In the United States, tobacco use causes the death of over 540,000 people annually. Millions of smokers try to quit every year, but only about 5% succeed. However, with the medical and psychological help now available, the success rate can improve dramatically; there has never been a better time to stop smoking.
This program explains the various medications, support groups and counseling that can help bring success to smokers who want to quit. Several people are followed through the cessation process. The program is sympathetic to the difficulty of quitting, acknowledging that it may take many attempts to conquer what medical professionals consider a chronic disease.
Experts include Michael Fiore, MD, Director of the Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention at the University of Wisconsin Medical School; physician and associate professor Nan Cochran of Dartmouth Medical School; and Matthew Myers, president of the National Center for Tobacco Free Kids.
Production date: 2001
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