Wednesday, 29 July 2015


Many holidaymakers in the UK are planning their holiday around their duty-free allowance and how many cigarettes they can bring back, and most of them are thinking and saying, once I have smoked these I will QUIT. 
If that sounds like you - and you haven't stopped smoking yet - here are some tips to prepare you for your return.

1) It's a good idea to make a plan, set your quit date no more than a week or two ahead of time, so you don't make the process too long and painful.  So if you are off on holiday set that date for immediately after your return.
2) I'm sure you are planning to take advantage of the duty free prices but DON'T bring any cigarettes home with you.
3) Make a list of all your personal reasons for quitting. I know health is the one we all think should be the top priority, but sometimes family, money, new job, a new partner can be a bigger motivation. Make it PERSONAL 
4) On holiday also keep a note of how you felt - were you out of puff walking around, did you sleep well, did you join in all the family activities or was smoking stopping you doing that
5) Be prepared - you've set that quit date for your return so now's the time to arm yourself with lots of information about quitting. Get lots of help and support, check out all the stop smoking aids available and choose one that appeals most to you. 
6) Finally - reward yourself!  Save the money that you would have spent on cigarettes - and BOOK your next holiday!

Keep a quit diary - download it here from



Friday, 24 July 2015

Electronic Cigarettes Reinforce The Smoking Habit

When we quit smoking and substitute something that looks like a cigarette, our brain believes it is a cigarette and looks for more of the same. And for many smokers, it is like hitting a pause button until we can go back to the real thing, especially when we are stressed or in the company of "real" smokers.

Becoming a happy non-smoker and staying that way involves several things: 

1.  Recovering from the physical addiction to nicotine 

2.  Re-programming our brain to accept change and set up new habits

Laser therapy can help the body recover, reduce the stress and anxiety of quitting and most of all help your body detox and get rid of the nicotine. 

If you would like more information on becoming e-cig free, please email 



Tuesday, 17 March 2015


How was your first week as a non-smoker?  Are you elated, celebrating your freedom and loving the extra cash in your pocket?  Or are you struggling to overcome old habits, cravings and change of personality?

Either way here is some advice to help you move on and enjoy being smoke free.

Celebrate every single second, minute, hour, day and week you don’t smoke and know something great is happening to your body.

Don’t think of quitting as a punishment exercise, instead focus on your new way of life. Make sure you have support from family and friends – and don’t forget the Anne Penman helpline.

We know what it’s like so we’re on hand 24/7.

Don’t say it’s only a week - every single minute you don’t smoke is a huge achievement. 

In ONE week all the nicotine and carbon monoxide in your system has gone.  Your sense of smell and taste will have improved and you should be starting to feel more energised and your breathing should be better too.

Just keep reminding yourself exactly why you quit and what are the rewards.

Start counting facts and figures.

Count the number of cigarettes you used to smoking and multiply that by the number of days you have been smoke free. If you smoked 20 a day for 7 days that’s 140 cigarettes – just think that’s 140 times you said no to a cigarette - and each time you said no you added 5 minutes on to your life.

Think of the money you are saving too - plan how you’re going to spend your ASH cash.

A new watch, a holiday – something special that you can use as a reminder of one of the best decisions you have ever made.

So keep up the good work and a week today just think how much better you will feel and how much more money you will have in your ASH cash fund!




Saturday, 7 March 2015


The New Year resolutions are a distant memory – but if you are still a smoker and want to quit – but don’t know how – help is at hand.

‘At this time of year most smokers are beating themselves up about failing to quit at New Year and with No Smoking Day next Wednesday (11th March) it’s even worse,’ says laser therapy guru Anne Penman.  ‘I know what it is like and the pressure you put on yourself to quit – we are here to help, not lecture.

‘I was a 60-a-day smoker for over 19 years – a woman with a passion to smoke,’ says Anne, ‘ I quit my nicotine habit in 1991 after discovering laser therapy and since then I have made it my goal to help as many people as possible make long-term lifestyle changes.’

