June 25, 2017 by ChrisJamesAuthor
Today it’s six months since I last smoked a cigarette. The cough I used to have is a distant memory, I enjoy breathing properly again, I’ve saved a fortune, and I feel better than I have in years. And it’s all thanks to Alan Carr and his book. If you’re struggling to finally free yourself from the foul monster of nicotine addiction, then click that link, order the book, and when it arrives sit down and read it, from start to finish. Yes, you’ll need an ounce of belief – you’ve got to want to quit. But if you really do want to quit, no other method will actually make it this easy, to the point where you spend most of the time having forgotten you ever smoked, and then when you do remember you used to smoke, wondering why on earth you engaged in such a costly, foul and dangerous habit.
I did have increasing reasons to quit. I’d smoked for 30 years, with quite a few breaks when I tried gum/patches/willpower – all of the methods Carr so brilliantly debunks with erudite precision. Here’s a picture my youngest daughter drew for me a few years ago, which I kept (and still keep) sellotaped on the door to the cellar, the only room in the house where I used to smoke:
You’d have to have heartstrings of steel for them not to be tugged a little by such a picture. Then, late last year, I had an unsurprising warning when I went for my annual health checkup. After Googling the problem and talking to a doctor acquaintance who’s spent some time on those hospital wards which they call ‘Smokers’ Death Row’, it was a short step to getting Carr’s book. I read it as Christmas approached, and stubbed my last cigarette out on Christmas Day. This photo shows the shelf immediately above the desk where I write. I keep Carr’s book there (usually spine out) in case I need to reread parts of it, but to be honest, I haven’t opened it for at least four months, probably longer. It works for me. If you want to quit smoking and be free of it once and for all, maybe it will work for you?