It is a question that prompts much debate - what is the best way for a smoker to quit?
Some people advocate the method of cutting down gradually to a point where you no longer need and desire the nicotine hit.
But, a new study has today quashed that theory, instead offering evidence that suggests the best way to give up is to go cold turkey.
Scientists confirmed that smokers who try to kick their habit bit by bit are less likely to succeed than those with the willpower to give it up in one go.
"Cold turkey" describes the actions of a person who abruptly gives up a habit or addiction rather than gradually easing the process through gradual reduction or by using replacement medication.
He quit heavy drinking cold turkey.
-The guy’s a junkie, sir.
-Has to be cold turkey. Where he’s going, we need him functional.