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Smoking Cessation Health Center

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Your Quit-Smoking Fears Debunked

Dreading the weight gain, bad mood, or chance of failure? Think again.

Fear: I’ll Fail

No one likes to fail. Quitting smoking is one of the hardest things someone can do.

“We see people come to our program who have successfully quit heroin addiction, cocaine addiction, alcohol addiction, and they come in and say, ‘I’ve given up all these things but I can’t get rid of my cigarettes,’” Steinberg says.

That’s because nicotine is one of the most addictive drugs there is.

If you’ve tried quitting several times in the past, seek a different method. If you went cold turkey, look into a nicotine replacement therapy.

If you previously went about it on your own, join a support group or call a quit line this go round.

People who quit on their own have a less than 5% success rate. Yet people who use all the resources available to them often quit successfully on the very first try, Steinberg says.

There’s no magic number that you have to get to the second, fourth, or sixth quit attempt before you are successful.

Eriksen says two things can ultimately ensure a successful quit attempt. One is a desire to quit for yourself -- not for your spouse, your boss, or anyone else. The second is confidence in your ability to succeed. If you couple those two things, you boost your odds of success.

Data show 70% of smokers would like to quit and wish they’d never started, Eriksen says. Once you’re ready and you have the desire and confidence, you’re on your way to success.

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Reviewed on March 01, 2012

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