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Quit the habit with Nicotine Replacement Therapy

Can’t give up the smoking habit? Nicotine patches, and chewing gum isn’t working? Then it’s probably time you tried the Allan Carr’s Easy way of quitting smoking permanently.

Globally smoking currently kills around five million people a yearGlobally smoking currently kills around five million people a year

For more than a decade, so called Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) such as nicotine patches and gum have been at the forefront of the world’s smoking cessation strategy, closely followed by advertising restrictions and bans on smoking in public places according to Suresh Shottam. A certified Allan Carr therapist in the city, he has received his training in the United Kingdom, and has counseled scores of smokers in different countries. The ‘Carr Easy Way’ method is available in India, and smokers in the city can benefit from Shotttam’s expertise in this matter.  

According to the figures released by the World Health Organisation (WHO), globally, smoking currently kills around five million people a year and the figure would double to ten million by 2025. Currently, between 80,000 and 100, 000 children start smoking every day. In India, smoking could account for 20% of all male deaths and 5% of all female deaths between the ages of 30, and 69. Speaking to, Shottam said “any research figures of people smoking globally or, in India are from the WHO. No Indian government body, the All Indian Institute of Sciences, or any health Information body does not give funding to research on the number of smokers in the country”. He added that tracking smokers and introducing anti-smoking laws are two distinct things.  

Defining the difference between, filtered cigarettes and non-filtered cigarettes Shottam said that the filtered ones should make it safer for a smoker. “This is a pretty stupid way of looking at it, because there are stringent excise duties on both filtered and non-filtered cigarettes. For a man who can’t afford the luxuries of imported cigarettes is now going on to smoke smuggled cigarettes from countries like Bangladesh. They are imported, and often come at a cheaper price, and in the end are extremely dangerous” added Shottam. Parents who smoke are the most influential advertisers of tobacco to the next generation of smokers.  

He said, “All smokers are addicts. Women smoke for the same reasons that men start smoking. The nature of smoking is that, after you have smoked the first few cigarettes you end up getting addicted to nicotine anyway. The reasons for starting smoking in women are usually the same as that of men. The starting point is usually always peer pressure; the need to start something different, because you are feeling left out in a crowd of smokers, the starting point is always psychological. But once a smoker, you are pretty much hooked.” He added that there were also casual smokers, who smoked every now and then. Then, there are a category of people who start smoking again after having quit for reasons like stress, and the want to hang loose. Shottam also said that a cigarette being a stress reliever is a false belief. “Nicotine is a stimulant, when you’re stressed out, the last thing that would calm you’re nerves is a cigarette. What happens when one drinks a cup of coffee? A cigarette has the same effect on people. An addict is an addict. There is no difference between smokers, people who use coke or any other drug in the market” said Shottam.  

He said that the Allan Carr method has been in the market for the last twenty five years, and people who have adopted this method have completely stopped smoking. Celebrities, the likes of Richard Branson, the owner of Virgin, Ashton Kutcher, Ellen DeGeneres, and Sir Anthony Hopkins have endorsed the method. “People, who have adapted it, have completely stopped smoking. It’s a purely cognitive therapy, where usually a talk is delivered to a group of smokers. The sessions last for five hours, and happens every once a week” added Shottam. Allan Carr’s easy way states that Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) cannot help cure nicotine addiction and advertising restrictions and smoking bans would not achieve the desired reduction in smoking population. Smokers need to be provided with an effective method of stopping. The method uses a combination of cognitive therapy and a light relaxation technique to remove the smoker’s belief that smoking provides any sort of genuine pleasure or crutch. It removes the feeling of sacrifice and deprivation and therefore rids the smoker of the fear of stopping. 

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