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Are Friends Electric? Electronic cigarettes

April 2011

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

What fake hope is provided by electronic cigarettes? I can imagine how thrilled I’d have been as an 80-a-day smoker to hear about the apparent solution to my smoking problem. The “smoke anywhere safer” cigarette.

I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting anyone “smoking” these
e-cigarettes which presumably means that they haven’t exactly become as popular as the marketers of the concept might lead you to believe.

Of course e-fags have been introduced at a time when the medical establishment appears confused as to whether nicotine is an addictive poison or a therapeutic medicine. As I write that sentence I feel the need to check whether I’ve somehow been beamed backwards in time to the middle ages; a time of witch burning and alchemy.

No doubt – the purveyors of nicotine (whether they be Big Tobacco or Big Pharma) have much to gain from the confusion that exists – even more so given that very little data exists regarding prolonged use of smokeless nicotine products.

I wonder how many years, or even decades, we’ll have to wait until someone emulates the late Prof Sir Richard Doll’s feat of nailing the truth about the harm done by smoking – or in this case – the harm done by nicotine. It took Doll decades to prove his point as he battled not just Big Tobacco but also large parts of the medical and scientific fraternity. Have we really taken a step back to the 1950s where Big Tobacco did and said whatever it liked?

Addiction to anything is abysmal. Someone once said “A life without freedom is a kind of death” and they were right! The control the slavery of a drug, the damage to self-esteem let alone the damage to the body, and piled upon that – the damage to relationships, families, friendships all of whom slide down the addict’s list of priorities in favour of their drug.

E-cigarettes aren’t the answer for people who need help to quit smoking – they don’t even address the right question. Do you want to be an addict for the rest of your life? Your answer to that – will always be “No way!”

Allen Carr’s Easyway To Quit Smoking method is effective against e-cigarettes (or any form of nicotine addiction for that matter). Be free!

“The only way to deal with an un-free world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion” Albert Camus