Quitting smoking is a difficult process, but with the support of family,
friends, and co-workers, a smoker will have a better chance of quitting
for good. If your loved one has let you know that they’re working
through quitting, follow these 6 tips to help guide them along the way.
Encourage a Target Quit Date. By setting a target date, you show your friend that you’re there
for the long haul. You are ready to help them reach their goal, and you’ll
be there every day, week, and month along the way.
Ask how you can help. Quitting is different for each smoker, and some things that work for one
smoker won’t work best for another. By asking what you can do for
them, it shows that you genuinely care about them and their well-being.
No one likes a Nag. Don’t lecture your friend about things like why smoking is bad for
you. Quitting smoking is hard enough, and quitters need support, not scolding.
Offer Distractions. Because smoking becomes such a part of daily life, many smokers feel lost
without smoking. Keep your friend busy by going out to dinner, seeing
a movie, or even just going for a walk.
Help Handle the Urge. Tell your friend that if they get the urge to smoke, you’re just
a phone call away. Talk them through the urge and remind them that it
will pass in a few minutes, whether or not they smoke a cigarette.
Celebrate Every Step. One day, one week, and one month smoke-free are all huge accomplishments.
Celebrate each success; whether it’s delivering flowers or telling
them how proud you are, make sure they know they’re doing great!