HEALTH AND PUBLIC POLICY COMMITTEE*
The importance of quitting cigarette smoking cannot be overemphasized. Smoking is "a causal or facilitating factor in the development of lung and bladder cancer, coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis" (1) and is widely recognized as the greatest single cause of premature, preventable death (2). Yet, 30 years after the first widely published reports of the adverse impact smoking has on health, millions of Americans continue to smoke.
Ninety percent of smokers would like to quit (3), and an estimated 15% attempt to quit each year (4). Despite nicotine's powerful addictive properties (5-7), some smokers succeed in
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HEALTH AND PUBLIC POLICY COMMITTEE*. Methods for Stopping Cigarette Smoking. Ann Intern Med. 1986;105:281-291. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-105-2-281
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;105(2):281-291.
Cardiology, Coronary Risk Factors, Smoking, Tobacco, Alcohol, and Other Substance Abuse.
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