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The Only Way to Stop Smoking Permanently (Penguin Health Care & Fitness) Paperback – 5 Jan 1995


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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Reprint edition (5 Jan. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140244751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140244755
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The common thread running through Allen Carr's work is the removal of fear - eliminating the phobias and anxieties which prevent people from being able to enjoy life to the full. Allen Carr's books include; Allen Carr's Easy Way to Stop Smoking, The Only Way to Stop Smoking Permanently, Allen Carr's Easyweigh to Lose Weight, How to Stop Your Child Smoking and The Easy Way to Enjoy Flying.

A successful accountant, Allen Carr's hundred-cigarettes-a-day addiction was driving him to despair until, in 1983, after countless failed attempts to quit, he finally discovered what the world had been waiting for - the Easy Way to Stop Smoking. He has built a network of clinics that span the globe and gained a phenomenal reputation for success in helping smokers to quit. His books are published in over twenty languages and video, audio and CD ROM versions of his method are also available.

Allen Carr died aged 72 in 2006.


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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Nov. 2001
Format: Paperback
I read this book with no real intentions of stopping. I'm a born skeptic and read it out of pure curiosty. I am now a non-smoker. Believe me i'm the last person to provide anyone with free advertising but this book truly deserves it, it's fantastic. I would recommend it even if you don't want to give up, just read it and if you're still smoking when you've finished the book you're no worse off than when you first picked it up. It deals with the psychology around smoking, the smoker and society, it totally dispells all the myths you've heard about being hooked on nicotine. Upon reading it you'll probably feel as though the author repeats himself throughout the book albeit using alternative words and phrases, but, it's obviously this repetition and constant 'hammering home' of the stop smoking message that makes this method so effective. The bonus factor is that it teaches you to give up without putting on weight and using substitutes such as patches and gum. Give it a whirl, it really is worth while.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By "stevetalkin" on 10 Dec. 2002
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For less than the price of 2 packets of fags, I am now a happy and contented non smoker, and whats more I know I will be for the rest of my life.
It was a scary thought at first thinking that I would never 'be allowed' to smoke again. Now I just don't need or want to.
Whilst reading this book I thought 'When is this guy going get on with it and press that magic button'. It was a long read and I was getting fed up with my work mates coming in to the smoke room and taking the mickey out of me for smoking whilst reading a book about stopping smoking. If I could have given up at the begining of the book then there would have been no need to buy the book in the first place. Needless to say.
They don't take the mickey anymore.
Buy this book if you have tried stopping in the past using will power or nicotine substitutes and I can guarantee that you will stop this time without being miserable and without needing substitutes.
Allen Carr truly understands everything about nicotine addiction and can help even YOU.
You do not need to read 'The Easyway to stop smoking' as is suggested at the beginning of this book. The method works without it. I am proof of that.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Declan Spring on 24 Sept. 2002
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I have stopped smoking after 15 years and am completely disoriented...... I picked up this book 2 weeks ago, read it, closed it, smoked a few cigarettes, thought about it some more and concluded that I really had no desire to ever smoke again. And so now I'm left wondering what I was doing wasting my time smoking for so many years and what to do with all of this new time I have on my hands. It's really quite an unusual feeling this not wanting to smoke and wondering why I ever did. Very strange. Read the book, it's a fascinating experience.
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71 of 73 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Oct. 2002
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I had previously read Mr. Carrs other book (The Easyway to Stop Smoking) and gave up sucessfully for 9 months. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of having one cigarette, that led to another and the another and I found my self smoking again. However, I was still going round pushing the benefits of the book (!), after all, Mr Carr told me that having just 1 more cigarette would mean the cycle would start again. He was right !
After 18 months I read the same book - it didn't work. I had too many negatives, and answers to the questions he posed.
I therefore took the plunge and bought this book. I took about 4 months to read it - lots of chapters & small print, and as other people have mention he does go on a bit, plus the knowledge that once I got to the end I would no longer smoke did not make it compelling reading. In the end I took the book on holiday with me and read it at every chance I could.
Needless to say I had my last cigarette on 20/4/02. Unlike last time I don't have weak moments and even when I do think of smoking (which is not very often) the thoughts are soon banished. I don't intend to start again.
If you value your health (& your pocket), buy the book - you really don't have anything to lose (apart from the small price of the book). You can alway re-sell the book on Amazon if your not impressed, but don't sell it without reading it first.
As an after thought - my boss, my husband, my mother-in-law, my sister-in-law and too many other people to mention, have all stopped smoking because of Mr. Carr. If he ever reads this, I would like to thank him and shake his hand. !!!! : - )
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Sept. 2001
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I truly believed i could never be free of the craving for cigarettes, I could never envision the day i could do anything which would make me slightly nervous without a cigarette. i could never beleive i could concentrate without a cigarette.Probably, like every other smoker out there, i just couldn't imagine life without a cigarette. Since i read this book, I can't imagine how i ever felt that way! If you think giving up smoking is impossible, read this book, I think it's the only book to truly inform the reader about the reality of smoking.It is easy to stop having read it. That comes from someone who would once be digging around in bin-liners for dog-ends if she did'nt have any cigarettes!! i can't recommend it enough.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By P. Wood on 22 April 2003
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As a smoker of 20 a day for 10 years I cannot believe I was able to stop.
I can't believe that this book has not been read by more people or even made available on prescription through the NHS as the way to quit smoking.
Instead, the NHS are giving out the wrong message with their 'Giving Up' campaign. There is nothing to give up, smoking does nothing for you.
Do we, as ex-smokers not persuade those that smoke to read the book because we feel we are being a nuisance.
I can certainly agree with that statement having recently offered the book to one of my friends. They were not interested in the slightest, despite my success they informed me that I was 'doomed to fail' and that it would only be a matter of time before I let my defences down and had a cigarette. It has now been 7 weeks, and I could not possibly comprehend ever smoking again.
Perhaps when Allen comes to reprint the book he could put in a chapter on how to spread the message in a positive way.
It is surely THE most effective way to quit smoking, and once you have realised that the patches, gum and whatever other substitutes that are available offer no help whatsoever, it has to be your last port of call.
As it states in the book, the only way it doesn't work is if you don't fully understand or follow the instructions.
I cannot recommend this strongly enough.
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