Here's What's New
As time permits, the Chapters from John's book are being converted into HTML topic articles. The articles will be linked together from beginning to end. Here are the first articles:
Thanks to M.Violante, another volunteer translator, the first of hopefully many HTML translations of Joel's articles has arrived.
Whether ready to quit yet or not, it's an opportunity to learn successful quitting's only rule
Is ESPN using its magazine to intentionally flood your child's school with cigarette, tobacco and nicotine advertising?
Smoking cessation hopelessly lost, it's totally appropriate that the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) is being held in the desert.
The bottom line is, NRT doesn't work, is undercutting successful quitting and costing lives.
A press release featuring Joel's new New Year's resolution video.
No download necessary for this free online stop smoking meter statistics calculator which tracks time since you quit, cigarettes not smoked, and money and life saved since quitting.
John's 2001 crave coping thread at Freedom entitled "Embracing Crave Episodes" has been updated and added to WhyQuit.
A 2000 relapse prevention article by Joel explaining why thoughts about wanting to smoke can seem worse weeks or months after quitting has been added to Joel's Library.
While smoking is suspected of causing additional cancers and diseases, Figure 1.1A of the 2014 Surgeon General's Report shows the cancers and chronic diseases that we know with medical certainty are caused by cigarette smoking.
What better excuse to reach out to addicted friends and loved ones and invite them to spend a few minutes exploring the planet's #1 nicotine dependency recovery site than World No Tobacco Day? We invite you to invite them by using one or more of the following images as your social media profile, cover, message or blog image. Together, just one smoker at a time, we can and are making a difference:
Imagine Philip Morris or British American Tobacco sponsoring national spelling bees in the U.S. or England. India's leading cigarette maker is ITC Limited and it is doing just that.
Has your smoking resulted in colorectal cancer or macular degeneration, or has some serious smoking related harm resulted despite e-cigarette or little cigar use? If so, the take a look at these other requirements as the CDC may be looking for you.
A new motivational YouTube video which shares WhyQuit victim photos.
Imagine President Obama declaring he's 95% cured while continuing to be addicted to regular mandatory nicotine feedings. When will our leaders have the courage to talk about the root cause of our nation's #1 killer? Sadly, from the first U.S. Surgeon General's report of Dr. Terry 50 years ago, to President Obama today, a lack of dependency and cessation honesty due to dependency denial continues to be smoking's greatest killer."
Australia may soon boast the world's highest cigarette prices, most frightening and colorless cigarette packs, and the world's worst government quitting advice.
The American Cancer Society, founder of the Great American Smokeout, falsely suggests to smokers that most successful ex-smokers quit smoking by use of nicotine replacment therapy (NRT) products or approved medications. It does so while accepting donations from pharma companies who make those products.
John's November 19 BMJ letter suggests that NRT studies are sham and that NRT is costing lives. "Despite 39 years and billions spent on marketing, only one in 100 US ex-smokers credit nicotine gum for their success, with all approved products combined accounting for only 8% of successful cessation. How much closer to consumer fraud can approved products get?"
Is the "Be Marlboro" Maybe marketing campaign targeting children and teenagers for addiction to smoking nicotine? A 1991 Philip Morris archetype study strongly suggests that it is.
PMI's 2013 annual report is troubling. Apparently the Marlboro Man has been retired in favor of a new "Maybe" campaign that taps into a teenager's dreams of a wonderful life. PMI boasts that the campain is effective, and that means one thing, that teens are getting hooked at an accelerated rate. If "Maybe" Marlboro advertisements are appearing in your country (I've seen none as yet here in the U.S.) we'd greatly appreciate you sending high resolution photos to firstname.lastname@example.org, indicating the date and location each photo were taken, and we'll share them online with the world. Sincere thanks in advance.
Many are trying to convince smokers that it's simply too hard to quit, that they are hopelessly hooked and should give up on "real" quitting. While true that there is no more deadly nicotine delivery vehicle than cigarettes, it's also true that fully arresting your addiction is vastly more do-able and far more wonderful than your wanting for that next fix suggests.
