Mayo Clinic provides top-quality, evidence-based care in a nonjudgmental and supportive manner to help you stop smoking. Your treatment team offers you support and works with you to develop an effective stop-smoking plan to enhance your motivation and the skills needed to quit when you are ready.

Read more about quit-smoking basics and creating a quit-smoking plan at


Treatment options

If you want to stop smoking, Mayo Clinic offers these types of treatments:

  • Counseling. Many people are counseled individually for one or more sessions after their initial one-on-one consultation at Mayo Clinic. These sessions can help you stay motivated, avoid or address relapse, and gain confidence in your ability to stay tobacco-free. To learn more about counseling sessions, see the video called Tobacco Treatment Specialist services — Mayo Clinic.
  • Medications. Medications to help you stop smoking fall into two categories — nicotine replacement therapy and non-nicotine medications. Using one of these medications may double your chances of quitting. Mayo Clinic is active in research that assesses the effectiveness of medications for stopping smoking.

Read more about treatment with medications and other quit-smoking products at

Mayo Clinic in Minnesota offers these additional treatment options:


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American Society of Anesthesiologists
Smokers and surgery

Jan. 11, 2011