Excerpts from recent reviews of Stop Smoking and Chewing Tobacco for LIFE CHANGES:
"You will stop smoking
or chewing tobacco when you work with this compelling, self-instructional workbook with its LIFE CHANGES program!... this
program offers a multi-component approach. It applies cognitive-behavioral research to make needed behavioral changes with
overt and covert aversion techniques as well as a variety of other options (more than 120) to accommodate different user's
backgrounds and preferred learning styles... skills-based, workbook program is highly recommended for any individual, group,
or program coordinator interested in tobacco cessation, health maintenance, relapse prevention, stress management, and personal/social
LaWanna L. Blount, Ph.D.
From article originally published in the Polk County Enterprize,
Livingston,TX, April 26, 2001
"Unlike other smoking-cessation books
which I have read, this book's... writing
style so casual and tone
so warm and
often comical... becomes a warm,
supportive friend... techniques... truly
materials to assist in cessation and
maintenance... commend the authors for
R. T. Karkut, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist
See complete review
published in the North American Journal of Psychology, June/July, 2001, Vol. 3, No.2, 293-294
Tobacco Resources - tobacco related news, books and web
"As a health-care professional, I have cared for many smokers... Using older methods(smokers) fell back into old habits...
This book teaches how to avoid pitfalls by changing habits... The workbook contains unlimited techniques for success. Many
can be read into a recorder or used with a LIFE CHANGES cassette (CD)...
The creativity section was a favorite of mine...
The keys to success are confined in this bible... If you practice the routines, individualize the worksheets, and do the program
one hundred percent, you will win."
Reviewer-Nancy B. Leake ARNP, CS-FNP, MSN
For complete review use link below.
Metapsychology Online Book Review
NEWS-On October 24 and 29, 2001 Dr. Johnson appeared at Drury University, Springfield, MO to present LIFE CHANGES seminars.
He focused on tobacco-cessation planning and use of self-instructional techniques on and after the Tobacco Quit Day. According
to reporter, Rachael Schnurbusch, for The Mirror, in the article, "Students Try To Stop Smoking," November 9, 2001,
Dr. Johnson discussed thinking more about what we love and care about than tobacco when starting to change perceptions and
thoughts about quitting it for life.
Dr. Johnson offers free seminars, consultation, training, and support services as the Volunteer Director of a not-for-profit
network, "Healthy Life Changes," in southwest Missouri. The goal is to increase awareness of intervention services
for tobacco cessation and improve relations between health-care providers, resources, former tobacco users and persons wanting
now to quit tobacco for life.
Dr. Johnson presents monthly, free Quit-Tobacco sessions in a variety of settings. Call/email for information regarding
FREE services and the workbook, Stop Smoking and Chewing Tobacco for Life Changes, 2000.
Ask an expert:
(Q) What is the best technique to use for quitting tobacco?
(ANS.) The one(s) that work
best for you. Actually, most techniques work for people in some situations and settings better than others. The key is to
have many techniques and resources available to you so you can learn to apply the most effective ones in applicable situations.
No ONE technique is appropriate for ALL people ALL of the time.
Multiple techniques learned and applied in combinations
in different settings and circumstances provide the strongest safety net for self-regulation, tobacco cessation and relapse
(Q) Is there any thing I can do to neutralize the effects of second-hand smoke?
Do not smoke! Also, you can reduce your contact with smokers, stay out of crowded, smoky, poorly ventilated living spaces
at home, work, and when going out. Always op for fresh, clean, circulating air. Second-hand smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals
and an estimated 63 of them cause severe health effects including cancer, respiratory and inner-ear infections, and asthma
in adults and children.
(Q) Is there somewhere I can get FREE consultation and advice on how to plan my Quit Day and what I can use to help me quit?
(ANS.) The Johnsons have set up a "Healthy LIFE CHANGES" volunteer network of health-care workers who can answer
questions about planning, techniques, materials, and strategies to use when preparing for your Quit Day and thereafter for
relapse prevention. Buy a copy of Stop Smoking and Chewing Tobacco for LIFE CHANGES!
Write to Dr. Johnson at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions, books to review, requests to review LIFE CHANGES, interviews, and suggestions for links, book/tape orders,
and updates to life changes topics are always welcome!
Order books, tapes and request customized tapes from the SERVICES & MATERIALS page address.
Let's communicate. Sign up for a free newsletter. If you have a book you would like us to review or a review/article you
would like to publish here, let us know about it.
(Q) What are some important points to remember when you decide to quit tobacco?
(ANS.) 1) Tobacco is the problem, not yourself. Don't beat yourself up or get angry at others. Get angry at tobacco for
it is a "filthy, rotten, disgusting weed!"
2) Picking a Quit Tobacco Day is important, but MORE important is how you prepare for that day and the days to follow.
It is important to work on your skills to commit
to cessation, strengthen confidence, self-management and social skills along with tobacco-cessation behavior. Skills and
resources to manage stress, social conflicts, tempting ("slip,") situations need to be developed from the start.
Your skills and new techniques work BEST when you quit using tobacco! You can not continue to USE tobacco AND expect any intervention
techniques to work at the same time, if you want your personalized program to succeed 100% for life!
3) Quit for your reasons and goals; enjoy more energy, humor, and health; expand interests, creativity, and pursue more
meaningful, healthy goals for life!