7 Steps to a Smoke-Free Life:

American Lung Association based on the award-winning Freedom from Smoking program.

Edward B Fisher & Toni L Goldfarb.

Quite an old book, so about 15 years old BUT it could be an oldie but a goodie.

Author was a smoker, so off to a good start 🙂 This is a step by step guide that you follow to stop smoking. The book looks at why you smoke, the cost of smoking and a new lifestyle to be had in the first few chapters. This is standard practice in all stop smoking books I think.It slightly varies but some variation will be there.

Part two has seven steps to stop smoking in which it takes you through pre quitting up to the first six months after you quit.The final part of the book looks at what to do if you relapse and frustration and a new look at life. There is also smoking resources in the back of the book, this too is pretty standard in most stop smoking books.

One thing I do like about this book is that it tells you to close your ‘back doors’. In this it means that you look at possible reasons why you won’t quit and take action to not use these as an excuse. It is also things that will trip you up and that you will use as an excuse to return to smoking. The book looks at ways to help you quit, NRT and the like and how to get the support you need and helps you develop your own plan to stop smoking.

Whilst this book presents nothing new in regards to methods, it doesn’t make any outlandish claims and for this reason away, i would try it. It is like a good solid dependable mate, not a flash good time mate that buggers off when the hard times come:)

So it may be a little older but I would give it a go to stop smoking.

A thumbs up for this book.

Stay strong and smoke free!!


Easy Way for Women to Stop Smoking:

Allen Carr and Bev Aisbett.

A liberating guide to a smoke free future. Allen Carr’s illustrated version!!

Allen, in this book, acknowledges difficulties that are particular to women who want to stop smoking. It is written in Allen’s usual manner and the illustrations by Bev are great. As you know, i think the ‘easy’ is a farce but Allen does make it easier to stop.

This particular version wasn’t out when i stopped but it is quite good. Not sure if i prefer it over the original version but the pictures make it lighter hearted and they do appeal in a sense. It has the same message as all his books.

Just don’t know whether I would use it to stop though? Hmm, will need to ponder it more.

Maybe more first steps or a contemplation period book?

I like that Allen says that you can never have another puff.

How to Stop Smoking : Gillian Riley:

How to stop smoking and stay stopped for good.

Give up smoking WITHOUT gaining weight!! Gillian Riley.

“Forget ridiculous aversion techniques and repression and look your addiction straight in the eye!”

Pretty blunt and describes so many stop smoking books correctly. But will this book live up to its claims?

Relatively thin book which is good!! Not bogged down by surplus blah blah blah!!

The main technique here seems to be taking control and owning up to the fact that YOU have an addiction. It is a problem you yourself have created. I like this attitude because it is true. Yes, we do need support BUT until we admit to the problem, it won’t matter who we have support from. This book differs from others in that it doesn;t require to tell all and sundry you are stopping smoking because ultimately success is up to you not others.

The nature of addiction and the desire to smoke are looked at in the first few chapters in the book. It is similar in a sense to Allan Carr in that it states it is your fear and the need for you to stop for yourself and no others. The book looks at taking back control, weight gain and why smoking seems to help us. It has a plan to help you stop as well in the last few chapters.

Gillian Riley was a smoker and a overeater. She gives you an “outline’ on how to deal with smoking and your cravings. It is simple, smoke or don’t really. It is your choice!!

I like this book and I would use it to stop smoking.I would not use it for ideas like the 52 brilliant ideas book, but this would be a book to stop smoking with. Like Allen Carr’s book. It is similar to his book in its tone. I have to wonder is this because Gillian, like Allan smoked? They know the addiction first hand and it shows in their writing.



Overcoming your Smoking Habit: David F Marks:

Ok, so here we go!! As I said many many books…………..But are they all successful?

This book is slightly older (2005) and it is endorsed by the US public health service,not that it means a lot to most of us or influences us in choosing books to help us stop smoking.

Have you tried and failed to give up smoking? Most smokers have. But Professor David Marks’s method has been scientifically evaluated, and the programme’s quit-smoking rates are among the highest on record, using a step-by-step week-long programme to help you stop smoking for good. Via highly acclaimed CBT techniques, proven effective in how to ‘re-programme’ your mind not to want to smoke, you will not have to rely on will power alone.”

This book looks at understanding your habit, how to stop smoking  and how to get a life as a non smoker.CBT techniques are used in the book to help you break that addiction. Author is an ex smoker so he understands that side of the addiction and it’s not all theory.

What is interesting (for me anyhow) is that the author lived in NZ for some time and developed the ISIS stop smoking programme and I did this programme and I have to say that while it was not successful long-term, I did stop for about a year or 18 months so it is successful but not for me long-term but I think it was more i was weak willed.See my link https://runtontorun.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/so-liar-or-addict-which-is-it-to-be/ with this and looking and thinking of it now, yes, very much CBT methods!!

