On its website, CBS News (3/14, Welch) reports in “Science Now” that a study found quitting “cold turkey” is the most effective way to stop smoking. The findings of the 697-participant study were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
The Los Angeles Times (3/14, Healy) describes the methodology of the study in which one group of smokers was instructed to quit immediately, or “cold turkey,” and the other group was instructed to gradually reduce how much they smoked over a period of two weeks. The study found that after six months, 22% of the group that was instructed to quit immediately had stopped smoking, but only 15.5% of the group that was instructed to slowly reduce their smoking had stopped smoking.
— “Trying to quit smoking? Here’s the most effective strategy,” Ashley Welch, CBS News, March 14, 2016.