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July 2018

Cold turkey clobbers e-cigs, NRT and Chantix: Data from a July 9 PLoS One study found cold turkey 2.6 times more effective than e-cigs and 11 times more effective than NRT in producing ex-smokers.

Joel's new video:

- "Thank goodness it's only cigarette smoking" 07/06/18

June 2018

Joel's new video:

- Are your odds improved next time you quit smoking? 06/11/18

Thanks to Nima we now have Persian translations of most of Joel's Reinforcement Articles (06/11/18):

PDF of Chapter 1:
دلیل سیگار کشیدن
PDF of Chapter 2:
هزینه های سیگار کشیدن
PDF of Chapter 3:
روش ترک کردن سیگار
PDF of Chapter 4:
پیشگیری از بازگشت اعتیاد
PDF of two weight control and two youth prevention articles
موضوعات مرتبط

May 2018

WhyQuit's Privacy Statement page was reviewed and updated on May 25 to indicate compliance with the EU's new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As part of WhyQuit's privacy update, all memberships at Freedom - our original support group which is now a "read-only" site - were deleted. All Freedom membership application records containing member email addresses were also deleted. These steps should aid in helping protect the privacy of former Freedom members.

Joel's new videos:

- "I hate smoking so much that there is no way I could ever go back" 05/22/18
- "You're wasting our money on cigarettes" 05/12/18
- Are additive free cigarettes less addictive? 05/06/18

April 2018

Joel's new videos:

- "I tried your resources once, why should I bother trying them again?" 04/22/18
- Help! It's an emergency. I relapsed! 04/21/18
- You have relapsed--now what? 04/16/18

March 2018

Joel's new videos:

- Using deep breathing as a safe and effective quitting aid 03/20/18
- How long does it take to become re-addicted to nicotine? 03/15/18
- Nicotine tolerance 03/05/18

February 2018

Joel's February videos:

- "If I go back to smoking, I'll just quit again" 02/27/18
- "Why should I quit smoking, I could just get run over by a truck" 02/20/18
- The smell of relapse 02/19/18
- How many ways have you tried to quit smoking? 02/16/18
- Possible voice improvements after quitting smoking 02/15/2018
- Quitting smoking should cost you nothing 02/05/18
- Comparing quitting smoking experiences with others on YouTube blogs 02/04/18
- A 99.9% commitment to quit smoking will fail 02/03/18

January 2018

Junkie Thinking: A page pulling together Freedom's junkie thinking posts.

The Law of Addiction - successful quitting's only rule

Freedom's Law of Addiction thread: As explained immediately below, the second Freedom thread to be reformatted and receive a new WhyQuit home is The Law of Addiction.

Tell a newbie how many seconds a day do you still want a cigarette: This year will be devoted to salvaging and restoring as many key Freedom threads as time permits. "Tell a newbie" -- 33 pages in all -- is the first. As you may know, Freedom, WhyQuit's original support group, is no longer accepting members and is winding down. Cold turkey quitters seeking support are encouraged to visit Turkeyville, which, under Joy and Sallie's loving care now has more than 10,000 members.

Freedom's demise is a product of Facebook and Turkeyville's popularity, Freedom's new hosting company demanding substantially more money to keep the site ad free, and electronic migration from MSN to Yuku and now to Tapatalk destroying the formatting of most posts, leaving many in shambles. Restoration and rebuilding of key threads at WhyQuit will be time consuming but worth it.

Joel's January videos:

- "Why do you even try to help THOSE people quit smoking?" 01/27/2018
- My YouTube outreach efforts 01/20/18
- "What withdrawals should I expect when quitting smoking?" 01/14/18
- AskJoel 01/08/18
- "You should retitle that video" 01/06/2018
- Helping others see that thoughts for cigarettes do diminish over time 01/05/18
- New Years 2018 YouTube channel update 01/04/18
- Feeling like you are getting sick after quitting smoking 01/03/18
- It's still cold outside--why this is a bigger problem for smokers than non-smokers 01/02/18
- "It's cold outside, boy do I need a cigarette" 01/01/18

December 2017

New Year's Stop Smoking Keys: Motivation, Education & Support "Why should I quit smoking?" "And how?" "And once I do, how do I stay quit?" The short answers? Motivation (why), education (how) and support (staying free).

