The Easy Way to Stop Smoking
|Publisher||Arcturus Publishing Limited|
The Easy Way to Stop Smoking is a self-help book written by British author and accountant Allen Carr. The book aims to help people quit smoking, offering a range of different methods. It was first published in 1985. Although championed by many celebrities, there has been limited empirical study of Carr's method.
After 30 years of heavy smoking, Carr quit in 1983, at the age of 48. He subsequently left his job as an accountant in the same year and opened the first "easiest way" clinic, to help other addicts. Carr wrote a number of books intended to lead to smoking cessation and loss of excess weight, some of which were best sellers.
Carr writes that smoking addiction is psychological and therefore this is the most significant factor in addiction to cigarettes. The book is divided into 44 chapters, whose purpose is to lead the smoker to, upon completion of reading the book, make the decision to quit smoking.
As of 2015 there were no controlled studies on efficacy of Allen Carr’s Easyway program.
Pneumologist and tobacco addiction expert Bertrand Dautzenberg considers that Allen Carr’s Easyway deals with incantation series rather than evidence-based techniques. Dautzenberg’s opinion is that while coaching methods are acceptable, Carr's book dismisses nicotine physical dependence and opposes substitution treatment; he concludes that doctors should advise against Allen Carr’s Easyway method.
A 2018 study funded by DOH Ireland set out with an objective to determine if Allen Carr’s Easyway to Stop Smoking was superior to Quit.ie in a randomised clinical trial. Quit.ie is an online portal for smoking cessation. The Allen Carr method was implemented in group sessions. The trial consisted of 300 adults and concluded that Allen Carr’s method was superior to Quit.ie. This was the first clinical trial of Carr's method.
- Clancy, Luke; Li, Shasha; Keogan, Sheila (2018-10-25). "Allen Carr's Easyway to Stop Smoking - A randomised clinical trial". Tobacco Control: tobaccocontrol–2018–054243. doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2018-054243. ISSN 0964-4563. PMID 30361322.
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- Bertrand Dautzenberg, Le tabagisme: de la Clinique au traitement, Med’Com, 2010, p. 113.
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