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Why do some people find it hard to quit smoking?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
There are people who are genetically addicted to smoking. With just one cigarette, they are hooked. (If you dream that you don't mind dying because you can smoke in heaven, you are probably genetically addicted.) This is the case for about one third of the smokers I have come across. The rest are physiologically and psychologically addicted but don't have the same huge genetic predisposition. They are just as hooked, but for them it is both a little easier to avoid getting hooked in the first place and a little easier to quit. Make no mistake, however: Quitting is hard for everyone. That's why nearly one in three Americans over age fifteen who smoke -- 30 percent of men and 27 percent of women -- continue to smoke despite the warnings, and despite repeated attempts to quit.
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