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The World's Largest Quit Smoking Program

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What do you think about quitting with 100,000 people from 89 different countries? If you are not quite ready to quit, this course (https://www.stopsmoking.ucsf.edu/en/Intro/Home.aspx)
probably isn't for you. But if you are ready to give quitting a try, this web based quit program is a good one. It takes about 8 weeks to complete and it starts with some enlightening questions about why you smoke.

If the world's largest quit smoking program isn't for you, there are other options. One of my favorites is the quit smoking programs offered by Kaiser. These programs have an excellent track record of success and you don't have to be a member of Kaiser to participate. I think they run about $70.00 to attend all 8 sessions.

I am a big fan of quit smoking programs. Compared to the cold turkey approach, quit programs increase your odds of successfully quitting by 400%! That's because the cold turkey method does not address the behavioral reasons behind why we smoke. Cold turkey basically throws you into nicotine withdrawal and sets you up for failure.

Truth is, even though it may seem like everyone who has quit has done so by going cold turkey, only 3% of people using this method stay quit after a year. To really booste your odds of quitting and staying quit, a combination of meds and a recognized quit program can't be beat.

Next, I think we should discuss some of the not so legitimate quit programs that are out there. One in particular advertises a shot that will help you quit. Not only does it not work, but it can cause you harm.

DrQ
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MA, MAppSci, PhD

Dr. Jonathan Foulds is an expert in the field of tobacco addiction.

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