A letter to President Obama, an addicted Nicorette nicotine gum users, encouraging him to investigate U.S. nicotine smoking cessation policy and the lies government health officals are telling to smokers about how to quit smoking.
Imagine a focus makeover for the UK National Health Service's (NHS) 2nd annual October Stoptober quit smoking campaign. Instead of making the pharmaceutical industry richer by purchasing "free" yet highly ineffective replacement nicotine for all, imagine transforming Stoptober into Smarttober and encouraging England's smokers to become more dependency recovery savvy than smoked nicotine's influence upon their brain.
There may never been a more courageous ex-smoker than 53 year-old Terrie Linn Hall, the 13-year cold turkey quitter and laryngectomee made famous by the CDC's March 2012 Tips from Former Smokers campaign.
All experts agree, nicotine is highly addictive. But what does "highly" and "addictive" mean?
The latest version of FFN-TJH, John R. Polito's free pdf book is now available here at WhyQuit. The new edition is also available in paperback and Kindle versions through Amazon.
A 2013 Gallup Poll finds that 92% of successful ex-smokers did not use the nicotine patch, gum, Zyban, Chantix or Champix, that most quit smoking cold turkey.
Membership at WhyQuit's Facebook quit smoking support group Turkeyville has skyrocketed from 200 to 2,000 in 13 months.
Smoking is scheduled to kill half of your smoking friends while crippling many lucky enough to survive. Friday, May 31 is World No Tobacco Day, a golden opportunity to reach out while hopefully still time.
Created eight months ago, Joel's basic 14 minute quitting tips video has become his most popular yet.
On April 18 it was noted that the number of views for Joel's videos and MP3s totaled 4,001,780.
Need another reason to quit? Whether realized or not, employers are increasingly refusing to hire smokers and it's difficult to hide the smell.
WhyQuit's new Facebook page will feature breaking news, new studies and key recovery tips.
In the linked discussion, while the NCI claims not to favor one quitting method over another, the quitting booklet it cites blasts cold turkey.
A January 11 member parade at Turkeyville had members adding together their quit counter's cigarettes not smoked totals. The grand total: 1,125,263 cigarettes that were not smoked!
New study finds that 68% of smokers successfully quitting between 2008-2009 quit smoking totally unassisted!
On November 28 the population of WhyQuit's new Facebook support group Turkeyville topped 1,000!
Sadly, lung cancer kills twice as
many women as breast cancer. One cause is championed while the other all but ignored. Why?
Joel has been rather busy during August creating new video stop smoking lessons. We took the opportunity to reorganize the video clips. Please help spread the word that quitters can have their very own cessaton counselor.
Imagine being a paid consultant to both Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline - the two stop smoking product giants - while at the same time conducting medical journal research into the most effective quitting methods. Imagine the conflicts created. This article shares a review by physician-professor Michael Siegel as he dissects a study co-authored by a financially conflicted researcher.
Incorporating the latest study findings, John devoted July to a substantial update of Freedom from Nicotine - The Journey Home.
As Joel shares in this linked Freedom post, as of July 6, 2012 "Never Take Another Puff" registered 4,069,162 downloads. If visiting, download your copy and experience the magic that happens once we become more dependency recovery savvy than our addiction is strong! Yes you can!
Welcome to Turkeyville, home to WhyQuit's Facebook group! Turkeyville's primary objective is in helping newbies navigate getting started and the first few days. Instant education and support feedback, it is quickly becoming another valuable Internet resource tool for cold turkey quitters.
Do powerful quitting anxieties keep destroying your stop smoking attempts? This article helps destroy the root cause of quit smoking anxiety, the fear and panic born of false smoking rationalizations.
Injecting mice for two years with levels of nicotine sufficient to cause hair loss caused 78 percent to develop cancer.
The challenge of awaking U.S. health policymakers to the insanity of not only failing to support the nation's single largest block of quitters (cold turkey), but actually discouraging them as they fight to save their lives, continues. It's sadly frightening, as if no one is home.
