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Smoking is a powerful addiction, and the first step towards quitting is to recognize how difficult the process is going to be and to access as many resources as possible. Discover how to use nicotine patches to help quit smoking with information from a pulmonary disease research expert in this free video on the effects of smoking.

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Hello I am Dr. David Burns. I am a Professor Emeritus at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. The question is how you quit smoking. The first step is to recognize that it can be quite a challenge. Smoking is a very powerful addiction and it is often very difficult for people to stop smoking so the first step is to recognize that it is difficult and to martial as many resources as you can. One of the things that is very clear is that the more resources, the more assistance that you get the more likely you are to quit. Among the things that you can draw on for assistance in your own experience and environment are family support, support from your co-workers at your place of employment and from friends and others around you. In addition getting assistance from a telephone quit line or other form of smoking cessation assistance, particularly cessation clinics can be extraordinarily helpful in achieving abstinence. In terms of medication one of the things that is readily available now are over-the-counter medications, nicotine patches and gum and they work very well for people. They about double your success rate so those are well worth trying and in addition if you can go to your physician you can get support from your physician to quit smoking as well as some additional medicines that can increase your rate of cessation by about two and a half to three fold. So the key is to take it seriously, to try seriously, to get as much assistance as you can and if you fail, don't take that as a permanent failure but rather as a slip and try again to quit.

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