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Free Video Quit Smoking Lessons

picture of a quit smoking video disc that may help you kick the cigarette habitImagine being a smoker, wanting to quit and bringing a professional quitting counselor into your home. Imagine being a doctor and instead of just telling smoking patients that they need to quit - something they all already knew - handing them a video disc containing more than twenty short counseling sessions.

A growing collection of quitting videos is being made available by Joel Spitzer, a full-time Chicago area smoking cessation counselor who has devoted more than 40 years to helping smokers break free.

Lessons range from understanding the emotional loss when quitting to the importance of maintaining stable blood sugar levels and avoiding low blood sugar symptoms. Spitzer helps quitters understand how each puff of nicotine fed them by pumping stored sugars and fats into their bloodstream and the need to return to eating normally again.

Links to the video collection are available in Joel's Library at WhyQuit.com. While visiting, be sure to download a copy of "Never Take Another Puff,' Joels free 149 page PDF quitting book

picture of Joel SpitzerThe only use requirements for Joel's materials is that there never be any charge or cost to those receiving them, that they always remain as freely available as they are online, and that copyrights remain in place so that those receiving them never attempt to profit from their use.

Joel Spitzer presented regular stop smoking clinics and seminars for the Evanston and Skokie Illinois Departments of Health. Since 1976 he has presented 351 two-week, six-session clinics and nearly 600 single session seminars. Online, Spitzer has served as WhyQuit's Director of Education since 2000.

