Harvard Heart Letter

Readers' stories of how they quit smoking

In an Ask the Doctor item about quitting smoking in the May 2010 Harvard Heart Letter, we invited readers to share their stories of how they quit smoking. We received a number of interesting and witty ways to help stop this serious addiction.

Joan B.

I gave up smoking in 1968 after years of smoking two packs a day. I have never smoked since. The unique aspect of the method I used was that I could smoke as much as I wanted to, provided I followed simple rules. Here's how it worked:

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