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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Barack Obama and Smoking Cessation

An Associated Press article by Jocelyn Noveck, "Anti-smoking groups hope Obama will be role model," reports:

"Anti-smoking advocates are counting on Obama as a role model for others trying to kick the habit . . . a former smoker who says he's quit, but admittedly falls off the wagon—is potentially 'the ultimate teachable moment.'

"Obama has done a lot right, [including] using nicotine replacement, in the form of Nicorette. Those using the gum are 1 1/2 times more likely to quit.

"Even more important, Obama keeps trying." The article reports that typical smokers make between four and eleven attempts before they're able to quit.

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