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Helping Someone Prepare to Quit Smoking

If you know someone that’s thinking about quitting, there are many different ways you can provide encouragement. And your support could be just what a smoker needs during a tough time. Here are some things you can do to help them prepare to quit.

Help Inspire a Smoker to Start Quitting.

For many smokers who want to quit, getting started is one of the hardest parts. You can help by sending a smoker a free Quit Kit from Pass Quit On. Pass Quit On is a program that helps smokers learn the how-tos of quitting smoking and helps them create their own personal plan to quit. It offers motivational videos and downloadable quitting tools. Send a Quit Kit to a friend today at www.passquiton.com.

Helping a Smoker While They Quit.

You might already know what it’s like when a smoker is trying to quit. It can be a difficult time. And while you can’t force anyone to quit, when the time is right, you can provide encouragement when they need it. Here are 5 suggestions:

  • 1.   Know that the beginning can be tough – The first few weeks during a smoker's quit can be the toughest. Try to create a stress-free environment whenever possible.
  • 2.   Focus on the positives rather than the negatives – Most smokers already know that smoking is bad for them and that they need to quit. Instead of telling them what they need to do, try to focus on their achievements. Tell them you're proud of them as often as you can, and help support them with encouraging messages if they slip up.
  • 3.   Never tell a smoker they can have "just one" – No matter how much a smoker is tempted to smoke, or how challenged they may feel, you should not encourage them to smoke for any reason. Doing so may make it harder for them in the long run.
  • 4.   Provide support whenever possible – There are many things you may be able to do to help boost a smoker's confidence in their ability to quit:
    • Tell them that you're proud of their progress.
    • Offer to take breaks or walks.
    • Help them celebrate quit anniversaries.
    • Limit their exposure to cigarettes, especially if you are a smoker yourself.
    • Ask them if there's anything you can do to help.
    • If they slip up, encourage them not to give up.
  • 5.   Encourage them to speak to their doctor – Their doctor knows their medical history and can play an important role in helping them get the proper treatment.

Remember. Be patient and supportive. The smoker you are going to try to help is facing what is potentially one of the greatest challenges of their life. And give yourself a pat on the back, too. Helping someone get started on the road to quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for their health.

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