Who is the most popular stop smoking counselor, at least here in the United States? His free e-book "Never Take Another Puff" nearing three million downloads and his 64 free video and audio quitting lessons now there, a serious nominee for the title is Chicago's Joel Spitzer.
WhyQuit.com recorded 2,965,929 wmv or mp3 downloads since 2006, plus another 8,804 zipped mp3 downloads of the entire collection. Three videos uploaded to YouTube by a fan have received 26,430 plays, while Joel's YouTube Channel has had 16,471 viewings. The grand total, 3,017,634!
No marketing, entirely free, no commercials, cold turkey, nothing to buy, nothing being sold and he declines all donations. So who is Joel, why so popular and what's the catch? There is no catch. Word continues to spread that his quitting insights are empowering and that cold turkey is free, fast, safe and effective.
Joel Spitzer presented more than 325 six-session, thirteen-day live stop smoking clinics to over 4,500 participants between 1976 to 2007, and another 690 single-session prevention seminars to nearly 100,000 attendees. He arrived online in January 2000 where he immediately commenced sharing his life's work. Affectionately dubbed "Joel's Library," this still growing collection has allowed WhyQuit to maintain the #2 Google "quit smoking" ranking for most of the past decade.
Today, the Internet allows Joel and his work to connect with as many quitters in a single day as the total who attended his live clinics. For example, Freedom, WhyQuit's stop smoking support group, has averaged 4,092 unique visitors each day during the past three months, while WhyQuit has served 47,507 distinct hosts over the past 7 days.
"This is so pleasing to me," says Joel. "I could never have dreamt this. I had always basically tried to stay low key. I knew that the stand I was taking was kind of unpopular. When I first started out I was told, 'you can't do a cold turkey program because no one will show up!'"
But one fact has remained constant and undeniable since Joel's first clinic in 1976. Each year, more successful long-term ex-smokers quit smoking cold turkey than by all other quitting methods combined. And Joel has never shied from saying so.
"The vast majority of people who quit smoking have done so without ever hearing of me, without ever hearing of my program," says Joel. "The vast majority have done it on their own."
"We have more former smokers alive today than current smokers," he asserts. "Over half the people who used to smoke have quit. And this just cannot be said enough. One of my biggest complaints about experts in this particular field is that they try to downplay that at every level."
"It's almost like they're trying to say how important it is to come to their program because 'your chance of succeeding and quitting smoking are just so dismal, they're just so remote, and, gosh, if you meet someone who quit smoking on their own, that's just the exception to the rule,' and it's not," says Joel!
"It's the other way around. I just never want to be a person who helps perpetuate the idea that people have to go to programs to quit smoking."
It's that kind of straight talk that leaves smokers wondering how many other lies they've been sold, and what else Joel has to say about quitting.
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Joel's basic "how to quit smoking" video
Joel's 160+ Video Quit Smoking LessonsPlease note that since January 22, 2001, the date the above article was
written, Joel's collection of free videos has grown from 64 to more than 160!
The below lessons are presented in four formats: YouTube - extremely quick opening video clips hosted by YouTube; Dial-Up - as smaller video files for those with slower dial-up Internet connections; HS/BB - as larger higher quality videos for those with high speed or broadband Internet access; and MP3 - as audio files for use on MP3 players. All files except for YouTube videos will play on Windows Media Player. You can click on this icon to download a Windows Media Player.
