Your partner or friend has decided it's time to quit smoking.
This is great news. You're excited, and you want to help. But you don't want your partner or friend to feel that you're coming on too strong or that you're "checking up" on him or her.
This Actionset will give you tips on helping someone who is trying to quit smoking. The information also applies to other tobacco products, such as chew, snus, or snuff.
Family and friends are an important source of support and motivation for a person who is trying to quit smoking.
Before offering help, ask if it's okay to help, and then ask what you can do. Don't assume that the person wants your help or that you know the best way to help.
If a person asks for your support, there are many things you may be able to do.
It is important to the person trying to quit to know whether you smoke, are an ex-smoker, or have never smoked.
Smokers usually have triggers, which are things that make them want to smoke. You can help a smoker avoid these.
Most people need more than one try to stop smoking. If the person slips up, let him or her know that it's okay and that you still care.
There are many resources available to help someone quit smoking, and they make quitting more likely. Here are some ideas you can suggest:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineBrian O'Brien, MD, FRCPC - Internal MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerJohn R. Hughes, MD - Addiction PsychiatryChristine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health
Current as ofNovember 29, 2017
Current as of: November 29, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Brian O'Brien, MD, FRCPC - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & John R. Hughes, MD - Addiction Psychiatry & Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health
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