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Updated 14 November 2014

Tips on cutting down

Cutting down is not ideal, but it's better than nothing. We share a few tips.

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.



 
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