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From the desk of John Dicey, Worldwide Director, Allen Carr’s Easyway
From time to time we’re asked advice from cannabis and marijuana users who want to stop smoking cigarettes.
They tend to fall into two categories:
• those who want to stop smoking both cigarettes and marijuana/cannabis
• those who just want to stop smoking cigarettes and continue using marijuana/cannabis
Firstly – we must be very clear – Allen Carr’s Easyway organisation is not remotely judgemental on the issue of ‘drug use’. Neither does it endorse, encourage, promote, or approve the use of any illegal substance – but of course we are happy to provide advice to those seeking it on the questions raised.
In the UK it is extremely common for cannabis/marijuana users to mix their drug with tobacco however, in other parts of the world, this is not the case. Whether you just want to stop smoking cigarettes or want to stop using cannabis/marijuana as well – if you mix cannabis/marijuana with tobacco, ‘first base’ is to stop doing so.
Separate the two a few weeks before you attempt to stop. If you want a cigarette during that period – do so – without making any attempt to cut down or control your smoking.
If you want to smoke a joint during that period – do so – but ensure that you smoke it neat (you can use a pipe, a bowl, or hot-knife it – just be sure to never mix it with tobacco).
Separate your use of the two drugs.
This does not mean that you should smoke a neat joint and a cigarette simultaneously (one in each hand) but that you should decide which you want to smoke. If you end up having one immediately after having the other – no problem.
Over the past twenty years or so we’ve noticed more and more smokers that visit our stop smoking clinics actually started smoking at quite a mature age (in their 20s and 30s rather than in their teenage years). In most cases the way they become trapped is through smoking joints mixed with tobacco at parties. It never occurs to them that they are smokers until they find themselves smoking normal cigarettes in situations where joints are not available. Finally the penny drops and they realise that they need help to quit smoking.
Often heavy users of marijuana/cannabis have no idea that one of the main reasons for their heavy use can often be their addiction to nicotine. Because they only ever smoke tobacco when they mix it with marijuana/cannabis their addiction to nicotine can drive their consumption of both drugs. That’s not to say that they’re not addicted to marijuana/cannabis – merely that their consumption of marijuana/cannabis is further amplified by their addiction to nicotine.
So, having separated the use of nicotine and the use of marijuana/cannabis, which should (the person who wants to rid themselves of both) quit first?
If you’re thoroughly fed up of smoking both and desperate to be free from both – then in all likelihood, stopping smoking (tobacco) using Allen Carr’s Easyway method is likely to set you completely free from both. Thousands of clients who have attended our stop smoking clinics have stopped smoking both (simultaneously) easily, permanently, without feeling deprived, and found it to be an enjoyable, liberating process. Far from feeling deprived or miserable they’re left better able to relax, better able to cope with stress, better able to enjoy social occasions, and enjoy life – free from the drugs.
Those that fail to stop smoking marijuana/cannabis after stopping smoking tobacco using Allen Carr’s Easyway method, or those who subsequently decide that they also want to stop smoking marijuana/cannabis, can do so by using the method applied to that specific drug.
More and more cannabis / marijuana users are contacting us to help them get free from their drug. We provide ‘One to One’ sessions to deal with this (and any other drug) at our specialist clinics in London, England. These are currently the only clinics at which we are able to offer this service. The treatment has been so successful we are able to provide the same money back guarantee that we have offered with our stop smoking programme for the past 30 years.
Posted on 14:13 Jul 11, 2013
From the desk of John Dicey, Worldwide Director, Allen Carr’s Easyway To Stop Smoking
We received an interesting enquiry at Allen Carr’s Easyway To Stop Smoking Clinic in London recently. A gentleman who had stopped smoking easily after attending one of our quit smoking seminars wrote to ask for advice regarding his father and how he might inspire him to stop smoking.
The writer said that while he was explaining how the stop smoking session seemed to work (to another family member) his father appeared to take some interest. The writer explained that he told his father and the family member that it was all very easy to stop smoking, that there were no scare tactics, or health lectures – in fact not a single mention of the C word! He explained that smokers are able to carry on smoking throughout the session until the end and how all the people on the course were all very happy. How it was almost miraculous in fact.
The writer’s father apparently already knows of several people who have also attended the Allen Carr’s London Stop Smoking Clinic successfully.
For Father’s Day each year the writer has purchased special “experience” gifts for his father including art exhibitions, musical extravaganzas at The Royal Albert Hall in London, and many other cultural expeditions which his father would otherwise never considered attending.
This year, for Father’s Day, he bought him a voucher to use at Allen Carr’s Easyway To Stop Smoking Clinic in London. To his mind he felt there could be no greater gift than the chance to be set free from cigarettes.
Having printed off some information and placed it carefully inside his Father’s Day card along with the voucher – the writer said it actually made him feel very nervous – he was not sure how his father might react. Perhaps it was a step too far?
Apparently his father was very quiet when he received the gift. It took several weeks for him to confide in his son “About that present … I’ve no interest in it at all. Not one iota. It’s best if you just get your money back.”
