Traditionally, people have been pressured to stop smoking all at once. However, new research has shown that a gradual end to smoking can result in long-lasting success.
The study focused on a nicotine pill, sold as Chantix or Champix. People who took the pill and slowly began smoking fewer cigarettes were able to quit successfully more often than people who tried to stop smoking suddenly.
“This allows us to reach a much broader population of smokers who aren't willing to quit abruptly or set a quit date, and it shows that people can quit without going cold turkey,” said lead study author Dr. Jon Ebbert, a professor in primary care and internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “This is very strong support for changing clinical practice to include gradual reduction aided by medication.”