Contact: Joel Spitzer

Joel's Video Quit Smoking Lessons

YouTube Video Title
Introduction to Joel's stop smoking video library07:0007/03/13
    - old introduction video10:0503/28/12
How to best utilize videos06:1703/29/12
Videos to watch to enhance your ability to quit smoking04:3803/20/15
Using these videos to quit smoking11:0711/21/06
Smoking's Costs
The costs of smoking03:1312/13/13
"Because now it really hurts!"04:5402/07/14
The real cigarette induced "roller coaster" ride04:3504/09/15
Money wasted on cigarettes06:0310/18/06
Smoking breaks03:5111/06/14
"I am the only smoker I know"05:0105/06/15
Closet smokers05:4508/16/12
Introduction to the "The isolation of the widowed smoker"01:3808/07/14
Introduction to "The Fan Letter"03:0208/08/14
The Palmolive bottle demonstration 07:45 10/11/06
Learning how to inhale04:3810/02/06
"I don't want to see any scary pictures"09:4308/24/12
Heart and circulatory diseases19:1811/03/06
Lung cancer18:4811/05/06
How smoking destroys the lungs04:1311/27/06
Feel what it is like to breathe with emphysema08:4710/30/11
Kids just don't get it11:4708/07/11
Premature deaths caused by smoking12:3311/06/06
Update to video "Premature deaths caused by smoking"04:1202/12/15
Is quitting the hardest thing you've ever done?04:2506/12/14
Life as a smoker is a balancing act01:0003/11/15
Quitting can make you calmer, happier & healthier03:3702/28/14
Addiction to Nicotine
You smoke because you're a smokeaholic03:4109/13/12
Why do smokers smoke? 18:0811/07/06
Addiction - the Surgeon General says ...12:0010/09/06
Criteria of addiction11:06 10/09/06
Are you a nicotine junkie?06:4307/16/14
The power of nicotine addiction09:2107/22/14
"Please don't smoke"05:3308/04/14
"Maybe a puff isn't that big of a deal"06:2308/22/12
"Don't let a slip put you back to using"?08:1108/09/12
"Should I reset my quit meter?"04:0108/21/14
"Don't beat yourself up for smoking"04:2206/12/14
Past "successful" quits03:4706/11/13
The lucky ones get hooked09:3511/30/11
"Get right back in the saddle?"04:5310/07/12
"I don't need to smoke"10:29 11/09/06
"What should I call myself?"07:5408/04/12
"How can I be addicted? "I can go hours without?"12:1106/27/11
Are there social smokers?15:5610/29/11
"Why did I ever start smoking?"08:1909/27/11
"Why did I ever start smoking?" (old version)03:2209/27/06
Oral tobacco usage and addiction11:1105/26/13
People in recovery from other addictions08:5011/20/06
Quit Smoking Methods, Products and Programs
"I've tried everything to quit and nothing works!"05:2602/13/14
"Whatever you do, don't quit cold turkey"07:4108/16/13
Who should you believe?01:4909/11/12
Are doctors taught about nicotine recovery?06:1708/29/14
Is cold turkey the only way to quit smoking?08:4008/12/12
Cold turkey quitting defined15:5203/01/12
How did the people you know quit smoking?05:1009/27/06
"I liked my other clinic more"07:5108/25/12
What programs do I recommend?07:1011/09/12
Being locked up to quit smoking06:3101/06/11
Are people doomed to fail if they don't get help?03:1604/08/15
Quitting smoking can be a very lonely experience02:5604/14/15
Real world quitters06:4601/06/11
Prolonging nicotine withdrawal06:2509/03/14
Quitting by gradual withdrawal07:13 10/18/06
Resources regarding stop smoking aids02:1506/27/14
My first encounter with NRT14:3711/16/06
30 years of nicotine gum04:0412/28/14
The President and nicotine gum10:2909/25/13
Be prepared for confusing information07:2810/04/12
My personal brief & views on Chantix or Champix04:2706/21/13
Candid, detailed views of Chantix / Champix48:1610/19/07
Our views on the need for harm reduction06:3110/05/12
E-cigarettes and harm reduction29:4509/18/11
First television ads for e-cigarettes06:0211/06/12
E-cigs as effective as nicotine patches07:0809/11/13
Dual use of cigarettes and electronic cigarettes08:4509/16/13
What about using herbal cigarettes to quit smoking?06:0609/04/14
Use Rationalizations
Keeping cigarettes to deal with stress04:1707/02/14
Why smoking does not help you overcome stress07:4506/23/14
Resources explaining nicotine and stress interaction02:1707/02/14
Actions speak louder than words or thoughts03:2812/26/13
Quitting smoking: A fate worse than death08:5312/13/13
My cigarette, my friend? (audio)03:2212/20/13
How would you deal with the following situations?04:3507/17/14
Smoking is easier than not smoking04:1403/28/14
Dying for a cigarette01:0802/12/14
"But smoking is the only vice I have left"03:1802/10/14
"So I can't run marathons"05:2212/21/13
"I know I will quit again"03:4009/20/12
Fear of failure03:5007/19/14
Fear of success03:0407/19/14
Fear of quitting smoking11:0811/11/06
Joel's Halloween Fearfest05:3910/31/14
Everything done as a smoker can be done as an ex-smoker02:5605/02/14
"I will quit when ..."05:4408/06/11
"I will quit when I finish this pack"04:1004/12/15
"Is this an unlucky day to quit smoking?"01:4706/13/14
"I don't want to quit smoking"17:40 10/11/06
Do you need to want to quit more than you want to smoke?03:00 03/18/15
"I smoke because I like smoking"09:4210/29/11
"I smoke because I'm self-destructive"03:0007/01/14
"I'm not buying cigarettes"08:4410/18/06
