Quit Smoking with the Symonds Method

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Do you have this problem?

Almost everything most people believe about smoking is wrong

Learn why you really smoke and why quitting seems to hard

Then you can get the Nicotine Monkey off your back – easily and permanently


If you’re a smoker, please answer this question:

     Do you want to stop smoking?

The answer, very likely, is ‘Yes’.

You want to stop for the obvious reasons: health concerns, waste of money, etc.

Now please answer this question – honestly:

     Do you really want to stop smoking?

Your answer, probably, is ‘No’ or ‘Not yet’.

This is because, however much you may think you want to stop, the idea of never smoking again for many smokers is almost intolerable. You have a fear of not smoking greater than the fear of continuing to smoke that’s drummed into you by the horrible pictures and health warnings on cigarette packs and elsewhere.

There’s also a reason for this illogical situation. But if you understand it – very simple! – then I promise you quitting will be easy.

Dr. Gabriel Symonds

Dr Gabriel Symonds

But even that prospect can be an obstacle to quitting. One of my patients put it like this and I promise I am not making it up:

"Thank you very much for the offer, Dr Symonds, but I’m not going to come for your stop-smoking session because I’m afraid that if I did, I would succeed." (!)

Nonetheless, nearly all other quit-smoking methods overlook this fear or try to help you deal with it through common sense and logic.

If these worked, no one would smoke.


Conventional Ways to Quit Smoking

These emphasise potential difficulties, are inherently discouraging and have only a 16% to 20% success rate.

They usually comprise the following​ complicated and time-consuming steps:

  • Set a quit date, have a plan how you will deal with the dreadful ‘cravings’ (whatever these are) that you will suffer and work out how to avoid ‘triggers’ to smoke.
  • If a craving comes on, try deep breathing, drinking a glass of water or somehow distract yourself.
  • See your doctor or pharmacist to get nicotine patches or chewing gum to treat your nicotine addiction. Or try prescription drugs. Or nicotine products and prescription drugs.
  • E-cigarettes: don’t be misled about these as a way of stopping smoking. In reality they're merely ​an alternative way of continuing your nicotine addiction, probably indefinitely. Are they safe? Only time will tell. Even if they're much safer than smoking, do you really want to be addicted to nicotine for years on end?

You’re almost defeated before you start.

Nicotine Patches

Nicotine Gum, does it work?

Nicotine Gum

Vaping - ECigarettes

E-Cigarettes

Why should have to do this yourself?

There has to be a better way!

As a practising doctor I have successfully helped hundreds of smokers to quit with a simple unique method I have developed over twenty years.

I do NOT use

  • Nicotine patches or gum
  • E-cigarettes
  • Prescription drugs
  • Twelve-steps or group therapy
  • Hypnosis or acupuncture
  • Supplements, magnets in your ears, laser treatment or other gimmicks
  • Horrible pictures and scare tactics
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy to build a quit plan or go on a ‘quitting journey’ or similar complicated regimens

Instead, I can help you to demonstrate to yourself

  • Why you really smoke
  • Why quitting seems so hard

It will then become clear that the reason so many people have difficulty in quitting is largely due to mistaken beliefs and their way of thinking about smoking.

Nor do I offer any technique to 'correct' your way of thinking about smoking, but after a discussion and teaching in a friendly non-judgemental atmosphere, you will find there's no difficulty in stopping something you don't want to do anymore!

With this understanding and the right kind of support, it's easy to quit smoking straight away.


Books by Dr Gabriel Symonds

How my method works is set out in detail in a soon-to-be-published e-book, 'Quit Smoking with the Symonds Method'.

This book is intended for smokers who want to quit but find it too difficult on their own. Or maybe you're a smoker who's 'tried everything' without success.

There's a reason why quitting smoking seems so hard - and it's nothing to do with lack of willpower.

The e-book is interactive and interesting to follow. Once you've worked your way through the four simple steps set out in the book you'll gain something you probably didn't have before: understanding.

Then quitting will be easy.

Coming Soon!

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This is an entertaining, instructive and effective book. With a "no holds barred" approach, it exposes the failure and hypocrisy of government in colluding to the continuing manufacture and sale of cigarettes (and other tobacco products), the laughable evasion and outright deception from "Big Tobacco". It amuses with anecdotes describing the committed smoking behaviour of some celebrities.

Richard W Illingworth

Former Smoker