Joel's December videos:

- Joel's 2018 New Year's message to smokers
- Is quitting smoking harder than quitting other drugs?
- Fears regarding smoking and quitting
- "You know smoking one or two cigarettes is better than having smoked two or three packs"
- "Just one little puff?"

October 2017

Stop Smoking Video Discussions and Comments IndexAs seen at this link, Joel is in the process of creating new WhyQuit pages that combine his years of Freedom video discussions and comments with each corresponding video. Once complete, this collection will allow video users immediate one-click access to all of Joel's materials related to each video.

April 2017

Joel's new video:

- "Will I eventually dislike the smell of cigarette smoke?"

March 2017

Joel's new videos:

- Learning how to comfortably smoke just after meals
- "I am going back to smoking when I'm eighty"
- "You got this"
- "I can't afford to quit smoking"

January 2017

100 Reasons to Get Excited About Quitting Smoking - As with all human endeavors, success in quitting smoking isn't about strength or willpower but about dreams and desires.

Best way to stop smoking in 2017 - While the biggest quitting day of the year has passed - New Year's - it's never too late to allow today to become the most liberating day of your life.

Joel's New Year's video:

- Are you questioning your New Year's resolution to quit smoking?

November 2016

New HTML FFN-TJH topic articles
Chapter 8:  The First 72 Hours


- Smart Turkey
- Genuine Commitment

September 2016

A new video entitled "Is your nicotine free electronic cigarette actually nicotine free?" was added to Joel's Library on 09/28/16.

August 2016

A new video entitled "When did I actually quit smoking?" was added to Joel's Library on 08/11/16.

May 2016

New videos added to Joel's Library:

- Curiosity killed the quit - 05/26/16
- "Oops I had a false start" - 05/24/16
- "Don't be so hard on yourself, you're only human" - 05/17/16
- "I quit the wrong way" - 05/13/16
- Showing others that there is life without smoking - 05/09/16
- New video to pass along to your physicians, dentists and other allied health professionals - 05/05/16
- How to help your patients quit smoking - 05/05/16
- When you may really need to talk to your doctor about quitting smoking - 05/04/16
- Talk to your doctor about quitting smoking - 05/03/16

April 2016

New videos added to Joel's Library:

- Your first allergy season after quitting smoking - 04/26/16
- Hey, I'm talking to you - 04/13/16
- The pitfalls of forming a buddy system - 04/08/16
- Have you hugged a relapser today? - 04/07/16
- Smokers DON'T have to quit multiple times before they will succeed - 04/01/16

New HTML FFN-TJH topic articles
Chapter 7:  Roadmap Overview

- Starting Point
- Ending Use
- Recovery Layers
- Recovery Time Line

March 2016

New videos added to Joel's Library:

- "Please don't quit using" - 03/31/16
- Smokers who face even higher risks from smoking - 03/29/16
- "I've relapsed and I hate it" - 03/23/16
- Frequency and duration of thoughts and urges - 03/22/16
- Change of season triggers--the spring - 03/21/16
- "A safer way to smoke?" - 03/20/16
- Cold turkey quitting redefined again - 03/20/16
- Extreme nicotine tolerance - 03/19/16
- "What's the use in quitting now?" - 03/13/16
- The use of scare tactics - 03/11/16
- Should smokers feel "safer" because some non-smokers get lung cancer? - 03/09/16
- "Wish me luck in quitting smoking" - 03/06/16
- For former smokers not celebrating a major milestone today - 03/04/16
- NRT and quitmeters - 03/03/16
- "I will not smoke today" - 03/01/16

