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Why quit smoking? Because nicotine addicts can and do die young

Because nicotine addicts can and do die young  blue tear

Click on Each Cigarette

List of all 81 cigarette carcinogens

How many of the 81 cancer causing chemicals that
have been identified in cigarettes can you name?

The Effects of Smoking

Tobacco is expected to kill up to 2.5 million middle-aged humans during 2014. On average, each will die 22.5 years early. Sadly, we can't all be average.

Try to name a part of your body that isn't being damaged or destroyed a bit more with each puff.
"The Smoker's Self Mutilation"

WhyQuit's Dedication
Noni & Bryan
in oN Noni

The below photo of Noni holding her three-month-old son was taken 99 days before the consequences of chemical addiction to Camel's nicotine ended her life. Bryan's photo, with his two-year-old son, was taken 64 days before addiction to Marlboro's nicotine claimed him. About five million new victims are expected during 2014. How much of your life is already over? How long remains to say goodbye?

Why are we dying?
Have you met Bryan?

We Died Young
Click our photos to learn why

     Click on Noni's picture to read her story
This photo of Bryan was taken just 64 days before his June 3rd death. Click on his photo.
   Noni 33
Bryan 34   

Punch Andrews
"Punch" 43
Click Here!  Will you allow us to put your picture here should tobacco claim your life?
 Click here to read Sean's tragic story.
Sean 19

Famous Victims        

Barb Tarbox age 43 smoking one of her final cigarettes

Barb Tarbox, 42, smoking a final cigarette

Hidden Death
Click photos to enlarge and learn

An interactive lung.  Once at the NSW site click on each area of the lung.       This lung photo shows oat cell cancer (also known as small cell) which occurs almost exclusively in smokers.       This lung photo shows  squamous cell cancer which is most often seen in smokers.       This autopsy photo shows the lungs of a patient who died from emphysema.

When you feel it hurt it's often too late.

This is a large squamous cell cancer tumor that has developed a cavity.        Why smokers lungs don't look like this, By Joel Spitzer       This lung shows an adenocarcinoma.

This link to the  Emphysema Foundation presents many first hand accounts of the unbelievable horror that is emphysema.
Meet Emphysema Victims

Addiction's Living Hell

Kim had her left lung removed at age 44 emphysema
Deborah Scott




Why are we dying?
Why are we dying?

Circulatory Disease
Nicotine's biggest killer

Learn how carbon monoxide and nicotine are combining to destroy your blood vessels Learn about Buerger's Disease, a disease reserved for young smokers
Listen to a cardiologist while there's still time to take his message to heart What happens when a 32 year-old smoker's artery is squeezed?

Can you hear your breathing? Your blood flow is likely worse.

What do a 32 year-old smoker's arteries look like?

This clip shows what a 32 year-old smoker's arteries look like

The Doctors Speak
Blunt non-sugarcoated words

Prithwish Banerjee, M.D.
Maria Werner-Wasik, M.D.
K.H.(Heinz)Ginzel, M.D.
Read Dr. Banerjee's message
Read Dr. Werner-Wasik's message
Read Dr. Ginzel's message
Radiation Oncologist

The pharmaceutical industry wants your money!

Pfizer's press release suggests that 1 in 5 Chantix users can expect to quit for 1 year but is it true?

Why it's unlikely that Chantix is the answer

On-line Quit Support
Battling nicotine addiction


Freedom is the Internet's only 100% nicotine-free
support group, where education comes first!

Where knowledge meets desire!


Visit Turkeyville, Facebook's most popular
& fastest growing nicotine cessation forum!

Click to visit Turkeyville, a cold turkey quit smoking support group
Home to smart turkeys!

   Other Support Groups   

Are you a nicotine addict?
Is it time to heal or time for a fix?

How Long Does Withdrawal Last?
How Long Does Withdrawal Last?

Cancer Support
Battling to stay alive

HealthBoard's Lung Cancer Message Boards
CancerCompass's Lung Cancer Message Board
LUNGevity Foundation's Message Boards
About.Com's Cancer Forum
American Cancer Society's Lung Cancer Board
ACOR.org's Small Cell Lung Cancer List Server

Are you prepared for bad news?
Are you prepared to die?

