March 15, 2016 | Elly, Exhibitions Developer, Science Museum

Cutting down on things that are bad for us can be difficult. You might ask yourself whether it's better to stop smoking 'cold turkey'-style, all at once, or to attempt it gradually.

Addictive substances such as the nicotine in cigarettes make quitting smoking even harder. But scientists have discovered that people are more likely to succeed if they quit abruptly.

If I ever need to cut down on something, I might consider stopping altogether - even if it sounds like a bigger challenge.


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In a trial 22% of participants going 'cold turkey' successfully quit smoking, compared with only 15.5% of those who tried to stop gradually.


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