Quitting is a very personal experience, but you are not alone. There's no one way that works for everyone. A good way to start is to get as much information as you can, and decide on a plan that's right for you. For details on these Five Keys for Quitting, go to "You Can Quit Smoking: Five Keys for Quitting"
For many people, medication can be the key to quitting smoking. Using medication can greatly increase your chances of quitting for good.3
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved several medications to help people quit smoking. Some are available without a prescription and provide small amounts of nicotine to help you manage withdrawal symptoms and urges. Other medications must be prescribed by a doctor.
Many state telephone quitlines offer free or reduced-price medications to eligible callers - call 1-800-QUIT-NOW to learn more. Some medications may also be covered by Medicare or Medicaid.
Be sure to speak with your health care provider about how medication can help you in your efforts to quit.