Updated 05 June 2015

How to cut down on your smoking

If you're still smoking or know someone who does and is desperate to give up, cutting down on the number of cigarettes they smoke a day could help them. 

Here's how:

- 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.

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