I bought this book a year before I read it. Like all smokers I always had a reason not to give up, I could always justify it, bad day at work, not a good time, but deep down I knew I was kidding myself.
My husband ended up quitting before me as he got the flu and could not breathe (a pretty good reason to quit!) Still I continued to justify my smoking, I did cut down and I now smoked outside but still Paul's book sat in the drawer.
Then one day I thought I would just have a quick listen to the cd - it wouldn't hurt to hear what Paul had to say, I had an open mind and this is all you need. I was hooked, everything he said was so true, the one statement that made the biggest impact was 'imagine waking up tomorrow and something wonderful has happened, you no longer smoke', I suddenly realised that would be wonderful and I really wanted this to happen to me. So out came the book and I worked my way through the programme. You must listen to the cd every day for 2 weeks at least. I would put it on before I went to bed, I must confess I fell asleep many times listening to Paul's relaxing voice. The book was really easy to follow and had me laughing several time especially when he listed smokers justification statements (had he been listening to me - I used them all!) I did all the exercises and they really work. Breaking the associations was hard but I solidiered on (the no smoking in public places does actually help). I gradually cut down to just 1 cigarette a day after about 3 weeks. I no longer took my cigarettes to work. I became an obsessive fruit eater for a few weeks much to the amusement of family and friends (still it was better that munching chocolate and sweeties!) My '1' cigarette did become 2 and then 3 again, so after a good bit of self talk I stopped it altogether, I knew those justifications were starting to creep back in again.
So I would definately recommend this book and cd, all you need is an open mind, it did take me a bit longer than Paul suggests, it was about 4 weeks from start to finish. But I have done it and I have not smoked for 2 months now, no patches, no gum, no witdrawals. I feel so much better already. However I have put weight on, not because of sweeties but just because I now eat properly (not just a coffee and a fag!), but I do now have the energy to do something about it.
So give it a go what's the worst that could happen? I am really proud of myself and so grateful to Paul for taking the time to put this programme together.