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by John R. Polito, Editor WhyQuit - January 22, 2011

Click to review a list of Joel's quit smoking videosWho is the most popular stop smoking counselor, at least here in the United States? His free e-book "Never Take Another Puff" nearing three million downloads and his 64 free video and audio quitting lessons now there, a serious nominee for the title is Chicago's Joel Spitzer.

WhyQuit.com recorded 2,965,929 wmv or mp3 downloads since 2006, plus another 8,804 zipped mp3 downloads of the entire collection. Three videos uploaded to YouTube by a fan have received 26,430 plays, while Joel's YouTube Channel has had 16,471 viewings. The grand total, 3,017,634!

No marketing, entirely free, no commercials, cold turkey, nothing to buy, nothing being sold and he declines all donations. So who is Joel, why so popular and what's the catch? There is no catch. Word continues to spread that his quitting insights are empowering and that cold turkey is free, fast, safe and effective.

Joel Spitzer presented more than 325 six-session, thirteen-day live stop smoking clinics to over 4,500 participants between 1976 to 2007, and another 690 single-session prevention seminars to nearly 100,000 attendees. He arrived online in January 2000 where he immediately commenced sharing his life's work. Affectionately dubbed "Joel's Library," this still growing collection has allowed WhyQuit to maintain the #2 Google "quit smoking" ranking for most of the past decade.

Today, the Internet allows Joel and his work to connect with as many quitters in a single day as the total who attended his live clinics. For example, Freedom, WhyQuit's stop smoking support group, has averaged 4,092 unique visitors each day during the past three months, while WhyQuit has served 47,507 distinct hosts over the past 7 days.

"This is so pleasing to me," says Joel. "I could never have dreamt this. I had always basically tried to stay low key. I knew that the stand I was taking was kind of unpopular. When I first started out I was told, 'you can't do a cold turkey program because no one will show up!'"

But one fact has remained constant and undeniable since Joel's first clinic in 1976. Each year, more successful long-term ex-smokers quit smoking cold turkey than by all other quitting methods combined. And Joel has never shied from saying so.

"The vast majority of people who quit smoking have done so without ever hearing of me, without ever hearing of my program," says Joel. "The vast majority have done it on their own."

"We have more former smokers alive today than current smokers," he asserts. "Over half the people who used to smoke have quit. And this just cannot be said enough. One of my biggest complaints about experts in this particular field is that they try to downplay that at every level."

"It's almost like they're trying to say how important it is to come to their program because 'your chance of succeeding and quitting smoking are just so dismal, they're just so remote, and, gosh, if you meet someone who quit smoking on their own, that's just the exception to the rule,' and it's not," says Joel!

"It's the other way around. I just never want to be a person who helps perpetuate the idea that people have to go to programs to quit smoking."

It's that kind of straight talk that leaves smokers wondering how many other lies they've been sold, and what else Joel has to say about quitting.


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Joel's basic "how to quit smoking" video

Joel's 160+ Video Quit Smoking Lessons

Please note that since January 22, 2001, the date the above article was
written, Joel's collection of free videos has grown from 64 to more than 160!

Get Windows Media PlayerThe below lessons are presented in four formats: YouTube - extremely quick opening video clips hosted by YouTube; Dial-Up - as smaller video files for those with slower dial-up Internet connections; HS/BB - as larger higher quality videos for those with high speed or broadband Internet access; and MP3 - as audio files for use on MP3 players. All files except for YouTube videos will play on Windows Media Player. You can click on this icon to download a Windows Media Player.

