Reduced smoking is a conscious change in the amount you smoke. It
can prepare you to quit smoking at a later date, even if the quit date doesn't
come for a long time. Reduced smoking has some limitations, and it should not
be a goal itself, because it is not clear that it reduces the health risks of
People who smoke only a few cigarettes have more
health problems than people who do not smoke.
People who cut back
on the number of cigarettes they smoke tend to change their puffing patterns so
they get more nicotine out of each cigarette. This process is called nicotine
It may be difficult to maintain a reduced rate of
smoking over time.
It is best to use reduced smoking as a step
toward quitting, not as an end in itself.
If you reduce your smoking as a step towards quitting, this may help you quit for good. Gradually cutting down the number of cigarettes you smoke and going longer without smoking can help you feel more in control of your smoking. You will be less dependent on nicotine, which can make it easier to quit.
Methods to reduce smoking
Methods to reduce smoking include the following:
Each week choose a few specific cigarettes to give up (for
example, the ones you smoke in the car on your way to
Gradually increase the time between
Smoke only during odd or even hours.
your smoking to certain places (outside, not at work, not in the
Wait as late in the day as possible to start smoking.
Try going one day without smoking.
In research studies, nicotine replacement therapy medicines
helped smokers reduce the amount they smoked. But using nicotine replacement
therapy for this purpose has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA). Your doctor can advise you about using medicine to reduce your smoking.
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