Quit Smoking Internet Discussion Groups, Part A (groupsa.html)

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* QUICK TABLE OF ALL LINKS (without descriptions)

* Chat rooms

* Chat Special Programs (ICQ, IRC)

* Newsgroups

* Web-based Bulletin Board Systems

* Message Boards of Online Services (e.g. AOL, Compuserve, MSN)

* Email Pen Pals

* Email Mailing Lists

* Losing Weight Forums For QuitSmokers

* Support Groups Of All Types (e.g. alcohol, gambling, drugs, etc.)



This table only lists links with groups of medium or high activity, and without descriptions. See the tables below this table for more detailed descriptions, and for a few other groups.


The first chatroom below is the one that is the most consistently active that I have found. It is usually populated 8-10pm eastern U.S. time almost every night of the week

* QuitNet Chat Room at http://www.quitnet.org

* The About.com Quit Smoking chatroom at http://quitsmoking.about.com/mpchat.htm?PID=2744&COB=home

* Blair's chatroom at http://www.quitsmokingsupport.com/chat.htm

* Unofficial Nicotine Anonymous chatroom at http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/unofficialnicanon (NicA)

* Some AOL Chats -- Skyroom and Clean Air Cafe, available only to AOL members

* ICQ Interest Group - Nicotine Anonymous (NicA)


* alt.recovery.nicotine newsgroup (NicA).

* alt.support.stop-smoking newsgroup.

* alt.quit.smoking.support newsgroup.


* SmokeBusters board at http://smokebusters.proboards28.com/index.cgi

* QuitNet Message board at http://www.quitnet.org

* the About.com Quit Smoking Message Board at http://forums.about.com/ab-quitsmoking/start/

* Blair's very active Quit Smoking message board at http://network54.com/Hide/Forum/76750 . (Page down to see the message board)

* All of Blair's message boards and chatrooms at http://www.quitsmokingsupport.com/boards.htm

MESSAGE BOARDS (WEB-BASED), operated by Nicotine Anonymous members

* Unofficial Nicanon Message Board at http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/unofficialnicanon (NicA)


* Compuserve's Recovery Forum (GO RECOVERY) Nicotine Addiction Section. (NicA).

* AOL "Addiction and Recovery" forum (Keyword: A & R ), "Nicotine Addiction" section.


** Links and descriptions of all the mailing lists **

* Email Pen Pal Program (NicA)

* Cognitive Quitting Email Mailing List (Yahoo Group)

* Stop Smoking Email Mailing List

* Blair's Quit-Smoking Mailing List (Yahoo Group)

* Tobacco Addiction Email Mailing List

* German Language (Deutch ...) Email Mailing List (NicA)

* Spanish Language (Espanol) Email Mailing List (NicA)

* French Language (Francais) Email Mailing List (NicA)

* Portuguese Language Email Mailing List (NicA)


* Weighty Matters Forum (dealing with weight problems) at http://www.quitnet.org

* Blair's Butt Free Bulletin Board Buddies (dealing with weight problems) at http://network54.com/Hide/Forum/77034


* Good list of resources and recovery programs of all types (not just fow quitting smoking)



Note: for Parachat chatrooms: if the chat applet has trouble loading, try quitting your browser and disconnecting, restart your browser, and click on the URL again (or enter it).

All chatrooms are available to anyone with a web browser that does Java scripts (Internet Explorer 3.0 and above, Netscape 3.0 and above), unless otherwise noted.



QuitNet Chat Room at http://www.quitnet.org This chatroom is the most active one on the Net, that I know of. One problem with QuitNet is that they ask you to register the first time, and then each time thereafter, you have to login with your member name and password. I don't know what the purpose of that is, but QuitNet is quite a community and a very active one at that. You can also put up a "profile" of yourself if you wish, and anyone can click on your name and see your profile. Very handy. During chats, people read each other's profiles to rather quickly learn about each other.

The About.com Chatroom at http://quitsmoking.about.com/mpchat.htm?PID=2744&COB=home


Blair's chatroom at http://network54.com/Hide/Chat/40907 . To see a current list of all of his bulletin boards and chatrooms, see www.quitsmokingsupport.com/boards.htm


The unofficial nicanon chatroom at http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/unofficialnicanon    (NicA)

Check the "calendar" link there for the latest chat schedule, but here it is as of 11/20/00 (all times are U.S. Eastern Times, meetings last about an hour): Mon: 11am, 830pm. Tue: 9pm. Wed: 11am, 9pm. Thu: 830pm. Fri: 9pm. Sat: 11am, 8pm.

