A good quit-smoking program can help a person quit smoking by providing support and encouragement. Programs are available for you to attend in-person, by telephone, or online (on the Internet). Look for a program that is led by someone who has had training in helping people quit smoking.
Better in-person smoking cessation programs:
Telephone-based quit-smoking programs link callers to trained counselors. These counselors can help you put together a quit plan that is tailored to how you smoke, and they can also help you avoid common problems. This resource is available free of cost by calling the national tobacco quitline: 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669).
Online quit-smoking programs may work for you if your schedule doesn't allow you to attend in-person programs. There are many programs, such as the one at www.smokefree.gov, that offer programs and resources to help you quit smoking.
Most state health departments can recommend a program in your
Change your quit date to match the program date. In many communities,
programs are only offered 2 to 3 times a year. Keep this in mind as you plan
your time line for quitting.
Avoid any program that promises to make quitting easy or that sounds
like it has the only answer or a "secret" method that works better than any
other method. There are no "magic bullets."
June 14, 2012
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & John Hughes, MD - Psychiatry
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