Whether it's alcohol, tobacco, or some other poison, in most cases it is not necessary to do the cold turkey thing. There is stuff to help. as @Qildail says, if necessary, go talk to a doctor about it. When someone gives me the cold-turkey talk, I usually find it to be a guy with a macho and/or puritanical streak. But, hey, if it worked for them! Yes, I was gentle on my giving up nicotine. I'd had previous failure with gum, but the patches really took the pain away. One gets a hit with gum: patches keep the nicotine level above craving but below hit. Actually, I didn't even completely stop smoking for the first week. The occasional one. It didn't matter, because my decision was "irrevocable," and even if I did that up to the day before, I had to be a non-smoker on the chosen date and ever after. But... every cigarette just makes it a little harder not to have the next one. Withdrawal Symptoms We don't get withdrawal symptoms because we gave something up. We get them because we did it! This is another of those simple truths that is obvious, but actually hard to realise. You don't get withdrawal symptoms because yougave up smoking: you get them because you smoked. It is now thirty years since I stopped smoking. i have no interest or temptation whatsoever. But if I did smoke a cigarette, it would probably be 20 a day again from that point. Alcohol is a little more complex, because most drinkers are not alcoholics. Even if they drink daily, they are not going to writhing on the floor if they stop.