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iVillage.com: Fact or Fiction: Quitting Smoking

Fact: You’re Not Alone

Stop-smoking programs, telephone counseling and classes offered through workplaces, hospitals and wellness centers can offer the peer support you need to kick the habit, says Edelman. Build your support network by telling family and friends about your plan to quit. Hang out with nonsmokers who encourage your efforts. Speak to your doctor about nicotine replacement, which is available in five forms (gum, lozenge, patch, prescription nasal spray or prescription inhaler), or prescription drugs to help you quit (bupropion and varenicline). On any given attempt to try to quit smoking, only 4 to 7 percent of people are able to do it without medications or other help, so don’t be shy about seeking out. Check out resources at the American Lung Association, American Cancer Society, Nicotine Anonymous, Smokefree.gov and the CDC.

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