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Can I quit smoking without using a support group?

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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