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Quitting Smoking

Helping Others Quit

b34cb9a9-98c3-4832-a05a-398aa99fa129Living with someone who is trying to quit smoking

How do you support someone who you live with who is quitting smoking?

Firstly respect what they are doing and why they are doing it!

They are dealing with two main issues their addiction levels and breaking the habit!

They may have tried lots of times to quit and relapsed, but they don’t need reminding of it when they say they want to try again.

Many people have several quit attempts before they succeed, we always encourage people to not give up the intention to quit. You are more likely to quit for good if you have tried several times.

If you have your own views about how people give up smoking, the best thing you can do is keep your views to yourself.

It’s not helpful when someone is building themselves up to quit or they have stopped and the person they live with are giving their views about quitting.
Ask the person what they would like you to do to support them?

Common Things people say or do when someone is quitting – which are not helpful

  • tell someone who is quitting how easy it was for them when they quit.
  • I know somebody who quit without using any of these fancy products it just a sign of weakness.
  • It’s all about willpower and if you want to do it you will.
  • None of the Nicotine Replacement Therapy works its all about the person wanting to quit and not them using drugs to help them quit.

Don’t assume the quitter wants you to talk about it!

Many times quitters say that their partner or who they live with puts pressure on them by talking about quitting all the time.

Don’t nag and go on at the person you live with

Phrases such as these do not help:

  • How long is it since your last cigarette?
  • Why are you being so cross when I thought it was what you wanted to do?
  • Just smoke a cigarette if you are going to be angry and frustrated

This is possibly the worst thing you can do worse thing you can do !

They will be putting enough pressure on themselves without any assistance from anyone else.

On the other hand sometimes the person you live with can be a great source of support, given you understand what the person is going through

Sometimes it’s difficult if you have never smoked yourself to understand why someone you care for did smoke or what it is that makes them so irritable when they stop.

Smoking is an addiction and even if you don’t understand why they smoke understand that they are trying to wean themselves off the cigarettes and that is incredibly difficult.

  • Be patient
  • Be understanding
  • Don’t be judgemental
  • Be Supportive don’t nag
  • Don’t have high expectations
  • Let the person who is trying to quit lead the way