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Should I cut back on my smoking before I quit?

Tapering or fading usually involves smoking fewer cigarettes per day - perhaps by cutting out smoking at some trigger times, such as first one in the morning, work breaks, driving in the car, etc. This may help you break some of your strongest triggers  before your quit date. Another technique is to delay smoking for a set amount of time (e.g. 10-15 minutes) when you get a craving. Some people find that if they can cut back on the number of cigarettes before their quit date, their withdrawal symptoms may not be as severe when they do quit.

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