Social Networking Sites May Help Smokers Kick the Habit

Users built strong connections to others, felt more empowered to quit, study found

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"Many smokers don't see smoking cessation as a medical need," Lampe said. "They view it as similar to getting more exercise or other habit changes ... But they don't always want to burden their friend. So seeking help from an online community, where someone like you is always paying attention to your needs, may make a lot more sense to many people than seeking help from a doctor."

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For more on smoking cessation, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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