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Smoking: Ways to Quit

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No single method is right for everyone. But by combining counseling and medication, you have a better chance against symptoms of withdrawals and triggers that can make you stumble. VA makes sure you have the tools and team you need to quit successfully. Learn more about quit smoking methods to decide which ones might be right for you.


As you begin, you may experience withdrawals or symptoms that’ll make you want to smoke. That’s where medication can help. Nicotine replacement therapy, like the patch or gum, can help curb your physical symptoms and help you to cope with the urges. By managing your cravings, you can go through your smoke-free life smoother.


Smoking becomes a part of your daily life. Nicotine is highly addictive, and that alone can make you want to smoke. Over time, you can start linking smoking with everyday routines or feelings, which makes it harder to quit. Counseling gives you the skills to notice these triggers and help you develop strategies to resist smoking.

When you’re ready, VA has a proven road map to get you there. We can provide various tools and resources to help you along the journey.

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Updated June 2, 2020