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Just want to say a hugh thank you to Allen Carr and others that support in the EasyWay. You are fantastic people, who give people back their lives they lost to smoking. Its been a week and I didn’t even tell anyone I was stopping and people have only just started realising that I don’t have a cigarette in my hand and they ask “what about the cravings?” I reply “What cravings? I don’t have any nicotine in my body!’ My breathing, concentration and confidence is soaring. Thank you for setting me free of my fears! Jemma
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From the desk of John Dicey, Worldwide Managing Director, Allen Carr’s Easyway To Stop Smoking
Not a week goes by without more link-ups between sport & culture venues/promoters and e-cigarette brands. A few weeks ago it was the O2 Arena in London who were adopting an e-cigarette sponsorship deal which would see free samples of nicotine (let’s not forget – it’s one of the most highly addictive drugs known to mankind) handed out to people (let’s be honest – it’ll be mostly youngsters) attending events at one of London’s leading music venues. Two weeks ago it was the great Glasgow Celtic Football Club doing the same. This week Glasgow Rangers Football Club followed suit. E-cigarettes are being promoted mercilessly across the world and not a whisper of concern appears to have been raised (beyond the pages of this blog).
Everyone loves the idea of e-cigarettes…the allure of diminishing the carnage that nicotine ravages on society’s smokers is intoxicating. But it appears that ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ moment is upon us as a new study in The Lancet was released in the face of deafening silence from those who believed the hype.
I’m delighted to introduce Damian O’Hara, one of the most senior & respected Allen Carr’s Easyway Therapists in the world, who comments in details as follows:
When they were first launched in 2004, e-cigarettes were touted by their manufacturers as the biggest public health contribution since penicillin. Every year smoking kills around 4 million people, and as smoking rates continue to rise in developing countries, that figure is set to grow. The World Health Organisation estimates that tobacco will kill 1 billion people this century. But what kills them is not nicotine, the raison d’être for smoking: it’s the tar and dozens of carcinogens that are also contained in tobacco smoke. E-cigarettes deliver the nicotine, but without these dangerous chemicals – although little is known of the harm that long term use of nicotine in the form of e-cigarettes may cause to users. In spite of this – millions of lives will be saved, they said. Smoking-related death and disease will be a thing of the past, they said.
E-cigarettes – despite their lack of safety testing and regulation – were cautiously embraced by many public health professionals as a potentially critical harm reduction product. Who cares if people are still addicted to nicotine, so long as they aren’t getting sick? Whilst at Allen Carr we know that any smoker can find quitting easy and enjoyable, it is a reality that some smokers who continue to use less effective methods, can’t or won’t stop. Smoking will kill half of such smokers, but that’s not all: for every smoking-related death, there are twenty cases of a quality-of-life sapping smoking-related disease.
E-cigarettes promised a stunning turnaround. Millions of lives saved, countless millions of lives improved, billions saved on healthcare costs treating smoking-related morbidity…it almost seemed too good to be true. Because it was.
Last week the highly-respected medical publication, The Lancet, published the first high quality randomised, controlled trial looking at smokers quitting by transferring to e-cigarettes. The study followed three groups: one given the 21mg nicotine patch, one the e-cigarette with 16mg nicotine cartridges, and one the e-cigarette with placebo (i.e. no nicotine) cartridges. The main outcome of the study was smoking abstinence at six months.
As we have come to expect from the nicotine patch, the results were poor. Just 5.8% smokers were able to quit using the patch at six months. This figure tallies with the success rates from countless other studies and once again raises the question; why does a treatment with a 94% failure rate at six months form the backbone of every government cessation strategy?
What was many times more disappointing though was that the success rate for the e-cigarette group was a meagre 7.3%. The whole point of e-cigarettes is that they are supposed to be a real alternative to smoking. In addition to the e-cigarette delivering the smoker’s drug, it is also supposed to deliver a ‘smoking experience’. Smokers, the rationale went, would switch to the e-cigarette in their millions because they could get all the ‘pleasure’ of smoking, with no health risk whatsoever. This study effectively debunks that myth for good. If only 7.3% of smokers wanting to quit are able to do so using the e-cigarette then its potential as a public health contributor is no better than the nicotine gum. And to make matters worse, of the 7.3% who quit, nearly 40% of them were still using the e-cigarette. In reality, it turns out that smokers view e-cigarettes as no more than a way of getting their nicotine when they are temporarily not able to smoke.
