If you're having trouble trying to quit smoking, there is a good reason. Studies have shown that smoking can be harder to quit than opiates, cocaine, or alcohol. But the effort is worth it. More than 480,000 deaths in the United States each year are caused by cigarette smoking. Smoking is this country's most preventable cause of death and disease.
While quitting tobacco use may require several attempts, success is possible, often with the help of nicotine-replacement therapies and counseling. Yale Medicine is a leader in tobacco dependence treatment and research, with research centers that investigate new therapies for smoking cessation, often through clinical trials.