How to Help Quit

QUITTING HAS TO BE THEIR CHOICE

Do you have a tobacco user in your life? Quitting has to be their choice. The good news is you can help. Here are some tips and suggestions on how support them.

You can help a loved one quit tobacco, but you can’t make them quit. Quitting is a major life change involving habits, routines and coping with withdrawal. It has to be their choice.

Brooke and McKenna

Brooke and McKenna share their experiences watching their co-worker and husband quit.

TOP 5 HELP TIPS

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DON’T NAG OR LECTURE

Nagging and lecturing don’t help, often it can put you on the bad side of your friend or family member.

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REWARD MILESTONES

Recognize your quitter at important milestones, 1 day, 1 week, 1 month with a card, treat, or outing.

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RESPECT SPACE

Quitting is hard, don’t take their bad mood personally. Be there for them but recognize that they don’t need you checking in all the time.

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ACKNOWLEDGE

Slips will happen, don’t be too hard on your quitter if they slip. Help them identify what caused the slip and make plans for their next attempt.

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DISTRACTIONS

Develop a list of activities that will help them manage their cravings and distract them with smoke-free activities.

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