Discuss the various methods you tried to quit smoking. What, if anything, worked?
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What methods can help a person quit smoking?
Several methods are available to assist those who decide to quit smoking. The
main categories of methods are:
Behavior modification and self help-literature to quit smoking
Nicotine replacement therapy
Prescription smoking cessation aids
actually offers several different options. Moreover, combinations of the methods
usually are necessary, and no one combination will work for everyone. In fact,
it may be necessary to try several different methods or combinations of methods
before success is achieved.
Behavioral modification and self-help literature to quit
Due to the addictive nature of nicotine, some form of behavioral modification
is often necessary for successful cessation of smoking. Educational programs,
hypnosis, and aversion therapy (learning how to avoid cigarettes) are a few
options. Smokers may be counseled to avoid specific triggers or situations that
lead to smoking. For example, instead of awakening and grabbing a cigarette at
the bedside or smoking immediately after a meal, people may be encouraged to
replace the urge to smoke with another activity, such as, taking a walk or
reading a book.
Numerous medical associations and societies, for example, the American Cancer
Society, American Heart Association, and the American Lung Association, have
developed brochures to help smokers quit smoking.