Study: Support, counseling from medical clinic helps smokers quit

04/28/2004 | NYTimes.com

Smokers who get strong support from their medical clinics when they try to kick the habit have a better chance of succeeding than those who do not receive assistance, a new study says. The study followed 2,000 smokers at eight medical clinics and found smokers at clinics that offered support such as discussion about quitting, coping strategies, telephone follow-ups and counseling, were three times more likely to quit than those who didn't get any assistance.

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