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Help Someone Quit Smoking


One of the best things you can do for a friend is to help them quit smoking. Those who smoke need support, not criticism, when they’re trying to quit smoking. A good support system is important to help them get through withdrawal symptoms and stay motivated about their choice to quit smoking for good. Ultimately, the decision to quit needs to be made by the person who smokes. But, by providing positive support and understanding, you can help someone through it. Here are ways to help:


  • Ask how you can help your friend.

  • Listen and encourage them.

  • Understand and acknowledge that quitting is difficult. 

  • Give your friend extra support and understanding while they’re in withdrawal. You can offer to go for a walk or do something else to help distract them

  • Encourage your friend to join a support group. 

  • Encourage your friend to choose healthy activities and do the activity with him/her. 

  • Keep encouraging your friend, even if they start smoking again. Most people who quit smoking forever had tried a few times before they could quit for good. Help your friend figure out what made them smoke again and help them avoid those things. Tell your friend that quitting takes practice. The next time they try to quit, they'll do even better.

  • Celebrate their success on being smoke-free.

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