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Quitting smoking cold turkey vs a quitting planQuitting smoking cold turkey vs a quitting planQuitting smoking cold turkey vs a quitting plan

By now you know the most important thing you can do for your health is to quit tobacco. But what’s the best way to go about it? The truth is, there is no RIGHT way to quit. But you do have two basic options: you can do it on your own, or with a plan. Let’s take a look at these different approaches.

Creating a plan

  • Only about 5 percent of people who try to quit use help.
  • Those who make a plan are much more likely to succeed.
  • Most people who make a plan use a quit medication, such as patches, gum or lozenges, to reduce the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.
  • Quitting plans include proven ways to cope with tobacco cravings.

Cold turkey (on your own)

  • Most people who try to quit tobacco do it on their own by going cold turkey.
  • Nearly 95 percent of those quit attempts end in failure.
  • Those who go cold turkey usually experience unpleasant nicotine withdrawal symptoms.
  • Most people who go it alone get strong cravings to use tobacco and only have their willpower to rely on.


Even though only 5 percent of people make a plan to help them quit, the facts are clear – quitting plans work! Making a plan gives you the best possible chance to succeed. But, no matter which path you take, QUITPLAN® Services is here to help you.