Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Would you like to stop smoking?


Many smokers will answer "yes, of course" to that question and some will actually figure out a way to do it. Others will leap right into it ("I'm gonna go cold turkey"), quit for two or three days, and then explode when the cravings overwhelm them (I've been there and I know.)

Or how about the one day hypnosis classes? I see these advertised all the time so they either work or they're making lots of money for the hypnotists.

I'm a 73 year old guy. I started smoking when I was 17. I managed to stop a few times along the way, but for the most part I was a regular smoker all those years. One pack a day, regular as clockwork. First thing in the morning, jump out of bed, stick a ciggie in my mouth. It was part of my daily routine, and the thought of being without cigarettes panicked me, so even though I knew I needed to quit, I kept putting it off. Does any of this sound familiar?

I knew all the reasons, and I'm sure you do too: nasty cigarette cough, stinky car, stinky clothes, roughly $1800 a year up in smoke. And even though I knew all that, it never seemed to be enough to make me actually stop smoking.

Well I finally found the answer in a book called "The Easy Way to Stop Smoking" by a guy named Allen Carr. I read all the positive reviews (there are now over 700 800), and even though I was still skeptical I bought the book. When it arrived I leafed through a few pages and promptly put it on the shelf. I ignored the book for a whole year while my cigarette cough continued to get worse.

One year later I finally succumbed and I started reading the book. I read a couple of chapters every night. I continued to smoke as I read the book (the book tells you to do it this way). After a couple of weeks of following this routine I just stopped.

I'm not a psychologist and I can't begin to tell you why this book is so effective, but it is.
I will confess that I was highly motivated to stop, and the book just reinforced that motivation.

It's now been almost 8 years since I quit smoking and to this day I'm amazed at how easy it was and how well it worked.

For those who are still hesitant, go here to Google Books and read the preface to the book (page 11).

Hey, Ashton Kutcher did it, and so did I. There's no reason you can't too.

CLICK HERE  for more info on "The Easy Way to Stop Smoking".

Neill Phillips is a happy ex-smoker (Yes Really).

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