And e-cigarette companies know this well. Despite their claims to be a cessation product, their marketing activities tell a different story. Today, we see the majority of e-cigarette advertising is aimed at two targets. – Luring former smokers back into the nicotine trap. How despicable is that? It’s like advertising vodka at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. – in an echo of tobacco marketers in days gone by – it takes aim at young people. E-cigarette companies now compete with tobacco and pharmaceutical companies for the nicotine-addicted market. And because they are unregulated, e-cigarette marketers are able to promote in ways that tobacco companies are not. No wonder tobacco companies are falling over themselves to buy into the business! Flavours like peanut butter, Red Bull, vanilla, gummy bear and candy floss have been developed. E-cigarette companies have started to advertise in teen publications and on websites aimed at young people. Music and sports venues are the new recruiting grounds for one of the most addictive drugs known to man. They make packs that look like iPhones. E-cigarette manufacturers have developed sophisticated social media campaigns to promote initiation among teens.
The success of this approach can be seen in another study released last week by the Centres for Disease Control which showed that e-cigarette use among middle and high school students DOUBLED in 2012 alone. Watch this space.
So the e-cigarette’s fall from grace is complete. In ten short years it has gone from being the next big thing in public health to just another ineffective product designed to keep people enslaved to a drug that doesn’t even get them high.
Immediate regulation of e-cigarettes is essential in order that they can be controlled properly and so that unscrupulous marketers can be stopped from designing and adapting this highly addictive product to appeal specifically to young people.
For more information about how you can stop smoking without feeling deprived click on your country’s flag at the top of this page.
Damian O’Hara presents Allen Carr’s Easyway To Stop Smoking Webcast Seminar in the UK and worldwide
Posted on 08:40 Sep 18, 2013 by John Dicey, Worldwide Managing 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: Sally V Date of Birth: 06/22/1958
Lives in: Germantown, Maryland USA
Occupation: Administrative Assistant
Tried to quit smoking before with: Champix/Zyban Pills, nicotine patches, and nicotine lozenges
Tell us how you stopped smoking with Allen Carr’s Easyway: It worked! It gave me a whole new perspective on smoking and quitting. I think about Allen Carr’s words all time. That keeps me smoke free…
Approx date that you stopped smoking? March 2008
Briefly describe the impact on your life of having stopped smoking: I am free!
Is there something special which you have achieved since you stopped smoking? Did you stop smoking for a specific reason?
I was so embarrassed that I smoked that I hid it from everyone. I was a secret smoker, a closet smoker. I chain smoked in my car and carried fabreze, air fresheners, breathe mints, and perfume (which I hate). Since I stopped smoking I have learned to cope with stress and depression – stopping smoking enabled me to do this. I no longer turn to pills. To quit smoking is very liberating.
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.
Posted on 11:29 Sep 16, 2013
Italian actor, GABRIEL GARKO, has given an interview to Italian magazine Salute, crediting an Allen Carr’s Easyway stop smoking seminar with helping him successfully quit smoking 18 months ago.
Translation of the interview –
Thanks to his beauty and his talent he has just finished shooting the last scenes of a fiction on Rudy Valentino. He is incredibly handsome. His secret?
Training and zero cigarettes.
Mother Nature has been very generous with actor Gabriel Garko (39 years old). In Autumn 2013 he will be Rudy Valentine in a TV fiction and not even he can find a fault in himself “I would not change a single thing. I am at peace with myself and my body” says the actor who has also stopped smoking a year and a half ago.
How do you control your health?
“Once a year I do a check-up. I have also stopped smoking 18 months ago. I went from 60 cigarettes to zero in one day.”
How did you do it?
“With the Easyway method. It is one group seminar, just a long chat that lasts a few hours. And success: I have never touched a cigarette since; not even thought about it. There is also a DVD and a Book about this method but the direct approach is better.”
Gabriel Garko has stopped smoking a year and a half ago.
How did you do it?
“I have followed the Easyway method,established by Allen Carr, an English accountant who in the ’80s understood that to be able to stop smoking it is necessary to examine and then demolish the positive values we give to cigarettes. You go to an Easyway Centre and follow a 5/6 hours seminar, usually run by an ex-smoker. The cost – Euro 370 – is covered by a refund guarantee.”