And that was that.
Well – the writer was more than a little devastated and was seeking our advice on how to handle the situation.
He told us how his father has actually been stockpiling cigarettes for years. He apparently goes to Europe several times a year to buy cigarettes in their 1000s, because they’re much cheaper on the continent.
It obviously has to be a person’s own decision to give up smoking, but also obvious is the fact that most smokers will have already tried several (perhaps many) times and like most smokers, will have failed. Presumably the writer’s father feels resigned to the fact that he can’t/won’t give up. He’s obviously scared and prefers to keep his head in the sand.
Apparently the stockpile of cigarettes in his shed represents a significant investment in smoking and perhaps it is also some kind of mini victory – proud defiance.
The writer begs a great question – how can one encourage someone who actively does not want to attend the programme to do so?
Our answer has always been to live your life as a clear example of a happy non-smoker. Once smokers close to you see how relaxed and happy you are about not smoking – the hope is that it will inspire them to follow you to freedom. There is certainly a lot to be said for this tactic – but it takes patience.
Some might suggest raiding his shed-full of cigarettes while he is sleeping one night – leaving a ransom note nailed to the door “Attend Allen Carr’s Easyway To Stop Smoking Clinic in London and your swag will be returned. You’ll be either a happy non-smoker and therefore have no need for the cigarettes any more (and you’ll make a killing when you sell them on) or the method will not have worked for you and the confiscated goods will be returned to you for your consumption. You really have nothing to lose and everything to gain.”
Although I like this idea – it does rely on the father retaining a sense of humour and fun on the issue and given his intransigent stance to date – I fear that might be unlikely.
Explaining how easy Allen Carr’s method makes it to stop smoking is great – but it does sound like the writer has exhausted this avenue – especially as his father already knows former smokers who have quit smoking easily with the method.
Perhaps, aside from living life as a true example of a happy non-smoker, there is one final throw of the dice that I might suggest.
Perhaps a card containing words to the following effect:
I am very sorry that you did not care for the Father’s Day gift that I brought for you. I appear to have misread your level of interest in the miraculous nature of my escape from smoking. The gift voucher I purchased for you cost £240 and no doubt you might find it hard to believe that I would spend such an amount on such a service. The amazing thing about Allen Carr’s Easyway method is that they offer a money back guarantee. If you attend 3 sessions within 3 months without cancelling or arriving late for any appointments and you fail to stop smoking – they refund their fee in full. They guarantee that not only will you stop smoking – but that you’ll find it easy to do so – again – if you do not they will refund the fee in full. There really is nothing to lose.
If you attend the sessions and find it easy to quit smoking – great. You can sell your stockpile of cigarettes and make some money to add to the money you’ll be saving in the future.
If you attend the sessions and fail to stop smoking – you get a crisp cheque from Allen Carr’s Easyway for £240 – that is my gift to you and you can spend it on whatever you like – even more cigarettes.
For my part of the bargain – if you attend the sessions – whether you stop smoking or not – I will never hassle you about your smoking again! You can smoke in peace for the rest of your life without any further comment from me on the matter.
It would be a terrible waste of £240 if you don’t give it a go – or at least attend just to get your money back.”
That would be my advice in this very difficult situation – all we need to do now is wait and see what happens next…….
Readers please note. In order to improve our search engine ranking we are obliged to use all kinds of words or phrases which we tend to avoid as part of our programme. Terms such as giving up or quitting smoking or smoking habit all have to be used in our blog text in order to score points on our page ranking. Those who have used Allen Carr’s Easyway will appreciate why these phrases are so contrary to Allen Carr’s method – hence this explanation about why we are obliged to use them outside our clinic session rooms/book texts etc. It’s all part of the mad world of search engine optimisation!
Posted on 14:50 Jun 12, 2013 by John Dicey, Worldwide Director
Full Name: Esther Gambrell
Date of Birth: 1973
From: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England
Occupation: Stay at home mum
Briefly describe your thoughts on the session at the stop smoking clinic you attended:
I walked in with a very cynical approach, convinced that nothing could stop me from smoking. I wanted to stop but I was certain it was unachievable, because of my previous attempts to do so.
I enjoyed looking at all the discarded cigarette packets and lighters piled up on the floor, there was alot of interesting paraphernalia there like leather tobacco pouches. The speaker made some points which I hadn’t considered before, such as if smokers light up a cigarette to calm themselves down, how does that cigarette physically change the situation causing the stress.
After eight years of smoking I was smoking so heavily at this point in my life that I always carried two packs of cigarettes in my bag. When the speaker told me to light a cigarette because it would be my last, I thought there was no way that statement would ever come true. When it was time to leave, the speaker stood at the door as we filed out. I threw my two boxes of cigaretets onto the floor and walked towards the door. I stood at the bus stop outside and considered having a cigarette – maybe I could ask a passerby for one. I decided it was okay, I’d just had one inside the meeting. When I got home I considered having a cigarette but I thought I would wait a while. That was the last time I ever considered smoking. It was like somebody had flicked a switch inside my head. I had a carton of 200 cigarettes in a cupboard. I left them there for a month or two before I gave them away. It wasn’t a temptation. It was like having a pair of shoes that I didn’t want to wear. Back then I worked in a casino, so smoking was everywhere. Being around smokers for hours each day didn’t bother me at all, it was like I didnt even notice people were doing it.
