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(5,400 posts)
Sun Jun 22, 2014, 02:13 PM Jun 2014

Allen Carr's Easyway to Stop Smoking (the video)

Last edited Wed Jul 9, 2014, 09:14 PM - Edit history (1)

Edit: 7/09/2014 The video link in this post is now "Private"/broken. Please use the other links/videos.

If you are currently a smoker, you're assured it's ok to light up while watching the movie, or reading the book.

If you want to stop, commit to that, and then watch this video and be done with smoking. I watched it several times, and I was reading the books, but after deciding this made perfect sense and that I wanted I stop, I just stopped and it was a beautiful thing. If you can't promise yourself that you'll stop, watch it anyway. I watched it several times as I firmed my resolve and took the plunge.

I posted some other info here.

I also read that it worked for Pink

I was looking at Carr's Wikipedia page and I noticed that. After googling I saw this.

The 'Blow Me (One Last Kiss)' superstar told Shape magazine that she was smoking a pack per day by just 13-years-old so it was a tough addiction to let go of, but she found support in a book that proved very effective for her:

"I quit when I got pregnant by reading Allen Carr's Easyway to Stop Smoking. That really worked for me. (And now) Willow makes me not want to (smoke). And besides, unlike before, cigarettes smell repulsive to me."

Allen Carr's Easyway to Stop Smoking (the video) (Original Post) Babel_17 Jun 2014 OP
Fun fact Babel_17 Jun 2014 #1
Excellent, excellent video. I wish I could rec it a million times. Tobin S. Jun 2014 #2
I'm really happy you find it useful Babel_17 Jun 2014 #3
Happy anniversary of your quit day! Babel_17 Jul 2014 #10
kick Tobin S. Jul 2014 #4
Thanks! That video was/is very important to me Babel_17 Jul 2014 #5
Oh well, the video is now listed as "Private" Babel_17 Jul 2014 #6
Allen Carr speaking about his 'Easy Way to Stop Smoking' Babel_17 Jul 2014 #7
Another link, but with Dutch subtitles embedded into the picture Babel_17 Jul 2014 #8
A book review Babel_17 Jul 2014 #9
I've heard many positive things about this book... logosoco Jul 2014 #11
Ha, I didn't see that, good one! (nt) Babel_17 Jul 2014 #12


(5,400 posts)
1. Fun fact
Sun Jun 29, 2014, 05:41 PM
Jun 2014

Teenager: Alfie Allen/Theon Greyjoy (Game of Thrones)

Go to the 19:44 mark.

So, smoking makes you Reek. lol

Tobin S.

(10,418 posts)
2. Excellent, excellent video. I wish I could rec it a million times.
Sun Jun 29, 2014, 07:26 PM
Jun 2014

I'll be celebrating the second anniversary of my quit date on July 5th, so this was a timely video for me to see. You can never have too much reinforcement regarding quitting tobacco. I quit the hard way (willpower) and I probably suffered longer than I had to by not approaching it the way they do in the film. That way did work for me, but as they say in the film, the vast majority of people who try it that way fail. I failed probably 20 times that way before I finally quit for good. If I had approached it the way they do in the film, I might have been successful on the first attempt.

Attention tobacco users: If you want to quit, and I know you do, watch that video.


(5,400 posts)
3. I'm really happy you find it useful
Sun Jun 29, 2014, 07:59 PM
Jun 2014

I've watched it several times, especially the first few days of my quit. I agree with you about the power of reinforcement. I had a little pint sized paperback of the wisdom of the method, condensed down to concise nuggets of ideas. It helped keep me from ever missing smoking.

Allen Carr is not a filmmaker but there are lots of powerful moments in the movie. They are strategically placed and they don't usually register as special. But they do counter the brainwashing that makes it so hard for people to have an easy quit. And these small moments are designed to ft together, they form the key that unlocks the door marked "I'm not able to quit".

I recommend the Allen Carr book/movie to people who've already stopped smoking. I think it's good to understand how cigarettes hook us, and how we can stay quit of them, with no regrets.


(5,400 posts)
5. Thanks! That video was/is very important to me
Wed Jul 9, 2014, 08:35 PM
Jul 2014

It's message did me right. I want to ask, have you watched the video all the way through? It's very effective.


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9. A book review
Wed Jul 9, 2014, 08:59 PM
Jul 2014

I remember the book as having me completely engaged. But of course I was counting on it to free me of nicotine so was highly incentivized to be that way.

“This is it, if you really want to do it.”
—Inscription in my borrowed copy of The Easy Way to Stop Smoking

“I got the book in 2005, and it sat on my coffee table for a year,” says Paul F. Tompkins, a veteran comedian of over 26 years who's smoked for nearly as long. “I did not touch it. It just sat there.” Such is the rumored power of The Book: Smokers are scared to read it because it actually works.

WHAT’S MOST SHOCKING ABOUT the book's contents is perhaps what's missing. There are no stats about lung cancer, heart attacks, or strokes. No scare tactics like what the social pranksters at TheTruth.com dabble in. No veiled threats to the state of your sex life by focusing on bad breath and stained teeth. “The health scares make it harder [to stop],” writes Carr. And are obviously ineffective. Walk down any European city street, and you can see the futility of frightening people into giving up smoking. Sidewalks and trashcans are littered with crumpled packs, the brand of the tobacco company mostly obscured by giant black-and-white warnings or grotesque images of rotten lungs or gangrenous feet. (It's easy to imagine a smoker heading into a corner market and asking for “a pack of the diseased hearts.”) “We smoke when we are nervous,” writes Carr. “Tell smokers that cigarettes are killing them, and the first thing they will do is light one.”


(3,208 posts)
11. I've heard many positive things about this book...
Thu Jul 10, 2014, 09:21 PM
Jul 2014

but "I quit when I got pregnant by reading Allen Carr's Easyway to Stop Smoking."
Kind of makes me not want to try it!

(I "quit" smoking with e cigs, so I still am (happily) addicted to nicotine for now!)

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