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Are there stages of quitting smoking?

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  • Pre-contemplation. You don't want to quit, but you may try because you feel pressured.
  • Contemplation. You want to quit with the next 6 months. You haven't taken steps to quit, but you want to.
  • Preparation. You take small steps to quit such as cutting back or switching to a lighter brand.
  • Action. You commit to quitting. You make changes to help deal with urges and remain smoke-free for six months.
  • Maintenance. You haven't smoked for about 6 months and work to prevent relapse.

From: Asthma and Smoking WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:  American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "No Butts About It: Smoking Makes Asthma Worse." Medscape: "Got Asthma? Quit Smoking." American Lung Association: "Quit Smoking." Health Resources and Services Administration: "Smoking Cessation." FDA: "FDA 101: Smoking Cessation Products."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 17, 2018

SOURCES:  American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "No Butts About It: Smoking Makes Asthma Worse." Medscape: "Got Asthma? Quit Smoking." American Lung Association: "Quit Smoking." Health Resources and Services Administration: "Smoking Cessation." FDA: "FDA 101: Smoking Cessation Products."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 17, 2018

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