Being that it's April 1 and many sites around the Internet on various different topics will employ an age old tactic of creating ridiculous titles and bogus articles as standard fare to pull off an April fools day prank on their readers.
I figured it would be a good time to create a string that covers the ridiculousness of this concept being that is sadly being taught every day in a serious manner by some quit smoking sites and more sadly by a lot of experts in the field of tobacco control.
Cold turkey, the method that has always been employed by most successful quitters in the world, is often bashed as being the worst possible way that an individual should try to quit smoking.There are some recent tactics being employed by experts in tobacco control, where the description of cold turkey quitting is being redefined in a manner to make sure that research and studies try their best to minimize highlighting this fact.
I'm hoping John will happen in here soon and attach some recent findings he came across, where there were survey tools were developed by researchers trying to determine how people successfully quit smoking. A list was produced with something like 20 different methods trying to determine how people actually stop smoking. What was truly amazing about the survey tool was that cold turkey quitting was not even an option.
Another recent technique designed to downplay the fact that cold turkey is the most successful technique available for quitting smoking that's been popping up recently is the redefining of the term cold turkey. In order to make cold turkey seem less successful there are experts who are saying cold turkey simply means not using medication. Meaning if you cut down you are a cold turkey quitter. Bottom line is that a whole lot more people try cutting down than try to go going cold turkey. It just sounds easier and more logical to do to them. Of course, those people usually fail. You pool those numbers together with cold turkey by this redefinition, and it generally makes it appear that “cold turkey” is a pretty unsuccessful method.
Then, what I think maybe my favorite recent ploy, are those who consider cold turkey to only mean unassisted quitting. What this one does is makes it where anyone who gets help in any way to quit smoking, such as coming to a site like FFN, or reading at WhyQuit.com, or reading a book that says you should quit cold turkey, or going to a doctor who advises a person to quit cold turkey, well those people who do quit don't really quit cold turkey. They quit by reading going to a website, or reading a book, or by physician advice. Those people shouldn’t be considered cold turkey quitters.
So I'm assembling a number of links to videos and articles we have covering this topic. No April fools prank here, just exposing the kind of ridiculous techniques out there trying to downplay what is the technique which is going to give people their best chance of quitting that they will ever have. To quit smoking's is no more complicated or complex than just that making and sticking to a personal commitment to never take another puff.
The video Cold turkey quitting defined also explains issues discussed in this string.
"What ever you do don't quit cold turkey!" (same title, different article)
So how did most successful ex-smokers actually quit?
Who Should You Believe?
Quit Cold Turkey
Quitting by gradual withdrawal
Link to Joel's Videos Related to Quitting Aids