I used to be a chain smoker for most of my adult life. I was so addicted, I thought it was impossible for me to stop. When I tried, it was torture and I would start again after just two days.
When I began to read one of Allen Carr’s books it didn’t sound like anything special at first – he seemed to repeat the same things over and over again and he insisted that I smoked normally until I read it to the end.
But as I read more and more of it, I felt the usual craving for a cigarette became gradually weaker until all of a sudden it was gone and, for the first time since I began smoking, I felt I could just stop it – without any discomfort.
Today is 13 years since that last cigarette at the end of this book. I have never missed it even for a moment.
On the contrary, it feels like I am out of prison. In the first few years after quitting I would sometimes have a bad dream about starting smoking again. It was always very depressing and when I woke up and discovered that it was just a dream, I felt so relieved, happy and thankful.
Now even those dreams have ended. It must be years since the last one.
Allen Carr died of lung cancer in 2006. Decades of smoking 100 cigarettes a day finally caught up with him.
But according to him the last 23 years since he quit smoking had been the happiest ones of his life.
He left behind a precious gift for millions of smokers all around the world – a way out.
I will always be grateful for that.
The best way I can express this gratitude is to spread the word around. If even one smoker benefits from this, it’s great.
From what I have heard, the majority of people using the Allen Carr’s method succeed in quitting smoking and many experience that as much easier than they would ever imagine, even fun.
And if you are one of those for whom this method doesn’t work, don’t worry. You just need to find your own way out.
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