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Turkeyville is exclusively for cold turkey quitters. It is also 100% nicotine-free. Please do not post any message at Turkeyville if currently using any form of nicotine.

Cold turkey is defined as abruptly ending all use of nicotine without resort to any quitting product, crutch substitute or procedure, including but not limited to: replacement nicotine (the nicotine patch, gum, lozenge, spray or inhaler), any smoking cessation medication (Chantix, Champix or Zyban), any shots, herbs or other pills, any smokeless or other tobacco product, any type of e-cigarette (including use of nicotine-free juices), or any form of hypnosis, acupuncture, or any product or procedure.

Additionally, any nicotine relapse - even one puff, dip, vape or chew - instantly revokes Turkeyville posting privileges.
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Freedom was WhyQuit's original 1999 support group. No longer accepting members, today Freedom's thousands of old threads serve as an educational resource for cold turkey quitters.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Founded in July 1999, WhyQuit is home to cold turkey quitting. Visited by 2.2 million unique annual visitors, most are trying to stop smoking and seek motivation enhancement, insightful articles, free quitting e-books, tips guides, video counseling or group support. But WhyQuit is broader than just smoking. It's a nicotine cessation site.

So, whether addicted to smoked nicotine from cigarettes, cigars, beedies, a pipe or hookah, or slave to vaping e-cigs or dependent upon smokeless products such as dip, chewing tobacco or snus, or whether hooked nicotine replacement products such as the gum, lozenge, spray, patch or inhaler, you're in the right place!


Because it works. Each year more nicotine addicts arrest their chemical dependence by going cold turkey than by all other quitting methods combined. Cold turkey is fast, free, safe, effective and highly productive. But don't take our word for it. Ask all ex-smoking friends who have not allowed any nicotine into their bloodstream for at least one year how they quit. You'll discover a giant elephant or turkey in the room.


Cold turkey is the abrupt and complete cessation of nicotine use, without resort to any quitting product or procedure, including but not limited to: replacement nicotine (the nicotine patch, gum, lozenge, spray or inhaler), any smoking cessation medication (Chantix, Champix or Zyban), any shots, herbs or other pills, any smokeless or other tobacco product, any type of e-cigarette (including reliance upon nicotine-free juices), or any form of hypnosis, acupuncture, or other procedure.


Imagine becoming smarter and wiser than nicotine's grip upon us. Real drug addicts in every sense, we'll never be stronger than nicotine. But then we don't need to be. Nicotine is simply a chemical with an I.Q. of zero. It cannot think, plan, plot or conspire and is not some monster or demon that dwells within. Our greatest weapon has always been our intelligence but only if put to work.


Thousands of WhyQuit links, millions of words, and hundreds of videos, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. Don't. In a nutshell, motivation is simply about keeping your quitting reasons and dreams robuest and fueled, education about understanding exactly what it takes to both succeed and fail (The Law of Addiction), and support about having a place to turn if challenged.

If a newbie, start with the basics: Joel's "How to Quit" video, his Daily Quitting Lesson's Guide, or read each of Joel's original Reinforcement Articles. If looking for info on a particular topic, try our home page site search (immediately below), our Topics Index or Video Index.




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DISCLAIMER: WhyQuit is staffed and its materials authored by professional cessation counselors who are not medically trained physicians.  WhyQuit's information is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a site visitor 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.

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