Easy Way To Stop Smoking Chapter 30: Will I Put On Weight?

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Chapter 30 Will I Put On Weight?

Okay, continuing with Carr’s Easy Way To Stop Smoking book…let’s look at Chapter 30 called Will I Put On Weight? To see previous analysis of the book, click here.

Here, Chapter 30, Mr. Carr tells us that weight-gain during smoking cessation is a myth spread by willpower quitters. Those folks attempt to assuage nicotine withdrawal with food and candy. This isn’t entirely capricious. After all, the nicotine cravings are similar to hunger pangs. And, both are addressed orally.

And, I want to also mention something quite intriguing that Carr only mentions in parenthetical passing:

(MOST ALCOHOLICS ARE HEAVY SMOKERS. I WONDER IF IS REALLY A SMOKING PROBLEM?)

This is very interesting, and I think it could be worthwhile to explore this idea elsewhere. I’m not sure if he has or not. But, the idea is that after a short time, cigs don’t completely knock-out the nicotine pangs. And, could some people be using alcohol to address that? Yea, this is extremely interesting. I’m not sure. I’d have to think about it for a while. I know when I drank…well, two things about when I drank: 1. I drank a lot. 2. I smoked a lot. And, I stopped drinking over ten years ago, but I’m still puffing. So, it was easier for me to stop using heroin…easier for me to stop drinking…than to quit smoking. That’s a pretty disturbing thing to think about.

Anyway, Carr tells us that once you expel the nicotine monster, your insecurity ends and you get your confidence back. That sounds appealing.

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Easy Way To Stop Smoking Chapter 29: Will I Miss the Cigarette?

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Chapter 29 Will I Miss the Cigarette?

Okay, continuing with Carr’s Easy Way To Stop Smoking book…let’s look at Chapter 29 called Will I Miss the Cigarette?. To see previous analysis of the book, click here.

So, here’s the question you can’t help asking yourself when you’re thinking about quitting smoking. Am I going to miss it? Well, of course you are…at least for a while, right? Everyone knows it’s hard to quit smoking. Right? Well, at least I thought so for years and years. But, according to our good Carr, he’s telling me again and again that quitting is easy and I’m going to enjoy it. I’m having a lot of doubts. Well, let’s see what ole Carr has to say.

He says no. He says that when the nicotine monster is dead and your body stops jonesing for it, the brainwashing will go bye-bye. Okay, but how long before that happens? I googled about and consensus seems to be that all the nicotine is gone from your body in around 2 to 3 days. That’s the point, I think, when you really start going insane. That’s where I think the Chantix really saved my bacon last time because the Chantix let me sort of bypass that insanity. But, Carr’s telling me that it’s not insanity! It’s enjoyable! We’ll fucking see.

He says a considerable danger is being around people who are smoking. Well, I’m not around smokers, so I don’t have to worry about that part. Carr reminds us not to envy smokers. Don’t feel like you’re being deprived as a nonsmoker. Think, instead, that it’s the smoker who’s being deprived of health, money, energy, peace, freedom, etc. Yea, I do get that part. That part makes sense to me. He says we should pity smokers and see them as pathetic and miserable.

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Easy Way To Stop Smoking Chapter 28: Timing

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Chapter 28 Timing

Okay, continuing with Carr’s Easy Way To Stop Smoking book…let’s look at Chapter 28 called Timing. To see previous analysis of the book, click here.

All right, it’s a new day, we’re on page 147 of 220, and let’s keep charging through this text! This chapter concerns the timing of your quit smoking attempt. Carr reminds us that smoking is a drug addiction and disease and killer. He emphasizes that timing your quit is important. He says you should figure out an upcoming three week period that is free from events that may lead to failure. So, in other words, if you know that you have a divorce proceeding in court next week, this may not be the opportune time to quit.

He says, “while you are smoking that last cigarette, be conscious of the bad smell and taste and think how marvelous it will be when you allow yourself to stop doing it.” He repeats that you’re not giving anything up…and, it’s not the addiction, but rather the brainwashing that keeps you puffing. We all have our “own private brainwashing.” That’s an interesting expression.

And, Carr keeps on telling me that not only am I going to find it easy to quit…I’m also going to find it very enjoyable. He also discusses a bit of the conceptual basis behind his method which demands that we continue smoking until we finish reading the book.

“The real trap is the belief that now isn’t the right time—it will always be easier tomorrow.”

Okay, and Carr hits me with this next part, and I must admit that, yes, he’s right:

“You’ve already decided that your are not going to stay in the trap the rest of your life. Therefore, at some time in your life, whether you find it easy or difficult, you will have to go through the process of getting free.”

