How to help your loved ones quit smoking

Uncategorized Jan 02, 2021

How can you support your loved one who wants to quit smoking?

 When your loved one quits smoking, everyone benefits. Why? This is because becoming  smoke free can reverse some of the health damage they’ve experienced while reducing your risk of second-hand smoke, and maybe even freshen up your home. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) many smokers try to quit about every 2 to 3 years, but seldom use the most effective methods available.

To help your loved ones quit smoking the NIH recommends offering brief and tactful advice on a frequent basis, along with practical assistance to overcome the barriers to quitting. Here are a few tips and strategies you can use:

  1. Respect their choices. While your intentions are good, remember that it needs to be the smoker’s decision to quit. This is primarily about them and what they want to do. Reminding them that their decision to quit would also help the kids and the family, may not be a bad idea as long as you continue to that there will always be individual needs and differences. 

  2. Remember that different things work for different smokers. Pay attention to what your loved one has to say. This will show you what they need. How do they respond when you ask them to consider quitting? Do they get angry and become defensive? Are they receptive and willing to find out more? This will help you know if what stage in the quitting process or stage they belong to. If you are not familiar with the different factors that influence the decision to quit smoking get a copy of my book How do they want you to support them Even if you quit yourself twenty years ago, your loved one needs to find their own path to becoming smoke free. 
  3. Educate yourself on more on the dangers of smoking. It can sometimes be motivating to hear about the benefits of quitting. Stock up on facts. For instance, the risk of lung cancer drops by 50% after 10 to 15 years of being smoke free. It would also be helpful to learn more about the triggers that make your loved ones  continue to struggle with quitting. You can do this by providing distractions like changing the subject or simply going for a walk. If that is not possible you also modify triggers by putting away  ashtrays and lighters out of sight makes smoking less convenient. Work together on changing habits like taking a walk after dinner instead of smoking a cigarette. 

Quitting smoking can be tough, but it’s easier when a loved one wants to help, and knows how to do it. Offer caring and respectful advice backed up with practical assistance and encouragement  can be very helpful. You can also learn about more tips and strategies for quitting smoking by reading 9 Best Ways To Quit Smoking Without becoming A Nervous Wreck....

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