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Does gender affect the ability to quit smoking?

A study conducted in 2004 by the University of Ohio found that hypnosis is more effective on men who are trying to quit smoking than it is on women.

Results of 18 studies involving 5,600 participants show that men have a 7 percent advantage over women when it comes to kicking the habit.

That may not seem like much of an advantage, but when you consider that cessation rates for smoking only range at 20 percent to 30 percent overall, it turns out to be a pretty big difference.

There are various theories about why women have a harder time kicking the habit.

It isn't that women are less susceptible to hypnosis because just the opposite is true.

But some theorize that nicotine replacement therapy, through gum or a patch, is less effective for women. Others think women resist quitting because of concerns about potential weight gain.

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