Dr. Taz MD’s Weekly Q&A, November 13th, 2013

Q: What are your best tips for quitting smoking?

A: It is tough to quit a lifelong addiction like smoking but learning your triggers for this behavior are key.  Are you stressed?  anxious? depressed?  Or do you only smoke with certain friends or when you drink alcohol.  Finding your triggers can help then determine the best modality for smoking cessation.  In our practice, we recommend acupuncture, hypnosis, certain supplements, and sometimes, medications.  Finding a replacement habit is also helpful, like chewing gum, praying, meditation or exercise.