Smoking Cessation: Putting Out the Fire

Knowledge Isn't the Answer

In an ideal, non-addictive world, the idea that each year, smoking accounts for nearly one in every five deaths in the United States would make smokers want to quit. Or, the knowledge that smoking causes everything from cancer and heart disease to reproductive issues and breathing problems would be enough to make anyone refrain from ever lighting up again. The fact is, tobacco use is the most common preventable cause of death. Even so, quitting isn’t easy.

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Medically Reviewed By: Haines, Cynthia MD

Last Annual Review Date: Oct. 10, 2012

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