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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
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 include the following:
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.
July 6, 2011
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & John Hughes, MD - Psychiatry
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