as I call it, and ended up purchasing two bags full of books.
As I was exiting the store, my eyes fell upon the book titled Allen Carr’s ‘Easy Way to Stop Smoking’.
Now u...more
Antiabecedarian
Apr 01, 2009 Antiabecedarian rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who excel at the willing suspension of disbelief
Recommended to Antiabecedarian by: quitters
Shelves: ha-ha
he is right, but I couldn't convince myself the freedom was better than the miserable desire for nicotine. lovely, sickening nicotine.

which makes Carr's book one of the more annoying I ever made it through. I can see how a revelation would occur if he were standing in front of me, talking like that. My brain conjured images of silent cartoon/vaudeville movies with the evil bad little demon looking contrite and nodding, yes yr right yes yr right. & then a halo appears! "YIPPEE!" (A Direct Qu...more
Kasandra
Smokers should read this. My 2 issues with this book, aside from all the repetition, which I believe is unfortunately necessary to do the reverse brainwashing, is that 1. he insists nobody enjoys the taste of cigarettes (not true, I DO like the way certain cigarettes taste... though, admittedly, not the ones I was smoking regularly and not ones I can easily get in the States anymore), and 2. he insists that you have to work to enjoy smoking because it is so distasteful and difficult to begin wit...more
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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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“Wouldn’t that be an incredibly stupid thing to do? To say ‘I never want to smoke again’, then spend the rest of your life saying ‘I’d love a cigarette.’ That’s what smokers who use the Willpower Method do. No wonder they feel so miserable. They spend the rest of their lives desperately moping for something that they desperately hope they will never have.” 9 likes
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