We are a cold turkey nicotine cessation forum. Key to permanent abstinence is understanding and acceptance of the Law of Addiction. Our primary objective is to motivate, educate and support successful nicotine cessation. Our primary focus is to assist new quitters through peak withdrawal, the first 3 days of recovery.
Why are we a cold turkey site? Because we know that educated cold turkey recovery works. Cold turkey is the method that each year generates more long-term successful ex-users than all other methods combined (Doran 2006 and July 2013 Gallup Poll). Cold turkey has prevailed over approved quitting products in nearly all real-world quitting method surveys conducted to date (Polito 2012). If serious about breaking nicotine's grip upon your life, and you think that we are right for you, join us!
RULE COMPLIANCE - Continuing membership in WhyQuit's Facebook group is conditioned upon compliance with the below group Rules, and violation may result in permanent loss group messaging privileges.
THIS IS A COLD TURKEY NICOTINE CESSATION GROUP - WhyQuit's Facebook group is exclusively for cold turkey quitters. We define cold turkey as those who started their current quit attempt cold turkey, without use of any quitting product or procedure or use of e-cigarettes.
Quitting products include but are not limited to: NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy products - the nicotine patch, nicotine gum, nicotine lozenge, spray or inhaler) Zyban or Wellbutrin (bupropion), Chantix or Champix (varenicline), herbs, and herbal or electronic cigarettes whether nicotine-free or not. Quitting procedures include but are not limited to: acupuncture, laser therapy, hypnosis or injections.
The only exceptions to the above are: (1) those who have used NRT or e-cigarettes for at least 6 months, and now realize that NRT or the e-cigarette simply transferred their delivery system for nicotine, and who are now quitting NRT or e-cigarettes cold turkey; and (2) those who were prescribed bupropion for reasons other than quitting.
MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS CONTINUE - Use of any product or procedure after joining, which would have prohibited membership at the time of joining, will result in loss of group messaging privileges.
NO MEDICAL ADVICE - Members may not solicit or render medical advice, nor invite members to comment on the appropriateness of treatment or medications. While the site openly shares information regarding symptoms commonly experienced during withdrawal and recovery, no member can know for certain whether any symptom being experienced by a member is or is not related to quitting. If you have any question in your mind regarding any lingering health concern, including depression or mental health, seek medical assistance. If not satisfied with your physician's advice seek a second opinion. We are not physicians or doctors but students and teachers of nicotine cessation.
NO MESSAGES CONTRARY TO PHYSICIAN ADVICE - Facebook messaging privileges shall be immediately terminated if a member posts or notifies management that their doctor or health care provider advises them not to quit smoking at this time, or to follow a quitting plan other than cold turkey. Allowing any member to remain following such a disclosure would mean that this forum is acting contrary to the physician's advice. WhyQuit's Facebook group exists to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a site visitor or member and his/her physician. Do not rely upon any information at this site to replace individual consultations with your doctor or other qualified health care provider.
NO SMOKING SUBSTITUTE QUITTING AIDS - Whether herbal or nicotine-free, use of any inhalation product or device as a substitute for the act of smoking is prohibited. WhyQuit's Facebook group is an abrupt cessation site both as to the physical and psychological aspects of dependency. Substitutes can mimic and prolong psychological dependency. Additionally, some inhalation products claiming to be nicotine-free have been found to contain nicotine.
NO MEDICATION, HERB, EXERCISE OR DIETING RECOMMENDATIONS - Members are not permitted to render advice or make recommendations on these topics. If you have specific health concerns, medication or herb questions, or need exercise or dieting assistance, please seek the assistance of qualified professionals. WhyQuit's Facebook group is a nicotine cessation forum staffed entirely by cessation educators who are not physicians, pharmacists or dietitians.
HURT FEELINGS - MEMBER ATTACKS - Words on a screen are not always received in the same spirit and tone as intended. Most of us are not professional writers or skilled communicators. If you ever feel hurt, offended or concerned by any member message either message the member privately for clarification or contact Staff at Facebook@WhyQuit.com.
