How to Help Someone Quit
Quitting is very hard. Take time to understand the person’s struggle. For more information about the symptoms they may experience while quitting, click here.
Accept that you are going to have to tolerate moodiness and irritability while your loved one is going through nicotine withdrawal. Remind them—and yourself—that this is just temporary and part of the process.
Rewarding quitting is very important. Use encouraging words, and help family and friends plan for rewards at various milestones with the money saved from quitting.
Help them think of healthy alternatives to smoking, such as a new workout plan or a healthy hobby
Express confidence in their willingness and ability to quit.
Help distract them from the urge to light up. Some examples: Offer to go on a walk together, go out for a healthy dinner at a non-smoking restaurant, or engage in a conversation that’s not about smoking.
Compliment and congratulate milestones, whether they’ve been tobacco free for a week or a month.
What Not to DoWhile rewarding them with small gifts may seem encouraging, avoid handing out incentives for quitting. Instead, remind them to reward themselves with the money saved from quitting.
Don’t lecture about the health dangers of tobacco use. Instead, remind them about the health benefits of quitting.
Don’t criticize a lack of willpower. Always remember that nicotine is extremely addicting.
Never give ultimatums.
Don’t doubt their desire or ability to quit for good.
Don’t smoke around family and friends who are trying to quit, and encourage them to stay away from other people who are smoking until strong urges to light up fade.
*Please note that throughout this site, reference is made to smokers because the great majority of tobacco users are cigarette smokers, but these strategies work for smokeless tobacco users too.