'Cold turkey' the best way to quit smoking

Smokers are more likely to remain abstinent if they quit abruptly rather than cutting back gradually, a study carried out in a UK primary care setting shows.

Patients advised to set a two-week abrupt quit date had a 22% abstinence rate at six months compared with 16% for those who reduced their smoking gradually for two weeks before trying to quit, the randomised controlled trial in 31 general practices showed.