Imagine 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
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.
The lessons are shared as Windows media video files (wmv) in four formats: (1) higher resolution videos for those with high speed Internet access, (2) lower resolution videos for those using dial-up connections, and (3) as audio lessons which allow for quicker download, and (4) MP3 audio format, easily usable in most computers and MP3 players.
The video and audio lessons are available in Joel's Library at WhyQuit.com. Users are encouraged to burn sharable disks for family members, friends, co-workers or patients.
When burning disks you may wish to include a copy of "Never Take Another Puff,' Joels free 149 page PDF quitting book or any of scores of other lessons shared at WhyQuit.
The only use requirements are that there never be any charge or cost to those receiving WhyQuit's materials, 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.
Since 1976 Joel 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. More than 1.2 million copies of "Never Take Another Puff," his free quitting book, were downloaded since August 2005 and over one million videos have been watched since October of 2006.
I wanted to note here that I encourage the videos to new quitters even more so than I do the book and articles. The reason for this is that I never really meant for the articles to be a guide for quitting smoking. They were my follow-up mechanism for people who had already quit, most by having sat through the classes. The videos on the other hand are the real content covered in the classes. I always saw the articles as an adjunctive support mechanism for the classes, as opposed to the classes being an adjunctive support mechanism for the articles.
Below are links to the video lessons and reading materials presented in the order that the materials were covered in my live six session Stop Smoking Clinics. I really do hope that people just starting their quits focus on these materials to help get them started.