Smoking Cutback Can Aid Eventual Quitting
By Michael Smith, Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today
December 07, 2006
BURLINGTON, Vt., Dec. 7 -- Cutting down on the number of cigarettes smoked every day can improve the chances of quitting eventually, according to researchers here.
A review of the scientific literature contradicts the idea that quitting cold turkey is the only way to stop, found John Hughes, M.D., of the University of Vermont College of Medicine here, and a co-author, reported in the December issue of Nicotine and Tobacco Research.
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Reference: Hughes, J and Carpenter, M. "Does smoking reduction increase future cessation and decrease disease risk? A qualitative review." Nicotine Tob Res 2006; 8(6):739-749.