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Amazing stories of people who stop smoking using Allen Carr’s Easyway To Stop Smoking Method – Katy Smith, UK

Written by | Last Updated 27 February 2012

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).

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

I’m Katy Smith from Batley, West Yorkshire and I stopped smoking 6 years ago.

I had tried every method to stop that you can think of; nicotine patches, nicotine gum, hypnotism, acupuncture, cold turkey….the list goes on! Then I read an article in a Sunday newspaper’s magazine about Allen Carr and decided to order the book and give it a go.

I bought Allen Carr’s Easyway To Stop Smoking book and never looked back. Being able to smoke while I read the book really took away the pressure. When I got to the point when I was ready – just after Christmas – I picked up the book and put down the cigarettes. Until that day I had smoked 20-30 cigarettes a day.

I did not consider smoking a habit but more of a hobby but the book made me see that I had never been in control of the “hobby” and instead it controlled me in every element of my life. All of a sudden, once I stopped smoking, I had extra hours in the day. Where before spare time was spent standing at the back door smoking now I could spend time with my family. It was miraculous.

I like to think of myself as an un-official ambassador of Allen Carr’s Easyway technique. Whenever a smoker tells me they want to quit I write down the name of the book and give it to them.

I think the secret lies in the lack of substitution. Allen is absolutely right, when he said that by replacing cigarettes with a nicotine patch, or nicotine gum or whatever kind of tablet – you are exasperating the feeling of deprivation.

By becoming an Allen Carr’s Easyway HAPPY non-smoker, there is no deprivation but instead, a completely new way of life.

Rest in Peace Allen, the truth is that I and many other will lead longer and healthier lives because of what you taught us!


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.