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Is counseling necessary to help me quit smoking?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Counseling may not be necessary to help you quit smoking, but many smokers find that counseling can boost their chances of success. Studies show that a combination of counseling and medication is more effective than either medication or counseling alone. Whether you choose individual, group, online or phone counseling, a trained professional will guide you through products and programs that can help you quit.

Counseling also teaches you how to identify and avoid triggers that caused you to smoke and may increase your odds of relapsing after you quit. A counselor can also help you build a support group of family, friends or ex-smokers that can encourage you and cheer you on.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.