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What are some aids to help you stop smoking?

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Some of the most effective aids in quitting smoking include medication, nicotine patches, nicotine gum and counseling combined with medication. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services deems counseling combined with medication to be the most effective aid in quitting smoking.

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Medications assist in quitting smoking by easing the stress, cravings and depression associated with nicotine withdrawal. Undergoing counseling while taking such drugs is the most effective way to quit smoking. Nicotine patches and gum deliver small amounts of nicotine to prevent sudden drops of nicotine levels in the blood, thereby reducing symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. Nicotine patches and gum double a smoker's chances of successfully quitting.

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