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  • Mar 30, 2010
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It doesn't take very long to read "Cassius Cheong's Positively Quit Manual: the Thinking Person's Guide to Smoking Cessation." In less than 55 pages, Cheong gets his point across quickly: the desire to quit smoking must be real in order to turn the desire into a reality.

Let's face it: everyone knows that smoking and good health does not go hand-in-hand. No-brainer, right? Not in all cases. Unless you've been living under a rock for the last forty years and have avoided magazines, television documentaries and other news-related mediums, you equate long-term smoking with emphysema, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, coronary artery disease, peripheral artery disease, colorectal cancer, liver cancer, prostate cancer, erectile dysfunction in men, stomach cancer, bladder and kidney cancer, abdominal aortic aneurysm, acute myeloid leukemia, cataracts, cervical cancer, kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer, periodontitis, pneumonia as well as contributing to conditions such as hip fractures due to reduced bone density, complications from diabetes as a result of peripheral vascular disease, a higher incidence of post surgical would infections and reproductive complications, such as problems conceiving. No one with an obvious access to the Internet and is reading this review can claim ignorance of the link between smoking and these diseases.

Even with all this pretty scary information about smoking, people still continue to indulge. Their reasons are legion but like any other addiction, the addict must face the facts and look towards the reason he began to smoke in the first place to find the key to ending his struggle. What psychological hole did he want and need to fill? Cheong provides a check list to initiate a probe of the psyche determining the "Why I started to smoke" and the "Why I want to stop." His compendium of typical reasons runs the gamut for most people but in the case that your reasons are not listed, he allows you free range to enthusiastically rediscover this part of yourself that needs further exploration leading to resolution.

Cheong emphasizes that the act of quitting should be a joyous one. After all, you have made the decision to close the door on a bad habit and move in a new direction without the financial, health and limitation drains associated with a lifetime of smoking. He urges you to shift your thinking of cigarette smoking and its associated addiction from being a harmless habit in which many people indulge seemingly without consequence to one where nicotine addiction rules subversively. You may think that you are nervous, lack concentration, are unable to get out from under, fathom a lack of self-esteem and feel trapped but in reality are just experiencing the effects of nicotine addiction. Understanding the difference will help break the bond that the smoking activity has for the participant.

In addition, Cheong explains about smoking triggers--associating a break during work with coffee and cigarettes may mean that drinking coffee will bring on the urge to smoke. As a learned behavior this can be unlearned with a shift of perspective where you identify exactly what is happening and attempt to change the picture of the experience in your mind's eye.

Once the smoker is able to psychologically prepare himself for quitting, he has two goals to achieve. The first is not to smoke for a 24-hour period. The second goal is to succeed where 95% of people who attempt to quit fail: they start smoking again. You must want to be in that other 5 percent who continue the non-smoker's journey.

In the remaining chapters, Cheong illustrates how to avoid common pitfalls. For example, when feeling unable to concentrate, he suggests experimenting with chocolate, fruit juices and glucose-based products. More fish and essential fatty acids may be just be the trick to keep focused on alternatives rather than on the old cigarette stand-by. He offers a week by week synopsis on what to expect and ends with a check list itemizing how good it feels not to smoke.

For me, as a non-smoker, the most interesting part of this book was Cheong's analysis of his Positively Quit methodology. He defines the difference between cognitive, emotional and chemical influences in a scientific manner with diagrams that definitely make sense and help you understand why his method works as opposed to older methods that have less of a success rate.

Bottom line? Cassius Cheong's "Positively Quit? Manual: the Thinking Person's Guide to Smoking Cessation" offers positive reinforcement to the person who no longer wants cigarettes in his/her life. In a mere 55 pages, Cheong makes his point that like any other addiction, a shift of perspective is necessary to make the change work. I recommended this book to Karen Franklin and Lauren King, a mother and daughter team who have fought and won their battle with substance abuse and now have written a book--Addicted Like Me: A Mother-Daughter Story of Substance Abuse and Recoveryand run a website with the intent to help others learn from their trials and tribulations. Cheong's manual discusses a methodology that although specific for breaking cigarette addiction can be used for any substance problem. Hopefully Ms Franklin will add it to her list of helpful aids on her website. As a non-smoker who has no concrete way of determining if this method actual succeeds other than my intuitive reliance on the commonsense of it, I have gone ahead and given a copy of this book to an acquaintance who wants to quit--I will edit this review accordingly once she gives me her opinion on how the method worked. Recommended.
Diana Faillace Von Behren

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Cassius Cheong's Positively Quit Manual is the thinking person's guide to stop smoking. The Manual works best for smokers who are rational, open-minded and determined to quit for good. If this description fits you, you'll likely find it a useful tool to help you stop smoking for good. Visit for more details.

"Cassius Cheong has done a marvelous job of (1) identifying essential cognitive, behavioral, social/situational, and biological elements of the smoking habit, (2) distilling these down to very manageable proportions, then (3) turning it into a smoking cessation plan." -Dr. Carl G. Hindy, Clinical Psychologist, Nashua, NH

"Positively Quit Manual by Cassius Cheong is like a big gift in a small package. The little book has many nuggets of wisdom.  I recommend the book for smokers who want to quit positively."-Neharika Vohra, Ph.D, Social Psychology, Professor, Indian Institute of Management(edited by author)
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ISBN-10: 9810844891
ISBN-13: 978-9810844899
Author: Cassius Cheong
Publisher: Pulse Research

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