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Easy Way to Quit Smoking

Updated on August 19, 2013


I had smoked for 30 years. And I believed I couldn't quit. I had made some feeble attempts at quitting before, but to no avail.

Nothing worked. I lacked the willpower. I lived alone and I didn't have anyone pushing me. I hadn't yet had any signs that a smoker might develop but I knew it was only a matter of time.

I had known all about the health risks. I had seen all the commercials. I read all the warnings and the doctor reports; all smokers do. Truth is, if health warnings were going to have much of an effect, we wouldn't be smoking.

I kept telling myself, I only smoked about ten a day, that was light. I didn't smoke in my house or car. I smoked when I was bored or anxious, or after a meal, or in a social situation. Or whenever I felt like it. I enjoyed smoking. I was polite about it.

Reality Hit Me

I was living in a world of denial. My father is dying of emphysema and COPD. I watch him struggle with it every day and I feel guilty when I take a smoke break when I'm visiting him. He constantly lectures me on quitting so I don't end up like him. He says he understands what the addiction is like though. He, himself was addicted to cigarettes for over 50 years. He didn't quit until after the diagnosis and he was put on oxygen.

I was afraid of quitting. I was afraid of the withdrawl. I was afraid of the constant cravings. I was afraid of losing my crutch. I was afraid of failing. So I kept right on smoking. Thinking of quitting caused me more stress. Cutting down caused me stress.

Sometimes smoking was the only thing that could make me feel sane. And I knew how unhealthy that was. I didn't want to get COPD. Its a horrible and slow, painful death during which you rely on everyone to take care of you. I couldn't think of a worse way to go.

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I decided that I needed the company of people who were at the same place I was or who had recently been there, if I was thinking of trying to quit. So, I logged on to

I had to answer a bunch of questions but I figured that was a small price to pay for some help. No one ever called me on the phone or bothered me.

I just named an arbitrary date that I thought I'd pick as a stop smoking date, but there was no way I ever thought I would really ever stop smoking.

I wrote a blog about how I was hopeful that I would quit and I would follow some of the advice that I had read so far. They did have some useful information on the site. I was surprised at how many other people had written me back after my first blog! It seems that site is used my thousands of recently quit and long time quitters who are very helpful and wanting to reach out to others! I read some posts and comments, all very helpful and positive.

But several recommended a book to me....and this was a recurring theme through the next several days of my blogs.

I was a skeptic. How could a book help me quit smoking? So, I looked it up and it was free and available at a website online. It was only a little over 100 pages long so I thought, I can't lose.

In the beginning of the book, it told me I could smoke throughout reading the book but at the end of it, I'd want to stop. And it would be enjoyable. Pretty bold claim, if it was true. I didn't believe it. So I kept reading just to prove it wrong.

The more I read, the more I was eating my words. I stopped smoking a chapter before the end of the book. And it was enjoyable. It was like a wave of freedom had washed over me and I knew I'd never go back to smoking again.

I still stay in touch on I recommend the book too. It was like a miracle to me. I wish I had read it fifteen or twenty years ago. And it was free. It took nothing more than for me to read the book and really listen.

The book is called "The EASYWAY to quit smoking" by Alan Carr.

Here is the website:

I believe that the book was the secret to finally helping me quit smoking and gave me tools to help, as well as community to go to for the sticky times. Once in a while, I get this odd craving for one cigarette; I just want one. I don't know where it comes from. And I know in my head that I don't really want it. I think it's just a memory of wanting it. So, I get online and find out its perfectly natural; it usually occurs at the three-week mark. But that one puff is fatal to a quit. My online community got me through the urge; surprisingly to me, it just went away. I survived it too! And I'm even happier for it!

So even if you think you might entertain the thought of quitting, read the book. You've got everything to gain!




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      Erin LeFey 4 years ago from Maryland

      Jackie, congratulations on your quit! The great thing about this method is that I haven't had any real cravings...I had one time when I wanted a cigarette, but in my head I knew that I really didn't. I got online and the support group helped me reaffirm that fact. They are really great. You're so right, about being a slave to the addiction, and being free of the smell; that freedom is awesome!! Thanks soo much for your comment!!! :)

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      Erin LeFey 4 years ago from Maryland

      dbrj, Its so good to see you again! I hope it does touch someone else and I hope they do pick up that book, if only out of curiosity like I did. It really is amazing - and the online support group really helps to stay quit. Thanks so much for the pat on the back.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I quit 11 years ago and no it is not easy but if you want to live you will find the strength. I craved cigarettes for years but finally I guess all the poison the government allows them to add to them is out of my system. I feel so good just being free of slaving to the things, planning the next one almost before I finish one. My house and all my clothes always smells nice and so does my breath.

      I will pass this on. Great write. ^

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      I would not be surprised, Erin, if your fascinating article about how to quit smoking saves the life of cigarette addicts who read it. Way to go, m'dear. I'm very proud of you!

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      Erin LeFey 4 years ago from Maryland

      Hello Genna!

      So good to see YOU! Thank you so much! I quit using this method - it was so easy. I couldn't believe I had never heard of it. If I had known it could be this easy, I would have stopped a long time ago! I wanted to share to take the fear out of it for anyone who was as afraid and as skeptical as I was about failing.

      Take care of yourself, we'll have to catch up! Love, Erin.

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello Erin!

      It's so good to see you. This is a wonderful hub for people who are trying to quit. It took me several stops and starts before I finally quit, so I know how very hard this can be. Hugs.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Erin, I stocked up on chocolate sugar free ice cream bars, hard candy and gum, all sugar free. I know a lady who gained fifty lbs. when she quit, that's just as bad for your health as smoking. You can do it sister...

      Love you...

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      Erin LeFey 4 years ago from Maryland

      Oh and now, I'm reading, Allen Carr's EasyWeigh to Control Your Weight! That's my next goal. I'm afraid of gaining more weight now that I quit too. Although the book says I won't...

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      Erin LeFey 4 years ago from Maryland

      Ruby, my sister,

      I have thought about you so often!!! I hope you are doing well! I have wanted to come back for so long! But this block has plagued me. So since I quit smoking, and I felt so good about it, I thought, Write about that! I hope its the start of my writing again.

      I've missed you! I'll be around to your pages soon!

      Love, Erin

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Erin, i forgot to comment about the book you read that helped you quit, that is remarkable. I am sure you've helped others who are wanting to quit. I have a friend who might order the book. Thank you again...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Erin, so good to see you. Your story sounds much like mine. I smoked for forty years, knowing how bad they were for me. The site that helped me quit , was always afraid i would gain weight if i quit. The site advised me on the type of food and drinks to have near for the sweet cravings. One day when i was having a really difficult time, i typed, " I am not going to get fat, i would rather smoke. " I immediately received a reply saying, " Oh don't worry honey, when you get cancer, you'll be skinny. " Ha..That got me through the day. It has been ten years now, and i have no desire to smoke, and i didn't gain any weight. So good to see you back on HP. Cheers my friend.