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The Growing Worldwide Stop Smoking Team - New Zealand

From the desk of John Dicey, Worldwide Director, Allen Carr’s Easyway

We are so fortunate to have so many incredible people within Allen Carr’s Easyway organisation across the world. Some smokers find it really hard to imagine being able to stop smoking easily as opposed to battling to give up smoking as they have done in the past. It can often be interesting and inspiring for them to hear how our team around the world has been brought together. This is the next installment in a series of features that look at the journeys taken by members of Allen Carr’s Easyway To Stop Smoking Therapist team from being some of the most prolific and active smokers on the planet to becoming happy non-smokers and world-leaders in the field of stopping smoking.

Laurence Cooke, Allen Carr’s Easyway New Zealand writes:

I had my first cigarette at age 11. As a teenager I already knew I was hooked. I remember trying to quit by switching to clove cigarettes. But they just made my lips numb and made me feel deprived because I couldn’t have a “real” cigarette. That feeling of deprivation accompanied all of my quit attempts during my twenty plus years as a smoker, and it was the reason why I could never survive for long before caving in. In the end I became very good at avoiding the topic of quitting entirely. It was something I would definitely get around to one day … but the time was just never quite right.

Then one day I offered a friend of mine a smoke and he shocked me by telling me he’d quit smoking. It was the way he said it that struck me. He wasn’t saying “I’d love one, but I can’t, I’m trying to quit,” he just confidently announced “I quit. I read a book by a guy called Allen Carr. It was easy.”

I hadn’t heard anyone talk about quitting smoking like that (easily). I knew I had to get that book. But then the fear kicked in, the fear all smokers know, “but will I be able to enjoy life as much without my cigarettes? And how will I cope with all of the stress that I’m under? And will I suffer that feeling of deprivation again? Will I always suffer it?”.
So stupidly I put it off and wasted another year in the nicotine prison.

Then in May 2004 I finally read Allen Carr’s Easyway to Stop Smoking. I felt elated when I finished the book and smoked my final cigarette. On the first night I went out for drinks, surrounded by my smoking colleagues. It felt so different this time; I just had no desire to smoke. Several drinks later still no cravings. When I woke the next day, I knew for certain I was free and I started recommending the book to others. I sent a copy to my brother who also stopped smoking immediately. Nine months later he required an urgent heart by-pass operation. Had he still been smoking, he would probably have been refused the operation.

It didn’t take long to dawn on me that Allen Carr saved his life, not to mention my life and the lives of millions of other smokers. Later, I applied to join the Easyway organization and now I consider it a privilege to be able to conduct the seminars in New Zealand.

Details of Laurence’s stop smoking seminars in New Zealand can be found on the Allen Carr’s Easyway New Zealand website

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For more information about how to get help to stop smoking with Allen Carr’s Easyway To Stop Smoking Clinics and how to find it easy to stop smoking rather than feeling like you have quit smoking (and feel deprived) click on your country’s flag at the top of this page.
Did you find it easy to stop smoking rather than feeling like you had to give up smoking or sacrifice something? Maybe you could help to spread the word?
Do you know of anyone who you would like to help stop smoking? Tell them about this feature and if they mention it when they book a session at any one of our stop smoking clinics across the world they can obtain a 10% discount (not valid in conjunction with any other offer or promotion).

Posted on 14:11 Feb 21, 2012 by John Dicey, Worldwide Director

 

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Amazing stories of people who have used Allen Carr’s Easyway To Stop Smoking Method - Marija Kochevska, Macedonia

From the desk of John Dicey, Worldwide Director, Allen Carr’s Easyway

It’s great to hear from so many people who use Allen Carr’s Easyway to stop smoking method throughout the world. The endless pages of testimonials which are left on our website tell their own story (there are thousands and thousands of them). You can browse through them here.

Having said that – it’s even lovelier when we receive more detailed information about those who stop smoking with us.

My name is Marija Kochevska, from Skopje, Macedonia.

I was smoker for 10 years and I used to smoke a lot! 40 or more cigarettes every day I thought I enjoyed smoking. I thought I loved it.

