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Looking to Quit, Just Cut Back

Trying to quit smoking but cold turkey is just not working for you? Remember how Sarah Jessica Parker's character had such a hard time quitting cold turkey on Sex and the City?

New research from the University of Vermont shows that simply cutting back on smoking may lead to unexpected quitting.

Researchers found that:

In 16 of the 19 studies reviewed, smoking reduction in people who did not want to quit led to an increase in the percentage of them who did quit. In most of the studies, smoking reduction was accompanied by the use of nicotine replacement products.

Interestingly enough, cutting back is an acceptable method of quitting in Europe, but has not been acceptable in the United States until now. So if you smoke, and haven't been able to quit, try cutting back, it could work for you. The health benefits of quitting are amazing!

Fit's Tip: If you smoke, you should know that cutting back does not reduce smoking-related health risks -- and cutting back should only be a step toward quitting.

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rubialala rubialala 9 years
You can only do it if you really want to, and nothing else works. I did it cold turkey and I think if you can't do it that way then you don't really want it. I wanted to for the health of the new life growing inside of me. But LOL t0xxic, many times, the reason I want to smoke again is because of him!!! What a little stinker. The hardest part was driving cuz I didn't know what to do with my left hand. It sucked big time. *sigh of longing*
redsugar redsugar 9 years
I quit and did it by cutting back. I missed them for awhile. I stopped going to bars and eventually I started to hate the smell of them. I would like to point out that there is no great influx of cash after you quit. Youjust find other stuff to spend your money on.
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 9 years
It is hard to quit. You can do if you try real hard. I did.
stone_soup stone_soup 9 years
This method goes with all addictions, whether smoking or gambling. ______________________________________________ I must say, adolescence is one hell of a ride!
justjaime27 justjaime27 9 years
Thanks, Fitsugar!!! I did cut back for 2 days...it was easier for me to keep the cigarettes in my car, rather than smoke in my apartment...so when I was feeling lazy, and didn't want to go out in the cold, I'd sip on tea instead. I (for 2 days only...lol) only would have 2-3 cigarettes a day, better than 20!!! Anyhow, I did bad when I realized I was almost out of my pack, bought a new pack, and well, now here I am, smoking again. But I'm READY. Ready to try again, so thanks so much for your advice and for this post! Have a good one... -Jaime :)
DStirk DStirk 9 years
right! and all very good points...kids are so much work. but kudos on the quitting!
t0xxic t0xxic 9 years
U mean to smoke while ur pregnant right. I think if u put ur mind to it its possible for anyone to quit but u have to want to. Babies make you want to Course some times they make u feel like u need a smoke ---- I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living, my Mikey you'll be.
DStirk DStirk 9 years
remember how much carrie smoked on that show... like in her apt while typing, gross. way to go rubia, a lot of new moms dont quit and that is just wrong in so many ways!
t0xxic t0xxic 9 years
LOL Rubia, the sacrifices we make for these kids ---- I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living, my Mikey you'll be.
rubialala rubialala 9 years
I quit when I found out I was pregnant and I never looked back. I still want one (or two or three hundred) occassionally, but I will never ever do that again.
honeysugar28 honeysugar28 9 years
I wish my hubby would quit smoking. Even cutting back would be great for me. Its just too hard its better to not even start at all.
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