If you are one of the millions looking to quit smoking, chances are you’ve heard a lot about Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) and medication such as Chantix. By comparison, giving up smoking cold turkey is not something you will often see advertised as an effective way to quit.
Cold turkey is statistically the most common way of quitting among successful ex smokers.
There can be no doubt that NRT and prescribed medication both serve as highly effective quit smoking aids, millions of ex smokers can testify to this.
However, given that cold turkey is statistically the most common way of quitting among successful ex smokers, the question needs to be asked, why does it get such little advertising coverage?
The answer, I think, is pretty simple.
We live in a society where progress is primarily driven by consumerism and the generation of wealth. While the majority of smokers have a need to quit, giving up smoking cold turkey does not provide a means for businesses to make a profit. At least not directly.
There is however, a need for smokers to find products that may make quitting easier, and as consumers, smokers are willing to pay for it.
Giving up smoking cold turkey is hard, physically intense and something that generates a degree of fear within many smokers. It is also the measure of all quit smoking methods. Every method you see advertised is heavily focused on “relieving” the side effects of giving up smoking cold turkey.
Contrary to the opinion of some who are opposed to NRT and medicinal aids, there is no conspiracy to keep people addicted. People need and want a diverse range of quit smoking methods and there is nothing wrong with individuals seeking out and paying for additional aids to help them quit smoking.
Having said that, giving up smoking cold turkey is still the most common method among ex smokers and most definitely deserves to be given more attention.
It is also the quickest way to be free from nicotine dependence.
Everything in life has pros and cons, gains and losses, positives and negatives. Whilst giving up smoking cold turkey is physically the hardest way to quit, it is also the quickest way to be free from nicotine dependence.
Many people fear quitting cold turkey. This is not surprising, after all, how many times have people suddenly stopped smoking with the intent to quit, only to fail time and again. I myself failed at cold turkey… a lot. The thing is, like any quit smoking method it only needs to work once for it to be successful.
Despite all my previous failures, I did eventually manage to permanently give up smoking cold turkey.
For starters, my knowledge and understanding of nicotine addiction. This combined with the experience I gained through various quit campaigns, allowed me to master my own quit.
It is a fact that NRT and medication help people to eventually quit. It is a fact, that giving up smoking cold turkey, also helps people to eventually quit.