Stop Smoking Program Used by Mormon Missionaries for 24 Years Now Available Online

Released on: November 11, 2007, 3:08 pm

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Press Release Summary: A stop smoking program that began in Ireland in 1983 has been
provided to Mormon missionaries free of charge as a printed manual, but keeping
missionaries supplied with copies has been difficult - until now.

Press Release Body: Salt Lake City, Utah - The "LDS Stop Smoking Program" has been
used by thousands of Mormon missionaries since 1983 to teach people who want to quit
smoking, but keeping missionaries supplied with printed copies has been challenging
because the manuals are provided at no charge.

The "LDS Stop Smoking Program" is used in most of the missions of The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout the world. It is not an official
program of the Church, but it has become a frequently used resource when
missionaries encounter someone who wants to join the rapidly growing Church, but
needs to stop smoking.

Mormons (a nick name) are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints. They believe in a teaching known as the "Word of Wisdom" which teaches that
they should not use coffee, tea, alcohol, or tobacco.

The stop smoking lesson has been extremely successful because it teaches people how
to stop the nicotine fit, or longing that often makes it so hard for people to quit.
The missionaries use the lesson manual to teach people 15 steps to follow for seven

Instructions for teaching the 15 steps have been provided in a printed manual that
has been distributed without charge. Missionaries have also copied the manual and
passed it along from missionary to missionary. The effort is conducted without
funding and is taught by volunteers, so the distribution of manuals has been

When the master copy in a mission office has become old and worn out it is often
difficult to get it replaced. Now it will be easy for any missionary or mission
office to obtain a new copy.

With the help of several volunteers, the manual has been revised so that it can be
printed on fewer pages, and it will now be distributed electronically with a PDF
document sent by E-mail. Missionaries and Church leaders can request free copies of
the manual by visiting a web site at

Members of the public who would like to receive a free lesson on how to quit smoking
can also go to the web site to make the request. The lesson is presented free of
charge to anyone who asks, regardless of religious affiliation.

About the LDS Stop Smoking Program:
The LDS Stop Smoking Program has been used by Mormon missionaries all over the world
since 1983. The manual is now available in PDF format at no charge upon request at

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