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Free Yourself From Smoking [Paperback]

Kristina Ivings
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12 Jan 2006
Unlike other 'quitting experts', Kristina Ivings recognises that giving up smoking requires a three-pronged attack. In addition to helping with psychological dependence on cigarettes - that is the belief that you need to smoke - she addresses physical withdrawal and the importance of habit - why do you crave a cigarette the moment you start to unwind after a hard day? She then moves on to a step-by-step guide to preparing to quit, quitting and staying quit - and warns you against the pitfalls that may lead you back again. If smoking really was a reliable, stress-relieving friend, everyone would be doing it. In "Free Yourself from Smoking", smoking is represented by the character of Nitch, who nags you to go out in the rain to smoke, sends you into a panic if cigarettes run out, and makes you miserable whenever he is deprived of nicotine. You may believe that you enjoy or need cigarettes, but in reality all you are doing is placating this insatiable intruder. Once you have realised this, you are a long way along the road to ridding yourself of him. You don't have to be superhuman to quit. Freeing yourself from smoking the Kristina Ivings way can even be enjoyable. And, because you will never have to give up smoking again, "Free Yourself from Smoking" is the only stop-smoking book you'll ever need.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Cathie (12 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856267970
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856267977
  • ASIN: 1856266575
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.1 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An expert's guide to giving up smoking. -- Daily Express, December 05

Helpful book which could be used to help overcome other forms of dependency. -- Yoga & Health, February 06

You'll feel and look better, have more energy and regain your chances of staying healthy. -- You Magazine, Mail on Sunday, January 06

follow these tips from psychologist Kristina Ivings and you will be able to stub out cigarettes for good. -- Hello Magazine, January 05

About the Author

Dr Kristina Ivings is a practising clinical psychologist whose Ph D thesis explored the relationship between beliefs about smoking and successfully giving up. She has a detailed knowledge of both addictive processes and psychological dependence. A former smoker herself, she is passionately committed to helping other people to quit.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carr is finally beaten 15 May 2007
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A few years back, I read Allen Carr's book and packed in smoking easily and effortlessly. A few months later, I lit "one cigarette" and resumed my old smoking habit, easily and effortlessly. I had consoled myself with the fact that I always had Carr's miracle book to fall back on any time I wanted to quit again. When that time came, I re-read Carr's book, but it didn't work a second time.

And so began my quest to quit smoking definitively. I tried Carr's other books, and they didn't work. I tried Neil Casey's book -- worked for a few days -- and then failed. I was getting to the point where I was believing all the horrendous stories were true...that smoking is an exceptionally tough nut to crack, and one that you must battle with all your life.

Then I noticed Kristina Iving's book on Amazon. I did a bit of digging online, and liked the cut of her gib. I was particularly taken with an article on her website that was a "De-Carr-inisation" speech. As brilliant as Carr's book is, it DOES have its flaws. Carr is so unconditionally certain about his method that I always believed it was a fatal character flaw in myself that made me keep smoking in spite of reading his stuff.

Iving's book takes a slightly more substantial approach. She successfully marries all the best bits of Carr's methods with the beefy reinforcement of NRT (nicotine replacement therapy) and a real eye-opening explanation of the three factors we need to defeat in order to live a successful existence as a non-smoker.

I found the book a really refreshing and exciting read, and the character of NITCH is one you are unlikely to forget. I also loved her own personal stories of her battle with cigarettes. And Instead of the mass repetition that Carr was guilty of, Ivings doesn't print any chaff.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best stop smoking book I've ever read. 15 Jan 2006
I'm privileged - through a connection, I had a chance to read the manuscript of this book long before it was published; a year ago in fact. I'd been smoking for near-on 15 years, roll-up's mostly, and somewhere between 20-30 a day, every day. Things were getting worse and worse: within a minute or so of waking I'd be looking for that first cigarette, I'd smoke another couple on the drive to work, and as soon as I got to the office it was out onto the balcony for yet another. On and on it went. I didn't smoke in the house, but I was spending half my life out in the garage, smoking, and I was finding myself getting ill, constantly catching awful colds, painful coughing, throat like sandpaper.
Since reading this book I haven't had a single cigarette - not a single drag, and I'm confident now I'll never smoke again. The key thing this book taught me was you can be free, totally free, from cigarette cravings. It's not like being an alchoholic, you won't have to take it one day at a time every day for the rest of your life - you can be free. When you're on the fags its hard to imagine life without them as being anything other than miserable, always being deprived of something you enjoy. But that's balls, I can see that now. Give up smoking using this book and you'll see you're actually adding something to your life, and that smoking is totally negative. You only ever smoke - ever - to temporarily remove that feeling of wanting a fag. Break that vicious circle and you're free: you won't just have stopped smoking, you'll have stopped yourself wanting to smoke, permanently. That's the message here. I'd really recommend this book, it's really helped me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and effective 3 Jan 2010
By AmyJ
I had been smoking for 10 years and got into my 30's thinking I wanted to quit, but was too scared to let go of something I was convinced that I "needed" and "enjoyed". I had slowed down my consumption but did not believe I would ever have the strength to stop.

I had read Alan Carr a couple of times and not really committed to stopping, but it is this book which, in one read, really convinced me to own my addiction and see it for what it was.
I read this book cover to cover, committed to doing all the exercises which I found useful, set a day to stop, and - stopped! On the evening before stopping I added the extra bolster of a hypnotherapy CD which taught me some useful breathing exercises if I were to experience a craving.
Now, nearly 3 years on, I am so incredibly happy to be a non-smoker. I have never looked back, never regretted not inhaling toxic poison!
For the first week or so I did experience the odd craving, and by far the worst was when we had an office party and drunk a fair amount, then people started to spark up cigarettes - I wasn't prepared for the strength of that craving a week after stopping, but I walked away. This book teaches you that you always have a choice.

Basically, if you think you're ready to quit but scared and not sure how, trust this book, and most of all, trust yourself- you can do it!

UPDATE October 2012- Still a non-smoker, and very happy about it!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The easy way to quit 4 Jan 2006
This book was brilliant. It was unexpectedly funny, very accessible and full of excellent advice from everything to preparing to quit, quitting, staying quit and learning what to do if you relapse.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book REALLY works
I had been a smoker for 35 years and all I can say is that I am not smoking anymore thanks to reading this book. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Shaun Wadham
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm buying it again
I'm buying this book for the third time to give to a boy at work. It's over 4 years since I read this book and I haven't had a cigarette since. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Cake lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the cover ....
Well three months in it seems to be working.

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Published 24 months ago by B. Innes
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At last, an intelligent, well-written guide to stopping smoking. It helps you to understand just why you smoke, and guides you through every stage of giving up, including what to... Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely helpful book with distinctive ideas
Getting to grips with the ideas in this book about WHY people smoke has fundamentally changed my beliefs about my own smoking and is really helping me stop. Read more
Published on 10 Jan 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book was brilliant. It was unexpectedly funny, very accessible and full of excellent advice from everything to preparing to quit, quitting, staying quit and learning what to... Read more
Published on 8 Jan 2006 by S. Fisher
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