Smoking Ban

CHICAGO (AP) -- Health experts are hoping that smokers will find a renewed incentive to quit when Illinois' new anti-smoking law kicks in tomorrow.

The Smoke-Free Illinois Act will make it illegal to light up in virtually any public place in the state.

But experts caution that smokers need more than just willpower to break nicotine's hold.

Andrea King is director of the clinical addictions research lab at the University of Chicago. And she says going cold turkey works for a few, but most need more comprehensive treatment.

That can include counseling, prescription drug treatment, nicotine replacement therapy -- and even acupuncture.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however, notes that only about six percent of those who try to quit succeed for more than a month. It often takes multiple tries to stop for good.


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