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Cassius Cheong's Positively Quit Manual: The Thinking Person's Guide to Stop Smoking Paperback – March 1, 2010

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The Thinking Person's Guide to Stop Smoking

Are you an open-minded person? Are you determined to stop smoking for good?  If you answered 'Yes' to each of these questions, then Positively Quit! is likely to work for you.

"Cassius Cheong's Positively Quit is a compact and powerful guide to immediately becoming a healthy non-smoker. I recommend you send one to everyone you know who smokes."
Steve Chandler, author of Fearless


"Cassius Cheong's The Positively Quit Manual is a guide to quitting smoking for people who need a fresh, new perspective.  This book is just full of great advice."
Michael Gooch, Author of Wingtips with Spurs: Cowboy Wisdom for Today's Business Leaders


"I would certainly recommend Mr. Cheong's Positively Quit! Manual to anyone who is about to make their first attempt at quitting smoking and especially to those who have decided to quit cold turkey. I think Mr. Cheong's book offers the reader some valuable insights and goes a long way in helping the would-be quitter develop a positive attitude."

M. Boisvert, Smoking Cessation Forum Moderator


"Following his easy to read and understand manual will dispel the myths that keep you a smoker and help you unlock the tools within you to finally quit smoking for life!"
Barbara Cronin, CiggyFree.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 86 pages
  • Publisher: Pulse Research (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9810844891
  • ISBN-13: 978-9810844899
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.2 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,502,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cassius Cheong's The Positively Quit Manual is a guide to quitting smoking for people who need a fresh, new perspective. I found the advice to be extremely relevant to beginning the behavior modification that it requires to finally quit.

As a current smoker, I have tried the following methods over the past 35 years:

1. Cold Turkey - Failed 5 or 6 times. I still have ex-friends that don't speak.

2. Hypnosis - I paid $100 for a short nap and a cassette tape that I listened to one time and fell asleep again.

3. Zyban - Or as my kids called it, "Dad the smoking zombie".

4. Nicotine Patch - Didn't faze my addiction one bit. It did give me a rash that I enjoyed.

5. Nicotine Gum - Smoking and chewing gum became my new addiction. I had to wean myself off the gum with more cigarettes.

6. Chantix - 3 rounds of complete and utter failure. I will admit it lessened the urge and I did cut down but in the end, it didn't work. I could have bought a good used car for what I spent on this.

7. Copenhagen Snuff - I felt sure this would work. Similar to the gum, I became addicted to both snuff and cigarettes. Finally gave up the snuff after I had to have a golf ball size tumor surgically removed from under my jaw.

So you see, this is not my first rodeo.

I believe the strongest part of this book is the way the author took the reasons we cite for not being able to give up smoking and/or the pleasant attributes and completely destroyed them with logic and reasoning. I am the worlds worst at trying to rationalize my weakness. This book gave an authoritive and compelling new perceptive on these so-called rationalizations.
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This is a great book for those wishing to stop smoking (and, I suspect, for those with other addictions). There are parts where the reader fills out goals and attitudes but this is not over done (as in some "work-book" type books which are mostly blank pages). This book is primarily a very analytical review of the mental process of addiction. Once the addiction process is fully understood you can successfully defuse your subconscious efforts to keep smoking. This method is somewhat akin to cognitive therapy, a well known method to cure depression and anxiety.

The Positively Quit method is simple enough to implement easily yet complex enough to give you enough tools to defeat addiction. For example, Cheong gives three basic ways a person tries to quit an addiction: cold turkey, cutting down, and nicotine replacement therapy. He outlines why each method fails and why the Positively Quit method will succeed. It makes sense and clearly demonstrates the obstacles of other methods.
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I quit smoking 32 years ago for three reasons: 1) I realized you could always tell a middle-aged smoker by their slightly grayish complexion, 2) Vertical wrinkles above the upper lip into which lipstick colors bled also identified aging smokers, 3) I wanted to be the person who quit smoking. As a physician, I knew the health detriments of smoking, but the motivation to quit came from a different perspective entirely.

So I was pleased to read Cas's pamphlet which focused on developing a state of mind for quitting rather than on the deliverance of a stern lecture about the healthy consequences of tossing the smokes. Much rang true with respect to the self-talk that I've found helpful both in abandoning my own cigarette habit and in helping others accomplish the same. Quitting is a process more than an event, and this little book gives a good overview of the road to a quitter's attitude and a lot of encouragement for the journey.

Like Cas, I have never met an ex-smoker who was sorry she'd quit, but I meet a lot of smokers who anticipate mournfully the prospect of the rest of their lives without their little white, cylindrical 'friends'. Cas does a nice job of showing how you too can travel from that sense of loss unto freedom and joy.
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I am not a smoker but a human potential coach, which is why I read this book. It is a quick read, being only 66 pages. It is split into 4 sections;

1. Cigarettes and I
2. Approaching Cigarette Smoking and Addiction From a Different Perspective
3. Quit Preparations
4. Positively Quit

I found it very informative with lots of studies quoted and referenced, on the subject of smoking and quitting smoking. There are also a lot of interactive things to do in the book to give you a personal perspective upon your own habit.

The real question for this book is will it help you quit? I have learnt a lot about addictions from the book and 1 idea in particular is very good. The idea that by smoking just 1 cigarette, you create an internal process that creates the need for yet another cigarette. By analysing this process, that could be applied to other addictions such as gambling, the addict can begin to realise why the AA and GA idea, that you must avoid a drink or a gamble just for today really works. By stopping the addiction and allowing the mind to calm down helps to beat the addiction. There are many more useful ideas that will rationalise why you need to stop and make you think about the dangers of this habit.

The book is meant for addictions to cigarettes and not really designed for any other addiction, as such it is well written and can be recommended as a thought provoking read that will provide ideas and strategies for the addict to give up smoking.

Highly recommended.
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