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3 Quit-Smoking Strategies That Work

3 Quit-Smoking Strategies That Work

Know someone who wants to start the new year smoke-free? Send them a little inspiration with these kick-butt strategies.

  • Toss, don't taper. Tapering down with "light" cigarettes does not an easier path to quitting make. In fact, research showed that smokers who switched to light cigarettes were 54 percent less likely to quit than the smokers who'd never tried lights. Research also suggests that light cigarettes have just as much tar and nicotine as other kinds. What you should use: nicotine replacement therapy. Here's why.
  • Do some prep work. Like starting a new habit to replace your old one. Find out what the YOU Docs recommend you start doing before you go cold turkey.
  • Use the buddy system. With support, you're more likely to make permanent change.

Medically reviewed in July 2019.

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