How successful is reducing smoking compared with abrupt cessation for smokers wanting to quit?
The review was unable to draw conclusions about the difference in adverse events between interventions. However, recent studies suggest pre-quit NRT does not increase adverse events.
Tobacco use is the largest preventable cause of death in the world, and is a risk factor for 6 of the 8 leading causes of death. The standard way to stop smoking is to quit abruptly on a designated quit day. Most smokers who try to quit using this method end up relapsing. There is evidence to suggest reducing smoking before quitting would be popular with smokers