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LIFE CHANGES Reviews/This Month's SPECIAL Review

Life Changes News:

Our FREE LIFE CHANGES page updates and helps site visitors stay informed on tobacco cessation, stress management, books, creativity, and diverse topics impacting our life, health, learning, and future well being.

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 skill development."
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
awesome... wealth of resources...
materials to assist in cessation and
maintenance... commend the authors for
this comprehensive, self-paced, and
imaginative program."

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,writing, and support services as Volunteer Director of a not-for-profit resource network, "Healthy Life Changes," in southwest Missouri. The goal:
to increase awareness of intervention services for tobacco cessation,  improve relations and communications between health-care providers, volunteer resources, former tobacco users and persons wanting now to quit tobacco for life. 

Email Dr. Johnson at E:  for information regarding FREE services and workbook/tape program, 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 prevention.

(Q) Is there any thing I can do to neutralize the effects of second-hand smoke?

(ANS.) Do not smoke! According to the recent CDC report (July, 2006) there is no healthy alternative to second-hand smoke except quitting tobacco use. 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 participate in a "Healthy LIFE CHANGES" volunteer network of health-care professionals and resources that help answer questions about planning, techniques, intervention materials, and strategies to use when preparing for your Quit Day and thereafter for relapse prevention. A copy of the Johnsons' Stop Smoking and Chewing Tobacco for LIFE CHANGES is available online at  

Questions/requests email Dr. Johnson at State part of request or question in the subject line. 

Online questions, books to review, requests to review LIFE CHANGES, interviews, and suggestions for sharing links, book/tape orders, and updates to life changes topics are welcome!

Order books, tapes and request customized tapes from the SERVICES & MATERIALS page address.

Let's communicate. If you have a book you would like us to review or a review/article you would like to publish here, or recent research or news you would like to share, please 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 though and stay focused on getting rid of tobacco which is a "filthy, rotten, disgusting, poisonous weed!"

2) Picking a Quit Tobacco Day is important, but MORE IMPORTANT is how you prepare for each day and the strategies you use each day to stay quit for life. It is important to work on your skills now to commit to cessation, strengthen confidence, improve self-regulation, mood, behavioral and social skills along with specific, alternative tobacco-use behavior. Skills and resources will be helpful every day to manage stress, social/personal conflicts, tempting ("slips,") situations and other goals to be developed from the start. Your skills and new techniques work BEST right before and after you quit using tobacco! You can not continue to USE tobacco AND expect intervention techniques to work 100 % at the SAME time. If you want to succeed, plan out a personalized program for every day life, with effective resources you can learn to use instead of and after tobacco

3) Quit for your reasons and goals; enjoy more energy, humor, and health; expand interests, 'likability,' creativity, and intrinsic motivation to pursue other meaningful, healthy goals and alternative activities for life!

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