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Amazing stories of happy non-smokers – Christine Hein, US

January 2012

From the desk of John Dicey, Worldwide Director, Allen Carr’s Easyway

It’s great to hear from so many people who use Allen Carr’s Easyway to quit smoking method throughout the world. The endless pages of testimonials which are left on our website tell their own story (there are thousands and thousands of them).

Having said that – it’s even lovelier when we receive more detailed information about those who quit smoking with us. It was wonderful to hear from Christine Hein (shown here with her husband) who quit smoking while on active service in Afghanistan by reading the Allen Carr’s Easyway To Quit Smoking book.

Christine (shown in her smoking days – second from left in the photo below) tells her own story, one which is happily not unique amongst the men and women serving in UK, US, and many other nationalities’ armed forces around the world who quit smoking in the most amazing circumstances using both Allen Carr’s Easyway To Quit Smoking Centers and Books.

Christine writes:

My name is Christine Hein. I’m originally from a small town in Missouri, the heart of the United States, but I’m currently deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

I smoked since “forever”, probably more than 13 years. I never smoked less than a pack of cigarettes a day. I use to be so ashamed to admit that, but now I’m free from it all, I truly boast in my past weakness.

I had been deployed to Afghanistan, for the second time when I decided that I needed to quit. I was trying not to get killed by explosions and bullets from the enemy, then after I LIVED, I would smoke a cigarette with the other soldiers recalling the events of the day. Wheezing and coughing, laughing and patting each other on the back for a job well done. What sense did that make?

I really enjoy books that teach me ways to better myself. I came across Allen Carr’s book on, ordered it, and when it arrived I’d read it every time I had an opportunity to do so. I would sit on the steps outside the tent I lived in and smoke as I read. After I finished the book, I immediately quit smoking – like it was nothing – it was easy.

I haven’t had a cigarette in almost a year now. I see others smoking, and I truly feel sorry for them. I was where they are for years and years. I was stuck – like them.

I accidently packed up and sent my copy of EasyWay To Quit Smoking in our early redeployment cargo containers. I had to buy another one. It’s almost like my “woobie”, like a child’s blankie that makes them feel safe and secure. The stress and rigors of war could easily make me feel like I was about to slip back into the depths of the addiction, but I always reference my book and feel much more calm, composed and confident that the nicotine monster truly is dead.

I look forward to living a long healthy life. Allen Carr’s book is nothing short of amazing and truly saved me from myself.

About the photos:

The first photo is of me and my husband – happy non-smokers.
He never had a problem with the addiction and is “over the moon happy” about my decision to quit smoking.

The photo below is of me (2nd from left) on my first deployment to Afghanistan in 2009. Red face, just hiked up a HUGE mountain looking for a Russian Artillery piece to destroy, and as I was suffocating, trying to breathe at the high elevation in the wicked summer heat, I light a cigarette. WHY?! I don’t know anymore.