Frequently Asked Questions
Allen Carr’s Easyway to Stop Smoking and Vaping method is the most successful smoking cessation therapy available today, and is quite unlike anything else because:
You can stop smoking and vaping easily in one day.
Withdrawal symptoms are reduced to the extent that they’re virtually imperceptible and therefore not a problem.
There is no need for substitution activities like snacks or eating so there is no need for you to gain weight once you stop smoking with this method.
This is the only method that truly treats and eliminates the mental addiction – eradicating that ‘But I enjoy smoking and miss it’ feeling – so you do not need willpower.
It is completely natural: no need for pills, nicotine patches, gums or e-cigarettes so the therapy has no side-effects and no ongoing costs.
To sum it up, the biggest advantage of this method is that you are going to stop smoking easily, without pain or any sense of loss – and permanently.
Oh, and the great news is that you carry on smoking while you use the method until you’re happy to put out your final cigarette.
When you quit smoking or vaping using Allen Carr’s Easyway method:
You won't feel tense or nervous
You will enjoy social occasions more
You will be able to handle stress more easily
You will be able to concentrate better
You will not be tormented by a desire to smoke – even occasionally
The quitting process will be quick, easy, and actually enjoyable.
There are a few ways of accessing Allen Carr’s Easyway method:
the best-selling book, live face to face small group seminars or live online seminars.
So which is best for you?
– The book is the cheapest way of accessing the method and for the cost of a packet of cigarettes you can free yourself easily.
Ideal if you’re on a budget and enjoy reading.
– Our live seminars are the original way of accessing the method, boast the highest success rate of 90% and include a full money back guarantee and ongoing support.
– Live online seminars are perfect if you live in a regional area or would prefer to access the method from home. Just as effective as in-person with the same success rate and money back guarantee.
Live in-person or online are the most powerful and effective way of accessing Allen Carr’s Easyway method. The one-off 6 hour quit smoking seminar is all it takes for most smokers and vapers to stop smoking and vaping, happily and easily.
The seminars are engaging and positive. They offer a refreshing insight into the true nature of addiction and are hugely successful.
Upon arrival we’ll ask you to complete a short questionnaire about your smoking history and then we’ll talk about smoking.
We’ll talk about your very first cigarette; how it tasted, how it felt.
We’ll talk about the special cigarettes and how they feel. The first of the day, after a meal, with a drink etc etc.
We’ll talk about casual smokers, heavy smokers, pack a day smokers, young smokers and older smokers.
We’ll explain how nicotine withdrawal really works and the difference between the physical vs the mental addiction.
The seminar will challenge what you currently believe and change the way you think about cigarettes, so rather than feeling that you’re ‘giving something up’, instead you’ll be truly glad that you no longer have to smoke any more.
Throughout the day there’ll be regular smoke breaks so when it’s time to smoke your final cigarette, you’ll be well and truly ready…maybe even excited!
The final cigarette will be followed by a light hypnotherapy so that you leave feeling calm and relaxed.
At some point during the 6 hour session there will be a moment when you truly understand that there is no reason for you to smoke any more.
That’s the moment you are free from the nicotine trap.
We keep our groups relatively small so that we can focus on every individual and their needs.
A typical group would have between 6 and 10 people with a maximum of 20 at any seminar.
Yes, at Allen Carr’s Easyway we encourage you to smoke or vape during the day so please bring your cigarettes and nicotine products with you.
This is not aversion therapy where you smoke until you feel ill; this is about understanding why you do smoke so by the time we get to the final cigarette, you’ll be ready to leave as a happy non-smoker.
Whilst cutting down will save you money and possibly have a lesser impact on your health, it won’t change your relationship with cigarettes.
Whenever I tried to cut down, it just made cigarettes appear even more special and as the wait time between them got longer, the urge to have one became even greater. In other words, I was even more desperate to have one!
Just carry on smoking as normal until your clinic, come with an open mind and a packet of cigarettes.
This is a great question and one we get asked all the time.
The book is fantastic and reading it is enough for many smokers to get free of nicotine for life however the live online or in-person seminars are more effective for those who need a bit more help or support with quitting. Natalie, our most senior facilitator, read the book 3 times but only managed to quit for good after attending the seminar!
You can ask questions throughout the live seminar and you’ll get a real, live, straight answer from someone who has themselves used Allen Carr’s Easyway method to quit smoking and has received comprehensive training to become a qualified Allen Carr’s Easyway facilitator.
You’ll be shown a strategy to help you break through your fears and easily deal with anything that may previously have led to temptation. This is done using powerful psychology aimed at the conscious mind, reinforced at the end of the seminar by light hypnotherapy.
You get to share your experience (if you wish) with those of other participants, often realising you are not the only one with your particular fears and worries.
Although you will be given everything you need in one seminar to become a happy non-smoker, if you should need support after you leave us, free back-up seminars and telephone support is available.
It is a common misconception that it takes willpower to quit smoking and that belief alone can make it difficult to quit. But does it really take willpower to quit, or is it a shift of perspective that is really needed?