Are replacement nicotine products (NRT) costing smokers their lives? It's a debate being encouraged by the current issue of the British Medical Journal.
New Year's Day is by far the biggest quitting day of the year. Hopefully this year's New Years quitting article will be widely shared, and WhyQuit will experience a bumper crop of New Year's visitors.
Helen was a WhyQuit friend and volunteer who at the above link shared with us her battle with lung. On December 22, Helen's sister Maurren posted of Helen's passing on Helen's Facebook page. There she wrote, "Yesterday we sadly lost another family member. Helen Bradford will be sadly missed by so many people. I hope my sisters are partying it up in heaven tonight. So deeply missed." She lives on in our hearts and minds. Peace be with you Helen.
The practice of quit smoking product researchers omitting negative findings from study summaries that might be harmful to the economic interests of Pfizer or GlaxoSmithKline continues.
The story of Helen Bradford, a 30-year former smoker who after quitting and becoming active in battling nicotine addiction and then found herself battling lung cancer.
This article shares the quitting histories and living nightmares of two ex-smokers diagnosed with lung cancer during 2011, Neil, now deceased, and Helen, and what each learned along the way.
This free full-text study reviewed 2,925 varenicline, 229 bupropion and 95 nicotine replacement reports of suicidal/self-injurious behavior or depression to the U.S. FDA and concludes that "findings for varenicline, combined with other problems with its safety profile, render it unsuitable for first-line use in smoking cessation."
Sadly, Freedom reported on October 7 that NoNic4Neal (Neal) died at age 53, just 37 days after being diagnosed with lung cancer. Our prayers are with Neal's surviving 9 year-old daughter, his wife, family and friends.
On September 3, 2011, Helen, age 50, a four-year quitter, former thirty-year smoker, and New Zealand youth smoking prevention activist, was diagnosed with lung cancer. "I went to the doctor because I had swollen hands, feet, ankles and knees," recalls Helen. "She sent me for all sorts of blood tests and x-rays. The last was a chest x-ray that showed a shadow on my left lung. The doctor suggested that, considering all my symptoms that it was probably lung cancer." Follow Helen's journey on WhyQuit's Facebook page.
Since 2004 headlines had touted Nabi's coming NicVax nicotine vaccine as a cure to smoking. After failing to prevail over placebo in a phase III drug approval study, this Bloomberg story suggests that NicVax is dead, just like many who waited and believed in its false promise these past seven years.
Polito's attempt to stir debate in Canada's largest medical journal (Canadian Medical Association Journal) over the fact that there have been 36,342 U.S. adverse event reports to the Food and Drug Administration, including 272 completed suicides, 323 suicide attempts and 63 cases described as suicidal behavior, and still no proof that Chantix is effective as a stand-alone quitting aid.
While Pfizer Chantix marketing boasts a 44% success rate, a new study found that only 1 in 7 Chantix quitters were still not smoking at 6 months. This comes as U.S. Chantix adverse reaction reports top 35,000.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 is World No Tobacco Day. It's a golden opportunity to discover how nicotine took your brain hostage, the consequences and how to break free.
CVS pharmacists are being forced to work at stores that sells America's leading cause of disease, disability and death. They article is part of a campaign to stop the sale of cigarettes at pharmacies.
Despite FDA ordered black box warnings, the number of serious adverse Chantix events being reported continues to alarm medication safety watchdogs.
Discover why Joel's 64 free videos are so popular.
The Smoke Remedy infomercial repeatedly suggests to smokers that Smoke Remedy eliminates cravings, while the use instructions at the Smoke Remedy website state, 'At each craving or desire to smoke .. spray 3 times into your mouth.' Which is it?
A letter in the Journal Addiction questions whether or not Pfizer's controversial quit smoking pill varenicline is worth it. Also, the latest English varenicline quitting rate data suggests that Pfizer is vastly overstating the odds of success that real-world quitters should expect.
On January 3, 2011 WhyQuit recorded nearly a quarter of a million hits (requests).
How much do you know about smoking and quitting? Use this short 10 question quiz to test your stop smoking IQ.