The first time she tried to stop smoking, April Vargas pulled off the nicotine patch she had been wearing for less than an hour and lit a cigarette. On the second attempt, she tossed her tobacco in a dumpster. She was smoking again the next day.
To a longtime smoker, Vargas’s struggle to quit might sound familiar. But the 52-year-old from Worcester may have added factors working against her: She has severe anxiety and depression.