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 or more of these medications may double your chances of quitting. Mayo Clinic is active in research that assesses the effectiveness of medications for stopping smoking.
Combining counseling and medication is an effective strategy for many people.
Mayo Clinic in Minnesota offers these additional treatment options:
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