Want to quit smoking? Do it now

Do you worry that you are unable to quit smoking despite repeated attempts? Remember, you may not get the desired success if you think you can do it gradually.

A new study has shown that those who quit instantly are more likely to achieve success in kicking the habit than those who think to do it gradually.

Oxford University researchers led by Nicola Lindson-Hawley examined 697 adult smokers with tobacco addiction who received behavioural support before and after quit day.

They found that those who quit smoking abruptly were more likely to lead to lasting abstinence than those cutting down first, even for smokers who initially prefer to quit by gradual reduction.

The paper was published in the journal, Annals of Internal Medicine, on Tuesday.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has estimated that tobacco use is responsible for the death of six million people across the world each year. Of them, second-hand smoke kills about 600,000 people.

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