Home > Lifestyle > Stop smoking > Stop smoking advice Updated 14 November 2014 Tips on cutting down Cutting down is not ideal, but it's better than nothing. We share a few tips. 0 iStock Ask Stop Smoking Advice » Assess Ready to quit smoking? » Assess Are you at risk for cancer? » Assess Are you at risk for COPD? » Quit smoking this year Is this the best anti-smoking ad ever? Cutting down on the amount you smoke is obviously not ideal: giving up is the ultimate prize. But cutting down is a whole lot better than nothing. If you feel you’re not yet ready to quit immediately, cutting down may be a step in the right direction.Take action:- Analyse your habits, e.g. eating, drinking alcohol, spending time in smoky environments or with other smokers – work on changing any behaviours that are conducive to smoking.- Decide in advance how many cigarettes you'll smoke the following day, and remove the rest from the pack.- Put off lighting your first cigarette of the day a little later each day.- Don’t smoke cigarettes down to the butt – smoke them only half or three-quarters.- Finish one pack before you buy another.- Don’t buy cigarettes in bulk. More in Lifestyle Quitting smoking may help you gain friends More: Stop smokingStop smoking advice advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.