What it is:
Quitting cold turkey means to immediately stop smoking without the help of medication or any form of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT).
How it works:
Quitting cold turkey works differently for everyone. Some are able to manage the withdrawal symptoms better than others, but it’s important to remember that willpower is not the only factor that decides a person’s success or failure using this method. Motivation and support from family and friends can also play a big role.
A great place to start is the What to Expect section of this website. The section will help you know what to expect in terms of potential withdrawal symptoms, and how to get through them. The Break It Off mobile app can help you manage your cravings and track your quit progress. Also, talk to a Health Care Professional or get support from a Quit Coach – they can set up a personalized ‘Quit Plan’ that works for you.
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