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

Sandy, Utah   November 13, 2007   Lifestyle News
(PRLEAP.COM) 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 days.

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 challenging.

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.

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