New Chapter 6 HTML topic articles

Chapter 6:  Common Hazards & Pitfalls

- Early Alcohol Use Risky
- Co-Dependency Concerns
- Avoiding blood sugar swing symptoms
- Your blood caffeine will double
- Avoid Crutches
- Nicotine gum, patch & lozenge a fraud, sham and hoax
- Placebo isn't a quitting method
- Big pharma smoking cessation secrets
- Varenicline: Chantix & Champix
- E-cigarettes: unsafe & unnecessary
- Negative support
- Breathing second-hand smoke
- Bad days & disturbing dreams
- Recovery weight gain
- Recovery weight control
- Menstrual cycle considerations
- "Help me, I'm pregnant and smoking!"

February 2016

New videos added to Joel's Library:

- Electronic cigarette users having a harder time when quitting smoking" - 02/27/16
- Limitations with quitmeters - 02/26/16
- "I'm a serial quitter and I want to help people quit smoking" - 02/24/16
- "How can I quit if I live with a smoker?" - 02/22/16
- "I can't quit because..." - 02/20/16
- Quitting in a smoking friendly society - 02/19/16
- "That's amazing that you didn't smoke" - 02/18/16
- "I am afraid I might get addicted to my nicotine replacement therapy" - 02/01/16

Is smoking damaging your thinking and memory? This study reports how each year of smoking makes the smoker's cerebral cortex thinner, reducing their ability to remember, think and reason.

January 2016

"What's the easy way to kick the smoking habit?" Article explores why looking and waiting for an easy way to kick the cigarette smoking habit is likely a deadly mistake.

New videos added to Joel's Library:

- Do whatever it takes to quit smoking - 01/28/16
- "You will never make it, here have a cigarette" - 01/22/16
- "It's only cigarette smoking, it's not like a crime punishable by death" - 01/20/16
- "I have heard that women don't have much of a chance at successfully quitting smoking" - 01/13/16
- Lung cancer: Isn't there a cure just around the corner? - 01/12/16
- Life goes on without smoking - 01/10/16
- "Members of your site seem too happy" - 01/07/16
- Everyone is different? - 01/06/16
- "I know too much about smoking to ever be able to relapse" - 01/04/16

November 2015

New video added to Joel's Library:

- Does nicotine withdrawal really last for months or years? - 11/18/15

July 2015

New video added to Joel's Library:

- A Pakistan video based on My cigarette, my friend? - 07/04/15

New topic articles from FFN-TJH:
Chapter 4:  Use Rationalizations


- Inventing use rationalizations
- "Just one." "Just once."
- "Use relieves stress and anxiety"
- "Nicotine is my friend"
- "I like it." "I love it."
- "I'm just a little bit addicted"
- "I do it for flavor and taste"
- "My coffee won't taste the same"
- "It helps me concentrate"
- "I use to relieve boredom"
- "I do it for pleasure"
- "It's my choice and I choose to use"
- "It's just a nasty little habit"
- "I'll lose my friends"
- "I'm still healthy"
- "I can't stop"
- "I'm fighting monsters and demons"
- "I'd gain weight and that's just as dangerous"
- "I vape e-cigs and they're vastly safer"
- "I can't drink alcohol without using nicotine"

Chapter 5:  Packing for the Journey Home

- When to Start Home: Now or Later?
- Pack for Recovery
- Document Your Core Motivations
- Pack Durable Motives
- Pack Patience: One Day at a Time
- One Challenge at a Time
- Journey Patience
- Pack a Positive Attitude
- The Value of Documenting Your Journey
- Using Ex-users for Refueling
- Using Users & Never-users for Refueling
- Using Marketing to Boost Resolve
- Using Society's Use Controls as Fuel
- Using "You" to Re-fuel Determination
- Using the Internet to Keep Recovery Fueled
- Destroy All Remaining Nicotine

