“I was a really good smoker. I could smoke up to 4 packs a day – more at weekends!”
“I was a really good smoker. I could smoke up to 4 packs a day and a bit more on the weekends!”
John Dicey, Worldwide CEO & Senior Facilitator, Allen Carr’s Easyway, interviews Panos Tzouras, Allen Carr’s Easyway Athens, Greece
John: Panos – tell me about your life as a smoker?
Panos: I was seemingly blissfully living the life of a smoker for nearly 20 years. I was a really good smoker. I could smoke up to 4 packs a day and a bit more on the weekends! I could smoke tirelessly all day, every day. When I was younger I used to compete in athletics. I had great big lungs and I ended up using them to smoke my health and energy away.
Inevitably the effects of it on my energy were obvious. I reached a point when I seemed to only enjoy a few cigarettes each day – while hating all the others I would smoke.
John: I was like you Panos, an Olympic standard smoker. It takes its toll on the body and mind. How did it get with you in the end?
Panos: I’d manage to quit for a day or so every now and then – but I’d always cave in and go back to smoking.
I ended up only being able to walk rather than run, in the mornings I was coughing and had to spit out horrible green yellow stuff! In spite of all that I found myself struggling to quit even for a half day!!
I became obsessed and I used many well-known methods to quit but none of them had any results on me. I am a very determined person when I want something so I was convinced that I could quit on my own but I would wake up every morning and felt like a total loser!
John: How did you come across Allen Carr’s Easyway?
Panos: One day a friend told me about Allen Carr’s Easyway method. It was completely unknown to me! I was very sceptical! No pills? No needles? Only words!!! I only decided to attend the session because of the 3-month money back guarantee – I was fully expecting to claim my money back when it failed to help me to quit.
I was living in London at the time – so I attended the London center. I left the seminar and never smoked again. I could not believe the magic that happened that day. To me it was like a miracle!
John: How did you get involved in the organisation?
Panos: I was so overwhelmed with the results that when I visited my family in Greece I told them about the method. I got them excited and I was looking to find the Allen Carr center in Greece. To my surprise there was none. Then the idea was born, I could start an Allen Carr’s Easyway to Quit Smoking center in Greece. I wanted to cure the Greek people of smoking – starting with my family and friends!
I contacted the Allen Carr headquarters in London. I sent the application and to my surprise it was rejected!!! I re-applied immediately and made sure I could convince them that I was the right candidate to become the facilitator and franchisee in Greece. I was given an interview and it was a really tough recruitment process. But the result was great, I started learning to be an Allen Carr facilitator. I got a lot of help from my colleagues at Allen Carr in London. I was very excited!
John: What was it like being an Allen Carr’s Easyway facilitator?
Panos: I remember how nervous I was in my first sessions as I felt responsible for the results, for the expectations of every smoker who attended my session. I had a lot of help from the large worldwide family of Allen Carr’s Easyway. Tips and advice of ways of dealing with difficult or unusual situations. Allen Carr’s Easyway has been an amazing success in Athens and across Greece for the last 11 years and I am as excited today as I was when I started. The smiles and the gratitude of my clients make me feel awesome, happy, and so rewarded. I am so very happy that I can help them achieve their goal.
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