Video Title
You Tube
Introduction to Joel's stop smoking video libraryUTube1.13mb10.8mb1.83mb10:0503/28/12
How to best utilize videosUTubeNoneNoneNone06:1703/29/12
Using these videos to quit smokingUTube4.02mb12.0mb5.04mb11:0711/21/06
Smoking's Costs
Money wasted on cigarettesUTube1.93mb6.19mb2.72mb06:0310/18/06
Closet smokersUTube 05:4508/16/12
The Palmolive bottle demonstration UTube 2.84mb 19.1mb3.55mb07:45 10/11/06
Learning how to inhale UTube1.70mb 16.8mb2.10mb04:3810/02/06
"I Don't Want To See Any Scary Pictures"UTube 09:4308/24/12
Heart and circulatory diseasesUTube2.81mb5.93mb8.82mb19:1811/03/06
Lung cancerUTube3.04mb6.55mb8.58mb18:4811/05/06
How smoking destroys the lungsUTube 1.55mb 4.59mb1.87mb 04:1311/27/06
Feel what it is like to breathe with emphysemaUTube 08:4710/30/11
Kids just don't get it UTube  11:4708/07/11
Premature deaths caused by smokingUTube 1.84mb3.62mb5.72mb12:3311/06/06
Addiction to Smoking Nicotine
You smoke because you're a smokeaholicUTube 03:4109/13/12
Why do smokers smoke? UTube2.65mb 5.70mb8.31mb18:0811/07/06
Addiction - the Surgeon General says ...UTube4.42mb13.2mb5.49mb12:0010/09/06
Criteria of addictionUTube4.09mb12.2mb5.09mb11:06 10/09/06
"Maybe a puff isn't that big of a deal UTube 06:2308/22/12
"Don't let a slip put you back to using"?UTube 08:1108/09/12
The lucky ones get hookedUTube 09:3511/30/11
"Get right back in the saddle?"UTube 04:5310/07/12
"I don't need to smoke"UTube3.86mb11.5mb4.75mb10:29 11/09/06
"What should I call myself?"UTube 07:5408/04/12
Are there social smokers?UTube 15:5610/29/11
"Why did I ever start smoking?"UTube 08:1909/27/11
"Why did I ever start smoking?" (old version)UTube1.23mb 12.1mb1.54mb03:2209/27/06
People in recovery from other addictionsUTube3.24mb 9.68mb4.00mb08:5011/20/06
Quit Smoking Methods, Products and Programs
Who should you believe?UTube 01:4909/11/12
Is cold turkey the only way to quit smoking?UTube 08:4008/12/12
Cold turkey quitting definedUTube 15:5203/01/12
How did the people you know quit smoking?UTube1.90mb18.8mb 2.34mb05:1009/27/06
"I Liked My Other Clinic More"UTube 07:5108/25/12
What programs do I recommend?UTube 07:1011/09/12
Being locked up to quit smokingUTube 06:3101/06/11
"Am I doomed to fail if I don't get professional help?"UTube 06:4701/06/11
Quitting by gradual withdrawalUTube 2.35mb7.54mb3.25mb07:13 10/18/06
My first encounter with NRTUTube3.99mb16.1mb6.66mb14:3711/16/06
Be prepared for confusing information UTube 07:2810/04/12
WhyQuit's candid views about Chantix (and Champix) UTube 17.8mb 53.3mb22.0mb48:1610/19/07
Our views on the need for harm reductionUTube 06:3110/05/12
E-cigarettes and harm reductionUTube 29:4509/18/11
First television ads for e-cigarettesUTube 06:0211/06/12
Use Rationalizations
"I know I will quit again"UTube 11:1309/28/12
"Smoking benefits?"UTube 03:4009/20/12
Fear of quitting smokingUTube4.09mb12.3mb5.04mb 11:0811/11/06
"I will quit when ..."UTube 05:4408/06/11
"I don't want to quit smoking"UTube 6.52mb19.5mb8.09mb17:40 10/11/06
"I smoke because I like smoking"UTube 09:4210/29/11
"I'm not buying cigarettes"UTube 03:2910/11/11
"I'll smoke anywhere I want"UTube2.74mb8.74mb3.94mb08:4410/18/06
"I can't drink alcohol without a cigarette"UTube1.36mb13.4mb1.67mb03:4309/27/06
