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5.0 out of 5 stars
UPDATED: Highly Recommended, 7 Dec 2006
So here I am almost 1 year on from my initial review of this book, and 1 week away from 15 months of no smoking after buying this book.
I can honestly say that I haven't felt the slightest bit tempted to light up, but can still happily be around company who smoke, i) without it bothering me and ii) feeling no need to take that holier-than-holy non-smoker ground. To be honest, it's as though I never actually smoked. Like a great night out on the beers, I can't REALLY remember anything specific about it (the whole smoking thing that is!). As for where my book is now? I have no idea. It's been passed from friend to friend - I have no desperate need to get it back, as I honestly don't think I'd ever need it again.
OK, it won't work for everyone. But since I estimate that £10 on this book has saved me approximately £2.5k (20 a day habit), it really is worth a go. Good luck to all those who try. Just remember - you have to WANT to give up smoking for this to have any chance of working. If this review helps just one person, I'd urge you to write a further review to reinforce the usefulness of this book. The NHS should recommend this.
ORIGINAL REVIEW 7 December 2006
I bought this book 4 months ago and have not had a single cigarette in that time. The premise is quite simple - as the book says you don't need to have the willpower to give up (otherwise you wouldn't actually need the book), but you do have to WANT to give up.
As the book was the price of 2 packets of 20 cigarettes, it seemed worth a go, although I wasn't convinced it would work. After reading the first part of the book (which you do before listening to the CD), I still had that skeptical feeling of "hypnotism won't work on me". However... dismiss any stereotypical thoughts of what being hypnotised feels/doesn't feel like. You don't go into a trance, and you're not oblivious to the world around you - this is explained very well in the book.
I listened to the CD in the evening and the following day, had just stopped smoking. I thought about going for my 'regular' cigarettes (ie, with a cuppa after getting to work), but for some reason, decided not to. The associations between an event and a cigarette such as this soon become forgotten.
I did find myself thinking about smoking for a few weeks, but more in a "why/how has this thing worked?" way rather than actually wanting to have a cigarette. Like others who have reviewed the book, I barely even think about smoking now. I can be out with friends who smoke and watch them light up quite happily without wanting one. Bizarrely I don't think of myself as someone who has stopped smoking, rather as someone who never actually smoked. I know this is not the case, however I have no real recollection of what is was like to smoke...
All in all, probably one of the best £10 spends I've ever made. And based on the fact that I was smoking around 20 a day, over the last 4 months that's about £600 not spent on cigarettes. If you're even thinking about stopping, give this book a try.