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Is it okay to smoke a little while quitting?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
No.  You can smoke a little and decrease your smoking rate while you are preparing to quit, but when you say "Today is my quit day" it should really be your quit day.  Throw away all your cigarettes, your ash trays, your lighters, etc., anything that reminds you of smoking.  Start walking 30 minutes everyday.  Get a pedometer, put it on, walk the 30 minutes, get a back-up pedometer so you never are without it, and use that as your crutch.  Use patches.  There is no harm in using nicotine to get you off, and it is really tough to quit without nicotine patches and your friends helping you quit.

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