Other AOL Chat -- Skyroom and Clean Air Cafe, available only to AOL members

Go to Private Room then go to Skyroom or Clean Air Cafe.



Internet newsgroups are discussion groups, most of which have nothing to do with news. They are much superior to web-based forums in terms of efficiency and organization -- but one can only access them through software called newsreaders, or (much less efficiently) via a service such as DejaNews or Remarq. A good newsreader, such as FreeAgent, available for free download from www.download.com and many other software sites, is necessary for fast and easy navigation. However, to read a few messages or do research, www.dejanews.com or www.remarq.com can be used. DejaNews has a great search engine, whereas Remarq has a poor one. However, Dejanews shows only one message per page, whereas Remarq shows an entire thread (up to 20 or so messages) per page.



alt.recovery.nicotine newsgroup (NicA).

alt.recovery.nicotine is the unofficial newsgroup of Nicotine Anonymous. (Nicotine Anonymous does not have an official newsgroup). The traffic in the newsgroup is light, maybe 20 postings a week. Many people, particularly those early in a quit, wish for a much higher level of traffic. But some people appreciate that the low number of postings make the newsgroup easy to follow and does not require a lot of time to follow. This group very much welcomes additional postings!

alt.support.stop-smoking newsgroup.

alt.support.stop-smoking is one great newsgroup. (Unfortunately, or fortunately, its traffic is quite heavy, about 350 postings a day!) This newsgroup is focused strictly on helping each other to quit and stay quit. (Beware of some other newsgroups that have similar names, such as alt.support.non-smokers -- they are in to the politics of smoking, and are full of nasty flame wars.)


alt.quit.smoking.support newsgroup.

alt.quit.smoking.support is quite active but not as voluminous as alt.support.stop-smoking.




Web-based bulletin boards, also called message boards, are places where you can post a message, and read messages that other people have posted. No software other than a web-browser is required.

Some I describe as high-volume. This means at least 100 postings a day.

Heh, I'm sorry to slam the technical features of some bulletin boards, particularly the "one click per message, one message per page" ones. But I like to save some whole threads (discussions) for offline reading and archiving, and it is very difficult with boards that display only one message per page. Also, these kinds of message boards do take considerably longer to read even online. In particular, I'm upset with boards that stick a new ad in your face with every message (taking a considerable time to load), and I'm going to tell you about those!!

Actually, I wouldn't even bother to list any "one click per message, one message per page" ones except, well, some are popular, like Blair's, and some have special contents, like the unofficial Nicotine Anonymous (NicA) ones. Maybe it isn't a big deal if you don't archive threads and you have a 56K modem, I don't know.



Smokebusters at http://smokebusters.proboards28.com/index.cgi

The About.com Quit Smoking Message Board at http://forums.about.com/ab-quitsmoking/start/

This high-volume messageboard is technically one of the best. It now uses Prospero software, which has many features, such as an entire discussion on one page, multi-option search, remembers your last visit and displays only new messages since your last visit (if you choose), displays only threads you have marked as interesting (if you choose), 16 sections, notifies you by email if someone has posted a reply to a message you posted, etc. etc.

QuitNet Message board at http://www.quitnet.org

This is also high-volume. In Spring 1999, they've upgraded their software and now display a message + all responses on a page.

Blair's Newer And Plenty Active Quit Smoking message board at http://network54.com/Hide/Forum/76750 . (PAGE DOWN PAST THE LISTING OF FORUMS TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE TO SEE THE MESSAGE BOARD I'M TALKING ABOUT!!!).

It is very active. Myself, I don't like that it shows only one message per page. On the other hand, one can arrange to have all messages for selected threads emailed to you (grouped into a daily digest).

The unofficial nicanon message board at http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/unofficialnicanon   (NicA)

A web-based message board for nicotine addicts that has a 12-step orientation. It is slow to navigate and archive (one click per message, one message per page). But at least each message / page loads fast (as it doesn't load an ad with each message / page).

Do check out the associated chatroom at the same URL. Click on Calendar to see the chatroom schedule.