Health Tip: Ready to Quit Smoking?

(HealthDay News) -- Smoking can lead to a number of serious health problems, from cancer to heart disease. And quitting the habit can foster immediate and longer-term health benefits.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains these essential steps to quitting smoking:

  • Choose an exact date to quit.
  • Find ways to deal with cravings by talking with your doctor, participating in a telephone "quitline" or joining a support group.
  • Call on friends and family for support and encouragement.
  • Take medication to help you quit, carefully following all label instructions.