My grandfather worked as an electrician for the T in Boston. He spent 40+ hours a week underground keeping trains running, breathing in God knows what, and smoking like a chimney. If memory serves, he smoked immediately when he woke up all the way to bedtime.
When my younger brother met my grandfather for the first time, he cried and wailed because grandpa had cataract glasses and an oxygen tank. He looked like Darth Vader. I asked my mother why my brother was crying, and she told me that he was scared of grandpa, and that if I smoked cigarettes, I might end up just like gramps, who eventually died of complications from emphysema and lung cancer.
That experience was enough to scare me off cigarettes forever. I’ve never smoked, and I never will.
If you smoke, I hope you’ll try to quit. It’s terrible for you, but you already know that. I know quitting smoking has got to be the hardest thing to do in the world, but in talking to PFT about this book, it sounds like it really works, and I hope you’d give it a try.
This is the book that helped me to stop smoking.
I have talked about it in various interviews and on various podcasts and at least once a week someone asks me for the name of the book.
The book is entitled “The Easy Way To Stop Smoking" and it was written by Allen Carr.
I read the book in 2006 and haven’t had so much as a drag since. I was one of several people who talked to writer Rick Paulas for an article about the book, which you can read here.
Smoking is a dumb thing that I did for far too long and I am glad to be done with it. I have not missed it one bit. It seems strange to me now that I ever did it at all. I hope that eventually everyone who smokes will give it up. I hope that anyone who currently struggles with smoking might consider trying this book; but really, whatever method that works for you is the best method.
But mostly, I hope posting this will allow people to look this shit up after I stop answering people who ask me what the name of the book is rather than looking this shit up.