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Going Cold Turkey

Oct 25, 2013 | Posted in Step 2: Planning To Quit?

Quitting All at Once

For a lot of smokers, this is the least costly (free) way to quit, even though in many ways it’s the hardest.

Tapering Off — Gradually Reducing the Number of Cigarettes You Smoke Each Day.

Research has shown that this method is less effective than going cold turkey or using nicotine replacements or smoking cessation groups. The problems with this approach are:

  • As you reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke each day, each cigarette can become more important to you — and that may make it harder to take the final step of letting go completely.
  • You may become satisfied to remain at a certain number of cigarettes per day instead of really quitting.
  • Finally, if you do continue at a reduced level, the number of cigarettes per day often goes up again, either gradually or in a moment of weakness or crisis.

You may find it useful to taper off the number of cigarettes you smoke per day as your
quit date approaches. However, it’s still important to set a date when you will give up
smoking completely.

A Combination Approach

Using several methods together probably gives you the best chance of quitting and staying cigarette-free.

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