HOW DO I HELP SOMEONE QUIT?
When someone you know has made the decision to try to quit smoking, you can have an important role in their success. Discover ways you can support someone on their journey to a tobacco-free life.
Quitting smoking is a difficult thing to do, but it’s made easier with the support of friends, family, coworkers, and loved ones. About 40% of former smokers say support from others mattered a lot in their quit journey.
When someone you know has made the decision to try to quit smoking, you can have an important role in their success. Here’s how:
- Be aware that the first two weeks of quitting are usually the hardest.
- If you are a smoker, try not to smoke near them or leave cigarettes, ashtrays or lighters in sight of the person who is trying to quit.
- Be a listening ear, avoid lecturing, judgment or criticism, and ask how you can be helpful.
- Be understanding with bad moods and other symptoms of withdrawal. Remind your friend that it’s only temporary and find ways to provide distractions.
- Offer distractions by changing the subject, entertaining them, or keeping them occupied with other activities like going to the movies, to dinner, sporting event, or game night.
- Stay positive. Quitting is very hard, and it takes most people many tries until they finally, successfully quit. Slip-ups are common – instead of getting angry, remember that smoking is an addiction and offer support and encouragement to help your friend or loved one get back on track.
- Celebrate success! Whether it’s been one day, one week, two months or a year, each day without a cigarette is a milestone to be celebrated. Plan something special to help them stay positive, proud, and motivated.