This is the most effective way to 'QUIT SMOKING' says research
"What we found was that more people managed to quit when they stopped smoking all in one go than when they gradually reduced before quitting", said Lindson-Hawley. Now a new study suggests that quitting smoking all of a sudden is more abstinence compared to quitting gradually.
Dr Lindson-Hawley said that it was still better to cut down on cigarettes than do nothing at all.
The abrupt-quitters were issued nicotine patches, which they wore for the two weeks leading up to their "quit day".
"Our study found that less people quit in the [gradual] reduction group because the people using this method were less likely to make a quit attempt than those who quit abruptly", Lindson-Hawley said.
The study funded by the British Heart Foundation involved 697 smokers who had chose to stop.
The researchers noted that half of the participants of the study preferred to quit smoking gradually while a third of the participants tried their hand at abrupt quitting.
The news website reports on a trial by UK-based researchers that aimed to assess whether it's better to stop smoking gradually or abruptly. This is unhelpful, as it implies that people who stop abruptly have no treatment to help them cope with nicotine withdrawal symptoms. The results are out in the current issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.
At 4 weeks, 39.2% (95% CI 34.0%-44.4%) of those in the gradual cessation group were abstinent compared to 49.0% (95% CI 43.8%-54.2%) of those in the abrupt-cessation group (RR 0.80, 95% CI 0.66-0.93). The volunteers were then randomly divided into two groups: the "abrupt cessation" group and the "gradual cessation" group. While they followed those gradual-quit patterns, they wore nicotine patches and got fast-acting nicotine products, including gum, tablets, lozenges and sprays.
The way the researchers measured success was by looking at smoking abstinence for four weeks after the quit date, and then six months later. Smoking remains the number one preventable cause of death, and by quitting you can greatly reduce your risk of mortality.
The latest study from the University of Oxford suggests you are more likely to become a non-smoker if you choose a quit day and dump your cigarette packets in the bin. "If I see them two months later and they crashed and burned, now I say, 'You've learned from that, let's try this quick-cessation thing, '" he said.
"It is important to note that these results were found in people who wanted to quit soon and who were receiving counselling support and using nicotine replacement therapy".
He told Reuters: "The decision to quit for most smokers is a sudden one, that often occurs because something happens to motivate them".
Millions of people everyday start smoking and another million prepare to quit.
Those who quit immediately were 25 per cent more likely to not be smoking four weeks later than those who cut down gradually.