The most effective way to quit combines some form of counselling / behavioural support, such as Quitline, with either nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) or a quitting medicaiton.
You may have tried to quit before and found it really difficult. Research shows that there are two types of support that increase the likelihood of success:
Good counselling / behavioural support::
Proven, high-quality counselling / behavioural support can be accessed through::
Other types of support:
Patches, gum, lozenge, mouth spray, inhalator. Go here to read more about nicotine replacement therapy
Go here to read more about Champix or Zyban
What is cold turkey?
The term “cold turkey” refers to quitting abruptly, rather than gradually cutting down to no cigarettes.
What is cutting down?
Cutting down is reducing the number of cigarettes you smoke each day til you are no longer smoking. Some people decide to smoke only on the hour, for instance, then every two hours, etc. until they are going all day without smoking.
Research shows that quitting abruptly is more effective than cutting down unless you are cutting down as part of a structured program where someone other than you decides when you can smoke.
If you decide to cut down it’s better to remove your favourite cigarettes first. Leaving your favourites to last makes them more enjoyable. This means it is more difficult to quit completely.
Some people quit successfully by cutting down, but it’s important to have a clear plan, and a quit date . Be aware that cutting down can be just as challenging. You can get to a point of feeling over quitting - quitting fatigue - before you’ve even quit!
If quitting abruptly is too big a step, then cutting down is better than not trying at all. Either way, remember you will be more likely to succeed with support from a counselling / behavioural support service like Quitline + nicotine replacement therapy or quitting medication.