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A 10-Minute Consult: How to quit smoking

Since the Surgeon General first warned of smoking's dangers in 1964, fewer and fewer people have lit up. Still, 45 million Americans, or about one in five adults, are smokers. Most of them started before they were old enough to legally drink alcohol, and by adulthood, three-quarters want to quit. Each year, more than a third of smokers try to kick the habit. But stress, socializing, and the addictive property of nicotine often get…

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