Quitting is different for each smoker and everyone experiences its challenges differently. Here's how you can help someone on their journey and show that you care.
Tips for Helping a Smoker Quit
- Ask your friend or family member what they think they need to most
- Ask them what the best thing you could do for them
- Tell your friend that you know he or she can quit smoking for good, even if he or she has tried to quit before.
- For the first few days after the smoker quits, be ready to help. He or she may just want to talk, or your friend may want extra help when a tough situation arises, such as a party, or a crisis at home or work.
- Offer to call or visit to check on them. Ask how your friend is feeling, not just whether or not they are still off cigarettes.
- No nagging, scolding or preaching—that just doesn't work. Instead, let your friend know how much you admire them for trying to quit.
- Give lots of compliments and offer rewards for getting through a day, a week or a month without smoking. Rewards can be simple—flowers, a lunch treat, or even doing a chore for your friend around the house or office.
- Support your friend in establishing rewards for short-term and long-term milestones reached. Offer to make their favorite meal or pick up doing their chores while they relax.
- Do things together; go to a movie or take a walk. Stay away from places where other people may be smoking.
Page last updated: March 14, 2020