Quitting cold turkey
Did you know that only 5% of the 15 million smokers who try to call it quits every year actually succeed? The reason that number is so low is because the nicotine in cigarettes is so addictive. Think about that number and then consider quitting cold turkey – no help, no plan. Going it alone, or trying to quit smoking "cold turkey," means relying solely on your willpower to quit. Willpower is essential — you have to want to quit. But, nicotine is so addictive that people often underestimate how difficult it is to resist cravings using willpower alone. Without any help, overcoming that addiction — and the mental addiction to your smoking routine — can be a lot tougher than it needs to be.
Fortunately, there are ways to help curb the cravings and nicotine withdrawal symptoms that come with quitting smoking. They’re called nicotine replacement therapies and we’ll take a look at them in the next section.