Steve Ward – NSW

I started smoking when I was about 18. I thought that it was pretty cool. That wore off fairly quickly, but 20 years later I was still smoking.

Over those years I coped with the rising prices of cigarettes and the increasing social pressure to not smoke. I was smoking a packet and a half a day. A slowly developing desire to rid myself of the habit was growing as it started to become obvious that cigarettes were hardly a health food.

When I decided to stop, I tried cold turkey … two days of high pressure and no result, weaning myself off with lower tar brands … no result, Zyban pills … no result. Nothing I tried seemed to work. I kept lighting up. Then I discovered Allen Carr. The way the message was delivered to me was down to earth and it made sense but I was sceptical. After the session, nothing happened … no withdrawals, no craving. I threw my remaining cigarettes and lighter in the bin.

I have had no desire to smoke in the 15 years since then. None. Even though I was living with two smokers at the time I stopped.

In the years since I stopped smoking, I have been surprised at how adamant smokers are that quitting is a really difficult thing to do because it is so physically addictive. I think that I was like this myself when I was a smoker. Since then I have learned that this is just not true and, having trained as an Allen Carr therapist, I have the pleasure of showing other people just how easy it can be to stop smoking.

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