There are many blogs and websites online, who will warn smokers that quitting cold turkey is the worst way to quit smoking because you are more likely to relapse later in life. Now new research from Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford in England seems to support that smokers who quit smoking cold turkey, or in other words quit abruptly from one moment to the next, have a bigger chance of staying non-smokers in the long term, than smokers who cut back gradually before quitting completely.
Researchers studied almost 700 heavy smokers in England who wanted to stop smoking. Half of the smokers in the study were told to pick a quit smoking date and then quit smoking cold turkey on that date. The other half of the heavy smokers in the study were told to pick a quit smoking date but to cut back their cigarettes in the two weeks prior to quitting.
Both groups were given nicotine patches in the two weeks before their quit date to help them. Only the Cutting back group also got given nicotine gum, and other nicotine replacement products to help them as they cut down the number of cigarettes they smoked in the 2 weeks before their quit date. After the quit date both groups were given nicotine patches, therapy and counseling.
So which group did best after quitting on their quit dates? Was it more effective to quit cold turkey or better to quit by cutting back?
The results were that 1 month after quit date 49% of the participants in the Cold turkey group were still not smoking a month, whereas only 40% were still not smoking in the Cutting back group.
After 6 months the numbers showed that 22% of the Cold turkey group were still off the cigarettes and that this number was still higher than the only 15.5% who still did not smoke in the Cutting back group.
So the study researchers concluded that smokers who stopped cold turkey seemed to have a better chance of long term success.
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