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How effective is it to quit smoking cold turkey?

It is very difficult to determine the success rate of quitting smoking cold turkey (or with any other method) because it is difficult to define success. Does it count if the person is tobacco free for five years? What about for six months? That being the case, the American Cancer Society estimates that the average rate of success for someone quitting cold turkey is 4-7% for any single attempt. That being said, it does not mean you should not try, and try again. Most tobacco smokers require multiple attempts before quitting successfully.
Frank T. Leone, MD
Pulmonary Disease

Some people are lucky enough to be able to quit smoking cold turkey. However, for most people, quitting cold turkey is an extremely difficult and uncomfortable process. When you have an understanding about your smoking, i.e., routine, triggers and cues, and can find tools and resources to help you, you will have a greater chance for success in staying smoke-free. Plus, you can quit much more comfortably.

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