Quitting Smoking: How Support Groups Can Help

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Quitting Smoking: How Support Groups Can Help

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Support groups provide encouragement, social support, and tips for success. Ask your doctor or contact your local health unit for information on support groups in your area for people who are trying to quit smoking.

Simply surrounding yourself with people who care about your success and are also struggling with their own addiction can motivate you to keep trying.

  • Support groups may be as effective as professional counselling.
  • Volunteer agencies, health plans, and hospitals often sponsor support groups for people who are trying to quit smoking. Look for announcements and flyers. You can also check with your employee assistance program (EAP).
  • For those with computers and online capabilities, the Internet community provides ways of getting together with others who are quitting.

Support groups may not be offered at the exact time that you may need them. You may have to rearrange your schedule or find a more convenient group.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer John Hughes, MD - Psychiatry
Specialist Medical Reviewer Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine
Last Revised August 31, 2009

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