Social Media & The Quest To Quit Smoking

Cigarette Smoking (file/credit: Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty Images)

Cigarette Smoking (file/credit: Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – We all know that smoking is unhealthy – even deadly. Though 69 percent of smokers say they want to quit, it isn’t easy.

The Internet, especially social media, is becoming a great aid in the quest to kick the habit.

One online community, “Quitgroups,” has grown to nearly 5,000 members since it launched about a year ago.

The group’s founder, Dr. Gordon Strauss, along with two members who have used the weekly support group, joined The Couch to talk about the journey to quit smoking.

For more on the role of social media in helping Americans quit smoking, check out TV 10-55′s Katie McGee’s report: