Smoking & tobacco
Help a friend quit
One of the best things you can do for a friend is help them quit smoking. Smokers need support not criticism when they are trying to quit smoking.
Ultimately, the decision to go smoke-free must be made by the smoker. But by providing support and understanding, you can help someone to quit. Here are ways to help:
- Ask how you can help your friend
- Listen and encourage her
- Understand and acknowledge that quitting is difficult. Remember that smoking causes addiction:
- physical addiction (body craves nicotine)
- psychological addiction or 'habit'
- Understand that most smokers who quit experience physical withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms can last anywhere from 48 hours to as long as four weeks. Give you friend extra support and understanding while she's in withdrawal. Remind her that it will pass.
- Encourage your friend to join a quit smoking support group - contact your local Lung Association to find out more.
- Encourage to your friend to choose healthy activities, enjoy them with her: try walking, hobbies, etc.
- Avoid places that allow smoking.
- Keep encouraging your friend, even if she starts smoking again. Remind her that most people who quit smoking forever had to try a few times before they could quit for good. Help you friend figure out what made her smoke again, and help avoid those things. Tell your friend that quitting take practice, and that next time she tries to quit, she'll do even better.
- Celebrate her success on being smoke-free - tell her you're proud of her accomplishment.
Show you care by sending a quit smoking e-card
Send your friends a free e-card to inspire them to quit smoking, encourage them to stay quit, or congratulate them on becoming smoke-free.
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