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Smoking Cessation

Help To Quit Smoking

Smoking cessation is the process of discontinuing smoking tobacco. Since tobacco contains the addictive substance nicotine, quitting smoking can lead to nicotine withdrawal symptoms like anxiety and irritability.

Smoking cessation can be achieved with assistance from healthcare professionals or medications. Generally, professional cessation support methods address nicotine addiction and withdrawal symptoms. Effective intervention methods include:

  • Interventions directed at or via healthcare providers and systems
  • Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and varenicline
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Web-based or stand-alone computer programs

Studies have shown that it takes 6 to 12 weeks after quitting smoking for the brain’s nicotinic receptors to return to the level of non-smokers. Although stopping smoking can cause short-term side effects like reversible weight gain, smoking cessation services are cost-effective and lead to positive health benefits.