Posted on 10:13 Aug 22, 2013
News from a happy non-smoker who attended an Allen Carr's Easyway To Stop Smoking Clinic in Bulgaria
I want to send you my warmest hugs and thanks.
It is 18 months since I stopped smoking by attending Allen Carr’s Easyway To Stop Smoking centre in Bulgaria. I am a happy non-smoker as a result of the amazing course.
I found it so easy to stop smoking and as a reward to myself, with the money I saved, I decided to travel to beautiful Thailand. I travelled the entire country from the South to the North – an amazing adventure – all as a result of my freedom from smoking.
There is a Heaven on Earth! There is a land of smiles! The food there is divine!
I am as free as a bird – Independent from addiction to cigarettes and nicotine.
I keep Rumyana and her team at Allen Carr’s Easyway To Stop Smoking in Bulgaria in my heart and I attach some happy pictures from my journey in paradise. I am the woman with the hat ;-)
Posted on 16:06 Aug 21, 2013 by Rumyana Kostadinova, Easyway Bulgaria
From the desk of John Dicey, Worldwide Managing Director, Allen Carr’s Easyway
There are around 10 million smokers in the UK alone – a habit which kills one in two of its users 10, 20, or 30 years before their time.
It’s not just the premature death that’s an issue but the terrible physical decline in health that starts incredibly early in a smokers life. Smoking remains the single most preventable cause of death in the UK population by a long way (followed by obesity). All smokers are aware of the physical price they are paying – although they close their minds to it. Surprisingly – telling a smoker these facts does nothing to cure them of smoking. In fact it often makes it even worse – when a smoker experiences fear or stress – what do they do? They light a cigarette. For this reason – you won’t find any scary facts or stories or pictures in any Allen Carr’s Easyway To Stop Smoking Clinics or books. Telling a smoker what they already know (that it’s killing them) is patronising and pointless.
Smoking is an addiction rather than a habit. Smokers don’t get addicted to nicotine because they’re in the habit of smoking – it’s the other way around – they get addicted to nicotine and then get into the habit of smoking.
Breaking habits is a fairly easy thing to do as long as you see the habit as being something you no longer wish to do and something that provides you with no benefit or pleasure. It takes around 6 hours at our clinics for us to explain to smokers how they’ve been conned into thinking that they enjoy smoking. Once they realise that it works like a con trick – they actually find it really easy to stop.
If you’re trying to break a habit you enjoy – each trigger moment (which is the habit thing) causes a feeling of unhappiness or yearning – it’s like a sense of loss. If, however, you’re happy to no longer be indulging in the habit – each trigger moment (the habit thing) causes a sense of genuine relief and pleasure – a reminder that you’ve escaped.
The Australian Government recently announced that they’re increasing the price of cigarettes by a whopping 12.5% every year for the next four years – a HUGE rise. On the face of it this seems like a good way of manipulating the smoking population but in reality I think all we’ve seen as prices have risen in the UK is a massive increase in cigarette smuggling and counterfeiting. Prohibition in 1920s USA did little other than drive law abiding citizens into the arms of gangsters and bootleggers.
Rather than ban them or price them into the hands of gangsters – it’s far, far better to provide smokers with an effective means of stopping smoking. Allen Carr’s Easyway To Stop Smoking Clinics offer a money back guarantee and a 20 a-day smoker in the UK recovers the cost (£250) within a month of stopping smoking. The money back guarantee is designed to ensure that the smoker doesn’t lose out. They either stop smoking after successfully completing the programme or get their money back.
If the UK government follows the Australian model – cigarettes that cost around £8 a pack today will cost around £13 a pack within 4-5 years. That extra £5 per pack (or £1,800 per year per smoker) will be used towards paying off some of the nation’s budget deficit following the banking crisis – so one could question the motivation for price manipulation.
If the strategy works, and smoker numbers are reduced, then the benefit to the NHS would apparently be immense – but as mentioned – prohibition (which is what making cigarettes £13 a packet effectively is) simply doesn’t work.
For more information about how to get help to stop smoking and how to 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.
Posted on 09:47 Aug 21, 2013 by John Dicey, Worldwide Managing Director