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“I used to be ridiculed as a chain smoker – I could easily smoke 2 or 3 packs every day”

January 2017

“I used to be ridiculed as a chain smoker – I could easily smoke 2 or 3 packs every day”

John Dicey, Worldwide CEO & Senior Facilitator, Allen Carr’s Easyway, interviews Yousung Cha, Allen Carr’s Easyway to Quit Smoking South Korea

John: Tell me about your life as a smoker Yousung?

Yousung: I used to be ridiculed as a chain smoker – I could easily smoke 2-3 packs every day. It was something that stood out about me and I was embarrassed by it many times. To always be the person in a group who smoked more than anyone else. I smoked so much, even when I was feeling unwell, it never quit me from smoking all day and all night. I would rarely run out of my preferred brand – but if I did – I would smoke any cigarette rather than go without.

Half the years I spent smoking I also spent trying to quit. I tried time and time again – but every time I went back to smoking. After every time I failed to quit smoking I felt really bad about myself. It left me feeling weak and embarrassed that I couldn’t quit smoking.

So how did you come to find Allen Carr’s Easyway to Quit Smoking?

Yousung: I had heard of the famous book but fortuitously managed to attend a quit smoking seminar at Allen Carr’s London Center on a trip to the UK. It was interesting to see so many smokers in one place and even more strange when we were given the instruction to carry on smoking until the end of the seminar. It felt so peculiar to take smoking breaks while attending a quit smoking seminar. It was an interesting, inspirational, exciting day in my life.

The miracle started as soon as I got back into daily life after the seminar – I had found it easy not to smoke after the seminar – but even when I returned to work – I remained free without any discomfort at all.

Up until then I believed quitting smoking was impossible in my life. I’d tried dozens of times and failed dozens of times. I couldn’t believe that I’d escaped to freedom so easily.

John: How does it feel to be part of Allen Carr’s Easyway team?

Yousung: Working as an Allen Carr facilitator is a joy – a streak of enlightenment day by day. Every day I see the new aspects of smoking, and it feels wonderful to help to set people free from smoking.

Of course, I get exhausted through the work – it can be tough helping people sometimes. However, I rather feel humble and modest by the value of saving lives. I have a great team in South Korea and we know we are engaged in wonderful work. Helping smokers to find it easy to quit smoking is an incredible way of living. I love doing this and so does my team.

I am so proud to be part of an amazing international team. We are making great progress in South Korea and it is magical to meet colleagues from all over the world each year at our international conference. It is a pleasure and it is amazing how much we all have in common even though we come from different continents.

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