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Abrupt quitting is more likely to work than gradual reduction of cigarettes, study finds

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1521 (Published 15 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1521
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Quitting smoking abruptly is more likely to lead to sustained abstinence than reducing cigarette use gradually, a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine has found.1

Although most current guidelines recommend stopping smoking abruptly, many people take a gradual approach to giving up.

The study randomly assigned 697 adult smokers from 31 primary care …

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