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Allen Carr
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Aug. 1 2004
This is the brand new Canadian edition of the self-help classic. First published in 1985, Allen Carr's Easy Way to Stop Smoking has sold over 5 million copies and has been a number one bestseller in nine countries. It's known as 'the Magic book' in the book industry. In winter 2003/4 Allen Carr's Easy Way to Stop Smoking was simultaneously number one on Amazon's UK, French and German websites.

The success of this amazing book arises from the effectiveness of the Carr approach to quitting. Any smoker can find it easy and enjoyable to stop smoking by following the simple instructions. Carr removes the smoker's desire to smoke. With no desire to smoke, it doesn't take willpower not to do so.

An estimated six million people have stopped smoking using Carr's books and clinics and their popularity continues to grow. No willpower, no weight gain, no withdrawal. Enjoy life as a non-smoker from the moment you put out your final cigarette.

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"...I opened the the time I finished it I was an ex-smoker. It really has been that simple." -- Ontario Finance Minister Greg Sorbara, writing in the Globe & Mail, Apr 2004

"Being a smoker is like being trapped in a complicated maze. It's as if Allen Carr has a plan of that maze....Instantly, I was freed from my addiction." -- Sir Anthony Hopkins, Actor

"Some clinics use some of his techniques but...few do so in such a successful package." -- A personal view from Prof. Judith MacKay, WHO Tobacco Free Initiative

"The Cadillac of quit smoking methods." -- Saskatoon Star Phoenix, Jan 2003

"To say it was miraculous would not be hyperbole." -- Hamilton Spectator, Aug 2003

About the Author

Allen Carr was a chain smoker for over thirty years. After countless miserable attempts to quit, in 1983 he discovered what every smoker dreams of - an easy way to stop smoking.

Carr is now widely regarded as the leading expert on stopping smoking.

His books on the subject have sold over 5 million copies and an estimated 50,000 smokers attend his legendary clinics at 55 locations in 25 countries around the world.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Freedom is so sweet...thank you Allen Carr Dec 28 2004
By A Customer
Thank you Allen Carr for writing this wonderful book. I was given this book last Christmas by my sister, who quit with it (along with her husband and their son) in 2000. Now I feel stupid for having wasted all that time. If I'd known how easy it was going to be I'd have done it a long time ago.
The last year has been the best of my life. I never thought I'd be happy without smokes in my life, but the truth is that that I have never been happier. The day I got butts out of my life was the day I really started living.
If you are a smoker or know a smoker, please get this amazing book.
It is a clear and simple instruction manual. If you want to stop smoking, follow Allen's instructions and you will find it easy and enjoyable.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quitting made very, very easy Dec 19 2004
If I had known that it was this easy to quit I would have read this book years ago. I really can't believe that I struggled with patches, gum etc for so many years when this simple, effective cure was available the whole time. Health Canada should distribute this title free of charge to every smoker in Canada.
Every smoker I know who has read this book is now a happy non-smoker. It really is that powerful and that easy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Thank you to my sister who referred me to this book. Thank you Allen Carr for I am officially a non-smoker & a happy one at that! No one had ever made it so clear the way Allen has. When I smoked my final cigarette, I didn't realize that I was already a non-smoker. I MADE myself smoke it--I didn't look forward to inhaling the filth deep into my lungs (I actually heaved throughout the process & threw up at the end of it) but I looked forward to never smoking again! If you've tried it all & you have failed, READ THIS BOOK! I have two sisters who I thought would never quit, me being the one who has always wanted to & tried several times to quit. To my surprise, they both quit--and so have I. For the small amount of people that feel this book failed them--they obviously didn't get it & I feel sorry for them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HOLY %$*^& I DID IT TOO! Sept. 29 2008
By Sue
I will be forever greatful to my best friend for recommending this book and to Allen Carr for writing it. Simply put- I read it and I quit. I have tried countless of times to quit smoking. I have been on zyban twice and Champix once. I had just started another round of Zyban when I started reading this book. By the end of the book I quit smoking and quit the Zyban too. The next week I went out drinking with friends and didn't smoke! I even stood outside while they smoked and I didn't smoke. It really is truly amazing. If you smoke and want to quit- READ THIS BOOK. If I can do it, you can do it! Don't be afraid! You must keep smoking through the whole book. You can't quit first and you can't cut down. Just buy it, read it and discover the freedom! Woohoooo!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy, Easy, Easy! Jan. 5 2007
Thanks to Allen's book, I went from two packs a day for the last 22 years to zero. This manual explains why you smoke, as opposed to why you should'nt (smokers already know the risks.) The book eliminates the desire to smoke without scare tactics. No desire = No CRAVINGS. There is nothing to loose by reading this book. You keep smoking as you normally would. Because Allen believes that the mega-profit making tabacco industry and governments are the problem there is no need to fear smoker bashing in this book. Allen is very kind and sympathetic to the smoker who gets caught in the man made "Trap" of nicotine addiction.

