Dr. Michael Roizen's Smoke-free Plan for Successful Quitters
When it comes to smoking, everyone loves a quitter. Freeing yourself from cigarettes is certainly one of the most important things you can do to improve your health. That’s not to say it’s easy -- but it is doable. And you can do it without experiencing most of the legendary withdrawal symptoms -- using a methodology that Michael F. Roizen, MD, chief wellness officer of the Cleveland Clinic and coauthor (with Mehmet Oz, MD) of the YOU books series, refers to as “pill, patch, exercise and support.” He’s referring to antidepressants (pill), transdermal nicotine replacement (patch), and walking and weight lifting (exercise). The support includes friends and physicians. Here’s a look at how this treatment system short-circuits cravings and other quitters’ dilemmas, leading to one of the highest success rates possible.