Cold Turkey — refers to a popular method used by smokers to quit smoking abruptly. Most people also assume “cold turkey” means to quit smoking without using any smoking cessation aids such as nicotine gum or patches.
The primary appeal of the “Cold Turkey” method is that it is free and can build confidence in the smokers own will power. The potential downside of the “Cold Turkey” method is that the smoker does not have smoking cessation medication or other aids to mitigate powerful withdrawal symptoms.
Cold turkey can be an effective way to quit if the smoker understands the effects of withdrawal that will be experienced, is prepared to manage cravings, and sets a clear “quit date”.