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How to quit smoking immediately with Willpower or Cold Turkey

Stop Smoking using Willpower / Cold Turkey

Treatment: This is the method most commonly used by smokers in their attempts to stop. The aim is that by quitting smoking, without any support, and utilising sheer willpower they will overcome their nicotine addiction and be free. 

Side Effects: Mood; aggression; anxiety; depression and irritability; weight gain & substitution.

Who can use it: Anyone can try to quit smoking using willpower.

Comment: The big issue with this method is that the smoker is left with a feeling that they have lost or given something up. Over time this normally leads to a yearning and longing desire to return to smoking. It’s caused by a feeling of sacrifice which is based on the belief that smoking provided a pleasure and some benefits. The yearning often leads to substitution (eating or drinking instead of smoking) which in turn, leads to weight gain. The former smoker feels constantly deprived and whenever they think about cigarettes or experience a moment when they might normally smoke, they feel miserable. This is often a recipe for failure.

Not being able to quit smoking by willpower is not an indication that you’re weak-willed. It just means that you chose the wrong method. Ironically, very strong-willed people can find the willpower method particularly difficult. After all, which child will scream longest and loudest when you take away their favourite toy at dinner time, the strong-willed one or the weak-willed one? In fact, succeeding on the willpower method can be very difficult indeed1.

Acupuncture for quitting smoking

Treatment: This is a traditional Chinese therapy in which certain acupunctural points are stimulated by inserting needles into the patient’s body. The aim is to mitigate withdrawal symptoms and hence make it easier to quit.

Side Effects: None

Who can use it: Anyone can try to quit smoking using acupuncture

Comment: There is no scientific proof that the meridians or acupuncture points exist, and it is hard to prove that they either do or do not. It’s quite possible that some conditions might be helped using acupuncture, but acupuncture doesn’t claim to cure smoking – it merely claims to help with feelings of withdrawal. Nicotine withdrawal is actually very mild and as long as the correct method is used to quit smoking, acupuncture is therefore neither helpful nor necessary1.

Hypnosis – light relaxation for smoking

Treatment: The smoker is put into a relaxed, altered state of awareness, and suggestions designed to amplify the downsides of smoking, and encourage the enjoyment of freedom, effectively attempt to bolster willpower.

Side Effects: None

Who can use it: Anyone can try to quit using hypnosis

Comment: Although hypnosis can be a very enjoyable and relaxing thing to experience, unless the suggestions made during the process are useful, it doesn’t really add much in terms of re-enforcing the smoker’s efforts. For example, using hypnosis in an attempt to bolster a smoker’s willpower is simply reinforcing an attempt to quit smoking using an inefficient, uncomfortable, and quite unsuccessful method11.

Allen Carr’s Easyway quit smoking method


Treatment: The world’s most popular and successful way to quit smoking with an estimated 30 million people helped worldwide. It is often described as a cognitive behavioural therapy, or “talking therapy” (or self-help in its written form) which engages with smokers and has them correct their understanding of what causes them to smoke. At the live seminars it takes around 5 hours and the smoker carries on smoking until they feel ready to throw their cigarettes away.

There are absolutely no shock or scare tactics, and no uncomfortable discussion of health implications. Smokers know all about those already. Instead, the Therapist helps the smoker dismantle all their arguments and reasons “for” smoking, leaving them to feel happy and relieved to “get rid of smoking” – rather than “giving it up” with a reluctant feeling of sacrifice – they feel genuinely delighted to be free.

Side Effects: None

Who can use it: Anyone

Comment: There are no side effects, it is clinically proven and it is entirely drug-free, with no need to use any nicotine products such as e-cigarettes, patches or gum and no need for any other smoking cessation drugs.

In a recent study, funded by the Irish Government, it was shown to be nearly twice as successful as the Irish quit smoking service (Quit.ie)12 and in another study by the University of Vienna the success rate after a year was seen to be 51% 12. There is also a full money back guarantee.

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No substitutes or medications

The seminar only takes 5 hours & video program 2.5 hours

No cravings
No weight gain

No changing your daily habits

No withdrawal symptoms

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(seminars only) 

Comparison table of natural ways to quit smoking

Please click the method to read more about it:

Method  Money Back Guarantee? Nictoine or Drug Free? Potential Side Effects? Allowed during pregnancy? Initial Cost? Ongoing Cost? Method 
Willpower1 N/A Yes No Yes No – Free No – Free Willpower1
Allen Carr’s Easyway12 Yes Yes No Yes Yes – Medium No Allen Carr’s Easyway12
Acupuncture1 No Yes No Yes Yes – High Yes – Weeks / Months Acupuncture1
Hypnosis11 No Yes No Yes Yes – High No Hypnosis11


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How to stop smoking naturally – Top Tips

It’s easy to quit smoking on your own – you just need to know how. Time has proven that nicotine patches, gum, and e-cigarettes just prolong the addiction and don’t tackle the important psychological aspects of smoking. Most smokers don’t realise that the problem with nicotine addiction is 1% physical and 99% mental.

Here’s how to quit smoking naturally

  1. Nicotine addiction is actually weak;

    it’s an extremely mild, slightly insecure feeling.

  2. The unpleasant symptoms people describe as “nicotine withdrawal” are nothing of the sort;

    the empty insecure feeling of nicotine withdrawal triggers a thought process. It’s the result of that thought process which leads to the unpleasant physical feelings.

  3. It’s like a tantru;

    The discomfort a smoker feels when they attempt to quit using willpower is similar to that displayed by a child when their favourite toy is taken from them. They are powerful physical feelings – but they have no physical cause.

  4. To ensure success focus on the 99% mental aspects of addiction;

    Understanding why you smoke is essential. Most smokers mistakenly believe that they do it because they enjoy it or because it gives them some kind of benefit or support. It’s the addiction that convinces them of this.

  5. The next cigarette is the continuation of a problem not the solution;

    Understand a cigarette simply momentarily relieves the discomfort caused by the previous one. That’s how addiction works. The more you experience the effect the more convinced you believe the cigarette is solving the problem rather than causing it.

  6. Realise that there’s nothing to give up;

    Understanding that there are no benefits or advantages to smoking is key. Understand that and your inclination to smoke will disappear. Allen Carr’s Easyway method is the most effective way of quitting smoking naturally without the hindrance of nicotine products.

  7. It’s great to have support;

    You don’t have to quit smoking on your own – there is lots of help. Choosing a method that understands the psychology of addiction is key to success.

  8. Reach out for help;

    You can always find out different ways to quitting smoking using Allen Carr’s Easyway to Stop Smoking method

Allen Carr’s Easyway has been described as ‘a real smoker’s way to quit’. You carry on smoking until you’re ready to stub out your final cigarette. Easyway doesn’t focus on the downsides of smoking – smokers know all about those already. Instead the method answers the question ‘What’s so great about being a smoker?’ Understanding that is the key to being set free.
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Clinically Proven Method

Allen Carrs easyway is clinically proven and drug free

The Allen Carr’s Easyway method has been clinically proven in two randomised controlled trials. The results show it to be as good as, if not better than the UK’s Gold standard NHS 1-1 Stop Smoking Service12 and almost twice as effective as the Irish Governments Quit.it service12 . It does not require the use of any drugs or nicotine products.

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Stop smoking programmes

Easyway doesn’t focus on the downsides of smoking and vaping – you know all about those already. Instead the method answers the question “what’s so great about being a smoker/vaper?” Understanding that is the key to being set free.

There a number of ways of using the Allen Carr’s Easyway method choose the right one for you.

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