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Home > Patient & Family Resources > Health Library > Quitting Smoking: Helping Someone Quit
Your partner or friend has decided it's time to quit smoking.
This is great news. You're excited, and you want to help. But you don't want your partner or friend to feel that you're coming on too strong or that you're "checking up" on him or her.
This Actionset will give you tips on helping someone who is trying to quit smoking. The information also applies to other tobacco products, such as chew or snuff.
Family and friends are an important source of support and motivation for a person who is trying to quit smoking.
Before offering help, ask if it's okay to help, and then ask what you can do. Don't assume that the person wants your help or that you know the best way to help.
If a person asks for your support, there are many things you may be able to do.
It is important to the person trying to quit to know whether you smoke, are an ex-smoker, or have never smoked.
Smokers usually have triggers, which are things that make them want to smoke. You can help a smoker avoid these.
Most people need more than one try to stop smoking. If the person slips up, let him or her know that it's okay and that you still care.
There are many resources available to help someone quit smoking, and they make quitting more likely. Here are some ideas you can suggest:
Current as ofSeptember 26, 2018
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineChristine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health
Current as of:
September 26, 2018
Medical Review:Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health
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