But I could feel each and every cigarette hurting my throat, it bothered me so much – I was scared of not being able to breathe.

I couldn`t run even for 1km. My constant lack of energy was annoying and embarassing – I was spending days in my bed and didn`t even know that the cigarettes could bother me that much. I wasn`t ready to acknowledge that they were actually the reason I was so much tired, lazy, and overwhelmed. I tried several times to quit smoking without any success. Then I finally found what I needed the most. This book (Allen Carr’s Easyway To Stop Smoking) helped me and gave me the exact kind of support and information that I needed all along. It felt like a friend that had already been through the same, and now is there just for you – helping you to escape like they did.

Now I go to gym every day, my mind is clear, my fear is gone, and I breathe without any pains in my chest. Thank you, Allen Carr!

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We never tire of hearing stories about how those who attend Allen Carr’s Easyway To Stop Smoking Clinics or read the books stopped smoking. For information on how you can quit smoking easily – without having to suffer and feel like you’ve quit anything or feel like you’re giving up smoking – visit our website

Posted on 12:20 Feb 14, 2012 by John Dicey, Worldwide Director

 

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The Growing Worldwide Stop Smoking Team - Mauritius

From the desk of John Dicey, Worldwide Director, Allen Carr’s Easyway

We are so fortunate to have such an amazing group of people within Allen Carr’s Easyway organisation across the world. People who want to find out how to stop smoking easily sometimes find it really hard to imagine that it is possible. They are so used to attempts to quit smoking ending up feeling like a never-ending fight that leaves them feeling miserable and deprived of cigarettes. In their search for a way to stop smoking it can often be inspiring for them to hear how our team around the world has been brought together. This is another installment in a series of features that look at the journeys taken by members of Allen Carr’s Easyway To Stop Smoking Therapist team; from being some of the most prolific smokers on the planet to becoming happy non-smokers and world-leaders in the field of stopping smoking.

Heidi Hoareau, Allen Carr’s Easyway Mauritius writes:

I first tried to stop smoking when I was 24 years old after being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, a potentially crippling, chronic auto immune disease. The diagnosis came as a shock but what felt even worse was being told that it could have been triggered off by my heavy smoking. You are not supposed to get sick from smoking at 24 years of age… that’s never going to happen to any of us, we’ll have stopped years before it affects our health… well that’s what I had always told myself. What I didn’t realize is that when I lit that first cigarette at 12 years old I had lit the fuse of a time bomb… I just didn’t know how short my fuse was. Needless to say I felt very stupid, but did all that stop me smoking? Not a chance…..

It did start a process of me trying to stop smoking… 3 years of repeated failure later, I had tried countless different methods; patches, medication, nicotine gum (tasted like licking an ashtray!), hypnosis, cold turkey (nightmare) and numerous other “miracle cures” and gadgets that are too embarrassing to admit that I spent my hard earned money on. I was thoroughly discouraged and depressed and ready to accept that I was just one of those people who would be a smoker for the rest of their lives.

Throughout this painful process a friend from work kept encouraging me to try this “amazing” method called “Allen Carr’s Easyway to Stop Smoking”. She swore it had worked for her like “magic”… but here’s the thing… I didn’t believe her. I just couldn’t picture her smoking, she was never bothered by me smoking like a chimney in front of her and she never once acted envious of my smoking, I didn’t believe that she had ever been a “real” smoker like me. She had gone to an Allen Carr’s Easyway seminar in the UK along with a few friends of hers and said that after that day none of them ever smoked again, and what’s more didn’t miss smoking at all. I was extremely skeptical (to say the least).

We didn’t have the sessions in Mauritius at that time so at least I had that excuse not to go but she recommended that I get the book. I never did, I just couldn’t believe that after 3 years of trying everything out there (I mean I’d tried “drugs” to stop for goodness sakes!) that someone was going to help me stop smoking just by talking to me, either in person or through a book, frankly I thought it sounded like nonsense.

