People who quit smoking will tell you that giving up cigarettes can be very difficult. It can feel like a loss because people often associate smoking with pleasure.
If you’ve been depressed when you’ve tried to quit before, you may benefit from a non-nicotine prescription medicine such as bupropion hydrochloride or varenicline. It’s harder to kick the smoking habit when you’re depressed.
During the quitting process, people often slip and have a cigarette. It's important not to feel like you failed at quitting; just give it another chance.
If you need more support, look for quit-smoking programs through hospitals, the American Cancer Society*, American Heart Association or American Lung Association*. Some states have hotlines with trained staff to help you with quitting. Some people benefit from group support like Smokers Anonymous*. Check the yellow pages of your phone book, search the Internet or ask your nurses and doctors for help finding a program or support group.
Read about the journeys of others who successfully quit at SmokeFree.gov.