Approx date that you stopped smoking? September 1998.
Briefly describe the impact on your life of having stopped smoking:
At that time, the biggest thing was my health. I used to get terrible chest pains when I smoked, and being in my twenties I wanted to be fit and healthy. I didn’t own a car and used public transport to get to work and get around. You spend alot of time running for buses when you live in a big city! I always hated how I would be seriously out of breath after a short sprint to the bus stop. One of the best things I noticed after I quit smoking was how great it was to run for the bus and not spend the following ten minutes waiting for my heart rate to slow down. The other thing I really liked was how much cleaner I smelt. I did not realise how smelly cigarettes were until I stopped smoking them. And I never thought anything could taste more amazing than a cigarette with coffee. Until I had coffee without a cigarette!!
Is there something special which you have achieved since you stopped smoking? Did you stop smoking for a specific reason?
I stopped smoking because I was tired of it. And when I am tired of something, I take steps to change it. Even though I did not believe that anything could stop me from smoking, I figured it would be worth a try. I am so glad that I did. Even though it was fifteen years ago, I remember everything so clearly. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to do it, because I know I would still be smoking now if I had not gone to that seminar.
For more information about Allen Carr’s Easyway To Stop Smoking Seminars and how to get help to stop smoking click on your country’s flag at the top of this page.
Posted on 12:06 Jun 10, 2013
From the desk of John Dicey, Worldwide Director, Allen Carr’s Easyway
The National Institute for Health and Clinical/Care Excellence has announced that they now recommend a “harm reduction” approach to dealing with smoking.
Nicotine “replacement therapies” (nicotine isn’t ‘replaced’ it’s ‘continued’ and there’s nothing therapeutic about it) are now advocated for long term use.
The strategy is based on the prolonged (possibly indefinite) use of nicotine patches, gums, and e-cigarettes being a less harmful alternative to smoking. The suggestion is that smokers can cut down their consumption of cigarettes – something that fails spectacularly in most cases.
These nicotine products are apparently considered a safer alternative to smoking as they contain nicotine but not tar and yet there is little or no significant research into the long term effects of their use.
It’s interesting that NICE, who consistently fail to recommend Allen Carr’s Easyway To Stop Smoking (a globally popular, cost effective, drug-free, and entirely safe method of stopping smoking/ending nicotine addiction) because the studies indicating its success rate are considered “not robust enough”, deem the thin evidence on which this latest guidance is based to be sufficient.
A harm reduction strategy fails to consider the impact that ‘being addicted’ has on the addict’s general well-being, the addict’s family (who will continue to go without everyday essentials so the addiction can be financed), or the addict’s long term physical and mental health. Only someone who has suffered addiction, or had a loved one suffer, can truly appreciate the misery it entails and how that misery afflicts everyone around the addict. Either the addict or the taxpayer will be paying for a life-time supply of nicotine.
It seems clear that smokers are to be ‘parked on nicotine’ indefinitely rather than helped to stop smoking or be freed from their addiction to nicotine. All this begs the question “In whose interest is this guidance?”
What the nicotine industry wants – the nicotine industry gets!
You can read more about the ‘nicotine war’ in these blogs -
Posted on 13:05 Jun 05, 2013 by John Dicey, Worldwide Director
From time to time we have happy non-smokers who gained freedom by using Allen Carr’s Easyway volunteer to be Media Case Studies. Often newspapers, magazines, and TV programmes contact us to interview people who have stopped smoking using the method.
We thought it would be great to share some of these here:
Name: Maiju S Date of Birth: 7.8.1974
Lives in: Ulvila, Finland
Occupation: Pilot boat driver/seaman
Tried to stop smoking before with: Group hypnosis, self suggestion, nicotine blasters, will power, betting with friends.
Tell us about how you stopped smoking with Allen Carr’s Easyway: I think the method is Intelligent – was counter brainwashing and I actually enjoyed quitting smoking.
Approx date that you stopped smoking? March 2012
Briefly describe the impact on your life of having stopped smoking: It means everything to me. Health and peace of mind. When I smoked I couldn’t think about anything other than wanting to quit smoking – now I feel free.
Is there something special which you have achieved since you stopped smoking? Did you stop smoking for a specific reason? A burden has been taken away from my shoulder. From the first day I started to do things I never felt inclined to do as a smoker. I now enjoy gardening and similar simple things that I didn’t have the will or the energy to do before.
For more information about Allen Carr’s Easyway To Stop Smoking Clinics and how to find it easy to stop smoking rather than feeling like you are giving up smoking click on your country’s flag at the top of this page.
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Did you find it easy to stop smoking rather than feeling like you had to give up smoking or sacrifice something? Perhaps you could help to spread the word?
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Posted on 11:23 Jun 05, 2013