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Houston Law Encourages Many To Become Smoke-Free

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There are more than 385,000 adult smokers in Houston., On September 1st, smokers in Houston will have an added incentive to quit as the city implements a citywide smoking ban that prohibits indoor smoking in public places including restaurants and bars. Policy changes like the new smoking ban, and the recent cigarette tax increase, will encourage many to initiate a quit attempt. Many smokers can use these changes to their environment as the motivation they need to try to quit. To give them a better chance of succeeding than going "cold turkey," leader in the smoking cessation field, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (GSK), have helped millions of smokers worldwide quit and recommend that they have access to counseling and behavioral support programs to deal with the psychological habit and FDA-approved safe and effective stop-smoking products to help wean the body off of the physical addiction to nicotine.

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Nearly 70 percent of smokers nationwide want to quit; however, many people wrongly believe they can simply put down their cigarettes and walk away forever. But while "cold turkey" is the most common method people try, it is also the least successful. In fact, 97 percent of all cold turkey quit attempts fail.

"There has never been a better time for Houston smokers to quit. Smokers need to realize they are fighting an addiction on two fronts -- a physical craving for nicotine and a psychological habit," said Dr. Joel Dunnington, associate professor of radiology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and GSK Consumer Healthcare spokesperson. "It's important to provide smokers who are interested in quitting with the right tools-products to address the physical addiction and an individualized quit plan to address the habit, to help them quit for good."

Quitters can double their chances of success by using nicotine replacement products to help reduce craving and nicotine withdrawal symptoms. GSK Consumer Healthcare's nicotine replacement products such as, Nicorette gum, NicoDerm CQ patch, and Commit lozenge are designed to provide a temporary alternative source of nicotine, without exposing the quitter to the more than 4,000 chemicals and at least 69 known or suspected carcinogens in tobacco smoke. People interested in quitting smoking are encouraged to visit Way2Quit.com to create an individualized smoking cessation plan based upon their habits, behaviors, and motivations for smoking and quitting.