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"...Smoking cessation has been the subject of many books, but few if any have addressed women’s special concerns so well. Highly recommended." —Library Journal

From the Back Cover

You can live –and live well– without cigarettes

You want to do it. You know you should do it. But especially if you’re a woman, you also know how hard quitting cigarettes can be. If you’ve tried to quit before and experienced weight gain, sadness, or other distressing symptoms, you may have decided to quit quitting.

Or maybe you’re already a former smoker, but you’re not quite satisfied with the way you look and feel. You wish you could somehow go back and get it right.

After two decades of research with women smokers and former smokers, Dr. Cynthia S. Pomerleau knows about the unique, multilayered nature of women’s relationship to cigarettes. Here, with real world understanding and comprehensive knowledge of current scientific findings, she offers the insights, tools and hope you’ll need to make that crucial transition.

Pomerleau wants every woman who smokes to become –and remain– a nonsmoker who feels good and looks great, but she also knows that one-size-fits-all prescriptions, scare tactics and “Just stop!” lectures don’t work for most women. Instead, she empowers you to
manage your weight and mood without cigarettes
replace the comfort of cigarettes with true self-care
create your own personal quitting style
look better and feel more confident than ever before

You’ll also find stories of other women who’ve been there, tips for handling partner and family relationships as you change, and information on how medications can help you reach your goal. Pomerleau proves that there is life after cigarettes –and that you can live it.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Hunter House (December 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089793525X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897935258
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,355,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis Staff TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
Life after Cigarettes is aimed at women: why they smoke, why they should join the non-smoker trend, and how to do it for good. Here's my take on this book.

PROS:

1. Author, Cynthia Pomerleau, has created a short book, meaning it's not stuffed with fillers. She gets to the heart of the matter right away, and you can read the entire book in just a couple of hours.

2. Everyone's heard (over and over) of the dangers of smoking, but Pomerleau goes a step farther and focuses on the vanity reasons why women should stop smoking. For example, did you know that smokers typically have a larger waistline to hip ratio than non-smokers? Pomerleau shares plenty of new information, and she has the credentials needed to do it.

3. Although the book is geared toward women, there are many aspects that will be helpful and motivating for men. For example, they may not have as much difficulty with weight gain after quitting as women, but it's still a problem for quitters. Pomerleau offers practical solutions to deal with this problem. And don't forget -- men respond to vanity issues, especially in this troubled economy.

4. The book is packed with additional resources, so you won't have to go far to find the support you need to get through the process of quitting.

CONS:

I found no fault in this book, easy and quick to read, full of the latest information, and packed with additional resources.

I highly recommend Life after Cigarettes.

This review is based on my reading of Life after Cigarettes provided to me by the publisher, Hunter House, for my review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul McFarland on February 8, 2010
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As an RN and a recovering smoker I am always interested in material on how to quite the habit. It has been my experience that most of the "How to Quit" material is sadly lacking. This is not, however, true with Cynthia Pomerleau's fine little book "Life After Cigarettes".

The main thing that sets this book apart from the others is the author's willingness to talk about the elephant in the living room; cigarettes are an effective method of weight control. The weight gain that follows quitting is a major factor in the high remission rate of quitters. This is especially difficult for females in this culture of hyper body awareness.

Dr. Pomerleau outlines a total program of diet, exercise and medication that are the tools for the lifestyle changes that are the basis for changing any major dependency. But most of all she provides insight into the process of going from being a smoker to being a non smoker.

The book includes an extensive section of additional reading and resources.

Overall this is a wonderful asset for the woman who wants to quit smoking and contains enough good general material to be of help to a male reader as well. I would recommend this to any smoker and especially to the women who smoke.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah L. Royall on January 22, 2010
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This book is sensational!! I have never been happier to purchase a book that is so informative, has research to back its findings, and is written by a woman for women. It addresses our biggest fears about giving up that old friend cigarettes. I have recommended this book to many women who truly fear gaining weight and truly want to quit smoking. It is an invaluable resource for me. Thanks, Amazon, for letting me know it was available and for shipping it so expediently.
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By Amy Roddy on August 12, 2014
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Very informative and helpful. I recommend this book for anyone who wants to quit smoking or has already.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nathaniel Ehrlich on October 8, 2010
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I can't say this book helped me quit -- I did that twice. No cigs for the past 30+ years, after a 2-3 pack/day habit.
But I can say I learned a lot about cigarettes and women, and that's a Good Thing. Especially the women part.
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