"I can't drink alcohol without a cigarette"03:4309/27/06
"My smoking helps me to breathe better"04:2401/26/15
"I'm safe from smoking because of my genetics?"09:2411/24/06
"I can't quit or I won't quit"? 22:1510/16/06
"I can't quit smoking because I'm addicted"09:0508/16/12
"I'll have to use willpower for the rest of my life not to smoke"02:3006/27/14
"I'll be a nervous wreck forever if I quit smoking"10:30 11/29/06
"I have to smoke when I talk on the phone"07:3009/27/06
"I'll never be as productive again if I quit smoking"08:01 11/24/06
Using to self medicate pre-existing conditions06:0208/29/11
Amount smoked08:5008/04/12
"I know I am going to gain weight if I quit smoking!"13:0511/28/06
"After I lose weight I will quit smoking"04:4207/24/14
"I'm not joining this clinic"12:3309/27/06
Some people won't be happy until they relapse...00:3002/23/15
Waiting to bottom out05:1809/07/12
"Much reading about smoking's dangers, I've concluded ..."04:0605/08/15
Quitting is more doable than most people think01:4309/09/12
How to Stop
How to quit smoking13:4709/15/12
The Law of Addiction04:5904/16/15
Origin of the concepts for the Law of Addiction11:1908/06/12
Quitting smoking is a simple process01:3204/07/15
How quitting smoking is like learning to ride a bicycle02:2003/12/15
A 100% guaranteed way to successfully quit smoking00:2502/25/15
Treat quitting smoking as if you are fighting for your life00:2402/24/15
Are you stronger than your cigarettes?02:4107/27/14
Cold turkey quitting05:0412/26/12
Gallup Poll: most quitters credit cold turkey06:3508/08/13
One day at a time03:4508/15/12
Make a list of why you want to quit smoking06:0911/22/06
Quitting often results in healthier looking skin03:5309/27/12
Smoking triggers07:4308/09/12
Going to places where you can't smoke when first quitting02:5303/16/15
Change of season triggers09:2908/31/12
Using cigarettes as rewards [corrective thinking]04:1602/06/14
Avoid blood sugar symptoms05:3109/28/06
Why I recommend cranberry juice when first quitting03:3603/13/15
Possible changes in caffeine tolerance05:1109/24/12
Can people quit smoking and still drink alcohol?03:2707/01/13
If you quit smoking with a lousy attitude...01:37 05/17/14
Be proud that you quit smoking03:13 09/13/14
Acknowledge the negative, dwell on the positive13:09 08/27/12
Telling others that you have quit smoking08:5710/17/06
Is your New Year's resolution to quit smoking?03:37 12/27/14
The Recovery Process
Starting day one of your quit09:0211/21/06
Starting day two of your quit05:1011/21/06
Starting day three of your quit03:5711/21/06
Starting day four of your quit09:5811/22/06
Starting day five of your quit04:5011/23/06
Starting day six of your quit09:5911/24/06
Starting week two of your quit08:4011/26/06
Getting on with the rest of your life09:2111/27/06
Videos addressing weekend issues02:3806/13/13
What is withdrawal really like? 06:4810/29/12
Going back to normal after quitting smoking10:0810/24/11
Tell a newbie how long each day you want a cig02:5806/20/13
"I feel 100% better since I quit smoking"08:4008/23/12
The first Monday morning03:2109/21/12
Predestined bad days06:3406/09/14
Dreams of smoking06:2811/10/06
The emotional stages of loss08:1809/28/06
New reactions to anger09:1508/09/12
How to do nothing without a cigarette03:5101/13/14
Does everything smell and taste better after quitting?04:3608/16/12
"How long before I don't want a cigarette?"05:2508/14/12
Difference between physical & psychological urges10:0010/08/12
"Will I ever stop thinking of cigarettes?"10:4711/20/06
Crave or thoughts for cigarettes that occur over time03:3802/28/14
Comparing quits with others09:5401/06/11
Every quit is different02:3011/04/14
The advantage of having a difficult time when quitting03:1804/10/15
Unexpected benefit after quitting03:5509/21/12
Weight control concerns after quitting smoking43:5611/14/06
Overweight & not smoking or underweight & dead?09:0103/10/15
Does it take 21 days to break the smoking "habit"?06:1801/11/15
Quitting may lead to other self-improvements03:0710/02/06
Common Recovery Pitfalls
Setting quit dates10:5308/30/12
Crutches to quit smoking16:4711/27/11
Danger of using Internet quit sites as a quitting crutch05:2302/15/15
"Should I find a quit smoking buddy?"07:4601/06/11
Quitting for others05:4611/05/11
Make sure your quit is not contingent on others02:3803/17/15
Quitting smoking out of fear02:3607/29/14
"My support group is responsible"03:3707/12/14
The importance of quitting for yourself03:5803/07/14
Carrying cigarettes06:3910/17/06
"What should I do with my leftover cigarettes?"04:5309/12/14
Carrying mock cigarettes (straw/nicotine-free e-cig)04:5802/26/14
Keeping replacement nicotine in case of emergency05:3106/23/13
"What bad habit should I replace it with?"05:0410/02/06
"I want one!"05:3310/18/06
Just think of something else?01:5909/12/12
Smoking a cigarette will help me secure my quit03:2902/26/14
"I've got my smoking under control"06:0110/06/12
"I gave up smoking"02:0510/10/12
"I don't have a choice, I have to quit smoking"06:2905/15/14
"I'm trying to quit smoking"03:0006/11/13
