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What should I consider when choosing a way to quit smoking?

There’s no right or wrong way to quit. The point is to pick a method -- or combination of methods -- that you think will work for you, and then stick with it. Some things to think about:

• Your personality: are you deliberate and methodical, or more of an all-or-nothing person? Do you get support from talking to people, or do you prefer to work things out on your own? What has helped you reach other goals in the past?

• Physical addiction and psychological dependency: most tobacco users have some level of physical addiction to nicotine -- and can expect some withdrawal symptoms like irritability, fatigue, hunger, and sleep problems. The symptoms can come from psychological dependency, too. Breaking a habit is always unsettling at first.

• Tobacco cessation medication: your doctor may advise you to take a prescription drug to help you quit. Chantix (varenicline) and Zyban (bupropion) help block the effect of nicotine on the brain and reduce cravings.

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