I didn’t believe there was an easy way to quit smoking, but I was wrong.
I had taken the patch off my arm to smoke a cigarette more than once, and was fond of the Mark Twain quote “It’s easy to quit smoking. I’ve done it hundreds of times”.
I started smoking when I was 15, and continued long after I started promising myself that I’d stop. It was a pack a day habit most days, but I could smoke a pack in a few hours at the bar, or on National Smokeout Day. I smoked almost two packs a day when I was in the Army.
I tried patches, gum, drugs, weaning, cold turkey, snus, vaping, and the scared straight method, but nothing worked. In fact, each attempt led to smoking more.
A co-worker recommended a book that would help me quit and I laughed at him. No book was going to stop me. I once lit up during an Army 5K. He promised I could smoke as much as I wanted to as I read it, and even encouraged it. In fact, the author warned that I shouldn’t try to cut down at all.
I read the book as I chained smoked through lunch that week and then never smoked again.
That book was Allen Carr’s Easy Way to Stop Smoking (affiliate link).What Allen taught me was that not smoking is only hard if you approach it the wrong way. You can’t cure yourself of a nicotine addiction with more nicotine in the form of patches & nicotine gums. You also can’t do it by depriving yourself by cutting down or going “cold turkey”. Allen found the easy way, and I recommend it to every smoker out there.