Health professionals and therapists who have training with smoking addiction can be an excellent source of support for quitting. They can help counsel you on making positive life changes to support your decision to be tobacco-free, including prescription medication when appropriate.

Before you meet with a doctor or other health professional, there are a few things to keep in mind.

First, review your reasons for quitting. When meeting, frame the reasons in personal and positive way.

Second, remember your commitment to walk for 30 minutes every day. Indicate the date you begin your walking plan. "Those who skipped a day have much higher non-success rates," Dr. Roizen says. "I have never had an ambulatory patient not able to do 30 minutes."

Third, review who you chose to be your buddy. Make sure you know how to contact them whenever you feel the urge to smoke.

Now you're ready to speak with your doctor.

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As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any program.


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