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How To Quit Smoking

Posted: 01/12/2012 7:50 am EST

Even though "Quit Smoking" is undeniably one of the most common New Year's resolutions, 21 percent of Americans still light up.

That's no doubt in part due to the fact that it's already hard to stick to New Year's resolutions in the first place, but it can also be extremely difficult to quit smoking.

But people who are able to kick the habit for good find the fight was worth it: Recent research found that successful quitters felt happier and healthier one and three years after quitting than people who continued smoking.

So how should you do it? There's no one best way to quit, but there are some methods that have be proven to work.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy
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Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) helps reduce cravings and other withdrawal symptoms by delivering nicotine through methods other than smoking. Nicotine patches, gums and inhalers all supply about one-third to one-half the amount of nicotine found in most cigarettes, according to WebMD.

A 2007 review of 123 research studies about the effectiveness of NRT found that all these methods just about double a person's odds of successfully quitting, although a 2012 study suggests NRT methods make it easier to quit but may not help someone stay smoke-free in the long term, reports TIME.

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Filed by Sarah Klein  |