If you have tried to quit smoking before and failed, you are not alone. Dr. Robin Mermelstein of the Institute for Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois says it takes three to four attempts before people finally kick the habit. Bob talks with Dr. Mermelstein about the best ways to quit smoking and the dangerous effect it has on you and the people you love.
Dr. Mermelstein says that acupuncture, hypnosis and going "cold turkey" are popular methods of quitting smoking, but they don't have as high of a success rate as the nicotine patch, gum and other nicotine-replacement therapies. Teamed with behavior moderation, the latter three methods can be even more successful, she says. "You need to have the right behavioral strategies [and] you need to deal with the physical addiction," Dr. Mermelstein says. "Also, support [from friends and family] helps."
Dr. Mermelstein outlines three reasons why you should stop smoking.