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Allen Carr's Easy Way to Stop Smoking - Does it work ? - 10-11-06, 11:03 AM

Hi,

I've been a smoker for 13 years now and I am thinking about quitting. It's costing me too much and my recently I've been getting really bad chest pains.

I've read a few threads on here about Geeks using the above book and giving it good reports.

Does it really work and would you recommend it ?

I've quite using patches before and quite for 2 years. I was really pleased with myself but then started a new job and bam, back to the old routine.

Your opinions would be appreciated.


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10-11-06, 11:05 AM

Didnt work for my mum or my hubby sadly.

It DID work for a buddy of mine for 3 or 4 months ....but unfortunately she slipped off the wagon again.

I know lots of geeks have had success with it though.

Spose its like anything HOW STRONG IS YOUR WILLPOWER!

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10-11-06, 11:06 AM

My son gave up after reading the Alan Carr book but then a fall out with the girlfriend, a stress load at work, a wild weekend with his mates (the old peer pressure) & he's back puffing again.
Im so disappointed, he'd given up for 6 weeks which is the longest he's ever managed.
I honestly think if he hadnt gone off with his mates for the weekend he'd still be on the wagon now!
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10-11-06, 11:07 AM

well done on deciding to be a non smoker , it has been a year for me this month and i feel great for it

i found the paul mccenna (sp?) hypnosis cd was fantastic and that combined with patches helped me stop, i was on 40 a day then 0 i didnt hav to do the cutting down bit, im not saying it was easy, somedays my hubby and kids would run for cover to get away from the rageing monster mummy , but i came throught it quickly and dont realy have any cravings any more, i had smoked since i was 11, so that was 18 years.
good luck hun and keep positive, you can do it
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10-11-06, 11:15 AM

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well done on deciding to be a non smoker , it has been a year for me this month and i feel great for it

i found the paul mccenna (sp?) hypnosis cd was fantastic and that combined with patches helped me stop, i was on 40 a day then 0 i didnt hav to do the cutting down bit, im not saying it was easy, somedays my hubby and kids would run for cover to get away from the rageing monster mummy , but i came throught it quickly and dont realy have any cravings any more, i had smoked since i was 11, so that was 18 years.
good luck hun and keep positive, you can do it
i found this c.d worked for me as well.. but it does have alot to do with willpower as well, i slip of the wagon sometimes but only if p***** and then its just a puff tastes grose and cant smoke anymore of it.. good luck hun.
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10-11-06, 11:16 AM

Hiya,

I did not read the book but did go to one of the Allan Carr top smoking ctr sessions. I went to one in Edgbaston Birmingham and quit smoking on that day 8 years ago, never touched one since.
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10-11-06, 11:19 AM

It really worked for me. Unfortunately I got drunk one night (after nearly a year not smoking) and am back on 20 a day!!
Good for you for wanting to quit. Think I might join you. Good luck.
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10-11-06, 11:26 AM

Wow, thanks for the quick replies !

I suppose I'm a bit of skeptic and I find it hard to believe that a book could just make you quite..... but I suppose it's the price of a packet of cigarettes, so nothing to loose hey.

Will order it over the weekend and see how it goes. Have to admit, I'm already feeling REALLY panicky at the prospect of not having a smoke


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10-11-06, 11:29 AM

Wether you have patches a book or npthing at all,it all comes down to will power imo,something i lack !
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10-11-06, 11:31 AM

i found changing my routen helped as well.. ie. i used to let the dog out before bed and have a cig.. but instead i open the door for her and hubby gets her in while i go and get ready for bed, or make a cuppa.. after dinner instead of having a cig.. wash up straight away i know you prob wont feel like it but it really does work and before you know it the weeks have passed.. good luck and thinking of you
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10-11-06, 11:35 AM

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Wether you have patches a book or npthing at all,it all comes down to will power imo,something i lack !
Just what I was going to say! I must admit, I think it worked for me because I really wanted to stop and was so determined. I felt really happy and proud when I put out that last cigarette. So disappointed in myself that I started again. Anyway, I'm off for a ciggie.
If you're determined, hun, you'll quit no problem.
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10-11-06, 11:46 AM

I had 2 ciggies last night after not smoking since March. I am cross with myself but I am determined to stay off them.

It has nearly killed me stopping but it paid for my training, I don't want to smoke any more and looking at my Mum I am too afraid to smoke any more.

I used patches and a fear of my blood pressure breaking the machine to stop. Suddenly what I had got away with since I was 16 was catching up on me.

It is incredibly difficult, I have put on weight have developed the temper from hell but Paul kisses me without saying Yuk and Kelsie will sit on my lap now.

I found the biggest help was giving up drinking at the same time because the 2 go together with a phone wedged on my shoulder sitting on my perch in the conservatory. I do drink again now but rarely sit on perch with the phone

To anybody who is thinking about it I would say tell as few people as poss and just take it 1 day at a time and see how far you get.
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10-11-06, 11:56 AM

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It has nearly killed me stopping but it paid for my training, I don't want to smoke any more and looking at my Mum I am too afraid to smoke any more.

You know what, I think you might have just spurred me on that little bit more

I really want to do the Creative Foundation course, but can't afford it. But if I save the money I spend on smoking, I will be able to do it in 6 months time ! Thanks for making me think like that.

Yes, I know what you mean. My mum has been smoking for 40 years and she is in a bad way. She stopped smoking last year for 2 months which I was SO PROUD of her for. My mum has never tried to quite and because she had a very serious health scare, she just went cold turkey.

She had to go for a major op and was off work for quite some time, but as soon as she went back, her boss actually led her into temptation ! I was SO VERY angry at her and still am.

So yes, with me having chest pains and seeing what's happening with my mum I am seriously thinking about it.

god help me though that I get through it


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10-11-06, 11:57 AM

My boss went on his course early this year, she had tried everything and so far has not touched one she was a heavy smoker, she swears by it.
Me i have just given up (again) I gave up for 3 years before, then silly cow I am started again, but now I think what is the point next year it will be banned from most places, you go and give it a whirl. My advice to you is dont say you are giving up, say you HAVE given up!!
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10-11-06, 11:59 AM

the first time you say NO when someone offers you a cig is such a great feeling...
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