- Heavy smokers were more likely to be abstinent six months later if they quit abruptly than gradually
- Success rates were high for both methods, suggesting gradually quitting can be useful for some
- People with a strong desire to quit, and who want to try quitting cold turkey, have higher success rates
(CNN)Just the thought of quitting cold turkey is probably enough to make any smoker uneasy. But a new study adds support to the notion that people who give up cigarettes all at once are more likely to be successful than those who wean themselves off gradually.