Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Can A Book Help Me Quit Smoking?

There must be a million and one ways to quit smoking. There is the willpower method, also known as cold turkey. There are nicotine replacement therapies (NRT), such as nicotine gum, nicotine patches, nicotine inhalers, nicotine lozenges, and nicotine nasal sprays. There are prescription drugs and medications like Chantix. You can try hypnosis. You can even try laser therapy. All of these have been used to get people to quit smoking with variable results. But the questions is, can a book get me to kick the habit?

A couple of people at QuitNet recommended a book called "The Easyway to Stop Smoking" by Allen Carr. Really? Read a book and quit smoking? You can't be serious! I was skeptical, but decided to give it a try. One more tool to add to my arsenal. I have almost finished reading the book and I have to admit, it might actually work. I will have to let you know.

If you are interested, here is a little synopsis:

Allen Carr's Easyway™ method centers on removing the psychological need to smoke--while the smoker is still smoking. Following the Easyway™ method:

  • You will not need willpower.
  • You will not gain weight.
  • You will not feel deprived.
  • You will need no gimmicks, shocks or substitutes
  • You will not suffer serious withdrawal pangs.

Carr debunks many of the myths about smoking: smokers enjoy smoking, smokers choose to smoke, smoking is a social habit, smoking relieves boredom and stress, and smoking aids concentration and relaxation. He examines the real reasons people start to smoke and why they continue, and explains why attempts to quit with nicotine substitutes, by simply cutting down, or through pure willpower so often fail. He offers a step-by-step approach to stopping, and reveals how to handle withdrawal symptoms and temptation situations.

Rather than feel deprived and anxious, apply Allen Carr's Easyway™ method and immediately enjoy the freedoms of being a non-smoker.


  1. Hi Jeff
    I too am sick of smoking. Stopped in 2006 (after 20 years ) using the Allen Carr book, and found it really easy. One moment of weakness 4 months later and I was straight back to old habits. Still trying to beat it now. Watching your blog with interest.

  2. Jo,

    One moment of weakness is usually all it takes to get back into the old habit again. I think most smokers have that problem. I know I have on several occasions. I think I have quit smoking 3 or 4 times over the years, but I thought that 1 cigarette couldn't hurt. Before I knew it I was back to smoking like I was before. Sometimes I think I smoked more after I quit and then started smoking again...like I was making up for lost time. You have quit before so you have already proved to yourself that you can do it. My advice would be to re-read Allan Carr's book and give it another try. And constantly reflect on what happened that caused you to start smoking again and avoid that situation this time around. I have faith in you. You can beat this habit!