The Easy Way to Stop Smoking

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The Easy Way to Stop Smoking
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1987 Penguin edition
AuthorAllen Carr

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.[1]


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.[2]

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.[3]

Clinical trial[edit]

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 in a randomised clinical trial. 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 This was the first clinical trial of Carr's method.[1]


Pneumologist and tobacco addiction expert Bertrand Dautzenberg does not consider Allen Carr's Easyway to deal with 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. Critics have noted that Dautzenberg's daily practice and interest is in the study of addiction and not in possible cures for addiction.[4]

References list[edit]

  1. ^ a b Clancy, Luke; Li, Shasha; Keogan, Sheila (2018-10-25). "Allen Carr's Easyway to Stop Smoking - A randomised clinical trial". Tobacco Control. 28 (4): tobaccocontrol–2018–054243. doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2018-054243 (inactive 2021-01-19). ISSN 0964-4563. PMC 6589447. PMID 30361322.CS1 maint: DOI inactive as of January 2021 (link)
  2. ^ Rick Paulas (October 17, 2012). "OUTSIDE ONLINE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2012 QUITTING SMOKING IS EASY WHEN IT'S EASY". Outside. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  3. ^ "How to stop smoking and still enjoy life". Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  4. ^ Dautzenberg, Bertrand (August 2010). Le tabagisme: de la clinique au traitement (in French). Paris, France: Med'Com. p. 113. ISBN 978-2354030506. Retrieved 26 December 2020. Le Pr Bertrand Dautzenberg est pneumologue, responsable de l'unité tabac de la Pitié-Salpêtrière à Paris. Il travaille depuis plus de 35 ans dans le contrôle du tabac, a écrit 7 livres sur différents aspects du tabagisme. Il est très actif auprès de nombreuses organisations de contrôle du tabagisme aussi bien au niveau français qu'européen.

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