The Smoker's Vow, written by Joel Spitzer
"The Smoker's Vow"

Which Battle Is Easier?

The battle to quit smoking today
or the battle to save a diseased
or dying body tomorrow?

Why wait on bad news and low odds before going to war?

Do you know how to quit?

WhyQuit's Quit Quiz - Test your quit wisdom!

WhyQuit's Quit Quiz


Are you a regular nicotine user?  If so, when you look in the mirror do you see a "real" drug addict looking back?  You should!  Only about 15% of regular powdered cocaine users are addicted. In contrast, up to 90% of adults and 87% of youth who smoke nicotine at least once daily are chemically dependent under DSM IV mental health standards.  The fact that nicotine's dopamine/adrenaline intoxication is an alert and not drunken "high" does not make it any less of a chemical addiction than alcoholism, heroin or crystal meth.  Yes, you are dependent upon a drug that is six times more addictive to human's than powdered cocaine. 

If drunken intoxication were the yardstick for dependency then far more regular alcohol drinkers than 10% would be addicted while almost no smoker would be hooked.  Most dependency experts rank nicotine as earth's most addictive drug.  We are "real" drug addicts!  Just one puff and up to 50% of our brain's dopamine pathway receptors become occupied by nicotine, temporarily satisfying our mind's "wanting" disorder. And the cycle will repeat itself as constantly falling nicotine reserves soon have the brain wanting for more. When quitting, just one puff and it's back to square one, with relapse all but assured. It's called the Law of Addiction and failure to master it will likely result in death.

nicotine dependency crave-feeding cycle

Yes, we truly are true drug addicts living life from fix to fix.  We inhale puff after puff not because we like smoking but because we don't like what happens when we stop.  Every two hours the amount of nicotine remaining in our bloodstream was cut by half. If we waited too long our brain's right insula would begin punishing us with urges, craves and a rising tide of anxieties. Trapped between insula beatings and dopamine "wanting", we invented a long list of reasons for administering that next fix. We don't smoke because of stress, boredom, phone calls, flavor, taste, computers, work, drinking, bathrooms, newspapers, driving, friends, romance, depression or because we just walked out of a store.  We smoke because it's time to either elevate sagging blood nicotine level or begin sensing the onset of early withdrawal.

The secret to breaking free and staying free is education, to become smarter than our addiction is strong.  It takes just 72 hours to rid the body of all nicotine and for the symptoms of withdrawal to peak in intensity, before beginning to gradually subside.  No psychological crave anxiety attack will last longer than the time it took you to smoke a cigarette - about three minutes, but be sure and look at a clock as time distortion can make those minutes feel like hours.

nicotine cessation crave chart

As shown by the above chart, the maximum number of daily anxiety crave episodes experienced by the average quitter is six, which usually occurs on day three (72 hours).  In other words, that's 18 minutes of possible significant anxiety on the worst day of recovery (3 minutes x 6 craves).  By day ten the average quitter is down to experiencing just 1.4 craves.  Sadly, most smokers never take the time to master the principles underlying their dependency upon nicotine.

Let me share a couple of examples of how education can change your thinking.  First, you have probably convinced yourself that smoking reduces stress while in truth smoking has never reduced one drop of stress in the history of the world.  In fact, nicotine is a stimulant that makes the heart pound faster. Stress generates body acids while nicotine is an alkaloid.  Combining the two has the same neutralizing effect as pouring baking soda (an alkaloid like nicotine) on an acid covered battery terminal, except that stress related acids throw the nicotine addict into an immediate state of withdrawal.  The "aaah" sensation that arrives within 8 to 10 seconds of a puff of new nicotine is simply nicotine satisfying "want" and relieving its own absence. The underlying stressful event remains unchanged. If the car tire went flat, it's still flat.

One more example.  Have you ever felt like you couldn't concentrate or think clearly while trying to quit smoking?  The most common cause of concentration difficulty when quitting is low blood sugar caused by the fact that nicotine had assumed some control over regulating brain glucose levels via adrenaline releasing stored sugars and fats. This symptom is often overcome by drinking fruit juices during the first few days (cranberry is excellent) and by spreading our normal food intake out a bit more evenly over the entire day.  Don't skip breakfast or lunch but don't eat more food either, just eat a bit less more frequently.

