After you ask your friend or family member about what would be most helpful. Try these tips:
Nagging only leads to stress and arguing. Instead, give support. Say, “You can do it,” or “We can do it together.”
Read a booklet on how to quit smoking. Find out about “quitting aids” – things that can help smokers quit like:
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.
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.
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.