If you’re thinking about quitting smoking or using tobacco (or are trying to convince someone else to quit), then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve found the best Web sites to help you understand why you should quit smoking, determine the best way to do it, and find support to help you along the way and keep you from restarting.
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You can quit smoking on your own or with the help of medication, counseling, patches, gums, nasal spray or even hypnotherapy. The sites in this section tell you what to expect from the different ways to quit smoking, and help you determine which method would be best for you.
- Quitting cold turkey or gradually cutting back may seem like the cheapest and easiest way to stop smoking, but cessation Web sites discourage these approaches because they don’t really work. Research shows that fewer than 10 percent of smokers succeed at quitting cold turkey. It’s generally recommended to combine at least two approaches, such as counseling and nicotine replacement.
- Be sure you talk to your doctor about your choice to quit smoking, even if you aren’t seeking a prescription drug. Nicotine replacement therapies, such as the patch or gum, could interfere with medications you’re taking. Your doctor may also have other resources to share.
- Though the Web doesn’t have a comprehensive, centralized list of local smoking cessation programs, check the Web site of your nearby hospital or city or county health department to see whether it offers classes.
- We’ve included two sites that help you track your progress day by day, but you might find it more convenient to use free online calendars such as those offered by Google and Yahoo. These don’t specifically track your quitting smoking efforts, but they do offer a way to keep track of all your important events (quitting and otherwise) in the same place.
- Quitting smokeless tobacco, like cigarette smoking, involves breaking both a nicotine addiction and a physical habit, and the Web sites in this section can help you do both.
To determine the best method to quit smoking …
American Cancer Society
can help you figure out the best way to quit by assessing your smoking habits in a six-question quiz.
American Academy of Family Physicians
has a number of smoking cessation resources, including this “Why Do I Smoke?” quiz that helps you figure out your reasons and offers alternatives. For people who smoke because of stress, for example, the site recommends other ways to manage tension.
To get started with quitting smoking…
American Lung Association
has a free online cessation program called “Freedom from Smoking.” Completing the program requires free registration.
has a calendar feature you can use to plan your day to quit and track your progress. You’ll also get daily tips for quitting based on your personal situation.
To learn more about techniques used to quit smoking …
National Cancer Institute
has a brief overview of the methods used to quit smoking, such as the types of counseling available and nicotine replacement products.
American Family Physician
is a peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Family Physicians. It has an article that outlines the different quitting methods in more detail and rates their effectiveness. The article is a little more technical but still readable.
For information on nicotine replacement therapy …
outlines the different types of nicotine replacement available. This site describes who should and shouldn’t use the different products, how they work, how well they work and their side effects.
For hypnotherapy to quit smoking …
has a page explaining how clinical hypnotherapy works and its benefits and drawbacks. While there are no specifics on hypnotherapy for quitting smoking, the site does provide a solid overview of the technique.
American Society of Clinical Hypnosis
has a member search page that allows you to search by state and specialty to find a hypnotherapist. There’s no “smoking cessation” specialty, so search “addictions.”
For acupuncture to quit smoking …
The Cochrane Collaboration
is a nonprofit organization devoted to reviewing scientific evidence. This report concludes that acupuncture is not an effective technique for people who are trying to quit smoking, but that it might have some value as a placebo.
explains what to expect from an acupuncturist if you go, but doesn’t draw a conclusion on the technique’s effectiveness.
For clinical trials …
is a clearinghouse operated by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and provides a list of research clinical trials currently underway to test experimental treatments for smoking cessation. To learn more about clinical trials, speak to your doctor, and read the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's guide
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