Video Title You Tube Dial-Up HS/BB MP3 Length Added Introduction Introduction to Joel's stop smoking video library UTube 1.13mb 10.8mb 1.83mb 10:05 03/28/12 How to best utilize videos UTube None None None 06:17 03/29/12 Using these videos to quit smoking UTube 4.02mb 12.0mb 5.04mb 11:07 11/21/06 Smoking's Costs Money wasted on cigarettes UTube 1.93mb 6.19mb 2.72mb 06:03 10/18/06 Closet smokers UTube 05:45 08/16/12 The Palmolive bottle demonstration UTube 2.84mb 19.1mb 3.55mb 07:45 10/11/06 Learning how to inhale UTube 1.70mb 16.8mb 2.10mb 04:38 10/02/06 "I Don't Want To See Any Scary Pictures" UTube 09:43 08/24/12 Heart and circulatory diseases UTube 2.81mb 5.93mb 8.82mb 19:18 11/03/06 Lung cancer UTube 3.04mb 6.55mb 8.58mb 18:48 11/05/06 How smoking destroys the lungs UTube 1.55mb 4.59mb 1.87mb 04:13 11/27/06 Feel what it is like to breathe with emphysema UTube 08:47 10/30/11 Kids just don't get it UTube 11:47 08/07/11 Premature deaths caused by smoking UTube 1.84mb 3.62mb 5.72mb 12:33 11/06/06 Addiction to Smoking Nicotine You smoke because you're a smokeaholic UTube 03:41 09/13/12 Why do smokers smoke? UTube 2.65mb 5.70mb 8.31mb 18:08 11/07/06 Addiction - the Surgeon General says ... UTube 4.42mb 13.2mb 5.49mb 12:00 10/09/06 Criteria of addiction UTube 4.09mb 12.2mb 5.09mb 11:06 10/09/06 "Maybe a puff isn't that big of a deal UTube 06:23 08/22/12 "Don't let a slip put you back to using"? UTube 08:11 08/09/12 The lucky ones get hooked UTube 09:35 11/30/11 "Get right back in the saddle?" UTube 04:53 10/07/12 "I don't need to smoke" UTube 3.86mb 11.5mb 4.75mb 10:29 11/09/06 "What should I call myself?" UTube 07:54 08/04/12 Are there social smokers? UTube 15:56 10/29/11 "Why did I ever start smoking?" UTube 08:19 09/27/11 "Why did I ever start smoking?" (old version) UTube 1.23mb 12.1mb 1.54mb 03:22 09/27/06 People in recovery from other addictions UTube 3.24mb 9.68mb 4.00mb 08:50 11/20/06 Quit Smoking Methods, Products and Programs Who should you believe? UTube 01:49 09/11/12 Is cold turkey the only way to quit smoking? UTube 08:40 08/12/12 Cold turkey quitting defined UTube 15:52 03/01/12 How did the people you know quit smoking? UTube 1.90mb 18.8mb 2.34mb 05:10 09/27/06 "I Liked My Other Clinic More" UTube 07:51 08/25/12 What programs do I recommend? UTube 07:10 11/09/12 Being locked up to quit smoking UTube 06:31 01/06/11 "Am I doomed to fail if I don't get professional help?" UTube 06:47 01/06/11 Quitting by gradual withdrawal UTube 2.35mb 7.54mb 3.25mb 07:13 10/18/06 My first encounter with NRT UTube 3.99mb 16.1mb 6.66mb 14:37 11/16/06 Be prepared for confusing information UTube 07:28 10/04/12 WhyQuit's candid views about Chantix (and Champix) UTube 17.8mb 53.3mb 22.0mb 48:16 10/19/07 Our views on the need for harm reduction UTube 06:31 10/05/12 E-cigarettes and harm reduction UTube 29:45 09/18/11 First television ads for e-cigarettes UTube 06:02 11/06/12 Use Rationalizations "I know I will quit again" UTube 11:13 09/28/12 "Smoking benefits?" UTube 03:40 09/20/12 Fear of quitting smoking UTube 4.09mb 12.3mb 5.04mb 11:08 11/11/06 "I will quit when ..." UTube 05:44 08/06/11 "I don't want to quit smoking" UTube 6.52mb 19.5mb 8.09mb 17:40 10/11/06 "I smoke because I like smoking" UTube 09:42 10/29/11 "I'm not buying cigarettes" UTube 03:29 10/11/11 "I'll smoke anywhere I want" UTube 2.74mb 8.74mb 3.94mb 08:44 10/18/06 "I can't drink alcohol without a cigarette" UTube 1.36mb 