Quitting Smoking Tips for Women
June 5, 2000 -- Samantha Schoech and her fiance took an early vow last summer: to quit smoking. He chose the nicotine patch. She joined Weight Watchers. Her doctor also gave her a prescription antidepressant that doubles as a stop-smoking aid. The couple's different approaches to beating the same addiction reflect a growing understanding of how men and women smokers differ.
One difference is that women smokers often have a tougher time quitting than men. The next hurdle scientists face is figuring out why. One study, published December 1999 in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, found that men are more apt to be physically driven by nicotine, in terms of the satisfied feeling they get from smoking, whereas women smoke to reap psychological rewards, such as spending time with friends who also smoke.
As researchers continue to investigate the role gender plays in nicotine addiction, early studies, such as the one above, offer clues women smokers can use today to successfully quit.
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