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If you're like many smokers and tobacco users, you know you should quit, but you just aren't sure how to do it. Sure, going cold turkey on the spur of the moment may work for some people, but you'll improve your chances of success when you enlist the help of your health care team.
Mayo Clinic provides top-quality, evidence-based care in a nonjudgmental and supportive manner to help you stop smoking. Your treatment team works with you to develop an effective stop-smoking plan to enhance your motivation and the skills needed to quit when you're ready.
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Mayo Clinic's approach
April 20, 2017
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