I have to date given 20 copies of this book to friends. 17 out of 20 are happy non-smokers! I'm sure the 3 folks still smoking have not read the book. When they really want to quit they will read this book.

Give yourself a special gift and give this book a read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It works Jan. 2 2005
By A Customer
The book's a bit silly, and some of the arguments are dodgy, but that doesn't seem to matter. It works, and it's surprisingly easy (it takes a _little_ will power, but not much). I know a couple of people who've read it--one quit, the other didn't. But it's not much of an investment, so you might as well try it. One bit of advice. Some people are more than ready to quit before they've finished the book, and have no doubt they'll succeed. But if, like me, you finish the book and still feel a little worried, don't be discouraged, it still seems to work even if you're not _completely_ confident of success.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I know I'll never smoke again Sept. 10 2005
By Shawna
I quit one month ago today after reading Allen Carr's book. It took about 2 hours to read, and I really had no intention of not smoking when I was done. But when I closed the book I thought to myself, "what are you going to do?" and I have not wanted a cigarette, so I have not smoked a cigarette. It's the strangest feeling to not WANT a cigarette. And that's what has made this TIME I quit different than all the others over my 22 year love/hate relationship with cigarettes. This has not been a white knuckle ride, it's been ridiculously easy. Don't be afraid of a book!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Only easy if you're already committed Nov. 14 2009
By Mercedes TOP 500 REVIEWER
My husband and I both read this book with different reactions.

The book claims that you won't need willpower to quit, but what he really means is that willpower alone won't do it: you also need to change your attitude about smoking and adopt the mentality of a non-smoker, i.e. someone who never got hooked and finds smoking appalling.

I was already 150% committed to quitting, had already come up with most of Allen's arguments on my own, and reading the book was a great confirmation of my decision. All the previous times I tried quitting, it was because I "should" and not because I "wanted to." That's what truly made this time different: I truly wanted to be free.

My quitting gave my husband motivation to quit too, so he read the book after me.

He has been a smoker much longer than me and was much more "brainwashed" (as Allen puts it) into believing he enjoys smoking. But I'm pretty sure that when it's -40 outside and he's shivering through a cigarette, he would much rather be a non-smoker. But the satisfaction he gets from relieving his morning nicotine fix is enough to give him the illusion that he really enjoys smoking, at least sometimes.

Bottom line: If you've made up your mind and you're determined to quit, this book can definitely help get you on track, and help change your thought pattern into seeing quitting as a positive thing. But if you feel like you "should" quit or someone's forcing you to read the book, then Allen will feel like just another nag.

The book is deliberately repetitive: the author starts out by telling us that he quit because of a hypnotist, and I believe the repetition is his attempt to "hypnotize" the reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Literary value? Dunno. Life Value? PRICELESS!
Been smoking since 1964. Started on my daughter's paperback "Canadian Edition" on the long weekend. Read more
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