Cut down then Stop

  • Stages of quitting smoking and cutting down gradually
Stages of quitting smoking and cutting down gradually




Cut down gradually with NICORETTE® then stop

If you’re worried that you might not be able to stop smoking straight away, then the NICORETTE® Cut Down Then Stop approach might be for you. Smoking can be a very hard habit to break but Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products can make the job easier. Our Cut Down Then Stop method is clinically proven to help you cut down the number of cigarettes you smoke, making it easier to quit when you’re ready *.

With NICORETTE® Cut Down Then Stop, you should aim to give up completely in 6 months (This is a guide only. If you haven’t given up completely after 6 months please see your health care professional). It may sound difficult, but with a bit of work you’ll get there!

How it works

The approach is designed to help you become completely smoke-free in a maximum of 9 months. Although you can tailor the program to suit your own needs, the following 4 steps provide a guideline:

Step 1. Set a target (0-6 weeks^):

For best results, aim to at least halve the number of cigarettes you normally smoke. So, if you smoke 15 or 16 cigarettes each day, replace 8 of them (i.e. every second cigarette) with NICORETTE® QuickMist, NICORETTE® Gum, NICORETTE® Inhalator, or NICORETTE® Cooldrops Lozenge to manage your cravings.

^If you haven’t cut down in 6 weeks ask your doctor for advice.

Step 2. Continue cutting down:(6 weeks up to 6 months):

Every smoker is different and you should cut down at your own pace. For example, instead of 7 or 8 cigarettes each day, cut down to 3 or 4 and then stop completely. As you cut down on cigarettes, your desire to smoke should also diminish. Remember, NICORETTE® QuickMist, NICORETTE® Gum, NICORETTE® Inhalator and NICORETTE® Cooldrops Lozenge are on hand whenever you need them to help you to manage your cravings.

Step 3. Stop all cigarettes (within 9 months^):

You should now feel ready to throw all your cigarettes away. The decision is still a tough one to make, so use the NICORETTE® range to help you curb cravings.

^If you haven’t managed to stop smoking by 9 months ask your doctor for advice

Step 4. You’re smoke free (within 12 months):

You've successfully cut down then stopped smoking. Over the next 3 months, you should also stop using NICORETTE® Gum, or NICORETTE® QuickMist, or NICORETTE® Cooldrops Lozenge or NICORETTE® Inhalator, but remember to keep some around to manage any cravings you may have.

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Whatever your reason for quitting, you’re twice as likely to stop with NICORETTE® (vs. willpower alone)2. Why not find out where to buy NICORETTE® stop smoking products or get your personalised quit plan?.

*NICORETTE® approved prescribing information

2Stead LF, et al. “Nicotine Replacement Therapy for Smoking Cessation”. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008 Issue 3