Everyone is responsible for their own quit journey — but there are things you can do to make it easier for your friends and loved ones to succeed.
What to DO
- DO keep in mind that quitting is very hard on both the mind and the body. Learn more about what symptoms they may be dealing with.
- DO remember that mood swings are just a temporary part of the process.
- DO ask your friend or family member how they’re doing or feeling, regardless of whether or not they were successful at quitting tobacco.
- DO remind your friend or family member that quitting smoking not only has great health benefits, but it also saves them a lot of money! With that being said, try to help them come up with a plan where they can reward themselves for every quitting milestone they reach.
- DO help them get their mind off tobacco. If you’re hanging out together, pick a place where there won’t be smoking so they won’t get tempted.
- DO distract them if they seem like they’re focusing on tobacco.
- DO congratulate them for hitting the little victories on their way to the big one.
- DO get rid of things that might remind them of smoking. This includes ashtrays, lighters, or anything of the sort.
What Not to Do
- DON’T focus on how dangerous tobacco is. Instead, remind them about the health benefits of quitting.
- DON’T smoke around family and friends who are trying to quit.
- DON’T criticize them if they slip.
NOTE: We talk a lot about smokers here because most tobacco users are smokers. But a lot of these tips work for people who are quitting other kinds of tobacco, too, like dip or chew.