Ways to Quit Smoking

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Quit Smoking

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.

Reasons to Quit Smoking

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Ways to Quit Smoking

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.

Insights for Ways to Quit Smoking

  • 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.

Top Sites for Ways to Quit Smoking

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