Stop smoking books: which ones help most?

On this blog we have discussed helpful internet sites, counseling formats and medications, but so far we havn’t yet discussed self-help books that are designed to help the reader to quit.

This past weekend I spent some time in Barnes and Noble checking out the self-help books for smoking cessation. One of the things that disappointed me about most of the books I saw was that they tended to be filled with inaccuracies. Most were also rather long and wordy, and lacking in good motivational images.

Allen Carr’s books are very popular, partly because they deliver a very clear message quite convincingly, and without being too concerned with whether all of the information is accurate. I liked his, “The Little Book of Quitting” because it distilled his main messages down into a very brief summary form.

Dr Terry Rustin has also written some excellent quit smoking books, including his original book, “Quit And Stay Quit.”

A number of the other books have a longer but nicely presented style, including the American Lung Associations “7 Steps To A Smoke-free Life,” and of course, “Quitting Smoking For Dummies” and “The Idiots Guide to Quitting Smoking,” which follow the usual style of those series.

Then there were a bunch of books with funny titles implying a slightly unusual “niche” method or making a rather improbable claim (e.g. “How To Quit Smoking Without Gaining Weight ” ). But my favorite among this bunch was David Jones’ “Yes, You Can Stop Smoking: Even If You Don’t Want To.” Seriously, that’s the title of the book!

So there are plenty of these books out there, and I havn’t the time to read them all! So I’d love to hear the views of those who have read some of these books. Which ones were helpful, and what was the most helpful thing about them?
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MA, MAppSci, PhD

Dr. Jonathan Foulds is an expert in the field of tobacco addiction.