Gradually Or Cold Turkey? Study Finds The Best Way To Quit Smoking
A University of Oxford study found that smokers who want to quit have a better chance of success if they try to quit abruptly rather than gradually.By Grant Suneson | March 14, 2016
When it comes to quitting smoking, there are two schools of thought on how to get to that last cigarette. Some prefer to slowly reduce their nicotine intake before trying to quit, while others simply quit cold turkey.
Researchers at the University of Oxford wanted to know which strategy is more effective. So they formulated a study, published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, that put the two methods head-to-head.
Almost 700 smokers who wanted to quit were divided into two groups: gradual cessation and abrupt cessation. The abrupt cessation group picked a day to quit smoking and didn’t change their nicotine habits leading up to that date.