Allen Carr diagnosed with lung cancer

In collaboration with the Press Association

Allen Carr, one of the world's best known anti-smoking campaigners who smoked 100 cigarettes a day before giving up, has been diagnosed with lung cancer.

Credited with helping millions of people stop smoking, Carr gave up accountancy in 1983 to open his first anti-smoking clinic.

He has since gone on to open cessation clinics around the world and has written a number of best selling books advising people on how to quit. Mr Carr said that he was in good spirits and that he viewed the diagnosis as an opportunity to reach more people.

"Since I stopped smoking more than 23 years ago I have been the happiest man in the world - I still feel the same way," he said.

A spokesman for Mr Carr's company said that it was impossible to tell whether the disease was linked to Mr Carr's previous tobacco use.

"Allen has spent many years in smoke-filled rooms since he quit, whilst treating smokers for their addiction," the spokesman said.

"He is certain that, had he not quit, he would have been dead 20 years ago."

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