HOW DO I HELP SOMEONE QUIT?
When someone you know has made the decision to try to quit, you can have an important role in their success. Discover ways you can support someone on their journey to a tobacco-free life.
Quitting is a difficult thing to do, but it’s 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.
7 ways to help someone quit smoking:
- Be understanding of their bad moods and other nicotine withdrawal symptoms. The first week of quitting is usually the hardest. Remind them that it’ll get easier.
- If you smoke, try not to smoke near them or leave cigarettes, ashtrays, or lighters where they might see them.
- Listen to them. Avoid lecturing or criticizing.
- Ask how you can help.
- Offer healthy distractions. Change the subject or keep them occupied with smoke-free activities like going to the movies, to dinner, sporting event, or game night.
- Stay positive. Most people quit many times before they quit for good. Quitting is hard, and slip-ups are common – instead of getting angry, offer support. Encourage them to try again.
- Celebrate success! Whether it’s been one day, one week, two months, or a year, each tobacco-free day is an accomplishment. Plan something special to help them feel proud and keep motivated.
Learn why it’s hard, how you can be helpful, questions to ask, specific ways to show support, quit aids that can help, and why quitting for good usually takes multiple tries.
Not sure how to help? Want tips for supporting your quitter? Understand what smokers go through when they quit and how you can be there for them throughout the process.
The counselors at the California Smokers’ Helpline can guide you in helping someone quit. Contact the Helpline via phone call, text message, or live chat. Call 1-800-NO-BUTTS or 1-844-8-NO-VAPE. Text QUIT SMOKING or QUIT VAPING to 66819.