The goal of quitting smoking is not simply to stop making little bonfires in front of your face, but rather to beat down an addiction that is controlling your life, whether you realize it or not. The habits you have taken by smoking, such as being used to having something in your mouth or hand are sometimes challenging to get rid of, but they are nothing if the nicotine is not there, right behind it, controlling and manipulating all.
In order to successfully quit smoking, you have to reduce your nicotine intake, whichever way is simpler. In general, a variety of ways, used in conjunction with each other, will prove most effective in reducing your nicotine intake.
One of the ways you certainly should be considering as a way of ingesting less nicotine is to switch to a cigarette with lower concentrations of tar and nicotine a few weeks before quitting. This will allow your body to get used to get by with less nicotine.
Of course, this is a two-way street and you have to be careful not to fall into the usual trap of smoking more cigarettes, inhaling them more deeply and keeping the smoke in your lungs for longer. Not only will this completely defeat the purpose, as you will almost certainly take in more nicotine than you would have otherwise, but some studies have shown that ‘light’ cigarettes are actually more damageable to your health than regular ones for those exact reasons – holding the smoke longer.
Switching brands of cigarettes as a way to prepare to stop smoking is an excellent strategy, provided it is used in conjunction with other nicotine reduction methods, and that you are acutely aware of the number of cigarettes that you smoke and how long you hold the smoke in your lungs.