This meta-analysis found no significant difference in quit rates between those that abruptly quit, versus those that did a gradual taper and quit. Smoking cessation advice should be tailored to the patient, given there is no evidence of benefit of one approach over another (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.