Despite graphic health warnings, tax hikes and smoking bans, you may be among the millions of Canadians who still smoke. Here are tips to help you quit.

Nicotine patches, anti-smoking drugs, seeing a hypnotist and going cold turkey: Lyn Carlson tried everything to quit smoking over the years.

For the 51-year-old administrative assistant, smoking began with curiosity at the age of 10 and then developed into a “cool” social activity in her teens, but quickly became a physical and psychological dependency.

“Being a compulsive person by nature, I fell into heavier and heavier smoking, on average close to two packs a day,” says Carlson. “It was no longer enjoyable. It was just an unconscious action, necessary to maintain balance.”

Even respiratory health problems, including pleurisy, bronchitis and pneumonia, couldn’t keep her from lighting up.

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