(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.
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