First, don't preach! Everyone knows smoking is bad, talking about it only makes someone feel bad if they want to quit and can't succeed. Instead, focus on how to support the person you care about. Educate yourself on how to be part of their support team during a quit attempt. Think about things you can do to help them relieve stress, or things you can go to that are naturally non-smoking (like movies).
Understand that the average person tries to stop smoking 7-8 times before stopping permanently. So be prepared if your buddy starts to smoke again, remind them that every quit attempt bring them closer to the goal, and you'll be there to help them the next time around too. Think about your actions, was there more you could do to help distract or support them?
- Offer to be part of their support team when they are ready to quit
- Educate yourself about best quit strategies (call 1-800-QUITNOW for more info)
- Be positive and constructive - plan smokefree outings, go exercising together, etc.
- factsheet on support strategies
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Seems like we all know someone who just decided to stop, threw the cigarettes away, and hasn't smoked since, right? Well, facts are, that only works for about one out of every 20 people. For the other 19 of us, quitting smoking is a process, just like kicking any addiction is a process. Often there's many false starts too, don't get discouraged, cause every day you don't smoke brings you closer to that goal of kicking them forever.
When you are ready to quit, take the time to plan. Finding resources to help you is one of the best strategies to be successful. This often means telling your friends. It also means reaching out and setting up systems to help - like talking to your doctor about stop smoking medicines, taking some type of nicotine replacement treatment, and most importantly, calling your local quitline so they can teach you the best strategies.
- Ask your doctor about medicines to help make it easier
- Decide which nicotine replacement therapy is best for you
- Call your quitline! 1-800-QUITNOW
- factsheet on treatment strategies