If you smoke, get ready for all sorts of “quit now” messages, as this year’s annual Great American Smokeout is November 19. That said, if you’re one of the majority of smokers who wants to quit, these messages can seem simplistic and frustrating.
Tobacco/nicotine dependence is what you have, and this addiction is a chronic condition that may require several courses of intervention before you’re cured. And there are numerous approaches to smoking cessation, some of which have a scientific base, and some of which don’t.
In an interview with Dr. Jennifer Haas, an internist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital who has conducted federally-funded research on smoking cessation, Dr. Haas provides an expert view on what works and why it can work for any individual who is motivated to quit (MTQ) or even cut down.