Casewit, a former smoker, puts across his own firm anti-smoking stand without playing up horror stories or seeming to...

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THE STOP SMOKING BOOK FOR TEENS

Casewit, a former smoker, puts across his own firm anti-smoking stand without playing up horror stories or seeming to lecture. He summarizes the reasons why people smoke and why teenagers start; discusses what smoking does to one's stamina, lungs, and heart; and lists other reasons for not smoking--image (it's no longer ""in""), smell, mess, etc. (For a more thorough treatment of the ""scientific"" case, see Winter [adult], below.) Emphasizing motivation as a prerequisite, Casewit describes various approaches to quitting--hypnosis, self-hypnosis, behavior therapy, Smokenders and other groups, and a group five-day plan he attended at a Denver hospital--but the descriptions are too general to function as a self-help guide. There are also some specific suggestions--from a warm bath to a hard rub--for getting through the tough first days. A first step, perhaps, with some tips on finding further help.

Pub Date: April 28, 1980

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Messner

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1980