The “cold turkey,” abrupt approach to quitting smoking holds the best chance for success, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
A study group of 700 adult smokers in the UK was randomized to either abrupt cessation rather than gradual. After six months, 22 percent in the abrupt cessation group had kicked the habit compared with 15.5 percent of the participants in the gradual-cessation group. All of the participants were also offered advice and support, nicotine patches and gum.
Here in the States, New York State’s Smokers’ Quitline offers live coaching via telephone, along with “social support” via Facebook, Twitter, Google + and its own online community, QuNITY.