Then one day we were at a bookshop together and there was “The Book”… “Allen Carr’s Easyway to Stop Smoking”… she forced me to buy it… I relented… read it… and never smoked again!

Now when I try to explain to people just how incredibly well this method worked for me I also find myself using words like “magic”. Obviously there is no mumbo jumbo but it just made so much sense, and was so easy to stop, that is how it felt to me, like “magic”.

There is such a difference in my life since I stopped smoking. I have so much more energy, my Rheumatoid Arthritis has been almost completely in remission for years and I am so much healthier and have even lost weight. Most importantly, I no longer feel like a slave to an addictive poison. It is so great not to have to smoke anymore. I feel FREE!

My stopping smoking led to a domino effect among the smokers that I knew, they all saw how happy I was as a non-smoker and wanted to know the “secret” and so I recommended the book… so many stopped it was like “magic”. After 3 years of this the ones who didn’t like to read started calling me for help because I was still such a happy non-smoker, until one of them in frustration said “why don’t you do the sessions here in Mauritius!” … the result of that conversation led me to apply to Allen Carr’s Easyway and I’m proud to say after some really tough training I’ve been an Allen Carr’s Easyway Therapist for the last 5 years.

I’ve had such enormous pleasure by helping so many people just like me who thought they could never be free. I will always be grateful to Allen Carr’s Easyway for giving me back my health, my self-respect and my FREEDOM!

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For more information about how to get help to stop smoking with Allen Carr’s Easyway To Stop Smoking Clinics and how stop smoking easily rather than feeling like you have to give up smoking (and feel deprived) click on your country’s flag at the top of this page.

Did you find it easy to stop smoking rather than feeling like you had to quit smoking or sacrifice something? Maybe you could help to spread the word?
Do you know of anyone who you would like to help stop smoking? Tell them about this feature and if they mention it when they book a session at any one of our stop smoking clinics across the world they can obtain a 10% discount (not valid in conjunction with any other offer or promotion).

Posted on 15:48 Feb 09, 2012 by John Dicey, Worldwide Director

 

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Amazing stories of happy non-smokers - Robert Tulip, UK

From the desk of John Dicey, Worldwide Director, Allen Carr’s Easyway

It’s great to hear from so many people who use Allen Carr’s Easyway throughout the world. The endless pages of testimonials which are left on our website tell their own story (there are thousands and thousands of them). You can browse through them on this link.

Having said that – it’s even more wonderful when we receive even more detailed information about those who stop smoking with us.

Hi there my name is Robert and I’m from Chesterfield in Derbyshire. I first started smoking at the age of around 15. Growing up in a smoking house plus a bit of peer pressure and curiosity is all it took really. I was one of the “cool kids” sneaking off for a fag at break time and spending all my dinner money on cigarettes. I can’t really remember my first smoke so I can’t comment on how it was.

I continued smoking until I was 36. I had tried a few times to quit smoking but to no avail – even with two children I would smoke. I kept it in the kitchen but who am I kidding…..it must’ve had an effect on them. Whenever I would speak to someone who had managed to kick the habit I would say with much bravado “I’ve never been a quitter”.

Here’s how my day would be…. Wake up, kettle on, have a smoke, have a coffee, then another smoke, get ready for work then have a smoke before leaving the house – that’s about 3 fags in the space of an hour! I’d get to work and have a smoke before I clocked in because of the darn smoking ban (I couldn’t smoke in work time so I had to get that precious smoke in again).

During break times at work I’d have a smoke or even 2 if I have enough time then back to work. Lunch break was easily long enough to get a 3 or so smokes squeezed in – then back to work. As soon as I got home I’d have a smoke then about one every hour unless I was drinking and we had friends over then it was a lot more.

I started to struggle to breathe when in bed at night and my chest was rattling loudly. I had real problems when I walked any distance.

I decided to have a go at stopping smoking going cold turkey. I lasted about five days then rang the NHS quit smoking number. I tried the nicotine lozenges and purchased one of those electronic cigarettes because I thought I’d need something to do with my hands. I continued for about 12 weeks on the NHS stop smoking club and was very frustrated because I felt I had become dependant on the lozenges and could see no way off them.

