Help Someone Quit

Quitting smoking is the single most important step a smoker can take to improve the length and quality of their life. Learn how to help someone you love stop smoking.

Want to help someone quit smoking?

When someone takes the big step of deciding to quit smoking, family, friends, and co-workers can make a huge difference by giving their help and support.

If your friend isn't quite ready to quit, try to see it from their side. For most smokers, cigarettes have been a steady companion for a long time. Some reluctance is normal, and it doesn't mean your friend won't be able to quit for good. First, let your friend know you understand their doubts, then suggest they list their reasons for quitting. Be sure to tell your friend about Freedom From Smoking, 1-800-LUNGUSA and their state's free quitline for support in quitting and staying quit.

How Do You Begin?

Get tips on what you can do from the start to help your friend quit and stay quit.

Be There for the Long Run

Quitting smoking is a journey and a process, not a single event. See how you can help your friend every step of the way, from making a quit plan to avoiding relapse.

Meeting Challenges Along the Way

Withdrawal, weight gain and urges are some challenges that might come up as someone quits smoking. Learn how you can be there to help.

Employee Wellness Programs

The American Lung Association recognizes the need for lung health and smoking cessation programs for the business environment. To assist employers, we offer several programs for businesses and managed care providers. Contact us at 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or [email protected] to learn how we can provide our gold standard tobacco cessation program, Freedom From Smoking®, to your business.

Join Our Effort—Become a Facilitator

Get involved with the Freedom From Smoking® program by either bringing it to your organization or becoming a trained Freedom From Smoking clinic facilitator.

  • Why It's Hard to Quit Quick Reference Guide

  • Stages of Change Quick Reference Guide

  • Using Scaling to Assess Readiness to Quit Quick Reference Guide

  • Motivational Interviewing Quick Reference Guide

  • Quit Attempts Quick Reference Guide

  • Tips to Quit Quick Reference Guide

  • Ask-Advise-Refer Quick Reference Guide

  • Youth Cessation Ask-Counsel-Treat (ACT) Quick Reference Guide

  • Getting Ready for Your Next Office Visit Quick Reference Guide


Page last updated: April 20, 2023

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