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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications (December 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608820017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608820016
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,054,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Smoke-Free Smoke Break is a groundbreaking approach to smoking cessation that helps readers learn to replace smoking with mindfulness, craving control, and cognitive restructuring techniques that help readers reduce tobacco use gradually, at their own pace. Because the ritual and habit of smoking can be as addictive as nicotine itself, this book allows readers to continue taking "smoke-free smoke breaks" using tobacco-free relaxation methods.

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Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice.


Somov, P. G. (2008)
A Psychodrama Group for Substance Use Relapse Prevention Training. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 38, 151-161.

Somov, P.G. (2007).
Meaning of Life Group: Group Application of Logotherapy for Substance Use Treatment.
Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 32 (4), 316 - 345.

Somov, P.G. (2000)
Time Perception as a Measure of Pain Intensity and Pain Type. Journal of Back & Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, 14 (3), 111-121.


State University of New York at Buffalo: Ph.D., Counseling Psychology

Professional Affiliations:

Member of the American Psychological Association (APA)
Member of the Greater Pittsburgh Psychological Association (GPPA)
Member of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA)

Military Service:

Independent Special Purpose Motorized Rifle Brigade (OMSBON) of the Ministry of Interior of the Soviet Union (1987-1989)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Angelic Rodgers on December 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
In an age of commercials for patches and gum that focus on how quitting doesn't suck and that celebrate swapping out nicotine gum for a cigarette, this book offers something different--mindfulness. I've known "former" smokers who have been on the patch for years. While they might smell better and spend less time outside, they were still not dealing with the reasons they used nicotine as a coping tool in the first place. They merely swapped one form for another. And, as Samov and Samov point out, smoking is not a disease--why should we treat it with pharmacueticals as if it were?

Samov and Samov take a different pathway here; instead of demonizing the behavior they seek to help the smoker understand the behavior and the actual benefits of smoking that keep them going back for another cigarette. The first portion of the book discusses the actual physical effects of smoking and helps the reader to understand that there is more to smoking than just the selfish desire to smoke. I'd recommend this first chapter to not only smokers wanting to cut back, but also to their significant others who want to better understand the urge to smoke and how smoking truly is a coping tool.

The second section of the book offers a 30 day prep plan--smoking meditations and koans that lead to more mindful smoking. The goal here is to disrupt the patterns we have with smoking and to make it a deliberate act and choice. The koans or thought exercises get the reader to reflect on larger questions like "what is a nonsmoking" and requires that they look beyond habitual actions.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Bourgeois on October 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
Utilizing self-awareness and the skills of mindfulness, Dr. Somov and Dr. Somova have created an unprecedented protocol for quitting the nicotine habit. They have cleverly woven the concept of "smoking meditations" into a gradual smoking cessation program allowing the individual the option to choose when they are ready to quit, rather than instilling a mandatory timeline for all smokers to follow. Somov and Somova recognize the value of the freedom of choice and its impact on the success or failure of an individual's efforts to quit smoking. Through a series of present centered exercises, the smoker is afforded the chance to experience their smoking habit from many perspectives, all of which are designed to interrupt the mindless patterns which are so often developed by smokers. Whether you are ready to take on the challenge of quitting smoking on your own or are a professional counselor looking for an innovative way to reach your clients, "the smoke-free smoke break" will offer you a new view of an old habit, a deeper understanding of the challenges involved in changing embedded patterns of behavior, and the miracle of incorporating choice and acceptance into the process of quitting.
Barbara Bourgeois MS, NCC
Behavioral Health Clinician
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By alanabanana on October 26, 2014
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I am combining this with another book, but I like the approach to developing the skills readiness needed to truly quit. A bit of picking and choosing is necessary and I find myself skipping some fluff and going back and forth, but it has been helpful and helped me gain more confidence at being able to accept and get past cravings. Some exercises seem like they were devised by non-smokers, like vocalising sighs or ohms while exhaling smoke. That's just unpleasant. The book also had some insightful things to say about lapse and relapse, acceptance and the fear of failure.
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