"Some of my patients who successfully quit smoking after reading Allen Carr's book and reports from Occupational Physicians about Allen Carr's Easyway seminars/clinics made me curious.
First I decided to evaluate the seminars that were presented to employees in their workplaces over a period of 4 months. Successful quitters developed better mental and general health, vitality, physical and social functioning. I was amazed also about the unusually high quit rate after a single intervention: The 1 year quit rate was 40% (worst case assumption) to 55% (best estimate).
To control the results in a different setting and for a longer period of time I decided for a second cohort study in a large steel plant, where the occupational physicians were willing to make the follow up after the seminar by telephone over a mean of 3 years. Of 510 persons 51.4% reported continuing abstinence.
In a random sample of respondents cotinine concentration in urine was measured, showing agreement with smoking history. Of all persons interviewed 50.9% reported long-term abstinence.
Overall the success rates of Allen Carr's Easyway seminars in the occupational setting exceeded those achieved by other methods. Every second smoker motivated to participate seems to be able to quit, even without medication, and to stay abstinent."
Prof. Manfred Neuberger, M.D.
Head of Department of Preventive Medicine
Institute of Environmental Health
Medical University of Vienna
"This is a unique approach to stopping smoking. No substitutes or other drugs, just freedom from enslavement and complete empowerment of yourself again!"
Dr. Tony Peacock GP
"I have observed the Allen Carr method at first hand and have found it to be very successful and I wholeheartedly support it as an effective way to quit smoking."
Dr Anil Visram B.Sc., MBBch.,FRCA., Consultant
Royal Hospitals NHS Trust - Royal London Hospital
"His success rate was such that, when budgets allow, we continue to use Easyway for work with specific groups and individuals'
Carole Johnson Coronary Heart Disease Prevention Unit, Tyne Tees
"It is a remarkable fact that Allen Carr, on his own admission a non - professional in behaviour modification, should have succeeded where countless psychologists and psychiatrists holding post graduate qualifications have failed, in formulating a simple and effective way to stop smoking."
Dr William Green, Head of Psychiatric Department
Matilda Hospital, Hong Kong
"The whole programme was conducted in a professional manner by Easyway..it has been a great success at Schweppes and has provided an effective solution to what is normally a difficult problem to resolve. I do not know of any other method which approaches the effectiveness of Allen Carr's Easyway."
Dr Ricardo Serralta Gonzalez, National Co-ordinator
Medical Services, Schweppes. S.A
"What strikes me most powerfully is that there are none of the withdrawal pangs suffered with other methods...the percentage of success achieved is extremely high."
Dr Jose Alvarez Salcedo, Head of Medical Services
"The Imperial Cancer Research Fund does not endorse commercial stop smoking products, and neither should this be taken as implying that I personally endorse every aspect of the Allen Carr method...I am more than happy to testify to his enduring involvement and to recognise the value of the kind of behavioural and cognitive support he provides."
Dr Martin Jarvis, Principal Scientist,
Imperial Cancer Research Fund and Reader in Health Psychology, University College London.