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Almost 70 percent of adult smokers want to quit, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. Over-the-counter smoking cessation products include skin patches, lozenges and gum. There's also prescription medication.
Tobacco users are used to having nicotine in their bodies, so a gradual weaning often is an effective approach.
The FDA suggests what to keep in mind when considering nicotine therapy:
- Speak with your doctor to understand how these products work and any potential side effects.
- Discussing smoking cessation with your doctor is particularly important if you have diabetes, heart disease, asthma or stomach ulcers.
- Visit the FDA website to learn more about various smoking cessation products and methods.
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