About the Author

Dr. Gabriel Symonds

Dr Gabriel Symonds is a British medical doctor. He qualified from the University of London and after post-graduate training worked in general practice in the UK for fifteen years. He then immigrated to Japan where he gained a medical licence and in 1992 established the Tokyo British Clinic. This offered comprehensive medical services to the foreign community, including smoking cessation and psychotherapy (counselling). He retired from full-time practice in 2014 but still lives in Tokyo.

A smoker during his early student years, he had a shock when he was taken round the men's chest ward at St Bartholomew’s Hospital where he trained. As a result of this experience he gave up smoking forthwith – from pure fear of the consequences.

For most smokers, however, fear is not very effective for quitting – but there is a much easier way that Dr Symonds gradually developed by working with his many smoker patients. The method, which uses no nicotine, drugs, hypnosis or gimmicks, is easy and quick to learn.

Dr Symonds has written three books on smoking. The latest (2018), How to quit smoking with the Symonds Method, is a dedicated how-to-do-it book that should enable any smoker to quit easily merely by working through it.

The best way to stop smoking, however, is by face-to-face sessions, online or in person if you are able to visit his office in Tokyo.

He also writes about smoking and other health-related issues at the Nicotine Monkey Blog.

Learn more about Dr Symonds's approach to quitting smoking

Learn more about Dr Symonds's unique method in his books