"No thank you, I can't have a cigarette"03:5510/10/12
Offers for cigarettes06:3408/03/12
Well meaning offers for cigarettes07:0709/09/14
Finding cigarettes 05:1708/03/12
Talking to others about not smoking15:1311/19/06
"I know I will quit smoking!"06:3009/29/06
Getting colds and flus after quitting10:0411/18/06
Is there such a thing as the "quitters flu?06:5910/22/14
Avoiding situations where you used to smoke12:3911/29/06
Cigars and relapsing06:5105/26/13
Dealing with people who try to undercut your quit17:4211/12/06
Recovery Symptoms
"Will this get better?"04:2407/22/13
"Is anyone else experiencing the symptom ...?"07:4009/07/12
"Is this a symptom of quitting smoking?"05:1309/27/06
"Is this a symptom of quitting smoking?" [Part 2]11:3307/22/11
Common symptoms05:5509/28/06
Disorientation that may occur when first quitting smoking08:3902/08/14
Medication adjustments that may be necessary03:1307/26/13
Quitting smoking and mental health03:5906/13/13
Why many people cough more after quitting08:3203/21/07
Relapse Prevention and Complacency
Never Take Another Puff04:2310/12/12
Are you smart enough for an IQ pin?02:4707/26/14
Good reasons to take puff after having quit smoking01:2507/13/14
Fear of relapsing03:2207/19/14
There is no legitimate reason to relapse06:4606/23/13
Fixating on a cigarette02:5602/26/14
The urge hits02:1907/23/14
Intentional relapses02:2808/06/14
"It's inevitable, some smokers are going to relapse"03:4108/25/14
"You mean you haven't had a single puff?"02:2707/15/14
The smoker's vow (audio)01:2212/22/13
Words that translate to RELAPSE03:0307/16/14
Were you addicted?02:0002/11/14
Nicotine is nicotine is nicotine07:1006/21/13
"Boy, do I miss smoking" 05:3407/23/13
The fallacy of "good cigarettes"03:4802/26/14
"I'm mad that I can't smoke anymore!"08:0110/02/12
If this is your first time quitting01:3919/10/12
Is relapse a natural part of the quitting process?13:1411/29/11
Come share your strength & recognize vulnerabilities04:3606/20/14
Can second hand smoke cause relapse?09:5008/28/12
Neither side is perfect02:2310/01/12
"Got through New Years! Boy, I deserve a cigarette!"06:3201/01/12
Terrible 3s 07:5210/15/11
Short funny story04:0510/14/11
Thoughts that seem worse than when first quitting04:5807/11/14
Be prepared for holiday triggers11:0211/24/11
Summer seasonal triggers11:0207/04/13
Election day: an important choice today02:0811/06/12
Life goes on without smoking08:1212/15/11
Watching others smoke09:3310/13/11
"Miracle" aids for quitting smoking06:2107/05/14
Who wants to go back to smoking? 07:0509/28/06
"I don't feel any better since I quit smoking!"08:3909/28/06
"I'll come for reinforcement when I need it"10:2411/08/06
"I am climbing the walls because I quit smoking"08:2310/18/06
What is your quit smoking mantra?12:4711/17/06
Quitting smoking is an option04:4908/05/14
"If I relapse I'll smoke until it kills me"05:1102/25/07
"I went back to smoking while hospitalized with pneumonia"03:4802/13/14
Longer-term quitters having "Bad Days"08:3611/27/06
An important choice must be made today02:0611/06/12
Lost long term quits04:3706/17/14
Is relapsing on nicotine a good learning experience?02:5710/29/14
Relapses are not determined by how you quit smoking02:0904/21/15
A thirty year success story02:3508/22/14
"I will control my smoking now"02:3701/15/15
Helping Others Quit
Helping others quit10:2208/06/12
Can you help a person quit who doesn't want to?09:0202/12/14
"Should I let him know that I know he is smoking?"07:0907/25/14
No one understands12:5808/16/12
Videos Specific to Our Support Groups (Freedom & Turkeyville)
Are you ready for Freedom?12:0701/19/11
Why Freedom is a cold turkey site09:1001/08/11
Teaching of conventional wisdom08:4508/29/12
Why Freedom discourages "buddy systems"05:0701/06/11
Quit site euphemisms that we discourage at Freedom06:3109/05/12
Reading at other quit sites04:0109/13/12
The Freedom from Nicotine Support Board05:2308/15/14
No need to apologize for not posting for a while04:0806/28/14
Sharing our materials at other quit sites03:3609/13/12
E-cig discussions at Freedom05:2109/13/13
New Year's message for newer members and readers10:3212/31/10
New Year's message for longer term members03:5112/31/10
Freedom's Quarterly Stats03:4012/30/10
About my work and materials
My work in the field of smoking prevention & cessation05:1907/31/14
How I started running quit smoking clinics10:3209/28/06
My goals for the resources I produce to help people to quit02:1103/19/15
How do you remember so many details?04:2709/04/14
"What did they do to you to make you quit smoking?"05:5208/11/14
Why I no longer conduct stop smoking clinics05:4307/30/14
Why my resources are free05:0908/06/12
A smoking cessation expert?15:2703/30/12
"You never smoked or quit, how can you know?"06:1007/03/13
Where is Joel?04:1103/01/12
Comments made to Joel's YouTube channel06:3904/13/12
Two hundred thousandth video view on YouTube05:3409/25/12
New stop smoking materials and resources04:5712/30/12

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Written October 16, 2005 and updated June 7, 2015 by John R. Polito