Two Golden Rules:

You smoke a cigarette every time you want one.

Practice the CBT exercise whenever you feel like smoking.

You do a series of exercises designed to deprogram your brain and its addictive thinking mode over a week whilst still smoking

You still need to choose a day and actually stop which is the main sticking point for most of us smoking but the notion is by then most of the deprogramming will be done so it will be easier to stop.

This is similar to the method I used (not the chain-smoking though) and it does make it easier but like I said, you still need to actually stop. My only scepticism with this method and other similar deprogramming methods, how can you change what you have been doing for years or decades in a week?

I like that the book is not get into the happy mode and stop smoking or its easy to stop or painless. That is crap!! Neither do you need to find your inner peace, mindfulness or any weirdo stuff………..

Despite the quickness in deprogramming years old thinking, I think this programme is a goer!! I give it a thumbs up and why not give it a try? Similar to Allen Carr with the brainwashing but it works.

Stay Strong and Smoke free!!

Escape from Smoking; Tim Williamson:

Change your life in 3 hours!! Look younger, feel younger, make money and love your life!!

Hmmmm pretty heady claims……….Author of other “Escape” books. Once again I wonder about the wisdom of applying other principles to smoking.

“I am going to show you how to free your mind from a program of behavior that has had you in its clutches for far too long. I will teach you to be able to shift your focus and energy to more worthwhile pursuits – your family, friends, self-improvement, health and wight loss, to name a few. You will b able to begin and complete this transition without spending another cent of your hard-earned money. i am going to show you how you can get the most out of your life and have as much as you desire…”

In Escape from Smoking, Tim Williamson says he will show you how to break the destructive chain of behavior that makes quitting smoking so tough, and how to ditch the cigarettes without:

  • spending money on nicotine patches or gum, or expensive vitamin supplements
  • going through demoralizing weight gain
  • losing motivation, feeling deprived or caving into withdrawal.
Nice claims but is it pie in the sky and in 3 hours???
The book says you need to enter the program with a relaxed mind, no pre conceived ideas about stopping, a view to gaining a new life and a willingness to participate fully. He looks at triggers, what nicotine does, what you perceive that smoking does for you, weight management, your future and your program. Interestingly enough, the program bit is last and the smallest section. Go figure!!
I don’t know really, its like any other run of the mill, stop smoking, trying to be different book by a life coach. He does get you to examine certain aspects of your behaviour in detail and ask questions that are relevant but you have probably asked these yourself.
This book is no worse or better than the average run of the mill stop smoking book. Will it help you? Probably not and there is nothing revolutionary or extra in there for you to try. Will it give you new ideas?
No, I don’t think so. It’s pretty ho hum really.It wouldn’t even inspire me to think about stopping.
Sorry, guys no miracle cure here 🙂

Smoke Free in 30 Days: Daniel Seidman:

I know this sounds mad but I like the look and feel of this book. The thing is when we pick up a book, any book, we get that first impression and it lasts , unfortunately in some cases.

However, that Dr Oz (of Oprah Winfrey fame) is also involved made me very skeptical.

I am not saying Oprah endorses crap , she doesn’t but we all know an endorsement from Oprah can mean wonderful things for your book, product or career.

Daniel is a psychologist and a smoking cessation clinician at Columbia University Medical Centre. Bt as I have said before, that is not the major factor here. Smoke Free in 30 days promises straight forward methods to tailor to your needs (this is good) to help you stop smoking.He discusses Allen Carr and how his program differs (mainly with NRT) and how you can smoke while reading the book. This is a great comfort (I know as I did that with Allen Carr) that you don’t need to put the fags aside straight away.

Daniel states that many people fail to quit or even start to quit because of the fear. This is so true. He starts by looking at smoking and why you are doing it even though you want to quit and what sort of smoker are you? Situational, worried about weight, emotion triggered or scared to quit smoker? I like how he writes. There are facts but they are not there to make you feel stupid and he doesn’t talk in a way that is patronising. He explains addiction and you find yourself nodding as he words things just right. He looks at NRT (which I don’t like but accept) but he also looks at how depression could affect you if you stop. This is really important!! Especially if you take champix which has been found to make people more depressed. The book looks at other quit methods, awareness of cravings, quit dates, FAQ and tips to help you through each day.

I like this book. It is not condescending, it is not patronising and he doesn’t push any method in particular and I really like how he notes many times that stopping is individual and just because your mate stopped with ease and using xyz method, doesn’t mean it will work for you. There is a 30 day plan to help you through the first thirty days. Will it work? I don’t know but I would give it a go. He doesn’t use any weird mindfulness or over compensates with repeating how many degrees he has. He keeps it about the smoking, or more importantly, the stopping.

