Stopping smoking is really hard for some people. Smoking is said to be one of the hardest things to give up once you have started. The more you understand your addiction the better. This book takes you through all stages from understanding your addiction to deciding why it is best to stop, the benefits you can expect, medications to help, some thoughts on addictive thinking and some traps and triggers along the way and how to avoid them. Stop Smoking: The Essential Guide also outlines alternative choices to help with symptoms including such holistic remedies as herbal remedies, acupuncture, hypnotism, coping with stress and weight gain and even how relatives and friends can help support you. It has been said that knowledge is power and this book aims to give you the knowledge to make the changes you need to be able to say 'No'!
Simon Daubney has worked as a Specialist Nurse Advisor for an NHS Stop Smoking Service for over 5 years and has been involved with smoking cessation for 8 years in total (having worked previously for a pharmaceutical company specialising in smoking cessation medication). He is a qualified nurse and also has experience in designing a course and helping with training others to work in the field of smoking cessation. He was also someone who used to smoke up to 30 cigarettes a day until 2001 when he stopped. It is his passion to help as many people as possible stop smoking as he has personal experience of how hard it is for some people. He has also seen patients in both community and hospital settings who have really benefitted from stopping smoking and their lives not just lengthened but also improved by staving off further disabilities.