AskJoel was originally setup to field questions from people wanting information on quitting smoking. For a period of about two years, people interested in quitting were regularly emailing us asking various questions regarding smoking and quitting. Over time though, there were not many new questions being asked, just the same common questions that had been answered numerous times on the board and in personal emails. What we tried to do with the site is to organize it in a way where people could find answers to the most frequently asked questions, as well as a place to research information that they may not have considered important but in fact could help them to successfully quit.
In February of 2009, MSN is shutting down its hosting services forcing us to find a new home for the AskJoel website. We've settled on hosting the site here at Aimoo. We examined numerous sites, but Aimoo had two features going for it that the others did not. First, it offered a partial migration of the original MSN AskJoel board. Unfortunately only half of the original board came through but it was better than nothing. A second feature was that it allowed us to post to the site with links and graphics while using an iMac--a feature that no other board that we experimented with seemed to support.
Besides just providing the question and answer section of the old board, we set up the new site here in a format following the six day Stop Smoking Clinics I conducted in the Chicago area to thousands of people over a thirty year period.
For those looking to quit we suggest that you explore the video section, which is laid out with a day by day video lesson plan and suggested reading materials. The other categories provide articles and other supportive materials for those wanting to learn general information about quitting. The last two categories are the archived materials from the original AskJoel board.
We hope you find this new site helpful in your efforts to first quit smoking and then to support your long-term success by staying resolute in your personal commitment to never take another puff.