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Quitting smoking 'cold turkey'

What exactly does 'cold turkey' mean? It usually means stopping smoking all at once rather than gradually cutting down to no cigarettes.

But many people, when they say “I went cold turkey", mean they quit suddenly and they quit without the help of stop smoking medications like nicotine patch or gum or prescribed tablets.

Whichever method you choose, studies shows that quitting smoking using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) or prescribed tablets has the best results. If you add Quitline into the plan you've got an even better chance. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the best approach for you.

If you feel like you've just had enough of cigarettes and want to stop immediately – go for it! Sometimes people who quit for good just stop on the spot. 

If quitting all at once is too big a step, then cutting down may be a way for you to start.

Please note,this information is for general use only.  Please consult your health professional for further advice.  

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Last updated February 2024

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