Can I quit smoking without using a support group?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
You can quit smoking without a support group, but why would you? Studies show that people are more successful quitting when they combine support or counseling with medication instead of using medication alone.

Support groups offer advice and share stories about the challenges of quitting. Members of your support group can call when you need encouragement and help you avoid triggers that make you want to smoke. You can find support groups at work, from your health insurance company, or in your community.
Irwin Isaacs
Yes, but it can be very helpful to be part of a support system or group when attempting to stop smoking.
Robert S. Kaufmann, MD
Internal Medicine
Yes you can, it is helpful to have people to help you quit who are going through the same thing, but the truth is to quit smoking is easier than to lose weight because you can totally stop smoking and then go through the couple weeks of the withdrawal, but eating you cannot stop so you never lose the sensation for wanting food, so it is slightly easier. I am not saying it is easy, but it is easier than losing weight. There are multiple ways to quit smoking also.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Yes.  Many people do.  Many people quit cold turkey.  Very tough to do though.  A 2% to 3% success rate.  Many people quit with patches, that is a 5% to 10% success rate.  With patches and pills, that is a 15% to 20% success rate.  With a support group plus patches and pills, and we think you should use all of them, plus exercise, you can get between 30% and 60% chance of success with quitting.

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