You only need willpower not to do something that you actually want to do. If you don’t want to do something, it doesn’t take willpower not to do it. The difficulty that many experience is because even though they want to quit, they still want to smoke. They want to smoke because they believe that the cigarette gives them some kind of pleasure or crutch.
Allen Carr’s Easyway shows smokers how their desire to smoke is based on a trick that nicotine played on their brain when they were starting out as smokers. We can teach you how to correct your perspective with respect to smoking in a way that leaves you with no desire to smoke whatsoever. And with no desire to smoke, it doesn’t take willpower to quit.
Join the millions who have quit smoking using this simple, drug-free approach.
This is another question that often crops up at our live group seminars.
It’s great to have a hedonistic, devil-may-care, swashbuckling approach to life yet that doesn’t prevent us from taking sensible precautions.
The fact is that life’s extreme daredevils display incredible levels of precaution, attention to detail and care when they pack each other’s parachutes for sky-dives, prepare breathing apparatus for deep dives, or undertake meticulous calculations of speed, distance, and ‘point of impact’ for stunt-driving “accidents” staged for movies.
They simply don’t have a "what’s the point in taking care when I might get run over by a bustomorrow" kind of attitude. They have the furthest thing from it.
In fact, you’re exactly the same. When you cross the street you don’t close your eyes, hum the national anthem, and hope for the best do you? Of course not! You look both ways and cross the road with care. And you teach your children to do the same.
Why? Because you don’t go looking for trouble. If there’s a way of mitigating the risk of anything we do, then we do so.
The “I might get run over by a bus tomorrow” attitude is born out of frustration at previous failed attempts to quit. We’d far rather present our failure to get free as a devil-may-care attitude to life, but deep down we know the truth. The only reason we smoke is because we’ve failed to quit in the past and are afraid of trying again.
The good news is that once you understand how nicotine fools us into thinking it provides boundless pleasures and infinite support and benefits, you stop falling for it. It really is like a confidence trick. Once you know how it works, no way can you be fooled by it again.
This question also arises at our live group seminars. Even in today’s enlightened times, it’s often raised rather sheepishly by one of the group. After they raise it, a few more people in the group indicate their relief that someone’s asked the question.
Health-wise, it would be far better for you not to smoke anything. Your lungs don’t like it. So without condoning it, or recommending it, or supporting the use of illegal drugs in any way, I would suggest that if you use cannabis/marijuana and you want to continue using it, you should preferably switch to taking it in a calorie free edible or drinkable form (in tea for example).
That said, if you really wish to smoke it then you should never, ever, ever mix it with tobacco. You can have it neat, use a pipe, a bowl or hot knife it, but never mix it with tobacco. The only caveat to this advice is that you should never think that having quit smoking, and not mixed it with tobacco for a period, it might be ok to have a puff on someone else’s joint at a party. One puff of one cigarette, cigar, pipe, or joint with tobacco in and you will be a smoker again.
If there isn’t a seminar in your location we are happy to travel to you but require a minimum of 4 people committed up front.
Once we have that commitment we can open up a session to the public in your location.
Depending on the location we might also ask you to cover travel expenses.
Other options available are the book, live online seminars and we also offer a discount if you live more than 150kms from your nearest centre.
Contact us for a personalised quote or to find out more about other options.
We’ll always try to work out the most cost-effective way for you to access Allen Carr’s Easyway.
Yes, we can certainly run a private session for you in the comfort of your own home.
The minimum cost for a private session is $2,500 for up to 4 people including the money back guarantee; additional people will be charged at the standard rate of $625.
Depending on the location we might also ask you to cover travel expenses.
Please contact us for a personalised quote.
Yes we can. The Allen Carr Easyway corporate program consists of an in-depth session either at our seminar or onsite at your workplace.
The 6-hour session is run by a qualified Allen Carr facilitator who has quit smoking themselves using Allen Carr’s Easyway.
Your investment includes:
– A private group session at our locations or at your premises
– Free access to follow-up sessions for employees who need them
– Free telephone support from qualified Allen Carr facilitators
The program works for all smokers—regardless of age, gender or smoking/quitting history. There are no drugs, patches, lozenges, lasers or willpower, just a logical and sensible approach.
To make sure your staff members achieve success and you get the most from your investment, we offer corporate clients two guarantee options: our 3-month money-back guarantee or our 3-year unlimited session guarantee.
Contact us for a personalised quote or visit www.allencarr.co.nz/corporate to read more.
Okay, so here are the official success rate stats:
Based on our 3 month Money Back Guarantee the success rate of Allen Carr’s Easyway clinics is over 90%; independent scientific studies published in peer reviewed journals indicate that even after 12 months the success rate is over 50%; and an independent randomised controlled trial indicates that the success rate is significantly higher than the established national health service programme against which it was tested (which involves the use of nicotine products).
In reality for you it’s either 100% or 0% and to give yourself the best possible chance, we recommend committing to the full program and attending the free follow up sessions if required.
If you’re committed enough to do that and are still smoking, we’ll genuinely refund your money.
All smokers are under the illusion that they enjoy smoking or that smoking provides them with some sort of crutch or pleasure, therefore all smokers have a psychological addiction to smoking.
