The Fact and Fiction About Quitting Smoking

Everyone seems to have an opinion about smoking addiction and how to be able to quit smoking. While no single method is guaranteed to work for everyone there are a few truths that will be helpful for anyone who is trying to quit smoking.

Lie #1: Smoking is just a bad habit.

The simple fact is tobacco use is an addiction. According to the U.S. Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, nicotine is a very addictive drug. For some people, it can be as addictive as heroin or cocaine.

Lie #2: Quitting is just a matter of willpower.

Unfortunately because smoking is an addiction, quitting is often very difficult. The good news is there are a number of treatments available that can help you quit smoking.

Lie #3: If you can't quit smoking the first time you try, you will never be able to quit.

Anyone who has been addicted to cigarettes knows that quitting is hard. Usually people make two or three tries, or more, before being able to quit smoking for good.

Lie #4: The best way to quit smoking is "cold turkey."

Nothing could be further from the truth. The most effective way to quit smoking is by using a combination of counseling and nicotine replacement therapy (such as the nicotine patch, inhaler, gum, or nasal spray). Your health care provider or smoking cessation clinic is the best place to go to for help with quitting.

Lie #5: When you quit smoking it will be expensive.

It is important to seek treatment in order to greatly improve your chances to quit smoking but the good news is most treatments cost from $3 to $10 a day. A pack-a-day smoker spends almost $1,000 per year and most treatments are effective after only a few months. You can even check with your health insurance plan to find out if smoking cessation medications and/or counseling are covered.

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