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A Harvard Medical School Guide: How to Quit Smoking

Since the Surgeon General first warned of smoking's dangers in 1964, fewer and fewer people are lighting up. Still, roughly 45 million Americans, or about one in five adults, are smokers. Most smokers start when they are teenagers. By adulthood, three-quarters want to quit. Each year, nearly half of smokers try to kick the habit. But stress, socializing, and the addictive property of nicotine often get in the way. The average person makes eight…

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