College of Charleston

College of Charleston, a university dedicated to smoking cessation

Freedom from Nicotine

A Free Nicotine Dependency Recovery Seminar

Sunday, January 22, 2006, 3-5 pm

In Physician's Auditorium at the College of Charleston

Sponsored by the American Cancer Society

Free Seminar Quitting Booklets

You do not have to attend in order to obtain the quitting tips and lessons shared during this seminar. The following free documents collectively provide all nicotine dependency recovery insights presented during the program. We invite you to read, save, print and share them.

Education, health, civic and non-profit groups are invited to print and share any or all of the above documents, including adding your own cover, logo and message. Our only requests are that there never be any charge or cost to recipients and that all copyrights and attributions remain in place.

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"Freedom from Nicotine" Seminar

How has nicotine re-wired your brain? Why is it as permanent as alcoholism? Why does it end up costing half of all South Carolina adult smokers an average of 15.3 years of life?

Sadly, the answer is horribly simple. Fear of success is likely motivating you to avoid bringing your most potent weapon to bear upon the problem - your vastly superior intelligence. It's normal to lose sight of the calm and quit mind you once enjoyed. It's normal to not be able to imagine never smoking (or chewing) nicotine again. It's normal for those whose brains become dependent upon nicotine to be willing to trade 1 chemical for 5,000 sunrises, to deeply believe that life without nicotine wouldn't be worth living.

This is your invitation to learn that your fear was shared by every successful quitter, quitters who today would not trade places with you for a lifetime's supply of free nicotine. This is your chance to overcome your fear, to become an educated dreamer, and to discover that although it may feel like it early on, no part of you will be left behind.

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Expect your mind to build a shopping list of excuses as to why you should not attend. It's part of your dependency defenses. You may hear yourself saying "it's just too stressful right now, "the timing is bad," "I attended another program once and it's probably no different," "I'll attend a future program," or "if it's free it can't be worth much." Knowledge is power. We invite you to be brave, to turn on the lights.

Hosted by the College of Charleston's  Counseling and Substance Abuse Services and open to the general public, this two-hour free seminar will be presented on Sunday, January 22, 2006, from 3 - 5 p.m. in Physicians Auditorium.

Seminar Content: The onset of true chemical dependency is explored as nicotine imitated acetylcholine in exerting control over the flow of more than 200 neurochemicals, including select dopamine (reward), serotonin (mood) and adrenaline (stimulation) pathways. You'll discover how the brain defended against a flood of nicotine by growing millions of extra receptors and desensitizing critical brain pathways. You'll learn how to cope with and diminish the anxieties that can occur during the re-sensitization process.
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You'll receive a detailed road map of the timing and sequencing of both chemical withdrawal and psychological recovery, while exploring critical recovery topics such as crave episode frequency and duration, coping techniques, time distortion, blood sugar stabilization, the nicotine-caffeine interaction, nicotine-alcohol interactions, and overcoming the emotional loss. Conscious denial rationalizations, minimizations and blame transference are exposed, and weak quitting motivations are recast into sustainable motives.

Presenter: The seminar is presented by John R. Polito, a former thirty-year three-pack-a-day smoker and founder and editor of WhyQuit, the Internet's oldest abrupt nicotine cessation forum.

Registration: Pre-registration is unnecessary as we do not anticipate filling a 500 seat auditorium. In fact, we encourage you to bring along a supporter -- someone who will stand beside you for roughly ninety days -- so they might learn more about the phases, duration and challenges of the amazing journey you'll soon undertake. But if you'd like the certainty of reserving a seat or additional information please call Laura Lindroth, Health Educator at the College of Charleston at (843) 442-5522 () or John R. Polito at (843) 849-9721 ().

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The next College of Charleston seminar will be March 19, 2006

WhyQuit's basic "how to quit smoking" video

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Learn More About Smart Turkey Quitting

  •'s coffin - WhyQuit is the Internet's oldest forum devoted to the art, science and psychology of cold turkey quitting, the stop smoking method used by the vast majority of all successful long-term ex-smokers. Left to right, WhyQuit is organized under three headings: (1) Motivation, (2) Education and (3) Support.
  • "Never Take Another Puff" - Imagine a free 149 page stop smoking ebook that's registered more than 4 million downloads and was written by a man who has devoted 40 years, full-time to helping smokers quit. Never Take Another Puff (NTAP) was authored by Joel Spitzer, the Internet's leading authority on how to stop smoking cold turkey. It is an insightful collection of almost 100 articles on every cessation topic imaginable.
  • "Freedom from Nicotine - The Journey Home" - Written by John R. Polito, a former 30-year heavy smoker and WhyQuit's 1999 founder, Freedom from Nicotine (FFN) is a free nicotine dependency recovery book that documents the science underlying nicotine dependency and successful cessation. Visit Turkeyville, Facebook's most popular quit smoking support group!Whether hooked on cigarettes, e-cigarettes (e-cigs), bidis, kreteks, a pipe, hookah or cigars, on dip, chew, snuff or snus, or on the nicotine gum, lozenge, spray, inhaler or patch, FFN provides a comprehensive yet easy to follow road-map to freedom from nicotine.
  • Turkeyville - Visit Turkeyville, Facebook's most popular quit smoking support group. The group's primary focus is the first few days and helping new quitters get started. Yes you can!
  • Joel's Library - Joel's Library is home to Joel Spitzer's "Daily Quitting Lesson Guide." The Guide walks new quitters through the first two weeks of smoking cessation, recommending daily videos to watch and articles to read. Joel's Library is also home to more than 100 original short stop smoking articles, to his free ebook Never Take Another Puff, and to his collection of more than 200 video stop smoking lessons.
  • Nicotine Addiction 101 - WhyQuit's guide to understanding nicotine dependency.
  • Freedom's small link banner Freedom - Looking for a deadly serious and highly focused education oriented support group? Home to Joel Spitzer, Freedom is the Internet's only 100% nicotine-free peer messageboard support forum. Explore Freedom's hundreds of thousands of archived member posts on how to quit smoking.
  • Nicotine Cessation Topic Index - An alphabetical subject matter index to hundreds of nicotine cessation support group discussions, article and videos.
  • 40 Quitting Tips - Key cold turkey nicotine cessation tips on how to stop smoking, vaping, chewing or sucking nicotine into your body and bloodstream.

Knowledge is a Quitting Method!