June 2015

Topic articles from John's FFN-TJH book: 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:

Chapter 1:  Nicotine Addiction 101

- That first subtle "aaah"
- Chemical slavery's onset
- Tolerance
- What is nicotine?
- As addictive as heroin?
- Addiction not news to tobacco industry
- Freedom starts with admitting addiction

Chapter 2:  The Law of Addiction

- The Law defined
- The Law of Addiction reflected in studies
- Missed relapse lesson

Chapter 3:  Quitting "You"

- Recovery instead of quitting
- An infected life
- Forgotten breathing & endurance
- Forgotten sensitivities
- Forgotten mealtime

Portuguese "I smoke because I'm a smokeaholic": Thanks to M.Violante, another volunteer translator, the first of hopefully many HTML translations of Joel's articles has arrived.

May 2015

Sunday: World No Tobacco Day: Whether ready to quit yet or not, it's an opportunity to learn successful quitting's only rule

New videos added to Joel's Library:

- "I've read so much about the dangers of smoking I've come to the only logical conclusion..." - 05/08/15
- "I am the only smoker I know" - 05/6/15

April 2015

New videos added to Joel's Library:

- Relapses are not determined by how you quit smoking - 04/21/15
- The Law of Addiction - 04/16/15
- Quitting smoking can be a very lonely experience - 04/14/15
- "I will quit when I finish this pack" - 04/12/15
- The advantage of having a difficult time when quitting smoking - 04/10/15
- The real cigarette induced "roller coaster" ride - 04/09/15
- Are people doomed to fail if they don't get professional help to quit smoking? - 04/08/15
- Quitting smoking is a simple process - 04/07/15

March 2015

ESPN helping addict teens to smoking nicotine: Is ESPN using its magazine to intentionally flood your child's school with cigarette, tobacco and nicotine advertising?

Nicotine Cessation: Lost in the Deserts of Abu Dhabi: Smoking cessation hopelessly lost, it's totally appropriate that the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) is being held in the desert.

New videos added to Joel's Library:

- Videos to watch to enhance your ability to quit smoking - 03/20/15
- My goals for the resources I produce to help people to quit smoking - 03/19/15
- Do you really need to want to quit more than you want to smoke? - 03/18/15
- Make sure your quit is not contingent on others - 03/17/15
- Going to places where you can't smoke when first quitting smoking - 03/16/15
- Why I recommend cranberry juice when first quitting smoking - 03/13/15
- How quitting smoking is like learning to ride a bicycle - 03/12/15
- Life as a smoker is a balancing act - 03/11/15
- I'd rather be a little overweight and not smoking than underweight and dead! - 03/10/15

February 2015

New videos added to Joel's Library:

- A 100% guaranteed way to successfully quit smoking - 02/25/15
- Treat quitting smoking as if you are fighting for your life - 02/24/15
- Some people won't be happy until they relapse... - 02/23/15
- The danger of using Internet quit sites as a crutch to quit smoking - 02/15/15
- Update to video "Premature deaths caused by smoking" - 02/12/15

January 2015

10 studies screaming "leave replacement nicotine alone!": The bottom line is, NRT doesn't work, is undercutting successful quitting and costing lives.

New videos added to Joel's Library:

- "My smoking helps me to breathe better" - 01/26/15
- "I will control my smoking now" - 01/15/15
- Does it take 21 days to break the smoking "habit"? - 01/11/15

December 2014

Is your New Year's Resolution to stop smoking?: A press release featuring Joel's new New Year's resolution video.

New videos added to Joel's Library:

- 30 years of nicotine gum - 12/28/14
- Is your New Year's resolution to quit smoking? - 12/27/14

November 2014

New videos added to Joel's Library:

- Smoking breaks - 11/06/14
- Every quit is different - 11/04/14

October 2014

New videos added to Joel's Library:

- Joel's Halloween Fearfest - 10/31/14
- Is relapsing on nicotine a good learning experience? - 10/29/14
- After quitting smoking is there such a thing as the "quitters flu?" - 10/22/14

September 2014

New videos added to Joel's Library:

- Be proud that you quit smoking - 09/13/14
- "What should I do with my leftover cigarettes?" - 09/12/14
- Well meaning offers for cigarettes - 09/09/14
- What about using herbal cigarettes to quit smoking? - 09/04/14
- Joel, how do you remember so many program details? - 09/04/14
- Prolonging nicotine withdrawal - 09/03/14

August 2014

New articles added to Joel's Library:

- "I made a conscious decision to smoke" - 08/08/14
- "I think I have decided to go back to smoking" - 08/08/14

New videos added to Joel's Library:

- Are doctors taught about nicotine recovery? - 08/29/14
- "It's inevitable, some smokers are going to relapse" - 08/25/14
- A thirty year success story - 08/22/14
- "Should I reset my quit meter?" - 08/21/14
- The Freedom from Nicotine Support Board - 08/15/14
- "What did they do to you to make you quit smoking?" - 08/11/14
- Introduction to "The Fan Letter" - 08/08/14
- Introduction to the "The isolation of the widowed smoker" - 08/07/14
- Intentional relapses - 08/06/14
- Quitting smoking is an option - 08/05/14
- "Please don't smoke" - 08/04/14

July 2014

WhyQuit's Free Online Quit Smoking Statistics Calculator: 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.

New videos added to Joel's Library:

- My work in the field of smoking prevention and cessation - July 31
- Why I no longer conduct stop smoking clinics - July 30
- Quitting smoking out of fear - July 29
- Are you stronger than your cigarettes? - July 27
- Are you smart enough for an IQ pin? - July 26
- "Should I let him know that I know he is smoking?" - July 25
- "After I lose weight I will quit smoking" - July 24
- The urge hits - July 23
- The power of nicotine addiction - July 22
- Fear of failure - July 19
- Fear of success - July 19
- Fear of relapsing - July 19
- How would you deal with the following situations? - July 17
- Are you a nicotine junkie? - July 17
- Words that translate into RELAPSE - July 16
- "You mean you haven't had a single puff off of a cigarette? - July 15
- Good reasons to take puff on a cigarette after having quit smoking - July 13
- "My support group is responsible" - July 12
- Thoughts for cigarettes that may seem worse than when first quitting smoking - July 11
- "Miracle" aids for quitting smoking - July 5
- Resources explaining interaction between nicotine and stress - July 2
- Keeping cigarettes to deal with stress - July 2
- "I smoke because I'm self-destructive" - July 1

Embracing Crave Episodes: John's 2001 crave coping thread at Freedom entitled "Embracing Crave Episodes" has been updated and added to WhyQuit.

Thoughts that seem worse than urges experienced the first few days: 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.

2014 U.S. Surgeon: The health consequences causally linked to smoking: 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.

June 2014

New videos added to Joel's Library:

- No need to apologize for not posting for a while - 06/28/14
- Resources regarding quit smoking aids - 06/27/14
- "I'll have to use willpower for the rest of my life not to smoke" - 06/27/14
- Smoking does not help you overcome stress - 06/23/14
- Come share your strength, come recognize your vulnerabilities - 06/20/14
- Lost long term quits (video) - 06/17/14
- "Don't beat yourself up for smoking" - 06/12/14
- For people who think quitting smoking is the hardest thing they have ever done - 06/12/14
- "Is this an unlucky day to quit smoking?" - 06/13/14

May 2014

World No Tobacco Nicotine Day (WNTD) - May 31: a golden opportunity: 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:

- WNTD cover image
- WNTD profile image
- WNTD blog/article image
- Small WNTD icon - just 17.5k

New videos added to Joel's Library:

- If you quit smoking with a lousy attitude... - 05/17/14
- "I don't have a choice, I have to quit smoking" - 05/15/14

April 2014

ITC sustainability award for India's million smoking deaths: 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.

CDC Looking for Ex-Smokers for New TIPS campaign: 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.

Where have all the smokers gone?: A new motivational YouTube video which shares WhyQuit victim photos.

March 2014

New videos added to Joel's Library:

- Smoking is easier than not smoking - 03/28/14
- The importance of quitting for yourself - 03/07/14

February 2014

Nine new videos added to Joel's Library:

- Crave or thoughts for cigarettes that occur over time - 02/28/14
- Quitting smoking can make you calmer, happier and healthier - 02/28/14
- Carrying mock cigarettes - 02/26/14
- The fallacy of "good cigarettes" - 02/26/14
- Fixating on a cigarette - 02/26/14
- "Smoking a cigarette will help me secure my quit" - 02/26/14
- Disorientation that may occur when first quitting smoking - 02/08/14
- Because now it really hurts! - 02/07/14
- Using cigarettes as rewards - 02/06/14

January 2014

The Surgeon General's Reports: 50 years of cessation ignorance: 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."

December 2013

Prepare now for New Year's, the biggest quitting day of the year!: Sadly, 12 of 13 New Year's quit smoking resolutions are expected to again go up in smoke. It didn't need to be! Link to 50 New Year's quitting tips

November 2013

Australia's half-baked quit smoking campaign: 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 Great American Quit Smoking Sham: 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.

WhyQuit Director Published in British Medical Journal: 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?"

October 2013

Marlboro Maybe Archetype Ad Campaign: 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.

Philip Morris International's annual report boasts selling 12 billion additional cigarettes worldwide in 2012: 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 john@whyquit.com, indicating the date and location each photo were taken, and we'll share them online with the world. Sincere thanks in advance.

Ten reasons to try smart turkey before e-cigarettes: 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.

New video added to Joel's Library:

- "Nicotine Addiction"

September 2013

A letter to Obama: one nicotine addict to another: 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.

Ten reasons to turn Stoptober into Smarttober: 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.

America's face of smoking cessation, Terrie Hall, laid to rest: 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.

Student Warning: Nicotine addiction can be quick and permanente: All experts agree, nicotine is highly addictive. But what does "highly" and "addictive" mean?

Three new videos added to Joel's Library:

- "The President and nicotine gum"
- "E-cigs as effective as nicotine patches"
- Dual use of cigarettes and electronic cigarettes

August 2013

4th edition of "Freedom from Nicotine - The Journey Home" released: The latest version of FFN-TJH, John R. Polito's free pdf book is now available here at WhyQuit.

Gallup Poll: cold turkey 48 times smarter than Nicorette: 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.

Two new videos added to Joel's Library:

- "Gallup Poll: most quitters credit cold turkey"
- "Whatever you do, don't quit cold turkey"

July 2013

Three new videos added to Joel's Library:

- "Boy, do I miss smoking"
- Medication adjustments that may be necessary after smoking cessation
- "Will this get better?"

June 2013

Turkeyville Membership hits 2,000: Membership at WhyQuit's Facebook quit smoking support group Turkeyville has skyrocketed from 200 to 2,000 in 13 months.

Seven new videos added to Joel's Library:

- Nicotine is nicotine is nicotine
- There is no legitimate reason to relapse
- Tell a newbie how many seconds a day you want a cigarette
- My personal, brief views on Chantix or Champix
- Carrying replacement nicotine in case of emergency
- "I am trying to quit"
- Past "successful" quits

May 2013

Your smoking friends need your help: 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.

Joel's "How to quit smoking" video logs 50,000 views: Created eight months ago, Joel's basic 14 minute quitting tips video has become his most popular yet.

April 2013

Joel's quit smoking video views surpass 4 million!: On April 18 it was noted that the number of views for Joel's videos and MP3s totaled 4,001,780.

March 2013

New England Journal of Medicine debates smoker job discrimination: 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 launches WhyQuit Facebook page: WhyQuit's new Facebook page will feature breaking news, new studies and key recovery tips.

February 2013

National Cancer Institute denies favoring one quitting method over another: In the linked discussion, while the NCI claims not to favor one quitting method over another, the quitting booklet it cites blasts cold turkey.

January 2013

Turkeyville Million Cigs Stats Strut: 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!

December 2012

How do most Sweedish smokers quit smoking?: New study finds that 68% of smokers successfully quitting between 2008-2009 quit smoking totally unassisted!

November 2012

Turkeyville celebrates 1,000th member: On November 28 the population of WhyQuit's new Facebook support group Turkeyville topped 1,000!

Lung Cancer Awareness Month: Sadly, lung cancer kills twice as many women as breast cancer. One cause is championed while the other all but ignored. Why?

September 2012

"How to Quit Smoking": Please share Joel's new "How to Quit Smoking" YouTube video with every smoker you know. Why? Because it might help end their self-destruction and save their life!

August 2012

24 New Videos Added to Joel's Library: 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.

Pharma bias destroys ITC quit smoking medication study: 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.

"Freedom from Nicotine - The Journey Home" Revised: Incorporating the latest study findings, John devoted July to a substantial update of Freedom from Nicotine - The Journey Home.

July 2012

Joel's free ebook "Never Take Another Puff" celebrates 4 millionth download!: 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!

June 2012

WhyQuit's Facebook Group Named and Registers 500th Memeber: 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.

May 2012

For Smokers Only: Understanding and Silencing the Wanting Within: 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.

April 2012

Study claims nicotine causes cancer: Injecting mice for two years with levels of nicotine sufficient to cause hair loss caused 78 percent to develop cancer.

March 2012

Potent warnings, horrible quitting advice: what's the CDC smoking?: 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.

February 2012

Replacement Nicotine's Killing Fields: Are replacement nicotine products (NRT) costing smokers their lives? It's a debate being encouraged by the current issue of the British Medical Journal.

January 2012

Does nicotine replacement really help smokers quit?: The rate of successful quitting has stalled and debate has erupted as findings from two new population level studies, Pierce and Alpert, have motivated their authors to suggest that it's time to consider changing quit smoking policy, as NRT failed to defeat those quitting without it (see Table 1 findings from the Pierce ARPH study).

December 2011

Why 12 of 13 New Year's quit smoking resolutions needlessly fail: 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 Bradford, age 40, dies: 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.

Chantix study joins negative findings omissions club: 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.

November 2011

Helen of Tobacco a Joan of Addiction: 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.

Dying Truths About Quitting Smoking Methods: 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.

"Suicidal Behavior and Depression in Smoking Cessation Treatments": 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."

October 2011

Freedom Reports that NoNic4Neal has Died: 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.

September 2011

NZ Youth Smoking Prevention Ex-smoker Battling Lung Cancer: 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.

July 2011

Nicotine vaccine fails and pronounced "dead": 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.

Chantix/Champix's missing risk-benefit analysis: 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.

June 2011

Is a 14% Chantix success rate worth risking death?: 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.

May 2011

Turning World No Tobacco Day Into Victory: 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.

100 Reasons Why CVS Should Stop Selling Cigarettes: 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.

January 2011

Chantix serious injuries exceed 8,500: Despite FDA ordered black box warnings, the number of serious adverse Chantix events being reported continues to alarm medication safety watchdogs.

Joel's How to Stop Smoking Videos Celebrate 3 Million Views: Discover why Joel's 64 free videos are so popular.

"Smoke Remedy" infomercial: a fraud, hoax and scam?: 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?

Chantix / Champix Worth Questioned: 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.

New Year's quitters swamp WhyQuit: On January 3, 2011 WhyQuit recorded nearly a quarter of a million hits (requests).

Test your quit smoking IQ: How much do you know about smoking and quitting? Use this short 10 question quiz to test your stop smoking IQ.

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