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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 or snuff.
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
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:
Current as of:
April 29, 2014
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & John Hughes, MD - Psychiatry
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