"I'm safe from smoking because of my genetic makeup"UTube3.45mb 10.3mb4.26mb09:2411/24/06
"I can't quit or I won't quit"? UTube6.33mb28.6mb 10.15mb22:1510/16/06
"I can't quit smoking because I'm addicted"UTube 09:0508/16/12
"I'll be a nervous wreck forever if I quit smoking"UTube3.87mb11.6mb 4.77mb 10:30 11/29/06
"I have to smoke when I talk on the phone"UTube2.77mb27.6mb3.43mb07:3009/27/06
"I'll never be as productive again if I quit smoking" UTube 2.95mb08.8mb63.mb08:01 11/24/06
Using cigarettes to self medicate pre-existing conditionsUTube 06:0208/29/11
Amount smokedUTube 08:5008/04/12
"I know I am going to gain weight if I quit smoking!"UTube4.82mb14.4mb5.94mb13:0511/28/06
"I'm not joining this clinic"UTube4.62mb13.8mb5.73mb12:3309/27/06
Waiting to bottom outUTube 05:1809/07/12
Quitting is more doable than most people thinkUTube 01:4309/09/12
How to Stop
How to quit smokingUTube 13:4709/15/12
The Law of AddictionUTube 11:1908/06/12
One day at a timeUTube 03:4508/15/12
Make a list of why you want to quit smokingUTube2.26mb6.76mb2.77mb06:0911/22/06
Quitting often results in healthier looking skinUTube 03:5309/27/12
Smoking triggersUTube 07:4308/09/12
Avoid blood sugar symptomsUTube 2.03mb20.1mb2.51mb05:31 09/28/06
Possible changes in caffeine toleranceUTube 05:1109/24/12
Carrying cigarettesUTube1.85mb5.70mb3.02mb06:3910/17/06
Acknowledge the negativ but dwell on the positiveUTube    13:09 08/27/12
Telling others that you have quit smokingUTube2.53mb7.58mb4.07mb08:5710/17/06
The Recovery Process
What is withdrawal really like? UTube 06:4810/29/12
Going back to normal after quitting smokingUTube 10:0810/24/11
"I Feel 100% Better Since I Quit Smoking"UTube 08:4008/23/12
The first Monday morningUTube 03:2109/21/12
Predestined bad daysUTube 05:1512/01/11
Dreams of smokingUTube2.38mb7.10mb 2.92mb06:2811/10/06
The emotional stages of lossUTube3.05mb30.4mb3.78mb08:1809/28/06
New reactions to angerUTube 09:1508/09/12
Does everything smell and taste better after you quit smoking?UTube 04:3608/16/12
"How long before I don't want a cigarette?"UTube 05:2508/14/12
Difference between physical and psychological urgesUTube 10:0010/08/12
"Will I ever stop thinking of cigarettes?"UTube3.97mb11.9mb4.89mb10:4711/20/06
Comparing quits with othersUTube 09:5401/06/11
Unexpected benefit after quittingUTube 07:4510/12/11
Incorporating exercise after quittingUTube 03:5509/21/12
Weight control concerns after quitting smokingUTube9.13mb21.9mb20.07mb43:5611/14/06
Change of season triggersUTube  04:2309/21/12
Holidays that result in three day weekendsUTube  09:2908/31/12
Quitting may lead to other self-improvementsUTube1.13mb11.2mb1.40mb03:0710/02/06
Common Recovery Pitfalls
Setting quit datesUTube 10:5308/30/12
"I want one!"UTube1.01mb5.36mb2.48mb05:3310/18/06
Just think of something else?UTube 01:5909/12/12
Quitting for othersUTube 05:4611/05/11
"Should I find a quit smoking buddy?"UTube 07:4601/06/11
"I've got my smoking under control"UTube 06:0110/06/12
Crutches to quit smokingUTube 16:4711/27/11
"What bad habit should I replace it with?"UTube1.86mb18.4mb2.30mb05:0410/02/06
"I gave up smoking"UTube 02:0510/10/12
"No thank you, I can't have a cigarette"UTube 03:5510/10/12
Offers for cigarettesUTube 06:3408/03/12
Finding cigarettes UTube  05:1708/03/12
