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Why are Cigarettes So Addictive?
How to Quit

Smoking is a complex addiction with physical, mental, and social components. We believe quitting smoking is a journey, not a single event. But whether it’s your first or 5th attempt to quit smoking, you can be smokefree!

Here you'll find articles and resources to help guide you every step of the way - from understanding smoking addiction to planning your quit attempt, and how to make the most of this attempt. You got this!

Smoking and Mental Health

In just the last half century, the percentage of smokers in the United States has dropped tremendously – from 42.4 percent in 1965 to 15.5 percent in 2016. However, cigarette smoking is not declining as quickly for some population groups. Smoking is still common among adults living with mental illness — in the United States, more than 30 percent of adults with mental illness are smokers. 

Overcoming Barriers to Quitting Smoking When You Have a Mental Illness

When we talk about an addiction to cigarettes, we often note how the three-link chain of physical, mental, and social components plays a role. However, for the one in three smokers who have a diagnosed mental illness such as depression, anxiety, or schizophrenia, this three-link chain of addiction may be composed of additional components that may make it particularly difficult to quit.

Smoking and Asthma: What You Should Know

In 2015, approximately 18.4 million US adults, or 7.6 percent of the population, reported having asthma, a chronic condition that affects your lungs and breathing.