- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 8, 2000

Books

• "Quit Smoking for Good: A Supportive Program for Permanent Smoking Cessation," by Andrea Baer, Crossing Press, 1998. A former smoker details how she quit smoking, focusing on emotional support and behavioral preparation.

• "American Lung Association's 7 Steps to a Smoke-Free Life," by Edwin B. Fisher with Toni Goldfarb, John Wiley & Sons, 1998. This book explains the steps smokers must take to quit, including motivation, preparation and tips on staying smoke free.

• "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Quitting Smoking," by Dr. Lowell Kleinman, McMillan, 2000. This simple book looks at cessation tools, the pros and cons of nicotine replacement and why quitting hurts.

• "Help Your Smoker Quit: A Radically Happy Strategy for Nonsmoking Parents, Kids, Spouses and Friends," by Jack Gebhardt, Fairview Press, 1998. This book discusses ways family members can be supportive of a smoker's efforts to quit.

• "You Can Stop Smoking," by Jacquelyn Rogers, Pocket Books, 1998. The founder of Smokenders describes a four-week program for quitting.

Associations

• American Lung Association, 1749 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10019. Phone: 212/315-8700. Web site: (www.lungusa.org). This organization has data and statistics on smoking and lung ailments as well as the latest research, special events and publications. The ALA also can direct you to a smoking-cessation program in your area.

• American Cancer Society, 1875 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20009. Phone: 202/483-2600. Web site: (www.cancer.org). In addition to publications and news, the ACS has a smoking-cessation program (called Freshstart) with groups meeting nationwide.

On line

• Sponsored by the Boston University School of Public Health, Quitnet (www.quitnet.org) is an extensive site offering tools, tips and expert advice for smoking cessation. It also features chats and bulletin boards.

• A site created by former smokers, Quitsmokingsupport.com (www.quitsmokingsupport.com) offers research news, links, bulletin boards, chats and success stories for those trying to quit.

Locally

• Most area hospitals offer smoking-cessation programs, which include peer support, counseling and medical supervision. Contact the one closest to you for more information.

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