Many of us know someone who is trying to quit smoking or someone who we wish will try to quit smoking.
Quitting smoking is a difficult thing to do, but it’s made easier with the support of friends, family, coworkers and loved ones. When someone you know has made the important decision to try to quit smoking, you can play an important role in their success.
Tips to Support Someone Trying to Quit:
Be aware that the first two weeks of quitting are usually the hardest.
If you are a smoker, try not to smoke near or leave cigarettes, ashtrays or lighters in sight of the person who is trying to quit.
Let your smoker friends raise the topic of quitting when they want to. Be a listening ear, avoid nagging, judgment or criticism, and ask how you can be helpful to them.
Be understanding with bad moods and other symptoms of withdrawal. Remind your friend that it’s only temporary and help them through difficult periods by changing the subject, entertaining them, or keeping them occupied or distracted with other activities.
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, remind yourself that smoking is an addiction and a difficult habit to break. 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 your ex-smoker stay positive, proud and motivated.
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