One or two interesting articles involving Daniel Seidman below:



Quit For life: Jamie Mushin:

A 2011/2012 book, so all new and new up to date methods? The Author is an ex – smoker, a motivational speaker, trainer and coach. He is Australian, we won’t hold that against him though….Sadly, quite a thick book, which I don’ t like BUT you may!!

He starts by saying we may be wondering “Why in god’s name is someone writing another stop smoking book?”  Not quite in those words but you get the idea. Jamie states his book is for those among us who have not been successful with other books to date. Hmm, well if we were successful, we wouldn’t be reading his book, would we?

This book is for those who have already decided to stop smoking and know they are ready to do so. I like that he says this books is not the ONLY answer to becoming a non smoker, neither is it the only way.Great, Like that BUT then he has to say that it is simple and stress free method. ARGH!!! and are you excited???

Please, I hate to be a cynic but excited to stop? Even though I REALLY wanted to stop, I was not excited. Are alcoholics excited to give up the drink? ERR probably not. Jamie talks about “MINDFULNESS” and how this will help in your stopping. When you have an urge for a cigarette, then you need to practice mindfulness, which is as follows: you need to take a 60 second time out to sit with that feeling. You need to determine where that feeling comes from and see if you can discover where that sensation is located. If you can’t then you need to see if it is really a sensation or your mind telling you ,you need a cigarette. If you can locate the sensation, then watch the sensation without judgement. Allow it to be there and don’t get frustrated or watch it.After 60 seconds or when the sensation has dissipated, get on with your day.

Okkkkkk. That sounds JUST great!! Sensation my arse, craving is what it is called, Jamie, you knob head!! God, this book started off with so much promise, and now it has descended down into moron territory!!Because it started with promise, I will pretend I did not read all that tosh and carry on…..

Jamie turns to looking at why you smoke, are you ready to stop, what if you like smoking? Setting goals, but then he really gets into this mindfulness ,a little bit at the end of each chapter and then big chunks throughout the book!! URGH!!

There is nice personal stories in there but most of it, is like all other smoking books apart from the silly mindfulness, which really is just a jazzed up version of mind games with oneself , self talk or self-hypnosis!!  Now if that works for you and you can do it, then it will help you and it maybe the book for you.

Sadly this is not groundbreaking. It’s just another recipe of the plain old choccie cake folks!! Sorry…….. and if the plain old choccie cake did it for us we wouldn’t be looking for new jazzed up versions!!

Thumbs down as it’s not new, it’s the same old crap, different day……..However like I say, it may work for you !!


Do Something Different:Love not Smoking:

Professor Karen Pine and Professor Ben Fletcher.

I know, I know, biggest cliché ever BUT i hate the cover of this book which put me off straight away………and what is not helping is so many of these stop smoking books say how easy it is to stop!! and this is one of them. Load of old todgers!! IF IT WAS EASY WOULD SO MANY PEOPLE STILL SMOKE??? Hello, be bloody real!!

Not a good start. What worries me about this book and other stop smoking books is the people have written something similar prior for weight loss………..Mmmmm, just don’t think you can apply the same principles. Food addiction maybe but then like any addiction there are components that are specific to that addiction and can’t be applied over the board.

Giving up smoking doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Forget willpower and withdrawal—the six-week LOVE NOT SMOKING program will help you quit for good and also give you the tools for reclaiming your passion for life.

Love Not Smoking uses scientifically proven psychological techniques to train your brain to anticipate different rewards; swap old habits for new, revitalizing ones; and learn new ways to relieve stress and get more pleasure out of your days.

And if you’re trying to help friends and loved ones quit the habit, you’ve probably already realized that nagging doesn’t work—they need your love, support, and understanding. So give them this book to show that you care enough to want them to quit! (Quote from book).

The LNS (love not smoking) works by breaking down the web of habits that support and maintain smoking. I like that they treat smoking as a mental and physical addiction and emphasise the need to break both dependencies. The authors both smoked early in their life for a short period. They look at why some methods work and others don’t, cold turkey, Allen Carr, NRT, talk therapies, acupuncture and so on….

This is a 6 week program and 3 weeks of that are preparing yourself before you quit and each day you have a task to do.The program itself is nothing new, it’s just the authors version of many other books. It also looks at your relationships with other people  and looking at how they can be strengthened. Its nice but really if I was giving up smoking, my main concern would be stopping the fags, not my relationship.

The thing is when you stop smoking, that is what your life is about for a while, because you really don’t have the energy initially to concentrate on other areas of your life. For a short period, you need to be selfish and concentrate on you and NOT SMOKING, not worry so much about your relationships with others.

Would I use this book to stop smoking? Nope, because it is no different really than many of the other books out there, it’s just reworded & jazzed up a bit from the last stop smoking book you may have read. Would it get you thinking about stopping? Maybe but if you had read a few other stop smoking books, no.

There is nothing in here to make it different from most stop smoking books. If you are expecting something mind-blowing or different, sorry but it is run of the mill.

If you need to get it, then get it from the library.