Serious Ways to Stop Smoking
The Mind and Body Connection
The Key to Quitting
How to Do It
Know Why You Are Quitting
Take it One Day at a Time
Change Your Environment
Practice the Three D's
Keep a Diary
Work with Your Doctor
- Over-the-counter nicotine patches, gum and lozenges, which may be used alone or in combination
- Prescription nicotine inhalers or nasal sprays
- Prescription medicines
- Alternative therapies like hypnosis and acupuncture
- Smoking cessation classes
- Group therapy
- Self-help programs—For example, web and computer-based programs are an option. You can find many programs online, like the American Lung Association's Freedom From Smoking program. There are also telephone quit lines, cell phone programs, and text messaging programs. To learn more about these options, visit smokefree.gov .
Reward Yourself for Succeeding
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- Review Date: 03/2013 -
- Update Date: 03/15/2013 -
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