Don't be afraid to ask your doctor for help to stop smoking. Stop-smoking products are a legitimate way to handle withdrawal symptoms and tobacco cravings. Some types of nicotine replacement therapy, including patches, gum and lozenges, are available over-the-counter. Nicotine nasal spray and the nicotine inhaler are available by prescription. Prescription medications might be an option, too. Using a stop-smoking product along with counseling to achieve changes in your behavior is one of the most effective ways to quit smoking. So talk to your health care provider about what's right for you.

May 20, 2014