About Stop Smoking Programs
Information about Stop-Smoking-Programs.org: our history, vision, mission and values.
Hi, my name is Len Johnson. I am the editor and founder of Stop Smoking Programs.
I launched this website in January 2012 after spending ten years as editor and webmaster at Quit-Smoking-Stop.com (QSS).
During that time I was fortunate enough to learn what really works from H-U-N-D-R-E-D-S of smokers. It left me in no doubt that stop smoking programs help smokers to quit and stay stopped for longer.
This simple insight became such a strong conviction that I decided to rework the QSS website (which was long overdue an overhaul anyway) and to replace it with this one.
As was the case with QSS, Stop-Smoking-Programs.org is a pro quitting resource rather than an anti smoking website. The two standpoints may seem the same but I believe there is a subtle difference.
I started out by asking the question: why do people smoke and, as a result of my research, I felt that too many articles, books, brochures and other resources conveyed an unhelpful and condescending tone.
Smokers ARE intelligent human beings and it seems likely to me and others that smokers are likely to become more engaged with smoking cesation information if it is presented in ways that are supportive rather than condescending.
Tobacco use is a disorder which can be remedied through medical attention; therefore, it should be approached by health care providers just as other substance-use disorders are approached: with knowledge, understanding, and persistence.1
Our only hope is that the information we provide will:
- Increase awareness about the harmful effects of smoking.
- Point smokers who want to quit in the right direction.
- Prompt more smokers to at least consider quitting.
Our basic offering is a simple idea but it is also a challenging undertaking. We are committed to developing our website and we believe we can do that by staying abreast of technology and listening to our users.
Embracing the views of our users is particulary important to us as it is they who will help us to develop the best possible resource.
- We appreciate the importance of family and endeavour to maintain a family friendly website.
- We believe that honesty is a sound policy.
- The information and services that we offer are generally free and they are provided in good faith.
- We try to treat others how we would like to be treated.
- Unfortunately, there are deceptive, destructive and rude people in the world. As a result, we have to adopt practices and policies which protect our website, its content and our users. We hope that our users will find that our practices are ethical, reasonable and fair.
1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The health consequences of smoking: nicotine addiction a report of the surgeon general. (1988) Atlanta, GA.
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