OPINION DEBATES - WhyQuit's Facebook group is a nicotine-free cold turkey support group. We know who we are! This group is for giving and receiving support. It is not a place to engage in debate over our approach to cessation, or any other topic that would tend to divide or weaken the group's primary mission, to help members remain nicotine-free today.
RELIGIOUS REFERENCES - WhyQuit's Facebook group members come from the world stage where, whether we like it or not, serious religious conflicts divide people, nations and regions. Religious divisions and debate are contrary to the unity and focus needed to foster the unconditional group cohesiveness required to meet the education and support needs of all members. While members are free to mention or thank God or a higher power, references that identify a particular religion or that reference specific religious teachings are not permitted.
PROFANITY - WhyQuit's Facebook group is a family channel with teens and children around the world being encouraged to visit and learn what nicotine dependency is all about. Neither profanity nor implied profanity (missing letters) will be permitted. In marketing this group as a youth dependency teaching tool, our definition of profanity is rather broad. Generally, if you would question or hesitate using the word while addressing a large group of ten-year-olds then we ask that you refrain from using it here.
ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS - WhyQuit is a drug addiction recovery site. Some of our members have multiple drug dependencies which they may or may not have under arrest. Celebratory use references to alcohol or other drugs are not permitted. For example, we do not toast success at ending nicotine use by references to consumption of alcohol.
PERSONAL ISSUES - If any member ever feels that their quit is threatened by a factual situation then feel free to share the basic facts in your request for help. Posting details associated with personal issues, relationships, or controversial lifestyle choices or that express personal opinions on such issues as religion, gambling, drinking, drug use, marital problems, premarital or extramarital affairs, sexual orientation, sex, gun control, child rearing problems, caring for the elderly, politics, and a host of other real life issues, does nothing to promote the group's mission and is not appropriate. Such real life issues exist for all of group members. No one should ever feel that their inability to air such issues will in any way impede his or her ability to stay nicotine-free.
GENERAL SOCIALIZATION - WhyQuit's Facebook group is reserved for giving and receiving nicotine cessation support and not for general socialization or unrelated chatter. Every message should reflect the seriousness and importance of arresting our dependency and ending our self-destruction. There are thousands of fun sites on the Internet that are centered around socializing. This group is not a place to celebrate the birthdays of members or to celebrate hundreds of national or religious holidays. Please help us keep this group a serious and supportive site that remains focused exclusively on the topic of freedom from nicotine.
SOLICITING OR SPAMMING - RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PROGRAMS, TAPES , BOOKS OR PRODUCTS - MENTIONING PRODUCT NAMES - Even though often well intended these practices are prohibited. WhyQuit's Facebook group is a totally free site with no purchases necessary. No message may contain any product brand names or any product recommendations. However, in that we are a nicotine dependency recovery forum, members may use nicotine, tobacco or cessation product brand names.
USING OFFSITE LINKS OR POSTING ANY CONTENT FROM OTHER SITES - Sharing of links to WhyQuit articles, Joel's Library articles or videos, Joel's YouTube videos, or to Freedom from Nicotine or Ask Joel threads is highly encouraged. Members are encouraged to clear all other external links with the group's managers at Facebook@WhyQuit.com prior to sharing. Any shared link in which the content shared violates any of these Rules will be deleted.
SUPPORT - A support group is a two way street of both giving and receiving. There is no support without givers. It feels great when a post of support is acknowledged.
CRISIS POSTING - Post to the group should you ever feel that your recovery is threatened. Don't head for an ashtray, a pack, tin, pouch, NRT, e-cigarette, any nicotine delivery device, another user or a store. Head for the group and share a quick and simple post seeking help. Also, once the threat has passed be sure to immediately post back so that members are not left with the false impression that your crisis continues. Our group's messages should reflect the true current state of affairs.
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thanks in advance for adhering to the group's rules.
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