Reasons 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

It’s no secret that smoking is bad for you. The list of organs it can damage is long, and there are many diseases linked to smoking, such as emphysema, lung cancer and cardiovascular disease. Use this section to learn more about the health effects of smoking and reasons to quit smoking.

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  • The sites we’ve chosen for this section do a great job of explaining how nicotine works in the body and why quitting smoking is so hard to do. They also prepare you for the physical withdrawal (which lasts only a few days) and the psychological addiction, which can be much harder to break.

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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.

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  • 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.

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To determine the best method to quit smoking …
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Support for Quitting Smoking

Even with the tremendous resources available to quit smoking, it remains extremely difficult. Luckily, there is a great deal of support for quitting smoking available both face-to-face and online.

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  • Check your county or city health department or hospital’s Web sites for smoking cessation support groups in your area.
  • It’s not uncommon for someone who’s quit smoking to slip up and have a cigarette or dip, or even to relapse entirely. Scroll down to the end of this section for sites that can help you deal with slips and relapses.
  • Keep in mind that not everyone you’ll encounter in online forums or support groups has the best of intentions or represents themselves accurately. Some people may claim that they used a remedy you’ve never heard of; be wary of those claims, especially if they include links to buy specific products.

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If you slip or relapse while you’re quitting smoking …
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Helping Someone Quit Smoking

It can be hard to stand by and watch people you care about smoke, knowing the affect it’s having on them and those around them. The sites in this section have tips to assist you in helping someone quit smoking successfully.

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  • One message echoed by all of the sites in this section is that nagging someone to quit doesn’t work. You can, however, ban people from smoking in your home or car. It won’t stop them from smoking in other places, but it’s a start.
  • Smokers already know that smoking isn’t good for them. These sites suggest that you focus your arguments on how your loved ones’ quitting would affect you, not them.

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