So Long, Cigarettes: How to Quit Smoking

Don't Be Discouraged If You've Tried to Quit Before

Almost 40 percent of women smokers stop during pregnancy, but up to 70 percent relapse after their baby is born, says Cheryl Healton, DrPH, president of the American Legacy Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to protecting children and adults from smoking. Most smokers actually try to quit between eight and 11 times before they succeed. "Every time you quit, you're one step closer to becoming smoke-free," says Dr. Healton, a former three-pack-a-day smoker.

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