Laser Therapy is an increasingly popular way to stop smoking.  It uses energy points in the body similar to acupuncture - only using a pain free, harmless, cold laser beam which helps to release natural endorphins. These feel good hormones help to combat the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, including cravings, irritability and high stress levels.

Just think – you could soon experience your first day as a non-smoker able to relax, enjoy socialising and having fun!


Monday, 16 February 2015


Are you embarrassed to admit you are now addicted to your e-cig and feel foolish that you just cannot put the dammed thing down?

I know many people feel e-cigs are the safer option and are very comfortable using them but at Anne Penman we are finding many of our clients now fear they are addicted to e-cigs.

We are now helping people who feel foolish because they just can’t put their e-cig down.  It is constantly in their mouth and in their hand and if the battery is dead or they run out of liquid they feel anxious and have genuine withdrawal symptoms.

That’s because inside each cartridge there is nicotine so that’s why many people are now experiencing restlessness, anxiety and depression. 

Yes, e-cigs are a fraction of the cost of smoking but being totally smoke free is not only a safer option it costs NOTHING!

If you would like help to stop vaping please visit




Friday, 23 January 2015


The most challenging thing about all addictions, especially giving up smoking, is accepting you are addicted.

Most smokers, myself included, think that one day we will decide to quit and just do it………it can’t be that hard, lots of people stop all the time.  People with less willpower than me, people who smoke more than me but as we all know when you do try to quit it is much harder and more scary then you expected.

The first hour feels like a day, the first day like a week, concentration is non-existent and you hear the little voice in your head saying………it’s not a good time to quit, I don’t really smoke that much, I will only have one or two puffs and so it goes on.

I want to reassure you that for many of us this is normal.  It’s the addiction/nicotine talking so don’t feel hopeless.  Smoking is now recognised as a major addiction that requires help, patience and understanding to quit.

Making the decision to quit is the best thing you will do. Don’t be afraid - you are not losing a friend here, you are escaping from a killer!

Get help and support.  We know from our 20+ years’ experience at Anne Penman Laser Therapy that most quitters need a physical intervention combined with counselling and on-going support to succeed.

Plan ahead - addiction hates a well organised quitter.  Change your routine.  Take one day, one hour, one minute at a time. Every time a negative thought comes into your head follow it with a positive thought.

Drink loads of water – it’s your new best friend and have healthy snacks on hand.  Raw vegetables, fruit and ice pops are great substitutes. Get moving, dance, walk, exercise, keep the endorphins flowing and look forward to your new smoke-free life!
Anne Penman uses a pain free, drug-free, harmless, cold laser beam to help smokers quit.

Thursday, 18 December 2014


Socialising is one of the things that worry new quitters at this time of the year.

Office parties, hectic schedules and all the extra stress can lead to temptation so here are some tips to help you enjoy the festive season and stay smoke free.

Plan your smoke free strategy now and you can avoid the festive pitfalls!

FOCUS on why you love being a non-smoker.  Take a minute and remind yourself why you quit and what you love about not smoking.   You smell better, you feel better, you look better – and just think of all that extra money you have to spend.

Remember our mantra - NOPE - Not One Puff Ever .  One puff can take you right back to being a smoker so just say no.

ALCOHOL  - there are two options for you.  One is to avoid alcohol completely or secondly, if you decide to drink, know your limitations and plan ahead.  Alcohol lowers your resistance so make sure you have a plan.

If you decide to avoid alcohol choose non-alcoholic drinks like soda and lime, fruit juice or sugar free drinks and ask the bar staff to pour them into a nice glass with ice and lemon so no one but you will know it’s a soft drink.

If you choose the second option make sure that every other drink is water to help dilute the alcohol and keep you hydrated.

Also make sure you have an escape route.  If it all gets too much slip off and phone a friend, take a breather or sit quietly and remind yourself how much you enjoy saying ‘no thanks I don’t smoke!’

The Anne Penman Laser Therapy Programme includes a telephone helpline and we are always there for you.  Over the festive season we will be there for you too.  We are always at the end of the phone – so if you need time out or simply a little help and encouragement pick up the phone.

We know you can do it – enjoy the this holiday season knowing you have found health and wealth!