Which cigarette in which pack will provide the irritant or spark that gives birth to that very first cancerous cell?  Cancer has a beginning and so does disease.  Which cigarette is it?  Which one is the trigger for emphysema?  Which one contains the nicotine that constricts a vessel that produces a paralyzing stroke or instant death?  Which carton contains the massive heart attack?  When will the damage become irreversible?

You may have successfully tuned out all the health warnings for years.  But with each passing year the odds of becoming one of the five million that tobacco claims annually increases. Take your own poll.  Visit any cancer treatment ward and ask each patient if they were smokers.  Among men, 22 out of 23 will say "yes."  But lung cancer isn't smoking's biggest killer, it's circulatory disease.

It's a whole new life being nicotine free!  Don't believe what they tell you about quitting.  There's no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow - it's better than gold.  It's the "real," you, a calm and comfortable free spirit who calls all the shots.  It's a return of our dignity and the birth of new found self-respect.  To stand in front of that mirror and be proud of who we see, to grow to like then love who we've become.

Our body's healing magic is beauty to behold.  We've tried to convince ourselves that it's too late yet we pray we're wrong.  Within ninety days of quitting you could experience up to a 30 percent increase in the overall function of your lungs.  Day after day, week after week, month after month to feel yourself grow stronger.  To climb without panting, to exercise an entire hour, to hear the wheeze and cough no more, or be told that your snore has gone.  To smell, taste, to eat slowly, to remain, to relax and not need, to drive for hours or days, to smile, to stay, to hug, to breathe, to hopefully live as long as intended!  Freedom has always been within our reach, we just never took the time to master our addiction.

Your next 20 nicotine fixes will take at least an hour to inhale.  Why not devote that hour toward learning.   If you'll just sit, watch, click and read the words at the following link it may forever change your life.  I think you'll be amazed at how little you actually knew about the drug that controlled us.  All your former quits likely had one thing in common - you fought in darkness.  The trained and prepared mind does well in battle.  Educate your desire!  Turn on the lights!  It's time to take back control!  Click on the next four words!

The Path to Freedom!

Click to learn more about Never Take Another Puff, a free PDF quit smoking e-book Click to learn more about Freedom from Nicotine - The Journey Home, a free PDF e-book

Have you read Joel and John's free e-books?

Nicodemon's Lies?
Nicodemon's Lies?, by John R. Polito
Truth is, there is no Nicodemon!

Life Extending Links

The First 72 Hours Joel's Library Addiction 101
Motivation Relapse PreventionCraves & Stress
Quit MetersGlory WeekQuitting Aids
Healthy Blood FlowSecondhand SmokeWeight Gain
Youth Pregnancy Freedom
WhyQuit News Link to WhyQuit What's New

Links to WhyQuit's collection of movie clip links
Sit back and watch a few movie clips


An Invitation to Share 

Averaging 2.5 million hits per month, WhyQuit receives a tremendous number of daily visitors, almost all of whom are smokers or new quitters.  If tobacco has caused you or your loved one to pay a horrible price and you have a message to share, please send us a quick e-mail as we'd love to help.

Hundreds of millions of addicted tobacco users believe that plenty of time remains to quit. This commercial-free site exists to show smokers where their addiction can lead them, hopefully while there is still time to take control and allow their damaged and decaying bodies to begin healing. 

We sometimes hear smokers describe WhyQuit as "scare tactics" but what you see here isn't even the tip of truth's iceberg.  Please e-mail our link to every smoker you know.   Simply type whyquit.com in a brief e-mail that contains a short message of hope.  Who knows, you might just save a life!

Breathe deep, hug hard, live long,

John R. Polito, Founder

106 Aldrich Place, Goose Creek, SC 29445 USA 


Death's table of truth.
Is the risk of death exaggerated?

Still not convinced?  Then one parting point to ponder.
When is the last time that you saw an OLD smoker?"
As you travel through your day, take a look around!

My Cigarette, My Friend, by Joel Spitzer
"My Cigarette, My Friend?"

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