When quitters are winners

Published: August, 2008

Breaking the addiction to cigarettes is tough, but the payoff is worth it.

For generations, smoking has been thought of as a habit. We now know better. Smoking isn't a habit "" it's an addiction. And though it may be more socially acceptable than using cocaine or heroin, it shackles the body and the mind just as powerfully.

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