Friends and Family of smokers

Tips for Helping Someone Quit Smoking

After you ask your friend or family member about what would be most helpful. Try these tips:

Try not to nag.

Nagging only leads to stress and arguing. Instead, give support. Say, “You can do it,” or “We can do it together.”

Learn more about how people quit.

Read a booklet on how to quit smoking. Find out about “quitting aids” – things that can help smokers quit like:

  • Nicotine patches
  • Nicotine gum
  • Non-nicotine medication like Zyban® and Chantix®

Make your home and car smoke free.

Talk about making a ban on smoking in your home and car. It helps cut down on smoking and makes quitting easier. A smoke-free home and car also protects everyone from secondhand smoke.

Help with planning.

Ask the smoker in your life which cigarettes will be hardest to give up, and why. Help him or her think of what to do instead of smoking. Offer other things in place of cigarettes. For example, try fruits and other healthy snack or drinks.

Suggest calling a quitline.

A quitline is a free telephone counseling program to help smokers quit. Show the smoker in your life the 1-800-NO-BUTTS number (1-800-QUIT-NOW outside of CA). Trained staff will offer free help over the phone.

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