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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Thursday, November 28, 2013
Charleston, South Carolina
Contact: John R. Polito (843) 797-3234

Cold turkey cure for Thanksgiving smoking

by John R. Polito

Lied to by the pharmaceutical industry for decades, what better day than Thanksgiving to teach smokers the truth about quitting methods and how most succeed?

Visitors to Nicorette.com are slammed with the assertion that Nicorette nicotine gum will "Double Your Chances of Quitting." Visitors to the cold turkey quitting site WhyQuit.com learn the truth, that 30 years and billions spent on marketing, that a July 2013 Gallup Poll found that only 1 in 100 ex-smokers credit nicotine gum for their success.

quit smoking smart turkeyCommon sense screams that it's impossible for the brain to adjust to functioning without nicotine while it continues to arrive.

As found by the Gallup Poll, when combined, approved quitting products such as Nicorette, Nicoderm, Nicotrol, Habitrol, Commit, Zyban and Chantix account for only a tiny fraction of all successful ex-smokers, just 1 out of 12 (8 percent). But did those 8 percent quit because of having toyed with dopamine pathway stimulating chemicals or in spite of it?

How do most quitters succeed? As documented by the Poll, more smokers quit smoking cold turkey than by all other methods combined.

I submit that false quitting product marketing is worse than simply constituting a deceptive trade practice or consumer fraud. The tail isn't only wagging the dog, it's killing it.

Quitting product makers such as GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer cannot tell smokers the truth. Their websites keep secret mounting evidence that the nicotine gum, patch, lozenge, inhaler, spray, and prescription medications (bupropion and varenicline) undercut a smoker's long-term chances of quitting, that placebo-controlled clinical trials were not blind as claimed and reflect junk science at its worst, that years spent toying with replacement nicotine is costing lives.

Trust your natural instincts. Whether a light or heavy smoker, cold turkey is substantially more effective than approved products.

Most smokers have never tried smart turkey. Imagine becoming smarter than your addiction is strong. Imagine knowledge and understanding destroying quitting fears and the anxieties they breed.

Nicotine addiction is a brain wanting disorder in which nicotine compromised dopamine pathways assign nicotine use the same priority as they assign to eating food. There is only one rule to successful quitting. It's called the Law of Addiction.

Cold turkey quitting is vastly more do-able than pharmaceutical industry marketing suggests. It's fast too. The body becomes nicotine-free and moves beyond peak withdrawal within 72 hours of ending all use. Most withdrawal symptoms are blood sugar related and avoidable. As for cue triggered crave episodes, they normally begin to subside within 3 minutes but time distortion or panic can make them feel longer.

Why fear coming home for Thanksgiving? Recovery is a temporary journey of readjustment that leads to entire days where you never once think about wanting to smoke nicotine. And there is no need to go it alone.

WhyQuit.com receives 2.2 million annual visitors and is dedicated to cold turkey quitting. WhyQuit offers two free quitting books, "Freedom from Nicotine - The Journey Home" and "Never Take Another Puff," more than 200 cold turkey quitting videos, and two cold turkey support groups, Turkeyville on Facebook and Freedom, a Yuku messageboard.

According to the CDC, "the life expectancy for smokers is at least 10 years shorter than for nonsmokers." That's at least 10 Thanksgivings where your smoking friends won't be celebrating with you.

If one of our friends had an illness that was slowly destroying them, would we have the courage to point them in the right direction, to motivate them to seek help? Knowledge isn't just power, it's a quitting method. Please share this article with them. Together we can make a difference!

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Written November 28, 2013 and updated June 7, 2015 by John R. Polito