What you should know about quitting smoking "cold turkey."
According to one study, over 95% of "cold turkey" quitters start smoking again within 6-12 months. The most widely used method of quitting smoking is also the most misunderstood. Going it alone, or trying to quit smoking "cold turkey," means relying solely on your willpower to quit. Willpower is essential — you have to really want it. However, nicotine is so addictive that people often underestimate how difficult it is to resist cravings using willpower alone.
Willpower alone vs. chemical dependency
is an unfair fight!
Nicotine activates areas of your brain that produce feelings of pleasure and reward by raising dopamine levels, also called the pleasure molecule. Once your brain becomes dependent on nicotine, it links the release of dopamine with your smoking habits and behavior.
Trying to quit smoking cold turkey means relying 100% on willpower. Nicorette® delivers controlled amounts of nicotine at a slower, less intense pace than cigarettes, helping to relieve the cravings of nicotine addiction and allowing you to focus your willpower on overcoming your smoking habits.
What's more, nicotine cravings don't end after you've smoked your last cigarette. They get worse! Weeks — even months — after your last puff, the cravings remain. That's why most people who try to quit smoking cold turkey fail. They have plenty of willpower but aren't prepared for the strong withdrawal cravings.
Using Nicorette stop smoking products to help relieve those cravings doubles your chances of success. And adding a personalized quit smoking plan to help deal with smoking habits improves success rates even more. There are many quitting methods available. Your best chance of success is finding the method that works for you. If you're ready to stop, build a customized quit plan now.