Look for an Opening to Start a Conversation About Quitting

If a family member or friend is trying to quit smoking, there are ways that you can help. Someone who has the support of loved ones is more likely to quit smoking. Research indicates that people are more likely to quit smoking when they have support from others. Here are some of the top ways that you can help your loved one quit smoking.

It can be difficult to talk to someone about giving up smoking. They may think that you are lecturing them if you approach the conversation in the wrong way. Resist the urge to:

  • Lecture them about why smoking is bad.
  • Keep track of how many cigarettes they are smoking.
  • Get mad if they smoke.

Instead, let them bring up the topic. When your loved one says “I should quit smoking”, ask them “what has made you think about quitting?” Let them identify the reasons that they want to quit themselves. Your loved one needs to be the one to make the decision to stop smoking. Otherwise, they will not be fully committed to giving up the habit. When they do express interest in quitting, tell them that you think that is a great idea and that you are ready to help them.

Understand That It Is Difficult to Quit

If you have never smoked, you may not understand just how hard it is to quit. Quitting smoking is one of the hardest challenges that many people face.  Therefore, do not get frustrated or think that your loved one does not want to really quit if they are not successful the first—or even the second or third time that they try to quit. Just keep encouraging them to quit and let them know that you will be there to support them.

Even though it might be hard for your loved one to quit smoking, your help and support will go a long way towards helping them make a positive change in their life by giving up smoking.