Become an Ex

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On previous posts I’ve talked about good websites for helping smokers quit:

Can smoking cessation internet sites help you to quit? 4/21/07
http://www.healthline.com/blogs/smoking_cessation/2007/04/can-smoking-cessation-internet-sites.html

There are quite a few good ones, and so far my favorite is at www.quitnet.com .

But I recently checked out a fairly new one and was very impressed. Its at www.becomeanex.org . It has been funded by a coalition on public health agencies, and appears to have been really well put together and is really easy to use. One of its main selling points is its emphasis on quitting smoking as a process, and its recognition that it is not all over in a month. So this site presents quitting as a process, provides loads of useful tips and advice, and is particularly good at helping you link with networks of other smokers for added support. The site makes good use of new technologies to make it easy to register, easy to communicate with other smokers trying to quit, and fairly easy to ask a question not just of others trying to quit, but also of recognized experts, like Dr Richard Hurt of the Mayo Clinic.

I found it very simple to register. You can set up your own profile, add your photo and details if you want (or not if you don’t), and there are plenty of subgroups you can join, made up of people with a particular thing in common (e.g. living in Texas, or using Chantix). The only slight problem I had was that when I clicked on some of the video components they didn’t all run smoothly. That may have just been a problem with my PC as I’m a bit technologically challenged. I believe this site is fairly new, (launched March, 2008) but I think it looks like it could be very helpful to tobacco users thinking about quitting.

Check it out and let me know what you think.
www.becomeanex.org
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MA, MAppSci, PhD

Dr. Jonathan Foulds is an expert in the field of tobacco addiction.

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