As hard as it is to quit smoking, it can be even harder for friends and family that also helping a smoker quit as well. The makers of Smoke Away get this, and for this reason we provide you with 15 tips to help get you and the person trying to quit  through it.

  1. Respect that the quitter is in charge. This is their lifestyle change and their challenge, not yours.
  2. Ask the person whether he or she wants you to call or visit regularly to see how he or she is doing. Let the person know that it’s okay to call you whenever he or she needs to hear encouraging words.
  3. Help the quitter get what she or he needs, such as hard candy to suck on, straws to chew on, and fresh veggies cut up and kept cold in the refrigerator.
  4. Spend time doing things with the quitter to keep his or her mind off smoking — go to the movies, take a walk to get past a craving (what many call a “nicotine fit”), or take a bike ride together.
  5. Try to see it from the smoker’s point of view — a smoker’s habit may feel like a cherished friend that has always been there when times were tough. It’s hard to give that up
  6. Help the quitter with a few chores, some child care, cooking — whatever will help lighten the stress of quitting
  7. Celebrate along the way. Quitting smoking is a BIG DEAL!
  8. Do remind the quitter how long he or she went without a cigarette before the slip.
  9. Do help the quitter remember all the reasons he or she wanted to quit, and forget about the slip as soon as possible  If they have tried and have not succeeded:
  10. Praise him or her for trying to quit, and for whatever length of time (days, weeks, or months) of not smoking.
  11. Encourage him or her to try again. Don’t say, “If you try again…” Say, “When you try again…” Studies show that most people who don’t succeed in quitting are ready to try again in the near future.
  12. Encourage him or her to learn from the attempt. Things a person learns from a failed attempt to quit may help him or her quit for good next time. It takes time and skills to learn to be a non-smoker.
  13. Say, “It’s normal to not succeed the first time you try to quit. Most people understand this, and know that they have to try to quit again. You didn’t smoke for two whole weeks this time. You got through the worst part. Now you know you can do that much. Now that you know you can get through the worst part, you can get even further next time.”
  14. Do smoke outside and always away from the quitter.
  15. Do keep your cigarettes, lighters, and matches out of sight. They might be triggers for your loved one to smoke.
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