Professional Biography

2016_photoJoel Spitzer has been a leading authority in the development and implementation of smoking cessation and prevention programs for over 49 years.

Far from just following and teaching the commonly held beliefs of the day, he has been a visionary who recognized early on that nicotine was an addiction while the rest of the medical and scientific community contended it was simply a habit.

His unique insight allowed him to develop and implement nicotine prevention and intervention strategies that were decades ahead of their time. Participants in his clinics had success in quitting at rates that far exceeded the national average for such programs.

Work History

Joel Spitzer served as cessation consultant for, a smoking prevention and cessation Internet website, a pro bono position from January of 2000 to December of 2020.

He provided smoking cessation and prevention programs from 1971 to 2009. First as a volunteer speaker and then a member of the professional staff of the American Cancer Society, and later as the smoking programs coordinator for the Rush North Shore Medical Center’s Good Health Program, and  then as a consultant for the Skokie Illinois Health Department and the Evanston Department of Health and Human Services, providing state funded smoking cessation clinics and seminars for the two Chicago suburban communities.

He has conducted over 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.

Besides smoking cessation clinics, he has developed and presented smoking education seminars to both adult and school age groups. Since 1972, he has presented over 690 one-session seminars to approximately 100,000 people. He has been a main speaker on the physical, psychological, and social aspects of smoking at over 30 major conferences on smoking and health throughout Illinois. He has done numerous training programs for physician and lay speakers. He has done many radio, television, newspaper and magazine interviews.

Free Online Resources

Joel Spitzer has written over 100 articles used as part of the follow-up reinforcement for participants of his Stop Smoking Clinics. Most of these articles have been compiled into an e-book that can be downloaded by clicking by clicking here. Since August of 2005 over 4.7 million copies of his book have been downloaded off the Internet.

In 2006 he began producing self-help videos and MP3 audio files available on the Internet at and on YouTube. Since October 2006 over 4.2 million of these video and audio files have been accessed from these online resources. All of these online resources; the articles, books, audio and videos available at no charge.

Link to Why my resources are free information page.

Other Health Promotion Activities

Joel Spitzer has been involved in other aspects of health promotion. He has done public speaking on lifestyle and fitness, weight control, drug abuse, cancer prevention and cancer early diagnosis.

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