“Cold Turkey” More Effective Than Gradual Approach

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It is not easy to change a long established habit--even when we know it is harmful like smoking cigarettes. Often we think it will be easier to cut down gradually. British researchers found smokers were more likely to succeed when they set a date and stopped when compared to cutting down gradually. The 6-month cessation rate was 22.5% among those who quit "cold turkey" compared to 15.5% who gradually reduced the number of cigarettes smoked per day.

PositiveTip: When making a change, set a date and then quit on that date for better outcomes.