I smoked for 40 years. I’ve always been active even running sub 3-hour marathons well into my late 40’s but I said to myself years ago, when I start to cough, you know that real cough, then I’d give up smoking. I did start coughing but it took me another couple of years to decide to quit. Like most busy people with work pressure and time pressure, I bought the Allen Carr book. And like most busy people, I only got through the first couple of chapters! But something stuck so when I came across Vickie and the Easyway programme here in Auckland, I booked in. The result – I stopped! For me it was an easy way to stop smoking. I’d tried three times before using patches which never worked for me-this single one day workshop did.