Joel Spitzer also
Joel has been providing smoking cessation and prevention services since 1972, first as a volunteer speaker, then as member of the professional staff of the American Cancer Society. From 1978 to 2000 he served as the smoking programs coordinator for the Rush North Shore Medical Center's Good Health Program. From 2000 until 2008 he served as a smoking prevention and cessation consultant to the Evanston Department of Health and Human Services and the Health Department for the Village of Skokie, Illinois. His online materials are widely and freely utilized by many Internet based quitting sites.
The story of how a young never-smoker started reaching out to much older smokers is inspiring in its own way.
He has conducted more than 350 six-session stop smoking clinics to over 4,500 participants, including programs for major corporations, medium and small sized companies, universities, health departments and numerous hospitals in the Metropolitan Chicago area.
In addition to nicotine cessation clinics, Joel has developed and presented smoking education seminars to both adult and school age groups. Since 1972, he has presented more than 690 single-session seminars approximately 100,000 participants. Joel has been a primary speaker on the physical, psychological and social aspects of smoking at over 30 major conferences on smoking and health throughout Illinois. He has trained physician and lay speakers for the American Cancer Society.
Joel has conducted numerous radio, television, newspaper and magazine interviews. He authored more than 100 quitting articles that were intended as follow-up reinforcement lessons for participants who had attended his stop smoking clinics but are today being shared at quitting forums across the Internet.
Most of Joel's reinforcement articles have been compiled into a free 1.4MB PDF e-book entitled "Never Take Another Puff," which can be directly downloaded at http://www.whyquit.com/joel. More than 1.6 million copies of Never Take Another Puff have been downloaded since August 2005.
In 2006 Joel established "AskJoel" where both quitters and those still dependent upon nicotine submitted their questions to Joel.
In October of 2006, Joel added a new feature to the WhyQuit site, a free video library, with more than 60 videos providing over 10 hours of lessons, covering materials taught in his six-session clinics. Since being first introduced, more than one million of these videos have been viewed via the Internet.