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  • I’m trying to quit smoking for the first time.
  • I’ve tried to quit smoking a few times and need some help.
  • I started smoking again after years, and I need to quit again.

I’m trying to quit smoking for the first time.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar, MD on November 19, 2017

  1. Is this a good time for me to quit smoking? What are the benefits of quitting?
  2. Can nicotine replacement therapies or medications help me succeed?
  3. Should I join a program that helps people quit? Do online support groups help?
  4. How can I avoid gaining weight when I quit smoking?
  5. How long does it normally take to quit smoking?

I’ve tried to quit smoking a few times and need some help.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar, MD on November 19, 2017

  1. Why is it so hard to quit smoking?
  2. Since I've tried and failed before, will it become harder the next time?
  3. Should I try a prescription aid, such as a nicotine patch or pill, to help me quit?
  4. Should I join a smoking cessation program?
  5. How can I avoid stress and other things that make me want to smoke?

I started smoking again after years, and I need to quit again.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar, MD on November 19, 2017

  1. Why is it so hard for me to quit smoking?
  2. Would a smoking cessation medication help me?
  3. Should I try a nicotine replacement product such as a patch?
  4. Should I join a quit-smoking program? What do you recommend?
  5. How do I make a quit-smoking plan?
  6. How can I avoid stress and other triggers that make me want to smoke?