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Not a very good resource

  • Jul 4, 2010
I am neither a smoker nor have I ever smoked. However, many of my family members are smokers and nothing pains me more than to see them ruining their health and the health of those around them with this noxious habit. I would really like to help them and everyone else who may need assistance with quitting. In my opinion there cannot be enough publications out there that help people with quitting, and thankfully there have indeed been many books, pamphlets and websites that aid people in this pursuit. However, not all of those publications are equally reliable and effective in giving potential quitters relevant information. In particular, this short book does not seem like a very good resource and I would definitely not recommend it as a sole source of information on smoking cessation.

This book is essentially a 66 page double-spaced word document. Most of the book is taken up by the author's unconventional and idiosyncratic outlook on smoking dependance. Some of his claims seem to be supported by the independent research, but a closer look at the references reveals that most of them have not been published in peer reviewed journals. From what I have gathered, the actual "method" that he is promoting can be reduced to just a few pages of mostly very straightforward advice, like to make sure that you are not able to smoke for at least 24 hours when you start your quitting routine, and then keep at it. There are a few useful pieces of advice thrown in there, some of which may not be all that obvious, but overall this book doesn't seem like a worthwhile read, especially considering its price. If you are really serious about quitting smoking, there are many good websites and publications out there that can help you in this endeavor.

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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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