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!

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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! 


Wednesday, 1 October 2014


Our first APLT center in the Philippines – owned and operated by Mack Macasaet-Benauro – has been a huge success.

Asia-Pacific is undeniably a high-growth yet untapped market for us and while I fly to the States regularly to train there we feel it would work better for future Asia-Pacific partners if I flew to Manila to start training in the Philippines. 

Certainly Macasaet-Benauro, an MBA graduate of Ateneo and former vice-president of a leading pharmaceutical company,  agrees.

‘I served as corporate training director for more than ten years so I know the value of good training and the APLT course is second to none.  I flew to the States for my training but if it had been available in the Philippines it would have saved me a lot of time and money.’

The Anne Penman Training Course lasts 4 days and includes use of laser therapy for smoking cessation, weight loss and stress management. 

Whether you are looking for a new business to set up or a new business idea to integrate into your existing business you will find that laser therapy ticks all the boxes.

And on top of that you will get the personal reward of providing a treatment that works and helps change other people’s lives.
‘Anne is very passionate about the programme she has developed,’ says Mack, ‘Anne Penman Laser Therapy isn’t simply about laser.  It’s about becoming involved with a team of experts, headed by Anne Penman, who will train you, give you the back up support you need to start your own business and also take you on a life changing journey.’

APLT Manila celebrating one year in business!


Thursday, 21 August 2014


It was interesting this week to see actress Kate Winslet saying her complexion had been 'transformed' after quitting smoking three years ago.
'I suffered from such bad skin in my 20's,' says 38-year-old Kate.
But it's not just your skin you will see changing.......
* Just 20 minutes after your last cigarette your blood pressure and pulse rate drop to normal
* 8 hours after your last smoke the carbon monoxide level decreases and the oxygen level in your blood increases to normal
* 24 hours after your last cigarette you substantially lessen your chances of having a heart attack
* Your circulation will improve and your lung functioning will increase up to 30% within two weeks to three months after quitting
* 5 years after quitting your risk of a stroke is reduced to that of a non-smoker.
So follow Kate's example - and see the benefits of quitting smoking for yourself.




Friday, 8 August 2014


Another week of successes at Anne Penman Laser Therapy - and another week of clients telling us they are getting addicted to e-cigs!
One client, Shirley is not long back from her summer holidays - starting vaping as she thought it looked like harmless fun and now she feels as though she is becoming addicted to e-cigs.
My fear has always been that e-cigs become a habit and that it becomes just as hard for our clients to quit them as the real thing.
I feel so strongly about it as it is becoming the 'in' thing to do - and anything that involves smoking is far from being the 'in' thing.
At Anne Penman Laser Therapy we promote a NICOTINE-FREE, DRUG-FREE way to stop.
Give us a call if you want to find out the best way to quit!