The Easy Way to Stop Smoking
by Allen Carr
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The Easy Way to Stop Smoking – by Allen Carr
Most books and programs about quitting smoking focus on all of the negatives of continuing to smoke: the extreme health risks, the obscene financial cost, and so on. But the problem is – that doesn’t work! Smokers already know the health risks, but that didn’t make them stop. The other problem is it talks about ‘giving up’ smoking and you’re always feeling like you’re sacrificing something.
Instead, Allen Carr speaks from the smoker’s side, as someone who smoked for 33 years and found it hard to quit. He eliminates any excuses a smoker will give for continuing to smoke, and then highlights the benefits of ‘escaping’ from the slavery of the cigarette.
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The Easy Way to Stop Smoking
“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.”
The Easy Way to Stop Smoking promises for you to quit easily, immediately and permanently. Without using willpower, aids, substitutes or gimmicks. Without suffering depression or withdrawal symptoms and without gaining weight.
There will be no initial period of feeling deprived or miserable, you will enjoy social occasions more, you feel more confident and better equipped to handle stress and better able to concentrate. Most importantly, you don’t have to spend the rest of your life having to resist he occasional temptation to light a cigarette. You won’t just find it easy to quit, but you will actually enjoy the process. If there were a magic button that smokers could press to wake up the following morning as if they never lit that first cigarette, the only smokers there would be are the youngsters in the experimental phase. The only thing that prevents us from quitting is fear! Fear that we won’t be able to concentrate, handle stress or be as confident without our little crutch. Fear that our personality or character will change but most of all, the fear that once a smoker, always a smoker.
The object of The Easy Way to Stop Smoking is to get you into the right frame of mind. Instead of thinking you need to climb Mount Everest and spend the next few weeks envying other smokers, you can start right away with a feeling of elation, as if you have been cured by a terrible disease.
Your first cigarette
Our first cigarette tastes awful, our young minds are reassured we will never become hooked, and we think that because we are not enjoying them and we can stop whenever we want to. You dare not inhale, and if you have too many you start to feel dizzy and then sick. It is our body telling us “you are feeeding me poisin, stop doing it”.
With woman, the aim is to be the sophisticated modern young lady – looking absolutely ridiculous. The boys are trying to look tough. When we are hooked we wait for a period of no stress before stopping. But as we leave the protection of our parents, the natural process is for more stress, home, mortgages , babies more responsible jobs etc – making the timing never OK.
Every puff on a cigarette delivers via the lungs to the brain, a small dose of nicotine that acts more rapidly than heroin in our veins. There is no physical pain from the withdrawal from nicotine. It is merely and empty, restless feeling that someone is missing. The enjoyment that the smoker gets from a cigarette is the pleasure of trying to get back to the state of peace, tranquillity, and confidence that his body had before he became hooked in the first place. As soon as you extinguish the cigarette, the craving starts again. The whole business of smoking is like wearing tight shoes just to obtain the pleasure you feel when you take them off.
Although nicotine is a powerful drug because of the speed you get hooked, you are never badly hooked. In reality, 99% of the nicotine leaves your body within 3 weeks of quitting. So why do people going through their whole lives craving for a cigarette at odd times?
The worst aspect of smoking isn’t the injury to your health or pocket, it is the warping of your mind. The classic example of the brainwashing is in the term, ‘giving up smoking’: this implies a genuine sacrifice. The beautiful thing is there is nothing to give up. On the contrary, you are freeing yourself from a terrible disease and achieving marvellous positive gains: health, energy, wealth, peace of mind, confidence, courage, self-respect, happiness and freedom.
You will light one up during a stressful period and it appears to help. What actually happens is this: without being conscious of it, you have already been suffering aggravation , by relieving the aggregation at times of normal stress, the total stress is reduced and the smoker gets a boost. The smoker will feel better than before she had the cigarette. The cigarette is not calming your nerves, it is slowly but steadily destroying them.
When you addicted there is always something missing. When you are bored , there is nothing else taking up your mind, but that little addiction monster. Cigarettes tend to increase boredom indirectly, instead of undertaking some energetic activity, smokers tend to lounge around bored, relieving their withdrawal pangs. Observe smokers who are smoking because they are bored, they still look bored.
Cigarettes do not help concentration, that is just another illusion – they ruin it. Because after a while, even while smoking a cigarette, the withdrawal pangs cease to be completely relieved. As the smoker increases the intake, the problem slowly increases. It is affected for another reason. The progressive blocking up of your arteries and veins with poisons starve the brain of oxygen. Your concentration is greatly improved if the process is reversed.
Most smokers think it relaxes them, but nicotine is actually a chemical stimulant. One of the favourite cigarettes for smokers is that after a meal. A meal is when we sit down, relieve our hunger and thirst and then are completely satisfied. The poor smoker cannot relax, as he has another hunger to satisfy. He thinks it is the icing on the cake, but it is the little monster that needs feeding. Smokers aren’t relaxed, they have forgotten what it feels like to be completely relaxed, that is one of the many joys to come.
So what are you giving up? The fear of being deprived of the pleasure, the fear certain situations will not be the same, the fear we will be unable to cope with stressful situations. Cigarettes do not fill a void. They create it! The truth is you have nothing to give up. Once you purge that little monster for your body and the brain washing from your mind, you will never want cigarettes nor need them.
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