Life After Cigarettes: Why Women Smoke and How to Quit, Look Great, and Manage Your Weight

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You can live –and live well– without cigarettes

You want to do it. You know you should do it. But especially if you’re a woman, you also know how hard quitting cigarettes can be. If you’ve tried to quit before and experienced weight gain, sadness, or other distressing symptoms, you may have decided to quit quitting.

Or maybe you’re already a former smoker, but you’re not quite satisfied with the way you look ...

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Overview

You can live –and live well– without cigarettes

You want to do it. You know you should do it. But especially if you’re a woman, you also know how hard quitting cigarettes can be. If you’ve tried to quit before and experienced weight gain, sadness, or other distressing symptoms, you may have decided to quit quitting.

Or maybe you’re already a former smoker, but you’re not quite satisfied with the way you look and feel. You wish you could somehow go back and get it right.

After two decades of research with women smokers and former smokers, Dr. Cynthia S. Pomerleau knows about the unique, multilayered nature of women’s relationship to cigarettes. Here, with real world understanding and comprehensive knowledge of current scientific findings, she offers the insights, tools and hope you’ll need to make that crucial transition.

Pomerleau wants every woman who smokes to become –and remain– a nonsmoker who feels good and looks great, but she also knows that one-size-fits-all prescriptions, scare tactics and “Just stop!” lectures don’t work for most women. Instead, she empowers you to manage your weight and mood without cigarettes replace the comfort of cigarettes with true self-care create your own personal quitting style look better and feel more confident than ever before

You’ll also find stories of other women who’ve been there, tips for handling partner and family relationships as you change, and information on how medications can help you reach your goal. Pomerleau proves that there is life after cigarettes –and that you can live it.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897935258
  • Publisher: Hunter House, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 1,457,451
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 4.70 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia S. Pomerleau, Ph.D., worked in the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry from 1985 to 2009 as a research professor and as director of the Nicotine Research Laboratory, where much of her research focused on the impact of smoking on women (e.g., menstrual cycle effects, postcessation weight gain, depression). She is the author of more than a hundred articles and book chapters on smoking and a contributor to the 2001 Surgeon General’s Report on Women and Smoking. Prior to training in psychology and neuroscience, she had a varied career characterized by a long-standing interest in women's issues. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on autobiographies of English women in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries at the University of Pennsylvania and subsequently directed an Oral History Project on Women Physicians at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. She lives in Ann Arbor and Empire, Michigan, with her husband and collaborator, Ovide Pomerleau.

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  • Posted February 8, 2010

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    An excellent resource

    As an RN and a recovering smoker I am always interested in material on how to quite the habit. It has been my experience that most of the "How to Quit" material is sadly lacking. This is not, however, true with Cynthia Pomerleau's fine little book "Life After Cigarettes".

    The main thing that sets this book apart from the others is the author's willingness to talk about the elephant in the living room; cigarettes are an effective method of weight control. The weight gain that follows quitting is a major factor in the high remission rate of quitters. This is especially difficult for females in this culture of hyper body awareness.

    Dr. Pomerleau outlines a total program of diet, exercise and medication that are the tools for the lifestyle changes that are the basis for changing any major dependency. But most of all she provides insight into the process of going from being a smoker to being a non smoker.

    The book includes an extensive section of additional reading and resources.

    Overall this is a wonderful asset for the woman who wants to quit smoking and contains enough good general material to be of help to a male reader as well. I would recommend this to any smoker and especially to the women who smoke.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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