13.4mb 1.67mb 03:43 09/27/06 "I'm safe from smoking because of my genetic makeup" UTube 3.45mb 10.3mb 4.26mb 09:24 11/24/06 "I can't quit or I won't quit"? UTube 6.33mb 28.6mb 10.15mb 22:15 10/16/06 "I can't quit smoking because I'm addicted" UTube 09:05 08/16/12 "I'll be a nervous wreck forever if I quit smoking" UTube 3.87mb 11.6mb 4.77mb 10:30 11/29/06 "I have to smoke when I talk on the phone" UTube 2.77mb 27.6mb 3.43mb 07:30 09/27/06 "I'll never be as productive again if I quit smoking" UTube 2.95mb 08.8mb 63.mb 08:01 11/24/06 Using cigarettes to self medicate pre-existing conditions UTube 06:02 08/29/11 Amount smoked UTube 08:50 08/04/12 "I know I am going to gain weight if I quit smoking!" UTube 4.82mb 14.4mb 5.94mb 13:05 11/28/06 "I'm not joining this clinic" UTube 4.62mb 13.8mb 5.73mb 12:33 09/27/06 Waiting to bottom out UTube 05:18 09/07/12 Quitting is more doable than most people think UTube 01:43 09/09/12 How to Stop How to quit smoking UTube 13:47 09/15/12 The Law of Addiction UTube 11:19 08/06/12 One day at a time UTube 03:45 08/15/12 Make a list of why you want to quit smoking UTube 2.26mb 6.76mb 2.77mb 06:09 11/22/06 Quitting often results in healthier looking skin UTube 03:53 09/27/12 Smoking triggers UTube 07:43 08/09/12 Avoid blood sugar symptoms UTube 2.03mb 20.1mb 2.51mb 05:31 09/28/06 Possible changes in caffeine tolerance UTube 05:11 09/24/12 Carrying cigarettes UTube 1.85mb 5.70mb 3.02mb 06:39 10/17/06 Acknowledge the negativ but dwell on the positive UTube 13:09 08/27/12 Telling others that you have quit smoking UTube 2.53mb 7.58mb 4.07mb 08:57 10/17/06 The Recovery Process What is withdrawal really like? UTube 06:48 10/29/12 Going back to normal after quitting smoking UTube 10:08 10/24/11 "I Feel 100% Better Since I Quit Smoking" UTube 08:40 08/23/12 The first Monday morning UTube 03:21 09/21/12 Predestined bad days UTube 05:15 12/01/11 Dreams of smoking UTube 2.38mb 7.10mb 2.92mb 06:28 11/10/06 The emotional stages of loss UTube 3.05mb 30.4mb 3.78mb 08:18 09/28/06 New reactions to anger UTube 09:15 08/09/12 Does everything smell and taste better after you quit smoking? UTube 04:36 08/16/12 "How long before I don't want a cigarette?" UTube 05:25 08/14/12 Difference between physical and psychological urges UTube 10:00 10/08/12 "Will I ever stop thinking of cigarettes?" UTube 3.97mb 11.9mb 4.89mb 10:47 11/20/06 Comparing quits with others UTube 09:54 01/06/11 Unexpected benefit after quitting UTube 07:45 10/12/11 Incorporating exercise after quitting UTube 03:55 09/21/12 Weight control concerns after quitting smoking UTube 9.13mb 21.9mb 20.07mb 43:56 11/14/06 Change of season triggers UTube 04:23 09/21/12 Holidays that result in three day weekends UTube 09:29 08/31/12 Quitting may lead to other self-improvements UTube 1.13mb 11.2mb 1.40mb 03:07 10/02/06 Common Recovery Pitfalls Setting quit dates UTube 10:53 08/30/12 "I want one!" UTube 1.01mb 5.36mb 2.48mb 05:33 10/18/06 Just think of something else? UTube 01:59 09/12/12 Quitting for others UTube 05:46 11/05/11 "Should I find a quit smoking buddy?" UTube 07:46 01/06/11 "I've got my smoking under control" UTube 06:01 10/06/12 Crutches to quit smoking UTube 16:47 11/27/11 "What bad habit should I replace it with?" UTube 1.86mb 18.4mb 2.30mb 05:04 10/02/06 "I gave up smoking" UTube 02:05 10/10/12 "No thank you, I can't have a cigarette" UTube 03:55 10/10/12 Offers for cigarettes UTube 06:34 08/03/12 Finding cigarettes UTube 05:17 08/03/12 Talking to others about not smoking UTube 5.60mb 16.8mb 6.92mb 15:13 11/19/06 "I know I will quit smoking!" UTube 2.37mb 23.5mb 2.98mb 06:30 09/29/06 Getting colds and flus after quitting UTube 1.46mb 11.1mb 4.57mb 10:04 11/18/06 Avoiding situations where you used to smoke UTube 4.67mb 13.9mb 5.75mb 12:39 11/29/06 Dealing with people who try to undercut your quit UTube 6.52mb 19.5mb 8.05mb 17:42 11/12/06 Recovery Symptoms "Is anyone else experiencing the symptom ...?" UTube 07:40 09/07/12 "Is this a symptom of quitting smoking?" UTube 1.91mb 18.9mb 2.36mb 05:13 09/27/06 "Is this a symptom of quitting smoking?" [Part 2] UTube 11:33 07/22/11 Common symptoms UTube 2.18mb 21.6mb 2.69mb 05:55 09/28/06 Does smoking cause my headaches? UTube 2.69mb 07.4mb 3.95mb 08:32 03/21/07 Relapse Prevention and Complacency Never Take Another Puff UTube 04:23 10/12/12 "I'm mad that I can't smoke anymore!" UTube 08:01 10/02/12 If this is your first time quitting UTube 01:39 19/10/12 Is relapse a natural part of the quitting process? UTube 13:14 11/29/11 Can second hand smoke cause relapse? UTube 09:50 08/28/12 Neither side is perfect UTube 02:23 10/01/12 "Got through New Years! Boy, I deserve a cigarette for that!" UTube 06:32 01/01/12 Terrible 3s UTube 07:52 10/15/11 Short funny story UTube 04:05 10/14/11 Be prepared for holiday triggers UTube 11:02 11/24/11 Life goes on without smoking UTube 08:12 12/15/11 Watching others smoke UTube 09:33 10/13/11 Who wants to go back to smoking? UTube 2.61mb 25.9mb 3.22mb 07:05 09/28/06 "I don't feel any better since I quit smoking!" UTube 3.18mb 31.6mb 3.94mb 08:39 09/28/06 "I'll come for reinforcement when I need it" UTube 3.83mb 11.5mb 4.73mb 10:24 11/08/06 "I am climbing the walls because I quit smoking" UTube 2.69mb 8.59mb 3.78mb 08:23 10/18/06 What is your quit smoking mantra? UTube 8.60mb 14.0mb 5.79mb 12:47 11/17/06 "If I relapse I'll smoke until it kills me" UTube 1.58mb 04.4mb 2.37mb 05:11 02/25/07 Longer-term quitters who say they are having "Bad Days" UTube 08:07 08/13/12 The only time I think of smoking is when I get one of your stupid letters UTube 3.16mb 09.5mb 3.87mb 08:36 11/27/06 An important choice must be made today UTube 02:06 11/06/12 Complacency UTube 05:23 08/14/12 Helping Others Quit Helping others quit UTube 10:22 08/06/12 No one understands UTube 12:58 08/16/12 Videos Specific to Our Support Group Freedom Are you ready for Freedom? UTube 12:07 01/19/11 Why Freedom is a cold turkey site UTube 09:10 01/08/11 Teaching of conventional wisdom UTube 08:45 08/29/12 Why Freedom discourages "buddy systems" UTube 05:07 01/06/11 Quit site euphemisms that we discourage the use of at Freedom UTube 06:31 09/05/12 Reading at other quit sites UTube 04:01 09/13/12 Sharing our materials at other quit sites UTube 03:36 09/13/12 New Year's Message for Newer Members and Readers UTube 10:32 12/31/10 New Year's Message for Longer Term Members UTube 03:51 12/31/10 Freedom's Quarterly Stats UTube 03:40 12/30/10 About My Work and Materials How I started running quit smoking clinics UTube 3.87mb 38.6mb 4.80mb 10:32 09/28/06 Why my resources are free UTube 05:09 08/06/12 A smoking cessation expert? UTube 15:27 03/30/12 Where is Joel? UTube 04:11 03/01/12 Comments made to Joel's YouTube channel UTube 06:39 04/13/12 Two hundred thousandth video view on YouTube UTube 05:34 09/25/12
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