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Smoking Cessation

Since nicotine is addictive, smoking cessation is a difficult process, but quitting could save your life. Learn about the dangers of smoking and read about effective methods for smoking cessation.

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How can I keep from smoking again?

Most ex-smokers who start smoking again do so within the first 3 months after they quit. Learn how to keep from smoking again by planning ahead and devising some strategies to avoid relapse.


Each person must find the reason that convinces him or her to quit. Here, former smokers share the inspirations that helped them to break the habit. See more »

Triggers, the circumstances or behaviors that prompt the urge to smoke, are powerful motivators to smoke. Read the stories of some former smokers who found that identifying and thwarting those triggers were keys to their success. See more »

Smoking is both a physical and psychological addiction, and getting into the right frame of mind has been key to the success of many former smokers. Here they share some of the mind games that helped them to overcome this powerful dependence. See more »

Many peoples' lives are cut short by nicotine, an instrument of death, even though everyone knows by now that nicotine kills. Here are the cold, ugly facts about nicotine addiction. See more »

The 'buddy system' has helped many people quit smoking. Read the success stories of some former smokers who quit with a friend, who can offer encouragement and sometimes even a spirit of competition to help you get through. See more »

Giving up smoking isn't about what you're giving up, but what you're gaining. Read the success stories of some former smokers who found that making that reward a bit more tangible helped them get through the difficult early days. See more »

Most smokers are aware of specific risks associated with smoking -- cancer, emphysema, bronchitis -- but smoking and health go hand-in-hand, since smoking impacts nearly all aspects of your health. See more »

Congratulations on getting through the first four stages of quitting smoking. Your goal now is to make this change permanent. Learn about maintaining a tobacco-free lifestyle after you've quit smoking. See more »

After the first three stages of quitting smoking, you're making progress toward a lifetime of freedom from tobacco. Learn how feeling good about not using tobacco will help you stick with your healthy lifestyle. See more »

Even if you're not ready to quit, reviewing this information will help you think about what it means to be tobacco-free. Thinking about being tobacco-free is the first stage of quitting smoking. See more »