Friday, June 24, 2011

Better late than never?

At long last, the FDA have approved new health warnings on US cigarette packs, for implementation in September 2012. The US is the last 'developed' nation to introduce such warnings - by some considerable distance, it should be said.

On the one hand we applaud this belated public health initiative, but on the other hand we are concerned about the introduction of a prominent display of the 1-800 QUIT NOW number on pack.

1-800 QUIT NOW is run by the US government along with the site. As my friend John Polito from observes: ' should be renamed as smokers thinking about quitting are bombarded with 173 recommendations to purchase "medicine" or "medication".' This is particularly worrying because nearly every real-world quitting study - including one funded by the government itself - show that the vast majority of long-term quitters did so without the use of medication.

Indeed, as Kevin Helliker pointed out in his 2007 Wall St. Journal article 'Nicotine Fix - Behind Anti-Smoking Policy, Influence of Drug Industry' it is troubling that the public health officials charged with the development of cessation policy have such close ties to the pharmaceutical companies who manufacture cessation products. Helliker notes: 'Dr. Fiore, a University of Wisconsin professor of medicine, headed the 18-member panel that created those guidelines. He and at least eight others on it had ties to the makers of stop-smoking products.'

The specific exclusion of non-pharmacological approaches from the guidelines, including the most effective and successful of all approaches - motivated, educated and supported abrupt cessation - causes some skeptics to allege foul play.

The fact is that American smokers wanting to quit continue to be guided towards products with very poor real-world success rates and this has happened because the policy makers are in bed with the makers of those products. Surely American smokers deserve to know all their quitting options, not just the ones that enrich already wealthy pharmaceutical companies?

Monday, January 24, 2011

Props to

We are very grateful to the folks at for linking to - they are the first Lung Assocation website in Canada to do so.

As many people know, we are a reluctantly commercial organisation. Allen tried to gift his method to the National Health Service in the UK over twently years ago, but with no success. As a result of us being 'commercial' many of the Cancer Society, Heart & Stroke Foundation and Health Canada sites will not even mention Allen Carr, despite it being the most effective method around (incidentally, this policy doesn't appear to stop them from linking to their pharmaceutical company sponsor's commercial sites!)

Thanks to the Lung Association for their trailblazing!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

SMOKE - The Convenient Truth

Check out this really excellent SlideShare Presentation. Thanks to Evaldas from Allen Carr's Lithuanian clinic for sharing this...

Interesting new review of the Allen Carr method

This is an excellent, concise review of Allen's most famous book from

You can read hundreds more reviews from people who have quit using Allen's simple, drug-free method at

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Allen Carr Worldwide

An introduction to some members of the Allen Carr 'family'...

Thanks to Asaf from Israel for putting this together...

Monday, June 14, 2010

Smoking and depression

The link between smoking and depression is one that has been well-known for decades. But what comes first: the chicken or the egg? Are depressed smokers self-medicating or does smoking cause depression?

A study that logged the complete medical history of 1200 New Zealanders born in 1977 claims to have the answer: Nicotine addicts are over 2.3 times more likely to suffer from depression than non-smokers.

Makes perfect sense to me: having your life dominated by a four-inch stick of dried vegetation that doesn't even get you high is pretty depressing...

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