Smoky and the Bandit…..

Hmmm, Don’t know if I would call myself a bandit but hubby is definitely smoky.



What to do, what to do? Rock and hard place…. Continue reading



I have been AWOL….

First a bit of fun…I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!

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Weekend Smoking Round Up 14/07/12:

Afternoon, err actually morning.

Cold, cold, cold…………….Suppose it is winter:)

Lets have a look at whats happening in the world of tobacco and smokes…




40% OF ITALIAN YOUTH SMOKE:(older post but interesting as it seems everyone smokes there)

so that my friends is it for the weekend…………….

I am going to start looking at, from next week, smoking in different countries, laws etc………..So stay tuned



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.

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:

World Smoking News 18/06/2012

Evening!! First day at a new job today- LOTS of smokers:(

Rio Ferninand accused of endorsing cigarette firm that promotes children smoking:

Welsh Hospital patrolling grounds in order to enforce smoking ban:

Smokers shifting to e-cigarette: