College of Charleston

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A New Year's Eve
Quit Smoking Resolution Rally

Cigarette with the message No Nicotine Fix in 2006

Join us, Saturday, December 31, 2005, 2-4 pm
Charleston County Public Library Auditorium
68 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC

"Why should I attend this free seminar?"

We hate to be the bearer of bad news but it's time that someone leveled with you.  According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, if the only tactic you employ is to make a New Year's resolution to quit smoking, then your odds of success during 2006 are just 1 in 20.  Yes, a 95% chance of failure.  If you do not at some point come up with a real action plan, then you are likely destined to smoke until it cripples and then kills you.  In fact, the key to quitting is so elusive that half of all adult South Carolina smokers you know are currently scheduled to smoke themselves to death, each an average of 15.3 years early.

Click on Bryan's picture to read his full storyIt isn't that the half being killed didn't want to quit or that almost all didn't repeatedly try. It's because they deeply believed they could figure quitting out on their own and they ran out of time before getting it right. This motivation and education oriented rally removes the guesswork from quitting.

According to the American Cancer Society, and contrary to pharmaceutical industry marketing, almost all successful long-term quitters quit smoking cold turkey (about 90%). This program shares their quitting method, their secrets, and the art, science and psychology of abrupt nicotine cessation.

Expect your mind to build a shopping list of excuses as to why you shouldn't attend. It's part of your dependency defenses. You may hear yourself saying "it's just too stressful right now, "the timing is bad," "I attended another program once and it's probably no different," "I'll attend a future program," or "if it's free it can't be worth much." Knowledge is power. We invite you to turn on the lights.

Seminar Content: The onset of true chemical dependency is explored as nicotine imitated acetylcholine in exerting control over the flow of more than 200 neurochemicals, including select dopamine (reward), serotonin (mood) and adrenaline (stimulation) pathways. You'll discover how the brain defended against a flood of nicotine by growing millions of extra receptors and desensitizing critical brain pathways. You'll learn how to cope with and diminish the anxieties that can occur during the re-sensitization process.

You'll receive a detailed road map of the timing and sequencing of both chemical withdrawal and psychological recovery, while exploring critical recovery topics such as crave episode frequency and duration, coping techniques, time distortion, blood sugar stabilization, the nicotine-caffeine interaction, nicotine-alcohol considerations and interactions, and overcoming the emotional loss. Conscious denial rationalizations, minimizations and blame transference are exposed, and weak quitting motivations are recast into sustainable motives.

Presenter: The seminar is presented by John R. Polito, a former thirty-year three-pack-a-day smoker and founder and editor of WhyQuit, which, according to Google rankings, is the Internet's leading cold turkey quit smoking resource, the quitting method used by almost all long-term successful quitters.

No Registration - Just Show Up: There is no registration for this free program. Seating isn't an issue as there is plenty of room in the Charleston County Library Auditorium. In fact, we encourage you to bring along a supporter if you'd like -- someone who will stand beside you for roughly ninety days -- so they might learn more about the phases, duration and challenges you may confront during your amazing journey home. For further info call John R. Polito at (843) 849-9721 (Mount Pleasant) or send an e-mail to

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