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Your Health 11-15-12 Smoking cessation: what works. what doesn't

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Some people look at the Great American Smokeout as the start of their challenge to stop smoking.

Today, 60 percent of smokers are smoking less than a pack a day, according to cancer experts.

Some people don't want to spend as much, and many don't want to stand outside in the cold to smoke.

So what really works?

There are a wide variety of strategies to quit smoking, including cold turkey, counseling and medications like nicotine patches.   Experts say a combination of counseling and drug therapy will have much more success than quitting cold turkey.

An American Cancer Society spokesperson says, what they generally find works best is earning it by going through the difficult process of trying, slipping, trying again, slipping, trying again. Most smokers will take four, five, six, seven quit attempts before becoming successful.

There are many online resources to help you quit smoking.

The American Cancer Society, for example, offers a cigarette cost calculator to show how much money you're spending to smoke.

It also has a guide to the benefits of quitting smoking and a quiz to gauge whether you need help to quit.

So what doesn't work?

Experts say, acupuncture and hypnosis are popular, but don't work for the vast majority of people.

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