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How can counseling help me quit smoking?

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You can use it as your main method or a support tool. Brief sessions, even as short as 3 minutes, have been shown to help. Programs differ, but in general, they help you pick a quit date, give you techniques to make the change, and teach you how to manage the process and prevent a relapse. Many hospitals and clinics offer solo and group sessions with counselors for free or at a low cost. If that isn’t an option, every state has a quit-smoking hotline you can call.

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: “Harms of Cigarette Smoking and Health Benefits of Quitting.”

Quit Day: “Quitting Smoking: Effects on the Human Body,” “Quit Smoking for Good -- The Best Quit Smoking Guide.”

American Cancer Society: “Prescription Drugs to Help You Quit Smoking,” “Other Ways to Quit Smoking.”

Stead, LF. Nov. 14, 2012. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews,

CDC: “Explore Medications.”

SmokeFree.gov: “Explore Quit Methods.”

Medline Plus: “Nicotine Gum,” “Nicotine Oral Inhalation,” “Nicotine Lozenges,” “Nicotine Nasal Spray.”

Lung Cancer Alliance: “Tobacco Cessation.”

McDonough, M. , published online Aug. 3, 2015. Australian Prescriber

Lancaster, T. 2005. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews,

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Counseling About Smoking Cessation.”

UpToDate: “Behavioral approaches to smoking cessation.”

North American Quitline Consortium: “What is a Quitline?”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “5 Things To Know About Complementary Health Approaches for Quitting Smoking,” “Acupuncture: In Depth.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Could hypnotherapy help you?”

Hasan, F.M. published online Jan. 27, 2014. Complementary Therapies in Medicine,

Barnes, J. , Oct. 6, 2010. Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group

Civljak, M. published online Jul. 10, 2013. Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group,

Cleveland Clinic: “Want to Quit Smoking? Acupuncture Can Help You With Cravings.”

Cabioglu, M.T. Jul. 7, 2009. International Journal of Neuroscience,

McIvor, A. , July-August 2009. Canadian Respiratory Journal: Journal of the Canadian Thoracic Society

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on January 16, 2019

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SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: “Harms of Cigarette Smoking and Health Benefits of Quitting.”

Quit Day: “Quitting Smoking: Effects on the Human Body,” “Quit Smoking for Good -- The Best Quit Smoking Guide.”

American Cancer Society: “Prescription Drugs to Help You Quit Smoking,” “Other Ways to Quit Smoking.”

Stead, LF. Nov. 14, 2012. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews,

CDC: “Explore Medications.”

SmokeFree.gov: “Explore Quit Methods.”

Medline Plus: “Nicotine Gum,” “Nicotine Oral Inhalation,” “Nicotine Lozenges,” “Nicotine Nasal Spray.”

Lung Cancer Alliance: “Tobacco Cessation.”

McDonough, M. , published online Aug. 3, 2015. Australian Prescriber

Lancaster, T. 2005. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews,

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Counseling About Smoking Cessation.”

UpToDate: “Behavioral approaches to smoking cessation.”

North American Quitline Consortium: “What is a Quitline?”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “5 Things To Know About Complementary Health Approaches for Quitting Smoking,” “Acupuncture: In Depth.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Could hypnotherapy help you?”

Hasan, F.M. published online Jan. 27, 2014. Complementary Therapies in Medicine,

Barnes, J. , Oct. 6, 2010. Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group

Civljak, M. published online Jul. 10, 2013. Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group,

Cleveland Clinic: “Want to Quit Smoking? Acupuncture Can Help You With Cravings.”

Cabioglu, M.T. Jul. 7, 2009. International Journal of Neuroscience,

McIvor, A. , July-August 2009. Canadian Respiratory Journal: Journal of the Canadian Thoracic Society

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on January 16, 2019

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