This is definitely true. It’s just that for going on thirty years, I keep on saying to myself, “Tomorrow, tomorrow…” Even right now, I’m saying that to myself. And, he keeps telling me that I’m going to enjoy quitting. I just have a hard time believing that still.

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Easy Way To Stop Smoking Chapter 27: A Social Habit?

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Chapter 27 A Social Habit

Okay, continuing with Carr’s Easy Way To Stop Smoking book…let’s look at Chapter 27 called A Social Habit . To see previous analysis of the book, click here.

All right. This short chapter is called a social habit. And, my first thoughts is that there often is a socialization aspect to smoking. People, sometimes, smoke together. And, the good Lord goes, as smoking was progressively banned inside businesses, it became very common to see people outside together smoking. I know I’ve been in quite a few of those smoky huddles.

Carr says we only got started smoking because of pressure from friends. And, our society has changed. Smokers are now ostracized and often looked down on. This is true. At least in most segments of America, smoking is stigmatized. Definitely.

The main point being made here is that smoking now is antisocial in many ways.

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Easy Way To Stop Smoking Chapter 26: The Secret Smoker

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Chapter 26 The Secret Smoker

Okay, continuing with Carr’s Easy Way To Stop Smoking book…let’s look at Chapter 26 called The Secret Smoker. To see previous analysis of the book, click here.

I’m going to tell you, just reading the title of this chapter hurts. THE SECRET SMOKER. I’ve lived this with my kids FOR YEARS! I won’t let them know I smoke, because I don’t want to set a bad example for them. So, I’ve been sneaking. FOR YEARS! And, I don’t feel good about this. I’ve always felt really shitty about this! I’ve used mouthwash and air freshener and etc. etc. etc. I could write a lengthy essay about the sneaky strategies I’ve used to get my nicotine fix without them knowing.

BUT, PART OF ME WONDERS IF THEY KNOW AND THEY’RE JUST NOT SAYING! The whole thing makes me feel incredibly lousy! Carr says that this type of secret smoking “causes a major loss of self-respect; an otherwise honest person may force himself to deceive his family and friends.”

A MAJOR LOSS OF SELF-RESPECT. Oh, how fucking true that is!!!!!!!

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Easy Way To Stop Smoking Chapter 25: Casual Smokers, Teenagers, Non-Smokers

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Chapter 25 Casual Smokers, Teenagers, Non-Smokers

Okay, continuing with Carr’s Easy Way To Stop Smoking book…let’s look at Chapter 25: Casual Smokers, Teenagers, Non-Smokers. To see previous analysis of the book, click here.

This chapter discusses several things including trying to prevent teenagers from smoking… or how to help them quit. Carr says that he’s written a specific book on this subject called How To Stop Your Child Smoking. Between the books and the counseling sessions (which he admits are very expensive), it would seem Mr. Carr has made quite a profitable gig out of this whole quit smoking enterprise.
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Easy Way To Stop Smoking Chapter 24: Just One Cigarette

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Chapter 24 Just One Cigarette

Okay, continuing with Carr’s Easy Way To Stop Smoking book…let’s look at Chapter 24 called Just One Cigarette. To see previous analysis of the book, click here.

All right, I already know that once you stop smoking, there ain’t no more just one cigarette. I know that leads quickly back to a pack a day. Let’s see what Carr says. He says when considering smoking a cig, think about how you’re spending a fortune to destroy yourself. He says there’s nothing to give up. It’s easy to stop. Well, he keeps telling me that.

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Easy Way To Stop Smoking Chapter 23: Beware of Cutting Down

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Chapter 23 Beware of Cutting Down

Okay, continuing with Carr’s Easy Way To Stop Smoking book…let’s look at Chapter 5 called Chapter 23 Beware of Cutting Down. To see previous analysis of the book, click here.

Well, I’m reading this chapter, because I’m reading the whole book. But, I can tell you, I don’t need to be warned about cutting down. I already know damn well that shit don’t work! There ain’t no cutting down! That lasts for about a day if I’m lucky. I stopped even trying that many years ago. But, let’s take a look at the chapter.

So, the idea is that cutting down doesn’t work. It keeps us smoking. Yep, yep. And, you get the added hell of being in a constant state of cigarette jonesing. Carr again reiterates that the difficulty in quitting is caused by the brainwashing…the notion that life won’t be the same without a cig… that the cig is a reward. But, he tells us, those illusions must go! There is no way to quit unless the illusions go!

Carr, at this point, has us light a cig and take six deep breaths. What’s so glorious about it? He wants us to ask ourselves that question while inhaling. Okay, hang on. Back. I did it. I don’t know. I don’t know. Carr says we’re brainwashed to think cigarettes give us pleasure. I just don’t know.

Anyway, he says stopping is easier than cutting back.

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