Allen Carr’s Easyway addresses both the physical and psychological addiction so yes, the method will work whether you smoke 1 a day or 100 a day.
If you relapse or are struggling at all, the first thing you need to do is get in touch!
Often a quick phone call can get you back in the right frame of mind.
If you still feel you need more help, free follow up sessions are included in your seminar investment; as many as you want/need to attend within 3 months. We also offer free phone support for as long as you need it.
The follow up sessions are different to the first session and are just 2 1/2 to 3 hours long. If you relapse after 3 months has passed, you can attend any number of follow up sessions at half price.
YES. The good news is that the method did work for you. The bad news is that at some point you got overconfident or casual about cigarettes and smoking. The chances are you thought you’d try “just one” or forgot why you wanted to quit smoking in the first place or mistakenly reached for a cigarette at a time of crisis and stress. In these circumstances it can be hard for the book to work its “magic” a second time. The seminar will set you free – and more importantly – help you stay free this time.
The seminar can help because you can ask questions as they come to mind. And you’ll get a real, live, straight answer from someone who has themselves used Allen Carr’s Easyway method and has received comprehensive training to become a qualified Allen Carr’s Easyway Therapist.
You’ll be shown a strategy to help you break through your fears and easily deal with anything that may previously have led to temptation. This is done using powerful psychology aimed at the conscious mind, reinforced at the end of the seminar by hypnotherapy.
There is also the money back guarantee so you have nothing to lose!
The feeling that most smokers describe as nicotine withdrawal has little to do with nicotine. It is a physical symptom of a psychological process. It occurs when we want to smoke but can’t. This conflict creates feelings of deprivation, sacrifice, anxiety and stress.
Allen Carr’s method removes the desire to smoke and with no desire to smoke, there is no conflict and the withdrawal process becomes easy.
Many ex-smokers say they feel nothing when they quit smoking using Allen Carr’s Easyway. No painful withdrawal. No anxiety. No fear or stress. Just a sense of calm.
Rest assured, you’ll be the same person. From the moment you stub out your final cigarette, you will be a happy non-smoker. You will enjoy social occasions more without having to worry about the need to smoke. Your ability to cope with stress will improve as you realise you have no further need for a crutch. Physically, within 20 minutes of quitting, the health benefits begin!
Absolutely. When you leave a seminar you are free from the tricks that nicotine plays on the brain and you will not want to smoke again. This means you are free to socialise with smokers even while they smoke and not feel the desire to join them. We know that’s hard to believe but take our word for it . Whether you’re surrounded by smokers at work or at home or throughout your social life, you’ll be a happy non-smoker and won’t be tempted to smoke. Even better, you won’t turn into one of those awful “reformed smokers” – someone who quits smoking and subsequently hassles and harangues their smoking friends. Your friends, colleagues, and family will be amazed how easily you’ll cope with life as a happy non-smoker and you won’t feel like you’re missing out on anything once you quit.
Remember, you are not going to stop living; you will be freeing yourself from an addiction that has controlled you since you started smoking.
Non-smokers enjoy meals, drinks, holidays and social occasions, and so will you. You have just forgotten what it’s like to be a non-smoker.
There is absolutely no reason to gain weight with Allen Carr’s Easyway because you won’t miss smoking and therefore won’t be looking for a substitute or replacement.
We usually hear more stories of clients losing weight because they become more active and feel energised.
You may believe that smoking relieves stress or helps you cope with anxiety. Anyone who believed this would have a desire to smoke in such situations and that desire to smoke would make it difficult to quit. But does smoking really relieve stress, or is there something else going on?
Well, if smoking relieved stress you could reasonably expect smokers to be able to cope with stress better than non-smokers and this just isn’t the case. In fact, research indicates that smokers are substantially more stressed and suffer far higher levels of anxiety than non-smokers.
Allen Carr’s Easyway helps you understand the trick that nicotine plays on the brain. This trick cons the smoker’s brain into seeing the cigarette as a stress reliever when in fact it is a stress creator. We can completely remove your desire to smoke in a stressful situation, and with no desire to smoke, it doesn’t take willpower to stop.
The price for an individual is $625 which includes unlimited follow-up sessions for the initial 3 months plus a full money-back guarantee.
For the average smoker in New Zealand, this is just the cost of 3 weeks of cigarettes.
Some health funds will cover all or some of the cost of the program, but you should check with your health fund as it may depend on your individual level of cover.
AIA Vitality is our major healthcare partner and their members can attend free of charge.
Many companies use Allen Carr’s Easyway to help them achieve a smoke free workplace, so go ahead and ask.
We can tailor a package that works for you so why not invite your HR department to look at our corporate page or ask us for a personalised quote.
We’re proud of our method and success rate and want you to achieve success, but we know it’s not for everyone.
If, 3 months from the date you commence Allen Carr’s Easyway program, you are still smoking, your fee will be refunded in full.
The only way our guarantee can be invalidated is if:
You cancel, postpone or fail to attend a session or arrive over 15 minutes late/leave early for a session.
You don’t attend at least 2 free follow-up sessions within 3 months of the date of your first session.
In summary, you give it your best shot. When you do, we’re confident you’ll be successful.