“I’m not telling anybody what to do! Do your thing. All I’m saying is: if you want to quit smoking, read Allen Carr.” Chrissie Hynde
“I’m not telling anybody what to do,” she says, as we get up to leave. “Do your thing. All I’m saying is: if you want to quit smoking, read Allen Carr.” Chrissie Hynde
It’s lovely to sense how excited Chrissie Hynde remains about having quit smoking with Allen Carr’s Easyway.
The prominent mention she made of the method in the epilogue of her recent autobiography was appreciated enough but for Chrissie to regularly mention the method in interviews is wonderful. Everyone at Allen Carr’s Easyway is incredibly grateful for this kind of unsolicited endorsement from a seemingly endless stream of ‘A List’ stars who used the method to quit smoking, alcohol, or drugs.
In an extensive interview with her, journalist Will Hodgkinson writes in today’s edition of The Times “I’m trying to get Chrissie Hynde, the rock chick before whom all other rock chicks must bow, to wax on her life in the Pretenders, her new album, her part in the history of music — just anything about herself, really. After all, rare is the rock star whose specialist subjects do not run from me to myself and I. Yet all Hynde wants to talk about is The Easy Way to Quit Smoking by Allen Carr.
“He’s a gas,” says Hynde, 65, of Carr, a former accountant from Wimbledon who died of lung cancer in 2006, but not before seeing his manual become a bestseller. “I’ve been trying to quit for 40 years and then, thanks to Allen, it took me one day,” says Hynde.”
Hynde goes on “Allen shows you it’s all psychological. I was thinking: ‘I quit drugs, I quit drinking, why can’t I quit fags?’ Listen, I’m a wreck. I’m not telling anyone to be like me. But I’m pragmatic and I knew that I had a choice between smoking and my voice and after reading Allen I thought: ‘Thank God, I don’t want a cigarette any more.’ I mean, the writing is not Martin Amis, but Martin should read it. Allen would help him quit. Hey, I’m glad we’re talking about this.”
Towards the end of the extensive interview she returns to the subject “Then she goes back to Allen Carr. An hour in Hynde’s company is inspiring — her self-reliance is infectious and her pragmatism refreshing — but she doesn’t half know how to make you feel guilty about puffing on the odd roll-up. “I’m not telling anybody what to do,” she says, as we get up to leave. “Do your thing. All I’m saying is: if you want to quit smoking, read Allen.” Then she’s gone, drink, drug and nicotine-free, alone, and most definitely her own woman.”
From the desk of John Dicey, Worldwide CEO & Senior Facilitator, Allen Carr’s Easyway
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