Cold Turkey for quitting!

Dr Massoomi Cold Turkey

Well it seems there is new research that cold turkey quitting may be more effective than a “quitting plan”.

Lindson-Hawley and her team from Oxford University set out to compare the two strategies to see which one is a more effective approach.  Looks like its the cold turkey!

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), half of all smokers who keep smoking will end up dying from a smoking-related illness.

In the US alone, smoking is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths and more than 16 million people suffer from smoking-related issues (lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)).

The results showed that at 4 weeks, 39% of the gradual quitters had avoided smoking , as compared to 49% of the “cold turkey” group.

At 6 months:  just over 15% in the gradual group remained abstinent, while 22% for those who quit doing it cold turkey!

Very interesting and opposite to what we have known from previous research.

Here is a link to the article:

Quitting smoking? New research shows most effective way