Why my resources are free
Video explaining why all of the materials I have personally produced for the Internet are available for free. I have not accepted any form of compensation or donation for any work I have done on the Internet.
Extra commentaries about our policies of not accepting any compensation or donations:
- WhyQuit.com’s financial disclosure: https://whyquit.com/Disclosure.html
Below is my 2004 commentary from our Freedom from Nicotine board addressing the issue of people wanting to donate money to somehow help people to quit smoking:
Advertisements that appear at the board
Yuku is in control of these ads and their placement and getting all proceeds. Freedom’s management team and participants are volunteers and not a single one of us has ever gotten a penny for the work we do at this site, either by any kind of sponsorship or by any kind of donation by anyone. For the record, WhyQuit.comalso has not received any kind of support, and we are not now seeking any kind of support or donation from any outside group nor from any of our members.
Even if a sponsor is something like the American Cancer Society, Lung Association or Heart Association, we in no way are endorsing them or any of their views when it comes to smoking cessation. If members want to donate to help our cause, donate your time to help new people at the board.
If anyone ever has the idea that they should donate money to any of the “sponsored sites” because of the work they do on smoking cessation, they should probably find a better charity and a better cause to work with.
Money put toward smoking cessation efforts by the major organizations of the world are basically aimed at promoting NRT and other pharmacological products - very little is put toward doing the real education that is required to help the masses to quit smoking.
These organizations may do good work on other fronts, and we are not telling people who have been helped by these organizations not to donate to them for the other work they may do in prevention, research and services to patients. But if the motivating factor for doing a donation is the for the work they are doing on smoking cessation through sites such as ours, we’d suggest skipping the donation.
Also, being that we don’t want diversions and controversies on the board, in the future we will not debate the merits or detriments of corporations who show up as sponsors. If we see a post referring to a problem with any sponsored site we will delete it and bring up this post that talks about our feelings to these advertising tactics.
Two exceptions to this issue – if a tobacco company ever shows up as a sponsor selling any kind of tobacco product or if a pharmaceutical company ever shows up as a sponsor with any kind of mention of a so called cessation product. In that event we will bring up lots of materials making it clear that the products involved are quite worthless and possibly dangerous to people’s health, and to their quits and that the only thing that a person has to “buy to” quit smoking is to “buy into the concept” that to quit smoking and to stay free is to simply stick to his or her commitment to never take another puff!
Freedom’s Management Team