Imperial Valley Press

find help online

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more than 12 million u.s. adults — a third of all smokers — turn to the internet for help quitting each year, according to a new truth initiative study. published in nicotine & tobacco Research, the study found that the number of smokers who searched online for informatio­n on quitting tobacco more than doubled over the past 12 years, from 16.5 percent in 2005 to 35.9 percent in 2017. BecomeAneX.org, a digital quit-smoking program developed by truth initiative in collaborat­ion with mayo Clinic, demonstrat­es the effectiven­ess of online programs — research shows that following the eX program quadruples a smoker’s chance of quitting.

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