People who quit smoking all at once are more likely to be successful than those who cut down on cigarettes gradually, according to a new study.
"For many people, the obvious way to quit smoking is to cut down gradually until they stop," said lead author Nicola Lindson-Hawley, a post-doctoral researcher at Britain's Oxford University.
"However, with smoking, the norm is to advise people to stop all at once and our study found evidence to support that," Lindson-Hawley told Reuters Health by email. "What we found was that more people managed to quit when they stopped smoking all in one go than when they gradually reduced before quitting."
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The new results should be useful for people who want to quit but don't have a preference for how to do it, Lindson-Hawley said. "In this case we can tell smokers and the people who treat them that the best approach to try is abrupt quitting rather than gradual quitting."