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Friday, September 16, 2005
Charleston, South Carolina

Physicians Turning to Free
Patient Quit Smoking Resources

WhyQuit News - Friday, September 16, 2005

Imagine the tremendous physician frustration at watching 95% of patient attempts to quit smoking end in relapse within a year. Imagine twenty years of nicotine replacement therapy marketing telling your patients that NRT doubles their chances of quitting when your own empirical evidence tells you that it simply isn't true. It can feel like trying to swim upstream. Sadly, it gradually becomes easier for doctors not to ask patients about smoking than to deal with the answer.

The cover of Nicotine Dependency RecoveryIncreasingly physicians are turning to www.WhyQuit.com, the Internet's oldest free forum dedicated to abrupt nicotine cessation. Years of careful listening have taught them that "cold turkey" is the quitting method responsible for producing almost all long-term successful quitters. At WhyQuit they find a growing array of free quitting booklets that can be downloaded, printed and shared with patients.

The newest addition to the collection is an eight page patient handout called "Nicotine Dependency Recovery." The Recovery booklet opens by attacking two core smoker rationalizations: (1) that the patient has plenty of time left to quit, and (2) that the patient is not a "real" drug addict but has simply developed a "nasty little habit."

Page 2 of Nicotine Dependency RecoveryPage two contains graphic images of young smokers in their early 30s dying as they battle small cell lung cancer. Page three shatters the "nasty little habit" myth with a photo of the Canadian addiction warning label. The warning covers half of the front-face of random Canadian cigarette packs and reads, "Warning - Cigarettes are highly addictive - Studies have shown that tobacco can be harder to quit than heroin or cocaine."

The final five pages of the Recovery booklet contain a wide array of 48 quitting tips, the likes of which few physicians or smokers have ever seen. Contrary to official government quitting advice, WhyQuit does not encourage quitters "not be hard on themselves about slipping" or to "prepare to relapse." Instead it guarantees that any quitter who adheres to obeying the "law of addiction," in remaining 100% nicotine free, is guaranteed success during their next attempt.

Again, contrary to government advice, the booklet encourages quitters to confront, re-condition and extinguish subconscious smoking triggers instead of attempting to avoid or hide from them. It teaches that meeting, greeting and defeating each and every subconscious smoking cue, residing inside a mind suffering from serious yet normal cessation time distortion, is a mandatory part of healing and recovery.

Tips range from how to avoid unnecessary anxieties and symptoms associated with needless blood sugar swings and a rather amazing nicotine/caffeine interaction, to overcoming the natural emotional loss associated with ending a long and extremely dependable chemical relationship. Readers are taught the importance of preserving motivations and of quitting for themselves not others.

Patients receive lessons in avoiding quitting crutches while being provided effective crave coping techniques. They are given a basic recovery road map of the timing and sequencing of physiological changes, subconscious cue reconditioning, and expectations regarding overcoming years and mountains of conscious thoughts, memories and rationalizations about smoking.

The title page encourages physicians to add their name and logo to the bottom in taking credit for printing and distributing the booklet, but forbids any charge or cost to patients for receiving any of WhyQuit's free materials. The new booklet can be downloaded at www.whyquit.com/books where it is available in PDF and Word formats.

At the above link physicians will also find a free 149 page quitting book entitled "Never Take Another Puff." Written by Joel Spitzer of Chicago, very possibly the Babe Ruth/Henry Aaron of cessation clinic programs, it contains 95 short quitting articles on almost every cessation topic imaginable. Spitzer's electronic book and recent medical studies form the foundation for the tips contained in WhyQuit's new Recovery handout.

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  • WhyQuit.com's coffin bannerWhyQuit.com - 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.

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Article written September 16, 2009 and page last updated December 28, 2013 by John R. Polito