For many, the beginning of a new year (and in this case a new decade!) is an occasion for starting afresh, for launching new projects, for embracing new approaches to healthful living.
If you’re a woman who smokes or has recently quit, and especially if you’re one who cares passionately about looking and feeling your best, I hope it’s your time to become – not just an ex-smoker, someone who has subtracted tobacco from her life, but truly a nonsmoker, someone who has figured out how to use the process of quitting as a springboard to achieving higher levels of comfort, confidence, and awareness.
In my new book, Life After Cigarettes: Why Women Smoke and How to Quit, Look Great and Manage your Weight, I call this “the chic of quitting.” Drawing on my twenty-plus years as Director of the Nicotine Research Laboratory at the University of Michigan, I have done my best to translate my own findings and those of others into words that will both teach and inspire you to achieve this goal.
My own New Year’s project is this blog. I will use it to communicate the latest research findings and to offer new suggestions for managing your weight, feeling good, and looking great. I hope you will share your journey with me and with others traveling the same path. I look forward to reading about your successes and setbacks, and about your discoveries along the way.
Cynthia S. Pomerleau, Ph.D., is currently research professor emerita in the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry. From 1985 to 2009 she served as director of the Nicotine Research Laboratory, where much of her research focused on the impact of smoking on women. 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.