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Can I use the gum to cut down over time?

You can use the nicotine gum, inhalator or lozenge while cutting down the number of cigarettes you smoke before stopping completely. This method is recommended for smokers who are not ready or unable to quit. If you are willing and able to suddenly stop completely, that method has a higher success rate for stopping smoking.

The aim of this method is to stop smoking completely. There is no clear evidence that cutting down, without ever actually quitting, has any health benefits in the long term.

The first step is to start using the nicotine gum, and cut down the number of cigarettes you smoke per day by half over six weeks. Somewhere between six weeks to six months (preferably as soon as possible), you stop smoking cigarettes altogether. You then continue to use the gum in the same manner as people who have just stopped smoking suddenly (read Using the gum). You may use the gum for up to 12 months. The Quitline can offer you advice on cutting down and provide support when you want to stop completely.