HOW TO STOP SMOKING by Marilyn Snyder Halper


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Another of the Preventive Medicine Institute/Strang Clinic manuals (see Corbin, above), this follows a similarly clear and logical format: find out as much as you can about why you smoke, then pick one of three programs that the Strang Clinic has used successfully to help people quit. Cigarette smoking, we're reminded, has both physical (nicotine addiction) and psychological causes; both of these can be overcome. After a review of the well-known reasons for quitting, readers are helped to weigh their smoking history (number of years, number per day) and their reasons for smoking, and determine their goals. Then, three possible methods are explained: stopping cold, switching brands (gradually reducing to lowest tar and nicotine levels), and cutting down (in the recognition that complete abstinence, the ultimate goal, isn't immediately possible for everyone). Pipe and cigar smokers are targeted too. Both habits are seriously harmful, we're warned, especially for ex-cigarette smokers who tend to inhale pipe and cigar smoke with their very high levels of tar and nicotine. What happens after you quit? Since three common problem areas are exercise, nutrition, and stress, ex-smokers will find suggestions for coping with stress and avoiding weight gain. Complete with supplemental readings (several from the 1979 Surgeon General's report), this is sound, practical help based on firmly established fact.

Pub Date: Jan. 30th, 1980
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston