I am trying to quit smoking, is cutting back better than stopping cold turkey?

i am quitting smoking, and for the past 3 days i have been suffering most of the day and during the most stressful parts of the day have a cig. i have managed to keep it to 2-3 cigs per a day. should i keep this up then next pack only have 1-2 a day, or am i better off just stopping all together?

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8 Responses to “I am trying to quit smoking, is cutting back better than stopping cold turkey?”

  1. David said:

    at some point, you have to quit altogether. there is no middle ground.

  2. Angie said:

    stop all together, i tried that and it never worked i ended up quiting cold turkey and its been 11 months!!!!!!!!!! Its very hard at the beginning but its well worth it

  3. nick h said:

    Depends on your willpower. I tried stopping cold turkey, but the cravings kicked my ass. Then I just slowly cut down how much I smoke and it worked out. The best method I found while quitting is taking all the cigs out of your pack except for however many you’ll allow yourself to smoke that day and then putting the rest in a safe, but hard to get to place. That way if I tried to cheat and grab more cigs it would be a pain in the ass. I used my best friend to help me. He would only give me 2 cigs a day and threatened to throw em all out if I asked for more.

  4. john r said:

    david is right.. at some point you will want to stop altogether… i didnt have much luck tapering off but some have..

    the good news is that i now have been quit for over 5 years.. i quit trying to quit alone, and joined a support group.. i attend nicotine anonymous meetings both locally and on line.. on line voice meetings are he as close as your computer, and you can attend while still smoking, before actually attempting a quit.. however you decide to quit good luck, there is simply no wrong way to quit!!

    Nicotine Anonymous is a Non-Profit 12 Step Fellowship of men and women helping each other live nicotine-free lives. Nicotine Anonymous welcomes all those seeking freedom from nicotine addiction, including those using cessation programs and nicotine withdrawal aids. The primary purpose of Nicotine Anonymous is to help all those who would like to cease using tobacco and nicotine products in any form. The Fellowship offers group support and recovery using the 12 Steps as adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous to achieve abstinence from nicotine.

  5. gabriel said:

    Cutting back is more effective than cold turkey. You feel less stressed and less irritated.

  6. Bonal said:

    Due to the unpleasantness of the withdrawal symptoms, many people who try to quit smoking end up replacing the cigarettes with some other type of addiction. This may be an addiction to prescription medication, such as sleeping tablets or tranquilizers, or an addiction to food. While you will definitely experience the health benefits of giving up nicotine, no one wants to replace one addiction with another!

    A healthy diet, adequate exercise as well as natural and holistic treatments such as acupuncture, massage and herbal and homeopathic remedies can also help the smoker overcome nicotine addiction. Herbal and homeopathic treatments are a safe and effective means to reduce nicotine cravings (without giving you more nicotine) and will also help to prevent weight gain and alleviate anxiety and irritability. Basically, natural and holistic treatments not only lessen the urge to smoke, but also help you to restore balance in your body.

    There are a number of ingredients such as Avena sativa, Garcinia cambogia and Gotu Cola (Centella asiatica) which will help to address the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. They reduce nicotine cravings and balance the mood.

    Some other useful tips to make your quest more successful:

    Join a gym and start exercising at least three times a week

    Spend more time with non-smokers and you will find yourself not wanting to smoke quite as much

    Involve yourself in other activities such as painting, scrap booking, playing golf, building puzzles, swimming, or writing poetry.

    During stressful situations when you really need to blow off steam, squeeze a stress ball, have a work-out at the gym, go running, listen to loud music or phone a friend who can offer support

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  8. KylePT said:

    Its better to cut back slowly so your body get used to the gradual decrease of nicotine. This is where the discipline comes in though. I always failed miserably at this but i recently found a cool tool to help me gradually get myself away from the nicotine. Electronic cigarettes has help my gradually get myself away from nicotine. Check these out. they can def help you




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