Back in 1999, I wrote an article for an airline magazine about Yefim Shubentsov, the so-called “Mad Russian,” and his unique way of helping people quit smoking. I had the article on my site for a number of years, but took it down on my last redesign. It must still be floating around out there somewhere, though, because people still contact me now and then to ask me how to contact Shubentsov.
For anyone who’s come to this site looking for him, I regret to tell you that I can’t help you. It’s been well over a decade since I wrote that article and I’ve had no contact with him since. If you can’t find him in the phone listings for Brookline, Mass., it may be that he’s retired or moved. I’m sorry. I wish you luck finding a way to kick the habit.