Going Cold Turkey
The second step is choosing a quit date. A person must decide when is the best time for him/her. He/she should pick a date when no big changes are going on in his/her life. It would not be good to choose a stressful time. One should not try to quit smoking if he/she just lost a job, started a new job, separated from a husband or wife, lost his/her housing, moved into a new apartment, or bought a house.
Before the quit date arrives, some people change cigarette brands. They keep trying brands that have less and less nicotine and tar than the brand they usually smoke. They might also not inhale the smoke as deeply as before. The less nicotine in the body, the easier it can be to quit.
The third step is to decide how to quit. There are two main ways: "cold turkey" and tapering off. When a person goes cold turkey, he/she throws away all cigarettes, lighters, and ashtrays. He/she just stops and does not smoke another cigarette.
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People who quit by going cold turkey do it on their own or with help. They might visit a hypnotist, acupuncturist, counselor, or doctor.