The first Five-Day Plan to Stop Smoking was conducted June 12-16, 1960, in Taunton, Massachusetts, by J. Wayne McFarland, M.D., and the late Elman J. Folkenberg almost four years before the U.S. Surgeon General's Report linking cigarette smoking to lung cancer was published in January of 1964. The Five-Day plan was one of the very first smoking cessation programs offered in the United States. It has the distinction of being not only one of the oldest but one of the most effective plans available, even today, for those who are really serious about stopping smoking.

The Five-Day Plan has been conducted in all the major countries of the world with an estimated twenty million people in attendance over the last thirty years. Hundreds of thousands have stopped smoking completely. The latest country to ask for the Five-Day Plan is the People's Republic of China.

Special recognition has been given the Five-Day Plan and its co-originators by the World Health Organization and in many places it has received the cooperation of the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association and the American Heart Association.

Welcome today to a life free of tobacco in any form. You will find the steps to help you stop smoking outlined in this new and updated Control Booklet will also assist you in overcoming the craving and reinforcing the will to quit. (To order a booklet, write to Southeastern California Conference of S.D.A., Health Dept. P.O. Box 8050, Riverside, CA 92515 or if a hardcopy of the booklet is wanted - you can print it from this file for your own personal use in stopping smoking. What you see in this file is the text and graphics of the Control Booklet)



This daily guide for 5 days can guide you through your own personal stop smoking plan. There are some suggestions that may help you to understand and use this program.

The major difference with quitting smoking on your own as compared to attending a group that is quitting smoking together is that alone you do not have the dynamics of a group. In part you can make up for this by enlisting the dynamics of one or two others who also want to quit smoking or who are not smokers but have already quit and are willing to provide interaction and contact that would be obtained by attending a group or class. Ask a buddy at work or any other acquaintance who would be willing to talk to you by phone once a day or someone that you see daily who would be willing to hold you accountable for your decision to stop smoking and to provide you feedback and someone to listen to you and to be there when you want to talk.

This 5 day plan to stop smoking is so successful because it is a total plan. Along with the decision to stop smoking needs to be the decision to follow the suggestions in all areas of life for five days at least. Smoking has been part of your total life before you quit. The more things about your life you change right now as suggested during these five days, the more easily you will kick the smoking habit. The dietary suggestions are designed to eliminate smoking poisons from your body as rapidly as possible. The skin is the largest organ of elimination your body has. For this reason, bathing or showering often is an important aid to rid the body of smoking toxins as well as a powerful mood calmer and soother.

Finally, this guide is written and put on the web by Bible believing medical professionals who have only your best interest in view. While nothing in this guide talks about faith or belief in God, prayer to God brings strength and help to kick the habit. Try it! For example, "God, help me!" gives God the freedom to help you without stepping on your freedom of choice.


To all those professionals who have conducted smoking cessation programs using The Five-Day Plan to Stop Smoking - some, hundreds of times - and to all the participants for thirty years who have successfully followed the Plan to a freedom from smoking, we express our appreciation for their confirmation of the effectiveness of the Plan.

The online part of the introduction was written by Ray Foster M.D., F.A.C.S. medical director of the Lifestyle Community Clinics in Washington State, U.S.A.


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