My brother who had quit had mentioned this book weeks before and I thought “What’s a bloody book going to do for me?” But – I was frustrated and clutching at straws when I asked him if I could read the book. Needless to say – it was Allen Carr’s Easyway To Stop Smoking book – and to say that the book blew my mind would be an understatement! As soon as I finished the book I was filled with a euphoria I had never known but I immediately knew that I would never smoke or need nicotine lozenges, patches, or ANYTHING ever again!

Three weeks after reading the book it was as if I had never smoked at all.

I feel really sorry for smokers who remain slaves to their addiction and my breathing at night is now amazing and my breathing when I walk is too. I’m free and loving every minute of it!

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We never tire of hearing stories about how those who attend Allen Carr’s Easyway To Stop Smoking Clinics or read the books stopped smoking. For information on how you can quit smoking easily – without having to suffer and feel like you’ve quit anything or feel like you’ve given up smoking – click on your country’s flag at the top of this page.

Posted on 11:52 Feb 03, 2012 by John Dicey, Worldwide Director

 

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Amazing stories of happy non-smokers - Christine Hein, US

From the desk of John Dicey, Worldwide Director, Allen Carr’s Easyway

It’s great to hear from so many people who use Allen Carr’s Easyway to stop smoking method throughout the world. The endless pages of testimonials which are left on our website tell their own story (there are thousands and thousands of them). You can browse through them on this link.

Having said that – it’s even lovelier when we receive more detailed information about those who stop smoking with us. It was wonderful to hear from Christine Hein (shown here with her husband) who stopped smoking while on active service in Afghanistan by reading the Allen Carr’s Easyway To Stop Smoking book.

Christine (shown in her smoking days – second from left in the photo below) tells her own story, one which is happily not unique amongst the men and women serving in UK, US, and many other nationalities’ armed forces around the world who quit smoking in the most amazing circumstances using both Allen Carr’s Easyway To Stop Smoking Clinics and Books.

Christine writes:

My name is Christine Hein. I’m originally from a small town in Missouri, the heart of the United States, but I’m currently deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

I smoked since “forever”, probably more than 13 years. I never smoked less than a pack of cigarettes a day. I use to be so ashamed to admit that, but now I’m free from it all, I truly boast in my past weakness.

I had been deployed to Afghanistan, for the second time when I decided that I needed to quit. I was trying not to get killed by explosions and bullets from the enemy, then after I LIVED, I would smoke a cigarette with the other soldiers recalling the events of the day. Wheezing and coughing, laughing and patting each other on the back for a job well done. What sense did that make?

I really enjoy books that teach me ways to better myself. I came across Allen Carr’s book on amazon.com, ordered it, and when it arrived I’d read it every time I had an opportunity to do so. I would sit on the steps outside the tent I lived in and smoke as I read. After I finished the book, I immediately stopped smoking – like it was nothing – it was easy.

I haven’t had a cigarette in almost a year now. I see others smoking, and I truly feel sorry for them. I was where they are for years and years. I was stuck – like them.

I accidently packed up and sent my copy of EasyWay To Stop Smoking in our early redeployment cargo containers. I had to buy another one. It’s almost like my “woobie”, like a child’s blankie that makes them feel safe and secure. The stress and rigors of war could easily make me feel like I was about to slip back into the depths of the addiction, but I always reference my book and feel much more calm, composed and confident that the nicotine monster truly is dead.

I look forward to living a long healthy life. Allen Carr’s book is nothing short of amazing and truly saved me from myself.

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About the photos:

The first photo is of me and my husband – happy non-smokers.
He never had a problem with the addiction and is “over the moon happy” about my decision to quit smoking.

The photo below is of me (2nd from left) on my first deployment to Afghanistan in 2009. Red face, just hiked up a HUGE mountain looking for a Russian Artillery piece to destroy, and as I was suffocating, trying to breathe at the high elevation in the wicked summer heat, I light a cigarette. WHY?! I don’t know anymore.

Posted on 14:32 Jan 31, 2012

 

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