★★★★★ 3 real customer reviews average rating: 4.6 stars
5 Stars By Dee54 on 2014-01-17
This gives me hope!
I've been a pack-a-day smoker since high school, and in the past few years, I've tried quitting more times than I can count, but I've slipped up every single time. A friend in Seattle who knows my struggles sent me a clip of the author on a TV talk show there. It sounded like she had some really good ideas, and I got the book, and over the past week, I've been really taking it to heart. Okay, so I haven't quit yet, but I've set my quit date (January 25), and I'm scared, but I'm also excited. I really think this is the quit that's gonna stick, and that's a brand-new feeling. I'm already using something the book calls "mini-quits." Basically, you pick a time you always smoke and then try to get through it without a cigarette. Except it's not all willpower. You're coached to come up with other things to do with your hands or ways to distract yourself. I always smoke on the way to work, so this week, I've put my cigarettes in the trunk, and I've been trying out different things like toothpicks, sunflower seeds, sipping on Diet Coke. I even switched radio stations just to change things up. So far, I've made it through every mini-quit, and it's actually feeling easier, not harder. Setting a quit date is a HUGE deal, and the book gives you all sorts of ways to get ready. I'm also learning what I was doing wrong before, like keeping an "emergency" stash just in case. I have to make sure all the cigarettes are out of my house, my car, my office, my everything,. I've learned that I was using the nicotine gum wrong when I'd tried to quit before. I've been doing some homework, writing down all the ways my life will be great without cigarettes. I also have been asking all my friends and family to give me support, and so far they've been phenomenal. Next up: talking to my office smoking buddies about not sabotaging me. With all the help I've been getting, I'm actually not dreading my quit date, and cigarettes are feeling A LOT less like my friend. Besides all the good ideas, I like how the book really shoots straight and it isn't preachy at all. You get to hear from other smokers who've quit (really inspiring stories). I know it's way early to say this book works. (Bottom line: That's gonna be up to me.) But I just want to tell other smokers looking for a way to quit that it's giving me a lot of hope!
4 Stars By David on 2014-11-14
Good for those who guilt trip themselves
So far so good. Lots of practical ways to avoid finding fault in your own reasons for quitting, and how to avoid calling yourself a failure when you slide.
5 Stars By Scott R. on 2015-10-17
It's a must read for anyone who is quitting smoking