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The Little Online Book of Quitting Smoking

Cutting down on smoking

Some smokers believe that if they cut down on cigarettes, eventually it will be easier to give up. If you honestly believe that this will help you, then go ahead and do it. But think about this first. Cutting down might be helpful for a week or two, but in the long term you are likely to follow the familiar pattern of smokers who simply carry on as before, maybe even smoking more.

The strategy of cutting down is often adopted by people who use willpower to quit smoking. Deep down, if they are honest with themselves, they don't really want to give up; there is an impulse inside them that still wants to smoke. Also bear in mind that cutting down is very much like using nicotine replacement products, in that you never actually stop putting nicotine into your body. The sooner you stop completely and get to the stage where there is no more nicotine in your body, the sooner you will start to build new habits, which is the key to successfully stopping smoking permanently.

For further ideas and advice and ways to stop smoking, visit the substantial resources section of this site - Stop Smoking Resources

 

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