Be supportive.

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again… QUITTING IS HARD. STAY POSITIVE. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • This is not your challenge.

    Lifestyle changes can be difficult. Respect the fact that the quitter is in charge of his or her progress.

  • Talk about it.

    Don’t just ask if they’ve used tobacco today - ask them how they are feeling and let them know that you’re ready to talk whenever they need it.

  • Distractions work.

    Having gum, mints, hard candy, or healthy snacks on-hand can help alleviate the urge to smoke or chew. Suggest activites to take their mind off smoking. Go for a walk, a bike ride, or a drive, watch a movie, play a game, or start a project together.

  • Remove the evidence.

    Get rid of all tobacco products, lighters, ash trays, or anything that might remind the smoker of smoking.

  • Be 100% tobacco-free.

    Make your home and car tobacco-free environments. No smoking or chewing - period.

  • Make a fresh start.

    Wash clothes, bedding, drapes, and carpets to help get rid of the smell. Use air fresheners or diffuse essential oils - after 48 hours of being tobacco-free, a smoker’s sense of smell will improve.

  • Help out.

    Stress is often a trigger. Offer to lighten the load by watching the kids, running an errand, helping with household chores, or cooking a meal.

  • Stay positive.

    Crabby, snappy, and grumpy will be out in full force, especially during the first 2 weeks of a quit attempt. Don’t judge, lecture, nag, tease, or scold, and don’t offer advise (see: #1 above). Let them know you believe in them and ask how you can help.

  • Slips happen.

    Quitting takes practice. They haven’t failed. Remind them of all the reasons they want to quit. Encourage them to try again - it will get easier!

  • Celebrate!

    Every hour, day, or week that goes by is a BIG deal. Let them know you are proud of every minute they are tobacco-free!

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