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Smoking Fewer Cigarettes

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Reducing tobacco use as a step toward quitting may help you quit for good. Slowly cutting down the number of times you use tobacco in a day and going longer without using it can help you feel more in control. You will be less dependent on nicotine, which can make it easier to quit.

It's best to reduce tobacco use as a step toward quitting, not as an end in itself. It's not clear that cutting back on tobacco reduces the health risks of using tobacco.

If you smoke, reduced use has problems.

Cutting back on how much you smoke

Reducing how much you smoke is a great first step toward quitting for good. Here are some methods to try.

Credits for Smoking Fewer Cigarettes

Current as of: March 22, 2023

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Christine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health

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