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The Easy And Free Way To Stop Smoking

Updated on January 22, 2013

There is only one easy way to stop smoking. It is quitting cold turkey. It sounds much harder than it actually is. It's been 4months since I have quit smoking. It is not a lot, but on the other hand a couple of days after quitting cold turkey I knew for sure my cravings were almost gone. Allen Carr has written a book "The Easy Way to Stop Smoking". Although I didn't use this book to stop smoking, I have read it and agree with most of ideas Allen Carr suggests.

My Story

I used to smoke for 11 years. For some it seems a lot, but it doesn't really matter if it is two or twenty years. It is equally hard or easy to stop smoking no matter long have you been addicted. I even was die hard smoking supporter. I didn't care much about health, smell and other bad things commonly associated with smoking. To be honest, I still don't care and I still like the smell of cigarette smoke. Yet I have stopped smoking and I know I won't smoke for good. It was a quite easy way to stop smoking - I just decided to try.

Allen Carr Method

Allen Carr in his "The Easy Way To Stop Smoking" offers a method of quitting that promises immediate effect, no bad withdrawal symptoms, it doesn't need any willpower and permanent effect. Is it true? Of course not. Well quitting cold turkey makes you quit immediately, you don't waste any time on using methods that might or might not work. It requires some willpower. The first few days were almost unbearable. The craving felt so strong, almost, but only almost stronger than me. Allen Carr says that the easy way to stop smoking is stopping being slave of the nicotine. We don't choose to be slaves willingly but setting ourselves free is the choice of a free man. I suggest you spend your first few smoke free days in smoke free environment. Later you won't car much even if people smoke close to you. Some quitters even start to hate smoke itself.

What Happens After You Stop Smoking

Are you a social drinker? If you drink a bottle of wine once a month you know how it feels to want that wine but you don't have to have it. Just a slight craving. This is how I feel now about cigarettes. I want them a bit. But I feel that if I went further and smoked one, I might be able to stop again but I'd have to go through all the bad fight with the addiction so I restrain. Occasionally I do have cigarettes in my mind too, like now, when I'm writing this article. But since I have set myself free by using the easy way to stop smoking, it is not haunting me. I feel a bit wiser though since I know how it is to smoke and how it is to quit smoking. That was a part of my life but now I'm free. Good luck and happy quitting! :)


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      Efficient Admin 5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      I have joined the club of non-smokers as well and quit CT. I am now at 152 days, 18 hours, 46 minutes and 31 seconds smoke free, cigarettes NOT smoked: 3056. I have read Carr's book and still have a copy of it. It was a good read but that is not what made me quit. I just got tired of the smell, the coughing, and money spent.

      Congratulations Eranofu and everyone else for their Quit!

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      John Roberts 5 years ago from South Yorkshire, England

      Excellent guide on how to stop smoking. While I don't smoke (you could say I'm passive), I still get a craving for nicotine because of my dad's smoking habits. But I'll keep these tips in mind so if I do start properly, I'll know when to stop ^^

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      My Dear Friend, are very welcome. I just tell it like it is...and YOU are a great writer who offers helpful advice, maybe life-saving advice, to us on hubs. I love to talk with you about these things. It is I who is grateful to have someone as classy and creative in my list of followers.

      You can bank on this.


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      Eranofu 5 years ago from Europe

      Thank you so much, kenneth avery. Your words warm my heart. I am happy you are free of addictions. Your hubs made me smile already and your comment is wonderful. I am grateful. Thank you. :))))))))))

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Eranofu! Congrat's! You are a non-smoker. So am I, for now going on 12 years. And NO dipping smokeless either. Nor alcohol abusing. No illegal drug taking. Im not a prude. Nor am I holier than is far better being free from addictive substances. I voted up and away on this hub. Great writing. Great advice. Im glad that I found you on hubs. You have a future with the written word. Thats for sure.

      Your friend,


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      Eranofu 5 years ago from Europe

      Always a pleasure to read a success story, mistyhorizon2003 :) Happy anniversary too.^^ I am really glad happy for all who manage to quit.

      I am not familiar with the Nicotine Solutions but I am 100% positive that any method that is based on belief that one can quit easily is working.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Well done for stopping. I am 3 years smoke free today, (22nd Dec 2011). I did this through an excellent online/telephone course through another Hubber called Lela Bryan. This required no drugs, patches, hypnosis etc, and was more psychological in nature. I had tried everything else available at the time, inc Alan Carr's book, Champix (Chantix), Zyban, patches, inhalators, hypnosis, acupuncture, etc etc etc. 'Nicotine Solutions' was the only thing that worked for me, and I can't thank Lela enough for what she did to help me stop smoking. I happily recommend her method to anyone, and it works out far cheaper than any of the other drugs, patches etc.

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      Eranofu 5 years ago from Europe

      Hello purnimamoh1982! :)

      Thank you for your compliment. :) It warms my heart.

      I have also tried the smoking reduction advices like counting how much you smoke and they worked, I really smoked less... but was nowhere close to quitting. Only CT worked.

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      purnimamoh1982 5 years ago

      its true. Smoking can be easily quit by CT method. Some time back I had written a hub suggesting reducing smoking first before trying to quit. It really never happened although my husband could substantially reduced. Only with an effort in CT method without any support from nicotine gums, he could achieve success. Well written hub.

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      Eranofu 5 years ago from Europe

      Thank you. :)

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      MarriageOnABudget 5 years ago from Greenville, South Carolina

      YAY! So proud of you for quitting! I've never been a smoker, but I am a health care provider. I've noticed from all of my patients who've quit smoking that cold turkey is the only way that sticks! Great job!!!