Talking to others about not smokingUTube5.60mb16.8mb6.92mb15:1311/19/06
"I know I will quit smoking!"UTube2.37mb23.5mb2.98mb06:3009/29/06
Getting colds and flus after quitting UTube 1.46mb 11.1mb 4.57mb 10:0411/18/06
Avoiding situations where you used to smokeUTube4.67mb13.9mb5.75mb12:3911/29/06
Dealing with people who try to undercut your quit UTube 6.52mb19.5mb8.05mb 17:4211/12/06
Recovery Symptoms
"Is anyone else experiencing the symptom ...?"UTube 07:4009/07/12
"Is this a symptom of quitting smoking?"UTube1.91mb18.9mb2.36mb05:1309/27/06
"Is this a symptom of quitting smoking?" [Part 2]UTube 11:3307/22/11
Common symptomsUTube2.18mb21.6mb2.69mb05:5509/28/06
Does smoking cause my headaches? UTube 2.69mb07.4mb3.95mb08:3203/21/07
Relapse Prevention and Complacency
Never Take Another PuffUTube 04:2310/12/12
"I'm mad that I can't smoke anymore!"UTube 08:0110/02/12
If this is your first time quittingUTube 01:3919/10/12
Is relapse a natural part of the quitting process?UTube 13:1411/29/11
Can second hand smoke cause relapse?UTube 09:5008/28/12
Neither side is perfectUTube 02:2310/01/12
"Got through New Years! Boy, I deserve a cigarette for that!"UTube 06:3201/01/12
Terrible 3sUTube  07:5210/15/11
Short funny storyUTube 04:0510/14/11
Be prepared for holiday triggersUTube 11:0211/24/11
Life goes on without smokingUTube 08:1212/15/11
Watching others smoke UTube 09:3310/13/11
Who wants to go back to smoking? UTube 2.61mb 25.9mb3.22mb07:0509/28/06
"I don't feel any better since I quit smoking!"UTube3.18mb31.6mb3.94mb08:3909/28/06
"I'll come for reinforcement when I need it"UTube3.83mb11.5mb4.73mb10:2411/08/06
"I am climbing the walls because I quit smoking"UTube2.69mb8.59mb3.78mb08:2310/18/06
What is your quit smoking mantra?UTube8.60mb14.0mb5.79mb12:4711/17/06
"If I relapse I'll smoke until it kills me"UTube 1.58mb 04.4mb 2.37mb05:1102/25/07
Longer-term quitters who say they are having "Bad Days"UTube 08:0708/13/12
The only time I think of smoking is when I get one of your stupid lettersUTube3.16mb09.5mb3.87mb08:3611/27/06
An important choice must be made todayUTube 02:0611/06/12
ComplacencyUTube 05:2308/14/12
Helping Others Quit
Helping others quitUTube 10:2208/06/12
No one understandsUTube 12:5808/16/12
Videos Specific to Our Support Group Freedom
Are you ready for Freedom?UTube 12:0701/19/11
Why Freedom is a cold turkey siteUTube 09:1001/08/11
Teaching of conventional wisdomUTube 08:4508/29/12
Why Freedom discourages "buddy systems"UTube 05:0701/06/11
Quit site euphemisms that we discourage the use of at FreedomUTube 06:3109/05/12
Reading at other quit sitesUTube 04:0109/13/12
Sharing our materials at other quit sitesUTube 03:3609/13/12
New Year's Message for Newer Members and ReadersUTube 10:3212/31/10
New Year's Message for Longer Term MembersUTube 03:5112/31/10
Freedom's Quarterly StatsUTube 03:4012/30/10
About My Work and Materials
How I started running quit smoking clinicsUTube3.87mb38.6mb4.80mb10:3209/28/06
Why my resources are freeUTube 05:0908/06/12
A smoking cessation expert?UTube 15:2703/30/12
Where is Joel?UTube 04:1103/01/12
Comments made to Joel's YouTube channelUTube 06:3904/13/12
Two hundred thousandth video view on YouTubeUTube 05:3409/25/12

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